Best Budget CPU Windows Central 2020
Building your own PC doesn’t have to be ridiculously expensive, and building on a budget starts right from the heart. The CPU is what drives everything, and without a good one, your PC will suffer. Fortunately, there are good, low-cost options out there. We’ve rounded up the best, and they all have integrated graphics so you won’t need to purchase an extra graphics card.
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A lot of attention is spent on the super-expensive, high-end CPUs, but the truth is that for a lot of people, a good budget system will be all the PC they need. But choosing the right parts is essential. In the case of the budget PC builder, AMD’s Ryzen 3 3100 is currently our top recommendation, thanks to its incredible performance while keeping its price firmly below $200. Its only downfall is that you can’t use one without a graphics card, but for tighter budget gaming builds in particular, it’s a champ.
If gaming is on your mind then you can also get going right away, no graphics card needed, with the Ryzen 5 3400G. This is a pretty beastly thing to have in a budget system, with a quad-core CPU portion and 11 Radeon Vega GPU cores. Integrated graphics have come a long way, and yes, it can play Fortnite.
Intel isn’t completely out of the budget segment, though, even if AMD has more to choose from. For a truly budget build, the Pentium Gold G5400 is a good way to go. Don’t let the name put you off; this is a capable CPU that would be right at home in an office-based PC, an HTPC, or even a budget gaming build.
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