Best CPU for NVIDIA RTX 4060 in 2024

NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 4060 graphics card (GPU) remains a top option for many gamers looking to land a premium 1080p experience with extra features like DLSS 3 and ray tracing support. The RTX 4060 was released in June 2023, bringing improved efficiency and performance compared to its 30-series predecessor.

Coming in generally at around $300, the RTX 4060 is also a great GPU if you want to take a step into 1440p gaming and don't mind lowering some in-game settings to push framerates. However, you shouldn't land on the RTX 4060 if you want to game at 4K.

Those building a new PC have some tough choices to make, especially when it comes to pairing hardware. If you've already settled on an NVIDIA RTX 4060 to handle the graphics workload, you're no doubt also looking for a processor (CPU) that can keep up with the GPU to prevent bottlenecks. You also don't want to overspend on a CPU unnecessarily.

With all that in mind, we've rounded up the best CPUs for NVIDIA's RTX 4060 right here, including high-end, mid-range, and budget options, to help you make the right decision in your next PC build.

Getting the best CPU for NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 4060 GPU

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AMD's Ryzen 5 7600X is a budget-friendly CPU to pair with your RTX 4060. (Image credit: Future)

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 was released in 2023 as a successor to the RTX 3060. It remains a popular option for PC gamers who use a 1080p resolution with high framerates, but it's also capable of quality 1440p as long as you don't mind tweaking some in-game settings here and there to land a smoother experience. 

I used an RTX 3060 paired with a Ryzen 5 CPU for a long time for 1440p with no issues, which is why I've selected the Ryzen 5 7600X as a top choice for anyone with an RTX 4060.

In our Ryzen 5 7600X review, former Windows Central Senior Editor Rich Edmonds remarked, "If you're looking to build a new gaming PC or a machine for doing some work and browsing websites, the AMD Ryzen 5 7600X offers more than enough performance headroom. Even more demanding PC games and software will be able to take advantage of the higher clock speeds, so long as you have adequate cooling."

With prices now regularly hovering between $200 and $220, it'll leave some money left behind for you to upgrade other pieces of your PC. Just be sure your PC already has a motherboard with AM5 socket; if you're still working with AM4 and don't want to upgrade, something like the Ryzen 5 5600X might be a better choice, especially if you're working with a tighter budget.

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Intel's Core i5-13600K remains a great option despite 14th Gen chips hitting the market. (Image credit: Daniel Rubino)

If you'd rather pair an Intel CPU with your RTX 4060, the 13th Gen Core i5-13600K remains the best option. It's not the latest Intel chip, but it's more affordable than its i5-14600K counterpart and delivers largely the same level of performance.

In our Intel Core i5-13600K review, Editor-in-Chief Daniel Rubino said, "All that makes the [CPU] an easy recommendation for PC enthusiasts and anyone looking for a new custom or pre-built desktop computer. It’s the more affordable option, is flexible for RAM options, and it’s simply more performant whether you’re a gamer, video editor, or need it for office productivity."

It uses an LGA 1700 socket, so anyone working with a build currently using something older than Intel 12th Gen will need an upgrade. If you want to check out the latest 14th Gen Intel chips, the Core i5-14600K should be your first choice, with the Core i7-14700K acting as a higher-performance alternative.

Is NVIDIA's RTX 4060 good for 1440p gaming?

NVIDIA launched its RTX 4060 as a GPU focused on 1080p gaming, and that's where it excels. However, that doesn't mean you can't use it with a 1440p display. My previous build had an RTX 3060 that I used nearly every day for 1440p gaming, and I really had no complaints aside from not being able to max out in-game settings in all titles.

The RTX 4060 has improved on the RTX 3060, and DLSS 3 does a lot of heavy lifting to make up for the card's shortcomings in terms of raw performance at 1440p. However, if you want to get the best experience with a 1440p monitor, you might want to check out the RTX 4060 Ti or RTX 4070. We have a separate guide for the best CPUs for the RTX 4070 with plenty of familiar options.

Cale Hunt

Cale Hunt brings to Windows Central more than eight years of experience writing about laptops, PCs, accessories, games, and beyond. If it runs Windows or in some way complements the hardware, there’s a good chance he knows about it, has written about it, or is already busy testing it.