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The best CPU deals for September 2022

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The central processing unit, the CPU, is one of the most important pieces of any computer build. It is the brain of your PC, and it is often one of the more expensive pieces as well. You could pay several hundred for an advanced one, and if you're a gamer or you're building a PC for creative uses then you can expect to fork over quite a chunk of change there. That's okay because I think most people would agree the investment is worth it if it means a better overall performance. However, there's no reason to go broke for the sake of your computer. 

We cover a lot of information on CPUs here. We've even got details on the best CPUs based on the graphics card you're using like the best CPU for the Nvidia RTX 3070 or the best cooler for the CPU you have. Once you've found the deal price for the CPU you want in this roundup, be sure to check out the best ways to use your new component. While you're at it, find a GPU on sale that fits your build. 

Best Intel CPU deals:

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Intel Core i3-10100 $115 $103 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

The difference between the 10100 and the 10100F is that this version has integrated graphics, so you don't necessarily need the separate purchase of a standalone GPU. (Although I wouldn't expect much for gaming.) The price is the best we've seen, but the sale disappears when the Intel Gamer Days ends.

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Intel Core i5-10400 $160 $129.99 at B&H (opens in new tab)

This is a 10th-generation CPU so it's a couple generations behind, but it's still plenty fast and a great option if you're working from a budget. 

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Intel Core i5-11600K $224 $179.99 at B&H (opens in new tab)

This is an 11th-generation CPU that has a 3.9GHz base speed and can boost to 4.9GHz with Maximum Turbo Frequency. The price is fantastic, but the quantity is limited so grab one while you can.

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Intel Core i5-10600K $230 $200.98 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

Last year, this CPU was selling for as much as $270. Even at points this year, it was going for $230 or more. This is a great low price, and you'd have to go back more than a year to find a point where it was selling this low. 

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Intel Core i5-12600KF $311 $269.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

This deal is part of Intel Gamer Days, so it might not last long after that event ends on Sept. 4. This CPU was selling for as much as $311 in March and has been selling more steadily around $265 for the last couple months. Either way, today's price is a new low.

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Intel Core i9-11900K $380 $310 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

If you were looking to buy this CPU back in February it would've been worth more than $460 at the time, and as recently as early July it was going for $380. This price is an all-time low that hopefully sticks around as the 13th-gen CPUs are right around the corner.

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Intel Core i9-11900K CPU + MSI Z590 motherboard $550 $439.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

A great bundle from Micro Center on Amazon that includes the Core i9-11900K processor and the MSI MPG Z590 Gaming Force ATX motherboard. These would normally cost $550 if bought individually, even with the i9-11900K currently on sale. If you need more than just a CPU, this bundle is a great place to start.

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Intel Core i9-12900KS $780 $723.27 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

This is definitely a high-end CPU that is part of Intel's latest generation. It's down to a super low price, but this deal is only around as part of Intel's Gamer Days sale. Expect the price to go back up pretty soon.

Best AMD CPU deals:

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AMD Ryzen 5 5600 $180 $159 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

This processor was going for as much as $200 just a couple of months ago and has been more regularly selling for around $180 since summer started. This price matches the lowest we have seen, and it's a price we have only seen once before. 

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AMD Ryzen 5 5600X $230 $193.42 at Newegg (opens in new tab)

Use code AMD3666 for $20 off the discounted price. This is a great processor on a budget, and it was selling for as much as $300 at one point this year. You'll find it going for around $230 most of the time and at most retailers. Keep an eye out for a coupon code that could bring it down by another $10 as we've seen that before.

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AMD Ryzen 7 5700X $300 $244.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

The Ryzen 7 was selling for around $300 in May and was still above $280 in mid-July. This drop in price is its lowest ever and one that is holding steady for the moment. But that could change!

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AMD Ryzen 7 5800X $450 $256.50 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

This is a limited time sale from Newegg, and if it has expired you can still find a decent deal on this same CPU at Best Buy where it's going for $329.

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AMD Ryzen 9 5900X $450 $368 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

If you're just now seeing this price, unfortunately it was as low as $360 recently so this isn't the best price around. However, considering the CPU was going for as much as $450 just a couple months ago and $530 at the beginning of the year, this is still a good deal.  

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AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D $450 $374.99 at eBay (opens in new tab)

The 3D lineup of AMD processors can be really, really good if you're into the type of games that rely a lot on RAM or need extra processing power like Microsoft Flight Simulator, RTS or strategy games, basically anything Paradox makes, etc. It's worth the jump from the standard 5800X in that case.

John Levite
Deals Editor

J.D. Levite has been in the deals game since 2012. He has posted daily deals at Gizmodo, The Wirecutter, The Sweethome, and now covers deals for Android Central, iMore, and Windows Central. He was there for the first Prime Day and has braved the full force of Black Friday. If you cut him, he bleeds savings. But don't try it for real. That's a metaphor.