For mid end gaming builds, 100-200 dollars for processors is a sweet spot. For a decent gaming experience at 1080p and higher, processors that come between this price range can play all the games on high to ultra settings if combined with a decent graphics card.
These processors are good as core i7’s when gaming is considered although you will get a little bit boost with i7’s but you don’t really need very high end processors for gaming.
Both from AMD and Nvidia, from dual core to 8 cores processors are present in this price range that can handle almost any high end graphics card and can do heavy multi-tasking. For $100-$170 I recommend Amd processors as they provide more cores and better performance in gaming but when you reach near 200 dollars it’s better to use an Intel processor instead.
I have listed the best processor for money that you can buy in this year as well as provided reasons for not listing some processors as why they are not good for money.
Intel Core i3 6100
Intel Core i3’s are a good way to build budget gaming pc’s as they provide much better perforance than the amd processors when compared core to core performance. This one is even newer and requires LGA 1151 socket motherboards.
It is a skylake processor and based on 14nm architecture. Skylake processors are the most power efficient processors and require least power when compared to the haswell and broadwell processors. Right now the haswell i3 processors cost almost the same as the skylake i3 processors and therefore it’s better to get latest gen processor which will be a benefit to you in future.
It has 2 cores and 4 threads which will make it work as a quad core processor. Although with Amd you can get more cores but if you want better performance per core, then Intel is the best way to go. With base clock of 3.7Ghz it will really give awesome performance and is best suited for budget gaming computers.
Going above 100 dollars you get an awesome octa core processor from AMD which is fx 8320 black edition processor. This one is really for multi-tasking and gives best value for money. You can never get an octa core processor from Intel at this price. A lot of people use it and gave positive reviews.
It is clocked at 3.5Ghz and can be easily overclocked more than 4.5Ghz as it is unlocked. Compared to Intel core i3’s you have this advantage, because if you are an overclocker and want more free performance out of your processor then you should really consider going with unlocked processors and AMD Fx 8320 is a good choice. With 8mb L2 and L3 cache this processor is much faster than the i3’s.
No game today requires more than 4 cores and you will be able to play games like Far cry 4 easily with 4 more unused cores. It is best for Gaming pc’s above 500 dollars upto 700 dollars.
This processor is the big brother of the AMD fx 8320 and has almost the same specification like 8mb/8mb L2 and L3 cache, 8 cores and is totally unlocked. But it is clocked at 4.0Ghz which is 500Mhz more than the Fx 8320. A 500Mhz increase in base clock can provide you upto 10% of increase in performance easily.
With 4.0Ghz of base clock you can overclock it upto 5.0Ghz if you use a liquid cooler like Corsair H100i which is insane clock speed. Get ready for some serious overclocking with this processor.
Intel Core i5-4590
When you have 200 dollars in your pocket there is no better choice then the Intel core i5 processors. These processors are really worth the money. Many techs have claimed that the best processors for gaming are Intel core i5’s. They give you the maximum performance in games when combined with a high end graphics card.
This processor is the 4th generation Intel Haswell based cpu and has 4 cores and 4 threads. Again, as I said previously you don’t need more than 4 cores for gaming unless you do heavy multi-tasking and it can handle any cpu intensive application.
The single core performance of this processor is almost 1.5 times better than the AMD processors and with clock frequency of 3.3Ghz you don’t even need to overclock it. But you can always boost it up to 3.7Ghz but you cannot go beyond that as it is locked. But it doesn’t needs any overclocking.
Intel Core I5-6500
Skylake i5 processors are even better choice for the same price as the i5 4690 processor. It is based upon 14nm architecture as compared to 22nm architecture of i5 4690. It has better performance per watt and gives better value to price. As stated by cpu-world.com, it has 10% faster performance in memory intensive programs than the i5 4690. Although the single core performance of i5 4690 is better but it is rated better than the latter one. If you own a LGA 1151 motherboard or want to build a ddr4 memory based and more future proof pc, then this processor is best for 200 dollars.