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Best Buy customers often prefer the following products when searching for processors for gaming.

The faster your processor, the faster your computer will run. If you're a gamer, you'll want to make sure your processor can handle the graphics-intensive tasks required to play games. Browse the top-ranked list of processors for gaming below along with associated reviews and opinions.

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  1. AMD - Ryzen 5 4500 3.6 GHz Six-Core AM4 Processor - Black - Front_Zoom
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    "It’s a decent processor for its price but if u want to do light gaming this is good for you...Runs pretty awesome to play some great gaming performance."

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    Designed for socket AM4 motherboards and featuring the 7nm Zen 2 architecture, this 4th generation processor is designed to provide fast, power efficient performance. With a base clock speed of 3.6 GHz and a max boost clock speed of 4.1 GHz in addition to 8MB of L3 Cache, the Ryzen 5 4500 is built to deliver the power needed to smoothly handle tasks ranging from content creation to immersive gaming experiences. You can boost performance further by overclocking this unlocked processor. Other features include support for PCIe Gen 3 technology and 3200 MHz DDR4 RAM. This processor has a 65W TDP (Thermal Design Power) and includes a Wraith Stealth cooling solution. Please note that it does not have an integrated GPU, so a dedicated graphics card is required.
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    "It’s a decent processor for its price but if u want to do light gaming this is good for you...Runs pretty awesome to play some great gaming performance."

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    Designed for socket AM4 motherboards and featuring the 7nm Zen 2 architecture, this 4th generation processor is designed to provide fast, power efficient performance. With a base clock speed of 3.6 GHz and a max boost clock speed of 4.1 GHz in addition to 8MB of L3 Cache, the Ryzen 5 4500 is built to deliver the power needed to smoothly handle tasks ranging from content creation to immersive gaming experiences. You can boost performance further by overclocking this unlocked processor. Other features include support for PCIe Gen 3 technology and 3200 MHz DDR4 RAM. This processor has a 65W TDP (Thermal Design Power) and includes a Wraith Stealth cooling solution. Please note that it does not have an integrated GPU, so a dedicated graphics card is required.
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  2. Intel - Core i7-12700K Desktop Processor 12 (8P+4E) Cores up to 5.0 GHz Unlocked  LGA1700 600 Series Chipset 125W - Grey/Black/Gold - Front_Zoom
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    "Good for gaming...Amazing intel product I do recommend this for gaming...excellent processor for gaming. was a massive upgrade."

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    12th Gen Intel Core i7-12700K unlocked desktop processor. Featuring Intel Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0 and PCIe Gen 4.0 support, unlocked 12th Gen Intel Core desktop processors are optimized for enthusiast gamers and serious creators and help deliver high performance overclocking for an added boost. Thermal solution NOT included in the box. Compatible with 600 series chipset based motherboards 125W.
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    "Good for gaming...Amazing intel product I do recommend this for gaming...excellent processor for gaming. was a massive upgrade."

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    12th Gen Intel Core i7-12700K unlocked desktop processor. Featuring Intel Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0 and PCIe Gen 4.0 support, unlocked 12th Gen Intel Core desktop processors are optimized for enthusiast gamers and serious creators and help deliver high performance overclocking for an added boost. Thermal solution NOT included in the box. Compatible with 600 series chipset based motherboards 125W.
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  3. AMD - Ryzen 7 5700X3D 8-core - 16-thread – 3 GHz (4.1 GHz Max Boost) Socket AM4 Unlocked Desktop Processor - Silver - Front_Zoom
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    "Little gaming monster...Good processor for gaming on a budget for a better graphics card....Perfect for 1440p or 4k gaming. Being on am4 this is likely the best upgrade option for the price."

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    Leadership performance. Nothing stacks up to the superior performance of AMD Ryzen 5000 Series processors.
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    "Little gaming monster...Good processor for gaming on a budget for a better graphics card....Perfect for 1440p or 4k gaming. Being on am4 this is likely the best upgrade option for the price."

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    Leadership performance. Nothing stacks up to the superior performance of AMD Ryzen 5000 Series processors.
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  4. Intel - Core i7-14700K 14th Gen 20-Core 28-Thread - 4.3GHz (5.6GHz Turbo) Socket LGA 1700 Unlocked Desktop Processor - Multi - Front_Zoom
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    "Good prossersor for gaming oc builds. Easy to install and runs like a beast...Great processor. Super fast. Great for gaming and multitasking"

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    Intel Core i7-14700K (14th gen) desktop processor. Featuring Intel Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0, and PCIe 5.0 & 4.0 support, DDR5 and DDR4 support, unlocked 14th Gen Intel Core i7 desktop processors are optimized for gamers and productivity and help deliver high performance. Compatible with Intel 700 Series and Intel 600 Series Chipset based motherboards. 125W Processor Base Power.
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    "Good prossersor for gaming oc builds. Easy to install and runs like a beast...Great processor. Super fast. Great for gaming and multitasking"

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    Intel Core i7-14700K (14th gen) desktop processor. Featuring Intel Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0, and PCIe 5.0 & 4.0 support, DDR5 and DDR4 support, unlocked 14th Gen Intel Core i7 desktop processors are optimized for gamers and productivity and help deliver high performance. Compatible with Intel 700 Series and Intel 600 Series Chipset based motherboards. 125W Processor Base Power.
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  5. Intel - Core i9-14900K 14th Gen 24-Core 32-Thread - 4.4GHz (6.0GHz Turbo) Socket LGA 1700 Unlocked Desktop Processor - Multi - Front_Zoom
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    "Amazing Product, Its Excellent For Gaming and make more Things :)...Amazing, fast and clean processor is super fast and is great for gaming"

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    Intel Core i9-14900K (14th gen) desktop processor. Featuring Intel Thermal Velocity Boost, Intel Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0, and PCIe 5.0 & 4.0 support, DDR5 and DDR4 support, unlocked 14th Gen Intel Core i9 desktop processors are optimized for enthusiast gamers and serious creators and help deliver high performance. Compatible with Intel 700 Series and Intel 600 Series Chipset based motherboards. 125W Processor Base Power.
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    "Amazing Product, Its Excellent For Gaming and make more Things :)...Amazing, fast and clean processor is super fast and is great for gaming"

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    Intel Core i9-14900K (14th gen) desktop processor. Featuring Intel Thermal Velocity Boost, Intel Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0, and PCIe 5.0 & 4.0 support, DDR5 and DDR4 support, unlocked 14th Gen Intel Core i9 desktop processors are optimized for enthusiast gamers and serious creators and help deliver high performance. Compatible with Intel 700 Series and Intel 600 Series Chipset based motherboards. 125W Processor Base Power.
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  6. AMD - Ryzen 5 8600G 6-core - 12-thread – 4.3 GHz (5.0 GHz Max Boost) Socket AM5 Unlocked Desktop Processor - Silver - Alt_View_Zoom_1
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    "Works great for 1080p gaming and on AM5 platform"

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    The all-in-one desktop gaming processor. With a powerful Radeon 760M graphics built in, you can build a 6-core gaming PC withot paying for a graphics card.
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    "Works great for 1080p gaming and on AM5 platform"

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    The all-in-one desktop gaming processor. With a powerful Radeon 760M graphics built in, you can build a 6-core gaming PC withot paying for a graphics card.
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  7. AMD - Ryzen 7 8700G 8-core - 16-thread - 4.2 GHz (5.1 GHz Max Boost) Socket AM5 Unlocked Desktop Processor - Front_Zoom
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    "I used this processor to build a tiny gaming pc. It’s 3”x7”x9” so just a little bigger than a box of pop tarts. "

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    The ultimate all-in-one desktop gaming processor. With the world's most powerful built-in graphics, you can build a capable 8-core gaming PC without paying for a graphics card.
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    "I used this processor to build a tiny gaming pc. It’s 3”x7”x9” so just a little bigger than a box of pop tarts. "

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    The ultimate all-in-one desktop gaming processor. With the world's most powerful built-in graphics, you can build a capable 8-core gaming PC without paying for a graphics card.
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  8. AMD - Ryzen 5 7600X 6-core - 12-Thread 4.7GHz (5.3 GHz Max Boost) Socket AM5 Desktop Processor - Silver - Front_Zoom
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    "Its perfect for gaming and my streaming needs. Love it...Great for gaming...Fast processor. Good value for gaming computer. Good temperatures while under load."

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    Pure gaming performance, get the 6-core gaming processor built for intense gaming action.
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    "Its perfect for gaming and my streaming needs. Love it...Great for gaming...Fast processor. Good value for gaming computer. Good temperatures while under load."

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    Pure gaming performance, get the 6-core gaming processor built for intense gaming action.
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  9. AMD - Ryzen 5 7600 6-core - 12-Thread 4.0 GHz (5.2 GHz Max Boost) Socket AM5 Unlocked Desktop Processor - Silver - Front_Zoom
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    "Great CPU for gaming...Great CPU for gaming, the price to performance is great....I use it primarily for gaming & it stays very cool & doesn’t even come close to bottle necking anything even with an rtx3090."

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    This overclockable processor is built for intense gaming with an included AMD Wraith Stealth cooler.
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    "Great CPU for gaming...Great CPU for gaming, the price to performance is great....I use it primarily for gaming & it stays very cool & doesn’t even come close to bottle necking anything even with an rtx3090."

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    This overclockable processor is built for intense gaming with an included AMD Wraith Stealth cooler.
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  10. AMD - Ryzen 7 7700X 8-core - 16-Thread 4.5GHz (5.4 GHz Max Boost) Socket AM5 Desktop Processor - Silver - Front_Zoom
    Top comment

    "this is such an amazing cpu, im glad i bought it for gaming...Great item for the price we paid very fast for gaming and very efficient"

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    The dominant 8-core gaming desktop processor, whatever the setting, whatever the resolution, lead your team to victory with the top 8-core AMD gaming processor.
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    "this is such an amazing cpu, im glad i bought it for gaming...Great item for the price we paid very fast for gaming and very efficient"

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    The dominant 8-core gaming desktop processor, whatever the setting, whatever the resolution, lead your team to victory with the top 8-core AMD gaming processor.
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