Amazon right now has an incredibly good deal on the Intel Core i5-12600KF CPU that brings the price down to near its all-time low. It’s currently sitting at $153.99 which is 51% off the regular price of $311.25. Its all-time low was about $140 last November. So it’s pretty close to being the cheapest it’s ever been. Even at today’s price, it’s still an amazing deal when you think about it.
This is probably one of the best if not the best CPU options for gaming from when it came out in 2021. Considering the price and its performance output for gaming compared to the 12th Gen Core i7 and Core i9 CPUs. You’ll get nearly the same gaming performance for much less money. It’s certainly enticing to have the biggest and baddest components if you’re building a gaming PC. But, the more practical approach would be to go for something like this model of CPU because it costs less and still has excellent gaming performance.
Now keep in mind that if you want to upgrade to this CPU, then you need to have a compatible motherboard to go with it. This CPU will be compatible with any motherboard that’s based on Intel’s 600 Series or 700 Series chipsets. You’ll want to double-check that your motherboard is compatible with those. If it isn’t, then you’ll need to update your motherboard as well. That being said, with the savings on this CPU, you’ll have money left over for a new motherboard.
In addition to gaming, this CPU is also good for multitasking. So you could easily game while other secondary apps run in the background. It has a max clock speed of 4.9GHz and uses 10 cores and 16 threads. It’s also an unlocked CPU and it’s overclockable if you decide to go that route to squeeze out every drop of performance that you can.