Best CPU for Gaming Under $300 in 2021

2: AMD Ryzen 5 3600X

AMD Ryzen 5 3600X Best CPU for Gaming Under $300 in 2020

+ Pros: great gaming and productivity performance, comes with a decent cooler, PCIe 4.0 support, Backward compatibility

– Cons: needs PCIe 4.0 motherboard, only slightly overclockable


  • Architecture: Zen 2
  • Socket: AM4
  • Cores/Threads: 6/12
  • Base Frequency: 8 GHz
  • Top Boost Frequency: 4 GHz
  • TDP: 95W

Sitting on rank 2 in our list of CPUs under $300, the AMD Ryzen 5 3600X is one of the best processors for gaming and productivity.

It’s power-efficient, comes with an auto-overclocking tool (but it only offers limited overclocking), and has a cooler of its own, which is a welcomed extra.

Even at stock settings, the Ryzen 5 3600X will easily defeat the more expensive Core i5-9600K in productivity and gaming, which is why this CPU is usually a fan-favorite when it comes to finding an under $300 CPU.

About James Sterling

James Sterling received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Southern California (USC). His Bachelor of Science was completed in Computer Science (Games) and his Master of Science was completed in Game Development. James spends his free time contributing on popular forums such as Tom's Hardware and AnandTech while hanging out with his cat Jonathan. Humorously, his favorite youtube channel is Jimquisition by Jim Sterling.

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