Best CPU by budget
CPUs do a lot of the legwork for your desktop PC. You can choose the cheapest CPU from Intel, mid-range picks from AMD and Intel, or go all out with the highest-performance Intel and AMD CPUs.
Cheap PC CPU
If you’re building a budget PC desktop, you can save money with a cheap CPU. There’s a range of Intel Celeron, Intel Pentium and Intel Core i3 CPUs for a cheap custom or prebuilt desktop PC.
Mid-range PC CPU
The AMD Ryzen 5 and Intel Core i5 CPU ranges are a great mix of price and performance. Consider these CPUs if you want a 1080p gaming PC or a multimedia desktop that can easily keep up with your computing needs.
High-end PC CPU
Intel Core i7 and AMD Ryzen 7 are the starting points for a high-end PC CPU. Expect more CPU cores, a higher thread count, and plenty of GHz of speed at this price point for top-of-the-line PC gaming and no-compromise everyday computing.
CPUs for every PC user
What you want to do with your desktop PC will determine which CPU is best for you. MSY has CPUs for work, study, everyday computing, gaming, graphic design and video editing. Once you pick your CPU, pair it with other compatible computer parts to complete your PC build.
Everyday computing CPU
Whether you’re studying, working from home, or playing around, there’s a range of CPU options for everyday computing. Save money with a cheaper, energy-efficient CPU. Or invest more in a CPU that’s faster to start up and offers better overall performance.
PC gaming CPU
Fast graphics cards may be critical for PC gaming these days, but CPUs are becoming more and more important. Maximise your frames and fidelity with a mid-tier or high-end AMD or Intel CPU.
Graphic design and video editing CPU
If you’re designing, creating digital animations or interested in video editing, a powerful CPU is a must-have. Invest in a high-performance CPU from MSY that works faster so you spend less time waiting and more time doing.
Desktop CPU FAQs
Here are MSY’s answers for the most pressing questions about desktop CPUs.
What is a CPU?
A CPU is the brain of any computer. The more cores and threads it has, and the bigger the number before GHz, the faster the PC performance.
What is the difference between CPU and processor?
Processor is just another term for CPU, and it’s part of the fully spelt-out acronym: central processing unit. Whichever term you use, you’ll be buying either an Intel CPU or AMD processor.
What does a CPU processor do?
One of the core components of a computer, the CPU is responsible for performing complex operating system and software processes (including games) in milliseconds. The better the processor, the faster it is at performing complex tasks.
What’s more important: a processor or RAM?
Both a processor and system memory are critical parts of a computer. CPUs tend to cost more than RAM, and the more high-end the part, the better the performance.
How many CPUs does a computer have?
Computers only have one CPU, but modern processors have multiple cores and threads. The more cores and threads a CPU has, the better it will likely be at performing demanding computing tasks.
Are CPU cores better than CPU threads?
Generally speaking, physical CPU cores offer more performance than CPU threads. If you want more performance and better multitasking, choose a CPU that has eight or more cores and fast clock speeds (measured in GHz).