Question Choosing the best budget CPU

Mar 5, 2022
I'm thinking of changing my CPU, currently I have Ryzen 3 2200G, which works good, but I want something a bit better. My budget is around 200e ($225) and at this time, where I live, my best options that fall in this price range are the following:
  1. Ryzen 7 1700x
  2. Ryzen Threadripper 1900x
  3. Ryzen 3 3300x
  4. Intel i5-10600k
I'm using the computer for mild gaming, and sometimes game development (but I have my working pc for this use, but I'm thinking of changing my job, so my personal computer might also become a working computer in a new company). Sorry if I'm anyhow ignorant, I'm not too savvy when it comes to hardware. I also plan on buying a new appropriate motherboard depending on which CPU I choose, and a CPU cooler which don't fall under this budget, budget is for CPU alone.
Thanks for the help in advance!


Mar 2, 2011
When you say your budget is $225, is this for a CPU only or is this your total budget? If this is your total upgrade budget, then your only two options among the four referenced are 1700x and 3300x. Options 2 and 4 will require motherboard replacement with an appropriately socket-ed board.


Nov 13, 2011
0 can toss out the intel and threadripper processors since you'll need to replace the motherboard. Why not go with the 5600x (if your mobo supports it)?
It's only $225 and if you did have to upgrade the motherboard that's probably only $60-100 more.
Jan 30, 2022
I've been using a Ryzen 7 1700 since the Ryzen line came out and do a lot of graphics. That's why I've always preferred the AMD cpus, but even after adding a TMP module to the ASUS mobo, I find that Windows 11 doesn't include the Ryzen7 1700 cpu as compatible despite it being 8 cores and running at 3.7Ghz!!! If you expect to ever run Windows 11, you may need a different cpu. Check the compatibility chart at MS Windows.


Do you have a discrete graphics card?
Or, do you depend on the graphics of the 2200G?

Only the i5-10600K includes integrated graphics.
From a compute point of view, all 4 options will be a significant upgrade.
If buying new, I would think that buying newer gen products is the best option, but that certainly will depend on where you live and your buying options.

You can evaluate the performance by doing a google search on the passmark ratings.
For example, your 2200G has 4 threads and a rating of 6797. That is when all 4 threads are 100% busy.
The single thread rating is 2065.
Single thread performance is what is most important for games and desktop quickness.
Run the cpu-Z bench test and look at the single thread rating.
You should see something like 448:

By comparison, the passmark rating for the 10600K with 12 threads is 14556/2937

What is the make/model of your current motherboard?