Question What would be a good budget CPU for gaming and editing?

AlexTheFern

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1000 dollars should be fine

you can go all the way up to 1500 if you really want to benefit your video editing, but anything more than that imo would be a bit overkill

edit: on second thought even 2000 might work tbh
 
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What would be a good CPU for both gaming and editing?
The quick answer and depending where you live and which is cheaper would either be Ryzen 5 3600 or i5 10400f

If those 2 aren't within your budget, go for an older ryzen 5 instead and DON'T go for an older intel EVER

Or if you just sold GME stock and got 10K richer, there's also the Ryzen 9 5950x tho it's basically overkill for any kind of task
 

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If editing is a priority, start with 8 core models with multithreading. Depending on the software you use, Intel may be better than AMD because of dedicated encoder/igpu flexibility stuff.

For gaming, look for higher boost clocks. Any cpu made in the last 4 years with a turbo over 4.1Ghz will push plenty of frames.
 
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Karadjgne

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You can game on anything modern and decent. That's not a question. The question is exactly what are your planned software needs for the editing? That'll determine the hardware needs. Some programs and work can require 32-64Gb of ram, some only need 16Gb. Some cpus need to be high core count or higher clock speed or high IPC. Some editing is mostly gpu work, so a more budget cpu is fine but a monster gpu is recommended. Some programs just work so much better/faster/fully on a Quadro card and aren't really supported by Rx/gtx/rtx cards.

Get the editing hardware sorted and gaming will be easy to adjust, the other way around makes life more difficult.
 

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