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BUDGET ($50 – $150) CPU Buyer’s Guide!
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Entry Level CPUs ($50 – $60)
► Ryzen 3 1200 AF – $55 – (link removed – it’s overpriced)
– 4 core / 4 thread
– 12nm (even though it’s 1000-series)
– New, hard to find (DO NOT PAY MORE THAN $55)
► Athlon 3000G – $55 –
– 2 core / 4 thread
– integrated Vega 3 graphics
– 14nm original Zen architecture

“Mid Range” Budget CPUs ($85-$100)
► Ryzen 5 1600 AF – $85 –
– 6 core / 12 thread
– 12nm (even though it’s 1000-series)
► Ryzen 3 3200G – $95 –
– 4 core / 4 thread
– integrated Vega 8 graphics
– 12nm Zen+ architecture (even though it’s 3000-series)
► Ryzen 3 3100 – $100 –
– 4 core / 8 thread
– newest 7nm Zen 2 architecture

“High End” Budget CPUs ($100-$150)
► Ryzen 5 3400G – $150 –
– 4 core / 8 thread
– integrated Vega 11 graphics
– 12nm Zen+ architecture (even though it’s 3000-series)
– Might be End-of-Life (DO NOT PAY MORE THAN $150)
► Ryzen 3 3300X – $120 –
– 4 core / 8 thread
– newest 7nm Zen 2 architecture

If you can, save $175+ for a Ryzen 5 3600 or better:
AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor –

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