The processor or CPU is the brain of the computer system. And doesn’t matter how powerful GPU you get without a suitable CPU, the GPU will not be able to perform with its full potential. But on the other hand, investing an extra amount in the processor is also not advisable(as long as you don’t have a fixed budget) as it will limit your budget for GPU. And under ₹ 15000 or $200 you can get one of the best processor for gaming.
While for a gaming PC what matters most is the GPU and then the CPU. So in this List, I have included the best budget CPUs in 2020. And I have also recommended with what GPU you should use this CPU considering it will not bottleneck the GPU. I will advise to use the recommended GPU or a lower-performing GPU then it, to avoid bottlenecking.
Now without ado let’s see the best processor under ₹ 15000 or $ 200 you can buy in 2020.
Ryzen 3 3300X is 4 core 8 thread CPU with turbo speed up to 4.3 GHz. It has a massive 18 MB cache memory and is built with a highly efficient 7 nm process. 3300X also supports the PCIe 4.0 version that doubles the bandwidth of graphics as well as storage(if the motherboard supports it).
It’s the best CPU in under 15k in 2020 and offers high performance considering its budget. It has almost a similar gaming performance to the i5 9400f while in some games a little better. So considering its price to the performance, support of faster RAM, and support of PCIe 4th gen makes it the best processor under 15000 for gaming CPU.
You can easily use RTX 2060 Super or RTX 2060 Ti with this CPU without worrying about bottlenecking the GPU. Although I will not recommend doing so. Instead, I will recommend using GTX 2060 or cheaper GPU with this CPU. And if you have a higher budget for the GPU then you should use the RTX 2060 super.
If you are going for a higher-performing GPU then the RTX 2060, in that case, it’s also better to go for a higher-performing CPU then this.
Core i5 9400f is the 6 core 6 thread CPU with a base clock of 2.90 GHz with turbo up to 4.10 GHz. It has almost similar performance to the Ryzen 3 3300X but lacks behind in Single-Core scores. That’s why in some games it shows slightly lower performance than the Ryzen 3 3300X.
But if you are into Virtual machines, Video editing, or Live streaming along with gaming then the Core i5 can be a better choice for you. As in such tasks, 2 extra cores can have a benefit and show some performance.
If your work requires higher cores, then the i5 9400f can be the better choice for you. And in terms of Gaming also its a great CPU in this budget. But if you are not into any such fields and want only a high performing gaming PC then the 3300X is a cheaper and better choice.
For GPUs, I will suggest using RTX 2060 or lower(but not the 1660 Ti as it has an almost similar performance like 1660 super but much higher cost than the 1660 Super). If you want to use a higher-performing GPU then this, then its better to also use a higher-performing CPU.
Intel i3 10100 is the latest 10th gen CPU in the Core i3 lineup. It has 4 cores and 8 threads with a base clock of 3.60 GHz and turbo up to 4.30 GHz. With a total cache of 6 MB, this is an APU that comes with Intel UHD Graphics 630.
This is the first APU in this list and is best for those who want a high performing CPU but are not going to invest in the GPU right now. As above both CPUs don’t come with integrated graphics. So i3 10100 allows you to use your PC for work and everything else right now. And later when you have a budget you can get a dedicated graphics card.
In terms of gaming performance with a dedicated graphics card, i3 has a slightly lower perfromace as compared to the i5 9400f. But with the Intel UHD 630 integrated graphics on i3, you can play light games without purcasing a seprate graphics card.
I would suggest i3 10100 only if you don’t have a budget for a GPU right now and are going to purchase a GPU soon. If you are also purchasing the GPU then overall Ryzen 3 3300X is the better option at almost a similar price.
For GPU I will recommend using GTX 1660 super with this CPU or cheaper GPUs then this. As with this best budget gaming processor under 15000 you can get gaming performance.
4) Ryzen 3100
Ryzen 3 3100 is a four-core 8 thread CPU with a base clock at 3.6 GHz and turbo up to 3.9 GHz. It has a total cache of 16 MB and also supports PCIe 4. Under 10k this is the best performing CPU for gaming and offers great value for money. While it also has features like PCIe 4 and hyperthreading. This is even mentioned in our list of best gaming processor under ₹ 10000.
If you are tight on budget then instead of purchasing a low budget GPU and purchasing a high-performance CPU it’s better to purchase Ryzen 3 3100. Ryzen 3 3100 is a very well-performing CPU and can offer overall great gaming performance.
Its a great CPU if you are building a budget gaming PC. We have used this CPU in our Best gaming PC build under 50k. This CPU is really a great CPU in its budget and offers great value for money. So if your budget is around 50K then for the build then this is the best CPU.
For this CPU I will recommend using GTX 1660 super or cheaper cards.
Intel’s last-generation Core i3 is also on this list, because its price is quite low, and considering its price it offers great gaming performance. So if you are looking for a great budget build in a low budget then the i3 9100f is for you. And i3 9100f is one of the best processor in terms of price to performance ratio under 15000.
It is a four-core four threads CPU with a base clock of 3.60 GHz and turbo up to 4.2 GHz. It has a cache of 6 MB has does not comes with any integrated graphics. But for a low budget build, it can offer great value considering its price to performance ratio.
You can use it with 1650 super or GTX 1660 GPU to get the best gaming performance.
These are the best processor under ₹ 15000 or $200 in 2020 for a Gaming PC. If you are looking for the best then at present Ryzen 3300X is the overall best CPU for gaming under ₹ 15000. And the other are options depending on your use you can select them also.
With the Ryzen 3300X, you can use even the highest performing GPUs without worrying about the bottlenecking. But to make it a more balanced PC its better to use a mid-budget to lower high-performance GPU with this processor.