It was only a few months ago when Intel's 10th generation Intel Core i7 10700K (Comet Lake) adorned our list of the best gaming CPUs, taking a place as a great value proposition. More recently, we've replaced the entry with an 11th-generation Rocket Lake chip, but the 10700K is still a viable option. Especially now that it’s on sale for $ 239.99 at Newegg.
From what I remember, this is the lowest it has ever been. In fact, it’s on sale for $ 269.99 (less than $ 359.99, which is too much), but applying a coupon code 794FLSH76 at the checkout is an additional $ 30 off the price, which is a new minimum.
Intel Core i7 10700KF (Comet Lake) | 8 cores, 16 threads | 3.8 GHz – 5.1 GHz
$ 359.99 $ 239.99 to Newegg (save $ 120)
The value proposition is high on the Core i7 10700KF, which is a fairly rugged 8-wire / 16-wire CPU with a base clock of 3.8 GHz and a maximum turbo frequency of 5.1 GHz. Use the coupon code 794FLSH76 at the checkout to get the full discount.See offer
If you need to build a new PC right now or if you are waiting a bit (Intel Alder Lake is just around the corner and with it switching to DDR5 memory) is something you will have to decide. There is no right or wrong answer, only pros and cons in both directions.
If you want to build a PC today (or upgrade an existing one), the 10700KF is the same chip as the 10700K we used to highlight, only without integrated graphics, as denoted by the "F" (and the "K "designates an unlocked multiplier to aid overclocking).
It is an 8-wire / 16-wire processor with a 3.8 GHz base clock, a maximum turbo frequency of 5.1 GHz and 16 MB of L3 cache. The chip is comparable to AMD’s Ryzen 7 5800X based on Zen 3. AMD is a bit faster, but it also runs north for $ 400 (it’s on sale at Amazon for $ 406, below $ 449).
The cost difference would be best applied to a GPU (whenever you can find one), faster / faster storage and RAM, or a higher-end motherboard.