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CPU Upgrader
Tell us a CPU, new or old, and we'll tell you the next best upgrades, including CPU, memory, and motherboard cost.
Intel Core i5-2500k more_vert How it performs today

99% of frames better than 30 fps across all game types





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Your Selected Motherboard close
Your Selected Memory close
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Select an Upgrade Path
The two paths available are (1) to buy a better processor that fits with your motherboard and memory or (2) buy an entirely new platform. Better processors for older platforms may not always be available new.
Prices are based on Amazon data. Prices for new platform include new motherboard and compliant memory.
CPU Only Upgrades
These do not require a new motherboard or memory. Drop in the new CPU and apply new thermal paste.
Price New CPU Parts to Buy System Benefit
Game Type FPS Gain $/FPS
New Platforms
These are the latest platforms and processors available. They usually require a new motherboard and memory, which is included in the price calculations.
Price New CPU Parts to Buy System Benefit
Game Type FPS Gain $/FPS
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Next, choose a motherboard
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Prices are based on Amazon data. Best prices include best priced motherboards and memory.
Cheapest Compatible Motherboard
This class of motherboard offers essential features for gamers at the lowest prices.
Price Name Form Factor Memory Slots
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Next, choose your memory
Sorted by price + capacitydetails
Prices are based on Amazon data. Best prices include best priced motherboards and memory.
Best Priced 4 GB
4 GB of RAM will get you into most PC games. While some games will run better with more, this is still the baseline for PC gaming in 2017.
Best Priced 8 GB
The best price available for 8 GB of memory for your board.