Best Budget: Intel Core i7-6700
The Core i7-6700 is based on Intel’s Skylake architecture and is a wise pick for PC builders who want a high-end CPU on a budget. Built for LG 1151 motherboards, this CPU only takes 0.5 seconds to fully wake from sleep mode. And if you’re upgrading a laptop, the processor can add up to three times more battery life. This makes a great budget option for gamers too, as it supports the increased detail and faster frame rates of today’s mainstream games. Set up with four cores at a base clock speed of 3.7GHz, the incorporation of eight threads allows the 6700 to run monitors up to 4096 x 2304 resolution and support DDR3L and DDR4 RAM.