If you've been holding out on a CPU upgrade, good news: AMD's entire Ryzen line just got a haircut across the board just ahead of Black Friday.
The savings are currently available at MWAVE, which has dropped the price of Ryzen 3, Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 CPUs by a couple of hundred dollars in some instances.
Some of the deals are pretty marginal - a Ryzen 5 1600 is only $259, about $15 cheaper than the next major Aussie retailer. But in other instances the discounts are massive: you can grab a Ryzen 7 1800X for $449, and a Ryzen 7 1700X for $389. That's almost couple of hundreds dollars cheaper in the 1800X's case, and at least $100 off for the 1700X.
Here's the full list of updated prices for AMD CPUs. GHz quoted below are the CPU's base clock only, although full specs can be found on each CPU here.
Ryzen Threadripper 1950X 3.4GHz (16c/32t) – $1149 (down from $1399)
Ryzen Threadripper 1920X 3.5GHz (12c/24t) – $949 (down from $1099)
Ryzen Threadripper 1900X 3.8GHz (8c/16t) - $609 (down from $729)
Ryzen 7 1800X 3.6GHz (8c/16t) - $449 (down from $629)
Ryzen 7 1700X 3.4GHz (8c/16t) - $389 (down from $495)
Ryzen 7 1700 3.0GHz (8c/16t) - $379 (down from $405)
Ryzen 5 1600X 3.6GHz (6c/12t) – $285 (down from $319)
Ryzen 5 1600 3.4GHz (6c/12t) – $259 (down from $285)
Ryzen 5 1500X 3.6GHz (4c/8t) - $229 (down from $239)
If you need to whittle the list down a little, the 1700X and 1600X are solid choices to build around. The 1800X now costs roughly the same as the 4.2GHz i7-7700K, although the Kaby Lake CPU is still better for gaming - it boosts up to 4.5GHz, after all. But outside of that, you'll get more mileage out of the 8 cores in the 1800X. (Alternatively, you could get the cheaper option in the 1700X and just invest in solid watercooling.)