What's the best gaming CPU for this board?

Danny101

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I have an Asus Prime X370-A board. The best CPU I can buy for this board is the Ryzen 9 3950X. The thing is, this is a professional CPU that would be more than I need. So I'm trying to determine the one that fits my needs. Gaming mostly. There's been discussion that many don't like so many CPU cores. So what is the optimal core count for let's say the next five years? 8ct or 12ct?
 

Squid Surprise

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The difference between the 3900 and 3800 is about $50, depending on where you shop.... but the 3950 is about double the cost of the 3900.... I’d go 3900 unless you really want to burn an extra $400 or so....