If you're on the hunt for a powerful chip with plenty of horsepower for threaded workloads, AMD's got you covered this holiday season. You can score the 16-core 32-thread Threadripper 1950X for a mere $450, marking the lowest price we've seen for the chip. You get free shipping, too. This powerful chip comes exposes 60 PCIe lanes to the user and features 3.4/4.0 GHz base/boost frequencies. Both Amazon and Newegg are running the sale for the next five days.
If ponying up for a high-end X399 platform and enough RAM to populate the quad-channel board is a bit too much, you can step down to the Ryzen 7 1700X. You can find this chip for a fantastic $149 at Newegg, but Amazon has yet to price match. This nimble 8-core 16-thread chip drops into AM4 motherboards, which are inexpensive and plentiful. AMD also plans to support the AM4 socket until 2020, so you'll have a solid upgrade path in the future.
Both chips are previous-gen models, but the supporting chipsets are both compatible with the current-gen Ryzen processors. You'll need a cooler for both processors, so make sure to budget that into your build, and X399 motherboards can be pricey. Check out our How to Buy the Right CPU article for more advice.