9. AMD 3.5GHz Athlon FX-6300
Intel dominates the chip market, but AMD has a few offerings that have performed quite well in the desktop space. First up is the six-core Athlon FX-6300 processor, which comes with 6 MB of total Level 2 cache and can boost its clock speed to 4.1GHz in Turbo mode. The 64-bit, 32nm chip also comes with AMD's virtualization technology and sells for approximately $115.