Build Advice Best motherboard for mid-range gaming PC ?

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Hi guys I’m planning to build a mid range gaming PC. I already have a Zotac RTX 3060 GPU and a fractal design focus G mid tower case.

I’ve never build a gaming pc before and have no idea what requirements I need.
My budgets is £400 for motherboard CPU, ram, SSD and power supply.
 
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Hi guys I’m planning to build a mid range gaming PC. I already have a Zotac RTX 3060 GPU and a fractal design focus G mid tower case.

I’ve never build a gaming pc before and have no idea what requirements I need.
My budgets is £400 for motherboard CPU, ram, SSD and power supply.
How about this bunch, works out to about £412 but that's a nice CPU down there. I can vouch for the motherboard, had one for years with zero problems. Might want a PSU with more watts if you plan to upgrade from the 3060 later though.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/MSI-B450M-MORTAR-MAX-Motherboard/dp/B07WC6LLB6
 
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How about this bunch, works out to about £412 but that's a nice CPU down there. I can vouch for the motherboard, had one for years with zero problems. Might want a PSU with more watts if you plan to upgrade from the 3060 later though.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/MSI-B450M-MORTAR-MAX-Motherboard/dp/B07WC6LLB6
How about this bunch, works out to about £412 but that's a nice CPU down there. I can vouch for the motherboard, had one for years with zero problems. Might want a PSU with more watts if you plan to upgrade from the 3060 later though.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/MSI-B450M-MORTAR-MAX-Motherboard/dp/B07WC6LLB6
I’m really sorry I’ve been drinking and have just bought Crucial Ballistix BL2K8G36C16U4W 3600 MHz, DDR4, DRAM, Desktop Gaming Memory Kit, 16GB (8GB x2), CL16, White from Amazon before I saw your post.

Will that work with that motherboard?

I’m after a white theme.
 
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I’m really sorry I’ve been drinking and have just bought Crucial Ballistix BL2K8G36C16U4W 3600 MHz, DDR4, DRAM, Desktop Gaming Memory Kit, 16GB (8GB x2), CL16, White from Amazon before I saw your post.

Will that work with that motherboard?

I’m after a white theme.
It should as long as you get a non-APU Ryzen 3000-series processor with it. Found a few builds with that mix of processor, motherboard, and RAM online.

https://m.onlinetrade.ru/catalogue/operativnaya_pamyat-c341/crucial/fullreviews/operativnaya_pamyat_crucial_ddr4_16gb_2x8gb_3600_mhz_pc_28800_ballistix_white_bl2k8g36c16u4w-2054153-r86396.html

These guys sell Ryzen 5 3600s cheaper than Amazon:

https://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/computing-accessories/components-upgrades/processors/amd-ryzen-5-3600-processor-10194811-pdt.html
 
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It should as long as you get a non-APU Ryzen 3000-series processor with it. Found a few builds with that mix of processor, motherboard, and RAM online.

https://m.onlinetrade.ru/catalogue/operativnaya_pamyat-c341/crucial/fullreviews/operativnaya_pamyat_crucial_ddr4_16gb_2x8gb_3600_mhz_pc_28800_ballistix_white_bl2k8g36c16u4w-2054153-r86396.html

These guys sell Ryzen 5 3600s cheaper than Amazon:

https://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/computing-accessories/components-upgrades/processors/amd-ryzen-5-3600-processor-10194811-pdt.html
It should as long as you get a non-APU Ryzen 3000-series processor with it. Found a few builds with that mix of processor, motherboard, and RAM online.

https://m.onlinetrade.ru/catalogue/operativnaya_pamyat-c341/crucial/fullreviews/operativnaya_pamyat_crucial_ddr4_16gb_2x8gb_3600_mhz_pc_28800_ballistix_white_bl2k8g36c16u4w-2054153-r86396.html

These guys sell Ryzen 5 3600s cheaper than Amazon:

https://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/computing-accessories/components-upgrades/processors/amd-ryzen-5-3600-processor-10194811-pdt.html
Thanks ever so much. I’m definitely gonna buy that CPU but not sure about motherboard as seen this board on curry’s website.

https://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/computing-accessories/components-upgrades/motherboards/asus-prime-b550m-a-am4-motherboard-10210517-pdt.html?store=2249&=--present--&istCompanyId=bec25c7e-cbcd-460d-81d5-a25372d2e3d7&istFeedId=2928af81-b29b-476c-a180-ac5de265a98e&istItemId=iramaratw&istBid=t&srcid=198&cmpid=ppc~gg~0000+(Shopping+Ads)+Computing+All+Products~0000+(Shopping+Ads)+Computing+All+Products+ad+group~Exact&mctag=gg_goog_7904&kwid=GOOGLE&device=m&ds_kids=92700061143162600&tgtid=0000+(Shopping+Ads)+Computing+All+Products&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI7dn2gNqj8gIV0-3tCh1wUAavEAQYASABEgJEEfD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds


What do you think?

Edit: that is a long url, sorry.
 
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Man, friend, that ASUS board didn't exactly cover itself in glory in testing.

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wuPH9pCCK-E


The board I recommended (B450M Mortar Max) is basically a smaller version of the B450 Tomahawk which did much better in that test. If you're really willing to go £50+ over your budget, your money's better spent on a faster, latest-model processor like the Ryzen 5 5600x. Maybe the best you can get today value for money.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/AMD-Ryzen-5600X-Processor-Cache/dp/B08166SLDF

Ryzen 5000-series processors will work with B450 boards including the Mortar Max as long as you properly update the BIOS. Lots of how-to videos on YouTube, best find someone who's done it before to help.

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPF-V4FjULg

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsgDA4s3iT0
 

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