I'm having a little bit of trouble deciding which mobo to get out of these 2 options. I can't afford a lot so I'll have to get the cheapest ones out there, and atx ryzen motherboards are totally not cheap from what I've seen. These 2 seem like the most affordable and most people say they're good. Are there any noteworthy differences between the 2 besides looking cooler? Is the steel legend a more worthy upgrade over the pro4? Are both of them good for gaming? Let me know. I'm open to any suggestions.
Both are good budget boards, pretty much depends on what you are looking for on a motherboard. There are no gaming motherboards, they all serve a porpuse, connect all system and make it work stable.
If you like the more fancy look and RGB on the Steel legend, go ahead there's nothing wrong with that, but if you want the most basic but still solid board the Pro would do fine.
MSI B450 -A PRO MAX (Virtually the same board as the above, darker theme, slightly cheaper again)
MSI B450-A PRO (Slightly cheaper again, ^MAX just means BIOS is pre-updated for Ryzen 3000)
3. The Asrock B450 Pro4 isn't a terrible budget choice, however I would fork out the extra dollars for the above boards, unless going cheaper means you can afford the R5 2600. At $71 the below option may also help you do that:
At $60~ and $120~ for the R3 1200 and R5 2600, these are both fantastic CPUs.
From here I would personally either grab the Steel Legend or one of the 3 MSI boards and the R3 1200, and then watch an overclocking tutorial for even better value (not absolutely necessary, but well worth it), or grab the Pro4-F for $71 and muster up some cash for the R5 2600.
This would be a noticeable performance improvement, just forget about overclocking on that particular board.
As a final note, you could also scour the second hand market! Motherboards and processors (especially) are hardy beasts, and you won't come even close to the price/performance options available on the used market. Don't write it off if you're looking to get the most out of your money.
Don't hesitate to come back with any other questions, or even an outline of your situation such as parts you currently have or are looking at, along with your total budget.
Hmm. I might have to grab the B450 Gaming Plus Max then. Not sure how reliable MSI is but it seems like a pretty good deal and even the original price is a few bucks cheaper. Thanks for your suggestions!