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Amazon: AMD Ryzen 5 5600X 6-core, 12-Thread Unlocked Desktop Processor with Wraith Stealth Cooler $279.99

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Anyone have good MB recommendations for this?
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Quote from smstriker :
Anyone have good MB recommendations for this?
TL;DR most people buy a B550

Budget: B450 or X470 (check for CPU compatibility, see caveats at the bottom)
More expensive: B550 or X570 board

B550 is most popular; good value overall and PCIE4 support. ASUS, MSI, ASROCK are the most popular brands. Features to look for if they matter to you: multiple M.2 slots (useful for SSDs, wifi, bluetooth cards), and USB 3.x headers for cases with USB-C ports.

The difference between old and new is not huge. Biggest difference is PCIE 3 vs 4 in the newer boards. This will not greatly affect performance for components you buy today. It upgrades the bus speed between your components. Today, only the best SSDs can exceed PCIE3 speeds, and video cards show no improvement. In the future, PCIE 4 will allow video cards and SSDs to be faster. Keep in mind that if you want a future gen processor, you'll need a new mobo anyway... socket AM4 is now at the end of its lifecycle.

B440/X470 is PCIE 3. B550 (the most popular mobo series) has a limited number of PCIE4 channels that can be used at once, good enough for most people unless you're adding a lot of extra drives. X570 is full PCIE4, but has some other drawbacks that I can't recall

Caveat: If you're getting a 400 series board, be sure it states it supports Zen 3. Also you may need to update the BIOS for that support, and if they don't have "Flashback" (update without a CPU installed) feature, you have to plug in an older compatible processor to update. AMD has a free CPU loaner program but I hear it's a bit of a pain to use.
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Anyone have good MB recommendations for this?
I have been using the MSI B550M PRO-VDH WiFi and it has been working well with my 5600x and occasional VR gaming. It's a very budget friendly B550M motherboard that also has built-in wifi. ​
Note: it also has a flash BIOS button as you will have to update the bios for this cpu.
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This now for $260 if you have a micro center near by and plus $20 off amd4 motherboards.
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So sick of these X deals. Where are the G's? Oh, thats right, they put them in pre-builds with added GPU's....
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Another plus of B550 boards - many have fanless chipset heatsinks. One less point of failure for the long haul...
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Another plus of B550 boards - many have fanless chipset heatsinks. One less point of failure for the long haul...
I bought an X570 and just pay a hobo to put ice cubes in his mouth and blow on the motherboard, so if my fan ever fails, at least Frank has my back
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