With the launch of the new Zen 2 processors, the Navi cards and the RTX Super series, you might be in the market to build a new computer. While the choices for CPUs and GPUs are relatively easy, the number of options in the motherboard section can be overwhelming, especially for inexperienced builders. But don’t worry, with this article, we’ve got you covered. This guide should help you make an informed decision on your computer’s motherboard based on your needs, so without any further ado, here are our top picks:

The Budget King – MSI B450 Tomahawk

Price: ₹9,850

Recommended CPUs: AMD Ryzen 5 3600, Ryzen 7 3700X

The Tomahawk by MSI is an extremely well-rounded motherboard with excellent VRM for the price, and a great feature set. The board is equipped with USB 3.1, USB Type-C and a 32 Gbps M.2 slot which is a rarity in the budget segment. The board is also quite affordable and can be found on MDComputers for under ₹10,000. If that’s a bit much for you, though, I’d recommend the ​B450-A Pro​ by MSI which has similar VRMs but is stripped down in features.

On the opposite end, we have the ​B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC​, which you should go for if you can spend a bit more and want some extra features like WiFi. If you would like to go for something with a smaller form factor around the same price point, the ​B450M Mortar​ would be our recommendation. All these boards have a feature called BIOS flashback, so you can update their BIOS without requiring a Ryzen 2000/1000 CPU, in order to make them work with the Ryzen 3000 series CPUs.

Mid Ranged Monster – X470 Gaming Pro Carbon

Price: ₹16,050

Recommended CPUs: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X, Ryzen 7 3800X, Ryzen 9 3900X

Coming in at about ₹16,000, the x470 Gaming Pro Carbon by MSI features a top of the line feature set with few cutbacks even compared to more expensive boards, paired with excellent VRM which is good enough to handle even a 3900X. One drawback, though, is that it doesn’t have BIOS flashback, so you will require an older Ryzen processor in order to update the BIOS before it works with your new one. You shouldn’t have much difficulty getting a computer shop near you to update the BIOS for a nominal price, though.

Budget X570 – ASUS TUF Gaming x570 Plus

Price: ₹16,900

Recommended CPUs: AMD Ryzen 9 3900X

The ASUS TUF is one of the more affordable x570 boards at only ₹17,000 and offers excellent value if you need a board with PCIe 4.0, or just want something that works with your processor out of the box. ASUS hasn’t gone crazy with it, but it ticks a lot of boxes and hits a very sweet spot for PC builders.

Enthusiast Range- ASUS Crosshair VIII Hero

Price: ₹33,271

Recommended CPUs: AMD Ryzen 9 3900X

ASUS has done a fantastic job with this board, it has every feature you could want in a motherboard, and then some. With LN2 support, a Safe Boot which preserves your OC settings, top-of-the-line VRM and error codes, this is should be the go-to board for extreme overclockers and enthusiasts. Priced at approximately ₹33,000, it is extremely competitive with our honorable mentions in this category which include the ​MSI X570 Ace and the ​Gigabyte X570 Aorus Master​, and honestly, you can’t go wrong with any of these three. I personally picked ASUS due to their amazing audio hardware, usually intuitive BIOS and more importantly the safe boot.

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  1. I’ve read that the MSI B450 BIOS update is still in beta and there are problems with it. Would you please throw some light on that?

  2. Cpu overclocking tips – check.
    Motherboard buying guide – check.
    Hope the next is on cpu cooler buying guide so i can get that max performance gain on that ryzen 5 3600 overclock.

  3. will b450 tomahawk support ryzen 5 3600x ???
    And will rtx 2060 super support the above two completely for heavy gaming???

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