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Getting the motherboard right in your PC build is important since it determines what CPU you can use. The AMD Ryzen 5 5600X is a mid-range processor with 6 cores and 12 threads but can be used with A520, B550, and X570 motherboards. We've rounded up the best motherboards for the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X.

GIGABYTE A520 AORUS Elite motherboard (opens in new tab)

Budget pick

While not quite as advanced as our top pick, the A520 AORUS Elite from GIGABYTE is still worth considering for your Ryzen 5 5600X. It doesn't come with PCIe 4.0 support but comes with a decent VRM setup, M.2 slot, and will work perfectly fine with your Ryzen 5000 Series CPU. You'll also save some money for other components.

NZXT N7 B550 motherboard (opens in new tab)

Best design

NZXT makes some killer PC cases, but the company also makes some exceptionally well-designed motherboards. The NZXT N7 B550 may not have the class-leading X570 chipset, but it doesn't need it. You're getting plenty of expansion points, more fan headers than you'll likely require, and a layout that'll look amazing in most PC builds. NZXT pushed the B550 chipset to its limit with the N7.

Choosing the best motherboard for AMD Ryzen 5 5600X

A reliable motherboard is one of your PC's most important components, so you must choose the right one for your budget and needs. The Ryzen 5 5600X isn't the most capable processor, meaning you can get away with an A520 or B550 motherboard if you can't quite stretch to cover the cost of an X570 board. Just be sure the motherboard you buy comes with a BIOS version that works with the Ryzen 5000 Series.

Our top pick for best motherboard for the Ryzen 5 5600X is the ASUS ROG Strix X570-E, which comes with super-fast LAN ports and PCIe 4.0, thanks to the X570 chipset from AMD. It's not the most affordable but will easily handle even the most powerful Ryzen 9 processor.

If you want to save a little but still enjoy all the benefits of X570, the ASUS Prime X570-P is a great second choice, coming with PCIe 4.0 support, high-quality components, and a great BIOS at a more affordable price.

Rich Edmonds is a word conjurer at Windows Central, covering everything related to Windows, gaming, and hardware. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a device chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.