AMD's Ryzen 3100 is a budget-friendly processor, but it's still capable of some serious computing power. To make the most of this Ryzen 3000-series CPU, you'll need a decent AM4 motherboard. There are plenty out there, so to help you choose, we rounded up some of the best motherboards.
If you need all the bells and whistles the X570 chipset has to offer, including PCIe 4.0, you'll want something like this from ASUS. It's a little overkill for the Ryzen 3 3100 but does leave plenty of room for upgrades in the future. There's also Gigabit LAN with Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax), Gen 4 M.2 slots capable of unidirectional transfer speeds up to 64 GB/s, and plenty of RGB lighting options to boot.
The B450M is one of the more affordable chipsets from AMD that'll work well with the Ryzen 3 3000-series with a BIOS flash. It may not be as flashy as X470 and X570, but you still get some room to overclock, and it has plenty of features to make the most of this CPU.
MSI MPG X570 GAMING PLUS (opens in new tab)
This isn't really a budget-friendly X570 board, but it is priced well. If you want the latest and greatest chipset-touting motherboard without having to part with a truckload of cash, this is an excellent option. You've got metal heatsinks for the VRMs and high-quality components throughout.
Look, you likely don't need this motherboard, and it's absolutely overkill for a Ryzen 3 CPU, but if you want one, it's possible. This is an absolute beast, even allowing you to hook it up to a custom water-cooling loop for better heat transfer. It also has a 5Gb LAN. You're better off buying a better CPU, ut we thought we'd include it nonetheless.
Choosing the best motherboard
All of these motherboards will work well with an AMD Ryzen 3 3100 CPU, but it's down to what you require from a motherboard and how much budget you have to spare. The ASUS ROG Strix X570-E (opens in new tab) is still an excellent choice for most consumers, even providing room for stable overclocking and comes with the latest tech like PCIe 4.0.
If you want to save a little, but still want an X570 chipset, our recommendation goes to the MSI MPG X570 GAMING PLUS (opens in new tab), rocking PCIe 4.0 support, high-quality components, and a great BIOS. You may think it's not the most amazing motherboard out there, but it's an amazing foundation for an AMD PC build.
Rich Edmonds is Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.
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