Best budget B550 motherboards 2023

Building a gaming PC doesn't always mean spending an extreme amount of cash. There are plenty of budget options for a money-saving custom desktop build, and AMD Ryzen processors are a common choice for their incredible value for money. B550 chipset motherboards are designed for the 3000, 4000, and 5000 CPUs, with support for PCIe 4.0 expansion slots, M.2 solid-state drives, and even overclocking. I've picked the best B550 motherboards in various feature sets and prices for your next budget build.

Choosing the best B550 motherboard

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AMD components are famous for their performance versus cost, making the AM4 socket a perfect match for anyone looking to build a gaming PC on a budget. The best budget B550 motherboards include as many features as possible without pushing the price overboard, just like the Gigabyte B550 Aorus Elite with its terrific 12+2 power phase VRM for careful overclocking. It packs the biggest punch in this range, next to the ASUS TUF Gaming B550M-Plus that performed well in our review.

None of these budget B550 boards detract from the quality compared to some of the best motherboards. The value in this chipset is an attractive way to save, considering you can pair it with a solid mid-range CPU from previous generations like the AMD Ryzen 5 3600X as a strong starting point for a budget build. For those looking for the ultimate penny saver, ASRock's B550 Phantom Gaming 4 AC brings Wi-Fi connectivity and still suits the Ryzen 5 3600X or above for a decent stock build.

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