The Ryzen 3 generation has shown once more that processors don’t have to be in the top-tier range to blow the competition out of the water and play AAA games..
May 2020 brought two new Ryzen models to AMD’s already killer portfolio, the Ryzen 3 3100 and Ryzen 3 3300X.
For those of us who just want something simple and don’t want to spend all our money on a build, these are affordable and powerful processors that get the job done.
More so, they run with more threads and higher clock speeds than Intels recent offering making AMD just a naturally better choice in a wide variety of situations.
Even for streamers and content producers, the cheap Ryzen 3 3300X offers enough power to get your feet wet in the streaming and editing world.
I could rave about the new AMD offerings for a while, just know, I think it’s a gamechanger.
That new processor does need a nice AM4 socket motherboard though to take advantage of that cheap as chips power!
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Best Motherboards For Ryzen 3 3100 And 3300X
Ryzen 3 3100 vs 3300X
This is a tough decision and that’s a good thing. I’ve often been disappointed by some of the strange decisions AMD has made over the years (The GPU market alone has more than a fair share of unimpressive AMD failures).
AMD has broken away from the history of failed launches though and finally keyed in on what we as users want.
The 3100 and 3300X are both fantastic values, it’s simply a matter of how much you want to spend. Both are just really good purchases though.
Running at the same TDP the biggest difference is actually in the base clock speed with the 3300X with it running around 400 MHz faster.
What really makes this extra cost worth it though is the performance.
At $120 you are getting a processor that can go head to head with the legendary i7-7700K (A $300 processor).
Even the 3100 is just slightly slower than the competing i7. They’re both fantastic processors at CHEAP prices.
You’ll be playing 1080p AAA games at fast speeds with either of these options, especially the 3300X
1. Gigabyte X570 Gaming X
Best X570 Motherboard For Ryzen 3 3100 And 3300X
- Supports AMD 3rd Gen Ryzen/ 2nd Gen Ryzen/ Ryzen with Radeon Vega Graphics Processors
- Dual channel ECC/ non-ECC unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs
- True 12 phase digital VRM
The first on our list is a beast of a motherboard, it’s not cheap but there is a good reason to consider a solid motherboard with this purchase.
Your processor (Be it the 3100 or 3300X) is likely pretty powerful but still will lag behind newer and better CPU options.
In the lower-tier end, Ryzen 3 annihilates competition, in fact, it performs on par with even recent i7-7700K processors.
Where this doesn’t seem as cool or fun though is in switching to 2K and 4K gaming.
If by chance the itch to play at better resolutions ever strikes you, a nice motherboard future proofs your investment.
Motherboard turnover is a bit slower than processor turnover and the sunk investment cost is pretty light with the 3100.
Plus there are a bevy of important features that make gaming in the future easier, not the least of these being that PCIe 4.0 will be ready soon enough for mainstream use.
This is an awesome board and sort of fits the niche of those who know they don’t want to replace the motherboard soon but want to save on the CPU.
- Support for the PCIe 4.0 products coming out
- Tons of ports for SSD and GPU solutions
- Beautiful black steel design
- A bit pricey for those investing in the Ryzen 3 3100
- No Wi-Fi support
2. MSI B450 Tomahawk Max
Best B450 Motherboard For Ryzen 3 3100 And 3300X
- Supports 1st, 2nd and 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen/ Ryzen with Radeon Vega Graphics and 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen with Radeon graphics/ Athlon with Radeon Vega Graphics desktop processors for socket AM4.Audio ports (Rear): Realtek ALC892 Codec
- Supports DDR4 memory, up to 4133(OC) MHz
- Extended heatsink design: MSI extended PWM heatsink and enhanced circuit design ensures even high-end processors to run in full speed.
The MSI B450 Tomahawk (Also branded as the MSI Arsenal) is a fantastic mobo. I’ll admit, I’m a bit of an MSI fanboy.
They produce solid products often at a good costpoint. The B450 comes in the normal form and also the Tomahawk Max.
The Max is actually cheaper and has an updated BIOS meaning support out of the box.
One of the most obnoxious problems I’ve encountered with AMD is newer motherboards often need a BIOS update.
Having it already done is such a headache relief. The Tomahawk offers the best of current gen technology and as such is a bit cheaper than other offerings like X570 boards.
You won’t be able to run PCIe 4.0 but if you’re picking up a fancy new Ryzen 3 3100 processor, keeping costs low while being future-proofed is probably important to you.
You can also upgrade in the future as this will run with any Ryzen Gen 3 cards.
I love the design of MSI boards for the easy to use BIOS, excellent tech support, and use of black steel.
They just always make the slickest looking boards! While it doesn’t come with Wi-Fi, a simple PCIe adapter is enough to add that and you still do get great NVMe support meaning that you can put in blazing fast SSD.
- The Max version is really easy to setup
- All the features you’d want in this budget range
- No Wi-Fi
- No PCIe 4.0
3. ASRock X570M
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Quad CrossFire, 7.1 Audio, X570 chipset, and even PCIe 4.0. For the price, this is one of the best boards you’ll find. You can jam multiple GPUs into it, and basically it runs with the newest and highest quality Ryzen devices.
The catch? It’s MicroATX.
That means you’ll need a case that is a bit smaller and might need to practice using nimble hands when installing parts as there isn’t as much room.
Still, for a micro build, this mobo let’s you prepare for the future with the blistering fast PCIe 4.0, add tons of GPUs, and still run an excellent processor.
It’s my favorite board on this and although I rock an ATX build, it’s enough to make me consider upgrading to a smaller form factor.
With a Ryzen 3 3300X you can put a decent GPU in this and have yourself a pretty mighty machine that has room to upgrade in the future.
Although CrossFire is cool, I have had some pretty meh results so I’d be very careful before going all in.
That being said this was my favorite mobo of the whole group. I would say it really affordable as well which is nice when you are building a rig like this.
- Very Affordable
- MicroATX is great for some specific uses
- 7.1 surround support
- Tons of SATA, M.2, and PCIe options
- Quad CrossFire
- No Wi-Fi
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4. ASUS TUF Gaming B550-PLUS
Best B550 Motherboard For Ryzen 3 3100 And 3300X
- AMD AM4 Socket and PCIe 4. 0: The perfect pairing for Zen 3 Ryzen 5000 & 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen CPUs
- Robust Power Design: 8+2 DrMOS power stages with high-quality alloy chokes and durable capacitors to provide reliable power for the last AMD high-count-core CPUs
- Optimized Thermal Solution: Fanless VRM and chipset heatsink, multiple hybrid fan headers and Fan Xpert 4 or the UEFI Q-Fan Control utility
I really like the ASUS TUF Gaming B550-PLUS, it offers almost all the features of a top-tier mobo while remaining very affordable.
As one of the cheapest options, it still allows for PCIe 4.0 meaning that you can build a cheap, powerful little rig and be assured that a simple change like adding a better GPU or even upgrading your processor in the future will give you a machine that feels brand new.
Aura Sync is ASUS answer to LED allowing you to sync any ASUS peripherals together.
This is a pretty nifty feature although the board itself only has an LED RGB header and isn’t really chock full of light. One unique feature too is BIOS Flashback.
Having to update the BIOS can be a bit scary and a poor job will brick your motherboard.
Luckily they’ve offered a solution that only requires a well-formatted USB stick and you can flash the BIOS without all the nerve-wracking choices involved.
If you are tight for money this might be the best option, it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of the MicroATX offerings but is affordable and does what a mobo needs to do fairly well.
- Very affordable
- Can use PCIe 4.0 and perfect for future-proofing
- Some unique quality of life features
- No Wi-Fi
Building a new rig is one of the most rewarding experiences in gaming today. PC’s offer more customization, freedom, and power at a lower cost than ever before.
Even with a lower-end CPU like a 3rd Gen Ryzen 3, you can experience today’s epic AAA content and play it surprisingly well.
Building a PC isn’t always easy and picking between all the different configurations can be challenging.
Take it from a professional that you can’t go wrong with the R3 3300X, it’s a lot of power at an enticing price.
I’d recommend that over the 3100 although AMD has really brought a stellar processor to market in that as well.
With your CPU you’ll need a mobo and you might as well go for something that balances both the budget of today with the long-term value of tomorrow.
If something on this list looked intriguing, take a moment and consider picking it up! I spend a lot of time making sure the Motherboards selected are top-notch and know you’ll find something you love. Until next time, good luck building!