Need help choosing parts for Gaming PC

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edited February 2023 in Help Choosing Parts

Account is too young to add the parts list link, so here are my specs:

Ryzen 5 5600X

B550M-A Prime AC PS AMD AM4 microATX

Crucial 16GB (8*2) DD4-3200 PC4-25600

Lian Li Lancool II Mesh Type C Mid-Tower

EVGA-SuperNOVA 850 GT 850 Watt 80 Plus Gold ATX

ASUS RTX 3070 Dual-Fan 8GB

970 EVO 1TB

Lian Li 240mm water cooling kit

Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit

Building my first gaming PC. The current motherboard I have chosen is a recommendation from my boyfriend. He has an o11 air mini case while mine is a mid-tower, so I'm looking for an ATX motherboard that's possibly cheaper since mATX motherboards can be pricier. Thanks for the help in advance!

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  • magarity
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    First Anniversary 5 Up Votes First Comment First Answer

    When the 5600X first came out it was the best price/performance deal but now that the non-X variant is available, it has taken that spot. Only get the 'X' if you are on a mission to overclock. If you're happy with the regular 'boost' speeds then save yourself a few $$ and get the non-X.

    So, about that motherboard, ASUS is an excellent brand but the 'Prime' series are their rock bottom. Are you on a strict budget that you need a 129.99 motherboard? Switching to the non-X will let you get something at least a little better. Also, the 5600 both X and non-X are 65Watt chips, and do not need a 240 AIO. Although an AIO of course has a bigger wow factor, you can save a lot if you get a decent tower cooler like a beQuiet 3 for half the price. This is another way to also route budget towards a better motherboard.

  • gtp_292
    Thanks for the input! I am looking to keep the build under $2.1k if possible, but have a little wiggle room to increase this if necessary. 
  • gtp_292
    I also need wifi supportability from the motherboard because I don’t have good Ethernet connections in my home, so what’s a better motherboard?
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