5 best CPU and motherboard combos to buy [2021 Guide]

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CPU and Motherboard

Those of you that are trying to build a PC on a tight budget probably realized by now that one of the most expensive parts of a PC is the CPU. That is why some manufacturers have decided to produce motherboards that already have CPUs included.

However, such combos are fairly weak compared to most standalone CPUs that you could buy.

As such, we’ve decided to compile a list of the best motherboard and CPU combos that you could buy today, and that can surely save you some bucks compared to buying them separetely.

Note: Deals are subject to change. Keep in mind that the price tag often varies. We recommend going to the vendor’s website to check the price. Some of the products may be out of stock by the time you’ve made your purchasing decision. So, hurry up and hit the buy button.


What are the best CPU and motherboard combos to get now?

GIGABYTE B365 HD3 ATX motherboard & Intel Corei5 Combo

  • Intel Core i5-9600K procesor
  • 2xM.2 Gigabyte 8118
  • LAN/WiFi DDR4
  • Overheats despite the fans

If you’re looking for a budget-friendly motherboard and CPU combo, then the GIGABYTE B365 HD3 ATX Motherboard and Intel Corei5 3.70 GHz LGA1151 processor is a good choice to start your search at.

The integrated CPU is more than decent, and the Motherboard can support up to 128GB of RAM of DDR4, making it a good base for a solid work and even gaming PC.

The processor supports up to 6 cores and 6 threads for multi-tasking and simultaneous streaming, it’s overlockable with 3.70 GHz base clock speed and up to 4.60 GHz Turbo Boost speed, plus Intel UHD Graphics 630.

This bundle is also VR ready.


AMD Ryzen 5 3600 & ROG Strix B450-F Combo

  • Ultra-fast 100+ FPS game performance
  • 5 Way Optimization
  • 4 2 GHz max boost
  • No cons so far

This combo comes for quite a price tag, and for a good reason, since it includes a 2nd generation AMD Ryzen AM4 and 7th generation Athlon processors to maximize connectivity and speed, plus ROG Strix’s motherboard equipped with Intel Gigabit Ethernet, ASUS LANGuard and GameFirst technologies.

AMD offers 6 cores and 12 processing threads and can deliver ultra-fast 100+ FPS performance, while the motherboard proveids automated system-wide tuning, with overclocking and cooling profiles that are tailor-made for your device.


AMD Ryzen 5 2600 + ASUS ROG Strix B450-F Combo

  • AMD Ryzen 5 with dual NVMe M.2, USB 3.1 Gen2, gigabit LAN and up to 64 GB of DDR4
  • 5-way optimization motherboard
  • 3 months of Xbox Game Pass included
  • Game Pass might be missing in some bundles

This is a more budget-friendly version of AMD 5 + ROG Strix motherboard combo presented as the second option.

Specs are slightly different as well, featuring an AM4 and 7th generation Athlon processor, with 3.9 GHz max boost and 19MB of combined cache.

The motherboard is basically the same. Plus, this combo should get you a 3-month Xbox Unlimited Game Pass.


Intel Core i9-9900K & ASUS Prime Z390-A Motherboard Combo

  • 8 Cores, 16 Threads
  • 128 GB, DDR4 2666 MHz
  • M.2 heatsink, USB 3.1 Gen2 and ASUS Optimum II technologies
  • Price tag

This is actually the most expensive combo on our list.

It features an Intel Core Coffee Lake i9-9900K Desktop Processor with 8 cores and 16 threads, 3.60 GHz up to 5.00 GHz turbo boost, 16 MB Intel Smart Cache, and Intel UHD Graphics 630.

The CPU supports up to 128 GB, DDR4 2666 MHz, No ECC memory, up to 2 memory channel, 41.6 GB/s max memory bandwidth.


AMD Ryzen 5 3600 & MSI MPG X570 Motherboard Combo

  • Supports 2nd and 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen/ Ryzen with Radeon Vega Graphics processor
  • Supports DDR4 Memory, up to 4400+(OC) MHz
  • 4.2 GHz max boost, 35 MB of game cache DDR4 3200
  • None

Yet another combination of an AMD’s super-fats, world-leading gaming processer, combined with an MSI motherboard.

The motherboard supports ddr4 memory, up to 4400+(oc) MHz, includes a patented fan design and audio nahimic 3 software enhancement for immersive sound.


 The only conceivable reasons why one would opt to buy a motherboard and CPU combo would be because of budget limitations or to build their own systems.

What’s your take on such combinations? Do you think they are worth it? Tell us in the comments.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • It’s hard to draw a line, but there are a few combinations that you can analyze to have an idea. Here are our top picks.

  • Both are equally important since different tasks will use mostly one of the two. You could monitor FPS and see how it behaves.

  • They are actually different; the CPU is a chip placed on the motherboard. 

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