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Which of these two motherboards is best? Do I need a high end mobo for Ryzen 1600?

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Is it worth that extra 30-40 dollars?

I just wanna use a ryzen 1600 and if I OC it, it won't be to push it's limits, only to get it to semi 1600x speeds.
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You don't need to go for a x370 chipset, so you can go cheaper and still overclock. But I personally won't buy any Asrock products again after seeing some of them in person and how inaccurate their voltage regulation was on older motherboards. They may have upped their quality since then, but I personally stay away.

I'd rather go for the MSI B350 Tomahawk for an extra $5 if it was my own money. It has 4 power phases over the Asrock's 3 power phases so hopefully more stable voltage regulation and less heat on them when overclocking.

Whichever board you chose to go with, make sure you buy a memory kit that's on their QVL. Preferibly a memory set between 2666-3200Mhz that isn't going to have some outrageous price. If you shop around a bit, you might find a ~3000mhz set for the same as the 2666 sets.

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MSI B350 Tomahawk LINK
Asrock Fatal1ty AB350 Gaming K4 LINK
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X370 is most beneficial if you're either wanting to run two Nvidia cards in SLI, need the extra SATA posts, and/or use more than a couple of USB 3.0 devices. Otherwise both chipsets should run the same for overclocking.

If none of this matters, then go for a B350. Pay attention to build quality and reviews. I wouldn't put it past companies to build boards with lesser chipsets weaker, just to get you to buy the top of the line chipset. ASRock, for AM4 boards in general, seem to be the highest praised across both chipsets. I don't think any of the boards out there will give you any major issues. Everything from Biostar to ASUS seem to be fine.
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