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This half-price MSI B550 motherboard could be the heart of your next AMD PC

£70 for one of the best-reviewed B550 motherboards is outstanding

If you're planning to build a new PC or upgrade an old one to run AMD's latest Ryzen processors, this deal is for you. The MSI MAG B550M Bazooka is one of the best recent AMD motherboards, and it's been heavily discounted at Amazon today. It normally retails for £120 and up, but today it's reduced to £70 - an incredible price for a quality B550 motherboard that pairs perfectly with AMD's latest Ryzen 5000 processors.

B550 is AMD's latest budget motherboard series, but it doesn't really sacrifice much to hit a much lower price point than premium X570 alternatives. You still get the three most important features: compatibility with the latest Ryzen 5000 processors, support for PCIe 4.0 graphics cards and SSDs, and the ability to overclock your RAM.

This means you get a very future-proof package, with the ability to start with entry-level components (like a Ryzen 3000-series processor, 3200MHz RAM and a SATA or PCIe 3.0 SSD) and still have the ability to make serious upgrades down the line, including up to 16 core Ryzen 5000 processors, 4400MHz RAM, PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSDs and the latest Nvidia or AMD graphics cards. The VRM - the part of the board that deals with power, essentially - is really good for a motherboard at this price point, which allows you to have options for overclocking if you want them.

In terms of features, this is a Micro ATX board so you can use this in small, mid-sized or large cases without issue, without committing to a very small form factor like Mini ITX which is a bit more limited in terms of what can physically fit on the board. You get two M.2 slots, gigabit ethernet, four USB 3.2 ports, two USB 2.0 ports and room to connect more. There's also an HDMI and a DisplayPort port, so if you get a Ryzen APU (like the recently announced 5600G) then you'll be able to run the system without a graphics card.

There's only one-size PCIe slot, but you still get two PCIe x1 slots if you wanted to install a PCIe to M.2 adapter or a WiFi card. There are also five fan headsets, four RGB headers and a BIOS flash button (always handy!). All in all, this is quite a well equipped board for its size, only really falling short in terms of its full-size PCIe slots which are rarely used these days anyway.

a screenshot of a motherboard getting cheaper and cheaper on amazon
This is the sort of Amazon price graph we love to see - from £120ish all the way down to £70.

So, it's easy to recommend the B550M Bazooka at this rare low price, so do consider it if you're in the market! I'd definitely recommend reading some reviews as well, which should give you some confidence that this is an absolute cracker of a deal.

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