If you are custom building a computer, getting your hands on a good motherboard is paramount.
You don’t have to pay hundreds of dollars for a motherboard. A decent motherboard can cost between $40 and $100.
You don’t really need to spend over $100 unless you are going for really speedy specs.
The best budget motherboard I found, was the ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0, which had amazing performance considering its price.
Read ahead to find out more about excellent low-cost motherboards. All the products on this list cost $100 or less:
10 Best Budget Motherboard – 2018
Tips for Buying a Cheap Motherboard
When you are on the hunt for a good motherboard for less than $100, keep the following in mind:
Support for USB 3.0 is a great bonus. In fact, it may be a necessity as computers of the future are switching to USB 3.0.
Try to buy a motherboard with 6-GBps SATA ports that support faster data transfer on hard drives, including SSD drives. SATA ports are also very compact so you will have more room for attaching other devices.
RAM is cheaper now more than ever. So, don’t settle for less. Get as much RAM as possible. 8GB is decent enough and you won’t have to pay a lot like you would for 16GB max RAM.
If you plan on equipping your PC with a new generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processors, you will need to buy a motherboard with an 1155 socket.
Keep in mind that the processor is the most important component your motherboard will have. You will need to buy the motherboard after you decide which processor you want. When buying, make sure the motherboard has a CPU socket that can actually hold the processor you want.
Modern motherboards have two main form factors: ATX and microATX. ATX motherboards usually have a larger number of slots for expansion (about 7 typically), four to eight RAM bays and data connectors. MicroATX motherboards typically only have four expansion slots and fewer RAM bays. However, you will find microATX motherboards more commonly because they support smaller, minimalist PCs. If you are a gamer, you will need a full-size ATX motherboard.