The motherboard is the heart of your PC, connecting all your important components together and making all the magic occur. When setting out to build a new PC, you’ll want to start with the CPU and then choose a corresponding Intel or AMD motherboard to go with it. This Black Friday, there are plenty of deals to be had and here are but a few highlights.
This board from MSI utilizes AMD’s latest X570 chipset for third-gen Ryzen CPUs, bringing with it PCIe 4.0 support and plenty of other high-end features at a reasonable price.
This may sport the older X470 chipset, but it supports latest 3rd-gen Ryzen CPUs with a BIOS update and comes rocking some great features, including an attractive design, high-quality components, M.2 slot, USB 3.1, and and attractive price.
This more budget-friendly ASUS motherboard is based on the B450 chipset from AMD. It supports 3rd-gen Ryzen with a BIOS update, comes with all the basics like dual-M.2 slots, USB 3.1, Gigabit LAN, and support for up to 64GB of RAM. It’s also well-built and robust for stable overclocking.
ASUS pretty much threw everything at this motherboard, including the latest X570 premium chipset, PCIe 4.0 support, enhanced cooling for better stability, high-quality components, dual M.2 slots, as well as a water pump header. If you’re planning on a serious build, this is a good board.
ASUS is known for high-quality motherboards and this is yet another fine example. You’ve got support for 3rd-gen Ryzen processors with a BIOS update, dual M.2 slots, USB 3.1, and support for overclocking with premium components and various features to aid in stability.
This MSI board supports 8th and 9th Gen Intel CPUs, including the high-end i9 processors. You’ve also got plenty of features, including support for up to 4,500MHz RAM, two M.2 slots, Intel Optane Memory, solid components, and USB 3.1.
This board is much like the MAG Z390M in supporting 8th and 9th Gen Intel processors, but it comes with a few limitations, like being able to support 4,400MHz RAM. Still, you get two M.2 slots and USB 3.1, as well as a stable environment.
This ASUS motherboard is designed for use with 8th and 9th Gen Intel CPUs and comes with two M.2 drive slots, built-in Wi-Fi, quality components, USB 3.1, and enhanced DRAM overclocking stability. If you want something a little more premium, this is a great motherboard.
Choosing the best motherboard deal
If you’re going down the route of AMD, you’ll want to consider the X570 chipset, which offers the latest from AMD and PCIe 4.0 support, not to mention these boards will work out-the-box with the latest Ryzen processors. Our top AMD pick goes to the MSI X570-A PRO for its high-quality components, feature set, and affordable price.
For team blue, we’re looking at the MSI MPG Z390M, which is a great middle-ground in offering some high-end features at a reasonable price. You’ll be able to use anything up to a 9th Gen Intel Core i9 processor with fast RAM and an M.2 drive.
Be weary when shopping around. Don’t bother with older chipsets like the X370 since you don’t get any support for third-gen Ryzen processors and miss out on some of the more recent tech advancements. Picking from the above collection will allow you to build a capable PC that’ll last years.
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