The foundation of every PC is the motherboard. Extra bells and whistles carry a premium, which is why Black Friday is a perfect time to shop for a new mobo. Finding a good deal means building a more feature rich system without increasing the budget. Here are a few that we think are worth consideration. Also be sure to check out our list of the best gaming motherboards and best Z170 motherboards—finding one of those on sale is like striking gold!
Little builds that offer big performance are in. If that's your goal, the ASRock Fatal1ty Gaming Z170 Gaming-ITX/ac is a stellar option in the mini-ITX category. It's packed with features, including onboard Wi-Fi connectivity, is fit for overclocking, and looks rad to boot. You can grab this motherboard for $125 (after $20 MIR) from Newegg, a sweet $60 savings from its MSRP.
Lest anyone accuse us of being biased, we haven't forgotten about AMD. Our pick for the best AM3+ motherboard, the Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P, is available at Amazon for $78. That's a tidy savings of $25 that makes an already inexpensive board even more affordable. The BIOS is a bit antiquated on this thing, but it otherwise boasts a solid construction and good overclocking performance.
All of our favorite deals
Asus Z170-Deluxe: $220 (after $30 MIR), Newegg $70 off: LGA 1151, 64GB DDR4-3466 support, 3 x PCI-E x16, 8 x SATA 6Gbps, 2 x M.2
Biostar TA970 AM3+: $40 (after $10 MIR), Newegg save $40: AM3+, 2 x PCI-E x16, all solid capacitors, 5-phase power design
Asus ROG Rampage V Extreme/U3.1: $340 (after $100 MIR), Newegg save $190: LGA-2011-v3, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, 5 x PCI-E x16, 8 x SATA 6Gbps
Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3P: $50 with $10 rebate, Newegg (save $25)
Gigabyte GA-990FX: $120, Amazon $30 off: AM3+, 115dB SNR HD audio, Killer E2201 LAN, 1 x M.2, 6 x SATA 6Gbps, USB 3.1 (Type-A)
Asus M5A99FX Pro R2.0: $85 (after $35 MIR), Newegg $55 off: AM3+, 990X chipset, 4 x PCI-Express x16, 7 x SATA 6Gbps, 8-channel audio
MSI Z97 Gaming 5: $90 (after $20 MIR), Newegg $50 off: LGA 1150, 4 x PCI Express x16, 6 x SATA 6Gbps, 1 x M.2, USB 3.1 (Gen1)
Asus Z170 Pro Gaming: £130, Currys £18 off: LGA 1151, 3 x PCI Express x16, SupremeFX 8-channel audio, 4 x SATA 6Gbps
Asus 990X Evo R2.0: £98, Amazon £47 off: AM3+, 3 x PCI Express x16, 6 x SATA 6Gbps, 2 x eSATA 6Gbps
Gigabyte GA-X99-Ultra Gaming-EK Bundle: £255, Overclock £70 off: Comes with an EK waterclock, Killer E2400 and Intel GbE gaming networks, X99 chipset, 4 x PCI Express x16, 1 x M.2
Gigabyte X99 Gaming 5P w/ Intel Core i7 6850K combo: £760, Overclockers.UK save £120: six-core processor (Broadwell-E), EATX form factor, 8 x USB 3.0, 4 x PCI Express x16, 1 x M.2
Gigabyte Z170-Gaming K3: £97, Overclockers UK (save £13)
MSI Z97 Gaming 3: £108, Amazon (£52 off): LGA 1150, 1 x M.2, 2 x PCI Express x16, 6 x SATA 6Gbps, dual headphone amplifiers
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