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.
On the other end of the spectrum where chants of "go big or go home" can be heard is the Asus ROG Maximus VIII Extreme/Assembly. This rock star collection of hardware and features is for die hard overclockers and enthusiasts who want the best without compromise. It normally retails for a wallet busting $550-$600, but is available now for a wallet busting $400 (after $100 MIR) from Amazon and Newegg. That's still not cheap, but probably as low as you're likely to see it while still a relevant piece of hardware.
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 Newegg for $85. 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: $250 (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: $350, Newegg save $109: LGA-2011-v3, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, 5 x PCI-E x16, 8 x SATA 6Gbps
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: $95 (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: $95 (after $20 MIR), Amazon $30 off: LGA 1150, 4 x PCI Express x16, 6 x SATA 6Gbps, 1 x M.2, USB 3.1 (Gen1)
Gigabyte GA-X99-Ultra Gaming-EK Bundle: £255, Overclockers.UK £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
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
Asus 990X Evo R2.0: £103, Amazon £42 off: AM3+, 3 x PCI Express x16, 6 x SATA 6Gbps, 2 x eSATA 6Gbps
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