I got a little bit out of order last week by talking about video cards first. Now I’ll go back to the beginning and start at the heart of our machine. Today we’re going to pick a motherboard for our dream computer. The choice of motherboard could dictate some of the other component choices we make. While our overall goal is to put together the best computer, I’ll also provide at least one choice that fits into more of a budget solution.
Let’s start out with a motherboard that seemingly does everything and allow you to push your machine to extremes. The Asus Rampage III Extreme is a top of the line motherboard for those who are going to use the latest and greatest Intel chips. It also comes with an extreme street price of $360 so I realize it isn’t for everyone. For those who want to use USB 3, SATA 6 GB and other bleeding edge technologies, this board has you covered. This is the top choice for Intel LGA1366 chips. When we talk about processors, I’ll differentiate the different types of chips.
For those who want to save a few bucks (sells for $189 or so) and still get a powerful board, check out the Asus Maximus III Formula. It is for Intel LGA1156 chips. This one doesn’t have all of the bleeding edge features, but it does include the features that most users will want.
If you’d prefer to go with an AMD chip, check out the MSI 890FXA-GD70 motherboard. It sells for just under $200 and contains all of the bells and whistles you could want.
There are certainly many motherboards that may meet your needs. Your needs could be different than my needs. I have chosen motherboards that provide a lot of bang while still trying to find a solution that won’t break the bank. For those who truly want to cut corners, you can find motherboards that cost a lot less. You just won’t get as much bang.