I’m a strong proponent of building my own computers. Those of you with some do-it-yourself skills can build your own computer as well. This allows you to choose each of the components included so you get exactly what you want or need. Of course it all starts with the motherboard.

Admittedly, part of the appeal of the Asus Sabertooth Z170 Mark 1 “TUF” Motherboard are its looks. If it is inside the computer, the looks may be under wraps. It gets the TUF designation in part because of the layer of armor that covers most of the motherboard. Not only does it give the motherboard some protection, it can also help with cooling the components.


This certainly isn’t the least expensive motherboard, currently selling for $249.99 on Amazon, but it is well below some of the high-end boards. One of my favorite parts about this motherboard is that it has a built-in rear cover so you don’t have to snap a flimsy plate into the rear or your case.

It delivers lots of connectors of various types and software that can make it easier to overclock to optimum performance with only a couple of clicks. Pair it with the Intel I7-6700K 4.00 GHz 8M Processor Cache 4 LGA 1151 (currently selling for $420 on Amazon) and you’ll have a screaming fast computer!

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