Motherboards

Best motherboards for under $100

For a budget of less than $100, you can get a good motherboard for your budget builds. As there are many high-end motherboards for gaming to build high-end gaming PC’s, there are also the best motherboards that come under $100 and serve you the purpose for building the best budget gaming PC.

These motherboards have very basic features as well as some has very good features like Overclocking and several SATA and USB ports. A good budget motherboard generally starts from $40 to $100 but I have only included the best motherboards from both Intel and AMD.

You will find your required one as I am not listing one particular socket type but Motherboards of FM2+, AM3+, AM4, LGA 1150 and LGA 1151 sockets. Every generation has motherboards that cost as low as less than $100 and up to more than $500.

Depending upon your processor you can get anyone of these and you will get the best possible features for your budget build. But note that I am not listing the motherboards with chipsets B and Q as they are not made for gaming and are best for security and business purposes. You don’t have to waste money on them.

Useful and practical tips for buying a Motherboard: – Motherboard buying guide

MSI LGA 1150 H81M-P33

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MSI H81M-P33

The cheapest motherboard for the Intel Haswell processors like Pentium G3258, i5 4460 is the MSI H81M-P33. It is a very basic board with limited quantities of USB and SATA ports but still has good features like it supports up to 16Gb of memory clocked up to 1600Mhz and can support any high-end 4th gen Intel processor having 1150 pins.

You can install one graphics card with 3.0 connecting interface and a sound or wifi card to the PCIe x 1 slot. It has 4 SATA ports out of which 2 are SATA 2.0 and 2 are SATA 3.0. It has a total of 8 USB 2.0 ports and 2 USB 3.0 ports.

The best thing about this motherboard is that you can either build a budget gaming PC on it by using a cheap processor like Pentium or i3 or you can build a high-end gaming PC by using a processor like i7 4790K and a GTX 1080 . It will do the job just as the other high-end motherboards except that it is not meant for overclocking.

Specs and Features:-

  • CPU: LGA1150 Supports 4th Generation Intel Core i7/i5/i3/Pentium/Celeron Processors/FSB 100MHz
  • Chipset: Intel H81M Express
  • Memory: 2x DDR3-1600/1333/1066 DIMM Slots, Dual Channel, Max Capacity of 16GB
  • Slots: 1x PCI-Express 2.0 x16 Slot, 1x PCI-Express x1 Slot
  • SATA: 2x SATA3 Ports, 2x SATA2 Ports
  • Ports: 2x USB 3.0 Ports, 8x USB 2.0 Ports (4 rear,4 via headers), 1x PS/2 Keyboard Port, 1x PS/2 Mouse Port, 1x VGA Port, 1xDVI-D Port, 1x RJ45 LAN Port, Audio I/O Jacks

 


Gigabyte Micro ATX H110M-S2H GSM

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Gigabyte GA-H110M-A motherboard

For Intel Lga 1151 processors this is the best budget and also an ultra durable motherboard that can support low-end processors as well as high-end processors. This motherboard is one of the best budget Lga 1151 socket motherboards for those who want to spare some money for other parts.

For budget builds, this motherboard with chipset h110 is the cheapest of all and has 2 DIMM slots that support up to 32Gb of memory. This is very basic and you will get only one PCI-E x 16 slot for graphics cards, a few USB ports and SATA ports. Although Gigabyte is the maker of the best durable motherboards, this one is also very much reliable.

It can support ddr4 memories clocked up to 2133Mhz. So don’t go for highly overclockable memories. It cannot support overclocking much. The best CPU for this motherboard is i3 6100 as it is the cheapest Skylake processor available right now. This motherboard is best for a 500 or 600 dollar build if you want to use the latest sixth generation processor and get the taste of latest ddr4 memories.

Specs and Features:-

  • CPU: LGA1151; Chipset: Intel H110 Express
  • Memory: 2x DDR4-2133 DIMM Slots, Dual Channel, ECC, Non-ECC, Unbuffered, Max Capacity of 32GB
  • Slots: 1x PCI-Express 3.0 x16 Slot, 2x PCI-Express 2.0 x1 Slots
  • SATA: 4x SATA3 Ports
  • Ports: 4x USB 3.0/2.0 Ports (2 rear, 2 via header), 8x USB 2.0/1.1 Ports (4 rear, 4 via headers), 1 x PS/2 Mouse Port, 1x PS/2 Keyboard Port, 1x VGA Port, 1x DVI-D Port, 1x HDMI Port, 1x RJ45 LAN Port, Audio I/O Jacks
  • Form Factor: MicroATX

 


MSI Gaming Intel B250 MORTAR

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MSI Gaming Intel B250 MORTAR

For around $60-$100, B250 chipset motherboards are famous for their performance. This particular one is around $80 and has 4 DIMM slots that support up to 64GB of RAM clocked up to 2400Mhz. You cannot put highly overclocked memory into it as it’s still a budget motherboard but with a Micro-ATX form factor just like the Gigabyte H110M motherboard, it has 2 more DIMM slots and supports double the memory which makes it a better board for small workstations and high-end gaming PC.

There are 2 PCI-Ex 16 slots on this board. The first one is covered with a steel armour for more protection and helps in installing heavy and beefy graphics card like a GTX 1080 Ti which is a 2.5″ slot card. Along with the PCI-Ex 16 slots, there are 2 more PCI-Ex 1 slots between them for installing sound or wifi cards.

For storage, it has 6 SATA ports which are more than enough for connecting SSD’s and HDD’s. But now it also comes with an additional M.2 SSD slot for NVM3 SSD which is blazing fast. So, again, this makes it a very good board for small workstations and enthusiastic gaming PC.

There are several more features that are generally found on a higher end motherboard like Debugging LED connector, 8 pin CPU power port and a lot of fan headers for better cooling.

Specs and Features:-

  • CPU: LGA1151; Chipset: Intel H110 Express
  • Memory: 4x DDR4-2400/2133 DIMM Slots, Dual Channel, ECC, Non-ECC, Unbuffered, Max Capacity of 64GB
  • Slots: 2x PCI-Express 3.0 x16 Slot, 2x PCI-Express 2.0 x1 Slots
  • SATA: 6x SATA3 Ports
  • Ports: 5x USB 3.1 Ports (3 rear, 2 via header), 1x USB 3.1 Type C port, 6x USB 2.0Ports (4 rear, 2 via headers), 1 x PS/2 Mouse/Keyboard Combo Port, 1x DP Port, 1x DVI Port, 1x HDMI Port, 1x RJ45 LAN Port, Audio I/O Jacks
  • Form Factor: MicroATX
  • Steel armoured PCI-Ex 16 slot.

 


MSI B350M GAMING PRO

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MSI B350M GAMING PRO

Now for AMD Ryzen processors, you have pretty good options under $100. This particular board costs $80 and is a direct competitor of the MSI Intel B250 Mortar motherboard. There are a lot of similarities between these boards and there are some great differences too.

Similarities are the presence of M.2 SSD slot, lots of fan headers and 8 pin CPU power port for better overclocking. The differences are in memory support. This one supports 32Gb of maximum RAM but can support modules clocked up to 3200Mhz which is insane. Now, most of the memories that are 3200Mhz are not compatible straight out of the box with this board and you will need to overclock them manually. They may or may not reach up to 3200Mhz and the possibility of not reaching that frequency is much more. Most of the AM4 motherboards can’t overclock memories more than 2666Mhz but if you buy specially made DDR4 memories that are made AM4 motherboards particularly then you will have no problem in getting 3200Mhz straight out of the box.

As illustrated by many techs, higher clocked memories on an AMD AM4 motherboard helps in getting the boost in games as well as in other programs. So, it’s an advantage over a B250 motherboard from Intel.

Another advantage is that of overclocking. B350 motherboards are fully unlocked to support overclocking of Ryzen processors but B250 chipset motherboards are not. So, if you want to build a small workstation/gaming PC with more cores and threads for more overclocking potential, go with this board.

Check out: – Best AM4 motherboards

Specs and Features:-

  • Supports AMD RYZEN Series Processors and 7th Gen A-series/Athlon processors for Socket AM4
  • 2 x DDR4 memory slots supporting up to 32GB clocked up to 3200Mhz
  • 6x USB 3.1 ports, 6x USB 2.0 ports, 1x DVI, 1x VGA, 1x HDMI ports, 1x M.2 SSD slot, 4x SATA 3 ports.
  • Steel Armor
  • Virtual Reality Ready
  • Turbo M.2 Boost

 


MSI 970 Am3+ GAMING

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MSI 970 Am3+ GAMING

Perhaps this is the best motherboard you can buy right now for your AM3 processor which supports full overclocking and have awesome features like multiple GPU support and overclocked memories clocked at up to 2133Mhz. It’s price always fluctuate, sometimes it goes below $100 and sometimes it may go up to $120.

Along with features like 32gb of memory support and SLI/CrossfireX support this motherboard has many additional features like Audio boost 2.0 which enhances the audio quality and provides true audio. It also has Killer E2200 Ethernet Game networking which improves online gaming and reduces lag.

It has several USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports as well as 6 SATA 3 ports. It also has OC Genie 4 feature which allows you to overclock your processor easily in One click.

Also see:- The best AMD am3 motherboards for gaming.

Features:-

  • CPU: Socket AM3+
  • Memory: 4x DDR3-2133(OC)/ 1866/ 1600/ 1333/ 1066 DIMM Slots, Dual Channel, Max Capacity of 32GB
  • Slots: 2x PCI-Express 2.0 x16 Slots (One runs at x8), 2x PCI-Express 2.0 x1 Slots, 2x PCI Slots
  • SATA: 6x SATA3 Ports
  • Ports: 4x USB 3.0 Ports (2 rear, 2 via header), 14x USB 2.0 Ports (8 rear, 6 via headers), 1x PS/2 keyboard/Mouse Combo Port, 1x Optical S/PDIF-Out, 1x RJ45 LAN Port, Audio I/O Jacks

 


Gigabyte AMD FM2+ GA-F2A88X-D3H

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Gigabyte AMD FM2+ GA-F2A88X-D3H

You may have an Amd’s Fm2 processor like A10-7850K which is a badass cpu for overclocking as well as for inbuilt-gpu. As am3 processors don’t have inbuilt gpu, you may want to completely skip your graphics card and use inbuilt gpu for casual gaming and save money. This can only be done by Fm2 processors and a motherboard with A88X chipset is very good for using an overclockable processor like that.

It can support upto 64gb of ram clocked upto 2133Mhz and has 8 Sata 3 Ports. Sure Fm2 processors are now old and the rig may not have the capability to upgrade but these Fm2 processors and motherboards are considered to be good for budget builds as their prices are low and they have inbuilt graphics unit like R7 which are better than most of the intel hd graphics unit.

Specs and Features:-

  • Socket FM2+
  • Chipset: AMD A88X
  • Memory: 4x DDR3-2133/ 1866/ 1600/ 1333 DIMM Slots, Dual Channel, Max Capacity of 64GB
  • Slots: 1x PCI-Express 3.0 x16 Slot, 1x PCI-Express 2.0 x16 Slot (runs at x4), 3x PCI-Express 2.0 x1 Slots, 2x PCI Slots
  • SATA: 8x SATA3 Ports, Support RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 and JBOD
  • Multi-Graphics Technology: Support for AMD Dual Graphics technology

 

 
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