Building a new PC is all about choices and trade-offs. Picking between AMD and Intel is usually the first choice you have to make, but it certainly isn’t the most complicated. Instead, that honor goes to the motherboard. Typically, each board maker offers at least half a dozen models based on a single chipset.

Take Asrock’s 100-series lineup, for example. As of writing, there are over twenty motherboards based on Intel's Z170 chipset, over a dozen based on the H170 and another dozen H110 boards. To cap it all off, they also have almost twenty B150 boards. MSI, Gigabyte and Asus product lines offer similarly structured lineups.

So, of the many hundreds of motherboards compatible with your choice of processor, which board will you choose? We've done a lot of the homework for you to save you time, money, and regret. Here's what we believe is the very best out there.

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