What is a good gaming motherboard?

I'm in the early stages of deciding on specs to build a gaming pc, and can't find what I know will be a good and cheap gaming motherboard. Does anyone have suggestions? Thanks
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  1. well for me, it should be able to OC, nowadays the chipset dicides (for intel at least) if you can oc or not. oc by how much? well cheap ones rarely overclock good. but those overpriced ones is not much of an improvement.

    2nd, option to use multiple gpu's, if that is part of your plan. another is cooling. ample cooling should be there, otherwise that board should be cheap
  2. AMD or Intel?
    Budget?
    Honestly, almost all new motherboards will run games very well. More important is what CPU and GPU are you using? The CPU determines the mobo platform, but in gaming I could buy a $70 mobo and games will play the same as a $200 mobo. More expensive mobos are good for more than one GPU.
  3. Gaming motherboard .. What socket are you wishing for? Means which processor generation are you going for? And which company?

    AMD Newest Gen APU : FM2 motherboard
    AMD FX Series and other powerful CPUs : AM3+ motherboard
    Intel 1st Generation Core i series CPU : LGA 1155 socket motherboard
    Intel 2nd and 3rd Generation Core i series CPU : LGA 1155 socket motherboard
    Intel 4th Generation Core i series CPU : LGA 1150 socket motherboard
    Overclocking and PCIE 3.0 - Z77 / Z87 motherboard
    No overclocking - H77 / H 87

    Suited for your needs considering that you are going for 4th Gen intel - ASRock Z87 Extreme4 Motherboard, Supports SLI and Crossfire
    ........................................................................................ upto 3rd Gen intel - ASRock Z77 Extreme3 Motherboard ..........................

    Those are the best in class and offer solid performance at a reasonable price too.
  4. envy14tpe said:
    AMD or Intel?
    Budget?
    Honestly, almost all new motherboards will run games very well. More important is what CPU and GPU are you using? The CPU determines the mobo platform, but in gaming I could buy a $70 mobo and games will play the same as a $200 mobo. More expensive mobos are good for more than one GPU.


    Anonymous said:
    Gaming motherboard .. What socket are you wishing for? Means which processor generation are you going for? And which company?

    AMD Newest Gen APU : FM2 motherboard
    AMD FX Series and other powerful CPUs : AM3+ motherboard
    Intel 1st Generation Core i series CPU : LGA 1155 socket motherboard
    Intel 2nd and 3rd Generation Core i series CPU : LGA 1155 socket motherboard
    Intel 4th Generation Core i series CPU : LGA 1150 socket motherboard
    Overclocking and PCIE 3.0 - Z77 / Z87 motherboard
    No overclocking - H77 / H 87

    Suited for your needs considering that you are going for 4th Gen intel - ASRock Z87 Extreme4 Motherboard, Supports SLI and Crossfire
    ........................................................................................ upto 3rd Gen intel - ASRock Z77 Extreme3 Motherboard ..........................

    Those are the best in class and offer solid performance at a reasonable price too.

    I don't know which processor generation or company yet. I haven't decided on anything yet and I'm very, very new to this. I haven't built a pc before.
  5. So, before going for motherboard, you must decide the processor because motherboards depend on what processor you use.
    I would recommend Intel CPUs as they are far better than AMDs. Anywhere near a good 4th Gen i5 would do the job. 3rd Gen is also worth considering.

    If you are into rendering and need more cores, then you should go for AMD. FX 8350 is the right one for you then.
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