Best motherboard for this build...

Hey all...

So I'm kinda curious as to what the best (and most cost efficient) motherboard would be for the following components:

i5 2400
Radeon HD 7850

I'm open to suggestions on ATX as well as mATX boards. Really, cost is the main driver. I'm not looking to spend more than $75-90. However this is a problem I'm facing for a first time build. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!
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  1. I think, given the parameters, your best bet might be something like this...
    Although you won't get PCi3.0 throughput, it seems to be the most capable of upgrading if the need should arise (one of two I found in the price range with Z68 chipset)
  2. Thanks C12! I am curious though, would the 7850 be able to run on the 2.0x16 slot? Would performance be capped? I'd hate to splurge on a nice card only for it to be limited...
  3. ya PCI-Express 2.0 and 3.0 are interoperable although the PCI-Express 3.0 will perform better if it is matched with a PCI-Express 3.0 slot.

    This is similar but with PCI express 3.0 .. I didn't really bother to compare everything on the mobos. Let me know if you notice any deficiencies.
  4. Awesome geo...see it's information like that that I had no idea about. I like your suggestion, but it's a little on the high end in price for me. I found something that I think might be a happy medium (especially considering there's a rebate included) Please let me know what you think of this:

    7850 compatible? Good for the i5 2400? Reliable product?!
  5. I believe the board you suggest will work fine with the 7850 and i5-2400; however I have no experience with Biostar at all. To be honest I've only ever had an Asus mobo and I have heard good things about Asrock. Biostar, MSI and Gigabyte also seem to have decent reputations. Also I might have overlooked something so hopefully someone else can ring in and further confirm that it is a safe choice for your setup.
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