7 Best Budget Motherboards (Under $100) [2018 Update]

Best Motherboards Under $100

If you are custom building a computer, getting your hands on a good motherboard is paramount.

You don’t have to pay hundreds of dollars for a motherboard. A decent motherboard can cost between $40 and $100.

You don’t really need to spend over $100 unless you are going for really speedy specs.

The best budget motherboard I found was the ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0, which had amazing performance considering its price.

But you should have a few good options to know what suits your needs and budget best. Here are the top picks under $100:

7 Best Budget Motherboard – 2018

MSI Gaming Intel Skylake B150 LGA 1151 DDR4 USB 3.1 ATX Motherboard (B150 Gaming M3)
352 Reviews
MSI Gaming Intel Skylake B150 LGA 1151 DDR4 USB 3.1 ATX Motherboard (B150 Gaming M3)
This is definitely one of the best motherboards under $100 for custom made gaming PCs that you can buy.

The LGA 1151 model supports 6th generation Intel Core i3, i5, and i7, Celeron and Pentium processors.

You can equip AMD Crossfire processors as well. The motherboard itself has an Intel H110 chipset, and 2x DDR4-2133 memory.

It’s advertised that this has USB 3.1 ports. Note that USB 3.0 and 3.1 ports are basically the same.

Overall, this motherboard is a wonderful low-cost base that you can use to build a powerful gaming computer.

If you just want to build a regular work computer, this will deliver more power than you need.

Gigabyte GA-H110M-A LGA1151 Intel H110 Micro ATX DDR4 Motherboard
484 Reviews
Gigabyte GA-H110M-A LGA1151 Intel H110 Micro ATX DDR4 Motherboard
This is a microATX keyboard that is most suited for building smaller or more compact keyboards.

You can put it in 7th or 6th gen Intel Core processors.

Additional features include audio noise guard, top notch audio capacitors, HDMI 1.4 port, Realtek GbE LAN with cFos internet accelerator software, and access to Gigabyte apps.

Don’t expect superb performance but it delivers as it promises.

ASUS M5A78L-M Plus/USB3 DDR3 HDMI DVI USB 3.0 760G MicroATX Motherboard
115 Reviews
ASUS M5A78L-M Plus/USB3 DDR3 HDMI DVI USB 3.0 760G MicroATX Motherboard
This motherboard comes prepped with AM3+ CPU support. It’s a great base for building a Windows 7 machine.

However, it’s not well suited for Windows 10, because this motherboard has a lot of generic drivers that can make the OS buggy.

It ships with a new BIOS, which is a great plus.

The system lacks a VRM heatsink, so you will probably have to buy one separately if you want to build something like a gaming computer.

This motherboard has a number of power saving features and anti-surge protection that makes it ideal for most custom-built computers.

Gigabyte AM3+ AMD DDR3 1333 760G HDMI USB 3.0 Micro ATX Motherboard GA-78LMT-USB3
1810 Reviews
Gigabyte AM3+ AMD DDR3 1333 760G HDMI USB 3.0 Micro ATX Motherboard GA-78LMT-USB3
This one is definitely one of the more cost-efficient ones.

I was surprised by how durable this board is. It does not bend easily.

You can change components several times or move the motherboard between cases multiple times without worry of wear and tear.

You get all the standard ports like VGA, HDMI, USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports and DVI. It has an intuitive BIOS as well. And it displays the temp too.

Plus, it has power failure, humidity and electrostatic protection.

There is a host of other utilities, especially for health monitoring, which makes this board worth every penny.

ASUS LGA1151 DDR4 M.2 HDMI DVI USB3.0 H110 MicroATX Motherboard (H110M-A/M.2)
170 Reviews
ASUS LGA1151 DDR4 M.2 HDMI DVI USB3.0 H110 MicroATX Motherboard (H110M-A/M.2)
The main reason to buy this motherboard, other than the low price, is the advanced 5x protection II hardware guards for a more resilient computer.

It has DDR4 memory compatibility and comes with M.2 sockets for 2242/2260/2280 SSDs. So essentially you can use this to build a really fast computer.

There are audio connections perfect for getting powerful sounds for multimedia and gaming.

The board is packed with connections, including for HDMI, which is unique for boards of this price range. The board has Fan Xpert 2 controls.

However, it only has a single chassis fan connector.

ASRock Motherboard Micro ATX DDR4 LGA 1151 H110M-HDS
170 Reviews
ASRock Motherboard Micro ATX DDR4 LGA 1151 H110M-HDS
This is a low profile motherboard. Performance wise, I did not encounter any issues.

You can use almost any Intel processor with this one and it comes with two RAM bays.

I wouldn’t really recommend this for hardcore gaming, but it’s suitable for moderate gaming needs.

Also, this motherboard is well suited for custom building a PC.

The only issue I encountered with getting an interior fan for the board. You will need a fan with 3 specific female connectors, which can be a hassle to find.

GIGABYTE GA-H110M-S2H LGA1151 Intel H110 Micro ATX DDR4 Motherboard
484 Reviews
GIGABYTE GA-H110M-S2H LGA1151 Intel H110 Micro ATX DDR4 Motherboard
This is one of the best budget motherboards for those who want Skylake processors but without the overclock.

This board has an Intel H110 chipset and supports 7th and 6th generation Intel Core processors.

It has dual channel DDR4 and double DIMM memory.

I was impressed with the high-quality audio capacitors, which actually had audio noise guards.

Even more impressive was the 1.4 HDMI port that makes this board ideal for multimedia for gaming computer building.

It comes with Realtek modem software too

Tips for Buying a Cheap Motherboard

When you are on the hunt for a good motherboard for less than $100, keep the following in mind:

Support for USB 3.0 is a great bonus. In fact, it may be a necessity as computers of the future are switching to USB 3.0.

Try to buy a motherboard with 6-GBps SATA ports that support faster data transfer on hard drives, including SSD drives.

SATA ports are also very compact so you will have more room for attaching other devices.

RAM is now cheaper than ever. So, don’t settle for less.

Get as much RAM as possible. 8GB is decent enough and you won’t have to pay a lot like you would for 16GB max RAM.

If you plan on equipping your PC with a new generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processors, you will need to buy a motherboard with an 1155 socket.

Keep in mind that the processor is the most important component your motherboard will have.

You will need to buy the motherboard after you decide which processor you want.

When buying, make sure the motherboard has a CPU socket that can actually hold the processor you want.

Modern motherboards have two main form factors: ATX and microATX.

ATX motherboards usually have a larger number of slots for expansion (about 7 typically), four to eight RAM bays and data connectors.

MicroATX motherboards typically only have four expansion slots and fewer RAM bays.

However, you will find microATX motherboards more commonly because they support smaller, minimalist PCs.

If you are a gamer, you will need a full-size ATX motherboard.

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