Picking the best gaming motherboard can have a huge impact on any PC build. For a start it will determine which of the best gaming CPUs you can slot into your rig, and that will have ramifications on practically every aspect of your new PC.
The most important choice to make is going to be about who’s side you fall on in the great AMD vs. Intel debate. That will determine how much you’re going to spend on your subsequent CPU purchase, how much you really need to spend on a motherboard, and how much you’re going to have left over to spend on a quality graphics card.
AMD processors are cheaper on a per-core basis, and don’t need a super high-end board to deliver high-end performance. That means you can save some cash to spend on a better GPU. If you forget the value proposition for a minute then Intel’s chips offer the absolute best gaming performance. It’s important to note that for Intel’s 10th gen chips, such as the Core i9 10900K and Core i5 10600K, you will need a whole new Z490 or B460 motherboard.
AMD has also just released its new B550 boards, offering