$85\ ASUS PRIME B350-PLUS

Maximum PC - - BUDGET-BUSTING BUILD -

One of our fa­vorite bud­get moth­er­boards of late, Asus’s B350-Plus is a nice com­pro­mise be­tween price and fea­ture set. This packed ATX board has sup­port for M.2, six SATA 6Gb/s hard drives, and even mul­ti­ple GPUs (al­though, you should bear in mind that the Athlon we’re us­ing won’t sup­port more than one). On top of that, it’s burst­ing with a plethora of rear I/O, from eight USB ports to Eth­er­net-out, 3.1 au­dio, DVI-I, VGA, HDMI, and even an old-school PS/2 combi port.

You could ef­fec­tively save more money here if you’re think­ing of do­ing your own build by opt­ing for a mi­croATX board in­stead (in fact, Gigabyte does the GAAB350M-DS3H, with HDMI and Eth­er­net, for less than $50 cur­rently). How­ever, our OCD de­sire to get a rea­son­able ATX motherboard to fit in­side our ATX case won over in the end.

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