Building a gaming computer can often be very expensive, however, with the technology we have available today, it is possible to build a gaming PC with a relatively low budget. Luckily, there are many good gaming motherboards available for a relatively cheap price, so today we will be taking a look at five gaming motherboards under $100.
Best Motherboards for Gaming Under $100
Gigabyte B450 AORUS M
- Supports AMD 1st & 2nd Generation Ryzen/ Ryzen with Radeon Vega Graphics Processors
- Dual channel non-ECC unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs
- PCIe Gen3 M.2 NVMe with thermal guard. Operating system - Support for Windows 10 64-bit, Windows 7 64-bit, to support Windows 7 64-bit, you must install an AMD Pinnacle Ridge & Summit Ridge CPU
When it comes to pushing the limits of the $100 budget, the Gigabyte B450 AORUS M motherboard comes too close for comfort, but it is still under budget so it makes it on the list, but just barely. This particular motherboard is just what you want if you are looking for a board to make a modern gaming system but don’t have too much money to spend on it.
The board itself is a micro ATX in size which means it will likely fit most cases, unless you are going for a really small PC. It supports all of the new Ryzen CPUs and it allows overclocking which is a dream come true for gamers. It comes with 4 DDR4 RAM slots and a single M.2 slot so you will be able to get a lot of performance from it you pair it up with other higher-end components. It also has a single PCI-Ex16 slot and comes with its own M.2 heatsink which is a very nice touch. When it comes to the downsides of this motherboard, admittedly, there aren’t many of them, but considering that this is a budget board, it is only natural that some corners had to be cut.
Taking a closer look at it, we can see that the motherboard doesn’t have any proper cooling on part of the MOSFETs which can lead to some potential thermal throttling issues. Other potential downsides of this board are the limited overclocking and no support for NVIDIA SLI which shouldn’t really be an issue considering that you are likely making a budget gaming rig.
MSI H110M GAMING Motherboard
- Supports 9th / 8th Gen Intel Core / Pentium Gold / Celeron processors for LGA 1151 socket, Supports DDR4 Memory, up to 2666 MHz
- MYSTIC LIGHT and Sync: Personalize your PC with 16.8 million colors / 10 effects controlled in one click with the Mystic Light APP or a mobile device
- Lightning Fast Game experience: TURBO M.2, Intel Optane Memory Ready. Intel Turbo USB 3.1 GEN2
Our second pick is the MSI H110M GAMING motherboard which is one of the best budget motherboards available. It is based on Intel’s H110 chipset and out of the box, it only supports Sky lake processors which is the sixth generation of Intel CPUs. However, with a bios update, this motherboard can support the seventh generation as well known as Kaby Lake CPUs. The board comes in a micro-ATX form factor and supports up to 32GB of 2133MHz DDR4 memory.
As all budget boards, this one has a few downsides. Having no M.2 slot on the board and having only two slots for the RAM offer very little room for future expansion and considering the other part that you would have to replace in order to expand with this board, it will likely be a lot cheaper to get a new motherboard and build a new computer from scratch. This is further strengthened by the motherboard only supporting 32 GB of RAM as mentioned above, and while that alone is not extremely bad, the fact that the fastest RAM speed supported is 2133MHz, definitely is and the fact that the board only has a single PCI-Ex16 slot doesn’t make things any better either.
The upgrade potential is even further limited with the board only supporting 6th and 7th generation of Intel processors so if you want to get your hands on an 8th or higher generation of CPU, you will have to get a new motherboard as well. In conclusion, this is a great budget board, but offers extremely limited expansion so it is only good if you are looking to replace the same broken board or are satisfied with what it offers and don’t want to upgrade, ever.
ASUS PRIME B350M-E Motherboard
- AMD AM4 Socket: The perfect pairing for 3rd/2nd/1st Gen AMD Ryzen CPUs
- Fast Connectivity: 1Gb LAN, HDMI 2.0b, D-Sub, and DVI display outputs
- ASUS CSM motherboard: ASUS Corporate Stable Model with up to 36-month supply, EOL notice, and ECN control
When it comes to building a budget rig that supports the latest generation of Ryzen processors, there are a few boards to choose from, but only a few are better than ASUS PRIME B350M-E. Being a B350 board, it comes at a really cheap price but what sets it apart from newer budget boards is the fact that it will allow users to overclock their CPUs which is great, due to overclocking being one of the core features of Ryzen CPUs.
The board supports DDR4 RAM, has a single PCIEx16 slot, and an M.2 slot so you will be able to get quite a bit of performance from this one at a very cheap price. Similarly to MSI H110M motherboard ,it is quite limited when it comes to future expansion with having only two RAM slots, a single M.2 slot and a single graphics card slot, but we are looking at a budget board so it is to be expected that some corners had to be cut. The cooling on it is not top notch either, but it does allow some mild overclocking as already mentioned.
GIGABYTE B360M DS3H
- Supports 9th and 8th Gen Intel Core processors
- Dual channel non-ECC unbuffered DDR4
- New hybrid digital PWM design
Once again, we have a motherboard that is very close to breaking the budget, but this time it is an Intel board. This Gigabyte board is exactly what you need if you are going for some higher-end performance but on a tight budget. It is a micro ATX board so it will fit most cases and it comes with a lot of room for expansion in the future with 4 RAM slots and support for up to 64 GB of RAM. It also comes with a single M.2 slot so you can add a high speed drive for maximum performance.
Since it is a budget motherboard, the cooling isn’t the best and it doesn’t come with an M.2 heatsink out of the box but being this cheap and supporting the eighth generation of Intel processors is a feat of its own. Admittedly, being a micro ATX format, it does come with some limited options like a single graphics card slot and a single M.2 slot, but what it has going for it is the fact that it will fit into every single chassis imaginable, no matter how old or how small it is.
GIGABYTE GA-970A-DS3P FX
- Supports Socket AM3+ processors
- supports Socket AM3 processors - AMD Phenom II X6/X4/X3/X2 (except 920/940)/Athlon II X4/X3/X2/Sempron processors
- Supports 8-Core CPU
Coming in at number five is a board that is fit for older configurations which is why it is included on this list. The GIGABYTE GA-970A-DS3P FX motherboard comes in an ATX format and is designed to use the AMD FX series CPUs so if you have an old AMD FX CPU that needs an AM3+ socket, this board might be just up your alley. It has four RAM slots and can support up to 32GB of DDR3 RAM. It also comes two PCI-Ex16 slots and can support 2-way crossfire which means that you can hook up two graphics cards to it.
Looking at everything that this board has to offer, we can see that it is quite a bit behind all our previous entries, but then again, considering the time period when this motherboard came out, it was one of the best out there. Just like we already mentioned, this board is only good if you need it to replace a similar one that broke down or you really want an older AMD FX machine, otherwise, go for something newer and more modern.
Motherboards for Gaming Buying Guide
While we have provided a lot of information above about all of the listed motherboards, some of you may still have some lingering questions. This is why we will try and give a few pointers on things that you should research before buying a new motherboard.
When buying a motherboard for your system, the most important thing that you need to consider is whether the CPU that you will be using is supported by it. Some motherboards have CPU sockets that can fit certain CPUs but they don’t support them which means that even if the CPU fits the socket, the computer won’t work. Be very careful and do your research prior to purchasing.
Another thing that you need to keep in mind is the form factor. Motherboards either come in the ATX, mini ATX or micro ATX form factor and some form factors are bigger than others, so make sure that your case can fit the form factor of your board.
Most people don’t usually buy new motherboards too often so it is always a good idea to think about the future and choose a motherboard that can offer you some room for possible expansion. Motherboards that have more RAM slots and that can support more RAM, in general, are always a good choice because they allow you to improve your system down the line.
In conclusion, all of the motherboards mentioned above are good choices for a budget build and will offer you great value for your money. While some of them may lack in appearance, and are somewhat limited in one way or another, they will all more than likely make up for weaknesses when it comes to performance regardless of whether it is gaming, multimedia or both.
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