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Building your own PC can be a stressful experience at the best of times. You've no doubt been pouring over which components you're going to buy, and where and when to buy them. We've got the best motherboard deals for September 2018 right here to remove some of that stress for you.
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The motherboard is very much the glue that holds together the rest of your system. Not only is it important to select one that is the correct size and can house your other components technically, but purchasing a board from a reputable brand so you can be assured of quality is extremely important too. Buying a cheap board and then spending four digits on the rest of your components doesn't make a whole lot of sense.
Having said all that, motherboards tend to be fairly priced and are less susceptible to the price fluctuations that affect graphics cards and RAM so badly. You'll be paying more for a reputable brand that has a track record of being more reliable, and for additional features that the board contains or for a more modern chipset, but the wide array of options and prices means you can always find something that you want.
For the 'average' user who isn't going to spend hours tinkering and overclocking, a simple 'basic' board is going to serve you just as well as one twice the price. A more expensive board may just mean you're paying for features you have no intention of using, it doesn't mean the build quality or the base performance is far superior.
This month's best motherboard deals
1. MSI Z270 Gaming Plus
Now: £69.99 £20
This board supports Kaby Lake CPUs, Intel's 7th generation of CPUs which still pack a respectable amount of performance when compared against their bigger 8th generation brothers.
This board has a wide array of features, and as it's an MSI board you can be assured of quality too.
2. Gigabyte X470 AORUS Ultra Gaming AM4
Now: £134.99 £26.15
The X470 AORUS Ultra Gaming has been designed for the second generation of Ryzen processors and so comes with more features than a motherboard designed for the first generation.
With support for SLI and Crossfire alike, a host of LED customisations with RGB support, 8+3 hybrid digital power design and outstanding build quality, this board is a fantastic option for those that love tinkering with their rig.
3. Gigabyte GA-AB350-Gaming Motherboard
Now: £69.99 £13.79
AMD's AM4 socket is backwards compatible meaning that you can house a first or second generation Ryzen processor in this board. This is one of the more budget options for your Ryzen processor, but it's still a very solid board but might lack some of the more advanced features of a more expensive board.
If you don't plan on doing extensive tinkering with your CPU this board is a great option.
4. ASUS Prime Z370-A
Now: £155.99 £14
The ASUS Prime Z370-A is a more advanced board that supports the 8th generation of Intel processors.
The product has a variety of features that set it apart from the more budget 8th gen boards, including Five Way Optimisation, ASUS OptiMem, several cooling options and an M.2 heatsink.
5. Gigabyte Z370P D3 Socket 1151 Z370 Express Motherboard
Now: £85 £34.02
The Gigabyte Z370P is a fantastic basic option for 8th generation Coffee Lake processors. While perhaps not having the same array of features of some of it's more expensive counterparts, this board is a very solid option for those less interested in overclocking and tinkering but still wanting the great build quality that Gigabyte supplies.