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How Much Does a Motherboard Cost for a PC? [2024]

The motherboard is only one of several parts, including your CPU, RAM, and graphics card....

How Much Does a Motherboard Cost for a PC? [2024]

The motherboard is only one of several parts, including your CPU, RAM, and graphics card. Therefore, you must carefully balance your budget if you are like most people when buying a PC. When determining your budget, knowing how much a motherboard costs and what you can expect to pay at various pricing points is essential. The price of a motherboard varies depending upon several factors and is almost directly related to the chipset the motherboard offers.

A typical motherboard for primary use can cost between $50-$100, while a mid-range motherboard can cost between $100-$200. High-end motherboards for heavy-duty use can cost between $200 and $1000. It’s suggested to spend 10% of your budget on the motherboard. However, it is crucial to consider one’s usage and requirements before choosing a motherboard, as the cost will vary depending on the level of performance and features needed.

Key Takeaways

  • Motherboard cost depends on various factors such as size, chipset, features, quality and brand.
  • The average price range for motherboards is between $50 and $500, with most models falling between $100 and $200.
  • Larger motherboards tend to be more expensive than smaller ones, as they offer more expansion slots, ports and connectors.
  • The chipset is the main component that determines the compatibility and performance of the motherboard, and it can affect the price significantly.
  • Other features that can influence the motherboard cost are the number and type of memory slots, storage interfaces, network adapters, audio codecs, RGB lighting and cooling options.

Cheap Motherboards: Intel H510, H610, and AMD A520 Chipset

Low-end chipsets for Intel motherboards include H510 and H610. These chipset-equipped motherboards have raw features, including slower USB ports, fewer and weaker PCIe lanes, and weaker and fewer VRMs. The Intel LGA 1200 socket, designed for Intel 10th and 11th Gen CPUs, is the basis for the H510 chipset. For Intel 12th generation and newer CPUs, the H610 chipset is more recent and is based on the Intel LGA1700 socket. The A520 is a low-cost chipset for AMD designs using the AM4 socket.

MotherboardSocketPriceForm Factor
Intel H510 MSI H510M-A PROLGA1200$79mATX
Asus PRIME H510M-ELGA1200$95mATX
MSI H510I PRO WIFILGA1200$128Mini ITX
Intel H610 ASRock H610M-HDV/M.2LGA1700$100mATX
Asus PRIME H610M-A D4-CSMLGA1700$110mATX
AMD A520 MSI A520M-A PROAM4$63mATX
ASRock A520M Pro4AM4$85mATX
MSI MAG A520M VECTOR WIFIAM4$100mATX
ASRock A520M-ITX/acAM4$165Mini ITX

Mid-Range Motherboard Price: Intel B560 and B660 Chipset and AMD B550 Chipset

Mid-range chipsets like the Intel B560, B660, and AMD B550 are commonly used by designers, editors, and gamers who are on a tight budget. They provide upgrades to PCIe, more PCIe lanes, more USB and M.2 ports, better VRMs, more expansion slots, support for twin graphics cards, and other features. Some boards might get some extra features like Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. Many NVMe/PCIe x16 slots are available to support your XMP/EXPO memory overclocking profiles for mid-range kits.

MotherboardSocketPriceForm Factor
Intel B560 MSI B560M-A PROLGA1200$90mATX
Asus PRIME B560M-ALGA1200$110mATX
MSI MAG B560 TORPEDOLGA1200$150ATX
Asus ROG STRIX B560-A GAMING WIFILGA1200$180ATX
MSI MPG B560I GAMING EDGE WIFILGA1200$240Mini ITX
Intel B660 Asus PRIME B660M-A D4LGA1700$140mATX
MSI MAG B660 TOMAHAWK WIFI DDR4LGA1700$190ATX
Asus ROG STRIX B660-I GAMING WIFILGA1700$220Mini ITX
Asus ROG STRIX B660-A GAMING WIFI D4LGA1700$240ATX
AMD B550 ASRock B550M-HDVAM4$80mATX
Gigabyte B550M DS3HAM4$96mATX
ASRock B550M/acAM4$130mATX
MSI MPG B550 GAMING PLUSAM4$160ATX
Asus ROG STRIX B550-F GAMING (WI-FI)AM4$190ATX
Asus ROG STRIX B550-I GAMINGAM4$218Mini-ITX
Gigabyte B550M AORUS PROAM4$279mATX
Asus ROG STRIX B550-E GAMINGAM4$360Mini-ITX

High-end motherboard: Intel Z590 and Z690 Chipset and AMD X570 Chipset

High-end chipsets available on best motherboards include the AMD X570 for Ryzen 1000-5000 series CPUs, the Intel Z590 for 10th and 11th generation CPUs, and the Intel Z660 for 12th generation CPUs.They have the most PCIe lanes, the most recent connectivity standards, the greatest VRM and phase power designs, and of course, the best looks. Wide bifurcation support and good to excellent NVMe/PCIe x16 slot support. There should be Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Thunderbolt, 10Gbe, and other extras, and they should work correctly. High-end chipsets will support higher RAM speeds.

MotherboardSocketPriceForm Factor
Intel Z560 ASRock Z590 Pro4LGA1200$140ATX
Gigabyte Z590 UD ACLGA1200$190ATX
Asus TUF Gaming Z590-PLUS WIFILGA1200$233ATX
Gigabyte Z590 AORUS MASTERLGA1200$336ATX
Asus ROG Maximus XIII ApexLGA1200$600ATX
MSI MEG Z590 GODLIKELGA1200$850E-ATX
Intel Z660 Asus PRIME Z690-PLGA1700$180ATX
MSI PRO Z690-A DDR4LGA1700$220ATX
Gigabyte Z690 AORUS ELITE AX DDR4LGA1700$270ATX
Asus ROG STRIX Z690-A GAMING WIFI D4LGA1700$360ATX
Gigabyte Z690 AORUS XTREMELGA1700$900ATX
AMD X570 Asus PRIME X570-PAM4$145ATX
Asus TUF GAMING X570-PLUS (WI-FI)AM4$195ATX
Asus ROG Strix X570-I GamingAM4$255Mini-ITX
Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Hero (WI-FI)AM4$395ATX
Asus ROG Crosshair VIII ExtremeAM4$800E-ATX

Conclusion

One of a computer’s primary components is the motherboard. It connects your PC’s numerous parts, enhancing performance and lowering system errors. How much does a motherboard cost:

  • Popular low-cost motherboards typically cost $85 each.
  • A standard mid-range motherboard costs $150 on average.
  • An average high-end motherboard costs between $200 and $250.

However, you may also get motherboards as cheap as $50 and as expensive as $1500, depending on the characteristics you’re looking for.

Abdullah Sarfraz

Motherboards & Graphics Cards Writer