ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AM3+ Motherboard
This is a best of the best ATX budget offerings from Asus in the AM3+ socket class. This motherboard starts things off with a UEFI bios replete with a full range of overclocking options which are easy to use for even novices. The board is bundled with Asus's excellent AI Suite II software so users can access the many bios options from inside Windows. It’s equipped with four DIMM slots that allows up to thirty-two gigabytes of DDR3 Ram running at speeds up to twenty-one hundred thirty-three megahertz (Mhz).
This motherboard also provides one PCI Express Gen 2.0 x16 slot, two PCI Express x1 slots, and three legacy PCI slots. Although this means multi-GPU setups aren’t possible, this is still a good array of slots for those interested in picking up a budget board. Finally, it offers six SATAIII ports with support for drives running at up to six Gigbytes per second (Gb/s).