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Asus Maximus VIII Hero Intel Z170 (Socket 1151) DDR4 ATX Moth...

Skylake 6th Gen, DDR4, 3x PCIE x16, 3x PCIE x1, 6x SATA 6Gb/s, SATA-Express, M.2 (SATA/PCIE), Gigabit LAN, 7.1 HD...

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Asus Maximus VIII Hero Intel Z170 (Socket 1151) DDR4 ATX Motherboard
 

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Was: £199.99 £189.95

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Asus Z170 Pro Gaming Intel Z170 (Socket 1151) DDR4 ATX Mother...

Skylake 6th Gen, DDR4, 3x PCIE x16, 3x PCIE x1, 6x SATA 6Gb/s, SATA-Express, M.2 (SATA/PCIE), Gigabit LAN, 7.1 HD...

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Asus Z170 Pro Gaming Intel Z170 (Socket 1151) DDR4 ATX Motherboard
 

10+ In stock

£145.99

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Asus Z170-E Intel Z170 (Socket 1151) DDR4 ATX Motherboard

Skylake 6th Gen, DDR4, 3x PCIE x16, 3x PCIE x1, 6x SATA 6Gb/s, SATA-Express, M.2 (SATA/PCIE), Gigabit LAN, 7.1 HD...

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Asus Z170-E Intel Z170 (Socket 1151) DDR4 ATX Motherboard
 

10+ In stock

£134.99

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Gigabyte Z170-Gaming K3 Intel Z170 (Socket 1151) DDR4 ATX Motherb...

Skylake 6th Gen, DDR4, 2x PCIE x16, 4x PCIE x1, 6x SATA 6Gb/s, SATA-Express, M.2 (SATA/PCIE), Killer LAN, 7.1 HD...

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Gigabyte Z170-Gaming K3 Intel Z170 (Socket 1151) DDR4 ATX Motherboard
 

20+ In stock

Was: £109.99 £99.95

Asus Z170-A Intel Z170 (Socket 1151) DDR4 ATX Motherboard

Skylake 6th Gen, DDR4, 3x PCIE x16, 3x PCIE x1, 1x PCI, 6x SATA 6Gb/s, SATA-Express, M.2 (SATA/PCIE), Gigabit LAN,...

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Asus Z170-A Intel Z170 (Socket 1151) DDR4 ATX Motherboard
 

10+ In stock

£131.99

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Asus H110M-K Intel H110 (Socket 1151) DDR4 Micro ATX Motherboard

Skylake 6th Gen, DDR4, 1x PCIE x16, 2x PCI-E X1, 4x SATA 6Gb/s, Gigabit LAN, 7.1 HD Audio, 4x USB3.0, 6x USB2.0

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Asus H110M-K Intel H110 (Socket 1151) DDR4 Micro ATX Motherboard
 

50+ In stock

£47.99

 
Gigabyte GA-Z170X-Gaming 7 Intel Z170 (Socket 1151) DDR4 ATX Moth...

Skylake 6th Gen, DDR4, 3x PCIE x16, 3x PCIE x1, 8x SATA 6Gb/s, SATA-Express, M.2 (SATA/PCIE), 2x Gigabit LAN, 7.1 HD...

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Gigabyte GA-Z170X-Gaming 7 Intel Z170 (Socket 1151) DDR4 ATX Motherboard
 

10+ In stock

£199.99

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Gigabyte 970A-DS3P AMD 970A (Socket AM3+) DDR3 Motherboard

AMD 970 Chipset, x4 DDR3, x2 PCI-E x16, x3 PCI-E x1, x2 PCI, x6 SATA 6GB/s, x1 Gigabit LAN, x2 USB 3.0, x12 USB 2.0,...

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Gigabyte 970A-DS3P AMD 970A (Socket AM3+) DDR3 Motherboard
 

7 In stock

£59.99

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8Pack Approved - Intel Core i5 6400 @ 4.4GHz Overclocked Quad ...

Bundle Includes: Intel Core i5-6400 @ 4.40GHz, Asus Z170-E ATX Motherboard, Up to 16GB DDR4 2666MHz Memory, A choice...

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8Pack Approved - Intel Core i5 6400 @ 4.4GHz Overclocked Quad Core Gaming Bundle
 

10+ In stock

Was: £454.92 £452.92

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Asus Z97-K Intel Z97 (Socket 1150) DDR3 ATX Motherboard

Intel Z97 Chipset, 4x DDR3, 2x PCI-E x16, 2x PCI-E x1, 2x PCI, 6x SATA 6Gb/s, 1x m.2 slot, Crossfire Support, 7.1 HD...

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Asus Z97-K Intel Z97 (Socket 1150) DDR3 ATX Motherboard
 

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£104.99

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Gigabyte GA-F2A68HM-HD2 AMD A68 Chipset (Socket FM2+) DDR3 Micro ...

AMD A68 Chipset, x2 DDR3, x1 PCI-E x16, x1 PCI-E x1, x1 PCI, x4 SATA 6GB/s, x1 Gigabit LAN, x4 USB 2.0, x2 USB 3.0,...

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Gigabyte GA-F2A68HM-HD2 AMD A68 Chipset (Socket FM2+) DDR3 Micro ATX Motherboard
 

Out of stock

£44.99

Asus H81M-K Intel H81 (Socket 1150) DDR3 Micro ATX Motherboard

Intel H81 Chipset, x2 DDR3, x1 PCI-E x16, x2 PCI-E x1, x2 SATA 3GB/s, x2 SATA 6GB/s, x1 Gigabit LAN, x2 USB 3.0, x8...

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Asus H81M-K Intel H81 (Socket 1150) DDR3 Micro ATX Motherboard
 

1 In stock

£44.99

MSI 970 Gaming AMD 970 (Socket AM3+) DDR3 ATX Motherboard

AMD 970 Chipset, x4 DDR3, x2 PCI-E x16, x2 PCI-E x1, x2 PCI, x6 SATA 6GB/s, x1 Killer Gigabit LAN, x4 USB 3.0, x14...

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MSI 970 Gaming AMD 970 (Socket AM3+) DDR3 ATX Motherboard
 

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£89.99

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MSI Z170A PC Mate Intel Z170 (Socket 1151) DDR4 ATX Motherboard

Skylake 6th Gen, DDR4, 2x PCIE x16, 3x PCIE x1, 2x PCI, 6x SATA 6Gb/s, SATA-Express, M.2 (SATA/PCIE), Gigabit LAN,...

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MSI Z170A PC Mate Intel Z170 (Socket 1151) DDR4 ATX Motherboard
 

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£97.99

MSI X99A SLI Plus Intel X99 (Socket 2011) DDR4 ATX Motherboard

Socket 2011-3, Intel X99 Chipset, 4x PCI-E 3.0 x16, 2x PCI-E x1, 10x SATA 6Gb/s, SATA Express, M.2 Slot, 2x USB3.1,...

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MSI X99A SLI Plus Intel X99 (Socket 2011) DDR4 ATX Motherboard
 

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£209.99

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MSI Z170A Gaming M5 Intel Z170 (Socket 1151) DDR4 ATX Mother...

Skylake 6th Gen, DDR4, 3x PCIE x16, 4x PCIE x1, 6x SATA 6Gb/s, SATA-Express, M.2 (SATA/PCIE), Gigabit LAN, 7.1 HD...

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MSI Z170A Gaming M5 Intel Z170 (Socket 1151) DDR4 ATX Motherboard
 

10+ In stock

£167.99

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Gigabyte 990X-Gaming SLI AMD 990X (Socket AM3+) DDR3 Motherboard

AMD 990X Chipset, x4 DDR3, x2 PCI-E x16, x2 PCI-E x1, x2 PCI, x6 SATA 6GB/s, x2 USB 3.1, x4 USB 3.0, x12 USB 2.0, HD...

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Gigabyte 990X-Gaming SLI AMD 990X (Socket AM3+) DDR3 Motherboard
 

20+ In stock

£85.99

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Gigabyte GA-Z170XP-SLI Intel Z170 (Socket 1151) DDR4 ATX Motherboard

Skylake 6th Gen, DDR4, 3x PCIE x16, 2x PCIE x1, 2x PCI, 6x SATA 6Gb/s, SATA-Express, M.2 (SATA/PCIE), Gigabit LAN,...

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Gigabyte GA-Z170XP-SLI Intel Z170 (Socket 1151) DDR4 ATX Motherboard
 

5 In stock

£127.99

Gigabyte GA-Z170N-WIFI Intel Z170 (Socket 1151) DDR4 Mini ITX Mot...

Skylake 6th Gen, DDR4, 1x PCIE x16, 6x SATA 6Gb/s, SATA-Express, M.2 (SATA/PCIE), Gigabit LAN, 7.1 HD Audio, 6x...

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Gigabyte GA-Z170N-WIFI Intel Z170 (Socket 1151) DDR4 Mini ITX Motherboard
 

10+ In stock

£119.99

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MSI Z97 PC Mate Intel Z97 (Socket 1150) DDR3 ATX Motherboard

Intel Z97 Chipset, 4x DDR3, 2x PCI-E x16, 2x PCI-E x1, 2x PCI, 6x SATA 6Gb/s, Crossfire Support, 7.1 HD Audio, 1x GB LAN

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MSI Z97 PC Mate Intel Z97 (Socket 1150) DDR3 ATX Motherboard
 

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£74.99

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Gigabyte Z170X Gaming 7 - Skylake Core i7 6700K CPU & Motherb...

Intel Core i7-6700K Skylake Socket LGA1151 Processor + Gigabyte Z170X-Gaming 7 Intel Z170 (Socket 1151) DDR4 ATX...

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Gigabyte Z170X Gaming 7 - Skylake Core i7 6700K CPU & Motherboard Bundle **£20 Saving**
 

10+ In stock

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Asus Rampage V Edition 10 Intel X99 (Socket 2011) DDR4 EATX M...

Socket 2011-3, Intel X99, 4xPCI-E 3.0 x16, 1xPCI-E x4, 1xPCI-E x1, 12xSATA 6Gb/s, SATA Express, M.2, U.2, 4x USB3.1,...

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Asus Rampage V Edition 10 Intel X99 (Socket 2011) DDR4 EATX Motherboard
 

9 In stock

£544.99

Gigabyte GA-Z170 Sniper Intel Z170 (Socket 1151) DDR4 ATX Motherb...

Skylake 6th Gen, DDR4, 3x PCIE x16, 2x PCIE x1, 2x PCI, 6x SATA 6Gb/s, SATA-Express, M.2 (SATA/PCIE), Gigabit LAN,...

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Gigabyte GA-Z170 Sniper Intel Z170 (Socket 1151) DDR4 ATX Motherboard
 

10+ In stock

£127.99

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Gigabyte X99-SLI Intel X99 (Socket 2011) DDR4 ATX Motherboard

Socket 2011-3, Intel X99 Chipset, 4x PCI-E 3.0 x16, 3x PCI-E x1, 10x SATA 6Gb/s, SATA Express, M.2 Slot, 8x USB 3.0,...

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Gigabyte X99-SLI Intel X99 (Socket 2011) DDR4 ATX Motherboard
 

6 In stock

£209.99

Asus Z170M-Plus Intel Z170 (Socket 1151) DDR4 Micro ATX Mothe...

Skylake 6th Gen, DDR4, 2x PCIE x16, 2x PCIE x1, 6x SATA 6Gb/s, SATA-Express, M.2 (SATA/PCIE), Gigabit LAN, 7.1 HD...

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Asus Z170M-Plus Intel Z170 (Socket 1151) DDR4 Micro ATX Motherboard
 

10+ In stock

£109.99

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Asus Maximus VIII Formula Intel Z170 (Socket 1151) DDR4 ATX M...

Skylake 6th Gen, DDR4, 3x PCIE x16, 3x PCIE x1, 8x SATA 6Gb/s, SATA-Express, M.2, U.2, WIFI, Gigabit LAN, 7.1 HD...

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Asus Maximus VIII Formula Intel Z170 (Socket 1151) DDR4 ATX Motherboard
 

1 In stock

£339.95

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Asus Rampage V Extreme USB 3.1 Intel X99 (Socket 2011) DDR4 E...

Socket 2011-3, Intel X99, 5x PCI-E 3.0 x16, 1x PCI-E x1, 12x SATA 6Gb/s, SATA Express, M.2 Slot, 2x USB3.1, 14x...

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Asus Rampage V Extreme USB 3.1 Intel X99 (Socket 2011) DDR4 EATX Motherboard
 

3 In stock

£469.99

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Asus H110I Plus Intel H110 (Socket 1151) DDR4 ITX Motherboard

Specification: CPU Intel® for 6th Generation Core™ i7/Core™ i5/Core™ i3/Pentium®/Celeron® Processors Chipset Intel...

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Asus H110I Plus Intel H110 (Socket 1151) DDR4 ITX Motherboard
 

20+ In stock

£64.99

Asus Z170-K Intel Z170 (Socket 1151) DDR4 ATX Motherboard

Skylake 6th Gen, DDR4, 2x PCIE x16, 2x PCIE x1, 2x PCI, 6x SATA 6Gb/s, SATA-Express, M.2 (SATA/PCIE), Gigabit LAN,...

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Asus Z170-K Intel Z170 (Socket 1151) DDR4 ATX Motherboard
 

10+ In stock

£119.99

Asus Maximus VIII Gene Intel Z170 (Socket 1151) DDR4 Micro AT...

Skylake 6th Gen, DDR4, 2x PCIE x16, 1x PCIE x1, 6x SATA 6Gb/s, SATA-Express, M.2 (SATA/PCIE), Gigabit LAN, 7.1 HD...

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Asus Maximus VIII Gene Intel Z170 (Socket 1151) DDR4 Micro ATX Motherboard
 

10+ In stock

£199.99

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Asus Maximus VIII Ranger Intel Z170 (Socket 1151) DDR4 ATX Mo...

Skylake 6th Gen, DDR4, 3x PCIE x16, 3x PCIE x1, 6x SATA 6Gb/s, SATA-Express, M.2 (SATA/PCIE), Gigabit LAN, 7.1 HD...

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Asus Maximus VIII Ranger Intel Z170 (Socket 1151) DDR4 ATX Motherboard
 

10+ In stock

£172.99

Asus H81I-Plus Intel H81 (Socket 1150) DDR3 Mini ITX Motherboard

Intel H81 Chipset, x2 DDR3, x1 PCI-E x16, x2 SATA 3GB/s, x2 SATA 6GB/s, x1 Gigabit LAN, x4 USB 3.0, x8 USB 2.0,...

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Asus H81I-Plus Intel H81 (Socket 1150) DDR3 Mini ITX Motherboard
 

6 In stock

£64.99

Asus TUF X99 Sabertooth Intel X99 (Socket 2011) DDR4 ATX Moth...

Socket 2011-3, Intel X99 Chipset, 3x PCI-E 3.0 x16, 1xPCI-E x4, 1x PCI-E x1, 10x SATA 6Gb/s, SATA Express, 8xUSB 3.0,...

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Asus TUF X99 Sabertooth Intel X99 (Socket 2011) DDR4 ATX Motherboard
 

5 In stock

£309.98

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Gigabyte X99 SOC Champion Intel X99 (Socket 2011) DDR4 EATX Mothe...

Socket 2011-3, Intel X99 Chipset, 4x PCI-E 3.0 x16, 3x PCI-E x1, 10x SATA 6Gb/s, SATA Express, M.2 Slot, 6x USB 3.0,...

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Gigabyte X99 SOC Champion Intel X99 (Socket 2011) DDR4 EATX Motherboard
 

10+ In stock

£224.99

MSI Z170A Krait Gaming 3x Intel Z170 (Socket 1151) DDR4 ATX ...

Skylake 6th Gen, DDR4, 3x PCIE x16, 3x PCIE x1, 1x PCI, 6x SATA 6Gb/s, SATA-Express, M.2 (SATA/PCIE), Gigabit LAN,...

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MSI Z170A Krait Gaming 3x Intel Z170 (Socket 1151) DDR4 ATX Motherboard
 

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£139.99

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Asus H110-Plus Intel H110 (Socket 1151) DDR4 ATX Motherboard

Supreme ATX H110 with 5X Protection II for dependable stability, LED-illuminated audio shielding and DDR4 support. -...

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Asus H110-Plus Intel H110 (Socket 1151) DDR4 ATX Motherboard
 

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£59.99

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Asus Strix X99 Gaming Intel X99 (Socket 2011) DDR4 ATX Mother...

6th generation Intel Extreme "Broadwell-E" Processor support, DDR4 3333(OC) Support, Triple GPU Support, SATA...

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Asus Strix X99 Gaming Intel X99 (Socket 2011) DDR4 ATX Motherboard
 

10+ In stock

£299.99

MSI Z170A-SLI Plus Intel Z170 (Socket 1151) DDR4 ATX Motherb...

Skylake 6th Gen, DDR4, 3x PCIE x16, 3x PCIE x1, 6x SATA 6Gb/s, M.2 (SATA/PCIE), Gigabit LAN, 7.1 HD Audio, 6x USB3.0,...

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MSI Z170A-SLI Plus Intel Z170 (Socket 1151) DDR4 ATX Motherboard
 

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£119.99

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Asus Z170-Deluxe Intel Z170 (Socket 1151) DDR4 ATX Motherboard

Skylake 6th Gen, DDR4, 3x PCIE x16, 4x PCIE x1, 8x SATA 6Gb/s, SATA-Express, M.2 (SATA/PCIE), Gigabit LAN, 7.1 HD...

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Asus Z170-Deluxe Intel Z170 (Socket 1151) DDR4 ATX Motherboard
 

3 In stock

£289.99

Asus M5A78L-M LE/USB3 AMD 760G (Socket AM3+) DDR3 Micro ATX M...

AMD 760G Chipset, x2 DDR3, x1 PCI-E x16, x1 PCI-E x1, x1 PCI, x1 PCIE x1, x4 SATA 3GB/s, x1 Gigabit LAN, x8 USB 2.0,...

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Asus M5A78L-M LE/USB3 AMD 760G (Socket AM3+) DDR3 Micro ATX Motherboard
 

11 In stock

£44.99

MSI Z170A Gaming M7 Intel Z170 (Socket 1151) DDR4 ATX Mother...

Skylake 6th Gen, DDR4, 3x PCIE x16, 4x PCIE x1, 6x SATA 6Gb/s, SATA-Express, M.2 (SATA/PCIE), Gigabit LAN, 7.1 HD...

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MSI Z170A Gaming M7 Intel Z170 (Socket 1151) DDR4 ATX Motherboard
 

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£199.99

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Asus Z170I Pro Gaming Intel Z170 (Socket 1151) DDR4 Mini ITX ...

Skylake 6th Gen, DDR4, 1x PCIE x16, 4x SATA 6Gb/s, SATA-Express, M.2 (SATA/PCIE), Gigabit LAN, 7.1 HD Audio, 2x USB...

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Asus Z170I Pro Gaming Intel Z170 (Socket 1151) DDR4 Mini ITX Motherboard
 

10+ In stock

£149.99

MSI H170 Gaming M3 Intel H170 (Socket H170) DDR4 ATX Motherboard

Skylake 6th Gen, DDR4, 2x PCIE x16, 2x PCIE x1, 3x PCI, 6x SATA 6Gb/s, SATAExpress, M.2 (SATA/PCIE), Killer Gigabit...

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MSI H170 Gaming M3 Intel H170 (Socket H170) DDR4 ATX Motherboard
 

20+ In stock

£88.99

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Gigabyte H110M-S2H Intel H110 (Socket 1151) DDR4 Micro ATX Mother...

Skylake 6th Gen, DDR4, 1x PCIE x16, 2x PCI-E X1, 4x SATA 6Gb/s, Gigabit LAN, 7.1 HD Audio, 4x USB3.0, 8x USB2.0

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Gigabyte H110M-S2H Intel H110 (Socket 1151) DDR4 Micro ATX Motherboard
 

13 In stock

Was: £54.95 £49.99

Gigabyte 990X-Gaming SLI - AMD Piledriver FX-6 6300 6 Core - 8GB ...

AMD FX-6 6300 3.5GHz (4.1GHz Turbo), Gigabyte 990X Gaming SLI Motherboard, 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz Memory

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Gigabyte 990X-Gaming SLI - AMD Piledriver FX-6 6300 6 Core - 8GB DDR3 Memory Bundle **£20 Saving**
 

10+ In stock

£214.97

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Asus Z170 Sabertooth Mark S Intel Z170 (Socket 1151) DDR4 ATX...

Skylake 6th Gen, DDR4, 3x PCIE x16, 3x PCIE x1, 8x SATA 6Gb/s, SATA-Express, M.2 (SATA/PCIE), Gigabit LAN, 7.1 HD...

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Asus Z170 Sabertooth Mark S Intel Z170 (Socket 1151) DDR4 ATX Motherboard
 

8 In stock

£189.95

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Gigabyte X99-Gaming 5P Intel X99 (Socket 2011) DDR4 EATX Motherboard

Socket 2011-3, Intel X99 Chipset, 4x PCI-E 3.0 x16, 3x PCI-E x1, 10x SATA 6Gb/s, SATA Express, M.2 Slot, 8x USB 3.0,...

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Gigabyte X99-Gaming 5P Intel X99 (Socket 2011) DDR4 EATX Motherboard
 

10+ In stock

£259.99

     
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Motherboards

Motherboard: The Mother of All Computer Components

The classic motherboard resembles a tiny metropolis and, much a like a real city, a motherboard acts as the central hub and main conduit of smaller satellite components; namely, the rest of your system build. The motherboard facilitates communication between all of your computer hardware via the CPU and memory-meaning if your motherboard fails to function or breaks down, then so will your computer. The myriad of motherboard options out there on the market-with their wide range of specs, uses and capabilities-can make choosing the right one for your needs a tricky process, particularly if you’re an overclocking beginner. Read on to get a better idea of which motherboard your computer requires, and to gain an insight into this essential piece of kit, with Overclockers UK.

Motherboards for Intel or AMD Processors

Each motherboard (also known as a mainboard) includes a specific type of CPU socket-one that corresponds to the CPU chipset that the motherboard supports. It is vital that you check the socket type of a motherboard prior to purchase. Most will be designed to work with processors from the two biggest manufacturers in the industry: Intel and AMD. By ensuring that you buy a motherboard and a CPU with the matching socket type, your combination should be compatible and allow your system to run smoothly. A socket type refers to the part of a motherboard that connects to the processor, and comprises pre-set, pre-soldered pins that were produced in accordance with the processor’s configurations-exactly why buying a processor with the incorrect socket type is so costly.

Motherboards for Intel are not backwards or forwards compatible, so if you purchase an Intel Processor with an updated socket type you will also have to buy a suitable motherboard. Many AMD processors that come with corresponding motherboards are available on the market, such as the AM3, AM3+, FM1, and FM2 models. If your trust lies with the products of other brands, then you will find a number of motherboards that are compatible with your preferred CPU; Asus, ASRock, SuperMicro, MSI, and Gigabyte all make motherboards that work with Intel and AMD.

Motherboards and Form Factor

Motherboards are made in a range of shapes and sizes; this is known as the computer form factor, and some pertain to specific computer manufacturers. Motherboards in systems that are compatible with IBM are also produced to fit multiple case sizes. Since 2007, the majority of desktop computer motherboards adhere to the ATX form factor standard, even ones that have not been constructed from commodity parts, such as those seen in Macintosh and Sun computers. When it comes to cases, the motherboard and PSU form factor have to match; however, a few smaller form factor motherboards from the same line may fit bigger cases. For instance, an ATX case will normally accept a motherboard from MicroATX. Laptop motherboards, on the other hand, are integrated into the computer system, being much smaller and customized to the form factor. This makes upgrades difficult and leads to costly repairs, since when one component of a laptop fails, then the entire motherboard will also need replacing. Generally, this is more expensive than a desktop motherboard because of the high number of integrated components and their custom form factor.

If you want to upgrade your system and continue to use the same computer case, then you will need to keep in mind the form factor of your motherboard, and whether your new motherboard is suitably sized. ATX is the standard size; others include E-ATX-mostly for server builds-Micro ATX and Mini ITX. Micro ATX and Mini ITX offer fewer PCI slots and fan headers, although Mini ITX motherboards do provide ample room for a surprising number of top-tier gaming features. The Asus Impact line of Mini ITX motherboards is one of the most popular and favoured gaming motherboards in the smaller form category.

ATX, Micro ATX and Mini ITX motherboard dimensions and benefits

MotherboardWidthHeightBenefit
ATX 12" (305mm) 9.6" (244mm) Up to 5 PCI slots; enhanced heat dissipation
Micro ATX 9.6" (244mm) 9.6" (244mm) Smaller size suits smaller system sizes and reduces overall system cost
Mini ITX 6.7" (170mm) 6.7" (170mm) Almost complete compatibility with ATX hardware

Motherboards and Chipsets

A chipset refers to the hardware found within a processor, and its type is categorised by a series of numbers and letters. It is the most vital component of a motherboard, acting as the main hub through which all communication passes, and creates an all-important interface between the CPU’s front-side bus, the main memory, and the peripheral buses. Together, your chipset and socket type determine the CPU and memory you need, as well as the number of USB and SATA ports you will be able to use.

Popular chipsets and their properties:

  • 990FX: AMD's flagship chipset for gaming motherboards provides support for four-way Crossfire and SLI. Supporting AM3+ socket Bulldozer, Piledriver and Athlon CPUs and DDR3 Memory.
  • H110: Intel's budget platform for office work and beginners takes advantage of the Intel HD graphics capabilities of Intel Skylake processors to offer dual display output. Featuring USB 3.0, PCI-Express 2.0 and up to four SATA 6.0Gb/s ports, the H110 is a great board for entry level gaming too.
  • Z170: Intel's latest and greatest gaming motherboard platform, Z170 is truly feature packed. Storage technologies suck as M.2, U.2 and SATA Express enable support for the fastest consumer drives available today including NVMe solid state drives such as the Samsung Polaris SM961 drives capable of read speeds exceeding 3000Mb/s, hundreds of times faster than a traditional hard drive. 
    Z170 supports unlocked K edition Skylake processors, PCI-Express 3.0, Two-way SLI and Three-Way Crossfire for the most popular pro gaming PC configurations. Suitable for serious gamers.
  • X99: Intel's extreme platform, suitable for overclocking, benchmarking and extreme gaming. Haswell-E, Broadwell-E and Xeon processors featuring up to 22 physical cores, Quad Channel DDR4 memory and up to four graphics cards make X99 the platform of choice for the extreme user. At home whether in use as a gaming system or a professional graphics/video rendering machine.

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