Discussion in 'CPUs and Overclocking' started by Bahay, May 11, 2019.
What's the best budget board for i5-9400F and what chipset should i get?
Did you already purchase the 9400F? What do you plan on doing with it? Gaming at 60Hz? Going above 60Hz?
I'm curious because lower end Intel motherboards lock memory support at 2666MHz. Interestingly, the 9400F benefits greatly from faster memory. Anything above 60Hz and you'd want to go for a Z370 motherboard and 3200MHz+ memory.
My brother gave me a gtx 1070ti and im planning to pair it with i5 9400f and atleast 3000mhz ram. Which chipset should i choose?
If you're aiming above 60FPS (as in you have a monitor capable of 144Hz or above) and need faster memory support, I'd go Z370.
If you're locked at 60Hz, there's really no reason to go above 2666Mhz, so H370 or B360 would make more sense. Memory above 2666MHz will be forced to run at 2666 on anything other than Z370/ Z390 motherboards.
Unless you find a deal, a cheap Z370 board will cost at least $100. I found a combo deal on Newegg (i5-8400 and Z370P D3) and got the Z370P for $50 last year.
As for the best budget board, it all depends on what deals can be had at the time. Motherboards, performance wise, are all the same. If you're on a budget, choose the cheapest H or B series motherboard you can find with the features you want.
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