[SOLVED] Buy a basic Z590 motherboard, then add Wifi & Thunderbolt 4 PCIe cards myself ?

Aug 20, 2021
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The motherboards with bells and whistles costs arms and legs. I was thinking of getting a basic z590 board and adding wifi and thunderbolt ports using the PCIe slots. Would this be better to have all the necessary ports built into the motherboard? Main benefit I see to buy components as I needed.

Newegg has Asrock micro atx for $118 - https://www.newegg.com/p/N82E16813157991?Description=z590m&cm_re=z590m-_-13-157-991-_-Product&quicklink=true. I can then get a PCIe wifi card for $20 and thunderbolt 4 when needed.

Other option I am considering is the MSI Z590 Pro Wifi Pro series from amazon for $191.11 - https://www.amazon.com/MSI-ProSeries-Motherboard-Intel-Socket/dp/B08WBYQQ8C/ref=sr_1_4?dchild=1&keywords=msi+z590m&qid=1629866519&sr=8-4

There are more expensive boards of course with more features built-in.

Plan to run i7 11700k, Nvidia 3070, M.2 drive and couple of hdd/ssd.
 
im not a fan of Asrock Budget Z series motherboard, if you're not planning on overclocking, better go off with 11700F and B560M Steel Legend. Grab a good MSi MAG or MPG Z series for that kind of cpu (better vrm cooling is a good thing).
 
im not a fan of Asrock Budget Z series motherboard, if you're not planning on overclocking, better go off with 11700F and B560M Steel Legend. Grab a good MSi MAG or MPG Z series for that kind of cpu (better vrm cooling is a good thing).
 

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