I'm looking for a desktop configuration. Primary use would be processing photographs in Lightroom and Photoshop (very basic). As far as I read in such use cases graphic card is far less important than fast memory, a fast CPU and a fast disk.

I was thinking about the following configuration:

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-6600K BOX 3.5GHz, 6MB
  • Memory: Patriot Viper 4 DDR4 DIMM 2x8GB 3000MHz
  • SSD: ADATA 256GB SP600 SSD


Now, I am looking for motherboard for this configuration. It must:

  • have graphic card built-in
  • have a possibility to connect external graphic card in the future
  • have 4 DIMMs slots
  • seat a core i5-6600K
  • have WiFi built-in
  • have a space for CPU cooler, because the mentioned i5 doesn't have it's own cooler
  • preferrably ATX
  • budget ~130 USD

What motherboard would you recommend?

  • Your title suggests you need a motherboard recommendation, your first sentence suggests you don't know what CPU/GPU to purchase, and your last two questions suggest that you need a power supply and CPU cooler recommendation. I'm voting to close this question as unclear. – Rubydesic Dec 10 '16 at 17:13
  • Your last questions are still asking multiple things; a moderator will close your question soon if you do not edit to ask one single thing with specific guidelines in mind - e.g. "5 PCIe slots and 3 SATA ports". Asking what stuff you should get might be better suited for Reddit – Rubydesic Dec 10 '16 at 17:24
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    You are basically looking for a mobo with 4 DIMMs, seats a core i5-6600K, has at least 3x SATAIII connections. What size motherboard will your chassis take: ATX? mATX? mini-ITX? micro-ATX? E-ATX? What is your budget? You need to expand on these things. – NZKshatriya Dec 10 '16 at 19:59

I would recommend the Z170A SLI PLUS. It costs about $135 on Amazon.com. I use this motherboard in a personal rig, and it performs well.

The reasons why I would recommend this motherboard are:

  • It uses the z170 chipset, which is overclockable, and because it will allow you to overclock you unlocked i5 6600k.
  • Supports DDR4-3000 RAM
  • Has four DIMM slots
  • Has room for large CPU coolers -- I'm using a Thermaltake NiC C5 with this motherboard. The NiC C5 a large cooler but, it still allows me to use all four RAM slots.
  • 6 SATA ports with RAID 0, 1, 5 and 10 Support
  • Reinforced PCIe x16 Slots for large graphics cards
  • Excellent Overclock-ability
  • ATX Form Factor
  • Reasonable iGPU performance (integrated GPU)

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