The Intel Core i5-9600K is the new king of mid-tier processors in Intel's line-up. It offers some solid performance figures for the price and while you don't need the most expensive motherboard on the market, spending more is a sure way of getting better quality components. To help you get started, we rounded up some of the best motherboards
This isn't by any means an affordable motherboard, but it's a high-quality platform with all the high-quality components you require for a stable computing experience. It has support for some advanced overclocking, a great BIOS to get familiar with, as well as plenty of ports to hook everything up.
You don't require a Z390 chipset for the Intel Core i5-9600K, which allows us to recommend something like the Gigabyte DS3H if you want to save some money. It's a great board in its own right, just don't expect to push the system as far as more premium options.
Should your budget be able to cover a high-end, enthusiast board like the ROG Maximus XI Hero, it's a worthwhile pick if you plan on upgrading the processor at a later date before the next generation comes around. You get amazing quality components, speedy dual M.2 slots, USB 3.1 Gen 2, and other high-end features.
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With a new processor you're going to ensure two things are compatible: your RAM and, even more importantly, your motherboard. If I had to make a single suggestion for your Intel Core i5-9600K, it would be the ASUS ROG Strix Z390-E Gaming. This motherboard is a great value, offering pretty much everything you need for a powerful PC build. ASUS packed in high-quality components, stable overclocking enhancements, a great and easy BIOS, as well as some other handy benefits like dual M.2 slots.
When you're ready to take things to a whole new level with regards to build customization and unique looks, the ASUS ROG Strix Z390-I Gaming Mini-ITX motherboard is worth considering, especially if you have a small form factor case at hand.
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Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.