It's important to consider the best motherboards for your PC builds, especially when going with a more compact PC. Depending on your budget, available size support, and which CPU you plan on choosing, there's a good selection of boards out there. Here's a collection of our favorite motherboards for the Lian Li O11D Mini.
Best for AMD
Rocking a fantastic chipset, the ASUS ROG Strix X570-E is a fantastic motherboard for any Ryzen 3000 or 5000 series CPU. You can install plenty of RAM and take advantage of the excellent stability and build quality.
Best for Intel
The Z590 is an excellent chipset for new Intel-powered PC builds, and this motherboard from ASUS has it all at a solid price. Whether you're going with 10th or 11th Gen from intel, this is a solid foundation for your Lian Li O11D Mini gaming PC.
Best budget AMD
Don't let the price tag fool you into thinking this motherboard isn't worth considering for budget-orientated builds. It's powered by the AMD B550 chipset and has plenty going for it. There's even a good enough power delivery design here for a Ryzen 9 processor.
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Best budget Intel
A good Z590 motherboard doesn't have to cost more than half your PC budget, which is where the ASUS PRIME Z590M-PLUS comes into play. Coming in below $200, this board comes with an 8+1 power phase design, high-quality components, Fan Xpert 4 for a quiet and cool PC, as well as all the rear USB ports you'll need.
Best AMD ITX
The X570 chipset and Mini-ITX form factor allow you to install this board inside a toaster. It'll handle even the more powerful processors, including the AMD Ryzen 9. This is a great option for a sleeper build inside the gorgeous Lian Li case.
Best Intel ITX
The Lian Li O11D Mini is a great compact case in that it doesn't require an ITX motherboard, but if you really want to use one with an Intel CPU, the MSI MEG Z590I UNIFY is a solid choice. This is a seriously compact motherboard but still manages to support DDR4-5333MHz RAM, PCIe 4.0, Thunderbolt 3, 2.5Gb LAN, and Wi-Fi 6.
Choosing the best motherboard
The Lian Li O11D Mini is not only a gorgeous PC case, but it can also take on full-size ATX motherboards. Usually, with more compact PC cases, you'll need to use only ITX motherboards, but that's not the case here, allowing for most motherboards to be considered for a PC build.
Our top picks for AMD and Intel processors go to the ASUS ROG Strix X570-E Gaming and ASUS ROG Strix Z590-E Gaming, respectively. These are largely the same board from ASUS but with an AMD or Intel chipset, as well as a few other minor differences. Both motherboards are excellent choices for a PC build.
You can go with a more affordable motherboard and still have an excellent time without stability issues, so long as you don't go overboard with overclocking. The ASUS TUF Gaming B550-PLUS and ASUS PRIME Z590M-PLUS are great choices for those on a tighter budget.
Rich Edmonds is 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 over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.
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