$300 For Your B650
As you have heard many a time, this generation of components are exceptionally expensive. Oddly the CPU is now often the cheapest component to purchase for a new build, as even the mid range B650 and Z590 boards come in around the $300 mark. That means the ASUS STRIX B650E-F WIFI Gaming ATX motherboard is priced similar to the competition, even last generation you could find the equivalents around the $100 mark.
For that price you get a fair amount of features, including a PCIe 5.0 slot and a single PCIe 5.0 NVME port. In addition to those are also a 16x PCIe 4.0 slot, two PCIe 4.0 1x and a pair of PCIe 4.0 M.2 M key ports of which one has a MediaTek Wi-Fi 6E card installed. Your wired networking is handled by a 2.5Gbps Realtek chip, two USB-C ports though only one is USB 3.2 2×2, DisplayPort, HDMI, an assortment of USB 3.0 ports, an antennae connection and a BIOS Flashback button as a bonus.
The Guru of 3D were impressed by the power design of the board as well as the thermal profile. Drop by for a look at their full review.