16 Mar What Factors Should Be Considered While Buying A Motherboard
What factors should be considered while buying a motherboard?
There are various sizes some of which may or may not fit your case. For details, see Motherboard Sizing
The socket/CPU type is the next thing to consider (e.g. AMD, Intel, Intel ATOM). CPU families often use the same type of socket. If you know the CPU you want, look for a motherboard that supports it. If you have a certain motherboard in mind, look for a CPU that will work with it.
Determine the quantity of RAM you want in your system and ensure that the motherboard not only supports the amount but also the speed and type (DDR, DDR2, DDR3, etc.), whether or not it is error correcting (ECC), and the RAM speed. Take note of how many sticks are needed. Is it necessary to install the RAM in pairs?
Consider your surroundings. Most motherboards provide four or more USB ports. Some have Bluetooth, Firewire, external SATA, micro USB, HDMI, micro HDMI, and other features. As a result, you must assess the sorts of devices you presently own or want to acquire, as well as the market’s future direction.
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Is gigabit networking supported if the motherboard has built-in networking? Wired or wireless? What is the speed of wi-fi?
Do you plan to overclock the CPU or the RAM? If this is the case, you should investigate if the motherboard allows overclocking at all, and if so, to what degree. Can you change the voltages as well as the frequency? Is it possible to modify the CPU and RAM speeds separately? Is there built-in overclocking (normal, turbo, and extreme)?
Is there built-in video? Is the CPU you’ve chosen equipped with built-in video? If not, where are the PCI Express slots situated, and if you want to utilize multiple video cards, are they placed in such a way that they do not interfere with other cabling (SATA cables, USB headers, etc.) or hard drives in the case?
If you don’t mind hearing the fans run like a jet engine all the time, make sure there are at least two fan connectors, one for the CPU and one for the system/case, so the motherboard can regulate the speed based on the temperature.
It’s similar to piecing together a puzzle. I usually start by narrowing down my selections by picking the CPU type and form factor, and then I explore the possibilities from there. You should also think about how long you want to keep the computer. Two years? Five years? This will choose whether to get cutting-edge and pricey solutions or older, slower, and less expensive alternatives.
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