The Computer: Tutorial 2 – Motherboards

After last week`s lesson I thought that you will want to know more about motherboards. So… without any further of due let`s crack on with the tutorial.

A Motherboard is the main printed circuit board (PCB) found in computers and other expandable systems. It holds many of the crucial electronic components of the system, such as the central processing unit (CPU) and memory, and provides connectors for other peripherals. As for the CPUs there are lots of companies that are making motherboards, but out of all the manufacturers I recommend the big 3 (Asus, Gigabyte and MSI) because they have a long history and they bring something new in every generation of motherboards.

When you want to buy a motherboard there are some factors that you need to take into account:

  1. Features – Every motherboard company tries to bring something new to the table. This things are called features. When you buy a motherboard you need to take in account what do you want to do with your pc. If you want to game on your computer, you must search for the motherboards that offer you features that make your gaming experience much better. Asus has their ROG (Republic of Gamers) line which is intended for gamers. They have nice features that can, for example, indicate from where the sound is coming and from where the enemy will come. If you want to build a work station search for appropriate features.
  2. Chipset – Different CPUs need different chipsets. For 4th generation Intel CPUs you will need Z87 if you want the most of your PC. For AMD you will need 990FX if you buy an FX line CPU and if you buy an APU (A series) than you will need A88X chipset. If you buy Intel`s higher end i7 on the LGA2011 than you will need the X79 Chipset
  3. Price – The final decision is how much money you will want to spend on your motherboard. Usually a much expensive isn`t worth it just if you use more than one GPU or if you need one of the features that an expensive motherboard has.



That`s all that you need to take in consideration when you buy a new motherboard. If you have any questions make sure you let them down in the comment box so that I can answer your questions. Thank you for reading this post. As always the question of the week is:

What do you take into consideration when you go shopping for your motherboard?

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