Let’s make it simpler for you to pick the best motherboard for a new custom gaming desktop build. The motherboard plays a vital role in any new system, and when it comes to picking up one, there are particular factors that we have to take into account.
The CPU, RAM and case, are the three prime components that you need to take into consideration while checking the compatibility with the motherboard that you select. How do we review the compatibility of CPU and RAM? A closer look at the details should help you solve the problem.
Intel based motherboards and AMD motherboards are compatible with Intel CPUs and AMD CPU’s respectively. However, Intel processor with Intel motherboard would match up only if you choose the right CPU socket type aka processor interface. LGA 775/Socket T is what you use for Intel Pentium 4, Pentium D, Celeron, Pentium XE, Xeon, Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Quad.
Hence, you should be able to choose a motherboard which has exact socket type as your CPU as listed on your motherboard specs.
Here we have three things to be kept in view.
RAM Type: In RAM, your options comes down to either DDR3 or DDR4, latter being slightly faster compared to the former, which is an older version. The motherboard can support only one RAM type. If you tend to choose a DDR4 type RAM, then DDR4 motherboard it is.
RAM Speed: Check the motherboard specs to know how much speed it supports and accordingly choose the RAM.
RAM Capacity: It is important to note the memory of your board so as to make it simpler for us to build a high performance system, knowing its maximum memory capacity.
The motherboard, which is the key circuit board within the computer, comes in various sizes and is technically called as the form factor. mATX and ATX are the two standard sizes that w can find. A standard size ATX board will require an ATX case since it will not fit in an mATX case. However, the mATX board will fit in ATX case. If you are opting for a small and cost friendly system, the mATX board can also be used.
PCI, PCI-E and USB Ports:
If in future, you have plans on to adding extra cards such as a network card, second graphics card, etc., or upgrading the system, it is always better to check for PCI and PCI-E ports on your motherboard you choose. Make sure that you get a board with USB 3.0 support.
LAN support comes along with all the present day motherboards. However, in order to get a wireless support for your gaming desktop, you will need to either pick a motherboard that has an inbuilt WiFi or buy an add-on wireless adapter. They will fit into the PCI/PCI-E slot of your motherboard. Or, you could also get a USB dongle adapter.
SLI and CrossFire Support:
The motherboard specs will help you get to know whether it supports a dual graphics card setup with either NVidia SLI or AMD CrossFire technology or when you are doing more than two-way SLI/CrossFire.
Your job is incomplete even when you have checked all the above mentioned factors. Here is where branding plays an important role. Asus, Gigabyte, AsRock and MSI are some of the best brands that are given credibility.With all those points instilled in your mind, you can now head out for your hunt in the market for the best, suitable and budget friendly motherboard.
Author Bio: Katie Smith is the enthusiastic woman. She loves writing about technology and lifestyle on Reviewmoon.