How to Choose Right Mother board for your computer
Updated: Sep 3
You should know everything before you put your money on the motherboard
When you create your own PC, one of the main ingredients to buy is the motherboard. It creates a spine where all hardware components are connected and also determine s/he characteristics that your PC will support.
This means that you cannot just go out and get any motherboard that looks fancy, because there are certain features and compatibilities that you need to be aware of. To simplify things, we have noted some key features that are needed before you buy the motherboard.
First of all, you need to check what kind of processor you will install. Each motherboard has a certain socket. This sets the physical packaging of the socket processor, whether it is Intel or AMD, which can be installed on the motherboard. Also, the motherboard chipset defines which specific model of the processor can support it.
For example, the latest 8th generation LGA processors has been built on motherboard with 1151 socketand Z370 chipset. In comparison, Intel uses the same socket as the sixth and seventh generation of processors, but it is not supported by the Z370 chipset and needs a Z270 or Z170 chipset-based motherboard.
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To avoid any compatibility problem, it is best to get all the right information about the CPU already.
Motherboard comes in a variety of factors. The larger the size, the more features you will get. But if you want to create a compact system, you also get smaller options. For this reason, motherboard manufacturers mainly make three sizes, Atex, Micro-Atex (MAX) and Mini ITX. The characteristic dimensions of the full-size ATX board are 12 x 9.6 inches (305 × 244 mm), microatex motherboard 9.6 × 9.6 inches (244 × 244 mm) and mini-ITX 6.7 × 6.7 inches (171 x 171 mm). The size of the motherboard also defines the type of cabinet/chassis you will use, so be careful.
The size difference affects the number of ports and slots fitted on the motherboard. The full size ATX board usually offers a total of five PCI-Express and/or PCI slots. On the other hand, the MTEX board has a total of three slots and the mini ITX board usually only offers one PCI-Express x16 slot. Similarly, maximum memory slots on each board are 4-8 on atex boards, 2-4 on MTex and 2 on mini ITX.
There is also an extended ATX board size, larger than the ATX and offers additional ports and slots, which offer four CPU sockets and 24 memory slots.
Just as the chipset can support the kind of processor that motherboard can support, it also plays an important role in determining the type and speed of memory. Defines the size of the motherboard and the number of memory slots to determine how to install the total amount of memory. A good practice is to determine how much memory you want to install currently and whether you want to upgrade in the future.
Ports and Extension Slots
Many people completely miss this, but it is as important as they get. The number of ports on the motherboard is important for what you will connect or install on your PC. Make sure you have sufficient and fast ports like USB 3.0, HDMI, Thunderbolt or PCI-Express, SATA, M2, etc. In the future, one can move forward and get some kind of extension card, but it is best to have an integrated card as it will perform better any day.
Different components and peripherals use different connectors, so check if your motherboard offers all the ports and slots you need in the future.
Overclocking and other features
Overclocking has become a simple task today and if you are planning to overclock your processor, make sure the board supports it. Chip set needs to support CPU multiplication and voltage adjustment. In addition, the motherboard needs to provide components due to power management and proper heat, as overclocking emphasizes the elements of the motherboard.
There are other additional features that you can see outside that provide some extra functionality to your system. Features like RAID controllers, wireless LAN, onboard bios control, etc. may not be important to the system, but it always has an added advantage.