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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Selecting a MOBO (Motherboard)

            So you want to make your own PC from the board up, or you need a new MOBO.  The first thing we need to is find out what kind of MOBO you need. For those of you starting out from scratch, we'll get to you in a moment.  Upgrading a MOBO (or replacing an old or ruined one), requires you to decide if your going to upgrade your CPU, or keep your current CPU. Either one will require a bit of research. As stated in an earlier post, different MOBOs require different CPUs. If you plan on keeping you old processor, then it's just a matter of finding a MOBO that has that processor "socket".For example, lets say we want to keep our processor, and it's a dual core.   Many dual cores are still LG775 sockets, so you want to search for an LG775 socket MOBO.

                    For those of you who are starting from scratch, you need to know what you plan to do with the machine you want to build, and get a MOBO that will best accommodate you computing needs. When you research a new MOBO, you want to think affordable, (unless you can afford the latest high end Models) and functionality.  If you only want a PC for simple tasks and home office use, then you wont really need anything with too many bells and whistles. Whereas, if you want a machine that can handle a lot of punishment, and do a lot of gaming or graphics programs, then you will want something a little bigger.for simple use, You can get away with using a simple MOBO such as this one...

         This a simple but quite reliable Motherboard, that uses a Pentium 4 CPU.It uses only a small amount of RAM by todays standards, and has basic PCI slots for very simple expansion, or to add a few is quite good for simple office work related tasks or perhaps some educational programs for your younger children. Now if you want something a little more hearty, and gaming worthy, then you will want a slightly more expensive MOBO, with more bells and whistles.One of my personal favorites, (but not limited to) are from Gigabyte.  One of their latest ones, (shown here)
 takes the Core i7 CPUs, and utilizes SATA3, DDR3, and USB3. Those are pretty fast. However with this one, there is no built in VGA, which means you'll have to buy a graphics card for it.  This model can have up to 24 Gigs of RAM, and can pretty much handle any program or game you can throw at it.

              But to get back on subject, you have to do a little research before you just go and buy any old MOBO, otherwise you will kick yourself for having an expensive paperweight.

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