Choosing The Right Motherboard For You

So to summarize, looking back at the other sections you should have a good idea of what you are looking for in a motherboard. In this section I will help you choose the right motherboard for you!

Are you going with Intel or AMD? Which ever you pick which socket do you need for that processor?

Are you going with a HDD or SSD or maybe both? However many hard drives you need you need enough Sata ports on your motherboard. Try to get at least one more than you need. Since you will also need one for your DVD drive to instal your operating system. Sure you could instal it with a USB drive, but most commonly it is installed with a DVD.

How much Ram are you going to use? What frequency or speed are you going to use. Make sure your motherboard is compatible with the ram, and has enough slots to hold what you want to purchase.

Does it have enough slots for your expansion cards? Are you using a video card? Sound card? Or anything else for that matter? You need to make sure it has enough ports for you to use what you have purchased. Make sure that they are spaced out enough for you to be able to use them.

A side note make sure your motherboard has enough USB ports on the back panel. I would also recommend that it also have a USB 3 port on the motherboard. Since most cases have USB 3 on the front and you will want to make use of those and they will need a place to plug in.

So don’t go overboard if you don’t need to. Why pay the premium for higher tier items, if you are not going to make use of it. If you are going to make use of it then go ahead. Remember to do your research on what you need then get a bit above that. That way if something else comes out you are not left needing an upgrade then, you have prepared in advance for that change.