Selecting the Best Motherboard for your PC

A motherboard may be one of the most important components of a computer. It makes sure everything runs together and in sync. In fact, when building a new PC just about all other computer parts will be based around a specific motherboard. For this reason, it is important to pick a motherboard that is right for your tasks and, most importantly, your budget.

Whether you are wanting a PC for gaming, video editing, or just general computer usage there are different motherboards that may be more tailored towards your tasks. With the wide variety of motherboards out there these days, it may be hard to find that perfect board for you. When looking for a motherboard there are many factors you need to consider before buying.

Factors to Consider When Buying Motherboards
1. Budget

The first and foremost factor when choosing a motherboard should be your budget. You need to have a plan on how much you want to spend on the entire computer so that you know how much you need to spend on a motherboard. A motherboard will usually be the longest lasting part in a computer so will usually cost a little bit more. Cheap motherboards may not always be the best option but they are always worth looking through.

Since a motherboard will usually last a long time, you may also want to consider future upgrades to your PC. For example, maybe you only have $500 to spend at the moment, but will you want to add more memory or a better graphics card in the future? Memory is a very common thing to upgrade no matter what the purpose of a computer is. You only have so many slots to put memory but you probably won't max your memory out in the beginning. Future upgrades are important to plan for so that you do not have to buy a new motherboard for each upgrade. Needless to say, planning for future upgrades may also bump up the cost of your motherboard. Just be sure to only plan for upgrades that you absolutely will need in the future.

2. Purpose

After you have figured out how much you are going to spend on a motherboard, you need to consider what your PC will be used for. The reason for this is so that you can look for a motherboard that will have the right connections for the parts you will be needing. Like I mentioned before, memory slots are one of the main things to look at but there are other things to consider as well such as the video card. If you are just making a general use computer there is no need to get a really expensive video card so you may consider gettings a motherboard with a built in video card. This could actually save a little bit of money. If you're wanting a gaming or video editing PC, a built in video card isn't as important and you need to check the sizes of video cards that can be added.

3. Components

Once you have found your PC's purpose you may want to look around at other components such as video cards, CPUs, and types of memory. There are many brands and types out there so you'll need to read reviews and find out what it is your after in each part.

The biggest component you'll have to decide on is the CPU. When picking your motherboard you'll have to specifily pick which one will work for what CPU and the rest of the components that fit on your motherboard will work with the CPU. By far, the two most popular CPUs are Intel and AMD. Intel is a much more commercial CPU that you will usually see in stock computers that you buy from the store but AMD is a very close competitor. Generally, for lower budget builds you'll find that AMD will actually have better performance for the buck if built right, however, for more expensive builds Intel still seems to be the best out there. The top two producers of motherboards, Intel or AMD, are usually Asus and Gigabyte.

If you follow these steps it will greatly narrow down your motherboard options, allowing you to choose the right board for your PC. There are few more options that I did not list but these are the main points that you will always have to consider. Before buying your motherboard, you also may want to read a few reviews because people love to share their opinions on good and/or bad products. It really isn't too hard after you look at a couple, and have a little bit of guidance.