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Friday, January 29, 2010

Guide To Build a Computer 2 : Motherboard

Motherboard like a mother to your computer.. (its name also "mother"board). It play important role in your computer performance and how "far" your computer performance can go after full-power upgrading.
Steps to choose a motherboard :

1. Processor
Of course it depend on your processor.. There no way you could use AMD processor on INTEL keyboard. ( I hope there are no one make this mistake ). For AMD it has various socket like AM3, AM2+ and AM2. This socket depend on your processor, so please check your processor socket before buying a motherboard. For INTEL, the socket for Dual Core, Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Quad is 775, Core i3 and Core i5 is 1156 and for Core i7 is 1366. With different socket processor, you'll need to buy different kind of motherboard.

2. Manufacturer
There are a lot of motherboard manufacturers like ASUS, MSI, Gigabyte etc. Each manufacturer has its own price and specialty but even with the same manufacturer, your motherboard performance might be VERY GOOD or VERY BAD. So before buying, you'll need to list the motherboards you want and search for reviews via internet so you'll know its problem and its specialty.

3. Chipset
Chipset is important for you computer. It determine the performance of your graphics either ATI or nVidia.
AMD chipset is build to CrossFire which is a "term" for using two graphic card in one computer for ATI's graphic card. nVidia chipset is build to SLi which is a "term" for using two graphic card in one computer for nVidia's graphic card. If you choose wrong partner, you can't SLi or CrossFire your graphics.

4. Performance
Different motherboard performance comes with different price. You must make sure:

  • RAM clocks that you want to use (eg. DDR2 800MHz or DDR3 1333MHz) and make sure your motherboard can support it and how many RAM slot it have.
  • Graphic Card Slot : This is important because make sure you choose 1 slot if you want to use one graphic card and NEVER EVER want to CrossFire or SLi, and 2 slot if you want to or plan to CrossFire or SLi.
  • SATA Slot : How many hard disk you have? Make sure SATA slots are enough for you.
  • Functions : You can use multi-function or less-function motherboard. Multi-function is good if you want to overclocking or know what the functions are and less-function for you don't think you'll use any of its function and less-function equal to less-power and less-price.
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