The motherboard is a fundamental part of a PC system, and is something that is often overlooked in favour of components like the processor and RAM. However, choosing the right motherboard for your build is important and can be quite complicated as there are lots of things to take into consideration. This blog should help you to pick the right one!
Let’s start with explaining what a motherboard actually is. It is a printed circuit board which is the foundation of a computer. It allocates power and allows communication between hardware components, such as RAM and CPU. They are designed to use specific processors and memory, so not all RAM and CPU work with all motherboards.
Fun fact! Do you know why a motherboard is called a motherboard? Because it is the main circuit board which can be extended by plugging smaller boards into it. These smaller boards are called ‘daughter boards’ so the main board is the motherboard! And before you ask, no, there is no father board!
Determining the size of motherboard that you need is very important. The type of motherboard will dictate the size and placement of screws and the placement of the major components on the board. The form factor determines the size of case that you need, along with the number of expansion slots you will have. In general, larger form factors give the builder more DIMM and full size PCle (we’ll come back to these shortly). It is incredibly important to check what size you require before you buy.
Here are a few of the components placed on a motherboard and the things you need to consider:
In conclusion, there are numerous factors you need to consider when deciding which motherboard you require, and it can be quite a confusing process. At servers and spares, we have a whole range of different motherboards in stock and have a team of technical experts who can help you figure out what you need. Give us a call on 0113 8805 440 to get some expert advice.
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