Things to consider before buying a Motherboard

motherboardI know most of us know this, but for the benefit of those who don’t, motherboard is the first part of computer which you should first consider to buy when assembling a PC. Why? Because it is considered to be the heart of the computer since all the components are connected to it. Basically, it transmit information from and to all the components. Thus when you assemble a PC, buy the motherboard initially.

Motherboards can be purchase online that’s why purchasing motherboards is very convenient and easy. All you need to do is list requirements of your motherboard and conveniently shop online or to any computer store you prefer. Below is the usual requirements if you are unsure of the requirements of your motherboard. You can keep this list for your future use.

1. Size.

Motherboards has different sizes. if you purchasing a motherboard to replace an old one be sure to buy the same size as your old one because you new motherboard may not fit inside your existing computer case. The size factor also depends on what components you will install.

2. Processor Type and Socket.

Motherboard socket is the are where your processor is plugged-in. Before Intel and AMD share the same socket but now after a few years, each company build it’s own socket type and determined by the number of pins. Normally you won’t be able to use or transfer one brand of processor to another without also changing the board.

Even if purchasing a motherboard can be very easy the price is always a issue so if you want to avoid the unnecessary expenses of replacing a non-defective motherboard, carefully choose a processor that will match your CPU needs and use.

3. Components.

The usual component that should be specifically considered when buying a motherboard are hard rive, memory and power supply. Memory cards are continually advancing and while they advance their sockets advance drastically as well. For example the DDR, the most commonly used memory card has 184 pins while the newly released DDR-2 has 240 pins. In the memory card market, the older version is usually phased out when a new version is released. So naturally, when your older version of memory card needs replacement, you may also need to replace the motherboard. This can be very frustrating especially if your motherboard does not have any defects. This can be very frustrating particularly if your motherboard does not have any defect. Consequently, to avoid being in this kind of situation, buy a motherboard which is compatible with the recent memory card versions.

Hard drives has more or less a similar story with memory cards. In the market today you can find two types of hard drive the ATA and SATA. The ATA is the older version and the SATA is the new version. Some motherboards supports both type of hard drive but some of the newer releases of motherboards only supports SATA. They are anticipating an ATA phase out so you may want yo go with their anticipation. my advice buy a motherboard that supports both Hard Disk types just to be on the safe side.

As PC components advance, their power supply requirements advance as well. The typical motherboard power supply pins are in 20s and 24s. Moreover, newly launched processors, such as those from Intel and AMD, have separate power supply pins to support their high clock speed. So when you buy a motherboard for a new CPU assembly, consider the power supply requirements of your components.