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Computer Motherboards

A motherboard is the central or primary circuit board of a modern computer. It is also known as a system board or logic board. Most motherboards produced today are designed for PC-compatible computers. The basic purpose of the motherboard is to provide the electrical and logical connections for the other components of the system to communicate. A desktop computer is built with a CPU or processor, graphics video card, sound card, hard disk controller - typically built in the motherboard, memory (RAM), and other essential components on the motherboard. Other components such as external storage, controllers for video display and sound, and peripheral devices are connected to the motherboard via edge connectors and cables, although in it is increasingly common to integrate these "peripherals" into the motherboard.

Choosing a motherboard can be an overwhelming task. The industry boasts an incredible variety of motherboard manufacturers and models, and each motherboard is compatible with either a specific Intel processor or AMD processor. Since the motherboard is the nervous system of your PC, it is important to do your homework by reading motherboard reviews.

How to Choose A Motherboard

In this video we cover the basics on how to choose a motherboard. We cover three distinct motherboards that would be suitable for three types of PC Builds, ranging from everyday performance to a High Performance PC.

The Motherboard is the nexus, the nervous system in which all other components connect to one another, and it is the physical body upon which you build everything else. The motherboard contains many of the machine’s core features, like the number of USB ports, the number of expansion cards you can put in, such as video, sound and Wi-Fi. It also determines the size your computer will be. The motherboard you choose will depend on whether you build a low, medium, or high performance machine, and how advanced of a user you are.

The Good: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 AM3+ AMD Motherboard - This entry-level motherboard is an AM3 socket board, which means it requires an AMD CPU (processor). It supports USB 3.0, DDR3 RAM, and it has a PSI and PSIE slot for your graphics cards, so while you can’t crossfire or SLI, which are technologies that allow more than one graphics cards to work in tandem with your PC, you will still have the option to use the legacy ports, which are backwards compatible ports, or express ports, which are for current components. This Gigabyte motherboard is a great motherboard for a budget build.

The Better: MSI Z97-Gaming3 Motherboard - This motherboard has an Intel LGA1150 socket, which means it supports 4th and 5th generation intel CPUs. This MSI motherboard supports USB 3.0, DDR3 RAM, and is multi GPU ready, which allows 2 graphics cards that run in tandem to achieve next gen class performance. This motherboard provides more performance without breaking the bank.

The Best: ASUS Rampage V Extreme Motherboard - This motherboard features an LGA 2011 version 3 socket with the Intel x99 chipset, which makes this the only motherboard of the three mentioned, to support DDR4 RAM. This ASUS motherboard supports USB 3.0, supports 64 Gb of DDR4 Ram, 5 PCIE slots, supports 4-way SLI and built in wireless. It also includes an overclocking panel, which allows you to tweak your settings and maximize your performance, so you can stay informed and you can be in full control. This motherboard delivers more expandability over time. It’s all that and then some.

Trivia Question: What major system of the human body can be compared to the motherboard?

Recent Customer Reviews

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"I bought this motherboard to stay within my budget. After installing it I discovered features I had over looked. Easy to overclock with and the bios were the easiest to upgrade I have ever encountered. ASUS hit one out of the park with this board. I matched this board with an FX-8350 One word describes it AWESOME ."
ASUS M5A99X EVO R2.0 AM3+ Motherboard
-Joe, Jun 17,2014