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Ask the Experts Question: What should I be looking for in a 'good' motherboard?

What should I be looking for in a 'good' motherboard?
I need some help with choosing a motherboard for my new PC!
Question asked by Charlie from Philippines | Answered by Anthony Garreffa | Motherboards Content | Posted: Mar 1, 2016 6:01 am
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hello, i red you're post on fb.. that i could ask an expert about computer parts... my question probably wont get answered but i will ask anyway... here goes.. so far i can identify... what a gaming pc needs.. and priority... 1st: good board, 2nd: good vcard 3rd: processor 4th: rams.. 8gb or higher.. 5th: enough voltage from power supply.. now the question is, how do i know a good motherboard? i am planning to build a wrig.. with budget limit..about $841.45... i just used Google currency converter.. i might be wrong... what parts should i get... at least the important ones? the ones that works well with each other... and deliver that gaming pc performance.. thank you TweakTown... hope to hear from you soon

Hey Charlie!


OK, motherboards are both a tricky one and an easy one. In the way that they're tricky, is that for someone who doesn't know much about the technology side of the motherboard - they seem incredibly difficult to understand. Which socket? Which RAM? Is a bigger board better? Is the smaller board slower?




All motherboard manufacturers have made it easier than ever to make the motherboard buying experience an easy one. You need to find out which CPU you'll be buying, and buy a motherboard with that socket. So if you were buying a Core i3 or Core i5 processor, then you'd need an LGA 1151 motherboard. If you were buying the AMD FX-8350 for example, then you'd need an AM3+ motherboard.


I would suggest spending $100-$150 on a motherboard, with the maximum being $200. These days, a $100-$150 board is going to be great, and it'll give you everything you need: enough PCIe ports, plenty of storage connectivity, USB 3.0 (or USB Type-C), and sometimes, even on-board Wi-Fi.


You could spend $150 or $400 on a motherboard, and 90% of people wouldn't be able to find a difference in performance if you were only using a mid-range CPU, video card and RAM. The higher-end motherboards are great for people who want to run crazy-fast RAM, multi-GPU setups, and want to overclock their CPU as much as they can.


For everyone else, motherboard purchasing should be easy - and it is! You can trust the big brands like GIGABYTE, ASUS, MSI and others without a problem.

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