PC Build Guide: Motherboard


let’s kick it off with a thing that holds everything together the motherboard think of the PC as a city the infrastructure is crucial for holding the city together and the same is true for the PC the motherboard is that infrastructure that holds everything together and it’s the place where everything comes together the motherboard itself is easy to identify due to being one of the largest components within the PC covered with slots for all different types of components on that note let’s talk about the three common sizes for motherboards micro ATX ATX and ATX EA TX is generally the largest and most expensive type this board will allow you to mount a lot of RAM and server class processors or CPUs ATX is kind of the most common mainstream board and is usually mid-range when it comes to both price and size it offers many of the same benefits as ei TX but no support for server grade CPUs and in most cases the ATX motherboard doesn’t have as much RAM capacity micro ATX boards are really those that want the small and compact experience because they’re generally smaller and cheaper compared to ATX boards and definitely compared to the e ATX boards but they maintain nearly the same features and performance as ATX ports the main difference is because of their size that they have less capacity for graphics cards as well as RAM when installing the motherboard itself it’s best to look at the motherboard manual to see where the mounting points are on the motherboard and line those up with the case that you’ve chosen as a motherboard is a centralized home for all the components in your PC we’ll break down each component and how they fit into the motherboard and the rest of this guide looking at a motherboard itself can be a bit overwhelming it looks a little bit complicated so let’s break down all the different key components of the motherboard itself starting off with the CPU socket which is well where the CPU is housed one of the most important elements is to make sure that the socket of the CPU and the socket of the motherboard are the same or they won’t be compatible with each other next we have the RAM slots Ram slots look generally the same on every motherboard and yes you guess that they’re made to house your RAM SATA ports is where you plug in storage devices such as SSDs or mechanical drives and the amount of SATA ports different depending on the motherboard that you have there are also different types of SATA ports and the main difference is the maximum throughput of data if you’re using an SSD make sure that your motherboard supports SATA 3 to make sure that you’re taking advantage of that super quick speed from the SSD self next we have PCIe slot they’re usually a few of them on our motherboards and they’re designated with x16 x8 X 4 and x1 the difference between x16 slot and the lower x8 x4 and x1 slots is the maximum bandwidth that can flow through them generally you’ll want to reserve the x16 or x8 slots for pci drives or graphics card since they are more demanding a few spots on the motherboard will be reserved for external ports such as USB audio ports and networks they’re also various slots on your motherboard for fans so make sure you keep your PC nice and cool there are also the power supply slots the motherboard of course needs power to function and there are generally two separate slots on the motherboard where the power supply must be connected and finally if your case has a front panel with different functions like audio or power button you’ll need to plug these into your motherboard somewhere while most motherboards look similar some ports and component placements can be different so it’s best that you refer to your motherboards manual a lot of these details can make it seem like picking the right motherboard as a daunting task but will break down a few key things that you should remember when trying to decide which motherboard is best for you firstly does your motherboard have enough RAM slots for current and future potential use secondly does your motherboard physically fit in your case third how many graphics cards do you want to accommodate this could be now or maybe in the future fourth do you want an SSD that uses a PCIe slot like an MDOT to drive do you want to use any other PCI slots for sound cards or other similar components do you need a certain number or type of external ports such as additional USB or audio connectors if you’re interested in overclocking make sure your motherboard has overclocking capabilities to start with and crucially what CPU do you plan to buy as we mentioned before matching the CPU socket and the motherboard socket are well vital to actually making sure that your PC will start and run fine

11 thoughts on “PC Build Guide: Motherboard

  1. and u forgot the mounting screws for the mainboard – most cases / mobos still need them and if u forget em u have a risk of getting a short circuit which can kill your pc. gj guys

  2. This seems like a guide for beginners, so I think it'd be really helpful for beginner's who don't know where all the slots are already to have the lines and labels in your diagram color coded (2:52).

  3. god! this video helped me a lot actually! I had my graphics card connected to the slower PCIE and that is why I was getting bad performance on my pc.

  4. I only wish, Uplay would have included pcpartpicker.com . For anyone building a PC. This website is extremely useful, since it will automatically show you compatible parts that will work with your setup. IE: Motherboard, CPU, RAM, Case, Graphics card (Size fit).

    These days, I'd highly recommend building a mini ITX PC. They can get you the same performance as any modern gaming computer. (Sure you may only have 2 RAM slots, and 1 Graphics card slot) But motherboards today sometimes come equipped with their own Wireless built in, so you theoretically only need 1 Graphics card slot anyway. And when it comes to RAM, you'll never need more than 16GB of RAM if your computer is a gaming machine. Having more RAM than that is completely useless.

    The other important thing to note to wanting a Mini ITX board is the fact that Nearly all games today, don't support SLI (2 graphics cards or more in the same case) SLI is basically being abandoned, so 1 graphics card is good enough. And you can basically fit most any graphics card in a mini ITX case. But like I said, use pcpartpicker, and it will show you all compatible parts for your build style that you choose.

    Big PC's are overrated piles of junk, with no portability. If you want the best mini ITX, check out a Dan case as well. They are super compact, but PC part picker most likely won't be accurate for that… you'll have to do your own research to make a super compact PC like a DAN case. Take that little thing anywhere, and plug it in like a boss. LAN party? Gaming Center? No problem… You can hold that sucker with one hand, and it's about the size of a toaster. Watercooling has even been proven to work LOL.

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