When you sit down to make a list of the best PC components for your next gaming machine, motherboards often feel deserted as more preference is given to other components like the Graphic Card Units (GPUs) , Processor, etc. Motherboards often come after everything in our minds, but a little people know about the computers is that your motherboard plays a very important role in calculating the overall performance of your gaming machine.
As a technical expert, I am against the traditional approach that people take while looking for the components for their gaming computer. In fact, I’d suggest focusing as much on your motherboard as some of the more exciting components of your build.
Motherboards have come a long way with respect to onboard features. Today, it is very important to choose a very good motherboard to ensure a stable computing platform that is capable to deliver optimum operating efficiency of all PC components.
Before you head out to hunt for the best gaming motherboards available on the market, it is essential to know everything about them to make smart, better decision. There are a few things that we all know like compatibility, model, etc. However, there is a lot more that you’d want to know while making a purchase of components for your gaming desktop.
What is a Motherboard?
If you have ever opened the side panel of your desktop, you’d know what a motherboard is. A motherboard is a printed circuit board (PCB) that is designed to create a kind of backbone allowing a variety of components to communicate. It serves as a single unit to connect different components such as the central processing unit, graphics processing unit, memory, and storage. All the devices like desktops, laptops, and mobiles use motherboards to pull everything together. However, you get the freedom to buy a motherboard separately only for desktop PCs.
It consists of a wide range of electronic components like circuits, transistors, capacitors, heat sinks, slots, etc. Your desktop motherboard is a very complicated product, which is why it is important to spend some time on researching about the different aspects of Motherboard before you make a purchase.
Quick Shopping Tips
Choose the right socket for your CPU – There are different companies manufacturing CPUs. When buying a motherboard, it is essential to choose the right socket to support it. Most CPUs available on the market these days use AM4 CPU sockets while current Intel 8th Gen and 9th Gen Core CPUs require LGA 1151v2 sockets.
- On-board on/off switches – If your system is being housed in an open case, these switches may be very handy in the initial build process. However, if you are a professional or have prior experience, then you don’t need it.
- Storage Capacity – Operating systems are very heavy and hence you need a space to store the operating system, applications, and data. When buying a motherboard, it is essential that it has the slots available according to the latest storage devices. You may need to choose between a hard disk drive (HDD) and solid-state drives (SSD).
- RAM Storage – Once your PC is turned on, your CPU needs somewhere to store information. That’s called RAM or “random access memory.” Most desktop computers these days are equipped with at least 4GB of RAM. However, you must choose the motherboard that can support more than 8GB or RAM, especially when you are looking for a gaming machine. Make sure the motherboard is having multiple RAM slots.
- GPU Support – Another important factor that may affect your decision of buying a motherboard is its compatibility to the GPUs. Some may expect the motherboard to support single GPU while some may like it to work with multiple GPUs for better performance and graphics ability. Look for the GPU compatibility while buying the Motherboard.