The first thing you need for a cutting edge gaming PC is a good motherboard to bear the extreme conditions of your endless gaming sessions, such as overclocking. A motherboard is the very foundation of all the components in your CPU and runs everything. It is the central hub for your machine which will hold all the components well inside the CPU. You could say PC has a strong build only if it has a sturdy motherboard. The quality,durability, and reliability are some of the important factors necessary in selecting a motherboard. Here are the things you can consider while purchasing a new motherboard for your gaming PC.
Check the sockets
Your motherboard should be compatible with the latest components. The socket of your motherboard should be right for your CPU. You need to make sure that you do not use AMD’s socket for Intel CPU and vice-versa.
The size of the RAM has changed through the years, and it has become more and more compact. A DDR4 RAM will require a motherboard that supports DDR4 RAM. You can make a mistake while purchasing a different size RAM for a different compatibility motherboard. Check if the motherboard has enough slots for RAM to be added later. Smaller motherboards will have 2-4 slots while the more expensive ones will have 8 or more slots. You will need atleast 16 GB RAM today to run the games.
ATX, micro ATX and mini-ITX are the most common types of motherboards. ATX is the biggest motherboard with more slots for RAM and expansion, which makes it the most expensive one among all. If are not planning to have a PC for a long time and will be replacing it soon, you do not need ATX. Go for more compatible ones to save on your budget and fulfil your requirements for atleast 2-3 years. Smaller motherboards will also help in saving money on a smaller and cheaper cabinet.
There are several ports available on the motherboard, such as all the USB types, HDMI, Audio, Display, PS/2 and Thunderbolt 3 ports. Usually, you will require USB 3 and USB 2 ports. Today, USB 3.1 Gen 2 and USB type C ports are also being adapted, so having those are also a good option. Make a list of the ports you desire and ask the store to help you find the right motherboard.
Intel makes expensive as well as cheaper motherboards which do not have overclock and multiple slot options. The motherboards which can be overclocked have the letter Z in the front of their chipset names, such as Z370 or Z77. The motherboard which can be overclockeded will have names starting with B, H, and Q. Choose from the overclock range motherboards only if you really need overclocking. Otherwise, the non overclocking motherboards will work just fine.
Use these tips to find the right kind of motherboard for your gaming PC. You do not need the most expensive motherboard to build a good rig, so take you time to research what you need and what is your budget.