Choosing a Motherboard

When choosing a motherboard for your build, here are a few things to keep in mind.

Processor Support
If you already have a CPU in your current build, you will want to make sure the replacement motherboard that you are seeking supports your current processor that you have if you do not plan to upgrade it as well due to your budget or other specific reasons. If you will acquire a processor as well, know that newer processors are great for running Microsoft’s Windows Operating System right out of the box but may need days to months of patching to be perfectly compatible with Apple’s macOS due to the way the Operating System is built.

Expansion
If you treat your system well, it will last for many years and as software programs requires more and more resources, you will see that you will need more RAM to multitask and storage to keep your data. To beef up the onboard video for gaming or video editing, you will also need a powerful GPU and WiFi to cut the cord between your devices.

Form Factor
Motherboards comes in the following sizes: Standard-ATX, Micro-ATX, Mini-ATX, Nano-ATX, and Pico-ATX.



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Stephan Pringle

About The Author: Stephan Pringle is an Information Technology Specialist. He covers hardware and software and provides tips for you to troubleshoot and repair issues on your own. In his spare time, he writes articles about the State of New York on his Hackintosh and HackBook and that has helped him to become the top contributor of the New York City section of Yahoo! Answers.