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How to build a Computer – 003 – Choosing a Motherboard

Building a computer isn't as hard as people think. There are many benefits when building your own rig. By the end of this tutorial the YOU WILL feel comfortable to build your very own kick ass Computer!

Part 003, Choosing a Motherboard.

Motherboard: The primary circuit board of a personal computer, containing the circuitry for the central processing unit, keyboard, mouse and monitor, together with slots for other devices

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GOS_SAND-MAN3105d ago

The EVGA X58 3xSLI is CRAAZYY! Great Mobo!

BulletToothtony3105d ago

open my ps3 and install it in a tower.. that way i don't have to worry about upgrading anything to play games for the next 6 years

wicko3105d ago

LOL AND PCS SO EXPENSIVE WTF JUST BUY CONSOLE ITS THE SAME RITE

I heard the open zone is for trolling.

Gago3105d ago

but i cant stand the host

Dee_913105d ago

i started daydreaming at 2:30
thats why my gpa was 2.5

iNcRiMiNaTi3105d ago (Edited 3105d ago )

I got an xfx 750i sli extreme but I wish I had gotten the asus p5nd or the evga 750i ftw instead. The xfx board is a pain to overclock, limited and the bios sucks. Only got it because I wanted sli and it was on sale for $70. Should've returned it but I already sent in the MIR and registered for warranty. Oh well, I'm never going with xfx for motherboards again

iamgoatman3105d ago

@hi6hli6ht

I have an XFX 750i as well, and I wish I had gone for an ASUS or Gigabyte board instead. Like you said, it's a pain to overclock and seeing as I no longer have an interesting to use it for SLI, it's a bit pointless for me to keep using it.

I should have sent it back for a refund as well, but had already registered it. I'm not sure how much I'd get for it on ebay, but probably not a lot. I've used XFX GPUs before and they've been great, but their mobos suck.

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BulletToothtony3105d ago

and best video card while we're at it?

OpenGL3105d ago

Building a PC is quite easy and cost effective.

Raypture3105d ago

I agree, I'm ordering one soon and checked into building one, checked several sites and videos like the one above and found it fun to learn and seems pretty easy, it'll be cheaper for me AND I'll get better performance.

eggbert3105d ago

If I am replacing my current motherboard, and I buy one that is the same form factor and the same socket type (ATX-Mini, and socket AM2) would I run into compatibilty issues?

I've heard some people say you need to reinstall your operating system if you change motherboards.

I'm also wondering if an AM2+ motherboard would support my AM2 processor. I THINK it's backwards compatible, but i'm not really sure.

Anyone know the answers?

wicko3105d ago

Yep AM2+ boards support AM3, AM2 and AM2+, the only thing that doesn't work AFAIK is AM2+ (and below) processors on AM3 boards (and that probably includes AM2 as well) since AM3 processors have onboard DDR3 and DDR2 memory controllers and AM2+ and below just have DDR2.

You might have to reinstall your OS, yes, but it might work if you remove any motherboard drivers you installed. And you shouldn't run into any compatibility issues unless your RAM is rated at higher speeds than what is supported by the new board.

Raypture3105d ago

I'm no expert so don't take my word for a fact, but to my knowledge you don't with windows, however your copy of windows will start telling you it's non-genuine, and there are some errors you could run into later on so it's best to re-install the OS, if you have another HDD to back up data on, back it up and re-install, if you don't do as wicko said and remove motherboard drivers and it might work then.

Do flash your bios before changing your mobo though, or else it may not recongnize the AM3 processor.

eggbert3105d ago

is not AM3, its an AM2 processor. I believe it's just an AMD athlon x64 4600 or something along those lines. 2.4 Ghz, dual core, not a bad processor by any means, but definitely not a cutting edge one.

I'm a bit pissed because I bought a motherboard a few weeks ago, and it arrived broken (I brought it to a PC repair shop and they diagnosed the FSB was broken), and I had to pay shipping to send it back to the seller ($30, because they only accept returns to CHINA OF ALL PLACES).

I'm thinking about picking this motherboard:

BIOSTAR AM3/AM2+/AM2 DDR2 AMD 785G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard TA785GE 128M

From amazon since it pretty much has the features I need. I'm not exactly sure how reliable biostar is though, never heard of them before. The customer reviews are hanging around the 4/5 area though, so hopefully it won't be a shoddy product.

Raypture3105d ago

You may be able to get it for cheaper on newegg, they also offer long warranties through the manufacturer on some items.

I somehow got it mixed up that you were replacing the processor as well.

I haven't heard much about biostar, but from what I hear Gigabyte and Asus are considered the most reliable mobo manufactures.

wicko3105d ago

Biostar is a decent on a budget motherboard, in fact some of them were able to unlock cores on dual and triple core phenom 2 processors. Just don't expect many BIOS features or any decent overclocking capabilities.

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JonnyBigBoss3105d ago

Building a computer is easy. Just avoid static. I buikt my 1st computer without instruuctions at age 16. Now I'm running games on high settings like Mass Effect 2 and Splinter Cell: Conviction.

GOS_SAND-MAN3105d ago

funny how conviction hasnt yet released on pc...

ALFAxD_CENTAURO3104d ago

Yeah, you are right.

But if jleack can run ME2 at High Settings, so will be Splinter Cell (according with the system requirements).

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