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computers[11/16/2012 10:40 AM]
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Motherboard Terms:

CPU Socket Type: This is actually the socket type for that type of Processor you've chosen. Each type of processor has a unique kind of socket type (shape) that will fit into a motherboard. So you must ensure you choose the best motherboard socket type to suit your Processor. For example an AMD Processor with an AM3+ socket type will require a motherboard with an AM3+ socket type.

Chipsets: Will often be unique to a kind of processor and controlsthe communication between your processor and external devices. These will usually make reference to the northbridge and southbridge. The northbridge will link the Processor to high en devices such as the main memory and graphics controllers, and the southbridge will connect lower speed peripheral buses. What all of this means to you is that you should simply familiarize yourself with what a specific Chipset is for a specific motherboard. This can be done by deciding on the best motherboard for you, then by simply searching Google for that chipset name to understand what that chipset includes. (Do not fret too much time within the chipsets as possible usually select a motherboard based on what it really includes as explained any decent hardware retailer - but when you want to know more about the motherboard specifics it might be a smart idea to learn more)

Memory: As with how much and what type of memory your motherboard supports. A particular motherboard will support a certain number of memory slots, the numbers of pins your memory must have, the type of memory (ex. DDR3), maximum amount of memory supported (ex. 16GB), and also the channel supported (ex. Dual Channel Memory - in this case it is advisable to install memory in pairs like 2 sticks of 2GB memory sticks).

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Expansion Slots: Most modern motherboards will come with any different number of expansion slots. These generally include a quantity of PCI Express 2.0 x16 (, PCI Express x1, and PCI slots. You should pick your motherboard based on what peripherals you anticipate to become using together with your Gaming PC, and that which you might want to add in the near future. This includes Graphics cards (most are now using PCI Express 2.0 x16), soundcards, USB, Ethernet, Firewire and so on. Since we are interested in building Gaming PC's here the suggestion is to always have room for a graphics card (or two).

Storage Devices: What storage devices does the motherboard support? Desktop motherboard will generally support numerous storage deice connectors like SATA (serial ATA) or PATA (Parallel ATA) to connect hard disk drives and optical drives. This is vital that you understand what types and how many of each the motherboard supports to help you then buy a hard disk and optical drive compatible to the board. Usually you do not have to pay for to shut attention if you're purchasing say one hard disk and one optical drive, but if you desired multiples you might want to check to see if you can. Most modern motherboard may have more SATA connectors as most hard drives and optical drives will require this now.

Onboard Audio: Nowadays motherboard may have pretty good onboard audio (which mean you do not have to purchase an external soundcard). If you're concerned about the caliber of audio your motherboard you can do some investigation around the motherboard audio chipset to obtain a better understanding of what you should get.

Onboard Lan: Most motherboard includes onboard Lan (Ethernet) installed on them to be able to easily connect with the web, however not every motherboards will come with a wireless option therefore if this can be a concern you may want to look for wireless adapters to connect to you motherboard.

Rear Panel Ports: These will be the included ports with your motherboard for example USB, Audio, PS/2, Optical and so forth. This is often completely up to you - Just be sure you've enough of what you would like in order to connect what you need to your motherboard such as mice, keyboards, audio etc.

Internal I/O Connectors: These will be the in and out connectors that you could connect to your motherboard, such as external USB through your computer case etc.
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