The CPU provides the processing power of your computer. The Graphic Card propels the graphic capability of your desktop. And a good Ethernet jack allows you to tether your PC to a fast internet. But the three mentioned components are useless without the motherboard. Whether you are building a PC from scratch or just want to totally overhaul your gaming rig, buying a motherboard without doing your homework can be overwhelming and tragic. If you want to get the best motherboard, you need to know your purpose on why you are building PC. Here are the following important components of a motherboard you need to look at:
Form Factor (size and shape)
Rear Panel Ports
There are other considerations you need to take note aside from the above-mentioned components, especially on today’s market. You can opt for an integrated, nonintegrated, or a server motherboard. Each of these types of motherboard has its ups and downs.
These types of motherboards are very common today. As what the name suggests, all the necessary components are made available on the board, i.e. slots for peripheral devices, connectors, I/O ports. Since everything is integrated on the board by the manufacturer, the board will be smaller and slimmer—creating more space. Moreover, they will be cheaper. The only drawback is once a single component is damage, you need to replace the entire board. If you are going for a smaller-form PC, however, these motherboards are the best choice.
These types of motherboards have been one of the standard motherboards before. With these types, you need to purchase almost all the components manually. This feature will give you the freedom to achieve a certain specification for PC. Moreover, you don’t need to replace the entire system when a certain component fails. However, the need to connect each connector and peripheral makes these motherboards a space-hungry piece of equipment in your PC—let alone expensive. For home and small workstations, these boards may not be the best choice.
These types of motherboards are not meant for home or office desktops and laptops. When you need a server PC that can store a massive amount of data, you need these types of boards. Your priority won’t be how many graphic cards they can handle but the amount of data storage they accommodate and the maximum processing power they allow. In addition, you may want to take your time in considering the socket type, the chipset, server control features, and the LAN controller. Despite some differences, server motherboards must also be future-proof—allows upgradability—just like the other boards.
These three considerations may have cleared some hazy areas in your mind when it comes to choosing a motherboard. If you want build a PC faster and cheaper, you can go for the integrated type. If you want to purchase each component to allow easy replacement of each part in the future, you can go for the nonintegrated type. If you are building a server, going for a server motherboard is a no-brainer. In short, the type of board you will choose should fit and address your need and purpose of building a PC.