We all live or will live a time when our PC became obsolete and a replacement was needed. Maybe the time has come to buy the computer of your dreams and this guide will help you choose one of the most expensive and most important components in your platform: the motherboard.
Determine the purpose or task you want to accomplish with your PC: is it a multimedia machine, for gaming or office use? Already defining this use, you also define a price range. Know that the more graphics work you require from a machine, the more expensive the motherboard will be.
Start by choosing the parts (CPU, RAM, power supply, etc.). Choosing a motherboard is a process that starts from the bottom up, especially if it’s the first time a person is doing it. So, you can save on the motherboard parts and define more or less the profile it has to have.
Once you’ve set the specs for your PC, look for a motherboard that supports those specs. Always try to choose parts with the best cost/benefit ratio. That way, the motherboard will be more similar in performance and price to the parts you buy. However, keep in mind that you will always want a motherboard that supports a better configuration than you already have, so that, if necessary, your computer can gain a life span.
Review your choices, search and compare on the internet, see the price of parts. Take the time you need and don’t rush, even if you have a really good promotion. That way, you will prevent silly mistakes from happening.
Finally, search online for prices and in physical stores. Trade, see if you get bonuses and look for promotions. Always have a list with your preference of boards from more than one brand, so you can have a wider range of negotiation with shopkeepers and get better conditions.
Always read as much as you can about motherboards and configurations. We are repeating this because it is very important to know how comparisons are going around the world. Many forums and websites have constant tests on the boards, with more than reliable results. It is also an opportunity to learn more about other parts of the computer in general, namely what a processor socket is or what types of RAM are currently on the market and what the differences are between them.
Don’t try to buy the latest motherboard on the market unless you really need to. It will cost you a fortune and, in the long run, it won’t be worth it. However, choosing a motherboard that will only meet your most urgent needs is not a good idea. Buy a motherboard a little above average so that you give your computer a good survival, since the technology’s useful life is very short. And high-end cards can make a computer so expensive that when you make a new computer, you’ll regret how much you spent.
Take your time and make the best purchase possible for your money. Pretty simple, no?