What Motherboard Should I Buy?
All of the motherboards we show will work properly with each processor shown on the same page. The boards all have built in audio and networking. The boards all support Windows 7, 8.1, & 10.The motherboard is the backbone of your computer, it is the highway system for all the information and it is the docking point for all the components of the system. Generally, higher priced motherboards will give you a greater number and faster pathways for the information to travel and more docking points for devices. Memory
Motherboards will come with either 2, 4, or 8 memory slots. The latest Intel CPU based boards use the faster DDR4 memory, AMD motherboards use DDR3 memory. If you buy a motherboard with only two memory slots you will be more limited in terms of future memory upgrades. If you have it in your budget we recommend 4 slot motherboards.
Video ConnectionsMotherboards may come with integrated video, or they may require a separate video card. Modern integrated video based boards are much better than integrated boards from just a few years ago, but a separate video card is typically better than integrated video.
Intel's i3 /i5 /i7 (Except Socket 2011) and AMD APU A4 / A6 / A8 / A10 CPUs now have a separate video GPU (like a separate video card) built right inside the CPU. These separate GPUs are the equivalent of a $40 to $60 separate video card.
For many customers who do not play games and do not rely on heavy graphics, integrated video is often a good solution. If you plan on playing 3-D games or are building a more powerful system, a separate video card is best.
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Expansion SlotsThese slots are used for adding expansion cards like extra IDE controllers, special sound cards, modems, IEEE1394 cards etc.
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