|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 and will all provide the same level of performance with any specific CPU. The motherboard is the backbone of your computer. Higher priced motherboards will give you a greater number of and faster connectors for the information to travel to and from components and peripherals.
Memory - Motherboards will have either 2 or 4 memory slots (8 memory slots on workstation boards). We recommend a board with at least 4 memory slots.
Drive Connections - There are two current type of drive connectors:
SATA3 drives use a drive cable to connect optical, mechanical hard drives, and SSD drives to the system. Boards will have between 2 and 10 SATA ports.
M.2 is a slot on the motherboard surface. M.2 drives plug directly to the board with no cable and is the fastest connection type.
USB - Three types (USB 2.0 / 0.5 Gb/sec), (USB 3.0 / 5.0 Gb/sec), (USB 3.1 / 10.0 Gb/sec). Boards will have a combination of different numbers of these three types.
Video Connections - The boards that accept processors with integrated GPUs will have a combination of the following video connector types - VGA (Analog), DVI (Digital) , HDMI (Digital) , Display Port (Digital). All boards that have at least two connectors can display to dual monitors. If you buy a CPU that does not have a built in GPU you will need a separate video card, even if it is on a board with video ports.
Expansion Slots - PCIe slots - x1, x4, x8, & x16 slots are used for newer, modern expansion cards. Traditional PCI slots - Rarely still used.
Sizes - Motherboards come in two main sizes, ATX and Micro ATX. If you are buying anything built in a case from us, all our cases accept either ATX or Micro ATX.
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