Tools of the Trade:  Know What Motherboard is Best for You

Choosing the best motherboard for your particular needs can be quite a daunting task, especially if you don’t exactly consider yourself to be tech-savvy. However, by following this simple system we’re about to unveil, you’re going to have an easier time making a great buying decision that will – hopefully – serve you for years to come.

What do you want to accomplish with your PC?

Are you building a gaming rig, a multimedia center, or just a simple workstation that’s primarily going to be used for office work? Answering this rather straightforward question will effectively put you on the right path towards choosing the right motherboard. For example, your typical workstation requires much less hardware capabilities than a machine that’s primarily going to be used for gaming.

Pick out the other components first

Are you going to do a lot of graphics-related or illustration type of work? Then you’re probably going to require a generous amount of RAM. If you’re going to need your PC to make complex calculations in a fraction of a second (action-heavy video games are a good example of this), then you probably need to go after a good and fast CPU. While all of this may seem a bit backwards, there is a method to this madness: by choosing the other components in advance, you can select a motherboard that is the most compatible with them all.

Read the online reviews

The internet is a powerful source of valuable information, and you should use it to your advantage. A good concept is searching for what the best motherboards are for any particular activity like illustration, gaming, media, and so forth. Then, after getting some basic education, you can see what motherboard models people recommend. For example, you could try searching for the best z170 motherboard and see what the search results point you towards.

What is your budget?

As with purchasing any other type product, your budget has a vital role in your decision-making process. It’s a good idea to set the boundaries and never cross them, at least not too much. Ideally, the most suitable motherboard will always offer you the best for your money, being a good middle ground between the price and the performance.

Power users need to consider overclocking

Certain motherboards are more suitable for overclocking than others. Do bear in mind that – at least in general – overclocking puts a lot of strain on the motherboard, which may shorten its lifespan. With being said, make sure to do the needed research before buying, so that you will be able to squeeze as much juice out of it as possible without harming your hardware.

A motherboard is an important hardware component of your PC, and you shouldn’t just buy the first one you see without properly informing yourself first. By reading this simple guide, you will be well on your way to selecting the best motherboard for your needs, no matter how particular and specifically-defined they may be. And if you haven’t started your research yet, now’s the time to do it!

Amol Wagh

Author of Game Marketing Book: Market Your Indie Game Like A Pro! 7 years of Tech Blogging & Digital Marketing. Co-founder at Dotline Inc & a Gamer. Follow me on Twitter @amolwagh, @amol.wagh