How to pick the perfect gaming motherboard

If the CPU is the brain of the PC, then the motherboard is like the nervous system, connecting all the other components together, such as the graphics card, memory and drives, enabling them to communicate with one another. While you could use any motherboard in a gaming PC, gaming motherboards tend to have lots of desirable features such as RGB lighting and superior sound quality that make them well worth considering. There are three main physical attributes you need to check when choosing a motherboard - socket, chipset and size.

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Socket

The socket is where the CPU physically connects to the motherboard. As CPUs are available in a large choice of shapes and sizes, it is important to make sure that the socket of the CPU and motherboard is the same.

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Chipset

The chipset determines a lot of the capabilities of the motherboard, such as the number of PCIe slots and USB ports.

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Size

The chipset determines a lot of the capabilities of the motherboard, such as the number of PCIe slots and USB ports.

Just like with any component you need to make sure that you choose a motherboard that is compatible with your chosen CPU

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