Whether you're taking your PC to the next level, or creating a new one from scratch, we have a full range of motherboards from top names such as Asus & Gigabyte. From ATX and Micro ATX boards for both Intel and AMD processors, to motherboards supporting DDR3 and DDR 4 memory slots you’ll find the right foundations to build a computer that suits your needs and budget.
We also offer a full range of Processors / CPUs and Graphics Cards at great low prices.
The circuit components within a motherboard, which manage data flow between the processor, memory and peripherals, chipsets are designed to work with a specific family of microprocessors. Defining what type of system you plan to build i.e office / graphics workstation / gaming PC will help frame your chipset requirements (and also the motherboard's form-factor, based on the components needed to meet your specification). On our product pages, we identify the chipset type i.e. Intel Z170 Express; form factor for each motherboard - such as ATX - along with CPU socket compatibility; for example, AM3+.
To build a decent home desktop system - that would mainly be used for business productivity applications - we'd recommend a motherboard with provision for at least sixteen gigabytes of memory. Even if, initially, a configuration of just half (8 GB) is used, choosing a board with four or more memory slots gives flexibility for two additional RAM modules, leaving two empty slots available for future upgrades.
Motherboards with integrated graphics output are fine for such a desktop, although a separate video card is a must for heavy duty multimedia or dedicated gaming - meaning an adequate number of PCI expansion slots (at least 4 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16) are required. Additional PCI slots - usually up to six in total - can accomodate other types of I/O card, like internal Wi-Fi adapters and dedicated sound cards.
If you have existing external hard drives, or wish to daisy chain peripherals to your new PC, then high-speed USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt connections are a must, while SATA ports - which allow you to connect storage drives - should meet the SATA 6-gigabit standard, also known as SATA 3.0 (or listed showing throughout i.e. 600 MB/s). The very latest motherboards support SATA revision 3.2 (16 Gbit/s, 1969 MB/s) making them ideal for working in conjunction with high-speed SSD storage.
Tradtionally the preserve of the gaming community, even the biggest names in the business like Asus and Gigabyte recognise the need to offer over-clocking support. Asus, for example, make things easy through by real-time system monitoring and tweak mode switches; either on the panel case, or via a separate user console (for extreme overclocking). Even if you have no intention of overclocking, we do recommend motherboards with active fan management - where, through enabling BIOS modes such as "Cool & Quiet" or with hardware-level controls, users can independently adjust both CPU and case fan speeds to different ambient temperatures, climate conditions and system loads.
Non-ECC, unbuffered DDR3 memory is now the standard for motherboards, with (at least) 4 DIMMs being the stock number of integrated memory slots. As memory prices have fallen in recent years, DDR4 memory is now an affordable option - meaning that our preferred choice are motherboards supporting this memory type.
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