How To Buy A Motherboard
Want to learn about how to buy a motherboard? Buying a motherboard is an easy task; the daunting aspect of this endeavour is trying to figure out what kind and what type of board you should get and what type of processor along with it. There are many reasons for replacing a motherboard, especially if you have a home built system. But how exactly does one buy a motherboard?
Again, the process is easy, though it does require prerequisite information to ensure that you get the right board for your computer.
- Get Your Current Motherboard Information. The best way to purchase a motherboard is to know what you have currently. If you're doing an upgrade, it's good to know what components work in the current motherboard that may also work in the future motherboard, like the video card and/or the sound card.
- Download CPU-Z. CPU-Z by CPUID is a program that gives you some good information about the motherboard, processor, memory, and some of the system components. Use this if you no longer have the box that your current motherboard came in or if you had the computer built for you. Make sure you print out a copy of the information that you have it with you for further reference.
- Backup Your Hard Drive. Some people, when building a computer for the first time, may not realize that, with a new motherboard, the hard drive will need to be reformatted. This means that your hard drive will need to be wiped clean in order for it to work with the new motherboard. Due to that, a lot of data is lost because people haven't backed up their documents, files, and photos. There are a lot of ways to back up your hard drive--some ways are offered online--or even just backing up just your important files and pictures.
- Choose a Motherboard. Once you've gotten your current motherboard specifications, and backed up your information, use the information from your current motherboard to choose a new one. Using CPU-Z should tell you how fast your processor is. If it's a bit slow, you may want to upgrade to a faster one. Don't be afraid to go online and look up reviews, both from critics and owners of the board you're looking at. Make sure that you are also able to use your current components on the new board; this will save you time and money from replacing video or sound cards.
- Choose a CPU. CPUs or the processor are configured to a motherboard. When choosing a motherboard, make sure you also choose a CPU that will go with it. Sometimes, motherboards and CPUs will come together in a combination package. If one of these suits your needs, by all means purchase them.
- Choose How to Install. Make sure you are updated on how to install a motherboard and/or CPU. Before you purchase a motherboard, research tutorials on how to install both a motherboard and CPU. If it seems to be too confusing, enlist the help of a friend who may be more knowledgeable.
- Keep Your Current Motherboard. Sometimes even a new motherboard can be faulty. In these cases, it's always a good idea to keep your current motherboard. This way, if the new motherboard is indeed faulty, you may still be able to use your computer while you wait for either repair or replacement.
Buying and installing a motherboard does not need to be a daunting task. As long as you are prepared before your purchase, you will have a new computer ready to run and do the things you had wished could be done on the older board.