Motherboard

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What is a Motherboard?

The Motherboard is the component that connects all the components of the PC together, it has sockets for the CPU and RAM, along with PCI slots for various expansion cards such as graphics and wireless.

Why is it important?

Motherboards are responsible for getting all the components to communicate with each other, and they are the key to upgrading your rig to the next step.

Differences between Motherboards

Every motherboard is different, with the main difference between whether it takes an AMD or Intel Processor. The other differences are as follows:
  • Number of RAM Slots
  • Speed of the RAM supported
  • Number of PCI slots
  • Input/Output options
  • Front Panel Headers
  • Number of SATA ports
Choosing the motherboard is a very important decision, as it determines whether or not you can upgrade your computer in the future, depending on how many PCI or RAM slots it has and even the number of SATA ports. This is why its important to plan the life of your PC when choosing parts.
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H81M-E33 - Intel

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A78M-E35 - AMD

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78LMT-USB3 - AMD

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High End Z97 Boards

MSI® GAMING motherboards are designed to provide gamers with best-in-class features and technology. Backed by the imposing looks of MSI's Dragon, each motherboard is an engineering masterpiece tailored to gaming perfection.
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MSI Z97 GAMING 3 - Intel

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MSI Z97 GAMING 5 - Intel

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MSI Z97 GAMING 7 - Intel

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