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Motherboard compatibility for a newb

Last response: in Motherboards
August 31, 2010 10:58:21 PM

Hello, I'm a complete newb when it comes to computers. and I want to build a new computer.

I play a lot of Starcraft 2, but my sucky laptop can BARELY handle it on the LOWERST settings. It gets so annoying.
For educational, and financial purposes, I want to build my own computer, but how can I check if a motherboard is compatible with the CPU or GPU and everything else?

Also, what graphics card would be able to handle SC2 high or ultra settings without lag?

My budget isn't decided yet; it would depend on the price of the graphics card, since I don't want to bottleneck my computer.

Thank you
August 31, 2010 11:30:31 PM

To check if a mobo is compatible with a CPU, you check the socket, for an AMD CPU it's a Socket AMD3/AM2/AM2+, for a Intel CPU it should be LGA 1156. As for GPU compatibility, most graphics cards use the PCI-E 2.0/2.1.

I'd say the GTX 460 would be good