I have already chosen everything else, from CPU to keyboards.
but I really don't know how to choose a motherboard.
Here are the facts I already know about motherboards:
1. you have to find the compatible one with the CPU
2. there are 3 different types of Mobo (ATX, microATX,... something i forgot)
3. FSB is something that connects ur CPU to the RAM, therefore the faster it is, it's better.
4. some have 3.0 USB and some don't
5. Some can handle SLI/Crossfire, and some can't
6. some can handle overclocking, and some can't
That's everything I know. How can I compare different Mobos?
"ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard"
I'll bold the words that I don't understand.
Also, if there are anything else that I should know about the Mobo, please let me know
OK, let's start at the beginning... First, there are more than just three types of motherboard Form Factors (ATX, BTX, ITX, etc.), but don't get yourself too concerned with that. The vast majority of motherboards are ATX. If the motherboard you're looking at/interested in doesn't specify its Form Factor, there are other ways to determine the Form Factor. An ATX motherboard will have the I/O "ports" at the left side of the motherboard (when looking directly at the side that has the I/O ports)
In your first post, the bolded words/characters (from left to right) are:
ASRock = Manufacturer
870 = Chipset
EXTREME3 = Model name
AMD = CPU support (it means this mobo supports the AMD line, instead of Intel)
AM3 = CPU socket type (any of the AMD CPUs that have the AM3 label will work)
SATA 6GB/s = data transfer speed (your SATA devices will transfer data up to 6GB/s)
The most important thing to know about any motherboard is compatability. Choosing the right motherboard isn't very difficult, but for those who do not know about motherboards or other devices, it can be a reasonably frightening experience. We all started somewhere...
How to choose the right mobo for you depends on how you answer the following questions, but at this point, it may be irrelevant, as you have everything but the mobo:
1. What is your budget?
2. What is the MAIN purpose for the new build/board?
3. Is this a temporary build (something to help you get by until you have your budget)?
4. Do you have a preference toward either AMD/Intel or ATI/Nvidia?
The reasoning for the questions is simple. You don't want a gaming motherboard to operate a server. Similarly, you don't want to buy HTPC components for a workstation computer.
Thank you for clarifying those! I'm having a better idea of what a Mobo is.
1. my budget is around $1,100
2. for games, movies, and multitasking (multiple browsers/documents/etc.)
3. I'll be using this PC for about 3 years. (upgrades in the middle if needed.)
4. I already chose out CPU and GPU
I haven't ordered this yet, so feel free to give me advice/tips/comments.. etc.
but MOST IMPORTANTLY. I don't know which motherboard I'm suppose to get.
I'll be overclocking a little bit, and maybe crossfire later on, but crossfire is optional.
Sorry, I can't view Newegg from my office (site is blocked), so I can't be much use in telling you if those components are good. What I can tell you though is:
1. PSU - look for 80+ Certified (at least bronze); 500-600 W (w/ at least 2 +12V rails) if doing a single GPU; 750-850 W if going for a multi-GPU setup. Read the specs on the PSU, make sure there are dedicated PCI-E cables.
2. GPU - make sure that the the GPU matches the PSU, in terms of the PCI-E connector(s). You don't want to buy a GPU that uses a 6-pin socket if your PSU has 8-pin connectors, or vise versa.
3. RAM - Lower latencies are more important than higher frequencies (MHz). Also, ensure that your RAM matches the mobo. For example, if mobo supports DDR3, don't buy any DDR2. DDR2 and DDR3 have the same number of pins, but the gap between the pin sets is in a different location, making it impossible to install incorrectly.
Ok, I had a bright idea. I looked at those links from my phone. The GPU you have picked out requires 2 6-pin PCI-E connectors from your PSU.
The PSU you've selected is a good one, as it has 2 x 6+2 PCI-E dedicated cables. This means that you could connect two of your GPUs to this PSU, or in the event of upgrading further, you could also connect two GPU with 8-pin power requirements.
I say "connect" as opposed to "power up" because powering the two cards alone can be done without question, but depending on other connections and tasks, you may find some power-related issues with the current PSU installed.