Hardware For Custom Gaming Computers – Guide Part I

If you want to purchase a new custom gaming computer you will have a lot of options to choose from, but there are little or no explanations or details. In this first part of the Custom Gaming PC buying guide you will learn about motherboards, processors, CPU cooling and memory. Next part will give an insight on videocards, cases, cooling, power supplies and more.

When you pick computer with a cheaper processor it will most likely come with low budget motherboard, expensive processors are paired with advanced motherboards. It is done for the whole purpose of the balance between CPU and MB – you don’t need SLI or CrossFire with cheap AMD CPU so why spending your money on it? All motherboards differ by the CPU socket type they support, memory configuration and extra features like number of USB ports, integrated GPU (video), SLI or CrossFire support.

AMD Motherboards:

AMD 740G – basic board usually MicroATX with standard www.viiicumbreperu.org limited number of features – Phenom II support, 4-8 USB ports, single PCI-e, 100Mbps Ethernet, 2-4 memory slots (4-8Gb RAM), basic sound system with 5ch support. Good for basic computer, onboard video (ATI Radeon 2100) is low level and usually deactivated for discrete videocard.

AMD 760G – practically same as 740G but with better CPU support, Gigabyte Ethernet, 6-8 USB ports, Integrated video – ATI HD 3000, may have HDMI port, 8ch sound system.

AMD 770 – most popular board due to the low price and any features possible included. No onboard video but CrossFIre support available, all AMD CPU supported, 4 memory slots – up to 16Gb RAM, 8-12 USB ports along with FireWire. HD sound with Optical and/or Coax SPDIF. Full size board with DDR3 support.

AMD 785G – latest in integrated GPU boards, ATI Radeon 4200 chipset onboard, all possible features included – eSATA, up to 16Gb RAM, CrossFire available, 6-8 USB ports, DDR3 support, HD sound SPDIF and HDMI output.

AMD 790X – almost same as AMD 770 but with DDR3 and CrossFire as standard features, plus USB 3.0 and SATA-III available. Most advanced motherboard with most features and best speed in gaming and heavy load applications.