What motherboard chipset and socket do I need?

Motherboards and motherboard slots are a theme that will bore even the most enthusiastic PC gamer. Still, you have to do this right from the start of a new build.

The array of motherboard choices out there can be bewildering. There is one for every use, niche and sensibility, and now they come in custom colors and patterns. The most important difference, however, is functionality, not aesthetics. Seemingly insignificant differences in model numbers hide huge differences in performance potential and hardware compatibility.