Buying the right motherboard
A motherboard may be the foundation of a desktop PC, but it’s also likely the second hardware choice right after the CPU. MSY makes it easy to find the best motherboard for your next PC build for a wide range of Intel and AMD chipsets.
Motherboard by chipset
With a preferred AMD or Intel CPU selected, you now need to match the CPU with a compatible motherboard. MSY stocks all popular chipset compatibilities, including Intel B550 and AMD X570 motherboards.
Motherboard by form factor
With a particular PC desktop case size in mind, you’ll want to pair it with the right motherboard form factor. MSY stocks all motherboard form factors, including popular choices like ATX and Micro ATX (MATX) motherboards, as well as ITX and Mini ITX motherboards.
Motherboard memory type
The other big decision with a motherboard is how future-proofed it is for RAM speeds. MSY sells motherboards that support older DDR3, newer DDR4 and top-of-the-line DDR5.
Additional motherboard considerations
It’s easy to upgrade other PC parts connected to a motherboard, which is why picking the right one is so important. Consider motherboard brand, socket type and other factors when choosing the best one for you.
MSY stocks the biggest and most trusted motherboard brands. Choose from popular motherboard brands like Asus, Gigabyte and MSI to match with your AMD or Intel CPU requirements.
Motherboard socket type
A motherboard’s socket type determines its compatibility with different CPU brands and generations. Match an AMD or Intel CPU with a compatible motherboard for the perfect fit, or contact MSY with any component compatibility questions.
Motherboard connectivity and RAM slots
There are other additional motherboard specifics to help meet your computing needs. Choose a motherboard from MSY that has WiFi and/or Bluetooth, two or four RAM slots, or a motherboard with video output for a CPU with integrated graphics.
Below are the answers to some of the most popular questions about motherboards.
What is a motherboard?
A motherboard is a central piece of computing hardware that’s used to connect critical internal components, including CPU, RAM, internal storage and graphics cards. Motherboards provide power to these components and offer a centralised hub for communication between internal hardware and external peripherals.
Are motherboard drivers necessary?
These days, recent versions of Windows do a great job of automatically installing critical drivers. That said, it’s still worth checking for updated drivers on your motherboard manufacturer’s website to stay up to date.
What is the best motherboard for gaming?
The best motherboard for gaming is one that supports high-performance CPU, RAM, GPU and storage requirements. Consider a gaming motherboard that has plenty of USB ports, onboard WiFi and Bluetooth, as well as simplified CPU overclocking and RGB lighting.
What are the four main components of a motherboard?
For a computer to operate, it needs a CPU, RAM, graphics card (or integrated CPU graphics) and a hard drive. A monitor, keyboard, mouse and operating software are then necessary to actually use the computer.
Which motherboard is best?
Because the motherboard is a critical piece of PC hardware, it’s important to pick the one that meets your needs. Most motherboards are good for basic work and everyday computing, but invest more in a higher-end motherboard to support higher-performance parts (for gaming and more demanding work tasks).
What’s the difference between motherboard form factors?
A motherboard’s form factor will determine the kind of computer case it best fits inside. ATX is standard, but you can have more space between components with an E-ATX motherboard, or fit everything into a smaller PC case with MATX or Mini ITX motherboards.
Do Intel and AMD CPUs fit in the same motherboard?
No, and it’s important to pick the right motherboard that’s compatible with the CPU you want to buy. A CPU will slot effortlessly into a compatible motherboard.