Posted 04 May 2009 - 11:05 PM
"what do you mean by a motherboard that allows upgrading?
what should one look for? "
Make sure the motherboard has at least 1 PCI-E 2.0 so you can upgrade to newer video cards later.
A motherboard that uses DDR3 memory would be nice but even with DDR2 make sure it can handle pleanty of memory so you can upgrade later if you want.
What I'm getting at is since you are looking at a new "gaming PC" make sure you are getting the newest technology you can afford.
If you are on a budget you are better off getting a lesser video card, memory, & even CPU & getting a really good motherboard that you can upgrade as you go.
The 2 components that are critical to a good unit are the power supply & motherboard.
Everything in a computer connects to , & depends on, the power supply one way or another.
You want a good ,strong, brand name power supply.
If you have a good motherboard you can add to it [as I said] here & there instead of having to have a lot of $ all at once.
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