Posted 15 February 2010 - 10:21 PM
Well, if you are building this PC from scratch, you need to know which CPU you want. You can pay more and get an Intel CPU or pay less and go for AMD. Intel has the i7 series for high-end gamers which is expensive, but AMD's Phenom II and Athlon II cater more to the mid-range market. Once you know which CPU you want, you then get to go and select a motherboard. A board must have compatibility for a given CPU. For instance, if I was building a PC and wanting to use a, say, Phenom II 955, I would have to find a motherboard that supports it. Good news is if the motherboard supports a specific socket, with my example, all Phenom II and Athlon II CPU's use AM3, I simply find a motherboard allowing for that socket and then checking their CPU compatibility list to make sure my CPU can be used. There are a variety of motherboards you can get from a wide selection of manufacturers. Gigabyte, XFX, eVGA, Asus, ASRock, and MSI usually make good motherboards. There are differences between models, so, if you are looking at several, post them here and we can explain what they do differently.