POV: You've allocated all your budget to your graphics card, and you're now trying to decide if you need to shell out for a gaming motherboard
Look, we all know the motherboard is essential to a gaming PC. The motherboard in a PC build is akin to the milk in a milkshake. You can have whatever add-ins and flavors you want, but at the end of the day you need the milk to hold it all together. Okay, maybe that analogy was kinda dumb, but you get the point.
The motherboard is the central place where all of your other components plug into. A good quality motherboard will also offer features such as built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB ports, and so on.
Now, while all that is nice, you might be wondering why you would need a gaming motherboard. After all, aren't all motherboards the same? Well, not quite. Gaming motherboards often come with extra features that can be beneficial for gamers. Let's look at the Pros & Cons.
Better Overclocking Capabilities
If you're looking to get the most out of your CPU, you'll need a motherboard that can handle some serious overclocking. Gaming motherboards are designed with overclocking in mind and often come with features like beefed-up power delivery systems and extra fan headers to keep things cool.
More Expansion Options
Gaming motherboards often have more PCI Express slots than mainstream motherboards, giving you more options for expansion cards like graphics cards, sound cards, and network cards. They also tend to have more SATA ports for storage devices like hard drives and SSDs.
Most gaming motherboards come with high-quality onboard audio that outperforms the audio on basic motherboards. If you're looking for quality audio without the need for an expansion sound card, a gaming motherboard is a good choice.
This one is purely subjective, but many gamers prefer the looks of gaming motherboards with their flashy LEDs and aggressive styling. If you want your gaming rig to look its best, a gaming motherboard is the way to go.
Higher Price Tag
Gaming motherboards often come with a higher price tag than their mainstream counterparts. If you're working with a tight budget, this may not be your best option.
Not Necessarily Better Performance
While gaming motherboards certainly have their advantages, they don't necessarily offer better performance than a good-quality mainstream motherboard. At the end of the day, it's up to you to decide if those extra features are worth the extra cost.
What kind of motherboard should I buy?
There's no right or wrong answer when deciding whether to invest in a gaming motherboard; it ultimately comes down to personal preference and budget. That being said, if you're looking for features like superior audio and aesthetics or expanded expansion options, a gaming motherboard is definitely worth considering. On the other hand, if you're working with a tight budget or you don't think you'll need those extra features, stick with a good quality mainstream motherboard; it'll do the job just fine.
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