Which do you choose first: mobo or cpu?


Motherboard or CPU first?

  1. Motherboard

    1 vote(s)
  2. CPU

    9 vote(s)
  3. Other

    0 vote(s)
By descoladan
May 19, 2013
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  1. Just a curiosity question, when building a computer from scratch, what do ya'll choose to do first:
    Pick a CPU and then a compatible motherboard?
    Pick a motherboard and then a compatible CPU?
    Or something different?
  2. LukeDJ

    LukeDJ TS Addict Posts: 350   +112

    I tend to base my component choices around the CPU. A motherboard will provide effectively no performance increase for your system, and serves as a sort of connector for all your other components.

    Definitely choose your CPU first, as it is a much more important decision.

    That being said, it is still important to get a good quality motherboard.
    PC nerd, Jad Chaar and cliffordcooley like this.
  3. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,048   +2,549

    I agree with LukeDJ

    The motherboard is probably the most important component in the system. The motherboard must support all the features you want in a system at the time of purchase. An OEM Windows license is even bound to the motherboard during activation. However you must pick a motherboard based on all the components you want to use. And the CPU should be the first component you pick for a system.
    williammack likes this.
  4. hood6558

    hood6558 TS Booster Posts: 224   +53

    It's agreed then, CPU first, because, for instance, if the CPU is unlocked, you'll want a higher-end board that supports stable overclocking, but if it has a locked multiplier, a much cheaper board/chipset can be used (and a smaller power supply, cheaper case with fewer fans, etc).
    williammack and Jad Chaar like this.
  5. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,473   +963

    Well said guys. I never base my decisions on a motherboard since the chipset model relies on the CPU provided.

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