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Buying Guide

Discount Computer Systems
Discount Laptops/Notebooks
Discount Motherboards
Discount CPUs
Discount Computer Memory
Discount CD-RW / DVD-RW
Discount Floppy Disk Drives
Discount Hard Drives
Discount Sound Cards
Discount Printers
Discount Network Cards
Discount Mouse
Discount Keyboards
Discount Computer Monitors
Discount Modems


Also known as:  Mainboard / System board / Logic board / Baseboard / Planar board

I'll start with the one that is called motherboard.  Motherboard is the backbone of your computer.  It connects all the computer parts or components together.  The computer parts (input and output) include mouse, video card, printer, monitor, keyboard, sound card, speakers, modem, etc.  The motherboard allows these computer parts to communicate with one another.

Choose a CPU First

First and foremost, you need to choose a CPU, unless you already have one.  The reason is because the CPU determines which motherboard you can use.

Make sure the motherboard you are choosing supports your CPU !

Integrated and Non-Integrated Motherboard  

Are you aware that there are 2 types of motherboards?  One is integrated and the other is non-integrated.  Here are the differences:

Types of Motherboards

Pros and Cons of Motherboard

Integrated Motherboard / On-board / Built-in

Some integrated motherboards have sound, video, and network features built-in.  However, you can still add-on similar-function add-in cards should you want to upgrade later.


  • It is cheaper than buying a non-integrated motherboard.
  • It frees up some space, which reduces heat in the system.


  • If the motherboard is spoilt (which is rare), the built-in features would be useless too! 

Non-Integrated Motherboard

A non-integrated motherboard is a bare motherboard that needs other add-in cards to expand its functions.


  • You can customize it based on your own needs.


  • It is costlier, since you need to buy the add-in cards separately. 

FSB (Front Side Bus)

Another factor that you need to consider is FSB.  FSB is the measurement of how fast the CPU (Central Processing Unit) can communicate with the components on the motherboard.  Examples of FSB frequencies are 333 MHz, 400 MHz, and 533 MHz.

Other Considerations

These on-board features can be found on some motherboards:

  • 10/100 Mbps RJ-45 Ethernet LAN Port:  It allows you to connect to other computers or networks using RJ-45 cable.
  • USB 2.0:  Supports reading up to 4 MB/sec; Writing up to 3 MB/sec
  • Type and Number of ports:  Before you buy a motherboard, ensure that it has the type of ports and the sufficient quantity (1 or 2) especially newer ports like USB and FireWire.  However, you can still add-on a USB or FireWire card in the future should your needs arise.