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Choosing an AMD CPU

Choosing an AMD CPU

Often the first specifications you see when looking at a computer is the processor. That’s because the CPU is like the brain of your PC and can help you determine all of the other components needed to complete your build. Processors are available from two major brands, and while each functions similarly, they are not interchangeable. Motherboards will only work with specific processors, and compatibility is determined by the type of socket on the board. A benefit of AMD processors is that they usually come with a CPU cooler that ensures part compatibility and saves on initial build costs. Water cooling and AIO options are still viable for AMD CPUs, but the included cooler is more than sufficient for most tasks. AMD processors have great CPUs for gaming – when building a gaming desktop, also save budget for components such as graphics cards or high end SSDs. Remember that the best CPU for gaming may not be the most powerful. This is because the graphics card handles the majority of a computer’s gaming workload. Gaming CPUs work together with other components to create the best experience possible, and you do not need a top of the line CPU to get premium gaming performance.

When building a gaming desktop or any type of computer, the best place to start is with the CPU. Finding a processor you like and a motherboard that supports it can be time consuming and costly. Luckily, CPU Motherboard Combos are available that are a great way to alleviate the stress of component shopping. When you purchase an AMD CPU and motherboard combo, you ensure the compatibility of the two parts and save money that can be applied to other areas of your build.

Selecting an AMD Based Motherboard

Selecting an AMD Based Motherboard

Motherboards are one of the most essential components of any PC build. The motherboard you choose for your computer will determine all of the other components that are compatible with your PC. Everything from your CPU to storage drives and RAM connects to your motherboard. This importance of motherboards is why they are considered the best starting point for almost any computer build.

Chipsets such as B550 and B450 help to differentiate between the features and uses of various AMD motherboards. Along with the chipset, the socket of the motherboard will confirm which CPU the component supports. B550 based motherboards are the most popular among AMD processors because they are feature rich components at an affordable price. The highlights of B550 motherboards include USB 3.2 ports, multiple high speed PCIe lanes, and the possibility of integrated WiFi 6 capabilities. B450 based motherboards function similarly to B550 and feature the same socket but can be limited to more basic features or lesser peripheral support. Both the B450 and B550 chipsets make for excellent motherboards for gaming. Deciding between the two will be up to you and what other features you wish to have in your final build. Both chipsets will also come in multiple form factors or sizes, making them viable for just about any PC build.

ATX motherboards are the most common form factor because they are the largest and easiest to build with, as well as being the most readily available. Smaller motherboard form factors such as microATX or Mini ITX are great for office based machines or any computer that has to fit within a limited space. However, building on a Mini ITX footprint compared to an ATX motherboard can be more challenging for other reasons.