ATX Motherboard

A motherboard is a Printed Circuit Board (PCB) that connects your processor, memory and all your expansion cards together to assemble a PC. Most motherboards made nowadays are ATX. An ATX motherboard has the standard I/O (Input/Output) connectors such as PS/2 ports, USB ports, parallel port, serial port, etc, built onto the motherboard. ATX motherboard fits into a standard ATX case. The following is a picture of a Modern ATX motherboard.

As you can see from the image, the motherboard comes with various expansion card slots and connectors. It comes with 4 different expansion slots, 2 PCI and 2 PCI Express slot.

The PCI slot is where you would connect cards such as sound card, modem, tv card etc.

The PCI Express slot is where you would connect a PCI-E graphics card. This particular motherboard allows to have two different graphics cards in a SLI or Crossfire configuration.

The other connectors includes Intel LGA 1366 Socket, DDR3 Memory slots, ATX 2.0 24pin power connector. SATA connector for connecting your Hard drive, DVD-ROM etc.

Recommended Motherboards:

Intel Socket 1155:

Gigabyte LGA 1155 Intel B75 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX DDR3 1600 Motherboards GA-B75M-D3H

AS Rock LGA1155 DDR3 SATA3 USB3.0 Quad CrossFireX and Quad SLI A GbE ATX Motherboard Z77 EXTREME4

ASUS P8Z77-V LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

AMD Socket AM3+ :

AS Rock FX Socket AM3 Plus NVIDIA GeForce 7025 A V GbE Micro ATX Motherboard N68C-GS

GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

ASUS SABERTOOTH 990FX R2.0 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard