A Beginner's Guide to Building a PC for $500


Gigabyte GA-F2A68HM-H Micro ATX FM2+

Price: $45.00 at NCIX US

A motherboard is what every part that we get will be put into. This is what allows everything to work together, and because of this, there are a lot of things to note when choosing a motherboard.

First of all, you need to make sure that the motherboard is compatible with whatever CPU you will be buying. Motherboards are made for different brands of CPUs and different chipsets of CPUs, so if you just get the one that is the cheapest without checking to see if it's compatible with your CPU, you'll be SOL. I chose this motherboard for our build because it has all of the essential ports we need and is compatible with our CPU. 

The four USB ports are plenty for the peripherals that you will need. The extra slot for RAM will allow for an extra RAM stick or an upgrade to a multiple RAM stick set should you want to do that down the line. All in all, it's exactly what we need for our build.

Published Dec. 3rd 2016

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