How to Choose a Motherboard: 3 Levels of Skill

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Paul's Hardware

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How to Choose a Motherboard: 3 Levels of Skill
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Buying a motherboard can be a daunting task for new builders, so in this video I break it down on three skill levels: basic compatibility, features & extras, and components & build quality.
**UPDATE AS OF 5/19/2020 -- AMD just announced that they WILL be adding support for 4000-series CPUs to B450 and X470 motherboards. They will need to set up a 1-way BIOS upgrade that will drop support for some 1st-gen Ryzen CPUs, and details are still forthcoming, but it's great news!**
00:00 Intro
01:37 Level 1: Basic Compatibility
06:27 Level 2: Features and Extras
12:23 Level 2: Components and Build Quality
Beginner's Guide to Building a Gaming PC (Playlist):
LGA vs PGA -
Should You Get a Budget Chipset Motherboard? -
My 5 Favorite Motherboard Features -
Hardware Unboxed -
Buildzoid / Actually Hardcore Overclocking -

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Jeff 4 цагийн өмнө
Most issues with PC systems are due to the power limit needed for a CPU..or more likely the GPU. That said, everyone should purchase the highest PSU (Power Supply Unit) which you can afford. Trust me all...this ONE thing will...keep your FPS high without throttling or other restrictive items.
kemdom 19 цагийн өмнө
Okay. That smile when he bumped the AB350M Pro4 in the intro... That was my smile when I realized - while building my ryzen system - I didn't put a single drop of thermal paste under my Hyper 212 Black, but thankfully I haven't yet started the system: "Bullet dodged...!"
shahn rippee
shahn rippee Өдрийн өмнө
Thank U Paul
Derrick Gunter
Derrick Gunter Өдрийн өмнө
Thanks for the great information. Easy to understand, very well explained, with references to other resources for more information. No time wasted on drama/entertainment! This is one of the few tech videos I don't watch on 1.25 or 1.5 speed, and never fast forward. Subscribed!
cruchy salad
cruchy salad 2 өдрийн өмнө
would a Montech X1 Black ATX Mid-Tower Case/High Airflow, Front Mesh Ventilation, Tempered Glass Side Panel, Pre-Installed 4 x 120mm Autoflow Rainbow LED Fans fit with my motherboard which is a Asus ROG Strix B450-F Gaming Motherboard (ATX) AMD Ryzen 2 AM4 DDR4 DP HDMI M.2 USB 3.1 Gen2 B450 and my CPU is a AMD Ryzen 9 3900XT would that work together?
leo19 bp91
leo19 bp91 3 өдрийн өмнө
Thank you
Anime Warzone
Anime Warzone 4 өдрийн өмнө
(First timer builder) im bout to upgrade my first build and I notice the x570 that I'm planning on getting requires a bios update for the Ryzen 5000 series and my question is how would I do that if the board won't recognize the cpu? Will I have to plant my old cpu in it so I can post and update it?
Joshua Witt
Joshua Witt 6 өдрийн өмнө
Return to sender.
Joshua Witt
Joshua Witt 6 өдрийн өмнө
She goes back to earlier. Correct.
Joshua Witt
Joshua Witt 6 өдрийн өмнө
It wasn't acceptable for him to invade into her territory and touch stuff. It needs to be reset. It wasn't acceptable but neither is this it must be reset. There is too much drama.
Joshua Witt
Joshua Witt 6 өдрийн өмнө
To receive a male queen princess have sex at the same time he is born?
Joshua Witt
Joshua Witt 6 өдрийн өмнө
Please can I go away. She was having sex at the same time I was born.
Joshua Witt
Joshua Witt 6 өдрийн өмнө
Okay bye please
Joshua Witt
Joshua Witt 6 өдрийн өмнө
I am not the right one. I am a male queen princess.
Joshua Witt
Joshua Witt 6 өдрийн өмнө
It is a legal system and not a justice system. A male queen princess cannot accept her.
Joshua Witt
Joshua Witt 6 өдрийн өмнө
Relieving. It is the first one.
Joshua Witt
Joshua Witt 6 өдрийн өмнө
The female from the first one reset.
Joshua Witt
Joshua Witt 6 өдрийн өмнө
She is already missing eggs so she can never be the acceptable one. The high fruit inflates its claims, it is the inner beauty.
Joshua Witt
Joshua Witt 6 өдрийн өмнө
Different female.
Joshua Witt
Joshua Witt 6 өдрийн өмнө
It must be a different one.
Luca Lolaico
Luca Lolaico 7 өдрийн өмнө
Hi man,i have a question for you. I have a ab350m pro4 with a b350 chipset and a ryzen7 1700 and i've overclock it with the stock cooler to 4.6 ghz,i think that i'm the only man in the world, this days i want to upgrade my system and i want to buy a ryzen 9 3900xt because asrock build a bios with agesa that can run,i have buy a noctua nh L12S for dissipate the 3900xt. It's a bad o good idea my upgrade? VRM of this motherboard are the same of the asrock b450 exactly?
Martin Ndirangu
Martin Ndirangu 7 өдрийн өмнө
Benjamin G.
Benjamin G. 8 өдрийн өмнө
I am on level two
Menames Axl bass
Menames Axl bass 8 өдрийн өмнө
Could you help me out with finding a motherboard please I'm using lga 1151 but I need the motherboard to have the right headers to work with the nzxt h510i case and I want to be able to use the usb type c on the case but I'm not sure what header on the mobo I need, I also need it to be as cheap (but nice looking as possible) Overclocking is not important to me
Errol Brown
Errol Brown 8 өдрийн өмнө
For my first build I went mATX
RPJ 9 өдрийн өмнө
a320 for life!... :(
Gamer Time
Gamer Time 10 өдрийн өмнө
So umm I thought the B550 was a cheap motherboard until I figured out how big it is 😅
Hash-Slinging Slasher
Hash-Slinging Slasher 10 өдрийн өмнө
I keep thinking you're the Digital Foundry guy when your face comes into frame. Every time.
Hasan Koz
Hasan Koz 11 өдрийн өмнө
Can i use a i3 10100f with h410 m S2H and a 1660 super or 1070ti?
AZBEEMR 11 өдрийн өмнө
Get rid of the hair under your lip. Or at least trim it evenly.
Rudy Hoblit
Rudy Hoblit 13 өдрийн өмнө
I have been looking at MSI MPG Z490, paired with the i7-10700k and RTX 3070.
c c
c c 14 өдрийн өмнө
You good at what you do. Some people talk to much with to much info and poor explanation. But you talk and deliver everything thanks man love the channel.
Adam 14 өдрийн өмнө
You look like Al from Al's Toy Barn from Toy Story 2 lol
Derker 16 өдрийн өмнө
I will choose the Tuff x570 Pro for the Ryzen 9 5950x.
sultanmm2012 18 өдрийн өмнө
Thank you
Rahul Sarkar
Rahul Sarkar 19 өдрийн өмнө
Great coverage Paul! Thanks!!
Tech Yeet
Tech Yeet 26 өдрийн өмнө
Level 3 is named level 2 on youtube's "chapters", lol
Brent Harmon
Brent Harmon 26 өдрийн өмнө
Next should what's the best RAM to use and is compatible with your motherboard.
Robert Stanford
Robert Stanford 29 өдрийн өмнө
BTW: the timestamps say Level 3 is Level 2
Adobong Sinigang
Adobong Sinigang 29 өдрийн өмнө
B450 Tomahawk Max, B450 Strix Gaming- F or B450 Mortar Titanium?
Edwin Albert Tipo
Edwin Albert Tipo 29 өдрийн өмнө
How about i5 10400-F. Best motherboard for you? Checking some recommendations. Thanks!
vector150 Сарын өмнө
When he said zed i turned off the video
Clement Batut
Clement Batut Сарын өмнө
Amazing video, this is so clear, it's unbelievable. I knew nothing about motherboards before and I feel like I have a good grasp of it now. I like how you broke down each of the elements. You need to make a video like that for each of the 7 Core Components you listed at the beginning of the video. It would be so helpful to get my first built together! Def subscribed ;)
Ramanan Jai
Ramanan Jai Сарын өмнө
Hi brother I am in India This configuration which motherboard will support please help 1)Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2687W 20M Cache, 3.10 GHZ 2)Liquid Cooling on the HP Z420 3) Sk Hynix DDR3 Ram 8GB 1600MHZ 2RX8 PC3L-12800E ECC memory (8gb × 4 pcs) 4) Delta DPS-600UB A 600W Power Supply for HP Z420 5) HP NVIDIA Quadro P4000 (8GB) Graphics Card 6) 1TP HHD
Drake Davis
Drake Davis Сарын өмнө
I was curious if a AMD 3600 pared with a rtx 2060 ko will run at 1080 p with 100 plus frames for call of duty?
R3DR3KT Сарын өмнө
Accidentally taps the motherboard
Sgt.NoPants Сарын өмнө
I bought a b450 gaming carbon ac only for the build in wifi and bluetooth But overall it's a great mobo
tristman 84
tristman 84 Сарын өмнө
Why is the middle motherboard turned the opposite side to the other 2? I need order not chaos!
Samuel Burkholder
Samuel Burkholder Сарын өмнө
Typo report: Your video timeline is split into three chapters: Level 1, Level 2, and Level 2 again
Lauren's makeup
Lauren's makeup Сарын өмнө
i know im late but i am using my brothers core i3 to start off with and will probably upgrade later i still dont understand what would people reccomend keep in mind im from the uk
Trent Jones
Trent Jones Сарын өмнө
Msi b550 gaming plus or msi b550 tomahawk with ryzon 5
Bullz Eyes
Bullz Eyes Сарын өмнө
Loved your video with great easy to understand details. I have my hardware list in my wishlist in Amazon with Motherboard that have Built in WiFI. You mentioned that you can get a USB wifi option instead of getting the buil-in WIFI motherboard. Any recommendation? My gaming room is in the basement where the Wifi router is in the main floor in another room which i thought build-in WIFI on a motherboard with Antenna will have a stronger signal? Thanks
Erik Flores
Erik Flores Сарын өмнө
i just got a ryzen 7 3800 cpu can you help me out what is the best motherboard im using it for gaming and for online
Kurs3d Сарын өмнө
Anyone know if a B450 is a good motherboard?
Ak47hsnyn4 Сарын өмнө
thanks i got an atx motherboard
jjcevallos12 Сарын өмнө
I think I might be on level 1 or mid level 2 because around the 11 minute mark it seems like you started speaking a new language
Eduardo Arancibia
Eduardo Arancibia Сарын өмнө
I’ve been building my new PC on amazon for about 2 months by now. So far I’m going ryzen 3700x so I’m looking an Asus b550m with wifi which is micro ATX ... and Im wondering if there’s something similar but full ATX?
Stephanie Broadwater
Stephanie Broadwater Сарын өмнө
If you are after a ryzen 3600, is it just better to buy a b550? Something with 4 DIMM with 3600 ram speed capability?
Stephanie Broadwater
Stephanie Broadwater Сарын өмнө
Isn't it just better to buy a big case all the time?
guitaristmichael Сарын өмнө
I need a music production PC, no GPU but frustrated on the investigation of whether to go with the very expensive ones w thunderbolt. Turns out its gadgets are hardly available anywhere for next few decades so even USB type-C is hardly relevant. Plz suggest do i need type-C USB B460 gaming motherboard or a cheaper one?
John Stancliff
John Stancliff Сарын өмнө
you need to do a video of computer "Future-Proofing" how to build a system that will outlast the 10 year run....
Blue-Squirrel-12 Сарын өмнө
what is the best motherboard under $150 for a intel i7-9700k?
JJ JJ Сарын өмнө
NGL man, no offense but I can never take you seriously bc every word you say, all I can think about is Toby from the Office
pullup188 Сарын өмнө
Man, I definitely don't agree with picking a case near the beginning.
Big Leg
Big Leg Сарын өмнө
Hola. Can you give me 5 types of motherboard that is currently out in the markets?
kenyaninexile Сарын өмнө
First build, trying to figure if these configs will work. Mainly for editing and gaming. My 12 year old and I are going to build it together, so after she can use it for minecraft :-) This was priced from MicroCenter, might look for cheaper sources. Any suggestions will be appreciated! Ryzen 9 - Ryzen 7 -
Spyrit2011 Сарын өмнө
I am a mmorpg gamer, pushing bleeding edge tech is not required, I build midrange builds.
Aaron -
Aaron - Сарын өмнө
Why is the micro ATX larger than the mini ATX 🤣?
QRSamuel Сарын өмнө
Is there actually much difference between motherboards other than the amount of slots? I mean I wouldn't buy something that charges hundreds of dollars extra for a few more ram and pcie slots
PointX Сарын өмнө
Does anyone know of any overclockable b450 micro atx boards?
T K Сарын өмнө
Is activating xmp mode or amp mode considering overclocking ?
hardik rathod
hardik rathod Сарын өмнө
Hi i am buying ryzen 9 3950x 16 core. Which motherboard should i buy? Budget is 350$
vishwank v rai
vishwank v rai Сарын өмнө
Will rtx 2070 super mini or any mini(mATX) graphics card will support a ATX motherboard?
KDub’s Hype
KDub’s Hype Сарын өмнө
I’m confused lol
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Mr Steel
Mr Steel 2 сарын өмнө
Thanks, very helpful.
KNIGHT JUMPS 2 сарын өмнө
Can you please do a video on how to choose a MUTHA board as well?
DWGJay 2 сарын өмнө
Holy crap I am so lucky I found this on the home page, I've been building for years and I never knew about the chipset compatibility. I am lucky that I never had an issue with it.
Gerardo Gómez
Gerardo Gómez 2 сарын өмнө
what a good video. I love this dude.
NukeEmRico 2 сарын өмнө
I need a mobo that has 30 fan and pin connectors so you can see the case from Pluto. What level is that?
NukeEmRico 2 сарын өмнө
First time PC builder Me watching videos: "I totally got this" Me with components and case screws scattered all over my work space: "I totally don't got this"
goodroach 2 сарын өмнө
The only "beginner, intermediate, expert" style video I'd watch.
Aries Cayetano
Aries Cayetano 2 сарын өмнө
This is helpful and very educational. Now I understand what those Z, B, 50s, 70s and 90s.
Hoschi0913 2 сарын өмнө
well how do i choose ? 1. looking for the CPU that i want and if it is available 2. looking for a MB that supports this CPU and can be upgraded with a better CPU later on 3. Case, PSU, SSD, Memory & GPU i still have and will reuse
Carbon Claw
Carbon Claw 2 сарын өмнө
So is there a way to know what SSDs are compatible with w/e piece they have to be compatible with? I'm looking to get one but I don't want to buy one that doesn't work with the motherboard.
Pul5ar 2 сарын өмнө
Psst... Psssst! (whispers) The one in the middle is upside down!🙄
Parn Ashish
Parn Ashish 2 сарын өмнө
Thanks for the video. Very informative.
Allen Poe
Allen Poe 2 сарын өмнө
I watched for as long as I could. Spitting stats and numbers are fine BUT CONFUSING TO A FIRST TIME BUILDER! This is the second of your videos I have watched. Your style of spitting facts in a non-engaging way, is difficult to keep up with. I won't be back.
gocool003 tamil
gocool003 tamil 2 сарын өмнө
Can I go for 3700x + b550 tomahawk+ 2070 super??? Pls reply I'm planing for a New build
Dexter Sullen 'TRUTH'
Dexter Sullen 'TRUTH' 2 сарын өмнө
Experts only run extreme boards, 2011-v3 or TRX40, quad xeons & multi gpu setups
Rat 2 сарын өмнө
0:12 nearly played yourself right there man lmao
d b
d b 2 сарын өмнө
Hey...will you build a complete Pc ?? For me??
Harish Maddi
Harish Maddi 2 сарын өмнө
wow bro. I really love your work.
Andrei Aldwaikat
Andrei Aldwaikat 2 сарын өмнө
I think for me is level 2 is the furthest way to choose
ThatRandomguyCommenting 2 сарын өмнө
Amd is so nice Will it work? If its not a potato yes Future proof? Eh yeah a few gens. You should be good for a few years maybe a bios flash if you upgrade. Intel Not only did you buy our 800 dollar cpu you now have to buy this 500 dollar MB. Future proof you say? L o l Same socket? Bios flash? Naw fam.
Michał Olszewski
Michał Olszewski 2 сарын өмнө
Don't get this CMOS reset fetish (mentioned on many videos). If You know what You are doing You almost never need it. And even if You don't, You usually reconfig stuff rarely. I would be worried more to press it by accident having it on the back panel. I consider it a flaw instead of a benefit unless You are buying it for benches or overclocking specifically.
Aitch 2 сарын өмнө
Level 4: Go watch Paul's video.
Joeyb Theman
Joeyb Theman 2 сарын өмнө
i just use pc part picker
FreeFireNewsBD 2 сарын өмнө
Thank you so much for sharing the knowledge . I was looking for this .
Gladiator Fantech
Gladiator Fantech 2 сарын өмнө
Hey guys i need help, can Asus H110M-D compatible with i3 9100F?? thanks for the answers
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