The motherboard holds and connects all of your vital components, allowing them to communicate with one another. When shopping for a new motherboard, there are several things you need to look for. Here are a few keys to choosing the best motherboard for your next trading computer.
Brand – Brand does matter when choosing a motherboard. Though not always the case, cheaper motherboard brands are often less reliable, using lower quality transistors and other parts. And having a motherboard go out is a HUGE pain, so invest wisely. We recommend Gigabyte and Asus boards for their combination of features and reliability.
Expansion – A critical component of a good motherboard is it’s ability to grow with you as you expand into new and more powerful components. When shopping, check to make sure your board of choice can handle large amounts of RAM – 32GB at least – has enough SATA III ports for adding additional hard drives, and enough PCIe slots to handle additional video or other cards.
Features – Motherboards sometimes come with add on features like integrated wifi, bluetooth, or overclocking buttons. For some customers, these features aren’t worth paying for, but for others, they’re critical. Before shopping, decide what features and functions you need and what you don’t, and choose your board accordingly.
Chipset – Motherboards are made with chipsets to make them compatible with specific processors, although any PC builder worth your money will have already matched up compatible motherboards with the proper processor. For the 7th Generation Intel Core i7 which we recommend, your main choices are the H270 and Z270 chipsets. Typically Z boards are designed for more high powered set ups and unlocked processors (denoted by a ‘k’ after the model number) while H270 are generally featured in more mainstream configurations. For a trading computer, either will work, though we tend to lean toward the Z270.