At 2/10/09 12:15 AM, TheWolfe wrote:
I'm trying to get into computer building. So far the only things I'm completely LOST with are:
Compatibility among parts
Types of graphics cards
With the first one, I know the basic "You need an intel motherboard if you're going to use intel" but beyond that I have no idea. For example, do ALL motherboards fit in ALL towers? All graphics cards into all motherboards? All fans onto all motherboards? Etc etc. And the followup question: if not, how can I tell when which ones they DO work with?
The second is just my confusion on the several companies of graphics cards, what numbers mean what, and the "PCI Express slot, blah" and all that terminology.
Can someone explain this or point me towards a guide/site that can explain it all?
In a nutshell.
CASES: Most motherboards are in an ATX form factor, which goes along with most cases. Some cases are small and will only fit MicroATX MBs. If you're building a gaming rig, you don't usually want this.
MOTHERBOARDS: There are two kinds of intel CPU MBs. One chipset (basis of a motherboard) is made by intel, which allows crossfire technology and generally higher overclocks. The other chipsets are by NVidia, which are more often faulty, and harder to overclock, but allow SLI. The only intel chipset allowing SLI is the x58.
GPUS: I'll tell you about nvidia's lineup since I don't know much about ATI. Essentially, the 9 and 200 series cards are the primary gamer cards to buy. The first number in the name is the card series.
E.G. 9XXX GT
The rest of the name declares it's position on the lineup.
E.G. 9800 > 9500
All modern graphics cards fit into a PCI-e x16 slot, so no worries there.
That's all my attention span will allow for now, others can feel free to add to this explanation of compatibility, because God knows I won't.