Originally Posted by Jennifer94
I'm not so much looking for any particular board for my computer as much as I'm just basically trying to learn the principles in choosing a compatible motherboard/cpu. I know that first, you have to choose the right form factor (in my case, either an ATX or uATX). I just don't know what to look for after that. I'm pretty sure the "socket type" must also be the same. But if the form factor and socket type are compatible with any particular CPU, are there any other criteria that needs to be considered?
Yep, there are some things, not much though. Get a list of all the motherboards out there (Go to http://www.newegg.com/
) Once you have all your motherboards, click on the right left side and click "Intel" so it only gives you Intel Boards. Then find your socket type. The way to do this is to tell us what CPU you have. Download CPUID
and it will tell you what CPU you have. Once you get that post it here and we will find out what socket you have. Then we can see which ones you can have. After that we will have to find what kind of RAM you have, including if it is DDR or DDR2 or even DDR3. Once we know which one you have we can narrow it down to the ones that support that RAM.
Let's take this step by step. Download CPUID and tell us what processor you have, I will try to find you some boards.