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2012 Build Your Own PC Components: Motherboard


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  • Type: Video Tutorial
  • Length: 7:55
  • Media: Video/mp4
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  • Access Period: 360 Days
  • Download: MP4 (iPod compatible)
  • Size: 37 MB
  • Posted: 03/02/2009

This lesson is part of the following series:

2012 Build Your Own PC: Components, Install, Setup (27 lessons, $29.70)
2012 Build Your Own PC: Internal Components (10 lessons, $13.86)

In this lesson, we'll cover motherboard component for both Intel and AMD , their advantages and disadvantages, a diagram of computer motherboard, what features and specs to look for when shopping, and how much you can expect to pay. The motherboard is where all of the computer components connect. Whether your are building your first gaming PC yourself, a budget computer, or just interested in learning what goes into a computer these lessons will help you get there.

This lesson is part of a comprehensive series of lessons created by Home PC Builder that will guide you through the process of building your computer (from the selection internal and external components through installation and setup).

You can purchase all 27 lessons in the course and save 46%.

For a DVD of this full series, please refer to

The other lessons in this Internal Component series are:
Pt 1/10: Hard Drives -
Pt 2/10: DVD/Blu-Ray -
Pt 3/10: Memory/RAM -
Pt 4/10: Video Card -
Pt 5/10: Sound Card -
Pt 6/10: Modem, Ethernet, Wireless -
Pt 7/10: Processor/CPU -
Pt 8/10: Motherboard - This Lesson
Pt 9/10: Case & PSU -
Pt 10/10: Cooling -

You can buy all 10 internal component lessons as a series and save 30%

This motherboard component lesson covers

Internal connections:
Drive controllers, both SATA and IDE
Memory slots
Expansion card slots
Processor sockets

Intel and AMD motherboards:
The different CPU sockets

External connectors:
Firewire (1394)
Sound ports
Ethernet ports

Video Card Slots:
Where to connect your video card or cards

Cooling on the motherboard
Heatsink/fan and heat pipes

Increasing the speed of the CPU and RAM to increase performance

Recommendations on how much to spend depending on your needs

The video ends with a summary of features and specifications to look for when buying.

In the installation lessons we show how to install the motherboard into the case (

The supplemental file below contains the complete written information from the video and is available to download after you buy.

Supplementary Files

  • Once you purchase this lesson you will have access to these files:
  • 09_motherboard_comp.rtf 09_motherboard_comp.rtf

About this Author

Michael Cooper
Michael Cooper
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Hello everyone my name is Michael Cooper & I have been in the computer industry for over 15 years. For the past 8 years I have been making instructional videos showing the average computer user how to build their own computer. I am A+ Certified and a member of the Better Business Bureau.


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