There’s a lot that goes into a PC. To make all the info easier to digest, we’re breaking it down for you into three parts. We’ve got you covered.

Last week, we took a look at the chassis, CPU and RAM. Today, let’s talk about gaming PC motherboards and operating system drives. 

Motherboards 

The mother of all PC components is the motherboard. Pun intended. We recommend starting with a brand you trust and selecting a board that has all of the ports and expansion slots you think you may need for the future. Consider things like USB ports, integrated Wi-Fi, premium audio and PCIe slots if these fit the overall theme for your build, of course. The motherboard you choose for the inside of your gaming PC really does matter. 

Operating System Drives

Speed is key, folks. When considering your operating system drive, there are a few different options that can drastically alter the speed of your PC. The cheapest of the bunch is the HDD, which is good for storing large files, but not as efficient at accessing things quickly, such as programs and applications. This would be the ideal drive for those that need a lot of bulk storage and are balling on a budget. 

We recommend starting with an SSD for your operating system. An SSD is typically about five times faster than a HDD. With an SSD in your PC, you can expect faster boot-ups, faster application launches and faster file transfers. 

Another type of operating system drive is the NVMe, the current top-end storage technology on the market that’s about five times faster than an SSD due to it being directly connected to the motherboard. What a team. A NVME drive is not required for strong PC performance, but it’s honestly the best option of the bunch and something to consider when purchasing parts for the inside of your gaming PC.

Interested in learning more about what’s inside a PC? Check out our all-inclusive guide: How to Buy Your Next PC. You won’t regret it!