Can you help me choose a motherboard and CPU for my needs?

Dhaval Kaneriya December 16, 2012

I need to have RAM= 8GB and Hard Disk= 320GB

Can anyone tell me which type of motherboard and processor to buy?

And can Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 use RAM of up to 8GB? I heard they were customized to utilize RAM of maximum 4GB. Is it true?

  1. Justin Ellenwood
    January 1, 2013 at 1:57 am

    Your going to get the best bang for your buck going with Intel right now. Look at the i5 series. As far as the motherboard goes, look at MSI and ASUS. Anything they make will make you happy.

    When it comes to the OS you are going to want a 64bit version to be able to use all your ram. XP, Vista, 7 all have 64bit versions. Vista is the worst option so lets rule that out. XP was great but the 64bit version is still buggy and doesn't have enough drivers. Go with Windows 7 64bit and you will be happy.

  2. Smart Jatt
    December 20, 2012 at 8:12 am

    you can buy intel core i3 processor

  3. DalSan
    December 20, 2012 at 7:59 am

    I have to agree with an AMD A6 or higher processor if possible. They are "APU's", meaning the GPU is integrated into the chip. They are very cheap and are great for mild to moderate gaming and watching HD video. They lack the processing power that the Intel "i" series CPU's offer, so multitasking and using power hungry software will load slower, though not enough not to be usable. The "APU's" are lower power so they do not tend to overheat as easily. Having the option to play some of the latest games, though not on the highest settings, offers more flexibility at a much lower budget, especially not needing to buy a separate video card at $50+ for something that works ok. If you plan to do video editing, lots of multitasking, and/or photo editing, Intel "i" series would be better, but I would suggest getting a graphics card with it. As far as motherboards, look at the ratings and the options that you like and need. The more up to date it is, the better it is for upgrading later. Samsung Spinpoint harddrives seem to get the best ratings, so I would suggest them, just try to get one with a higher buffer memory (16+MB). 500 watt power supply would be good since it allows for better upgrades later (better graphics card or cards). If you want to use more than 3.5GB memory, then you need a 64 bit operating system.

  4. Md Nur-Un-Nabi
    December 18, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Hello Dhaval, What type of motherboard or processor you wanna buy depends on the type of work you will do.....If you would like to use more than 3gb ram than you have to install 64bit Operating System (Windows 7 etc.). Every motherboard doesn't provide the same RAM capacity. Go for such a motherboard which allows you to use more RAM & has more RAM slots as it will allow you to upgrade in future. If possible buy a motherboard that supports core series processor (such as i3, i5 & i7 & quad core) & RAM with 1333, 1600 bus speed. I would prefer you to buy a quad core or i3 processor than going for i5 or i7. Before buying the processor or motherboard surf the net to get more info.....

  5. Vivek Kumar Yadav
    December 17, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    you can buy inlet 991ms board and processor according to your needs. first set your budget and reply me i will give u some suggestions....

  6. Abba Jee
    December 17, 2012 at 9:59 am

    You can't use more than 4 GB RAM in 32 bit Operating system, if you want to utilize 8 GB of RAM you must have a 64 BIT operating system, depends on your budget which mother board and processor you want to buy , i5 processor is better than i3 series, in motherboard i would prefer any Intel's mother board compatible with the processor you chose

    December 17, 2012 at 8:25 am

    Hello, if you need a computer that can utilize 8 GB of RAM, you need a motherboard that is capable of running x64 and an operating system that is compatible with x64 bits. A motherboard and computer not compatible with x64 can only run a maximun of 4GB of memory.

    With regards to hardrive, size does not matter. That is, unless you have an ancient computer.

    If you have a limited budget, AMD would be the way to go. They are cheaper than intel based systems and they also have the advantage of included a video card. One disadvantage of AMD based computers is that they tend to overheat a lot, so good ventilation is a plus. If you buy a half decent intel based motherboard, you would also have to get a video card for it, with AMD the one included is good enough to do some gaming. There are only two reasons to get a separate/discrete card with an AMD motherboar; you work with heavy graphics, or you want to use a dual card configuration. That means using the incorporated video card and a discreet video card.

    When building a system you have to take into consideration what you are going to be using the system for. If it is only for basic tasks, internet, email, etc, a dual core processor would be fine. If you are into heavy task/programs such as video/audio editing, then you would need a more powerful processor such as a quad core. You also have to take into consideration that hardware keeps changing on a daily basis, so make sure that your system has the connection to upgrade your system later to new hardware and also that it can stay current for a few years.

    As an example, the following is what is known as a barebones kit. It includes almost everything to build a computer:



  8. Achraf Almouloudi
    December 16, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    I can recommend you Asus and Gigagyte motherboards. Yes you should install the 64bit version of the operating system you choose or you'l get about 3 Gb only of RAM in 32bit one.

  9. Jim Chambers
    December 16, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    If your budget is limited, get an AMD quad core processor such as the A8-5600K and a motherboard with an FM2 CPU socket such as Asus F2A85-M/CSM. Fairly good graphics is built in so you don't need to buy a video card. All editions in Windows x 64 OS you listed support 8GB. Its the max for Home editions. Pro etc. max out at 32 GB

  10. Devrath Desurkar
    December 16, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    You will need 64 bit OS to utilize for than 4 GB.. But its about what applications you use that matters.. It will be helpful if you specify your budget and apps that u you will use..

  11. ha14
    December 16, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    you will need Windows 64bits version to use more than 4GB ram

    i think now you will want to use Windows 8, migration from Windows 7 to Windows 8 is easier than from xp or vista to 8.

    concerning hardware this depends on how much you will want to pay. Also mre heavy use of windows bigger processor you need like core i5 or core i7.

  12. Roomy Naqvy
    December 16, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    I don't think an Operating System has anything to do with RAM, as in they do have minimum RAM requirements but nothing like a maximum RAM requirement. With 8 GB RAM, you should go upto the latest possible computing requirements.

    • Achraf Almouloudi
      December 16, 2012 at 6:14 pm

      It do, if you install the 32bit version of an operating system you will only get about 3 Gb of RAM even if you install 16 Gb of RAM there, so it is recommended to install the 64bit version of the operating system if you intend to buy more RAM in the future.

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