Do not panic, if someone told you that replacing a motherboard could be a pain in the wrong place. This is true to some extent, but with a bit of work (hard, if you are doing it for the first time), you will accomplish this task. If you are thinking of how to upgrade a motherboard, consider yourself lucky to be here. We have all the solutions for this. All you have to do is to keep reading this post till the end.
How To Upgrade A Motherboard?
Yes, you may need to break a sweat while upgrading your primary circuit board (PCB), but if done with care, it will not seem that difficult. First, you need to find out the type of motherboard you need and for this, you must:
- Look for a socket in your computer
- Now run this socket number in a search engine
- After that, you can match the PCB around these sockets
- Consider the dimensions and see what type of board you need a Mini-ITX, Micro ATX, or something else
- Again, restrict yourself to a budget
- Mull over the RAM capacity
- Take the kind of expansion slots and ports you need – PCIe, Crossfire, SLI, or M2
- Inspect the power supply, because if you are upgrading your MOBO, the chances are high that you may need to make some changes in this category too
In continuation, we must also discuss fresh new parts. We get that since you are upgrading, you think why not get some more new components. We understand this very well and regard it to be your calling.
When procuring new parts, you must also know which parts to go for. Here are a few things that may be of help:
- CPU slot to increase options
- Sufficient RAM slots
- You can also take installing a sound system into account if you are an avid gamer like us
- PCI Express for the best graphics card
You can either do it yourself or let a professional handle it. The point is, if you are not confident doing it, you better seek assistance. Please remember to keep liquid or food away from this area, where you dismantle your PC.
Here are the steps of disassembling:
- Start by disconnecting all the wires
- Drain all the charge for you don’t want static electricity to shock you
- Open the case with a screw diver
- Ground yourself, touch a metal bar, as this will help the electricity pass through to the metallic bar in case of electrocution
- Remove all the wires connected to your motherboard
- You can see a latch at the bottom of the board
- Lift it to reach the graphics card and gently take it out too
- Take off the fan and heat sink by detaching the wires slowly
- Now, it is time for the actual motherboard, which needs to be unscrewed
- Once, you are done with this you have to isolate the CPU and RAM
Just reverse the procedure for re-attachment, and you will be good to go.
Now that you know everything about Upgrading a motherboard, we would like to remind you that you must not forget to test the board. For this, you need to connect all the wires and slots back in place.
Please turn on your PC and wait for it to reboot. Sometimes you hear a beeping sound, which is perfectly fine. This means the MOBO is detecting your hard drive. This implies that changing your planar board may not be that scary a thing. You just need to be calm and work through it patiently. That is all!