Last Updated November 13, 2020
Most of the Gamers around the globe don’t give importance to the Motherboards as they should. But the thing is, a motherboard is an essential factor for a Gaming PC. If you are building a Gaming PC, you will need a competitive motherboard that could easily support all of your peripherals and will offer you longer run time. There are many aspects in a motherboard that should be considered such as its Socket Type, No. of slots, its size, extra ports, and many other things which I will describe later in this article. Just remember some things before buying a motherboard for your PC. If your sole purpose of building a PC is Gaming, then there is no doubt that you will have to choose the Gaming motherboards as they have a lot of other useful features that a standard motherboard can’t offer. You will just have to invest your money one time in a good Gaming motherboard, and you will be set for the next five years until you plan to move to a new big stage.
Are there any types of a motherboard?
- Form Factor ATX Motherboards
- ATX Motherboards
- Micro-ATX Motherboards
- Mini-ITX Motherboards
- Nano-ITX Motherboards
- Pico-ITX Motherboards
If you are going for a Gaming PC, then there is no doubt that you will have to choose between a Form Factor ATX or Standard ATX Motherboard for it. The other defined types of motherboards were used in the early 90s or 2000s, and they are now rarely used anywhere in the World.
These motherboards also have different compatibilities and features like slots, sockets, connectors, and many other things. A very crucial point to note here is that you can’t pair any processor with any motherboard; you will have to find a processor or motherboard which supports your desired socket type. So keep all these things in mind and the ones I will tell you later in this article, and you will get yourself a beast motherboard to fulfill your needs.
To find out the socket compatibilities, you can just go and visit the manufacturer’s site and check the specifications of your desired Processor and Motherboard. You will be able to know if your Processor is supported or not with your motherboard by doing so.
What OEM should I choose for Gaming? AMD or Intel?
This is really a controversial debate, and this debate is on its peak among to Gamers around the globe. There are hundreds of fan pages of these two brands claiming that their peripherals are best for Gaming and they offer more features and reliability but is that it? Can you decide which one to go for? Well, you might get confused in between these two, so I am going to narrow down your possibilities so that you can choose a motherboard as per your likings.
The only difference between the two that I notice is the speed of every core. Intel tends to offer maximum performance with its single-core, and AMD tends to provide excellent multi-core performance. So according to your usage, you can select any of them.
Aside from that, both companies offer reliable processors with excellent durability and prices. You can choose a motherboard for your Processor according to its specifications and integrate it into your motherboard to get the optimal performance. You might find AMD processors and other peripherals relatively cheaper than the Intel components. But Intel has been offering its services for a longer period than the AMD as well as it has better functionality in other features other than the Gaming.
If you are a little short on bucks and only plans to do Gaming, then AMD is best for you. You will be able to play every game with excellent performance and no issues. But if you have a high budget and you want to run other tasks that require single-core processing, then there is no harm going for the Intel processors.
Can I upgrade my Processor without replacing the motherboard?
Well, this is a very tricky question that can twist your mind. There are some aspects that you have to take in consideration when upgrading your Processor if you don’t want to improve your motherboard too. You can indeed upgrade your Processor as long as the Processor you are going to switch to also has the same socket properties as your motherboard. If not, then you might not be able to upgrade it.
Not only the Processor, there are other things as well when upgrading your Processor, you would also need RAM slots of the next-gen interface to lower the chances of bottleneck along with the ports type. If you don’t want to upgrade your RAM and slots, then you can replace your Processor without worries and your new Processor will work just fine.
But! I would recommend you to change your motherboard too when upgrading your Processor; this will offer you many more functions and enables you to add extra accessories in your PC. Not only that, but you will also be able to place the latest Gen RAM, along with the M.2 NVMe ports for SSD, PCIe x16 ports, and much more. Rest is up to you, if your budget allows it, go for it, or you can just stick with your current motherboard.
What aspects do I need to consider when buying a motherboard?
As I have stated earlier that there are many aspects that you should consider when buying a motherboard so that you won’t have to face any difficulties with your component later. I would suggest you first make a list of your parts like Processor, RAM, Required Slots, a USB type, and Connectors and then find the desired motherboard that would fulfill all of your needs. This will help you find a great motherboard in no time without any difficulties. Let’s first have a look at the most critical aspects of a motherboard and see why they are essential!
1- CPU Socket
Well, you might know that without the compatible CPU socket of your motherboard, your Processor would not fit it or it will not work. That is why the CPU socket is considered as the most vulnerable part of the motherboard, and Gamers tend to focus on it more than anything. Let’s first see how many types of CPU sockets are there that are widely used in the Computing world:
In the current era, LGA is the most popular socket for the CPUs, and all of the AMD and Intel processors are supported on this socket. If you have a motherboard with LGA socket, you can easily integrate any of the AMD or Intel Processors with ease.
But wait! There is another important thing about the LGA sockets you must know. All the LGA Sockets are not the same, and there are some variants available in it. These are the commonly used LGA sockets that you might find in the motherboards:
- LGA 2066
- LGA 1151
- LGA 1150
- LGA 1155
- LGA 2011
- LGA 775
LGA 1151 socket was developed to support the latest generation processors, and most of the Gamers tend to get their hands on this socket as this socket will easily handle all the latest processors. LGA 1150 was developed to support the 4th Generation Harwell processors, and this socket was also pretty fruitful for mid-range gamers and programmers. All the remaining sockets are now rarely used, and they are for low-end computers, so you can’t really plan to game on it.
If you are planning to perform High-End Gaming along with intensive tasks and programs, then I would suggest you go with a motherboard that supports LGA 1151 or LGA 2066 Socket. A motherboard that has the LGA 1151 or LGA 2066 socket will undoubtedly support the latest interface RAM and will have PCI-e x16 slots along with the USB 3.0 ports. But it is always better to check all the specifications of a motherboard when buying one to get an overview of it.
If you are not planning to do Hard-Core Gaming and you just want to play average games and programs, then LGA 1150 can be the best fit for you. This socket can support 4th Gen processors which are enough for your everyday needs, and you won’t find any difficulties running the latest games and programs if paired with good GPU and Processor. But do consider your upgrading options if you are planning to upgrade your Processor shortly because the latest processors would not be able to support the LGA 1150 socket.
2- Motherboard Chipset
Motherboard chipset depends on the Processor that you are going to integrate into your motherboard. There are many available motherboard chipsets that you can choose from for your desired Processor. Still, you will have to check out for its specifications and the compatibility for the Processor. If you are going for a high-end processor, you will have to choose the Motherboard Chipset according to it. At first, let’s have a sight at the most used Motherboard chipsets:
- And many more
This range goes from high end to low-end chipsets that can support low-end processors as well as high-ends. Most of the users who prefer High-End Gaming go for the motherboards having X299 or X399 chipsets as both of the chipsets can support Threadripper of AMD and Higher Core processors of Intel. If you want to pair more than one Graphics Unit in your PC, then the motherboards having these chipsets will suit you the best as these motherboards tend to offer exceptional performance along with the multiple components. These motherboards also come with high ports and specifications as they are considered as the High-End Gaming or Editing Components. This means that the users will be able to use 3.0 USB Ports and other essential ports with their motherboard.
If you are looking for a motherboard just for mainstream usage, then you can quickly go for the chipsets mentioned above aside from the X299 and X399. These chipsets can easily handle a single Graphics Unit along with the other components without any problems. Most of the Gamers or Programmers who have a tight budget go for these chipsets as these chipsets provide the best performance in their price range. You can absolutely do anything with this motherboard, including high-end GPU, RAMs, SSDs, HDDs, and many more essential things.
One thing more, do check out for the overclocking specifications for your desired chipsets if you are planning to do so. Because most of the chipsets don’t support overclocking the CPU, and you will not be able to overclock your Processor later after. If you are not planning to do overclocking, then you should go for any chipset without any concern about the core speeds of your Processor.
3- Motherboard Size
Motherboard size is also an essential factor that you should consider when buying one. It totally depends on your case that what motherboard size will fit in the case correctly if your case doesn’t allow it, your motherboard will be useless. That is why consider and check out the measurements of case and motherboard so that you won’t have to face difficulties later.These are some of the motherboard sizes that you can find in the market:
The most common motherboards that are being used by the Gamers or standard users are Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, and ATX. These types of motherboards can easily fit in most of the Gaming cases so that you have to worry about it.
I- Mini-ITX Dimensions and Features
The dimensions of the Mini-ITX Motherboards are 17×17 cm and 6.7×6.7 in. Most of the Mini-ITX motherboards have 2 RAM slots and the type of the RAMs these motherboards support are DIMM and SODIMM. Aside from that, you might find 4 to 6 ports to attach USBs and other peripherals to your computer. Mini-ITX Motherboards come with 1 Graphics Card slot, and some of them don’t even have 1. There is also an expansion slot in a Mini-ITX motherboard that you can easily use. These motherboards are only used for low-end usage, and I would not recommend this motherboard if you are planning to play games and do intensive programming.
II- Micro-ATX Dimensions and Features
The dimensions of the Micro-ATX Motherboards are 24.4×24.4 cm and 9.6×9.6 in. You will be provided with 2 to 4 RAM slots in this motherboard so that you can easily integrate up to 16/32/64 GB RAM, depending on the size of the single RAM slot. Only DIMM types of RAM are supported in this motherboard. Other than that, you will see up to4 expansion slots in this motherboard that is far greater than the Mini-ITX ones. The slots for Graphics Cards are always integrated into these motherboards, and you might find 1 to 3 slots depending on the model. This will allow the users to combine more than 1 GPU in a single computer. If we talk about the SATA ports in this type of motherboards, most of them offer 6 to 8 ports which can easily cover most of your devices.
III- ATX Dimensions and Features
ATX type motherboards are the ones that most of the Gamers and High-End programmers prefer for their computer. These motherboards offer much more than the ones we discussed before. The dimensions of the ATX Motherboard are 30.5×24.4 cm and 12×9.6 in. If we talk about the RAM slots in this motherboard, you will be provided with a maximum of eight slots and a minimum of 2 slots. Other than that, the RAM type is the same as before, which is DIMM. Users can also use the available expansions slots which may vary from 4 to 7. Most of the standard ATX motherboards also offer 1-4 PCIe slots to integrate the Graphics Units in the PC. You might even 4 to 12 SATA ports in this motherboard type which is more than enough for your regular use.
You might also find some other motherboards having a different number of ports integrated into it. The number of ports, expansions, and RAM slots totally depends on the manufacturer so that the number mentioned above might vary. Other than that, if you are planning to buy a motherboard for your Gaming PC, then I would suggest you go for the ATX Motherboards as these motherboards will offer you the most needed ports and expansions slots you might need for your gaming peripherals.
Also, note that the sizes mentioned above are exact and they will not vary from brand to brand. So you don’t have to worry about it, if your PC case has space, the motherboard will not create any problems for you.
4- PCI-e Slots
There are several types of PCI-e slots, and these slots are mainly used to connect high-end devices including Graphics Unit, Audio Adapters, Internet Adapters, and some other peripherals. Several types of PCI-e are mentioned below:
- PCI-e 1.0
- PCI-e 2.0
- PCI-e 3.0
- PCI-e 4.0
- PCI-e 5.0
- PCI-e 6.0
The difference between these PCI-e slots is of the frequency, base speed, bandwidth, and Giga-transfer rate. The most commonly used PCI-e slots are PCI-e 4.0, 5.0, and 6.0. The other remaining slots are very slow for today’s era, and most of the users prefer the latest ones because of its high speed and reasonable transfer rate.
Most of the Graphics Cards that are being released nowadays use PCI-e slot 4.0 or higher. That is why it is best to go for the motherboards that can support the PCI-e 4.0 slot. Other than the graphics unit, you will also be able to integrate different high-end devices like Internet Adapters and Audio Cards. The thing to note here is that the PCI-e 6.0 is pretty new and the manufacturers haven’t started to manufacture the devices for this configuration. So if you are going for a motherboard that has PCI-e 4.0, then you don’t have to worry as you will be able to integrate any device in your PC without any problems. Here I am making a list of all the available PCI-e slots along with its properties so that you can have the best one according to your needs:
- PCI-e 1.0 – 8GB/s Bandwidth – 2.5GT/s Giga-Transfer – 2.5GHz Frequency
- PCI-e 2.0 – 16GB/s Bandwidth – 5GT/s Giga-Transfer – 5GHz Frequency
- PCI-e 3.0 – 32GB/s Bandwidth – 8GT/s Giga-Transfer – 8GHz Frequency
- PCI-e 4.0 – 64GB/s Bandwidth – 16GT/s Giga-Transfer – 16GHz frequency
- PCI-e 5.0 – 128GB/s Bandwidth – 32GT/s Giga-Transfer – 32GHz Frequency
- PCI-e 6.0 – 256GB/s Bandwidth – 64GT/s Giga-Transfer – 64GHz Frequency
As I have created this detailed info, it will be a lot easier for you to choose the best motherboard for you having these PCI-e slots. So select the motherboard in accordance with your needs!
5- Memory Support
Memory Support is one of the most important things that should consider when buying a motherboard because you might face problems in future when upgrading your RAM. Some motherboards support only 16GB of RAM and some support 32GB of RAM. In the end, it totally depends on the type of your motherboard and its specifications; you have to take an in-depth look at its specifications before buying it.
Most of the High-End motherboards that are also called as Gaming motherboards can now support up to 256GB of RAM or even more. But most of the Gamers prefer to get a Motherboard that can at least support 64GB of RAM so that they can easily add more Ram sticks in their PC without any type of problem.
But also look out for the other features of the motherboard as you will likely to bottleneck if you integrate more RAM and pair it with low-end peripherals. The best thing you can do when buying a motherboard is; you can check out for the DIMM slots available on the motherboard, and its type. By this, you will be able to calculate how much RAM you can place in your PC and what its maximum capacity is.
6- GPU Support
As I have stated before, GPU support depends on the PCI-e slot installed in your motherboard. If your motherboard has a PCI-e 4.0 or higher slot, then your motherboard will be able to support any type of Graphics Unit.
Please do check out for the GPU support in your motherboard, because the GPU units that are now being manufactured can only be used in the latest PCI-e slots. If you are planning to perform multi-GPU tasks, then SLI feature should be available in your motherboard if you are using Intel GPUs and CrossFireX option if you are using AMD Radeon GPUs.
7- M.2 Slots
If you are looking to make your computer super fast, then you must have an SSD integrated into it. For that, you must have an M.2 or SATA ports in your motherboards. Most of the motherboards do have SATA slots embedded in them, but the case change when we talk about the M.2 ports. Most of the older structured motherboards don’t have the M.2 slots that can be a significant drawback for gamers and programmers. There are countless advantages of getting an SSD for your computer. For example, the booting speed of your PC will be drastically increased if you integrate an SSD into your PC. Aside from that, your PC will load the applications and games a lot faster than ever before, and you will be able to tell the difference from before. Not only that, but your movies and videos will also run a lot smoother, and you will be able to render them too with high speeds. That is why SSD integration is crucial in a Gaming or Programming PC.
The real question here that pops up is that why do you need an M.2 port if your motherboard already has the SATA ports? It is indeed possible to integrate an SSD with the SATA ports, but the SATA ports cannot handle high transfer rates. Whereas, the M.2 can handle up to 3x speeds a SATA port can handle. Most of the Standard SSDs that are capable of being paired with SATA ports are relatively slower than the NVMe M.2 SSDs. This is the main difference between the SATA SSDs and M.2 SSDs. For this reason, make sure that your desired motherboard has the M.2 ports integrated into it; this will help you a lot in multiple programs and tasks.
But if your motherboard doesn’t have the M.2 slots, you can simply buy a SATA SSD as it is more economical and you can quickly get ample disk storage at a lesser price than the M.2 SSD. SATA SSDs tends to perform a lot better than the standard HDDs, so if you are upgrading from an HDD to an SSD, you will feel a significant difference in performance and SSDs. But I would suggest you invest your money in the right motherboard that has the M.2 slots because the upcoming era is going to be a lot faster than you might think. You will have to integrate a good SSD in your computer to run the future programs smoothly on your computer. Not only that, but the Gaming industry has also evolved so much that you would need faster and more efficient components shortly to run your games smoothly without any type of lag. Aside from that, M.2 SSDs will also reduce your Games’ loading time, and it will load more quickly than ever before.
Please note that the dimensions of the M.2 slot might vary from brands to brands. But you don’t have to worry as all types of M.2 SSDs can easily integrate into any size of the slot with ease.
8- USB 3.0 Support
USB 3.0 is a significant upgrade from its previous versions, and it is upgraded precisely for the users who want fast transfer speeds. Most of the motherboards have USB 2.0 support which means that they can either run the USB 1.0 or USB 2.0, the users will not be able to run USB 3.0 on that PC. This depends on your motherboard; the latest Gaming Motherboards with the newest tech are coming with the USB 3.0 Ports which is an excellent upgrade in terms of speedy file transfers. Some motherboards offer limited YSB 3.0 ports in which they integrate half USB 2.0 Ports and half USB 3.0 Ports, but the motherboards that are made explicitly for Gaming usually have all ports with USB 3.0 support. But should you opt for a motherboard having 3.0 USB ports instead of USB 2.0? Let’s find out!
If you are more of a traveling person who travels and roams a lot, I would prefer you to get a PC with 3.0 USB support. USB 3.0 Ports will drastically increase your file transfer rate if we compare it to the USB 2.0 Ports. According to multiple sources and studies, the highest transfer rate for USB 3.0 is about 280 MB/s also depending upon your Processor and RAM, whereas the USB 2.0 could only offer about 70 Mb/s speed. This transfer rate is still not that much low, but if you are planning to transfer whole folders of considerable size like 10GB or 20GB, then you will see the clear difference in time consumption of both of the ports. Many people also get confused about the USB 3.0 peripheral like Headset, Keyboard, or mouse. So the point is, you will not see any type of difference if you plug the USB in 3.0 port or the USB 2.0 port. The only difference will come for the transfer speeds and nothing else. So if you are not planning to use USBs much, you can also go with a motherboard having USB 2.0 ports, but USB 3.0 can be future proof for sure!
If we talk about the price comparisons of the motherboards having USB 3.0 ports and motherboards having USB 2.0 ports, there is not much difference. You will hardly find 20$-30$ difference in both of the motherboards, but by investing a little, you can speed and boost up your transfer rate buy many times. This same scenario goes for the flash drives supporting USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports. There is a mere difference of about 3$-5$ in both of them, so it is recommended to go for a device that supports USB 3.0 Ports. But please note that you will not be able to install a USB 3.0 into a USB 2.0 Ports, so it is always better to check out for your components before buying.
9- Overclocking the Processor
Overclocking can really be a great feature if used in the right way. You can boost up the performance of your Processor in no time and can get the best results with the overclocking. Not all the processors support the overclocking feature; there are very few that the users can overclock and increase its base frequency. The overclocking mostly depends entirely on your CPU or your GPU; users just have to set up some things from the BIOS of their motherboards. But there certainly are some things that you should consider before overclocking your CPU or GPU in any way.
Overclocking can quickly be done with the help of multiple programs that you can find on the internet. From there you can overclock your desired component as you want. By overclocking, your CPU or GPU will perform a lot better than its optimal performance. Overclocking will just increase its ability, which means that your CPU and GPU will be able to perform like the newer CPUs or GPUs without even buying them. But here comes the risk of overclocking your CPU or GPU. First of all, as soon as you overclock your CPU or GPU, its BIOS will be updated, and you will no longer be able to claim its warranty in any way. The brand will automatically know that the CPU or GPU got defective because of the overclocking and they will reject your replacement call. Other than that, your component’s life span will be decreased drastically! The component that could quickly provide you with five years of service will get down to 2 or 3 years. Overclocking produces much burden on the element, and the component itself heats a lot that is why it damages the infrastructure of the element.
But if your Motherboard’s BIOS and component are supporting overclocking, why not give it a try, but with precautions! There are some specific things that you can check before overclocking your part. Check all these things and see if you are complying with all these:
- Case with good airflow to cool down the components
- Liquid Cooling System for CPU and GPU (Recommended for high end Overclocking)
- Basic Knowledge of Overclocking the components
- Setting p the voltage use and frequency of the components
- Performing a stress test before overclocking
As I have mentioned, these things are essential if you are going to overclock your CPU or GPU. You should know how to set up the voltage and frequency of the components. I would recommend you to increase the capabilities of your components by only 10%; this will decrease the chance of your component’s failure and the life span will also remain unaffected. Also, do not ever forget to perform a stress test before overclocking your parts, as the stress test will tell you if your components are working fine. If the test goes smoothly, you can overclock your CPU or GPU (But on your own risk).
10- Expansion Slots and Connectors
Expansion slots can really be useful for you if you are planning to integrate more cards in your computer. The standard motherboard comes with only one or two PCI-e slots so that you can incorporate audio cards, graphics cards, or internet adapters. But what if you have to install all the three simultaneously? That would be an excellent problem for the users to not integrate one of their major components in the PC. For that reason, the expansion slots and connectors come to the party! Expansion slots can serve a great purpose, and users can easily add more components to their PC without any type of hassle.
Another great use of expansion slots comes in if the users are going to integrate SLI graphics cards in their PC. SLI feature allows the users to combine multiple Graphics Cards in the PC, which means that the Graphics Cards will perform as one unit and will offer a lot better performance than ever before. But this could only be possible if your motherboard has the required expansion slots. Most of the motherboards do have the expansion slots and ports, but if you are planning to buy the motherboards like Mini-ITX, you might not find one. These motherboards don’t really support the SLI Graphics Cards, and the users will not be able to run the Graphics Units simultaneously. But you can make sure to get yourself a motherboard that has all types of connectors and expansion slots so that you can place multiple graphics cards, audio card, internet adapters, and other components at a time. Expansion slots can serve a significant and valuable purpose, but you will have to manage some space in your PC when placing all the components together. That is why I also recommend you to get a more significant case if you are going to use expansion slots to add multiple parts at a time.
Now if we talk about the connectors, most of the motherboards have enough to cover all of the components of a PC. The Connectors on a motherboard are used to connect:
- CPU Socket
- Power Supply
- Case Connection
- Peripherals Connection
- RAM Connectors
Aside from that, all the connectors are managed by the Power Supply. As the power supply is the primary source of the power of a PC, the wires from the power supply directly connect to the components instead of going through the motherboard. So the point is, you can buy any motherboard without worrying for the connectors, as most of them have all the basic ones.
10- Benchmarking Motherboards
By benchmarking the motherboard, I specifically mean its performance and its options. Before buying a motherboard, or even any other thing, it is vital to check out for them online, see videos on the internet to get a better understanding of the product. But how can you benchmark a motherboard? Because it is pretty understandable when someone says benchmarking the CPU or GPU to get its score on various components, but how can one benchmark a motherboard? So by benchmarking, it is meant to check the integrations of it. Means what the motherboard is offering to its users as compared to the other motherboards of different brands. If we talk about the brands manufacturing motherboards, there are many! But some of them are just the top ones that produce the high quality and feature-packed motherboards. These brands include:
- And some others
These brands are literally the top-class brands in producing the computing hardware. If you want to buy a GPU, Power Supply, or any other PC component, you can choose any brand from the list, and you will surely get the best product. If you are buying a motherboard in the near future, I would recommend you to buy one from these brands. Now if we talk about the actual benchmarks, this year, Gigabyte has produced some top-notch motherboards that the high-end gamers and programmers would love to get.
To get the perfect benchmarking results, there are multiple sites available on the internet that can show you precise results of your desired component. You can pick two motherboards and compare it to get the benchmarking results, and see which one is performing better in which aspect. This is the best way as it will also show you the performance of the part you want to see. If you don’t like the performance of that motherboard, you can easily switch on other one and check if it is capable of doing what you are looking it to do. This will save a lot of money and time, and you can get all the results at your home. In the also, when you have checked everything, you just have to buy the motherboard and enjoy it till you can.
10- Features and Functions
In the end, the only thing that is left to check out in your motherboard is its features and specifications. By the features, I correctly mean by the built-in Wi-Fi, ports, compatibility, connectors, and other many things. To simple out the things, I am going to provide you with the list of the features that you can check out in your motherboards:
- Support of UEFI BIOS
- I/O Shield
- SLI and CrossFireX Option
- Availability of Headers
- of Capacitors
- RGB and RGBW Headers
- CMOS Battery
These are all the things that you can check out in your motherboard aside from the things that I told you earlier. These features can be beneficial for you if you are going to do Hard-Core Gaming and perform intensive editing using massive programs.
If you are a Hard-Core Gamer, then you must want your motherboard to glow, isn’t that what you want? Then check out for the RGB and RGBW headers in your motherboard which will offer you fantastic lighting experience along with your other components. Aside from that, check for the header availability in your motherboard as Headers are crucial to protect your ports from dust and environment. Otherwise, you will have to get a custom build header plate to protect your ports.
The last feature I would recommend you to check is the SLI or CrossFireX Option. SLI is typically used in the Nvidia Graphics Card. Similarly, CrossFireX is used in the AMD Radeon Graphics Cards. If you are planning to combine your multiple GPUs in just one PC, then this option should be available in your motherboard to do so. If this option is not available, you will most probably not be able to use multiple cards at a time, and you will have to find alternative solutions.
In the last, I would just say that never ever compromise on the components if you are spending the right amount of money. I have seen many gamers and programmers who build a perfect PC according to their needs, but they choose a low-end motherboard or PSU for their PC. This will not only consume the health of your components, but there is also a chance that your components might blow because of the cheap PSU.
I am telling you again if you have high-end components, please try to get yourself a PSU that is at least Bronze rated (80+). It would be more suitable if you can go for a PSU that is Silver or Gold rated because it will perform relatively better than the other ones. PSU plays an essential role in managing your components, and a good PSU can increase the lifespan of a PC many times.
The same thing goes for your motherboard; try to get a motherboard of a good brand that is trusted and reliable. By doing so, your components will work correctly, and not only that, you will get optimal performance as per your specifications.