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Parts of the Motherboard

When you buy a system, it comes (or at least should) with everything you need for your PC to work properly. However, when you buy a motherboard itself, you have to do a bit more work to make sure everything comes with it that is supposed to. In addition to the motherboard itself, a good quality motherboard should come with the items described in this section.

The parts that typically acompany an AT form factor
motherboard (other than the board itself.) ATX form
factor motherboards come with fewer separate connectors
since most are installed directly on the motherboard.

Note: The cables discussed in this section often come in a sealed plastic bag. Some motherboard vendors will only give you the package with the cables if you remember to ask for it. It's really disappointing to get half-way through your assembly procedure and realize that you are missing your cables! Also, make sure you get the right ones for your motherboard; they are often not interchangeable.

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