Anonymous asked in Computers & InternetHardwareDesktops · 1 month ago

How to generally recognize PC components compatibility?

7 Answers

  • Bill-M
    Lv 7
    1 month ago
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    Find out your Mother Board Make and Model number and Read the Specifications.  The Motherboard Specifications Sheet will tell you the CPU Socket Type,  The RAM Type and Speeds it will accept. The Sheet will also tell you what connectors are on the Mother Board, Internal and External.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    I've found that most systems and motherboards have a QVL or compatibility list for the CPU and RAM. Matching the socket type of the CPU and motherboard together isn't 100% effective because the motherboard may not have the correct BIOS version to support a given CPU..... or that CPU was left out of being supported because the motherboard can't handle it's power draw.

  • 1 month ago

    Check the motherboard CPU socket and compare against your chosen processor.

    See what RAM the motherboard supports (example being DDR4 2300MHz).

    Similarly to the board, see what RAM the CPU can support.

    Whether or not the motherboard will support an GPU SLI configuration.

  • 1 month ago

    see maker's website under specific model and 'support'.  mobo makers [the most critical part] will have a list of known to work CPUs and RAM.  For GPUs, search online websites for 'bottlenecking'.  For PSUs, search online for PSU sizing apps.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    In general, parts that don't fit won't work, and parts that do fit might work. Usually there are subtle differences that a trained eye can spot. The label helps too of course.

    For example, different classes of RAM sticks have the same dimensions but have the notch in different places so you don't put them on a completely incompatible motherboard. However, within a class there might be different features that the motherboard wasn't made for, such as the size of the memory, error correction, timing differences, etc., and while the RAM fits the computer may be dumbed down to match the worst unit or not recognize it at all.

  • Stacie
    Lv 4
    1 month ago

    It depends on the components. Hardware will list its capabiltiy requirements and you will need to verify each part. For instance CPUs work with specific boards... Amd with some types... Intel with others. Ram works with differnent boards and speeds work with differnet CPUs. Cards work with differnet PSU requirements and cases have different allowances for differnent part fitments.

    A simple way to confirm compatibility is to use a custom computer build site and most do a pretty good job of sprting what works with what.

  • 1 month ago

    Ask him he knows 

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