How Long Does a Motherboard Last?

The motherboard is the part of the computer that connects everything together so that your PC can function. Without the motherboard, you would not have a working PC. That is why it is very important to take care of the motherboard and make sure it doesn’t get damaged so you can use it as long as possible.

This leaves the question. How long does a motherboard last?

Your motherboard should last about 10-20 years before needing to be replaced. As long as the motherboard supports the latest BIOS update then it will be able to function. There are no moving parts in the motherboard so it doesn’t wear out over time.

Even though the lifespan of a motherboard is a very long time there are other factors that come into play when you are talking about using the same motherboard for a long time. Such as upgradability.

We will go more in-depth about this as we explain more about the lifespan of a motherboard.

How Long Should You Use The Same Motherboard?

All motherboards are built differently, but the majority of them have a lifespan between 10-20 years. This makes them one of the most durable components in the PC.

However, you should always invest in a high-quality motherboard as all the other components of the PC rely on it for the PC to function.

Having a defective or low-quality motherboard won’t just shorten the lifespan of how long a motherboard should last but can also decrease and harm the other components in the computer.

For people who are more gaming or computer enthusiasts, their motherboard might only last them around 3-5 years due to the new technology coming out.

motherboards are manufactured to support the technology that is created right now, which means it supports the current chipsets of the CPU that were made when the motherboard was made.

If a new chipset happens to be released then the motherboards that were made now even if they were made a week before the new chipset was released become obsolete and are considered old technology.

An older motherboard will not be able to support a newer CPU, and that’s why it is hard to purchase a used motherboard because they are not compatible with the new technology.

However, if the components in your PC are high-quality and are supported by the motherboard. Then, that will increase the lifespan of the motherboard because it is less prone to becoming damaged.

Another thing that can damage your motherboard is a humid area.

The reason for this because the humidity of the air can be trapped inside of your PC and slowly erode the metal sockets and components used to help your motherboard function.

Furthermore, you should always make sure to clean your motherboard which will help increase its lifespan.

You should read How Often Should You Clean Your PC.

What Shortens Your Motherboard Lifespand and Causes it To Fail?

There are a few things that can shorten your motherboard’s lifespan and cause it to fail. It is good to know what these are that way you can avoid them and keep your motherboard up and running as long as possible.

1. Heat

Heat like many other components in the PC is the number one problem for motherboard failure and is another reason why you should try to have adequate cooling in your PC.

Normally, having a few normal fans and a CPU cooler will be fine to keep your motherboard at an appropriate temperature so it will not get damaged.

However, if you don’t have enough cooling on your PC you can really damage your motherboard and cause it to overheat.

Check out How Many Cooling Fans Do You Need In a PC to learn more about keeping your computer cool.

Furthermore, if you are looking to do any major overclocking especially with your CPU because it is directly attached to your motherboard, then you need to be extra cautious about monitoring your computers temperature so you don’t end up damaging your motherboard.

Check out How Long Does a CPU Last.

2. Physical Damage

This is what you should keep in mind when you are first building your PC because you can definitly damage your motherboard here.

Although it is very uncommon creating physical damage to your motherboard can happen especially if you are building or upgrading your PC.

Be aware of where you are placing your motherboard and where you are holding it, so that you don’t accidentally scrape off one of the fragile parts of the motherboard because the motherboard can be very fragile in certain areas.

3. Static Shock

This is something that is also important to keep in mind when you are building or upgrading your PC.

Avoid dtatic areas likey our carpet when handling your motherboard because the motherboard is very sensitive to static elecricity which can damge your whole motherboard.

You should also consider using an anti-static mat or wrist band when building your PC you might want to look at my article where I talk about Are Anti-Static Wrist Straps Necessary For Building a PC?

When handling your motherboard and placing it down the safest option you have to place it ontop of the motherboard box so that you don’t accidentally shock your motherboard when working on other things.

4. Moisture Build Up

If any sort of liquid spills onto your PC you should turn it off completely and the first thing you should try to dry up is your motherboard.

Your motherboard is also ultra sensitive to water and other liquids if liquid spills onto your motherboard while it is running it can completely fry the motherboard and stop it from working.

If this happens, when the motherboard goes out it can also send high amounts of voltage to other parts of your computer which can in turn damage them too.

Liquid can get into your PC by a few ways. Some of the most common ways are: Rain through your window can go through the case fan holes onto your motherboard.

If you use water cooling and the cooler starts to leak. Stop it asap to avoid any damage.

If you tend to eat or drink beside your computer try not to use your computer as a table for your beverage because you can accidentally knock it over and have it spill on your compuer.

You should also consider the humidity of your room. I have a really humid room due to lack of air conditioning so I make sure my window is open, I have a fan on and you can use a dehumidifier if your room is really bad.

Humidity can slowly eat away and erode your motherboards electronics stopping it from working.

5. The Age of Your Motherboard

Age is a factor that we cannot avoid and eventually time will catch up to us. Motherboards can only be so old before they stop working just like anything else.

The age of the motherboard is determined by both how long you have had the motherboard and how long you have used the motherboard.

The more you keep the motherboard running the faster it will age. There isn’t really anything you can do to avoid the motherboard of dying of old age, but keeping it clean and monitoring it will help you extend its age as long as you can.

6. Electronic Failure

Similar to the age of the motherboard. As the motherboard gets older the components of the motherboard start to wear and tear. They will eventually wear out.

As the capacitors work harder they are usually the first thing that stops working because they start to degrade themself every time they are on and working. Nothing you can really do to stop this.

What Do You Do If You Fried Your Motherboard?

If you have fried your motherboard there really isn’t anything you can do to get it fixed because when your motherboard is fried it is most likely that the whole thing doesn’t work anymore.

The next best thing you can do is take it to a professional to look to see if there is anything they can do to fix it. However, the reality of that is that it will probably cost as much to fix it as a new motherbaord would cost, if they are even able to fix it.

There are certain situations where you might think your motherboard is broken or fried, but it could actually be your CPU, GPU, or, RAM. Before you skip to any conclusions you should run some tests on your computer to make sure it’s not something else rather than your motherboard.

When I first built my computer I thought my motherboard didn’t work. Turns out a had a faulty power supply.

When I bought a new power supply and connected it to my PC it finally turned on and started working.

So, if your motherboard really is the problem, then you will most likely have to purchase a new one. Just make sure you take really good care of it so it doesn’t happen again by keeping up on the maintenance, and monitoring your motherboard for any issues.

Lucas Coulson

I first got into building my own computer when I was around 12 or 13. The first computer I had ever built didn't work. So I kept researching to figure what I did wrong. I really enjoyed researching, learning, and building computers, so I decided to turn it into an online business, and here I am.

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