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Community Article no sound except through plugged in headphones — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › General Discussion no sound except through plugged in headphones cdominick ✭ April 13 edited April 20 in General Discussion My new powerspec G508 is not providing sound. I can't get sound through Dell monitor or through CPU. Please help! I've checked drivers and enabled sound. What am I missing? Thank you 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments Ian admin April 13 Greetings. A desktop won't provide sound unless you have speakers / headphones / a monitor that has speakers plugged in. What specific model of Dell monitor is this for? 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook cdominick ✭ April 13 We have a Dell S2721HGF Free Sync G-Sync 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook cdominick ✭ April 13 Also, do we need speakers if we're going to use bluetooth headset? Thanks! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTDavey admin April 13 @cdominick just chiming in. the Dell S2721HGF does not have speakers. You'll need to get desktop speakers or purchase a monitor that has speakers. See below: https://www.microcenter.com/category/4294966662/computer-speakers?rd=1&vkw=desktop+speakers 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7K All Categories 1K The Blog 36 What's Trending 167 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 16 3D Printers 10 Maker 16 PC Build Guides 96 Reviews & Buying Guides 34 Build Showcase 17 Contests 39 Past Contests 1K The Community 1.7K General Discussion 83 New Members 128 Consumer Tech 42 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 78 Software 4 Audio/Visual 13 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 26 3D Printing 53 Retro Arcade/Gaming 86 All Other Tech 1.3K Store Information and Policy 51 Off Topic 6 Community Ideas & Feedback 113 Your Completed Builds 2.7K Build-Your-Own PC 1.7K Help Choosing Parts 227 Graphics Cards 173 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 62 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 16 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 10 All Other Parts 23 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? See other custom PC builds and get some ideas for what can be done View Build Showcase View builds by: AMD Processors Intel Processors RTX 3090 RTX 3080 RTX 2080 Ti RTX 2080 Super RTX 2070 Super RTX 2070 RTX 2060 Super Radeon RX 5700XT Radeon RX 5700 Air Cooled Liquid Cooled SAME DAY CUSTOM BUILD SERVICE If You Can Dream it, We Can Build it. Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2021 Powered By Vanilla Community Article Recommendations for PC Build (audio production) — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › General Discussion Recommendations for PC Build (audio production) BanjoKeith ✭ December 2020 edited June 7 in General Discussion Hey all, I was about to pull the trigger on this Dell XPS 8940, mostly for use as general purpose desktop, along with some audio production work (medium duty, not 100 highly processed tracks of pop music or anything). I'm not doing any gaming. But then I got curious about building a PC, and came up with this list of components.  However, I really don't know much about this at all so I'm not sure how this all works together; I kind of just threw some things together based on quick Googling and some guesswork. Does anybody have an opinion on whether the PC I put together compares favorably to the Dell that I linked above? Also, part of what I liked about the Dell was the small size of the case, but I didn't see a similar sized case available in the PC Build options. Any ideas about that? Thanks! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TSTDavey admin December 2020 Hello @BanjoKeith thanks for posting on the Microcenter Community Forum. I think what you have is good as far as your list of components for your build. The only thing we'd recommend is to go with a micro-atx motherboard to match your case and not the mini-atx. Some good micro-atx boards are the Asrock z490M or the MSI B460M. Both support the I9-10850K intel processor. Also you'll have to look at another cost for if you want Microcenter to build your pc. Its $149.99 for Microcenter to build a pc with these parts, so thats another expense. You'll also have to look at costs for a mouse, keyboard, monitor and desktop speakers if your monitor doesn't have speakers. This could add up to your total of $1380 -$1400 plus, especially if you have Microcenter build it. If you're going to build it yourself, then cut out the $149.99. If you've never build a pc before, it is an experience and a great learn, but you'll run into some challenges with building it as your first time. If its your first time and you have patience to work on it, then we'd recommend to try to build it yourself. If you don't feel like being patient with working on your own build and you can contact us for assistance as well; then we'd recommend to purchase the pre-build Dell XPS 8940. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook BanjoKeith ✭ December 2020 TSTDavey said: Hello @BanjoKeith thanks for posting on the Microcenter Community Forum. I think what you have is good as far as your list of components for your build. The only thing we'd recommend is to go with a micro-atx motherboard to match your case and not the mini-atx. Some good micro-atx boards are the Asrock z490M or the MSI B460M. Both support the I9-10850K intel processor. Also you'll have to look at another cost for if you want Microcenter to build your pc. Its $149.99 for Microcenter to build a pc with these parts, so thats another expense. You'll also have to look at costs for a mouse, keyboard, monitor and desktop speakers if your monitor doesn't have speakers. This could add up to your total of $1380 -$1400 plus, especially if you have Microcenter build it. If you're going to build it yourself, then cut out the $149.99. If you've never build a pc before, it is an experience and a great learn, but you'll run into some challenges with building it as your first time. If its your first time and you have patience to work on it, then we'd recommend to try to build it yourself. If you don't feel like being patient with working on your own build and you can contact us for assistance as well; then we'd recommend to purchase the pre-build Dell XPS 8940. Thanks Davey, that was very helpful. When all is said and done, do you think the PC Build would be a superior machine than the XPS for my stated purpose? If it is pretty much a toss-up, I'd probably just go with the simplicity of pre-built. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTDavey admin December 2020 @BanjoKeith both systems, the Dell and your pc build are almost identical. There's no advantage over the other from a "pc that meets my needs" perspective. The only benefit to going with the pc build over the Dell is gaining the experience and knowledge of building personal computer (PC). 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7K All Categories 1K The Blog 36 What's Trending 167 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 16 3D Printers 10 Maker 16 PC Build Guides 96 Reviews & Buying Guides 34 Build Showcase 17 Contests 39 Past Contests 1K The Community 1.7K General Discussion 83 New Members 128 Consumer Tech 42 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 78 Software 4 Audio/Visual 13 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 26 3D Printing 53 Retro Arcade/Gaming 86 All Other Tech 1.3K Store Information and Policy 51 Off Topic 6 Community Ideas & Feedback 113 Your Completed Builds 2.7K Build-Your-Own PC 1.7K Help Choosing Parts 227 Graphics Cards 173 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 62 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 16 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 10 All Other Parts 23 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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I already purchased a Sapphire Technology AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT Pulse Dual-Fan 12GB GDDR6 PCIe 4.0 Graphics Card from MC and that's the only item that I have for this build. I am open to suggestions on any parts other than the GPU. I'm looking to build this system in the next week or so depending on part availability in my area. I have done a lot of research on my own and tried to go to multiple sources and the PC Builder list below are the items that I thought looked like the best quality/price combo. I do not care at all about aesthetics, I only care about it running as well as it can and the parts being compatible to maximize each parts life span. I'd really like to keep the total of the build (minus the GPU) under $2k US. Any advice you can give a newbie would be greatly appreciated. In a perfect world, I buy all the parts from MC then put it together myself but if I have to get some assistance from the fine folks at MC then that is fine too. Thank you again for any advice you have. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=93b71907-36e3-4081-aa4e-d8484fd43a62 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TSTDavey admin March 23 edited March 23 Hello @Gkirk21 and thanks for posting on the Microcenter Community Forum. The build looks good. I would advise to add in desktop speakers or a monitor that has built in speakers to your build. I do not believe the LG 27UL500-W 27" has built- in speakers. So for audio or sound you'll need desktop computer speakers or a monitor that has built in speakers. Also the 1000s PSU (Corsair RMX) may be overkill for your pc build, but your system will only use the wattage is needs from the 1,000 watt PSU. This build should never need 1000 watts. You could go with a 650-700 watt PSU and it could be cheaper than the Corsair. But you could stick with the 1000 watt PSU as it won't harm your build. Everything else looks good to me. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Gkirk21 ✭ March 23 @TSTDavey Thank you! I'm looking forward to coming in this weekend to grab some supplies and possibly get things rolling if the stock is in. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin March 25 You're welcome, please let us know if you have any other questions! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7K All Categories 1K The Blog 36 What's Trending 167 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 16 3D Printers 10 Maker 16 PC Build Guides 96 Reviews & Buying Guides 34 Build Showcase 17 Contests 39 Past Contests 1K The Community 1.7K General Discussion 83 New Members 128 Consumer Tech 42 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 78 Software 4 Audio/Visual 13 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 26 3D Printing 53 Retro Arcade/Gaming 86 All Other Tech 1.3K Store Information and Policy 51 Off Topic 6 Community Ideas & Feedback 113 Your Completed Builds 2.7K Build-Your-Own PC 1.7K Help Choosing Parts 227 Graphics Cards 173 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 62 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 16 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 10 All Other Parts 23 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? See other custom PC builds and get some ideas for what can be done View Build Showcase View builds by: AMD Processors Intel Processors RTX 3090 RTX 3080 RTX 2080 Ti RTX 2080 Super RTX 2070 Super RTX 2070 RTX 2060 Super Radeon RX 5700XT Radeon RX 5700 Air Cooled Liquid Cooled SAME DAY CUSTOM BUILD SERVICE If You Can Dream it, We Can Build it. Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2021 Powered By Vanilla Community Article No sound unless headphones are plugged in — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › General Discussion No sound unless headphones are plugged in AnthonyG ✭ December 2020 in General Discussion I just plugged in the computer I had put together for me and there is no sound coming from my monitor nor my headphone stand that has a built in speaker. However, I am able to get sound when I plug my headphones in to the jack on the tower and the monitor itself. My monitor (MSI Optix MAG273R) is connected to the GPU with an HDMI. I've gone through the troubleshooter and there is always a hiccup when the troubleshoot wizard tries to to reinstall the drivers. I ended up going through device manager to update the drivers myself but the update didn't seem to help. The speakers aren't muted. I've tried toggling through the different speaker output options under sound settings and I've had no luck. What else could I possibly do to help fix the issue? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments Ian admin December 2020 AnthonyG said: I just plugged in the computer I had put together for me and there is no sound coming from my monitor nor my headphone stand that has a built in speaker. However, I am able to get sound when I plug my headphones in to the jack on the tower and the monitor itself. My monitor (MSI Optix MAG273R) is connected to the GPU with an HDMI. I've gone through the troubleshooter and there is always a hiccup when the troubleshoot wizard tries to to reinstall the drivers. I ended up going through device manager to update the drivers myself but the update didn't seem to help. The speakers aren't muted. I've tried toggling through the different speaker output options under sound settings and I've had no luck. What else could I possibly do to help fix the issue? Greetings. Does Windows sound settings happen to show the monitor as being the default sound device? Here is a guide / information on how to check those settings: https://community.microcenter.com/kb/articles/92-how-to-change-the-playback-device-sound-levels-in-windows-10  I would suggest testing each option as it is shown there with the headphones plugged directly into your ports on the PC itself and see if that makes any change.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AnthonyG ✭ December 2020 I've made every possible device the default and tested each one without any sound. I even adjusted sound levels to 100. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTDavey admin December 2020 @AnthonyG just chiming in. But we checked the MSI MAG273R site and this monitor does not have built in speakers. So unfortunately you won't get any sound through the monitor except for the headphone jack. If the MSI monitor is for a desktop, you'll need to get separate desktop speakers to plug into your desktop to get sound or audio. Or you can get a monitor that has built in speakers. Sorry to give the bad news. https://www.msi.com/Monitor/Optix-MAG273R/Specification  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7K All Categories 1K The Blog 36 What's Trending 167 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 16 3D Printers 10 Maker 16 PC Build Guides 96 Reviews & Buying Guides 34 Build Showcase 17 Contests 39 Past Contests 1K The Community 1.7K General Discussion 83 New Members 128 Consumer Tech 42 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 78 Software 4 Audio/Visual 13 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 26 3D Printing 53 Retro Arcade/Gaming 86 All Other Tech 1.3K Store Information and Policy 51 Off Topic 6 Community Ideas & Feedback 113 Your Completed Builds 2.7K Build-Your-Own PC 1.7K Help Choosing Parts 227 Graphics Cards 173 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 62 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 16 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 10 All Other Parts 23 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? See other custom PC builds and get some ideas for what can be done View Build Showcase View builds by: AMD Processors Intel Processors RTX 3090 RTX 3080 RTX 2080 Ti RTX 2080 Super RTX 2070 Super RTX 2070 RTX 2060 Super Radeon RX 5700XT Radeon RX 5700 Air Cooled Liquid Cooled SAME DAY CUSTOM BUILD SERVICE If You Can Dream it, We Can Build it. Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2021 Powered By Vanilla Community Article Gameplay Audio — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › Consumer Tech › Audio/Visual Gameplay Audio DC_Gaming33 ✭ September 2020 edited June 2 in Audio/Visual Hello everyone,  I just created a YouTube channel and recording gameplay via pc. I use the Nvidia GeForce Experience as my  gameplay recorder which records your desktop. However, I'm running into an issue with my gameplay audio. I have to use my desktop speaker as my default device and use my Corsair Void wireless headset for default communication device for the mic. If I use my headphones for the default device, the Nvidia GeForce Experience will only record my voice as it wont pickup the gameplay since GeForce only records what's on the desktop so I have to turn my volume levels way down on the desktop so there is no echoing in my mic. I have my headphones on so I can use my mic for commentary while playing. Do you guys know a way that I can record gameplay sound while using headphones? I have a 3rd part USB mic so I don't need to use my mic on my headphone. I tried searching on Google and YouTube but I just get more confused. I don't know if I need to use a different gameplay recorder, get a video capture card, etc. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thank you! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TSPhillipT admin October 2020 Hello @DC_Gaming33 Thank you for posting on the Micro Center Community!  Have you tried recording using OBS?  It's main use is to live stream however it does feature an option to record rather than stream and it can record different sources of audio.   0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7K All Categories 1K The Blog 36 What's Trending 167 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 16 3D Printers 10 Maker 16 PC Build Guides 96 Reviews & Buying Guides 34 Build Showcase 17 Contests 39 Past Contests 1K The Community 1.7K General Discussion 83 New Members 128 Consumer Tech 42 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 78 Software 4 Audio/Visual 13 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 26 3D Printing 53 Retro Arcade/Gaming 86 All Other Tech 1.3K Store Information and Policy 51 Off Topic 6 Community Ideas & Feedback 113 Your Completed Builds 2.7K Build-Your-Own PC 1.7K Help Choosing Parts 227 Graphics Cards 172 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 62 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 16 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 10 All Other Parts 23 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? See other custom PC builds and get some ideas for what can be done View Build Showcase View builds by: AMD Processors Intel Processors RTX 3090 RTX 3080 RTX 2080 Ti RTX 2080 Super RTX 2070 Super RTX 2070 RTX 2060 Super Radeon RX 5700XT Radeon RX 5700 Air Cooled Liquid Cooled SAME DAY CUSTOM BUILD SERVICE If You Can Dream it, We Can Build it. Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2021 Powered By Vanilla Community Article Wanting an AMD build. Main Usage for VR while Streaming. $3k USD cap. Thanks for the help. — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › Help Choosing Parts Wanting an AMD build. Main Usage for VR while Streaming. $3k USD cap. Thanks for the help. TheLastNoise ✭ March 31 in Help Choosing Parts Having gotten interested in VR then I came to realize my current PC is not suitable. Although buying a new one seems illogical, when I could simply get the parts. I actually plan to give my current PC to my sibling as a gift for their birthday. The build I have in mind, Link; https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder-amd.aspx?load=8930bb1d-7ce1-4d28-b171-b19a451f80f3 I didn't include Video Card as Micro Center seems to not have any at the location I plan on to purchase from. I would have to get it elsewhere. Likely. I want criticism if the choices I have made, are overkill or not good enough. Mix-Maxing what I can do with under $3k USD. Yet also have a reliable system for Streaming and VR simultaneously. Thank you for your time in reading my post. and thank you further for leaving a comment. I'll view my post daily in the evening. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TSTDavey admin March 31 Hello @TheLastNoise and thanks for posting on the Microcenter Community Forum. Here are a few comments from your build. Everything looks good, but there might be some areas where you can save money by cutting back on a few items. See below: The 64 gb of RAM may be a little over kill but won't hurt your system. 32 gb of memory is good enough for VR and video streaming. What is driving the want for 2 individual 2 tb hdds? Why not just have 1 4tb HDD? Are you planning to do RAID Configuration? If no need for RAID, go with 1 4tb hdd. But again, 2 individual drives won't hurt your system. We'd probably recommend to use the stock Ryzen 7 wraith cooler over the Redragon, just because its the stock cooler and its designed for the Ryzen 7 processor. The Redragon is a universal cooler which fits on the Ryzen 7, but the wraith is for the R7 and its not a bad cooler. The Wraith cooler comes with thermal paste, but nothing wrong with having extra thermal compound, incase you need to reinstall your cooler. The LG 32" monitor does not have built in speakers. So for audio, you may want to add external desktop speakers. Or look at monitors that have built in speakers like the Asus Tuf Gaming 32" sku# 171736 or Acer Kg27 27" sku# 711994. Good luck on your build. Let us know if this helps. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TheLastNoise ✭ April 3 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/30477#Comment_30477 Thank you for the Help. I really appreciate it. I have listened to you words and made the few changes. I did step down the RAM to 32bg. removed the 2 2tb hdd's for 1 4tb hdd. Now needing to find a Ryzen 7 wraith cooler, along with finding my Video Card. I also was planning to use mostly my headphones and external speakers, which is why I thought of using the LG 32" monitor. Personal preference, yes. Foolish, maybe. I thank you evermore for assisting me in making my decision clearer. I do plan over today to stop by one of the stores and make most of my purchases. Have a wonderful weekend 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin April 3 You're welcome, please let us know if you have any other questions! 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7K All Categories 1K The Blog 36 What's Trending 167 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 16 3D Printers 10 Maker 16 PC Build Guides 96 Reviews & Buying Guides 34 Build Showcase 17 Contests 39 Past Contests 1K The Community 1.7K General Discussion 83 New Members 128 Consumer Tech 42 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 78 Software 4 Audio/Visual 13 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 26 3D Printing 53 Retro Arcade/Gaming 86 All Other Tech 1.3K Store Information and Policy 51 Off Topic 6 Community Ideas & Feedback 113 Your Completed Builds 2.7K Build-Your-Own PC 1.7K Help Choosing Parts 227 Graphics Cards 172 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 62 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 16 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 10 All Other Parts 23 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? See other custom PC builds and get some ideas for what can be done View Build Showcase View builds by: AMD Processors Intel Processors RTX 3090 RTX 3080 RTX 2080 Ti RTX 2080 Super RTX 2070 Super RTX 2070 RTX 2060 Super Radeon RX 5700XT Radeon RX 5700 Air Cooled Liquid Cooled SAME DAY CUSTOM BUILD SERVICE If You Can Dream it, We Can Build it. Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2021 Powered By Vanilla Community Article PowerSpec 1530 Review: Portable Powerhouse — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › Reviews & Buying Guides PowerSpec 1530 Review: Portable Powerhouse AlexS admin September 2020 edited May 1 in Reviews & Buying Guides Who is PowerSpec? PowerSpec is Micro Center’s in-house brand for a handful of products, focused primarily on pre-built gaming desktop computers and high-performance gaming laptops. Our goal has always been to provide you high-quality systems at a competitive price, with the support to back it up, and our most recent entry into the series is the PowerSpec 1530 laptop.  First impressions At first glance, the 1530 looks pretty standard, but there are some subtle hints you can pick up on that show what this system is all about. The orange trim around the sides adds a little bit of flair that you wouldn’t see on a laptop designed for business use. It’s thick and heavy when you pick it up, compared to other 15-inch laptops and everything on it just feels solid. Of course, the lightning-bolt P logo for PowerSpec is a giveaway that this isn’t your typical HP or Dell system.  Please use the links below to jump to different sections of this review Specifications Peripherals Performance As always, if you have any questions, feel free to post them on the comments below! Written by TSTonyV 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments AlexS admin September 2020 edited October 2020 Specifications We can’t talk about a high-powered gaming laptop without going over the specs, and the 1530 delivers. The i7-10875H is one of the most powerful consumer laptop CPUs that you can get, and the 2070 Super is a high-end GPU that should handle pretty much any game you throw at it. The 240Hz IPS panel is another big highlight here and will be fantastic for high refresh rate gaming. Top it off with 32GB of RAM and 1TB of NVMe SSD storage, and you have a blazing fast system front to back.  External Ports and Features I/O is nothing to scoff at either. Three USB 3.1 Type-A ports, one USB-C, and one Thunderbolt 3 port give you many options for connecting a multitude of peripherals. The Thunderbolt 3, mini DisplayPort 1.4, and HDMI 2.0 ports provide a wide range of connectivity for monitors along with that. The SD card reader is a nice bonus, as well. Overall, connectivity is good, and you have a range of options available.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AlexS admin September 2020 edited October 2020 Peripherals Display The display is one of the most critical parts of a system, and I think you’ll be impressed with the 1080p/240Hz IPS display on the 1530. IPS panels have become very popular recently as a general use monitor due to the good balance between picture quality, color accuracy, refresh rate, and response times for various scenarios. This one is no exception. Brightness is good, and I never felt like I was in a situation where I needed more. Picture quality was good as expected and matched my expectations for the display on a laptop like this. At 15 inches, I think 1080p is the right mark for resolution as well. Overall this is a high quality display.  Keyboard The keyboard is pretty standard as far as laptop keyboards go and uses the typical chiclet membrane style keys. I can type 110-120 words per minute on my desktop keyboard and hit that mark on this keyboard pretty consistently. The keyboard is RGB backlit, and you can customize and control the lighting through the Control Center software included with the system. You can choose from several pre-set effects and individually set static colors for keys on the keyboard. The backlight can be very bright if you need it to be.    Touchpad I was very surprised by the touchpad. It’s glass and incredibly smooth to the touch, and may be my favorite touchpad I’ve used on any laptop. The buttons for right and left click feel solid, and I never had any issues with weird sensitivity or inconsistencies when moving my mouse around. Palm rejection was also good, as I never found myself accidentally clicking and dragging the cursor while typing. There’s a built-in fingerprint reader if you want to use that feature to sign in to Windows. Webcam The webcam is pretty standard as far as laptops go. It operates at 1280x720p resolution and can record video at 30FPS. It will work perfectly fine if you need it for zoom meetings and the like.  Speakers The speakers on the laptop are good for general daily use. They can get quite loud and I didn’t experience any distortion or issues with audio. Being laptop speakers they’re not going to have the same quality as a pair of dedicated desktop speakers or a pair of headphones, but they’ll work just fine otherwise. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AlexS admin September 2020 edited October 2020 Performance   Daily Use For general daily use, it’s blazing fast with the hardware included. The main question you probably have is battery life. At max brightness on the display and keyboard, while set to the “entertainment” power mode in Control Center, I ended up with about 3 hours of battery life when running a handful of browser tabs open and playing YouTube videos in the background. With reduced brightness/backlight and battery saver settings on, you should be able to extend that further. At stock settings the fan can get fairly loud when it kicks in, so you may also want to consider setting a custom fan curve to help reduce noise during everyday use.  Gaming As you might expect based on the specs, this system should perform very well in games, and I’d say overall it did very well. All testing was conducted on “performance” power mode in the Control Center software, with fan speed control set to “automatic.” I tested a handful of popular titles to try and give a wide range of experiences. All temperatures and CPU frequency figures were obtained from Intel Extreme Tuning Utility running the background.  Response times in general were good and felt on par with the desktop displays I’ve used for gaming. The fan kicks up to 100% speed immediately once a game is open, which is to be expected. It comes with the territory on gaming laptops, but I’d definitely recommend using headphones if you’re gaming because the fan will be quite loud when running at max speed.  Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Modern Warfare was the first game to test on my list. Graphics settings were set to maximum wherever possible, with 100% render resolution and 100% field-of-view. Motion blur, ray tracing, and v-sync were all disabled.  In standard multiplayer matches (no ground war), I achieved anywhere from 110-130FPS, varying a bit depending on which map I was playing on. In Warzone, it was mostly the same, FPS generally hovered around 120FPS with spikes up or down depending on the specific area. The CPU hit 100C and throttled down to 3.6-3.7GHz in regular multiplayer, but throttled down to 3.4-3.5 in Warzone.  Overwatch Overwatch was the second game on the list, representing a bit of a lighter but well optimized title in comparison to Call of Duty. Testing was done at Epic settings with V-sync disabled.  I was able to achieve 110-130FPS, with the CPU throttling down to 3.8-3.9GHz and hitting 80-90C. Keep in mind with Overwatch that “Epic” settings don’t have a drastic increase in visual quality over “Ultra” settings. You’ll be hard pressed to notice the differences and you can gain quite a bit of FPS by running at Ultra settings instead. On Ultra settings depending on the map/area FPS should be able to go over 200.  Valorant Valorant is the new kid on the block in the competitive FPS sphere, and as expected, it performed very well as it’s relatively light on your system,  the lightest title of the games I tested. Testing was done at high settings with v-sync disabled, MSAA 4x, and 8x anisotropic filtering. I could get anywhere from 220-300FPS, fluctuating frequently, but I did not experience any screen tearing or stuttering: everything was very smooth and responsive. The CPU hit 80C and throttled down to about 3.6-3.8GHz.  Apex Legends Apex Legends, the second battle royale on this list, is somewhere in between Call of Duty and Valorant with how heavy it is on your system. Testing was done at max settings with max field-of-view and v-sync disabled.  The CPU hit 100C in this title and throttled down to about 3.5-3.6GHz; I could get anywhere from 130-250FPS depending on what location of the map I was in. Like in Valorant, there was no stuttering or screen tearing, so the fluctuations in FPS didn’t have any detrimental effects on my gameplay experience.  Horizon Zero Dawn Horizon Zero Dawn made it to PC recently on Steam and is more representative of a graphically intense title than the lighter competitive FPS titles. Plus, the game is just gorgeous, so I thought it’d be an excellent way to round out our testing. Graphics were set to the “favor quality” pre-set in-game, putting most of the settings at “high.” V-sync and motion blur were disabled.  During general gameplay, I achieved roughly 80FPS, fluctuating up and down depending on the specific area. The CPU only hit 2.5-3.0GHz in this title at 80C, which I found interesting. I’m not entirely sure why this occurred, but my experience was smooth, and I didn’t experience any weird stutters or frame drops during my play session. I assume that the CPU simply didn’t need to boost any higher with this game generally being more GPU bound, but I don’t know the specifics. Overall the gameplay experience was very good.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AlexS admin September 2020 edited October 2020 Conclusion Overall, this is a powerful gaming system that I think anybody will be thrilled to have. It performed very well, and overall build quality is good. It also comes in at an excellent price compared to other laptops with similar specs. 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And whether you’ll be returning in person or doing remote learning, students, especially those in high schools and universities, need to be equipped with the right tech to make sure their learning experience is everything it needs to be. It is easy to be overwhelmed by the sheer amount of tech available, ranging from high-tech laptops to Air Pods. The question on almost every student’s mind right now is “What do I need for school?” We put together a list of some back-to-school tech essentials to make your back-to-school decisions just a little bit easier.  What to look for in Tech If you’re on the prowl for back-to-school tech, we’ve got a couple of tips for you that will help narrow down your range wide options to find your perfect fit:  1.    Quality Tech can be expensive. And, generally, putting more money into tech means you’re getting a more reliable product with more comprehensive features. But, if putting a lot of money towards tech makes you anxious about breaks and failures, Micro Center’s Protection Plans are there to protect you from unforeseen circumstances.  2.    Budget Tech budgets can be odd, as your budget range may be less focused on total cost and more focused on how much certain features may cost. When setting your budget, make sure to consider everything you absolutely need before settling on a price range. And keep your eyes open for sales - Micro Center offers some of the best laptop deals around, so you might find what you're looking for cheaper than you were expecting!  3.    Refurbished Products As we said, tech can be expensive. But it doesn’t always have to be. Refurbished products are a great way to get to-of-the-line technology cheaper. Micro Center offers a wide range of factory-certified refurbished products, including mice, headphones, and even Apple devices!  4.    School Requirements If you’re shopping for back-to-school tech, be sure to check with your school to make sure your tech is compliant. There’s little worse than setting up a brand-new laptop only to find out your school required a different model! If you need some tips before shopping for computers, we put together a handy guide to help you out.    Essential Back-to-School Products While every student is going to have different back-to-school needs, we do see certain requests come up time and time again: smartphones, laptops, desktops, headphones and backpacks. Understanding the features of each product will help you decide which one is best suited to your needs. Hopefully, we can help lower the scope of your options, but if you’re still not sure what you need, stop by your local Micro Center and one of our associates will be more than happy to help you make a perfect choice!   Laptops Like smartphones, laptops have become an absolute must-have in recent years. We’ve put together a list of some of our favorites, ranging from budget-friendly to powerhouse.   HP – 15.6” Laptop Computer: Price: $399.99 This sleek lightweight HP 15-eF1072nr 15.6” laptop is a popular choice for students. The powerful LED black-lit LCD offers clarity and the 2.6GHz processor combined with a 256GB solid state drive offers a lightning-fast experience. And that’s not all - it has built-in stereo speakers, dual microphones, a high-definition audio system, and a battery that will keep your laptop running for hours. Key Features ▪                 Ryzen 3 3250U Processor ▪                 256GB SSD ▪                 AMD Radeon Vega 3 Graphics ▪                 Bluetooth 4.2     Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 14ITL05 14" - Laptop Computer Price: $699.99 Lenovo has always been a reliable brand of laptops and The IdeaPad is no exception. With a 15.6” full HD anti-glare LCD, two powerful speakers, dual array microphone, USB ports, and a durable battery, you get all the features you wish to have on your laptop. Key Features ▪                 Touch screen ▪                 Privacy shutter on the camera ▪                 Intel Core i5 11th Gen 1135G7 2.4GHz processor ▪                 512GB SSD ▪                 Bluetooth 5.0   Lenovo Yoga 2-in-1 Laptop Computer: Price: $899.99 Lenovo Yoga 7i offers both portability and outstanding performance. It has a 14” desktop touchscreen display, sleek metal chassis, and a high-bandwidth RAM with a battery life of over 13 hours. It’s sleek, small design hides multiple USB ports, a thunderbolt port, and a powerhouse under the chassis. Key Features ▪                 Intel Core i7 11th Gen 1165G7 2.8GHz Processor ▪                 Full HD IPS touch screen ▪                 12GB RAM ▪                 512 GB SSD ▪                 4.7GHz turbo boost speed   Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 Computer Price: $1399.99 Although on the pricier side, the Microsoft Surface Laptop is both sleek and portable. It includes several advanced features including but not limited to hyper-threading technology, thermal monitoring, virtualization, and turbo boost technologies. Other features include a high-resolution front camera, speakers, built-in microphone, and audio system. Key Features ▪                 Intel Core i7 10th Gen 1065G7 1.2GHz ▪                 Battery life of up to 11 hours and 30 minutes ▪                 Preloaded Microsoft 365 software ▪                 512GB SSD ▪                 Great for use at home, business, and school   Desktops Some students prefer to have a desktop along with their laptops. Having a monitor on your study table can lessen eye strain, generally offers greater storage, and usually offers a bit more customizability and power.   1.    HP 23.8” All-In-One Computer Price: $849.99 This 23.8” desktop combines style and functionality. The wide screen offers stellar picture quality and hides a powerful Intel processor along with multiple USB and expansion ports. And if you don’t feel like using a mouse, use your finger! Key Features ▪                 23.8” Full HD IPS Touch Display ▪                 Intel Core i5 1135G7 2.40 GHz Processor ▪                 512GB SSD ▪                 Space-saving all-in-one design   2.    Acer Aspire C27 Full HD Display Price: $799.99 When most people think of desktop computers, they think of big, clunky towers and tons of cords. The Aspire C27 offers a full desktop experience with minimal cords and zero towers thanks to it all-in-one design, saving you space and hassle. Key Features ▪                 27” Full HD Display ▪                 Intel Core i5 1035G1 1.0GHz Processor ▪                 512GB SSD ▪                 Space-saving all-in-one design ▪                 Wireless keyboard and mouse     Dell Inspiron 7700 27” All-In-One Price: $1,459.99 A compact all-in-one hiding a whole lot of storage space and power. Featuring a high-end Intel i7 processor with 16GB of DDR4 RAM, as well as over 1.5TB of storage space, the Inspiron 7700 is the minimal workhorse of your dreams. Key Features ▪                 27” Full HD Touch Display ▪                 Intel Core i7 1165G7 2.8GHz Processor ▪                 Over 1.5TB of storage ▪                 Space-saving all-in-one design   Build your own! We can’t not mention building your own PC – it is what we’re known for! But don’t worry if you’ve never built one before. It's easy, and we have guides to help you get started and friendly staff in-store who will happily walk you through it. We can even build it for you! Or: Go Platinum! Looking for more laptop and desktop recommendations? Check out the Platinum Collection! Featuring computers custom-built for Micro Center, you won't find these unique configurations anywhere else. The Micro Center Platinum Collection offers top-of-the-line gaming laptops and desktops for any budget. And don't worry - you can still do your homework on them too! Laptop Backpack No laptop is complete without a laptop backpack, especially if you’re going to carrying it around school all day. A durable backpack not only protects your laptop but holds all your belongings, including charger, headphones, USB, and even your notebooks. Why carry multiple bags when one does the trick?       Solo Urban Hybrid Laptop Briefcase Price: $49.99 This modern laptop case offers the benefits of both a briefcase and a backpack. It is made from durable polyester and has padded carrying handles along with removable shoulder straps making it comfortable to carry. It is ideal for any laptop with a display of up to 15.6”. Key Features ▪                 A 5-year warranty ▪                 Hold up to 2.5lbs of weight ▪                 Several large pockets Wenger Synergy Laptop Backpack Price: $99.99 This polyester backpack will effortlessly carry all your belongings including your 16” widescreen laptop. The backpack is suitable for all including executives and young college students. The black color and sleek finish give a modern look. Key Features ▪                 Ample storage ▪                 Can hold up to 3.7lbs ▪                 Highly rated   Ogio Gambit Backpack Price: $109.99 If you have a laptop with a bigger display, this should be your top pick. It is durable and has a thick lining offering maximum protection.  Key Features ▪                 Padded straps ▪                 Dedicated fleece-lined top-loading laptop compartment   Headphones Headphones have been a must for decades at this point, but with advancements in noise-canceling tech, it just might be time for an upgrade. Noise-canceling headphones add an extra level of distraction protection, meaning more studying and working with less slacking off. And no wires - wireless headphones mean no cord tangles or breaks!   Audio–Technica ATH M50 Price: $179.99 The Audio–Technica ATH M50 gives you exceptional sound quality and has upgraded Bluetooth technology. This pair of headphones has a modern design with high-end performance and will work well with any desktop or tablet. Key Features ▪                 40-hour battery life ▪                 Comes with a USB cable charger and carrying pouch   Bose Headphones 700 Active Noise Cancelling Wireless Bluetooth Headphones Price: $379.00 Turn off the world around you with the ultra-smart noise-canceling features of these Bose headphones. They even include a built-in microphone with Alexa and Google Assistant voice control! Key Features ▪                 Intuitive touch control ▪                 Up to 20 hours battery life Beyer Dynamic Price: $179.99 Perfect for long online classes, the Beyer Dynamic offers clear sound quality, is comfortable to wear, and keeps all environmental noise at bay. Key Features ▪                 Designed for long listening sessions ▪                 Impressive frequency response   Speakers Of course, Some people prefer speakers to headphones. Or, maybe you just want to fill your dorm room with sounds! If that’s you, we’ve picked some of our favorite bang-for-your-buck speakers.   Logitech Z130 Stereo Speakers Price: $25.99 Quick to set up and easy to use, the Logitech Z130 speakers offer rich, dynamic sound quality and are a fantastic desktop speaker set. Key Features ▪                 Easy to set up ▪                 Work with any device with a 3.5mm jack   Creative Labs Pebble 2 Computer Stereo Speakers Price: $19.99 These orb-shaped computer speakers are equipped with a powerful 2.0 speaker system. Their small, sleek design keeps them from overtaking your workspace and add a nice bit of flair wherever they are Key Features ▪                 Easily connected via USB cable ▪                 45-degree elevated sound stage    Creative Labs Pebble Plus 2.1 Channel Computer Speakers Price: $39.99 If you like the look of the Creative Labs Pebble 2 but want a little extra oomph, the Pebble Plus 2.1 boasts all the aesthetics of its bretheren with an added subwoofer to make that bass really sing.  Key Features ▪                 Clean, sleek, minimal design ▪                 Subwoofer adds heavier bass  Smartphones Smartphones are an obvious must-have, but there are more than a few options available in the market. So, we put together a list of affordable smartphones that will do everything you need them to do without breaking the bank: Samsung Galaxy A32 Unlocked 4G – LTE Price: $279.99 This amazing smartphone has almost all features students could want, such as a 64mp ultra-high-resolution camera, a chic design, and a 128 GB built-in memory. It is a part of the A32 series and has a 6.4” display with a 20-megapixel front camera. It also supports Bluetooth connectivity and allows for an amazing gaming experience. Key Features ▪                 Multi-lens camera ▪                 5000mah battery timing offering more talk time ▪                 Water and dust resistance ▪                 Supports a wide range of music and video formats ▪                 6 GB system memory and SD card slot   Samsung Galaxy A02s A025M Unlocked 4GB Price: $169.99 This Samsung Galaxy A02s has a 6.5” infinity V-shaped display. It offers easy navigation options, and a sleek matte finish. It’s octa-core processor ensures excellent performance, a long-lasting battery, improved 64 GB internal storage, and most importantly a 15W adaptive fast charging. A fantastic option for high school and college students. Key Features: ▪                 Dark mode for nighttime use ▪                 Dual nano sim ▪                 64 GB internal storage with 1TB Micro SD ▪                 4GB RAM ▪                 Dual Nano SIM Blue G51 Plus Unlocked 4G LTE Price: $119.99 If battery life is a must, the Blue G51 Plus should be at the top of your list. At 4000mah, it will easily last you a day. The 6.5 HD Infinity display combined with the powerful built-in speaker is perfect for online classes. Plus, the camera is great quality for those selfies with friends. Key Features: ▪                 Enhanced security because of the finger sensor ▪                 A 1.65GHz octa-core processor ▪                 64 GB built-in memory ▪                 8-megapixel front camera Hopefully, we've laid some groundwork for what you might need before your or your student heads back to school. If you have any questions or need any more help, don't hesitate to comment below or visit any of our stores for in-person help! More from the Micro Center Community: Looking for more information about tech buying? We’ve got Community sections dedicated to buying guides and reviews, as well as buying guides for Back-To-School Computers and Build-Your-Own Computers. And if you can’t find what you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to post a new discussion and the Community will be happy to help! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Leave a Comment Rich Text Editor. To edit a paragraph's style, hit tab to get to the paragraph menu. 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Community Article Do you upgrade computers? - Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Do you upgrade computers? - Micro Center Looking to get your computer upgraded at Micro Center? Yes, we do offer this service! Our store service teams can provide upgrade services for your laptop or desktop system whether it is a Windows or Mac OS based computer. Upgrade services will vary by device and what you're looking to get done. Please check out the specific area in this article for your device and what we can typically do at any Micro Center service desk! If you have further questions feel free to stop by our service desk with your computer for upgrade assistance. 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If your computer's product key was stored in the motherboard, you may also need to purchase a new copy of Windows. More information on our hardware installation services can be found at: https://www.microcenter.com/site/service/computer-hardware-installation.aspx All-in-one desktop computer upgrades are generally limited to the HDD/SSD and RAM, unless they are soldered in which most cases we would not be able to facilitate an upgrade. Windows-based Laptops Laptops are generally limited to upgrading the HDD/SDD and RAM. Processor and video card upgrades are not available for Windows laptops. Apple Computers At Micro Center, we cannot install non-genuine Apple parts or upgrade with genuine Apple parts before an Apple product becomes vintage. If you are unsure of the age of your Apple computer, get the serial number of the computer and enter it on Apple's website: http://checkcoverage.apple.com This link will tell you the model of the computer, the age of the computer (Late 2009, Early 2015, Mid 2018, etc.) and if the computer is still under warranty from Apple. Apple lists information on upgrading RAM in their iMac systems at: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201191  Apple lists information on upgrading RAM in their MacBook pro systems at: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201165 MacBook Air RAM is typically soldered to the motherboard and not able to be upgraded. Vintage Apple Computers With an Apple system, vintage means it is 5 years from it being manufactured, with these Apple systems, we can install and upgrade parts like HDD/SSDs and RAM with non-genuine Apple parts, but this still depends on the model of computer. Some Macs, even if they’re vintage, are non-upgradable due to their design.  If you are unsure of the age of your Apple computer, get the serial number of the computer and enter it on Apple's website: http://checkcoverage.apple.com This link will tell you the model of the computer, the age of the computer (Late 2009, Early 2010, Mid 2013, etc.) and if the computer is still under warranty from Apple. Apple lists information on upgrading RAM in their iMac systems at: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201191  Apple lists information on upgrading RAM in their MacBook pro systems at: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201165 MacBook air models RAM is typically soldered and not able to be upgraded. © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2021 Powered By Vanilla Community Article getting surround sound working — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › General Discussion getting surround sound working ADS ✭ August 2020 in General Discussion I'm having trouble getting surround sound working. I just built a new computer with parts from Microcenter.  My motherboard is the ASRock B550M Pro4: https://www.microcenter.com/product/625305/asrock-b550m-pro4-amd-am4-matx-motherboard It supports 7.1 surround sound, according to the product page, and 5.1 surround sound as well according to the motherboard manual: https://download.asrock.com/Manual/B550M Pro4.pdf But how do I configure it? I tried to test it with two mismatched pairs of speakers (before I go buy a full 5.1 system).  I plugged the two sets of speakers into the green and blue audio jacks on the motherboard.  I then went into the Win10 Sound Settings > Sound Control Panel > Speakers > Configure, and selected "Quadraphonic".  When I "Test" the speakers in this menu I can hear sound from all 4 speakers, front and rear.  But I cannot hear sound from the "rear" speakers when I play audio from any other source, including YouTube videos that are meants to test 5.1 surround sound. What can I do to make surround sound work? Thanks for your help. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Answers TSTonyV admin August 2020 In the sound control panel, go into properties > spatial sound. There's a dropdown menu you can use to enable spatial sound settings. If you select the Dolby option it will prompt you to download the Dolby app from the Microsoft Store, you should also have a Windows Sonic option. Try those first and see if that gets it working.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook ADS ✭ August 2020 Thanks for your suggestion. I only see two options there, under Properties > Spatial Sound: "Off" and "Windows Sonic for Headphones".  Should there be a Dolby option?  How would I get a Dolby option to appear there? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin August 2020 I was always under the impression that Dolby would usually show up there, but I guess it might not always be? Have you made sure to download the audio drivers from ASRock's website for your motherboard?  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook ADS ✭ August 2020 I previously installed the audio driver from ASRock's website for my motherboard.  I just reinstalled the driver, and there was no change.  The available Spatial Sound settings are still "Off" and "Windows Sonic for Headphones."   Are there other options that I may need to change in order to get more options here? For example, under the Advanced tab I changed the sample rate and bit depth, according to the suggestion of a forum.  It was originally "24 bit, 48000 Hz (Studio Quality)" by default; I changed it to "24 bit, 96000 Hz (Studio Quality)."  This had no effect either. To reiterate: I am hearing sound from all 4 speakers, but only when I use the Win10 "Test" function.  I haven't heard sound from the rear speakers in any other context. Thanks for any further suggestions you have! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AlexS admin August 2020 ADS said: I previously installed the audio driver from ASRock's website for my motherboard.  I just reinstalled the driver, and there was no change.  The available Spatial Sound settings are still "Off" and "Windows Sonic for Headphones."   Are there other options that I may need to change in order to get more options here? For example, under the Advanced tab I changed the sample rate and bit depth, according to the suggestion of a forum.  It was originally "24 bit, 48000 Hz (Studio Quality)" by default; I changed it to "24 bit, 96000 Hz (Studio Quality)."  This had no effect either. To reiterate: I am hearing sound from all 4 speakers, but only when I use the Win10 "Test" function.  I haven't heard sound from the rear speakers in any other context. Thanks for any further suggestions you have! I was looking into this motherboard and I do see it uses RealTek Audio.  Do you happen to have the RealTek Audio Manager installed?  The easiest way to access it if you go to the hidden icons and check for the red speaker icon.  From there, you may be able to see if you can tap into the rear speakers if available. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook ADS ✭ August 2020 As far as I can tell, I don't have RealTek Audio Manager. If you would like me to test something in RealTek Audio Console, please tell me where I can obtain it (somewhere on RealTek's website?), and please tell me what I should test. In the meantime, I do have RealTek Audio Console, per this screenshot: If I press the "Play" button (the one positioned in the middle of the speakers) to test the speakers, I get sound from each of the 4 speakers sequentially.  This works, much as the Win10 Sound Configuration Test worked. (I mentioned my Win10 test in my original post.) The problem is that I don't *usually* hear anything from the rear speakers under non-test conditions.  There is one exception to that so far. I went to this Youtube link: and downloaded the linked "original file": https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4nYAKUiVpepY1NuQW5ER3l3SXc/edit When I play this file in VLC, I do hear sound from the rear speakers.  This is still a "test" of sorts, but at least it's driven by a real media file through VLC, rather than a component of Win10 or RealTek Audio Console. Perhaps there is a misunderstanding on my part.  Under what conditions should sound actually be played from the rear speakers?  I assumed that if I configured the audio driver for Quadraphonic or 5.1 sound then it (the driver) would automatically convert stereo sound (played via any program, like VLC, Winamp, etc.) into "emulated" Quadraphonic or "emulated" 5.1 sound, to play *something* from the rear speakers.  Is this not the case?  Should I only expect sound from the rear speakers when the original audio was encoded with 5.1 sound? Thanks for your continued help. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin August 2020 Most music is played in stereo, as well as YouTube videos. DVDs/movies or other TV streaming like Netflix will aalso typically be in surround. This sounds like it's probably an issue with the source media just not supporting surround.  That said, Dolby Atmos and Windows Sonic are supposed to simulate surround sound as far as I understand them. Do you have that Windows Sonic setting currently enabled? Clearly your speakers are working properly, so it's something with the media and/or Windows.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7K All Categories 1K The Blog 36 What's Trending 167 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 16 3D Printers 10 Maker 16 PC Build Guides 96 Reviews & Buying Guides 34 Build Showcase 17 Contests 39 Past Contests 1K The Community 1.7K General Discussion 83 New Members 128 Consumer Tech 42 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 78 Software 4 Audio/Visual 13 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 26 3D Printing 53 Retro Arcade/Gaming 86 All Other Tech 1.3K Store Information and Policy 51 Off Topic 6 Community Ideas & Feedback 113 Your Completed Builds 2.7K Build-Your-Own PC 1.7K Help Choosing Parts 227 Graphics Cards 173 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 62 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 16 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 10 All Other Parts 23 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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Shai ✭ May 2020 edited June 7 in General Discussion I recently bought a PC ( G162 27x/16/250/RX580/H/G) and a Monitor (AOC 27 27B2H) I was wondering, if the monitor has built in speakers or did i need to but some? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TSTonyV admin May 2020 Hello @shai! Welcome to the Community.  That monitor does not have speakers built in, you'll need to use a set of external speakers instead.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7K All Categories 1K The Blog 36 What's Trending 167 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 16 3D Printers 10 Maker 16 PC Build Guides 96 Reviews & Buying Guides 34 Build Showcase 17 Contests 39 Past Contests 1K The Community 1.7K General Discussion 83 New Members 128 Consumer Tech 42 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 78 Software 4 Audio/Visual 13 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 26 3D Printing 53 Retro Arcade/Gaming 86 All Other Tech 1.3K Store Information and Policy 51 Off Topic 6 Community Ideas & Feedback 113 Your Completed Builds 2.7K Build-Your-Own PC 1.7K Help Choosing Parts 227 Graphics Cards 173 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 62 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 16 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 10 All Other Parts 23 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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After I downloaded the Realtek high definition audio driver (8668_UAD_WHQL_RTK from https://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z390 Phantom Gaming 4S/index.asp#Download), I now see the Realtek(R) Audio device at Device Manager (under Sound, video and game controllers).  If I open up the settings app and set the sound output device to "Speakers (Realtek(R) Audio)", and set the master volume to high settings, I hear nothing. If I set the output device to VG248 (NVIDIA High Definition Audio)", I hear the audio. What do I need to do so that I can hear audio output when I set the sound output device to "Speakers (Realtek(R) Audio)"? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TSTonyV admin September 2020 How are your speakers plugged into the system? The V248 is your monitor so if you're getting sound when setting that as your audio device, it means either your monitor has built-in speakers that it's using or your speakers are actually plugged into an audio port on the monitor itself.  That Realtek speakers audio device isn't your actual speaker set, but rather it's the driver that controls the on-board audio on your computer. When setting your audio device to Realtek speakers, your speakers/headphones have to be plugged directly into the computer.  1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook shorty123 ✭ September 2020 edited September 2020 Tony, after I plugged headphones into the headset jack, I was able to hear audio with the sound output device set to Realtek Audio. Thanks for your help. You can mark this post as answered. I don't know how to accept your answer. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin September 2020 You don't have to actually click accept answer or anything like that. 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Here is how to check those settings: 1.  Right click on the sound icon typically found at the bottom right corner of the screen, then click on Open Sound settings. 2.  In Sound Settings, click on the Sound Control Panel option. 3.  A Sound control panel pop-up window will appear, make sure Playback from the options at the top is selected. 4.  Right click on the default sound device - this will be the device marked with a green check mark in this list, and click on Test. 5.  If the sound is working, you will hear chimes play through the device and the sound equalizer in the window (the green bars on the right) will move up and down during the test. 6.  If the sound is still not working or seems too quiet, Right click again on the default speakers and select Properties. 7.  In the Properties window, click on the Levels tab at the top. There will be a slider to check the level of your speakers on the left. There is also an option to check if the speakers are muted. If you see a speaker icon with a crossed red circle beside it, then the speakers are muted. Click the icon here to unmute. 8.  If needed, test other devices following the same steps listed above. If the wrong device is selected as default and it needs to be changed, right click on the working sound device, and click on Set as default device. Your default device is where any sound will play from your PC. © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2021 Powered By Vanilla Community Article Powerspec 1530 Laptop Audio Drivers — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › General Discussion Powerspec 1530 Laptop Audio Drivers ddrieg ✭ March 4 edited March 6 in General Discussion I just purchased a 1530. What a powerhouse! 😁 I was warned about drivers being finicky by the sales rep. and I do have one issue. 🤔 My speakers (Realtek driver) do not work consistently. The headphone 3.5mm port always works. Sometimes they will work flawlessly for a hour and then just cut out for no reason (streaming music for example). Sometimes Windows event sounds will start and then "crackle" to an abrupt silence mid-sound. I've tried different drivers but things only got worse, so I've reverted back. What is the recommended driver version for ALL sound devices on this machine? And where can I get them? Is there anything newer than what is on the Microcenter Technical support webpage? I really want to keep the machine since they are getting scarce (no longer in stock at my MC store) and it is a GREAT value, but I do need everything to work consistently. Thanks. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments LandShark admin March 4 Hello @ddrieg Is there a specific time when you tend to notice that the audio on the speakers will crackle or cut out? I'd love to get some more info from you about this. Please expect an email from me shortly. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook ddrieg ✭ March 6 edited March 6 Sorry for the delay as I wasn't checking the board. For example, I could be listening to a mix on Youtube which is over an hour long. About 1/2 in to it, then will just stop. Sometimes ending with a slow crackle drying sound. Its not really a digital sound but more of a loose physical connection sound, but the machine hasn't moved. Other times, if I do move the machine and then try to play sounds, nothing happens. ...or sometimes even after sitting idle, I won't get sound. The headphone port always works. What I have found is that if I go into "Manager Sound Devices" : "Output Devices" | Speakers: Realtek(R) Audio, click test and I get nothing, I'll disable it, wait a second, and then reenable it, and then click test, and I'll get sound from the left and right speaker as I should. I've never had any issue with this unit except the speakers. If I could get them working, I'd be 100% happy. When I got the unit, Windows did an update immediately. I never heard sound all through the initial boot or during the upgrade. Later I realized this and found them not to be working. I have the GeForce Experience and control panel loaded. I did not try the drivers on the website or disk. Currently, from device manager, I have Driver Provider: Realtek(R) Audio "Realtek Semiconductor Corp.", Driver Date: 3/24/2020 Driver Details: 6.0.8923.1 Apparently, 3/26/2020 6.0.8924.1 is available and I did try that, but it did not help having the same symptoms. Also, apparently, 4/22/2020 6.0.8940.1 is also available but I have not tried that. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin March 6 Hello, looking into this it appears our email team is continuing to work with you on this. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook ddrieg ✭ March 9 Ian: Thanks. I met with the service department of my local MC this evening. Awesome tech!!! and no wait (I went at 6pm). The problem does seem to have indeed been a physically "pinched" audio cable, not an O/S, driver or software issue. For reference, for those who also may experience this issue, the built-in speaker would cut out if the laptop was tilted, moved, or the case was in any way "flexed". When I say "flexed", I mean even if I glided my finger with immeasurably minute pressure over the front lip of the case, that was enough to cause the issue. It was THAT sensitive. Removing the case (voiding warranty I'm sure - that's why I let the tech do it) involved removing screws on the underside, the keyboard (and the screws under it) and gently with the thin "knife" tool, "popping" the case open on every side similar to opening a cell phone or tablet. BTW: the case needs to be opened in this manner if a second NVMe M.2 SSD is to be added, for example - which I did while the case was open.) Inside is a "daughter"-power-board riveted to the main motherboard for the speakers. There is a small multi-pin connector attached. This apparently was ever-so-slightly pinched against the front vertical face of the case, which explains why even just gliding my finger over the front lip of the laptop was enough for the speaker power board to cut out. Disabling the speakers and reenabling them via Windows Settings | Sound |Output | Manage Sound Devices | Speakers Realtek (R) Audio would cut the power to this board and then reestablish it, effectively resetting the board. This explains why, before it was fixed, this process worked to recover the speakers after they would cut out. After reseating the cable, with the case off, the speakers consistently worked no matter how the laptop was moved. Reinstalling the case, recreated the issue. On the second attempt, the tech was able to ever-so-slightly reposition the cable and get the case back on to as not to interfere with the cable, so the speakers now consistently work no matter how the laptop is moved or touched. Overall, I LOVE this laptop!!! It has everything I need, want, and more!... and for the price, you can't go wrong. I can't say enough good things about it. And yes, the fans (plural) can get extremely loud and I really do mean EXTREMELY, but they have only done that once and most times you can't hear them. I haven't tried to quiet them down yet via settings nor work on any of the power-saving settings to lengthen the on-battery operating duration. I did buy the extended warranty (which I typically never do, but this is a fairly large/heavy laptop and it not being a "mainstream" brand, I'll rely on MC to get parts and service if ever needed, rather than use an auction site or other parts source like I've done for components for my previous laptops. BTW: this unit does need to be sent out for service by MC if repairs are needed as they can't perform full repair service in house - I don't mind as I understand turn-around time is fairly quick. I understand parts are generally available for 3-5 years and if they are not and the unit can't be fixed while the unit is still under the extended warranty, the extended warranty will provide a credit towards another newer model of my choice. Again, the unit overall and tech service is/was over the top! I can't recommend MC and this laptop enough. Thanks everyone! --one very happy MC customer 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin March 9 I am glad to hear they got this resolved with you! 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We are launching an Ecommerce business and may have a need in the near future for photoshop. Please advise on minimum requirements to operate efficiently. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments Ian admin April 29 Greetings. We can look into this with you, what would your overall/intended budget be? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7K All Categories 1K The Blog 36 What's Trending 167 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 16 3D Printers 10 Maker 16 PC Build Guides 96 Reviews & Buying Guides 34 Build Showcase 17 Contests 39 Past Contests 1K The Community 1.7K General Discussion 83 New Members 128 Consumer Tech 42 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 78 Software 4 Audio/Visual 13 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 26 3D Printing 53 Retro Arcade/Gaming 86 All Other Tech 1.3K Store Information and Policy 51 Off Topic 6 Community Ideas & Feedback 113 Your Completed Builds 2.7K Build-Your-Own PC 1.7K Help Choosing Parts 227 Graphics Cards 173 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 62 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 16 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 10 All Other Parts 23 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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I tried through HDMI as well, but I still can't get it to come out. I have troubleshooted this issue through windows, through AOC, and I had just purchased the monitor and PC today from Micro Center. I was thinking maybe I didn't have audio through my monitor, but I do, it just won't come out. I just don't want to have to have audio strictly through my headphones alone. Any help would be fantastic. I have spent over 3 hours trying to figure this out. I'm running out of troubleshooting ideas. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TSKyleH admin March 7 Hello @CarlyP, I understand you are having issues with the audio on the monitor. Can you tell us what monitor you are using specifically? some monitors only provide an audio output that would allow you to connect speakers or headphones to, while others will have built in speakers. If the monitor does have built in speakers, then I would recommend checking the default playback device and ensuring the monitor is selected instead of the realtek option as this would then mean the audio is going to the monitor. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook CarlyP ✭ March 7 Its model m24g1c, I think. It may have audio output, but it may not...its weird because in the output devices it has an option for an output device but I don't have speakers to input to the monitor. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSKyleH admin March 7 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/29017#Comment_29017 Thank you for the model number, I found the AOC M24G1C and it does show a 3.5 mm output, this allows the computer to route the sound through the monitor to either your headphones or to speakers that are plugged into this output. The specs, however, do not show a built in speaker so unless you use the audio output, your headphones or speakers would need to be connected directly to the computer. I apologize for the inconvenience. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook CarlyP ✭ March 7 Oh, no, you were super helpful. Thank you. I was being dumb and saw that on the specs but...I don't know. 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What ports are available on your TV?  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Renert ✭ December 2020 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin December 2020 Renert said: Each of these ports are currently available?  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Renert ✭ December 2020 Only the digital audio out 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTDavey admin December 2020 @Renert has the Sanyo 50 speakers blown out? The Digital Audio Out port is a 3.5mm audio/stereo RCA jack. You could connect headphones with 3.5mm stereo jack into that port and should get audio. Any 3.5mm audio input external speakers should work. We have the Inland Pro Sound 2000 Sound Speakers, you can type it into Microcenter.com. Those should work. Make sure the port works for a 10 year old TV. Connect some headphones with a 3.5mm connection and see if you get audio. 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Please check out our other helpful articles on this subject: Setting up an external monitor for a Laptop  Setting up external monitors using a Docking Station Using an external monitor with a closed Laptop lid  Setting up Dual Monitors for Desktops - With a Video Card  Your desktop may or may not have a video card inside it. If your desktop computer does have a video card, then you need to use the ports of the video card to receive any video signal.  You can usually tell if there is a video card in your desktop if you see the video ports are horizontal and are usually found away from the USB Ports on the back of the computer. You may need to add a video card if your desktop computer doesn’t have enough visual ports or non-compatible ones Locating Video Ports without a Video Card on your Desktop: 1. Find the Video Ports you have on the back of your Desktop, they should be close to where the USB ports are on the back. In the example picture, this desktop has a DVI, a VGA and an HDMI port: If you do not know which ports your desktop computer has, please check this chart: If you see additional ports in the middle on the back of the computer, please check our guide for connecting to a desktop with a video card. 2. Connect the Video Ports on the back of your computer to your monitors, then turn on the system and sign in.  NOTE: When at the sign in screen, only one monitor will display. Once signed in to your PC, you should get your multiple monitors but they may not be set up correctly just yet. Now, we need to set up some settings for the multiple monitors. Right click anywhere on your desktop and select Display settings from the list of options on the right-click menu. 3. In case your monitors are mirroring each other and not one combined workplace/separate displays, you will want to scroll down to the setting for "Multiple displays" and select Extend these displays from the drop-down window. 4. You should now be in your Display Settings on your PC and should be seeing rectangles equal to the amount of monitors you have connected.  Next, you want to click Identify and it should show numbers (1, 2, 3...etc.) on your monitors, using these numbers drag the monitors with the corresponding number into the formation you have your monitors.  Then click on Apply when they are in the proper position. In my example, my monitor that has the number 1 is on my right side, but your system may vary from our example settings.  5. One of your multiple monitors will be the “Main Display” where programs will open up on by default and where most of your programs' shortcuts will be placed. Select the monitor you want as your main, it should Highlight Blue. Then scroll down to "Multiple Displays" and select Make this my main display.   That's it, now you should have additional displays up and running. Keep in mind you can drag/arrange the monitors here in Display Settings at any time in case it is not set up to your liking. © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2021 Powered By Vanilla