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Community Article Keyboard Buying Guide: Mechanical Or Membrane? - Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Keyboard Buying Guide: Mechanical Or Membrane? - Micro Center Virtually everybody uses a keyboard on a daily basis, be it the built-in set of keys on a laptop or a separate one that’s connected to a desktop PC. Many of us don’t pay that much thought to these ubiquitous peripherals, but if you’re finding that your cheap keyboard isn’t cutting it any longer and it’s time for an upgrade, we’re here to help. In this guide, we lay out the differences between membrane and mechanical keyboards, compare the most common mechanical switch types, and bring you up to speed with everything else you need to know before you buy. The Redragon K556-RK (Brown Switches) What is the difference between membrane and mechanical keyboards? Keyboards are generally broken down into two broad categories: Membrane keyboards and mechanical keyboards. These terms refer to the way in which the keys interface with the keyboard’s circuit board, which reads your key presses and sends the inputs to your computer. Membrane keyboards are more common today due to their simplicity and low cost of manufacturing. On a membrane keyboard, the keys sit on a rubber overlay – the namesake membrane – which then sits on the circuit board. When you press a key, it pushes on the membrane and registers a keystroke. The advantages of membrane keyboards are that they’re simple, quiet, and cheap to make. The drawbacks of membrane keyboards are that they are considerably less precise than mechanical keyboards (that is, keystrokes may not always register quickly or accurately) and typically do not provide the pleasant tactile feedback that many typists and gamers prefer. Some membrane keyboards may even start to feel “mushy” after a while. Inland iC100 Keyboard & Mouse Combo (Membrane) Enter mechanical keyboards: Instead of a one-piece rubber membrane that registers keystrokes when keys are pressed, mechanical keyboards assign individual switches to every single key. This keyboard design is naturally more complex (and therefore more expensive to produce), but in decades past, mechanical switches were the norm. If you used computers in the ‘80s or ‘90s, for instance, then you’ve almost certainly typed on a mechanical keyboard before, maybe without even realizing it. Perhaps you actually remember how good those old keyboards felt (or how clicky, heavy, and noisy they could be) and wonder why keyboards today don’t feel quite the same. Now you know. Mechanical keyboards are greatly preferred by people who do a lot of typing, such as writers, as well as gamers who demand more comfort and precision from their PC accessories than most users (I include myself among both groups). Thankfully, mechanical keyboard switches never completely disappeared, and the internet has allowed for something of a renaissance in mechanical keyboard design in recent years. In fact, you’ve now got more choices than ever when shopping around for a mechanical keyboard – wired, wireless, full-size, compact, you name it – and that’s before you even start looking at the sprawling number of different keyboard makers, switch types, and switch manufacturers out there. Now that you’ve got the basics down, though, we can dive deeper down the rabbit hole of switch types and their characteristics. Logitech G G513 (GX Red, Linear) What is the difference between mechanical keyboard switches? Although most mechanical keyboards from decades past (such as the iconic IBM Model M) utilized a switch design known as a “buckling spring,” modern mechanical keyboards are a bit different. The vast majority of today’s mechanical keyboards feature Cherry MX switches, which remain the gold standard, or their off-brand derivatives. These non-Cherry MX keyboard switches are generally referred to as “Cherry clones,” which is not necessarily a term of derision as several of today’s off-brand switch makers are well regarded by mechanical keyboard users. Gateron, Kailh, and Outemu are three popular “Cherry clone” brands and you’ll often see these switches on competitively priced keyboards. Of these, Gateron is arguably the most highly rated, with many users claiming that these keyboard switches are even slightly smoother than Cherry MX in some cases. Switches of this style, whether Cherry MX or clones, are categorized by colors which are typically equivalent between makers (e.g. a Gateron brown keyboard switch is roughly the same as a Cherry MX brown switch). There are quite a few to choose from today but the most common are red, brown, blue, and green, and those are the ones we recommend you stick with unless you are already familiar with mechanical keyboards and have more specific needs. These colors designate the typing characteristics of a particular keyboard switch. These include actuation weight, or the amount of force needed to depress the switch enough to register a keystroke; tactile feedback, or whether the keypress is tactile or linear; and noise level, or whether the keys are relatively quiet or “clicky” and loud when pressed. SteelSeries Apex 7 (Blue Switch) “Tactile” and “linear” are terms you’ll see a lot when looking at mechanical keyboard switches, and refer to the physical sensation of each keypress. A tactile switch has a soft “bump” which you will feel when you press the key down to the actuation point (hence the switch’s “tactile” namesake). A linear keyboard switch is non-tactile, meaning that the keystroke will be totally smooth with no tactile bump. The choice between tactile and linear keyboard switches boils down to preference. Both have their advantages: Gamers, for instance, might prefer a linear switch, as the smooth keystroke makes quick, successive key presses (such as double-taps) slightly faster. On the other hand, many typists enjoy the physical feedback of tactile switches. You may want to test out both if you get a chance to see which style you prefer before buying. As far as the most common types go, Cherry MX red keyboard switches, such as those found on the Corsair K70, are linear, quiet switches with a medium actuation force of 45 centinewtons (cN). Cherry MX brown switch keyboards are similar, but these keys are tactile with an actuation force of 55cN. These are two are very popular and well-rounded switches for common typing tasks like writing and gaming, and they’re a good place to start if you’re new to mechanical keyboards. Corsair K70 RBG MK.2 (Cherry MX Red) Cherry MX blue switch keyboards are both tactile and clicky, meaning that you will not only feel but also hear the tactile bump during each keystroke. These switches feature a heavier actuation force of 60cN as well. Cherry MX green switch keyboards (and clones from brands like Razer) are tactile, clicky, and even heavier still, with an 80cN actuation force – if you’ve never used green switches before or you have a light touch while typing, you might find your fingers actually feeling slightly sore after using these for awhile. What are the noise levels of various switches? Mechanical keyboard switches are generally noisier than their non-mechanical counterparts, but there are audible differences between switch types. Aside from terms like “tactile” and “linear,” you’ll see switches described as “clicky” and “non-clicky.” These admittedly aren’t the most technical terms, but they’re fairly straightforward in that they refer to the noise output of each keystroke. Red and brown switch keyboards are non-clicky, and so are a bit quieter than blue and green switch keyboards (red being the quietest mechanical keyboard switches of these four popular switch types due to their linear, non-tactile operation). People immediately around you will hear you typing, and you will hear yourself typing, but not to the point of being disruptive. Clicky blue and green switch keyboards, on the other hand, are somewhat notorious for the amount of noise they create. This makes them less than ideal for office environments, which might be a problem for some as these switches are often favored by those who do a lot of writing, data entry, and other precise typing-heavy tasks. This is something to bear in mind if you’re going to be using your mechanical keyboard in a shared environment. Razer BlackWidow V3 (Green Switch) © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2021 Powered By Vanilla Community Article Keyboard Buying Guide: Mechanical Or Membrane? — 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 Keyboard Buying Guide: Mechanical Or Membrane? SeanM admin January 29 edited February 1 in Reviews & Buying Guides Virtually everybody uses a keyboard on a daily basis, be it the built-in set of keys on a laptop or a separate one that’s connected to a desktop PC. Many of us don’t pay that much thought to these ubiquitous peripherals, but if you’re finding that your cheap keyboard isn’t cutting it any longer and it’s time for an upgrade, we’re here to help. In this guide, we lay out the differences between membrane and mechanical keyboards, compare the most common mechanical switch types, and bring you up to speed with everything else you need to know before you buy. The Redragon K556-RK (Brown Switches)  What is the difference between membrane and mechanical keyboards? Keyboards are generally broken down into two broad categories: Membrane keyboards and mechanical keyboards. These terms refer to the way in which the keys interface with the keyboard’s circuit board, which reads your key presses and sends the inputs to your computer. Membrane keyboards are more common today due to their simplicity and low cost of manufacturing. On a membrane keyboard, the keys sit on a rubber overlay – the namesake membrane – which then sits on the circuit board. When you press a key, it pushes on the membrane and registers a keystroke. The advantages of membrane keyboards are that they’re simple, quiet, and cheap to make. The drawbacks of membrane keyboards are that they are considerably less precise than mechanical keyboards (that is, keystrokes may not always register quickly or accurately) and typically do not provide the pleasant tactile feedback that many typists and gamers prefer. Some membrane keyboards may even start to feel “mushy” after a while. Inland iC100 Keyboard & Mouse Combo (Membrane) Enter mechanical keyboards: Instead of a one-piece rubber membrane that registers keystrokes when keys are pressed, mechanical keyboards assign individual switches to every single key. This keyboard design is naturally more complex (and therefore more expensive to produce), but in decades past, mechanical switches were the norm. If you used computers in the ‘80s or ‘90s, for instance, then you’ve almost certainly typed on a mechanical keyboard before, maybe without even realizing it. Perhaps you actually remember how good those old keyboards felt (or how clicky, heavy, and noisy they could be) and wonder why keyboards today don’t feel quite the same. Now you know. Mechanical keyboards are greatly preferred by people who do a lot of typing, such as writers, as well as gamers who demand more comfort and precision from their PC accessories than most users (I include myself among both groups). Thankfully, mechanical keyboard switches never completely disappeared, and the internet has allowed for something of a renaissance in mechanical keyboard design in recent years. In fact, you’ve now got more choices than ever when shopping around for a mechanical keyboard – wired, wireless, full-size, compact, you name it – and that’s before you even start looking at the sprawling number of different keyboard makers, switch types, and switch manufacturers out there. Now that you’ve got the basics down, though, we can dive deeper down the rabbit hole of switch types and their characteristics. Logitech G G513 (GX Red, Linear)  What is the difference between mechanical keyboard switches? Although most mechanical keyboards from decades past (such as the iconic IBM Model M) utilized a switch design known as a “buckling spring,” modern mechanical keyboards are a bit different. The vast majority of today’s mechanical keyboards feature Cherry MX switches, which remain the gold standard, or their off-brand derivatives. These non-Cherry MX keyboard switches are generally referred to as “Cherry clones,” which is not necessarily a term of derision as several of today’s off-brand switch makers are well regarded by mechanical keyboard users. Gateron, Kailh, and Outemu are three popular “Cherry clone” brands and you’ll often see these switches on competitively priced keyboards. Of these, Gateron is arguably the most highly rated, with many users claiming that these keyboard switches are even slightly smoother than Cherry MX in some cases. Switches of this style, whether Cherry MX or clones, are categorized by colors which are typically equivalent between makers (e.g. a Gateron brown keyboard switch is roughly the same as a Cherry MX brown switch). There are quite a few to choose from today but the most common are red, brown, blue, and green, and those are the ones we recommend you stick with unless you are already familiar with mechanical keyboards and have more specific needs. These colors designate the typing characteristics of a particular keyboard switch. These include actuation weight, or the amount of force needed to depress the switch enough to register a keystroke; tactile feedback, or whether the keypress is tactile or linear; and noise level, or whether the keys are relatively quiet or “clicky” and loud when pressed. SteelSeries Apex 7 (Blue Switch) “Tactile” and “linear” are terms you’ll see a lot when looking at mechanical keyboard switches, and refer to the physical sensation of each keypress. A tactile switch has a soft “bump” which you will feel when you press the key down to the actuation point (hence the switch’s “tactile” namesake). A linear keyboard switch is non-tactile, meaning that the keystroke will be totally smooth with no tactile bump. The choice between tactile and linear keyboard switches boils down to preference. Both have their advantages: Gamers, for instance, might prefer a linear switch, as the smooth keystroke makes quick, successive key presses (such as double-taps) slightly faster. On the other hand, many typists enjoy the physical feedback of tactile switches. You may want to test out both if you get a chance to see which style you prefer before buying. As far as the most common types go, Cherry MX red keyboard switches, such as those found on the Corsair K70, are linear, quiet switches with a medium actuation force of 45 centinewtons (cN). Cherry MX brown switch keyboards are similar, but these keys are tactile with an actuation force of 55cN. These are two are very popular and well-rounded switches for common typing tasks like writing and gaming, and they’re a good place to start if you’re new to mechanical keyboards. I personally use a Gateron brown switch keyboard for both writing and gaming and find that it fits this middle ground very well. Corsair K70 RBG MK.2 (Cherry MX Red) Cherry MX blue switch keyboards are both tactile and clicky, meaning that you will not only feel but also hear the tactile bump during each keystroke. These switches feature a heavier actuation force of 60cN as well. Cherry MX green switch keyboards (and clones from brands like Razer) are tactile, clicky, and even heavier still, with an 80cN actuation force – if you’ve never used green switches before or you have a light touch while typing, you might find your fingers actually feeling slightly sore after using these for awhile.  What are the noise levels of various switches? Mechanical keyboard switches are generally noisier than their non-mechanical counterparts, but there are audible differences between switch types. Aside from terms like “tactile” and “linear,” you’ll see switches described as “clicky” and “non-clicky.” These admittedly aren’t the most technical terms, but they’re fairly straightforward in that they refer to the noise output of each keystroke. Red and brown switch keyboards are non-clicky, and so are a bit quieter than blue and green switch keyboards (red being the quietest mechanical keyboard switches of these four popular switch types due to their linear, non-tactile operation). People immediately around you will hear you typing, and you will hear yourself typing, but not to the point of being disruptive. Clicky blue and green switch keyboards, on the other hand, are somewhat notorious for the amount of noise they create. This makes them less than ideal for office environments, which might be a problem for some as these switches are often favored by those who do a lot of writing, data entry, and other precise typing-heavy tasks. This is something to bear in mind if you’re going to be using your mechanical keyboard in a shared environment. Razer BlackWidow V3 (Green Switch) 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments Paul_2 ✭ February 1 SeanM said: What is the difference between membrane and mechanical keyboards? Hurt feelings, from angry roommates or partners complaining about the noise of your favorite mechanical keyboard! 2 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AlexS admin February 2 Paul_2 said: SeanM said: What is the difference between membrane and mechanical keyboards? Hurt feelings, from angry roommates or partners complaining about the noise of your favorite mechanical keyboard! They're hurt because they don't have a mechanical keyboard. They're angry because they're jelly that your keyboard is superior to theirs. Partners complain because it's not their own. (:< 2 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook jalamye ✭ September 14 I would love if the MicroCenter website would specify actuation force and distance for all their keyboards. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin September 14 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/36137#Comment_36137 Hello, thank you for your suggestion. I'll have the proper teams look into this as the information provided to us typically comes from the manufacturers. I do see that some keyboards we sell do list this in the "Overview" or "Specs" tab directly on the product page, but will vary by product. 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. From there you will be able to pick one style. Nothing defaults to paragraph. An inline formatting menu will show up when you select text. Hit tab to get into that menu. Some elements, such as rich link embeds, images, loading indicators, and error messages may get inserted into the editor. You may navigate to these using the arrow keys inside of the editor and delete them with the delete or backspace key. Comment As ... Categories 6.5K All Categories 999 The Blog 29 What's Trending 158 How to & Technical Guides 8 Computer Hardware 118 Software 3 Home Office 5 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 15 3D Printers 7 Maker 14 PC Build Guides 77 Reviews & Buying Guides 25 Build Showcase 13 Contests 35 Past Contests 728 The Community 1.7K General Discussion 104 New Members 68 Consumer Tech 19 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 72 Software 2 Audio/Visual 11 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 22 3D Printing 46 Retro Arcade/Gaming 78 All Other Tech 1.2K Store Information and Policy 48 Off Topic 5 Community Ideas & Feedback 110 Your Completed Builds 2.6K Build-Your-Own PC 1.6K Help Choosing Parts 218 Graphics Cards 157 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 61 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 11 Monitors and Displays 28 Peripherals 6 All Other Parts 20 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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Thanks in advance for your aiding of my new and exciting journey.  My Budget: It's $2000 all in. I would need this to cover everything from an desk to an OS. My needs/wants: I would prefer an Nvidia GPU due to the availability of GeForce Experience. I will mostly be gaming with slight productivity in the way of school work.  What games I want to play: Elite Dangerous, CSGO, GTA V, Cyberpunk 2077, and some of your guy's recommendations.  Final Info: Just remember the budget is for the whole setup and not just the PC.  Thank you for all your help. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TS_JosephF admin July 2020 Hello @packagevevo I just have a few questions so we can help you with this setup.  Do you have a preference on the CPU, AMD or Intel?  What size monitor are you looking for?  Lastly, are you looking to have us build this, or are you planning to build the PC yourself? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TheITDad ✭✭ July 2020 So I assumed a few things.  First is that you don't have a cpu preference and went with AMD purely for the price considering you need everything for this build.  Second I assumed you have a desk, if this isn't the case there is still a bit of room in here but I left it at this price to account for tax wherever you may be.  If you do need a desk I suggest a Walmart special for starters just as a place to put everything.  Other than that I included all the peripherals needed with a good high refresh rate monitor, good keyboard and mouse, and of course your OS.  Now if you need to save a little extra cash, drop the extra large mouse mat I have in there to save 20 bucks or so.  Also there are other ways to get an activated OS key and use the microsoft media creation tool.  But if your uncomfortable doing that then I have included a win10 key in this build.  Now the case is one that you can mess around with and see if you like a different one, same thing with the mouse and keyboard.  Hope this works for you and have fun building Configure Your PC: https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=494318b3-724f-4a5b-b166-2c70d839dfa7 CPU: (1) AMD Ryzen 7 3700X Matisse 3.6GHz 8-Core AM4 Boxed Processor with Wraith Prism Cooler ($259.99 EACH) Motherboard: (1) ASUS X570 TUF Gaming Plus (WIFI) AMD AM4 ATX Motherboard ($189.99 EACH) RAM: (1) G.Skill Ripjaws V 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3600 PC4-28800 CL16 Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit F4-3600C16D-16GVKC - Black ($79.99 EACH) Case: (1) Lian Li Lancool II Tempered Glass eATX Full Tower Computer Case - Black ($89.99 EACH) Power Supply: (1) Thermaltake Toughpower Grand RGB 750 Watt 80 Plus Gold ATX Fully Modular Power Supply ($129.99 EACH) Video Card: (1) EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER BLACK GAMING Overclocked Dual-Fan 8GB GDDR6 PCIe 3.0 Graphics Card ($519.99 EACH) M.2 SSD: (1) Inland Professional 240GB SSD 3D TLC NAND SATA III 6GB/s 2.5" Internal Solid State Drive (240G) ($29.99 EACH) Hard Drive: (1) Seagate BarraCuda 2TB 7200RPM SATA III 6Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 EACH) Operating System: (1) Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit - 1pk DSP OEM DVD ($149.99 EACH) Keyboard: (1) Corsair K70 RapidFire Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Backlit Red LED - USB PassThrough & Media Controls - Fastest & Linear - Cherry MX Speed ($119.99 EACH) Mouse: (1) Corsair IRONCLAW Wireless RGB - FPS and MOBA Gaming Mouse - 18,000 DPI Optical Sensor - Sub-1 ms Slipstream Wireless ($89.99 EACH) Mouse Pads: (1) MAINGEAR ASSIST XL Gaming Mouse Pad - Stealth ($19.99 EACH) Monitors: (1) ASUS VP249QGR 23.8" Full HD 144Hz HDMI DP VGA FreeSync  Low Motion Blur IPS LED Gaming Monitor ($159.99 EACH) Total: $1,894.87 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin July 2020 Hello hello and welcome! It's exciting to move from console to PC and you won't regret it!  I've not included a desk in this part list as I'm not sure of the space that you'd have available. As TheITDad mentioned above, I've tried to leave room for your sales tax, as I'm not sure of your location. There are a few parts in here that I'd recommend that you consider changing based on your style or preference. I think that your peripherals are a very personal choice, so I'd recommend that you find something that is comfortable or fits your style. The same could be said for your case, but personally, I think the H510 does a great job staying subtle while showing off your build. I went with an ATX motherboard that has WiFI onboard. If you're able to go hardwired, you could save some there. I included the extra-large mouse pad as well, but it's not required. So you could find some more savings there. For your monitor, I chose a great offering from AOC. It's 27" 144hz 1440p panel is paired greatly with the EVGA RTX 2070 Super.  As far as game recommendations, I've been enjoying Satisfactory and Borderlands 3 lately. If you enjoy CS:GO, I'd recommend trying Valorant.  This build would easily be able to handle these titles and more, giving you a great experience and tons of fun! As you can see based on my comments above, a lot of the parts you choose are up to your personal preference. However, if you can dream it we can build it! More info about having us build your new dream computer can be found here: https://www.microcenter.com/site/service/instore-service-complete-build.aspx GLHF! Configure Your PC: https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=bd581a28-199c-47bf-aa96-1859fb18b489 CPU: (1) AMD Ryzen 7 3700X Matisse 3.6GHz 8-Core AM4 Boxed Processor with Wraith Prism Cooler ($259.99 EACH) Motherboard: (1) ASUS X570 TUF Gaming Plus (WIFI) AMD AM4 ATX Motherboard ($189.99 EACH) RAM: (1) TeamGroup T-FORCE VULCAN Z 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 PC4-25600 CL16 Dual Channel Desktop Memory - Gray ($59.99 EACH) Case: (1) NZXT H510 Tempered Glass ATX Mid-Tower Computer Case - Black ($69.99 EACH) Power Supply: (1) PowerSpec 650 Watt 80 Plus Gold ATX Fully Modular Power Supply ($109.99 EACH) Video Card: (1) EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER BLACK GAMING Overclocked Dual-Fan 8GB GDDR6 PCIe 3.0 Graphics Card ($519.99 EACH) 2.5" SSD: (1) Inland Professional 512GB 3D TLC NAND SATA 3.0 6.0 GB/s 2.5" Internal SSD ($52.99 EACH) Hard Drive: (1) Seagate BarraCuda 2TB 7200RPM SATA III 6Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 EACH) Operating System: (1) Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit OEM DVD - English ($119.99 EACH) Keyboard: (1) HyperX Alloy FPS Pro TKL Illuminated Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Cherry MX Blue ($69.99 EACH) Mouse: (1) Glorious PC Gaming Race Model D Gaming Mouse - Matte Black ($49.99 EACH) Mouse Pads: (1) MAINGEAR ASSIST XL Gaming Mouse Pad - Stealth ($19.99 EACH) Monitors: (1) AOC CQ27G2  27" WQHD 144Hz HDMI DP FreeSync Curved LED Gaming Monitor ($299.99 EACH) Total: $1,877.87 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 6.5K All Categories 999 The Blog 29 What's Trending 158 How to & Technical Guides 8 Computer Hardware 118 Software 3 Home Office 5 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 15 3D Printers 7 Maker 14 PC Build Guides 77 Reviews & Buying Guides 25 Build Showcase 13 Contests 35 Past Contests 728 The Community 1.7K General Discussion 104 New Members 68 Consumer Tech 19 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 72 Software 2 Audio/Visual 11 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 22 3D Printing 46 Retro Arcade/Gaming 78 All Other Tech 1.2K Store Information and Policy 48 Off Topic 5 Community Ideas & Feedback 110 Your Completed Builds 2.6K Build-Your-Own PC 1.6K Help Choosing Parts 218 Graphics Cards 157 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 61 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 11 Monitors and Displays 28 Peripherals 6 All Other Parts 20 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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Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2021 Powered By Vanilla Community Article Cherry Red MX Switches — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › General Discussion Cherry Red MX Switches JMack ✭ May 2020 edited June 5 in General Discussion Does Micro Center repair individual cherry red mx switches... the e and s on my corsair k70 rgb are sticking. Would love if I could take it there to get it fixed, really not trying to desolder and solder the switches myself. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TSTonyV admin May 2020 Hello @JMack! Welcome to the Community.  Unfortunately we don't do individual switch repairs like that. If the keyboard was purchased from us and you purchased a replacement plan on it that's still valid, we could do a replacement on the unit. Otherwise, you may want to try contacting Corsair.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 6.5K All Categories 999 The Blog 29 What's Trending 158 How to & Technical Guides 8 Computer Hardware 118 Software 3 Home Office 5 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 15 3D Printers 7 Maker 14 PC Build Guides 77 Reviews & Buying Guides 25 Build Showcase 13 Contests 35 Past Contests 728 The Community 1.7K General Discussion 104 New Members 68 Consumer Tech 19 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 72 Software 2 Audio/Visual 11 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 22 3D Printing 46 Retro Arcade/Gaming 78 All Other Tech 1.2K Store Information and Policy 48 Off Topic 5 Community Ideas & Feedback 110 Your Completed Builds 2.6K Build-Your-Own PC 1.6K Help Choosing Parts 218 Graphics Cards 157 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 61 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 11 Monitors and Displays 28 Peripherals 6 All Other Parts 20 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. 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Do you like that click-y feedback of blues for gaming? Or maybe you're looking for a linear red for typing? So, what's your preferred keyboard switch for your computer? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments SeanM admin January 20 I started with a blue switch Ducky keyboard, until I realized how much noise it was making while I was streaming. I switched over to the silent browns in the Logitech G513 and haven't looked back since, especially as I've been writing more on my computer and I think the blues would drive my roommate up the wall if they heard them all day. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Bigjoe January 20 As of now i like the smoothness and tactility profile of the glorious pandas especially when lubed 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook MaxBunny ✭ January 20 I like them all. I buy a new one every time. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook SeanM admin January 20 Bigjoe said: As of now i like the smoothness and tactility profile of the glorious pandas especially when lubed Ohhh I hadn't heard of those before - they look crazy nice! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMikeW admin January 20 Cherry MX Speed switches. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin January 20 Everglide Dark Jade Black switches are preferred but the majority of the time I use Cherry MX Brown switches. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Polizi212 ✭ January 20 I guess I would have to say my current choice is the KT red switches that are in my Inland keyboard. While not the best switches in the market they seem to work really well for me and my style of typing/gaming. At the time I wanted a mechanical keyboard and it was at a price I could justify if I didnt like it, but it was like a duck to water and I have liked it since day one. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Deaner1121 ✭ January 20 My favorite is the cherry mx silent switches. They feel nice and are pretty quiet which is nice for streaming and voice chats and stuff like that. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin January 21 For some reason, I've always been inclined to use red switch keyboards. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Paul_2 ✭ January 29 A mechanical keyboard earned me my first computer! When I was a child (a LONG time ago), I had been buying the monthly Computer User magazines (inch thick catalog) for mail order parts, and spec-ing out systems that I could never afford.  I had been bugging my mom to buy me a computer, but she never would.  So my Sunday school teacher worked at IBM and brought me a defective keyboard so I could practice my typing at home.  The mechanical keys were so loud, my mom finally bought me a computer within a week (with a quiet keyboard of course).  I had wanted to build a 386DX-33 from the mail order parts but she brought home a 386SX-16 from a yellow and blue store that will otherwise remain nameless. Currently I'm on a Corsair K95 with brown. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Paul_2 ✭ January 29 edited January 29 SeanM said: Bigjoe said: As of now i like the smoothness and tactility profile of the glorious pandas especially when lubed Ohhh I hadn't heard of those before - they look crazy nice! When reading the thread, I had at first thought Bigjoe was maybe not actually talking about a keyboard...*Cough* But then after seeing SeanM's comment I went and googled it, and it is a real thing (and looks cool)! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook aly12 ✭ April 12 edited April 12 I personally like the Cherry MX brown switches. They offer good balance between those loud blue switches and the quick red switches. Also an interesting fact, the brown switches are always selling more than the other switches at least at the Corsair side.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook madscientist42 ✭ April 17 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/31074#Comment_31074 That's because they're a good compromise between blues and reds. Since my "preferred" is only really offered by Unicomp these days (The good ol' Clacker) I lean from Brown to Blue. Using Browns right now in the Corsair I'm sporting right now. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook aly12 ✭ April 24 That is very cool madscientist42. I’m also sporting browns as well in a Corsair keyboard. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 6.5K All Categories 999 The Blog 29 What's Trending 158 How to & Technical Guides 8 Computer Hardware 118 Software 3 Home Office 5 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 15 3D Printers 7 Maker 14 PC Build Guides 77 Reviews & Buying Guides 25 Build Showcase 13 Contests 35 Past Contests 728 The Community 1.7K General Discussion 104 New Members 68 Consumer Tech 19 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 72 Software 2 Audio/Visual 11 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 22 3D Printing 46 Retro Arcade/Gaming 78 All Other Tech 1.2K Store Information and Policy 48 Off Topic 5 Community Ideas & Feedback 110 Your Completed Builds 2.6K Build-Your-Own PC 1.6K Help Choosing Parts 218 Graphics Cards 157 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 61 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 11 Monitors and Displays 28 Peripherals 6 All Other Parts 20 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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It is only when the PC is near idle like nothing is happening or I’m doing something simple like web browsing/listening to music or watching twitch streams. I get various different kinds of blue screen messages but the most common one is “irql less than or equal” I have tried to fix this so many times doing different things I now just bought new ram/ssd thinking that would solve the problem and it has not unfortunately. I’m now starting to think it could be my PSU or motherboard? When I look at event viewer a lot of the error messages refer to windows losing power unexpectedly? But like I said it’s never when I’m gaming it only happens when I’m doing like low stress things. The below link is the my previous post for more in depth information if you need it. I’d appreciate any and all help. Thanks guys! https://www.reddit.com/r/buildapc/comments/k8y3mo/blue_screen_problems_im_lost_need_help/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=ios_app&utm_name=iossmf 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments Ian admin August 12 Greetings. What parts do you have? How often do you get these blue screens? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMikeW admin August 12 @Mo_Dangles We'll need to see your BSOD's to see what's going on. Run Bluescreenview and post a screenshot if you're able: https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/bluescreenview-x64.zip We'll need your full system specifications as well. If it's easier, download CPU-Z and post screenshots of the CPU, Mainboard, Memory and SPD tabs. https://www.cpuid.com/downloads/cpu-z/cpu-z_1.96-en.exe 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Mo_Dangles ✭ August 13 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/35294#Comment_35294 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/35294#Comment_35294 3060ti (also had these issues with a 1650 ~7 months ago) ryzen 5 3600, b550 aorus pro ac with wifi, ripjaws G.skill cl16-19-19-39 1.35v (also had oloy ram similar specs that i replaced because i thought that might be the issue) if my pc is idle or not running a game i will get a blue screen 100% of the time. sometimes immediately after exiting a game other times after 15-30 mins of idle time. think ive gotten a blue screen once while running a game. probably gotten well over 100 since building the pc. literally as i was typing my response i got a "system service exception" blue screen lol. My drivers are all up to date, i have no faulty drivers and its not my ram because not only have i ran all the tests on them but ive also used 2 different ones and the problems have persisted. ive also reinstalled windows nearly 10 times at this point. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Mo_Dangles ✭ August 13 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/35298#Comment_35298 3060ti (also had these issues with a 1650 ~7 months ago) ryzen 5 3600, b550 aorus pro ac with wifi, ripjaws G.skill cl16-19-19-39 1.35v (also had oloy ram similar specs that i replaced because i thought that might be the issue) ive used xmp and also not used xmp. problems persisted regardless of which i did. i also have some 2tb ssd drive that i also replaced and had a temporary one and had blue screens on all 3 of them. is this what you are looking for? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Mo_Dangles ✭ August 13 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/35320#Comment_35320 got a blue screen immediately after responding to you so here's the screen shot after that one lol 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMikeW admin August 13 @Mo_Dangles Random BSOD's, seems to confirm hardware. Lets try this in the BIOS. Tweaker - Advanced CPU Configuration - Global C-States - Disable. This should stop your board from automatically idling your CPU. It'll hurt your energy efficiency, but it'll confirm what's happening. If the CPU idling, core frequency/vcore dropping is resulting in the instability. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Mo_Dangles ✭ August 16 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/35327#Comment_35327 unfortunately the blue screens have persisted after doing as you instructed. happen to have anymore ideas? i would greatly appreciate it 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTDavey admin August 16 @Mo_Dangles just chiming in. You have a B550 Aorus Pro AC mobo correct? If so try this link. Download the AMD chipset driver and install it if you have not done so. Link: https://www.gigabyte.com/Motherboard/B550-AORUS-PRO-AC-rev-1x/support#support-dl-driver-chipset 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMikeW admin August 17 @Mo_Dangles Create a bootable flash drive and run Memtest86: https://www.memtest86.com/ Lets just see if we get any errors. Also, try this. Since the system BSOD's while idle, unplug everything except the power cable and monitor from it and let it sit overnight. See if it's still BSOD's. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 6.5K All Categories 999 The Blog 29 What's Trending 158 How to & Technical Guides 8 Computer Hardware 118 Software 3 Home Office 5 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 15 3D Printers 7 Maker 14 PC Build Guides 77 Reviews & Buying Guides 25 Build Showcase 13 Contests 35 Past Contests 728 The Community 1.7K General Discussion 104 New Members 68 Consumer Tech 19 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 72 Software 2 Audio/Visual 11 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 22 3D Printing 46 Retro Arcade/Gaming 78 All Other Tech 1.2K Store Information and Policy 48 Off Topic 5 Community Ideas & Feedback 110 Your Completed Builds 2.6K Build-Your-Own PC 1.6K Help Choosing Parts 218 Graphics Cards 157 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 61 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 11 Monitors and Displays 28 Peripherals 6 All Other Parts 20 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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Micro center had all the parts in stock which made it easy to get these parts. Read the full story here 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments Brittany_101 ✭ January 5 Hey! I'm a day trader and looking for a fast computer to run (thinkorswim) etc. without speed problem. Don't care much about the graphics. Just want the speed/performance. I was trying to replicate and build one like yours but some parts are no longer available. Could you help me with selecting/building ones like yours? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin January 5 The demand for many of these parts is quite high right now. Some parts are out of stock at the moment, but we should be getting shipments for several soon! I'll send you a DM @Brittany_101 to find out some more info and then I'd be happy to recommend a build for you! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 6.5K All Categories 999 The Blog 29 What's Trending 158 How to & Technical Guides 8 Computer Hardware 118 Software 3 Home Office 5 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 15 3D Printers 7 Maker 14 PC Build Guides 77 Reviews & Buying Guides 25 Build Showcase 13 Contests 35 Past Contests 728 The Community 1.7K General Discussion 104 New Members 68 Consumer Tech 19 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 72 Software 2 Audio/Visual 11 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 22 3D Printing 46 Retro Arcade/Gaming 78 All Other Tech 1.2K Store Information and Policy 48 Off Topic 5 Community Ideas & Feedback 110 Your Completed Builds 2.6K Build-Your-Own PC 1.6K Help Choosing Parts 218 Graphics Cards 157 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 61 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 11 Monitors and Displays 28 Peripherals 6 All Other Parts 20 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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Please 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 › General Discussion Blue Screen of Death! Please help! BriannaStitt ✭ May 2020 edited May 2020 in General Discussion Hello! So I have been having various crashes ever since I bought my PC. Its new, very new. Barely even a few months old. Now as I said it’s been having various different crash reports, way too many to share on here. But today when I tried booting it up it immediately crashed and when it tried to Diagnose my PC and recover it, it immediately crashes with another error message. This happened for about 15m before it finally came upon this screen. I have no idea what it means or what the problem even is! If anyone has any idea on what I should or how to fix this please contact me!  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments Ian admin May 2020 Greetings. What are the options in the recovery environment that it gives to you? Have you tried any of them?  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook BriannaStitt ✭ May 2020 Yes I’ve tried every option but it just keeps telling me it has failed and brings me back to this screen. I apologize if I’m being vague I’m not very knowledgeable when it comes to computers so much. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin May 2020 If all the recovery options are failing, then your only two options after that are to either repair your current installation from Windows installation media, or do a clean install of Windows. A clean install would unfortunately erase everything on the drive, so if you don't have your data backed up and have things you need to keep, you'll want to get that information backed up first.  For repairing your current installation, you first need to make a Windows 10 flash drive: https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/3005/how-to-create-a-windows-10-installation-flash-drive#latest After that, you'd need to boot from the flash drive, then select the "repair" option on the installation screen, and try running startup repair. Ideally, this would fix it and let you boot your system again without crashing. If that doesn't fix it, you'll want to do a clean install, using that same flash drive: https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/2288/how-to-perform-a-clean-install-of-windows-10#latest Again, a clean install will erase all data on the system, so if there's information you need saved that isn't backed up yet, don't do this until it is.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 6.5K All Categories 999 The Blog 29 What's Trending 158 How to & Technical Guides 8 Computer Hardware 118 Software 3 Home Office 5 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 15 3D Printers 7 Maker 14 PC Build Guides 77 Reviews & Buying Guides 25 Build Showcase 13 Contests 35 Past Contests 728 The Community 1.7K General Discussion 104 New Members 68 Consumer Tech 19 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 72 Software 2 Audio/Visual 11 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 22 3D Printing 46 Retro Arcade/Gaming 78 All Other Tech 1.2K Store Information and Policy 48 Off Topic 5 Community Ideas & Feedback 110 Your Completed Builds 2.6K Build-Your-Own PC 1.6K Help Choosing Parts 218 Graphics Cards 157 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 61 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 11 Monitors and Displays 28 Peripherals 6 All Other Parts 20 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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My office is blue/stormtrooper themed so i put the aesthetics around that. This PC is capable of pretty much Read the full story here 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments mmiller2 admin November 2019 Great build! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook ryau ✭✭✭✭✭ November 2019 Love the theme, very nice! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook JohnMagee Columbus, Ohio Store Associate June 10 The vertically mounted strix looks so good! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 6.5K All Categories 999 The Blog 29 What's Trending 158 How to & Technical Guides 8 Computer Hardware 118 Software 3 Home Office 5 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 15 3D Printers 7 Maker 14 PC Build Guides 77 Reviews & Buying Guides 25 Build Showcase 13 Contests 35 Past Contests 728 The Community 1.7K General Discussion 104 New Members 68 Consumer Tech 19 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 72 Software 2 Audio/Visual 11 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 22 3D Printing 46 Retro Arcade/Gaming 78 All Other Tech 1.2K Store Information and Policy 48 Off Topic 5 Community Ideas & Feedback 110 Your Completed Builds 2.6K Build-Your-Own PC 1.6K Help Choosing Parts 218 Graphics Cards 157 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 61 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 11 Monitors and Displays 28 Peripherals 6 All Other Parts 20 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 a lot of manual reading and watching a lot of YouTube Videos we built this system in a couple of hours with no issues. A month later we decided to add the RGB fans and more Read the full story here 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments mmiller2 admin July 2020 Great looking build! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 6.5K All Categories 999 The Blog 29 What's Trending 158 How to & Technical Guides 8 Computer Hardware 118 Software 3 Home Office 5 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 15 3D Printers 7 Maker 14 PC Build Guides 77 Reviews & Buying Guides 25 Build Showcase 13 Contests 35 Past Contests 728 The Community 1.7K General Discussion 104 New Members 68 Consumer Tech 19 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 72 Software 2 Audio/Visual 11 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 22 3D Printing 46 Retro Arcade/Gaming 78 All Other Tech 1.2K Store Information and Policy 48 Off Topic 5 Community Ideas & Feedback 110 Your Completed Builds 2.6K Build-Your-Own PC 1.6K Help Choosing Parts 218 Graphics Cards 157 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 61 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 11 Monitors and Displays 28 Peripherals 6 All Other Parts 20 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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Whether we’re hard at work sending an important email or in the middle of an online game with friends, we’ve all fallen victim to the Blue Screen of Death. The Blue Screen of Death, also known as a BSOD or, officially, the Windows Exception Error, occurs when the Windows operating system encounters a critical problem and is unable to recover from it. And, unfortunately, there are many different factors that can trigger a BSOD. So today, we’re going to help you diagnose your BSOD in order to help prevent it from occurring in the future and hopefully improve the health of your PC. What is a Blue Screen of Death (BSOD)? BSOD, or simply blue screen, refers to the generic sets of error messages that Windows computers display whenever the system encounters a critical problem that causes the entire operating system to fail. A blue screen means that the system can no longer continue, and is forced to restart itself completely. In addition to displaying a blue screen, the screens will also give a “stop code,” which describes the type of problem that caused the BSOD to occur.   What are the Biggest Causes of BSOD? While there are many different factors that could potentially cause them, the most common causes of blue screens generally have to do with a computer’s hardware, or with the hardware driver software. Generally, regular applications, such as Microsoft Word or Google Chrome, usually aren’t the cause of BSODs; if an app crashes, it should do so without causing the entire operating system down with it.  BSODs are caused whenever Windows encounters a “Stop Error,” which is a critical failure in the Windows OS that makes it crash and cease to function. Whenever this occurs, Windows has no other option other than simply restarting the entire system. This often can result in data loss, as programs won’t have the chance to save any open data. Fortunately, whenever BSODs occur, Windows automatically creates a “minidump” file that contains any information about the crash and saves it to your hard drive. You can view the minidumps in order to help identify the cause of your BSOD. Common BSOD Errors There are many different BSOD error messages that could appear on your computer, but here are the ten most common ones: ●    DATA_BUS_ERROR - This error message is caused by memory failure. The solution to fixing this message is fixing your RAM memory; that means you’ll need to check your RAM stick function with the application MemTest and replace the hardware if needed. ●    INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE - This error code is caused when the system is missing the necessary drive. In order to fix this error message, you’ll need to update the driver or install it if it isn’t installed on the system. ●    UNEXPECTED_KERNEL_MODE_TRAP - This error message can either be caused by a hardware error or from the system’s temperatures getting too high. If the problem is the former, you’ll need to uninstall and then reinstall the device driver. If the issue is the former, you should check your system’s fan performance, clean your computer, or see if there are any environmental factors negatively affecting your PC’s cooling efficiency. ●    NTFS_FILE_SYSTEM - This error message is caused by high CPU memory usage. To fix this problem, you should check to see which programs are using the most CPU memory in Task Manager. If necessary, try uninstalling/reinstalling the programs in question and see if it improves CPU usage. Another option is to check your hard drive that Windows is installed on and see if there are any errors in Windows processes. ●    IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL - Caused by incompatible or outdated device drivers. To fix this error, deactivate drivers of recently installed devices through the device manager, and then install the newest version of the driver from the device’s manufacturer and install it. ●    BAD_POOL_CALLER - Caused by unwanted memory access. Deactivate drivers for recently installed devices and obtain the newest version of the driver from the device’s manufacturer and install it on your system. ●    FAT_FILE_SYSTEM - This error is caused by a corrupt file system. To fix it, check your hard drive function; from the Start menu, search “chkdsk” and run it. ●    OUT_OF_MEMORY - Caused by memory failure. Check your RAM stick function with MemTest, and replace your RAM if needed. ●    PAGE_FAULT_IN_NON_PAGED_AREA - Like the previous error message, this is caused by memory failure. Likewise, you’ll need to check your RAM with MemTest. If needed, you’ll need to replace your RAM hardware. ●    UNABLE_TO_LOAD_DEVICE_DRIVER - This error is caused by defective software. To fix this problem, you’ll need to uninstall and then reinstall the newest or most compatible version of the software.   Ways to Prevent Future BSODs: There are many different steps that you can take in order to help diagnose and prevent future BSODs. Here are some of the most effective ways for you to help solve system errors, and prevent future ones from occurring.  Uninstall Incompatible Software This is one of the most common causes of BSODs, and also the simplest to solve. While the BSOD doesn’t always explicitly state the cause of its occurrence, be sure to pay attention to see if it happens when using a particular program. If you do get a BSOD whilst using a particular program, then that program could very well be the culprit. If there’s an update available for said program, be sure to upgrade to it. If not, try uninstalling that app and see if the problem stops. Alternatively, take a look at what other programs you were actively using when the BSOD occurred. Try uninstalling any software that was running every time a BSOD occurred, and see if it fixes the problem.   Run a Memory Checker Defective RAM (Random Access Memory) is another somewhat common cause of a BSOD, and it’s also a fairly easy problem to identify with the memory-checking tool built into Windows. To access it, go to the Start search box and type “Memory” and then click “Windows Memory Diagnostic.” Click the option “Check for problems the next time I start my computer” and then restart your PC. Upon booting, your computer will run the test.  After restarting, you’ll need to find the test result. To do so, go to the Start search box again and type “Event Viewer” and click on the application of the same name when it pops up. In the left pane, click “Windows Logs” and then click “System.” In the right pane, click “Find” and search for “Memory Diagnostic.” You should then see the test results -- if there are any sort of problems to report, then your system’s BSOD may have been caused by defective memory. In this case, you should replace your RAM sticks.   Check for Hard Drive Issues Additionally, hard drive-related issues are another common cause of BSODs. To check for errors, go to the Start search box and type “this PC” and click it when it appears in search results. Right-click on your “C” drive and select “Properties.” Next, click on the “Tools” tab in the hard drive’s Properties window. Under the “Error checking” section, you’ll want to click “Check” and then follow the instructions given in order to manually check the hard drive.   Make Sure Your PC Isn’t Overheating It’s also very possible that your computer could be overheating; this problem can occur whenever your PC is working too hard, whilst receiving ineffective cooling from the CPU cooler or fans. Every PC needs to have an effective way of cooling itself, by having enough fans that properly ventilate the unit and should be in an environment that allows it to breathe. More often than many assume, BCODs occur because of overheating. Make sure your PC isn’t overheating by inspecting it.   Perform a Clean Install If none of the prior tips have successfully corrected your BSOD issue, then you are essentially left with two basic possibilities: either you have a software issue that you have yet to properly isolate, or you have a critical hardware problem with your computer that cannot be easily replaced or repaired.  In order to figure out whether your problem is the former, you should try performing a clean install of Windows. You should only attempt this after trying all other aforementioned steps, as performing a clean install will erase all of the content from your hard drive. In addition to losing all of your personal data, you will also lose all of your installed programs on the computer.  To do this, you’ll first want to click the Start search box and type “reset.” Click “Reset this PC” and then follow the directions to reinstall Windows, and keep your files if you so wish. Once completed, you’ll have a fresh version of Windows without any of the software or drivers that may have been causing the BSOD. Moving forward, try to only install and use the most essential software and drivers until you can determine whether your problem has been solved. Bring your PC to Micro Center! The alternative to all this is to simply bring your PC to Micro Center. We’ve got skilled technicians who are happy to take a look at your PC and help diagnose any problems or questions you may have so you can get back to gaming, working, or streaming without breaking a sweat! Find out more here.  We hope that this guide has been of some use to you, and hopefully your BSOD problem is properly solved by following these tips!  More from the Micro Center Community: Looking for more troubleshooting help? We’ve got Community Subsections, as well as articles on Updating your Video Card Drivers, and Blue Screen Frequently Asked Questions. 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 Comments MageTank ✭ September 16 Oh boy... I am uncertain if my will is strong enough to tackle the ignorance that is this "crash course", but for the sake of our future tech enthusiasts, I'll endure. We’ve all experienced it before. Whether we’re hard at work sending an important email or in the middle of an online game with friends, we’ve all fallen victim to the Blue Screen of Death. This is a bold way to start this guide, given ALL of the information that proceeds this sentence lacks any experience of any kind. I am aware this is quite the claim to make given the volume of "information" in this guide, but that's what makes it all the more alarming, and my involvement in correcting this misinformation all the more necessary. The Blue Screen of Death, also known as a BSOD or, officially, the Windows Exception Error, occurs when the Windows operating system encounters a critical problem and is unable to recover from it.  This might be nitpicking to start it out, but it's definitely off to a bad start when we begin by confusing titles/general nomenclature. BSOD's were not officially called "Windows Exception Errors", they were known as "Fatal Exception Errors", and even this is considered a dated definition and has since been changed to encompass a larger array of stop codes encountered during crashes. Either way, let's avoid adding "officially" to something if we do not get it right. While there are many different factors that could potentially cause them, the most common causes of blue screens generally have to do with a computer’s hardware, or with the hardware driver software. I am going to need you to cite your sources here as this sounds completely made up by somebody that doesn't understand the concept of stop codes or their origin. A stop code can manifest through software conflicts (stack overflows, buffer underflows/underflows, conflicting memory access within the same address/row/column while another application is attempting to access that area/page, etc) just as commonly as it can via hardware issues. This claim is already dubious at best, and that's before we even begin with this list of "common BSOD's"... Fortunately, whenever BSODs occur, Windows automatically creates a “minidump” file that contains any information about the crash and saves it to your hard drive. Windows will attempt to do this, but it is not always successful in doing so. It is important to make that distinction as this useful troubleshooting tool will not always be readily available and one will have to rely on alternative logs in the event that a minidump fails to be written at the time of a crash. There are many different BSOD error messages that could appear on your computer, but here are the ten most common ones: I honestly do not know where you googled this list, but I am dumbfounded as to how anyone believes these are the 10 most common BSOD's. I've been in this field for over two decades and have not encountered 70% of the BSOD's on this list. I can name 20 off the top of my head that are far more common that I can induce instantly that the average user would encounter before ever seeing the vast majority of these. Now that we have those complaints out of the way, let's dig in to the sheer misinformation. ●    DATA_BUS_ERROR - This error message is caused by memory failure. The solution to fixing this message is fixing your RAM memory; that means you’ll need to check your RAM stick function with the application MemTest and replace the hardware if needed. This error CAN be caused by memory, but memory is not the ONLY cause. Failing L2/L3 cache can cause this error, failing VRAM (video frame buffer) can cause this error, and dying storage could cause this error. Speaking so definitively about this being memory related is simply inaccurate when there are several pieces of hardware that can easily produce this uncommon error. Also, please do not add "RAM Memory" to the list of RAS syndrome phrases we commonly use on a daily basis. Use DIMM, memory, or RAM. People will know what you are talking about. Same with "RAM Stick". If we are going to be writing guides, lets use the industry standard technical terms like "DIMM" or "Memory Module". Anything is better than "RAM stick". Lastly, what MemTest application are you referring to? HCI MemTest? MemTest86? Windows Memory Diagnostic? Each of these do very different things and will have very different results. ●    INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE - This error code is caused when the system is missing the necessary drive. In order to fix this error message, you’ll need to update the driver or install it if it isn’t installed on the system. Okay, this one is rough. First and foremost, INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE is not caused by a "missing drive". If your drive is missing, you can't BSOD in the first place because you have no Windows environment to boot to, and you can't BSOD without a bootable Windows environment. Secondly, installing a driver for a missing drive? What kind of paradox are we trying to create here? Assuming you meant "driver" in the first sentence (in which case, proof reading before submitting guides goes a very long way in preventing posts like these), that's still only applicable if we are talking AHCI vs RAID and someone forgot to install their RAID driver or swap back to AHCI after breaking a RAID array. Either way, there are tons of other culprits that cause this BSOD and solutions to fix them as they arise. It should also be noted that this would not be the BSOD you'd see if you had a missing RAID driver, that would typically be DRIVER_PNP_WATCHDOG. ●    UNEXPECTED_KERNEL_MODE_TRAP - This error message can either be caused by a hardware error or from the system’s temperatures getting too high. If the problem is the former, you’ll need to uninstall and then reinstall the device driver. If the issue is the former, you should check your system’s fan performance, clean your computer, or see if there are any environmental factors negatively affecting your PC’s cooling efficiency. Again, this is not a common BSOD, it's only ever found on Intel CPU's by design. I am honestly not even sure where you got the information you wrote because the official page that houses this BSOD information doesn't even list CPU temperatures as a culprit and I can't imagine you made this up (given most of your other "error" definitions were found in the first post of Google). https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-hardware/drivers/debugger/bug-check-0x7f--unexpected-kernel-mode-trap. To clarify that article, this BSOD commonly occurs when you mix incompatible memory on Intel platforms. Why only Intel platforms? Intel deploys a unique memory solution known as "Flex Channel Memory" that allows you to mix different sized DIMM's and run them in a mixed single/dual channel configuration. You can go further than this, mixing different ranks & IC's, which is what leads to instability and this BSOD in question. This happens to be one of the BSOD's you've listed that I've encountered. Those of you mixing memory for performance should instead just OC the memory you already have. There happens to be a guide written by a very handsome memory OCing expert on this very forum and it can be found here (#humblebrag): https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/8683/intel-memory-overclocking-performance-tuning-guide ●    NTFS_FILE_SYSTEM - This error message is caused by high CPU memory usage. To fix this problem, you should check to see which programs are using the most CPU memory in Task Manager. If necessary, try uninstalling/reinstalling the programs in question and see if it improves CPU usage. Another option is to check your hard drive that Windows is installed on and see if there are any errors in Windows processes. Not even close... The hint for this one is in the name: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NTFS. Now I am known to have stupidly high memory capacities, but even I wouldn't create a RAM disk and format it to NTFS, given the volatile nature of memory. Once again I am very confused where this misinformation came from because even Googling this error doesn't result in something as spectacularly wrong as what was described here. Those of you encountering this (again, rare) BSOD, it is actually found more commonly on older HDD's with failing drive sectors. You may encounter this on SSD's (especially if you defrag them as you're not supposed to do so, or any SSD with a ton of write wear in general), as well as simple corruption in the NTFS file system (great, another RAS syndrome example). Honestly, go here for more information as it's far more accurate and should have been the source used to answer this question in the first place: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-hardware/drivers/debugger/bug-check-0x24--ntfs-file-system ●    IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL - Caused by incompatible or outdated device drivers. To fix this error, deactivate drivers of recently installed devices through the device manager, and then install the newest version of the driver from the device’s manufacturer and install it. Okay, this happens to be one of my most encountered BSOD's. Anyone that overclocks memory as a hobby is well aware of this BSOD and will encounter it half a dozen times in a single memory OCing session if they are playing on the edge of stability. Now I won't say it can't be caused by incompatible drivers (in theory, drivers accessing incorrect memory addresses could induce this crash), but this is far more commonly associated with memory. Either failing memory modules, or unstable overclocking. To not mention this at all, when it's far more common of an issue, only adds to my concern for this "crash course". Also, for the love of all that is holy, do not "deactivate" your drivers when you install the wrong one. Uninstall it like a normal person and install the correct drivers. ●    BAD_POOL_CALLER - Caused by unwanted memory access. Deactivate drivers for recently installed devices and obtain the newest version of the driver from the device’s manufacturer and install it on your system. Not caused by "unwanted memory access", but rather by incorrectly attempting to free memory that has already been freed, meaning it's trying to give away resources it no longer possesses. What frustrates me the most about this is that you correctly deduce this BSOD is related to memory, but not IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL when they are in the same family of stop codes. Again, don't deactivate your drivers, uninstall them responsibly. FAT_FILE_SYSTEM - This error is caused by a corrupt file system. To fix it, check your hard drive function; from the Start menu, search “chkdsk” and run it. Technically correct, however a failing drive in general can also cause this error. You uh... also forgot a very important parameter in order to "fix" the disk with CHKDSK. Definitely worth throwing in a /f or /r for good measure: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/administration/windows-commands/chkdsk ●    OUT_OF_MEMORY - Caused by memory failure. Check your RAM stick function with MemTest, and replace your RAM if needed. First and foremost, wherever you Googled this one from, the source is old. We call this one "MEMORY_MANAGEMENT" now. Secondly, it's not caused exclusively by memory failure. In fact, memory failure is probably the rarest cause of this error as you'll likely encounter a CPU memory controller failure or BIOS memory training issue before the DIMM itself is at fault for this specific error. RAM errors are seldom ever consistent, as the name implies, "random" is the name of the game here. ●    PAGE_FAULT_IN_NON_PAGED_AREA - Like the previous error message, this is caused by memory failure. Likewise, you’ll need to check your RAM with MemTest. If needed, you’ll need to replace your RAM hardware. It CAN be a memory failure, but it's not limited entirely to memory as the only culprit. You also have your CPU (cache, memory controller) as well as software (drivers, antivirus conflicts on live software/drivers, etc). Again, we need to be careful about being definitive telling people they have specific hardware failure when we are not even certain that is the case. ●    UNABLE_TO_LOAD_DEVICE_DRIVER - This error is caused by defective software. To fix this problem, you’ll need to uninstall and then reinstall the newest or most compatible version of the software. Now like I said earlier, I've been doing this for a couple of decades now, but I've never encountered this BSOD. Are you sure you don't mean "THREAD_STUCK_IN_DEVICE_DRIVER? That one is actually a bit more common and would make sense. Frankly, I am not even sure if what you are listing here is a real stop code as I can't even find it in Microsoft's database of stop codes. I'd even settle for DRIVER_VIOLATION as I've actually seen that one come up a few times lately, but yeah... No idea what this even is or why it is in this list. I genuinely feel like this list came from some dated source written by someone that may not have known what they were talking about but didn't have anyone around to fact check them. Now we move on to preventative measures!  Uninstall Incompatible Software This is one of the most common causes of BSODs, and also the simplest to solve. Wait a minute... Earlier in the thread, it was said that the most common BSOD's were related to computer hardware and "hardware driver software". Now we are being told that incompatible software is one of the most common causes. At this point, it seems like everything is a common cause for a BSOD... Run a Memory Checker Defective RAM (Random Access Memory) is another somewhat common cause of a BSOD, and it’s also a fairly easy problem to identify with the memory-checking tool built into Windows. To access it, go to the Start search box and type “Memory” and then click “Windows Memory Diagnostic.” Click the option “Check for problems the next time I start my computer” and then restart your PC. Upon booting, your computer will run the test. Fun fact about the Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool: It's quite old and not designed to perform all that well with modern CPU IMC designs and memory capacities. You'll encounter many false positives (or in some instances, failure to catch bad memory) due to the poor design of this "test". I would strongly advise against using this as a test, and would instead recommend alternatives such as HCI Memtest, Memtest86 or TestMem5. These are designed to reach every address/row/column and can also accurately stress your CPU's memory controller simultaneously while providing accurate logs on what failed and where. Check for Hard Drive Issues Additionally, hard drive-related issues are another common cause of BSODs. To check for errors, go to the Start search box and type “this PC” and click it when it appears in search results. Right-click on your “C” drive and select “Properties.” Next, click on the “Tools” tab in the hard drive’s Properties window. Under the “Error checking” section, you’ll want to click “Check” and then follow the instructions given in order to manually check the hard drive. Might be worth adding that modern drives include S.M.A.R.T information that is readily available in many hardware monitoring applications (AIDA64, HWiNFO64, etc) and can provide some forewarning about your drives health without constantly throwing a check disk at it out of the blue. Make Sure Your PC Isn’t Overheating It’s also very possible that your computer could be overheating; this problem can occur whenever your PC is working too hard, whilst receiving ineffective cooling from the CPU cooler or fans. Every PC needs to have an effective way of cooling itself, by having enough fans that properly ventilate the unit and should be in an environment that allows it to breathe. More often than many assume, BCODs occur because of overheating. Make sure your PC isn’t overheating by inspecting it. Fun fact: Overheating computer components (with the exception of RAM) do not cause BSOD's. They lead to thermal throttling and thermal shutdown, but not BSOD's. In the specific case of RAM, overheating memory can cause a BSOD but only in the event that you adjust your TREFI value too high and the DIMM's get too warm. When your DIMM's get too warm, TREFI wants to recharge quicker, and a lackluster motherboard will likely fail to recharge them in time, resulting in corruption and a BSOD. Another fun fact: Overheating can occur even when your PC isn't working hard. Poor cooling is the only requirement for overheating and can occur even when the system is at idle. Do not be fooled by low system load and assume that an idle system cannot overheat. Perform a Clean Install If none of the prior tips have successfully corrected your BSOD issue, then you are essentially left with two basic possibilities: either you have a software issue that you have yet to properly isolate, or you have a critical hardware problem with your computer that cannot be easily replaced or repaired.  In order to figure out whether your problem is the former, you should try performing a clean install of Windows. You should only attempt this after trying all other aforementioned steps, as performing a clean install will erase all of the content from your hard drive. In addition to losing all of your personal data, you will also lose all of your installed programs on the computer.  To do this, you’ll first want to click the Start search box and type “reset.” Click “Reset this PC” and then follow the directions to reinstall Windows, and keep your files if you so wish. Once completed, you’ll have a fresh version of Windows without any of the software or drivers that may have been causing the BSOD. Moving forward, try to only install and use the most essential software and drivers until you can determine whether your problem has been solved. We are going to ignore the first bolded part, because if none of the prior tips successfully corrected the BSOD issue, that means the reader followed the instructions of this "guide" exactly as written and fell victim to misinformation. Luckily I returned in time to save the day, Okay... the second half that is bolded is important to note, because it's more misinformation. This is NOT a clean install. This is a "reset this PC" with "keep my files" selected. This is the exact opposite of a clean install. Here is a third party definition to help clarify: https://www.pcmag.com/encyclopedia/term/clean-install#:~:text=A%20completely%20new%20installation%20of,is%20formatted%20and%20completely%20erased.&text=Installing%20an%20OS%20on%20a,%22in%2Dplace%20upgrade.%22 The reason we do a "clean install" is to rule out ANY possible corruption from the source of the drive. Resetting the PC from the potentially corrupted OS can potentially reintroduce the very corruption you are trying to remove. The drive needs to be completely formatted and installed from bootable media in order to successfully perform a clean installation. That concludes the misinformation, now on to my final thoughts. In all honestly, I wouldn't be as annoyed had this not been presented as a source material to help others that are less informed on this subject. Writing a guide from a place of ignorance just does more harm than good and further perpetuates ignorance and a general lack of understanding the longer you let something like this go on. There needs to be some accountability here, some form of proof reading to ensure you are not intentionally (or unintentionally) condemning your audience to failure with their troubleshooting simply because you are rushing out articles with zero thought as to what is conveyed within them. At the end of the day, there is just no excuse for how poorly researched this article is given the age we live in and how readily available this information is online. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook MageTank ✭ September 16 Okay... So I said the following as a joke: I honestly do not know where you googled this list, but I am dumbfounded as to how anyone believes these are the 10 most common BSOD's. I've been in this field for over two decades and have not encountered 70% of the BSOD's on this list. I can name 20 off the top of my head that are far more common that I can induce instantly that the average user would encounter before ever seeing the vast majority of these. Then I found this: https://tipsmake.com/common-blue-screen-errors-on-windows-10-[compatibility-mode] @SeanM I don't know if I should feel less disappointed now that I know this isn't your words, or more disappointed that you didn't bother creating your own content here, especially seeing that you chose such an inaccurate source to "paraphrase" or "be heavily inspired by". Either way, I am respectfully bowing out of this thread now. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Leave a Comment Rich Text Editor. 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A: There are many things that can cause crashes. Usually it is something software or Windows related. Crashes can be caused by hardware issues as well, but that is uncommon. Q: Did I do anything to make my computer start crashing? A: Not necessarily. Crashes, popularly called the Blue Screen of Death, can happen for a multitude of reasons, many of which are not user error and can occur on their own. Try to avoid downloading unfamiliar programs and avoid making changes to your hardware if you are unfamiliar with that kind of work. Q: My computer crashes and turns off but it does not give me a blue screen error - is something else wrong? A: That could still be caused by a software issue but it is more difficult to say. You can still apply many of the troubleshooting steps discussed in this FAQ and see if they help, but there is a higher chance of a hardware related issue with your computer or monitor in those cases. Q: What do I do when my computer is crashing? A: Try to narrow down when and where the crash occurs to isolate the cause and go from there. There are several troubleshooting steps you can go through to try and fix the issue which this FAQ will deal with. If the computer displays a Blue Screen with an error code, try to record that error code and look up the meaning. Q: My computer only crashes when I play video games, what should I do? A: Reinstall your video card drivers. Follow this guide to do a clean uninstall and reinstall of your video drivers: https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/2858/tech-article-how-to-roll-back-or-clean-install-video-card-drivers-in-windows-10/ Q: My computer started crashing after I got a Windows update, what do I do? A: Do a system restore. Instructions for that can be found at: https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/2995/how-to-use-system-restore-in-windows-10 Q: My computer only crashes when I use a specific piece of software, what do I do? A: Reinstall that program. If your computer still crashes, verify the software is compatible with your version of Windows. Q: What do I do if my computer is crashing at random times? A: Start your computer in safe mode first. Instructions for that can be found on our website at: https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/2836/how-to-boot-into-safe-mode-in-windows-10. If the crashes do not occur in safe mode, then it is likely a software or driver issue in Windows. Reinstall the drivers for your computer, downloaded from the manufacturer’s support page for your system. Do a clean boot as well - instructions for that can be found at: https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/2308/how-to-perform-a-clean-boot-on-windows-10 Q: My computer is crashing even in safe mode, what do I do now? A: First, run the Windows Memory Diagnostic tool to scan for hardware issues with your RAM. You can find instructions for how to run the Diagnostics here: https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/2832/tech-article-how-to-run-the-windows-memory-diagnostic-tool-in-windows-10. If the test passes, at that point the next best step is refreshing or resetting your Windows installation. Instructions for that can be found at: https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/2272/how-to-reset-refresh-windows-10. If the crashes occur even after resetting, there is most likely a hardware problem. Q: My computer is crashing as soon as I turn it on and I cannot get into Windows, is there anything I can do? A: You may be able to get into the recovery screen and go from there. If it automatically prompts you to go into recovery options or do some troubleshooting, select that option. If not, shut down your computer and turn it back on. As soon as it starts to boot back up, immediately turn it back off. Repeat that process three times and look for a screen that says it is preparing automatic repair or something similar. If you can get to the recovery screen, you should be able to navigate through and find several recovery options such as resetting your computer, doing a system restore, and booting in safe mode, as well as a few others. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Do you have any additional questions? 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Usually it is something software or Windows related. Crashes can be caused by hardware issues as well, but that is uncommon. Q: Did I do anything to make my computer start crashing? A: Not necessarily. Crashes, popularly called the Blue Screen of Death, can happen for a multitude of reasons, many of which are not user error and can occur on their own. Try to avoid downloading unfamiliar programs and avoid making changes to your hardware if you are unfamiliar with that kind of work. Q: My computer crashes and turns off but it does not give me a blue screen error - is something else wrong? A: That could still be caused by a software issue but it is more difficult to say. You can still apply many of the troubleshooting steps discussed in this FAQ and see if they help, but there is a higher chance of a hardware related issue with your computer or monitor in those cases. Q: What do I do when my computer is crashing? A: Try to narrow down when and where the crash occurs to isolate the cause and go from there. There are several troubleshooting steps you can go through to try and fix the issue which this FAQ will deal with. If the computer displays a Blue Screen with an error code, try to record that error code and look up the meaning. Q: My computer only crashes when I play video games, what should I do? A: Reinstall your video card drivers. Follow this guide to do a clean uninstall and reinstall of your video drivers: https://community.microcenter.com/kb/articles/133-how-to-clean-install-video-card-drivers-in-windows-10 Q: My computer started crashing after I got a Windows update, what do I do? A: Try a system restore. Instructions for that can be found at: https://community.microcenter.com/kb/articles/85-how-to-use-system-restore-in-windows-10 Q: My computer only crashes when I use a specific piece of software, what do I do? A: Reinstall that specific program. If your computer still crashes, verify the software is compatible with your version of Windows. Q: What do I do if my computer is crashing at random times? A: Start your computer in safe mode first. Instructions for that can be found on our website at: https://community.microcenter.com/kb/articles/95-how-to-boot-into-safe-mode-in-windows-10 If the crashes do not occur in safe mode, then it is likely a software or driver issue in Windows. Reinstall the drivers for your computer, downloaded from the manufacturer’s support page for your system. Do a clean boot as well - instructions for that can be found at: https://community.microcenter.com/kb/articles/65-how-to-perform-a-clean-boot-on-windows-10 Q: My computer is crashing even in safe mode, what do I do now? A: First, run the Windows Memory Diagnostic tool to scan for hardware issues with your RAM. You can find instructions for how to run the Diagnostics here: https://community.microcenter.com/kb/articles/128-how-to-run-the-windows-memory-diagnostic-tool-in-windows-10 If the test passes, at that point the next best step is refreshing or resetting your Windows installation. Instructions for that can be found at: https://community.microcenter.com/kb/articles/64-how-to-reset-refresh-windows-10  If the crashes occur even after resetting, there is most likely a hardware problem. Q: My computer is crashing as soon as I turn it on and I cannot get into Windows, is there anything I can do? A: You may be able to get into the recovery screen and go from there. If it automatically prompts you to go into recovery options or do some troubleshooting, select that option. If not, shut down your computer and turn it back on. As soon as it starts to boot back up, immediately turn it back off. Repeat that process three times and look for a screen that says it is preparing automatic repair or something similar. If you can get to the recovery screen, you should be able to navigate through and find several recovery options such as resetting your computer, doing a system restore, and booting in safe mode, as well as a few others. © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2021 Powered By Vanilla Community Article Building a ~1500€ gaming PC - final decisions — 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 Building a ~1500€ gaming PC - final decisions sparaj ✭ April 2020 in Help Choosing Parts Aim: heavy gaming (multiplayer, AAA...), Youtube, Netflix. Free-time stuff. Not-aiming: Overclocking, video editing, 3D-modeling, other CPU heavy processes. Price range: around 1500€. Important: will use 1440p 144 Hz monitor and sometimes connect PC to a 4K TV over HDMI (movies, maybe games). I'm from Germany, so prices will be in euros taken from Geizhals.eu ("European Newegg"). Any and all tips, recommendations, directions or just general impressions are welcome CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 with boxed cooler AMD Wraith Stealth (price: 170€). Alternative: AMD Ryzen 7 3700x with boxed cooler AMD Wraith Prism (price: 300€). Questions: I know R5 3600 is much better bang4buck for mostly gaming, but is R5 3600 good enough for 1440p 144 Hz gaming and especially for futureproofing, since it has 6 cores against 8 cores of 3700x? Will I notice the difference in FPS between those two? I would really like to hit at least 140 FPS since I'm buying a 144 Hz monitor. Furthermore, is Wraith Stealth good enough cooler? I've read some forums which state that R5 3600 needs a better cooler (like Be Quiet Pure Rock, 30€). Motherboard: MSI B450 Tomahawk Max (price: 110€). Alternative: X570 models (price: 150+€). Questions: Do I need a better models, like X570? I'm not planning on overclocking, dual-GPUs or anything related. B450 should be a sweet spot and the best deal for 3700x and R5 3600. GPU: NVIDIA RTX 2080 Super (price: 730€). Alternative: NVIDIA RTX 2070 Super (price: 530€). Questions: Again, since I'm buying a 1440p 144 Hz monitor, I would really like to hit that 140+ FPS and am also planning on connecting the PC to a 4K TV for movies, which can be quite heavy on GPU. I know the 2070 super is the best bang4buck, but how much of a difference are we talking, is the 10-15% of performance boost worth the price difference of 2080 Super? RAM: G.Skill RipJaws V DIMM kit, 16 GB (2x8 GB), 3600 MHz, CL16-19-19-39 (price: 100€). Alternative 1: G.Skill Aegis DIMM Kit, 16 GB (2x8 GB), 3200 MHz, CL16-18-18-38 (price: 80€). Alternative 2: G.Skill Aegis DIMM Kit, 32 GB (2x16 GB), 3200 MHz, CL16-18-18-38 (price: 140€). Alternative 3: G.Skill RipJaws V DIMM kit, 16 GB (2x8 GB), 3600 MHz, CL16-16-16-36, Samsung B-Die (price: 130€). Questions: how important it is to have a 3600 MHz kit rather than 3200 MHz (alternative 1)? Is 32 GB really overkill for gaming (alternative 2)? I've read that 16 GB is more than enough. Furthermore, is samsung B-Die RAM worth the price difference (alternative 3)? Note: I am planning on using DOCP (or XMP) profile so that I take full advantage of clock speed of RAM. SSD: Crucial MX500 1TB SATA (price: 120€). Alternative: WD Blue SN550 1TB NVMe M.2 (price: 135€). Questions: Crucial MX500 has a very good reputation, but WD Blue SN550 doesn't have DRAM (just SRAM). How important is to have a DRAM? Is NVMe even necessary over SATA? And which of these do you prefer or do you have other recommendations? HDD: Seagate BarraCuda 2TB, 7200 RPM, 3,5" (price: 56€). Alternative: /. Questions: I'm pretty much decised on that one. Case: Phanteks Eclipse P400A digital white with tempered glass (price: 90€) + extra rear fan: be quiet! Pure Wings 2 PWM High-Speed 120mm (price: 10€). Alternative 1: Fractal Design Meshify C White with tempered glass (price: 90€) + same extra fan. Alternative 2: SilverStone Redline RL06 white (price: 90€) without extra fan. Questions: In terms of airflow, SilverStone RL06 should perform the best, is that right? But I really don't like the looks of it, so I would rather go with P400A digital. I've heard that FD MeshC had some issues regarding the tempered glass (breaking without any reason?). Also, is rear fan necessary, how much of a temperature effect are we looking here? PSU: Corsair RMx RM650X 2018, 80 Plus GOLD, ETA-A, Lambda-A++ (price: 110€). Alternative 1: Corsair RMx RM550X 2018, 80 Plus GOLD, ETA-A, Lambda-A++ (price: 105€). Questions: Online calculator states, that a 550W power unit would be enough, but I think extra 5€ for 100W is a good and safe deal. Do you agree? Monitor: LG 27GL83A-B, IPS, 27", 1440p, 16:9, 144 Hz, G-sync compatible & FreeSync Premium (price: 400€). Alternative 1: LG 27GL850-B, Nano-IPS, 27", 1440p, 16:9, 144 Hz, G-sync compatible & FreeSync Premium (price: 480€). Alternative 2: ViewSonic VX2758-2KP-mhd, IPS, 27", 1440p, 16:9, 144 Hz, FreeSync Premium (price: 380€). Alternative 3: Acer Nitro VG270UP, IPS, 27", 1440p, 16:9, 144 Hz, FreeSync Premium, AHVA / Innolux display  (price: 380€). Alternative 4: VA displays? Asus TUF VG26WQ, MSI Optix MAG272CQR...? (price: 300-400€). Questions: LG 27GL850-B (alternative 1) is supposedly not worth the price difference over 27GL83A-B (extra USB ports and wider color gamut), but nevertheless, both are supposed to be extremely good monitors, with good colors and refresh rate (low overshoot). VX2758 is a very good competitor to 27GL83-B (slightly lower refresh rate and higher overshoot, but better contrast), but if I get a <400€ deal, I think I should go for 27GL83A-B. What about Innolux IPS panels on some Acer Nitro models? I hear they have quite a lot issued with flickering. AHVA panels not so much (different models), but Nano-IPS of LG should outperform both. Or do you think I should go for VA displays? I know the contrast is a lot better, but when it gets to 144 Hz, I really don't want ghosting or other performance issues. Smooth 144 FPS gameplay is of essence here. Peripherals: Keyboard: Cooler Master CK550 (80€). Is it a good gaming keyboard? Based on reviews, I think I like Gateron better than Cherry, and I want RED switches. Furthermore, do you think I need a wrist rest? For example, like CK750? Is the 40€ price bump justified? Mouse: BenQ Zowie EC2-B (70€) vs Logitech G403 Hero (40€). Any other recommendations? Mousepad: SteelSeries QcK Heavy 4mm (20€). Is 6mm thickness worth over 4mm? Any other recommendations? Total price of bolded items: only PC = 1496€, with monitor and peripherals = 2066€. Let me know what you think about my concerns, even if only for a single hardware piece. Any other comments, tips? All the help is appreciated. Thanks! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TSTonyV admin April 2020 edited April 2020 The Ryzen 5 3600 is a fantastic processor and great bang for your buck. In terms of pure gaming performance, the 3700x is only marginally better.  For "future proofing" the 3700x obviously has an advantage with two extra cores. The Wraith Stealth is "enough" in the sense that if you're not overclocking, you won't have any problems with overheating, but it's always nice to have a better cooler. My primary question here is when you say multiplayer and AAA gaming, which titles do you have in mind specifically? For example, I have a Ryzen 7 3700x and an RTX 2080 Super, very similar to your targeted system. In Monster Hunter World: Iceborne I can run at about 120FPS consistently with the high resolution texture pack enabled at 1080p. But for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare I can hit a rock solid 144FPS+ with no problems at max settings, again at 1080p. This is just something to keep in mind. The Ryzen 5 3600 is definitely capable of 144 FPS on a lot of games, but this is going to depend on your settings and the exact games you're playing. Not all titles will be doable at 1440p/144FPS without compromise. Even the Intel i9-9900k, which is the best gaming CPU on the market, isn't capable of 144FPS in every game at max settings even at 1080p. But there are lots of ways to optimize framerate in games without sacrificing visual quality, or only making light sacrifices on visual quality.  Playing movies and videos at 4K is very different from gaming at 1440p and 4k. Your GPU will not be stressed in at all for video playback. The 10-15% performance uplift of the 2080S over the 2070S isn't worth it if you consider that the price is 30% more, but it sounds like every single frame matters a lot to you, so you may find it to be worthwhile.  For your motherboard, the B450 Tomahawk is a great choice if you go with the 3600. If you go with a 3700x, I'd personally make the jump to an X570 just because the B450 BIOS can sometimes not play nicely with the higher end third gen CPUs, but it's not a requirement by any stretch.  32GB of RAM is definitely overkill for gaming. Go with 16GB. 3600 is the sweetspot for Ryzen third gen and can have a pretty significant effect on gaming and minimum framerates. Samsung B-die is only important if you're really set on manually overclocking your RAM and squeezing every bit of performance out of it that you possibly can.  Crucial makes fine drives. NVMe is better with sequential read/write but that only applies in some scenarios. For booting the system, opening applications and gaming, it won't make a noticeable difference.  Tempered glass, no matter what case it's in, always has the risk of potentially shattering. It's rare, but it comes with the territory unfortunately. A rear fan is helpful but won't make a massive temp difference if you have good airflow otherwise.  Go with the 650W PUS. It costs hardly anything extra and an extra 100W is nice for comfort. With a gold PSU 550W is probably fine, but the 2080 Super does recommend 650W.  IPS panels are best for applications relying on color accuracy and viewing angles. They're not as great for high refresh rate/low response required work like FPS gaming. For you, I'd probably go with VA panel as it is better in terms of refresh rate and response times but doesn't sacrifice as much picture quality as a TN panel would.  For peripherals, it's completely up to personal preference. The "best" keyboard and mouse are the ones that are comfortable for you to use.  I had a keyboard with Cherry Red switches but I prefer clicky tactile switches. I don't use a wrist-rest with mine and it's not caused me any issues, but you might like to have one. My advice is try to test different keyboards and mice if they're available to you before making that decision.  1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSPhillipT admin April 2020 Hello sparaj!  Welcome to the Micro Center Community!  You posted a lot of questions, let's see if I can answer them all! Is the Ryzen 5 3600 Good for 1440p Gaming? The Ryzen 5 3600 combined with a 2080 Super should be able to handle most games at 1440p assuming there isn't a large amount of Ray-Tracing involved since it is a giant FPS hog (though looks nice!).  The stock coolers are designed for their processors to reach their normal temperatures and performance without overclocking.  You can consider adding a CPU cooler later if you do feel like your processor is beginning to thermal throttle in the games you are playing.   Should I get a B450m Motherboard? The B450m is a perfect fit for the Ryzen 5 3600 processor.  Hits a great price while providing the support needed for the processor!  I would only consider the X570 motherboards for when you go with the higher end Ryzen chips like the Ryzen 7 3800.   Is the 2080 Super Worth It? I personally have a 2080 Super and have had no issues with the games I play at 1440p (although I am using a 9900k).  Do I think the 10-15% gain is worth the $200-$250 increase compared to the 2070 Super is worth it?  Not really, especially if you are looking for saving money on your budget build.  The 2070 Super is perfect for 1440p Gaming, and will still handle playing movies at 4K.  If you believe that you will be gaming at 4K however, I would consider doing the 2080 Super.   Is There a Difference Between 3600Mhz and 3200Mhz RAM?  Should I do 32GB of RAM? There isn't a large difference between 3600Mhz and 3200Mhz, especially with Ryzen 3rd generation processors.  The speed mattered a lot more with the first two generations, but you won't see that same jump between 3600Mhz and 3200Mhz RAM.  16GB RAM is the perfect amount for gaming at this moment, though more and more games are using RAM and can get hogged if you are planning to multitask like having Chrome up while gaming.  On the plus side, RAM is super easy to upgrade, and you can easily tell if you need more.  If you see your system reaching 100% Memory usage or close to that amount and noticing your system isn't performing well, a RAM upgrade would be simple to do.  When it comes to 32GB of RAM, 4x8GB sticks is better than 2x16GB sticks due to the ability to upgrade it from 16GB to 32GB.   I don't think Samsung B-Die RAM are worth it. How Important is DRAM SSD?  Is NVMe Worth It over Sata? DRAM SSDs are better than DRAMless SSD when the SSD needs to access the same data over and over again.  If you plan on putting your OS and important documents on an SSD, you would want to have it on an SSD with DRAM.  NVMe is not a super large jump over SATA compared to SATA SSD over HDD.  Less cable management if you do go with an M.2 Drive, which is nice.   Airflow, Cases and Tempered Glass I don't think it's super important to worry about which has the better airflow.  As long as you get a case with solid airflow and you don't plan on overclocking, most cases should do fine.  A rear fan is no necessary, but it is one of the main ways for exhausting hot air out.  You want to keep positive air pressure so that it reduces dust that can get inside the case through all the cracks.  Positive Airflow is when you have more air coming into the system then you do exhausting, all that extra air will go through the cracks and small areas in the case.  You can do this with fans exhausting air through the top of your case if your case has that option.  A common setup would be two fans in taking and one rear fan.  Tempered Glass can just break randomly, it's the design of the class.  To keep it solid and a lot more resistant, there is a lot of pressure on the glass keeping it all together, and one small break will usually shatter the entire glass.  I personally had one break in my hand as I was just taking it off, but most case companies sell replacement and can be claimed under warranty.  Cleaning it is a mess however. Monitors I don't have a large expertise here, but based off my experience, I think LG monitors have been look great lately.  I am unfamiliar with the panel issue flickering, I do know some gaming monitors implement Backlight Strobing that can be mistaken for flickering in a bright room.  I am a big IPS fan for the colors, and if you plan on watching movies on your monitor, I think IPS is the way to go over VA. Peripherals Most of this is mainly personal preferences since peripherals are all pretty similar at the high end.  I'm unfamiliar with switches outside of Cherry since all my keyboards have been Corsair keyboards that use Cherry Reds/Speeds.   I think the Cooler Master Keyboard is great, I don't think there is a big difference between most high end gaming keyboards.  Wristrest is a personal opinion, I always need a wristrest and I feel comfortable typing with it.  I have friends who refuse to use it and rather float there hands/fingers.  I think you can definitely test how you type right now and if your wrists are laying on the edge of your keyboard of not.   Mice are similar to keyboards, besides shape and the amount of buttons, it's mainly personally preference.  Big Corsair Scimitar fan, like all the buttons and feels super nice.   I don't really know the difference between the mousepads besides the height?  I think a 6mm will definitely be heavier and not "curl" compared to thinner mousepads.   1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 6.5K All Categories 999 The Blog 29 What's Trending 158 How to & Technical Guides 8 Computer Hardware 118 Software 3 Home Office 5 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 15 3D Printers 7 Maker 14 PC Build Guides 77 Reviews & Buying Guides 25 Build Showcase 13 Contests 35 Past Contests 726 The Community 1.7K General Discussion 104 New Members 67 Consumer Tech 18 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 72 Software 2 Audio/Visual 11 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 22 3D Printing 46 Retro Arcade/Gaming 78 All Other Tech 1.2K Store Information and Policy 48 Off Topic 5 Community Ideas & Feedback 110 Your Completed Builds 2.6K Build-Your-Own PC 1.6K Help Choosing Parts 218 Graphics Cards 157 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 61 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 11 Monitors and Displays 28 Peripherals 6 All Other Parts 20 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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This will take a few seconds. Controller Bus#00, Device#1F, Function#02: 06 Ports, 02 Devices Port-00: Hard Disk, WDC WD10EZEX-00BNA500 Port-01: No device detected ... Port-05: No device detected AHCI BIOS Installed As you can see Port 00 is my boot  WD Blue 1TB HDD (same model as new drive) that I've had for a couple of years without issue. Notice the 02 Devices.  If I unplug my new device it shows 01 Devices.  Does that mean anything? This would seem like a good thing. I've swapped the SATA cables and power supply between the these two drives with no difference (except my boot disk points to Port-01) to eliminate those issues.  Windows reports that my driver for the current boot drive is up to date.  Although maybe not for the new drive...? I have a GIGABYTE GA-Z68-UD3H-B3 motherboard running an Award BIOS version F12 dated 03/20/2012. The only update for the BIOS is to upgrade to UEFI which I haven't had the need to or want to - given my machine has been stable for years. I want to just keep my current bootable Win 7  WD Blue as an external drive via USB (or backup boot drive)  and the new one to be used for a new clean install of windows 10. I just want to see the new drive before proceeding. I tried to connect the new drive via a USB to SATA drive adapter without any luck either. I can tell you that the new drive does spin upon booting and stays spinning until just about the time I run diskmgmt.msc when it stops and disk management reports nothing about this new drive. I went through all of this with Western Digital tech support via chat, and they suggested I just return the drive.  I don't know if the tech was just searching the internet for a fix or management has decided it's in everybody's best interest to just return the $40 retail item. Regards,  CW    0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TSMikeW admin December 2020 Greetings @chris_g8 Two questions for you to start. What SATA ports on the board have you tried and what storage controller mode are you set to in the BIOS? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook chris_g8 ✭ December 2020 I tried the 6 ports and all the same. The disk spins for a spell then stops. No detection inside windows.  The device count is 2. The screen will pause on port detection on the port I was connected to, but would still return no detection. I performed the Load Fail-Safe Defaults. This set the PCH SATA Control Mode to IDE.  This wreaked havoc until I reset to ACHI. I'll probably get yet another drive and cable and a better quality USB to SATA drive adapter when the ice melts (metro Kansas City got hit with some sleet/ice mess).  Thanks for taking the time to respond.  All the best, CW 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook chris_g8 ✭ January 2 I exchanged the drive in question with another one of the same make and model from Micro Center and had no problems.   I owe Western Digital Technical Support an apology for they thought that the drive was probably defective and they were right.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin January 2 Unfortunately defective products can happen, I am glad to hear a swap out got you up and running. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 6.5K All Categories 999 The Blog 29 What's Trending 158 How to & Technical Guides 8 Computer Hardware 118 Software 3 Home Office 5 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 15 3D Printers 7 Maker 14 PC Build Guides 77 Reviews & Buying Guides 25 Build Showcase 13 Contests 35 Past Contests 728 The Community 1.7K General Discussion 104 New Members 68 Consumer Tech 19 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 72 Software 2 Audio/Visual 11 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 22 3D Printing 46 Retro Arcade/Gaming 78 All Other Tech 1.2K Store Information and Policy 48 Off Topic 5 Community Ideas & Feedback 110 Your Completed Builds 2.6K Build-Your-Own PC 1.6K Help Choosing Parts 218 Graphics Cards 157 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 61 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 11 Monitors and Displays 28 Peripherals 6 All Other Parts 20 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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Do you recall the very first time you heard the phrase “mechanical keyboard”?   I sure do!  When I built my very first computer in 2015, my coworker at Panera Bread asked if I was gonna get a mechanical keyboard. Now I have been PC gaming since I was a wee lad, but I was completely oblivious to the term mechanical keyboard.  I’ve only used keyboards with membrane switches at this point. So, I ended up doing my research and figured out quickly that this was the next purchase on my list for my gaming setup. I went straight to the top of popular mechanical keyboards at the time which was Razer’s Blackwidow Chroma. I was ecstatic about this keyboard. Absolutely loved it.  But in the last 5 years of buying different brands of keyboards and styles, I’ve noticed that you don’t have to purchase the most popular or expensive keyboard. I’ve had Corsair, Logitech, and HyperX keyboards and the one thing I noticed about all of them, is that they are all pretty dang expensive.  So what about the affordable gaming keyboards? Is there a more affordable option to where one can attain a more affordable, quality mechanical keyboard?  The answer is… yes.  Absolutely.  We’re going to go over Inland’s Mechanical Gaming Keyboard lineup for 2020.  The three Inland models in this review will be the MK-S, MK-F, and OMK-X.  Please use the links below to jump ahead. Inland MK-F/MK-S Inland OMK-X Inland Keyboard Software Final Thoughts Inland MK-S  TKL (Tenkeyless) Lower profile KT Red Switches Aluminum Cover Braided USB Cable Inland MK-F  Full Size Keyboard KT Red Switches Aluminum Cover Braided USB Cable Removable Wrist Rest Inland OMK-X  Full Size Keyboard KT Optical Blue Switches ABS Chassis Dedicated Macro Keys Volume Bar Removable Magnetic Wrist Rest 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook «12» Comments AlexS admin June 2020 Inland MK-F & MK-S Mechanical Gaming Keyboards I’m going to review these two keyboards simultaneously. The reason being is that the only real differences between the MK-F and MK-S keyboards is that the MK-F has a numpad and wrist rest and the MK-S does not.  The keyboards come with a keycap removal tool, software disc, and manual. Design Inland opted to go with a brushed aluminum cover for these keyboards with the remainder of the chassis being hard plastic.  It’s sturdy, looks super clean, and can compliment any sort of computer station, even one in an office environment. The key switches and caps sit atop the chassis like you would see on more recent keyboard designs, which makes it easier to clean.  The key layouts are fairly standard and do not include any dedicated macro or multimedia keys.  The caps are all clearly labeled and also have any shortcuts etched into them.  They also provide very ample lighting with the RGB effects.   Inland also decided to go with a braided cable with gold plated USB connector. This is always a nice touch when looking for a new keyboard. It's very durable and much more flexible than a plastic cable. Both the MK-F and MK-S also come with rubber legs if you wish to elevate the keyboard. Keyswitches As of now, the only mechanical key switches available for the MK-S and MK-F series boards are the Kailh/Kaihua KT Reds. They are linear SMT switches (Surface Mount Technology) and offer an operating life of 50,000,000 cycles.  They’re essentially what many would call a “Cherry MX clone” and they can definitely hold up during heavy gaming sessions.   I would like to say that the break in period for the MK-F was about a week to get these switches feeling consistent, but I experienced zero issues out of the box with any mishaps or accidental keypunches during this easy Jett Ace in Valorant on Split. The LEDs on the switches themselves are nice and bright and can be adjusted with the function (FN) key shortcuts. Functionality While I’ve come quite accustomed with having dedicated macro keys/multimedia keys on some of the more expensive keyboards, Inland has done a pretty darn good job with trying to keep it all in one.  Combining a multitude of keys with multiple functions, profiles, or multimedia use allows the MK-F and MK-S keyboards to maintain a much lower profile than bulkier mechanical keyboards.  You get 12 Feature Keys, 14 LED modes, keyboard LED brightness control and even a Game mode to lock your Windows Button.  These keyboards function admirably. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AlexS admin June 2020 Inland OMK-X Optical Gaming Mechanical Keyboard Inland’s OMK-X is one of the most affordable full size opto-mechanical gaming keyboards on the market. There is a miniscule amount of full size opto-mechanical keyboards that are under the $100 price mark and the OMK-X is in that category.  This keyboard comes with a keycap removal tool, software disc, and manual. Design   Inland’s opto-mechanical offering is a little bulkier and weighs in at around 3 lbs. The keyboard’s chassis is primarily made of hard plastic, and has a steel top cover instead of the aluminum cover.  You also get a magnetic wrist rest that connects to the bottom of the keyboard.   There are multiple programmable macro keys towards the upper left hand side of the keyboard, with LED mode keys for gaming on the upper right hand side of the keyboard. Inland was generous enough to also include a volume bar which is a nice touch. Both sides of the keyboard have some nifty RGB LED lightning as well.   The keyboard uses a plastic cable versus the more common braided style USB cable.  Since the model has USB passthrough, you’ll have two gold-plated USB-A connectors at the end of the cable which are clearly marked in case you do not wish to use the pass through. The key cap design has that gamer-like font with etched symbols for function shortcuts and allows RGB lightning to shine through very clearly.   Keyswitches The OMK-X uses Kailh/Kaihua KT Blue Optical Mechanical Switches and they feel amazing.  Personally, I’ve never been a blue switch kind of guy but I might be now.  Sure they’re a little on the louder side but the tactile feedback feels great and I was zooming against the opposition on typeracer.com (115+ WPM average though, no big deal).  The optical switches offer a 0.2ms response time which is insanely fast and offer 100% anti-ghosting.  For those who don’t know what anti-ghosting is, it’s technology that allows your keyboard to send simultaneous signals from multiple keypresses without any signals being lost.   The RGB lighting in the switches are comparable to KT Reds so it’s very clean and bright.  As of now, for the opto-mechanical OMX-K, the KT Blues are the only switch variant available at this time.   Functionality The OMK-X has plenty of function, macro, and media control keys.  You have 5 Macro Keys, 4 LED Game Mode keys, 12 Feature Keys, dedicated media keys, LED Mode and Control keys, a volume bar and even a USB pass through.  That’s a lot right?   The Macro and LED Game Mode buttons are pretty solid.  I didn’t expect them to stand as tall as they do but they seem quite sturdy.  The media function keys have a nice click and sit closer to the surface of the chassis.  The volume bar also has nice feedback to it when adjusting the volume.  The OMK-X offers 22 LED modes total with 3 different modes for each of the 6 LED themes plus the 4 LED Game Mode keys.  I’d say this keyboard offers plenty of RGB options for the budget mechanical keyboard shopper. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AlexS admin June 2020 Inland Keyboard Software Oh and just for your information, each of these keyboards come with their own separate software on a mini disc.  This does help with setting up Macros or profiles.  You can also select your keyboard lighting effects instead of going through the function key combinations. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AlexS admin June 2020 edited June 2020 Final Thoughts While there are plenty of expensive and higher quality choices for a mechanical gaming keyboard, Inland puts their foot down with the MK-S, MK-F, and OMK-X keyboards for the budget gamer.  These keyboards are well made, function great, and look very clean.  I’d recommend getting an Inland Gaming Keyboard whether you’re on budget or not! I thank you for taking the time to read my review of these great mechanical keyboards and ask that you answer the question I asked at the very beginning of the review. Do you recall the very first time you heard the phrase “mechanical keyboard”? And what is your favorite mechanical keyboard? 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin June 2020 The Corsair K70 Vengeance has treated me well for many years, if something were to happen I think I'd try one of these for the price.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Abraham_r ✭ June 2020 I have been working with my logitech keyboard for a while and have learned that I really appreciate the ability to have a customization option of keycaps with the mx switches. So being able to have an inland keyboard I can take my setup to the next level with color coordination and creativeness. My eye is set on the omk-x 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook javiperez64 ✭ June 2020 The one that called my attention the most would be the Inland OMK-X. I absolutely love the palm-rest design and the macro keys. I can already see my self making so much use of those in daily use (gaming and work). I'll have to get my hands on one when I get a chance. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Sato_maki ✭ June 2020 At the moment I game/work on my Anne Pro2. It’s not bad, it took a while with the software to get it configured with Bluetooth but overall not bad. Switches feel great. It is a little too small compact because I have bigger hands than average. I rather have a bigger keyboards like this one or Logitech/Corsair ones.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook GeorgeF ✭ June 2020 I quite like the OMK-X. Mainly for the wrist rest and volume rocker that most keyboards don’t offer. The design is aesthetically appealing. Also I’m not a huge fan of low profile keys so this one wins in my book! It looks pretty awesome as well! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook malla ✭ June 2020 I like the classic design and functionality of the omk-x. Not thing beats classic design, the others look good but will get outdated quick, similar to headset designs in 2015 vs now. The simple clean look will always be my favorite, screams professional with a gaming side. OMK-X  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Annnna ✭ June 2020 I like the Inland OMK-X it is nice to use and design is quite brilliant. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook kbeinlnleydy ✭ June 2020 I like the design of the Inland’s OMK-X. It's resembles the Corsair k70 slightly with some great looking rgb and extra keys. My first mechanical keyboard was the Corsair k70 rapidfire, and recently I moved to the glorious gaming gmmk tenkeyless and I absolutely love that keyboard. However they are both a bit more expensive then $100. It's be great to be able to try out the OMK-X!! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LookitsBirdi ✭ June 2020 Don't really dig the Gamer-y Look of the F or the S, but props for going for Box switches. Definitely preferring the OMK-X. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook kakudiego ✭ June 2020 For most of the people a $35 mechanical keyboard is more than enough. I'm using a VictSing 96 keys with doble O-rings.  It's nice to see more affordable options! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Goblin ✭ June 2020 I like the MK-F but brown switches would be rad 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Zenno ✭ June 2020 Glad to hear they are rocking red switches. Not sure about the 'cut corners' look on the S and F but I do miss arrow keys on my keyboard. I like the TKL but would it be weird to have a wrist rest on that one? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TS_StephenW admin June 2020 I have been using a Ducky keyboard with Cherry MX red switches since I did my first build 8 years ago. It hasn't let me down yet and I love it for gaming! I have a HyperX Alloy at work with brown switches that is great for typing and is much more affordable than the Ducky keyboards that are out today. Tested out some of the Inland boards and was satisfied with the feel of the keys during my brief time typing with it. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook KingXF ✭ June 2020 That OMK-X really interests me. It has optical switches, multimedia and macro keys, and so many more features. As a YouTube product reviewer myself I'd love to get my hands on this and post a video review of it. If it had more switch options and had a tkl version it'd be even better! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook lymanamyl ✭ June 2020 The MK-S looks interesting since I've been looking to get a TKL keyboard.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook bigjimboextreme ✭ June 2020 The Inland OMK-X RGB is the most appealing to me. I like all the functions for it and its features.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Rara ✭ June 2020 The Inland OMK-X is very interesting in its design and functionality.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ahjumbie ✭ June 2020 Inland OMK-X is the one for me ..the media controls are extremely useful for my stream and just handy overall 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Tdun ✭ June 2020 The MK-S looks like a good option for my son who has been hinting at a mechanical keyboard for a bit. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook OvrDue4Upgrade ✭ June 2020 I can't recall when I first heard of Mechanical keyboards, but it certainly seems like quite a while ago. Of the ones here I find the MK-F the most appealing. I prefer full-sized keyboards and the review indicates that its red style keys would be less noisy than the OMK-X, which I think is a sharp looking keyboard, but the review indicates that its blue switches are noisier than I would want my daily driver keyboard to be. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Adrian_K ✭ June 2020 I think I'd prefer the Inland OMK-X - full sized with blue switches! Never can go wrong with clickyness  1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook MaxBunny ✭ June 2020 I first heard of "mechanical keyboard" from a friend, though I've used them before in the old days and just never knew that they were. While the switches last mostly forever, the laser sensors on some models will definitely not.  But the Inland MK-F looks like it's the overall value/design winner. $5 mechanical numpad can't be passed up over its TKL version.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook jhaluska ✭ June 2020 I like the MK-F the most.  I do enough of numeric data entry and find a number pad indispensable.  My second favorite is the MK-S which would be great for a gaming only setup.  I'd love to see if the wrist pads are at the proper height for my hands. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Cristina_TM ✭ June 2020 I've recently completed my first PC build and have a keyboard that I got from a friend as a placeholder until I get a better one. We were actually looking at building our own together but these look dope as hell! Big fan of the Inland MK-S' build and functionality.  1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TS_JosephF admin July 2020 Adrian_K said: I think I'd prefer the Inland OMK-X - full sized with blue switches! Never can go wrong with clickyness  I have the MK-F here at work and the OMK-X at home. The 'clickyness' on the OMK-X is absolutely worth paying a little extra.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook 2loki4u ✭ July 2020 So, anyone have any idea where to get the omk-x drivers and software??? i don't own a regular optical drive, only an external slot drive i keep in a drawer - can't insert the mini-disc - can't find any links on micro-center or inland's sites for downloading them either - general google / duckduckgo searches haven't found much other than a reddit on it that's 5mo old and this thread...  btw - do you ever get used to the noise?!?!?! ugghhh - wish they were quieter - but overall, while being very different, the keys are pretty darn responsive... 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook «12» Leave a Comment Rich Text Editor. To edit a paragraph's style, hit tab to get to the paragraph menu. From there you will be able to pick one style. Nothing defaults to paragraph. An inline formatting menu will show up when you select text. Hit tab to get into that menu. 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Hello, here is a link to the setup file that is on that disc: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1QSx-gh3YpEmHgWrN9xcOcXgxuHsd-dgG/view  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Heidi ✭ October 2020 OMG Ian. You're an angel. Thank you! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook SpecTP ✭ November 2020 whatever happened to all the great Ducky mechanical keyboards that Microcenter used to stock? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AlexS admin November 2020 SpecTP said: whatever happened to all the great Ducky mechanical keyboards that Microcenter used to stock? Greetings SpecTP.  I'll try to see what I can find out, but from my memory, I do recall us selling these about 2-3 years ago but I haven't seen them since.   During that time, I do not recall us ever having 10+ in stock of any of the models offered.  Very scarce stock of the keyboards.   0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook SpecTP ✭ November 2020 I shopped at the Fairfax store and there was an entire rack full of Ducky's with a variety of Cherry MX switches to choose from. It was glorious. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AlexS admin November 2020 SpecTP said: I shopped at the Fairfax store and there was an entire rack full of Ducky's with a variety of Cherry MX switches to choose from. It was glorious. Was this a while back or recent?  I'm not seeing Duckys!   0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook JoyfulJake2 ✭ November 2020 Does anyone have the software for the MK-S available for download? I'm in the same boat of not being able to use the included disk as I don't have an optical drive that will work with the small disk 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSPhillipT admin November 2020 Hello @JoyfulJake2 Here is a link to the software for the MK-S;  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1nNjINA89AVuOeylzgs7dyfmCdGodgwtA/view  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Jay53 ✭ March 7 Has anyone figured out how to get the MK-F Customized backlighting mode to work? The instructions simply state to Press FN+_HOME when the 3 led blink, it's ready to set the colors on the key and then save it. This is Number 7 in the instructions. Thanks for any explanations out there. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook «12» Leave a Comment Rich Text Editor. To edit a paragraph's style, hit tab to get to the paragraph menu. From there you will be able to pick one style. Nothing defaults to paragraph. An inline formatting menu will show up when you select text. Hit tab to get into that menu. 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And with all those differing keyboards, it can be hard to decide what keyboard is right for you (though we do have a handy guide!). Whether you have a very particular taste or just can’t find the exact keyboard you want, we have a solution: You build your own. Micro Center is now carrying all the parts you need to build your own Glorious PC Gaming Race keyboards, from barebones keyboard bodies to switches and keycaps. But if building your own keyboard sounds intimidating, I’m here to assure you it’s not. So, let’s explore why you should build your own keyboard and how easy it actually is to do. Why Build Your Own Keyboard? You know exactly what you like, and exactly what you want. Maybe you’re looking for a 60% Tenkeyless keyboard with Gateron Blues switches and black keycaps. Or, maybe you want a compact keyboard with Kailh Copper switches and white keycaps. That customizability and freedom of choice is exactly why you build your own keyboard. And that’s just the start. Building your own keyboard means you’re not limited to a single switch or keycap. Mix it up, put Kailh box-brown on your WASD and Gateron reds everywhere else. Make a checkerboard pattern with your keycaps. And if you realize you’ve made a terrible mistake randomly placing Gateron Blues on your keyboard like clicky landmines, you can overhaul the whole thing whenever you want without having to buy a whole new keyboard. Is it hard to build your own keyboard? With the Glorious Modular Mechanical Keyboard, or GMMK, it’s not hard at all. It took me, a complete never-built-a-keyboard-before novice under an hour to go from this: To this: All while watching TV. How do I choose my parts? There’s no one answer to this question, as it’s entirely based on your personal preference. But we can offer a quick break down on which each of the parts are: Bases: GMMK Full-Size Base: Your standard keyboard size, including a number pad, F keys, and navigation keys. GMMK Tenkeyless: Almost a full-size keyboard, just without the number pad. It’s a bit smaller as a result, but still offers direction keys and F keys GMMK Compact: The bare minimum for a keyboard. No number pad, no navigation keys, no F keys, just enough to give you the full alphabet and punctuation. Switches: There are two different types of keyboard switches to choose from, each with their own subset of styles. Gateron looks to match the reigning mechanical champion Cherry as much as possible while prioritizing smoothness. Kailh switches, on the other hand, get a bit more experimental and try to improve on Cherry’s design. Gateron Blue: Clicky and tactile, Gateron Blues respond with an audible click as well as a small bump at their actuation point Gateron Brown: Tactile and quiet, Gateron Browns have a small bump at their actuation point, but no click Gateron Red: Linear and quiet, Gateron Reds don’t have the tactile bump or the noise of Blues and Browns Kailh Silver: Speedy and Linear, Kailh Silver switches are silent and linear with no tactile bump and have a high actuation point so keypresses register quicker. Kailh Copper: Speedy and Tactile, Kailh Copper switches have the actuation bump as well as a high actuation point for faster keypresses. Kailh Box-Brown: The same as Gateron Browns (tactile and quiet), but with a reinforced stem to lower key wobble as well as increase dust and water resistance. Kailh Box-Red: The same as Gateron Reds (linear and quiet), but with a reinforced stem to lower key wobble as well as increase dust and water resistance. Keycaps: Mechanical Keycaps: These are your standard keycaps, a solid color (available in Black and White) with translucence on the lettering to let the RGB of your base shine through. Aura Mechanical Keycaps: Functionally the same keycaps, but with a translucent base for brighter and more apparent RGB.  For my build, I decided to use parts I knew I would like, rather than try something new: GMMK Full-Size Base - I’m a sucker for a number pad, even if I rarely use it. Gateron Brown Switches - As a writer and a gamer, I want that spot between clicky blue switches and linear reds. That happy medium is brown switches, offering tactile feedback, but without the loud click of Blues. Aura Mechanical Keycaps White - I won’t lie, I meant to choose black keycaps. I accidentally grabbed the wrong box. But I’m really happy I did, as the white keys on a black bed look really nice. Hopefully, this has given you some idea of what you might want in your own build as we move on to the big part: How do I build a Glorious Modular Mechanical Keyboard? It breaks down into three steps: Attach the switches Attach the keycaps Test and personalize We’ll take a bit to break down each step, though none are particularly difficult. How do I put switches in my Glorious Mechanical Keyboard? Just push em in!  Okay, so it’s not quite that simple, but it very nearly is. If you take a look at your switches, you’ll notice two prongs poking out of the bottom. Make sure the prongs are sticking straight out and not angled. If they’re leaning, use the included tweezer tool to straighten them out, and you’re good to go. Line those prongs up with the holes in the slot you’re putting your switch, then push it in. It’ll snap in with a satisfying click, and you should be good to move onto the next. Unlike keycaps, there’s not a required location for each switch. But, if you’re worried that you’re going to mess something up, I can safely say it takes a LOT to actually break something. Once I put my keyboard together and had it plugged in, I realized that I had two keys not working (we’ll talk about how to test in step 3). So I pulled those switches out and found that I really did a number on them: But don’t worry: not only did this mistake do no lasting damage to my computer or keyboard, I un-bent the prongs, plugged the switch back in, and it was good to go. And if you do manage to do enough damage that they’re unfixable, the switch packs come with several extra. I had around 20 leftover after building with the largest keyboard we had. Just don’t be too rough, and you’ll be fine. How do I put keycaps on my Glorious Mechanical Keyboard? Just push em on! This time, I’m not oversimplifying things. Putting keycaps on is even easier than switches. Just make sure your keycap is in the right place and facing the correct direction. In other words, don’t put your ‘A’ key upside-down in the ‘X’ key slot (though if you do, there’s a keycap puller with the keycaps and the base, and pulling keycaps off is as simple as lifting up with the puller). And to make things even easier, Glorious packed the keys in the order they appear on your keyboard. So unless you’re putting your keys in DVORAK order, it’ll be a breeze.  Final Steps and the Glorious PC App Once you’ve got your keyboard put together, the only thing left to do is final tests and a bit more customization. Once you’ve got your Glorious keyboard hooked up to your PC, head over to the Glorious website and download the GMMK software. While that’s downloading and installing, I’d recommend testing to make sure all your keys are fully working. I used keyboardtester.com as a quick way to test each of my keys and learn that I definitely did not install two correctly. Once you’ve tested all your keys, it’s time to dig into your backlighting. There are a few pre-loaded customizations on GMMK keyboards that can be hot-swapped with the Function Key + Navigation Keys (this does vary based on which base you used). The pre-loaded customizations are fairly standard, however, and don’t offer much customization.  The GMMK software is where you’ll do all of your in-depth color customizations. With per-key lighting and 16.8 million colors available, you can sink a lot of time into perfecting your aesthetic, and that’s before you dig into the lighting modes.  If you’re looking to add macros to your keyboard, the GMMK app is where you’ll do that as well. Macro programming is designed to be as simple as possible, responding to keypresses and fully adjustable.  The Review: In total, my build took around 50 minutes from start to finish. 5 minutes to unpack everything, 20 minutes to snap in the switches, 15 to place the keycaps, and another 10 to test everything and set up the Glorious software. That’s under an hour to build one of the nicest keyboards I’ve ever had the chance to work with. And if you’re concerned the only reason I like it so much is because I chose all the parts: that’s exactly the point. Glorious Modular Mechanical Keyboards are designed to be fully customizable by you. You choose the parts, the colors, the style. At the end of your build, you’ll be left with a keyboard that you built from the ground up. And that build is part of the fun. It’s just difficult enough to require some attention, but if you’re comfortable, you can fall into a really pleasing rhythm while building.  Final Notes: Assembly is quick, easy, and fully customizable Mistakes can happen but are easy to fix and usually harmless The glorious PC app is simple and understandable If you’re looking for a completely customizable, changeable, and personalizable keyboard for around the price of a standard mechanical keyboard, you can’t do better than Glorious. Want to win your own custom keyboard? [Contest Ended!] By now, you’re probably hankering to put together your own keyboard. And we want to send you the parts to do so! We’ve got two complete builds waiting to be assembled, you just need to tell us the parts you would use from this list: Barebones Base: Glorious Barebones Compact Base Glorious Barebones Tenkeyless Base Switches: Kailh Copper Kailh Silver Kailh Box-Brown Kailh Box-Red Gateron Blue Gateron Red Keycaps: 104 Black Keycaps 104 White Keycaps 104 Aura Black Keycaps Post your build of choice in the comments and we’ll randomly select two users to get their full parts list for FREE. You have until Sunday, May 16th at 11:59 PM EST to enter, so choose quick! Good luck, and happy building! Glorious-GMMK-Giveaway_TC.pdf 2 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook «123» Comments VeritableHero ✭ May 12 Kailh Box-Red 104 Aura Black Keycaps Glorious Barebones Compact Base Thanks! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook kataztrophik ✭ May 12 I would probably go with the following build Glorious Barebones Tenkeyless Base Kailh Box-Brown 104 Aura Black Keycaps 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Marcato Michigan ✭ May 12 Glorious Barebones Tenkeyless Base Kailh Box-Brown 104 Aura Black Keycaps 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Wjm68801 ✭ May 12 Glorious Barebones Tenkeyless Base kailh box-brown  104 Aura key caps  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Gremlen ✭ May 12 edited May 12 Glorious Barebones Compact Base Kailh Silver 104 Black Keycaps Thanks for the opportunity! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook WillianLeite ✭ May 12 Glorious Barebones Tenkeyless Base Gateron Red 104 Aura Black Keycaps This will be me choice 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook INK46 ✭ May 12 •Glorious Barebones Compact Base •Gateron Red •104 Black Keycaps 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Omnipotent ✭ May 12 Glorious Barebones Tenkeyless Base Kailh Box-Brown 104 Aura Black Keycaps 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook RockstarVenom ✭ May 12 Glorious Barebones Tenkeyless Base Kailh Silver 104 Aura Black Keycaps  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Rzyyzn ✭ May 12 Glorious Barebones Tenkeyless Base Gateron Red 104 Aura Black Keycaps 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook squiz ✭ May 12 Glorious Barebones Tenkeyless Base Kailh Box-Brown 104 Aura Black Keycaps Thank you for such a generous giveaway!! ❤️ 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook JesusDeLaRosa ✭ May 12 Glorious Barebones Compact Base Kailh Box Brown 104 White Keycaps 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Snail ✭ May 12 I would personally go for  Glorious Barebones Tenkeyless Base  Kailh Box Brown  104 Aura Black Keycaps 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook alee ✭ May 12 Here's my choices: Glorious Barebones Tenkeyless Base Kailh Box-Brown 104 Aura Black Keycaps 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook emilio_aguinaga343 ✭ May 12 Its gotta be Glorious Barebones Tenkeyless base Gateron Red ( and lube them) 104 Aura black key caps PS- The glorious Model O wireless is one of the best mice ever! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Emu ✭ May 12 I’d like to build it with: Glorious Barebones Compact Base Gateron Red 104 Aura Black Keycaps 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook hey_free_portal ✭ May 12 Glorious Barebones Tenkeyless base Aura Black Keycaps Gateron Red Switches This would be a great upgrade for my home office! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook lymanamyl ✭ May 13 GMMK Full-Size Base Kailh Copper Mechanical Keycaps Black 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook nikkideo ✭ May 13 GMMK TKL base box brown switches white keycaps 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook MrBeefy ✭ May 13 I'd have to go with: Tkl base Silver switches White key caps 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Trav ✭ May 13 My setup would be: Glorious Barebones Tenkeyless Base (White) Kailh Silver 104 White Keycaps 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook beard_second ✭ May 13 Glorious TKL Gateron Blue Black keycaps 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook MattWild ✭ May 13 Glorious Barebones Tenkeyless Base Kailh Box-Red 104 Aura Black Keycaps 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Jordan_X04 ✭ May 13 Case: Glorious Barebones Tenkeyless Base Switches: Gateron Red Keycaps: 104 Aura Black Keycaps 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook jordan123 ✭ May 13 Case: Glorious Barebones Tenkeyless Base Switches: Gateron Red Keycaps: 104 Aura Black Keycaps 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook rootwyrm ✭ May 15 Mmm, I could definitely use a replacement. (I still have a Rev.2 that's now been rebuilt 3 times.) It's a bit disappointing Microcenter isn't stocking the Kailh Purple Pros, but they are a bit of an acquired taste. Case: Glorious Barebones Compact Base Switches: Gateron Blue Keycaps: 104 Black 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Mike2Hodge ✭ May 15 This combo sounds perfect to me! Glorious Barebones Tenkeyless Base Kailh Box-Brown 104 Aura Black Keycaps 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Garbutt ✭ May 15 Glorious bare ones tenkeyless base Kailh copper switches Aura black keycaps Gotta have that tactile feedback! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook FlaggMann ✭ May 15 Glorious Barebones Tenkeyless Base Kailh Box-Brown 104 Aura Black Keycaps 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook JustinM198 ✭ May 15 GMMK Full-Size Base Kailh Copper Mechanical Keycaps Black 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook «123» Leave a Comment Rich Text Editor. To edit a paragraph's style, hit tab to get to the paragraph menu. 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I have a flexible budget that can go up to around $5,000 and need everything(including software, keyboard, lighting, etc.) so don't be afraid if the price gets high. I would like the PC to take the high priority on the budget and can always go back for all the peripherals later. I consider myself a gamer that would like to play everything, League of Legends, Apex, Fortnite, The Witcher, GTA, Far Cry, FIFA, Rocket League, COD, etc., without any problems. I would like to make it water cooled but I not sure if that is a great decision for my first build( maintenance/issues that I will not know the answer to), please let me know what you think. I am not sure what color scheme yet but will probably prefer black or white with accents of red or blue. I would like to be playing in 1440p on high settings. I possibly will consider streaming in the future but not for another year or so. My work is primarily Microsoft office based and not too intensive like video or graphic design.  Thanks for the future guidance!!! 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments Coneyman3 ✭ April 2020 Welcome to the club. Like you, I was a novice and just built a gaming PC recently. Check out my thread on what I went with for a comfortable first build, https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/2336/first-time-build-mostly-gaming-micro-center-build#latest.  To get comfortable with the process I looked up the manuals for the components I bought ahead of time, mainly the motherboard, case, and cooler, to ensure I knew exactly how it was going to come together. Between watching Bitwit's YouTube video and doing that reading ahead, the build process went without a hitch. Do some of research on AMD vs Intel so you get what you want. Some sites mention that Intel is coming out with a new chip soon, so make sure you are aware of that. As for water cooled...I didn't feel comfortable enough to do that on the first go around. The air coolers or AIO's are a good way to go if you don't have all the answers for a water-cooled system. Once you get your system up and running, you'll feel a lot more comfortable going back in to make upgrades in the future if needed. Good luck and have fun with it.  1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TheITDad ✭✭ April 2020 So I didn't go full on 5k for this build but it includes your dual monitors, a nice keyboard and mouse combo (no mousepad because there are lots of printed options all over the web so go have fun).  I also put 4 extra fans in the build, now they aren't RGB but that's because a two pack of non RGB is 40 bucks, while a single RGB one is 44, and a 3 pack is 130.  So up to you if you want to spring for the unicorn rainbow effects.  But the monitors on this setup are real nice and run at high refresh rate and low latency.  Now I did an AMD build so if you want to go intel just replace the mobo and cpu with comparable intel substitutes.  But here is the build, hope you have fun. Configure Your PC: https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=8b31edff-d4ce-486d-b208-f396de4e9348 CPU: (1) AMD Ryzen 9 3900X Matisse 3.8GHz 12-Core AM4 Boxed Processor with Wraith Prism Cooler ($399.99 EACH) Motherboard: (1) ASUS X570 TUF Gaming Plus (WI-FI) AMD AM4 ATX Motherboard ($189.99 EACH) RAM: (1) G.Skill Trident Z 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3600 PC4-28800 CL15 Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit F4-3600C15D-16GTZ - Black ($154.99 EACH) Case: (1) Lian Li PC-O11 Dynamic Tempered Glass ATX Mid-Tower Computer Case - Black ($139.99 EACH) Power Supply: (1) Seasonic USA Focus Plus 750 Watt 80 Plus Gold ATX Fully Modular Power Supply ($129.99 EACH) Video Card: (1) EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Black Dual-Fan 11GB GDDR6 PCIe 3.0 Video Card ($1,099.99 EACH) M.2 SSD: (1) WD Black SN750 1TB SSD 3D V-NAND PCIe NVMe Gen 3 x 4 M.2 2280 Internal Solid State Drive ($154.99 EACH) Hard Drive: (1) WD Black Performance 4TB 7200RPM SATA III 6Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive ($164.99 EACH) Water Cooling Kits: (1) Corsair iCUE H100i RGB Pro XT 240mm Water Cooling Kit ($129.99 EACH) Operating System: (1) Microsoft Microsoft Windows 10 Home 32/64-Bit - USB ($139.99 EACH) Keyboard: (1) Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - USB PassThrough & Media Controls - Tactile & Quiet- Cherry MX Brown - RGB LED Backlit ($144.99 EACH) Mouse: (1) Corsair IRONCLAW Wireless RGB - FPS and MOBA Gaming Mouse - 18,000 DPI Optical Sensor - Sub-1 ms Slipstream Wireless ($89.99 EACH) Monitors: (2) MSI Optix AG32C 31.5" Full HD 165Hz DVI HDMI DP FreeSync Curved LED Gaming Monitor ($269.99 EACH) Case Fans: (2) Corsair ML120 Magnetic Levitation 120mm Case Fan - Twin Pack ($39.99 EACH) Total: $3,559.84 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 6.5K All Categories 999 The Blog 29 What's Trending 158 How to & Technical Guides 8 Computer Hardware 118 Software 3 Home Office 5 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 15 3D Printers 7 Maker 14 PC Build Guides 77 Reviews & Buying Guides 25 Build Showcase 13 Contests 35 Past Contests 728 The Community 1.7K General Discussion 104 New Members 68 Consumer Tech 19 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 72 Software 2 Audio/Visual 11 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 22 3D Printing 46 Retro Arcade/Gaming 78 All Other Tech 1.2K Store Information and Policy 48 Off Topic 5 Community Ideas & Feedback 110 Your Completed Builds 2.6K Build-Your-Own PC 1.6K Help Choosing Parts 218 Graphics Cards 157 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 61 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 11 Monitors and Displays 28 Peripherals 6 All Other Parts 20 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