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Community Article Horror Story Contest Highlights! — 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 Horror Story Contest Highlights! SeanM admin February 2021 edited June 2021 in General Discussion Our Horror Story Contest has come to a close and our winner has been notified, but with so many wild and sad stories out there, we wanted to take a minute to highlight five of our unfortunate faves! Caution: Falling Heat Sinks  From @kopas In the early 2000s... CPU retention mechanisms weren't nearly as reliable as they are today. I had just put the finishing touches on a Pentium 4 build. Perched atop my CPU was a massive hunk of copper, held in place by metal clips and a dainty bit of plastic on either side of the socket. As Windows was installing away, my attention was now on cleaning up the mess I hade made to the dining room and surrounding area. BAM! Thudda thudda thudda... ka-CHONK! I looked up to see my mid-tower case leaning slightly to one side and righting itself back. The monitor then went dark and small puff of smoke wisped out from the power supply. Upon further investigation, the plastic bits on the CPU socket had broken. The heatsink, now free of it's restraints, saw fit to lay waste to the internals of my brand new PC. I ended up having to RMA everything except the optical drive. (Remember those?) Always Check Your Plugs From @nworbcire Decided to build my first computer maybe 5-6 years ago, no experience other than online research/tutorials. I get all the parts and start assembling slowly, carefully, making sure not to discharge static electricity, keep uninstalled parts on their anti-static packaging, using "operation" style care moving my fingers/screwdriver/components. Everything went together quickly and was simple and intuitive like legos, or that box you play with as a kid where you push shapes through corresponding shaped holes. The only thing I needed instruction on was how to set up the jumpers for the front panel connectors on the case to the mobo, and I had to take the mobo back out after mounting because there wasn't room enough in the case to manipulate certains cables I hadn't yet attached. Finally I finish. No static discharge. No spills/drops. No kids around to throw a nerf football at the open case. Seems like it was easier than I thought! Almost too easy. I go to power on my brand new comp (i5-4690k, gtx 960, 8gb ram, 250 ssd, 2 tb hd, things that at the time were a step above what i was used to which set the bar for my excitement) she beeps once and starts to whir as the cooling fans power on, my graphics card lights up, I wait for the screen so I can start loading games/updates but nothing happens..... I double check all the cables are tight. I double check the gpu/ram/monitor on a separate comp. All are verified good and working. I worry now that I got in too deep on my own. Did I just spend 1k on a machine that I can't make work? What an idiot I was for thinking it was going well. I take everything apart and put it back together again. Beep, whir, lights, nothing. I try what I think is everything I could possibly try. Beep, whir, lights, nothing. I curse the gods. Beep, whir, lights, nothing. After torturing myself in this fashion for several hours I come to find that my stupidity was even greater than I could have imagined and I was simply plugging the monitor into the mobo and not the gpu. I had done everything else perfectly. Twice. TL;DR spent an afternoon rebuilding a computer that was functioning fine because I plugged the monitor into the mobo and not the gpu.... The God of Lightning is Pleased..... From @incred So, back in the early 2000s I almost summoned Raiden and burned down the house. Let me explain. I had just gone through the journey of buying all the components needed to build a new gaming PC. I was still pretty new to the whole thing, but this wasn't my first build. The power of naïve confidence allowed me to rush the build together in no time, and I was pretty proud of myself. I simply had to power it up and behold the results. With the PC case laying on its side, I gave it a go.    The motherboard lights twinkled with life and the fans whirled for about half a second and for the span of a heart beat, I thought I had been successful. Then, the system fell dark. Strange. What's going on? I hit the power switch again and got the exact same results. A flicker of life, then nothing. I peered into the case and carefully checked every connection. I tried removing a stick of RAM. Nothing. Trying older RAM. Nothing. Same with the GPU. Same with just about every component. Same results. Nothing.    Why does it power up for only half a second and then die when I hit the power button? After all the trouble of swapping and reseating components, I was perplexed. I don't know what possessed me, but in the name of insanity I decided to flip the switch one more time. This time, the motherboard was not having it.   A piercing arc of light flashed from my motherboard and nearly reached the ceiling with a loud snap. This brief burst of angry electrons was short-lived, but I remember it vividly. It sparked upward from the motherboard and came crashing down against it. The event left in its wake a burning smell and a small puff of ominous smoke. That board was dead. Mercifully, my house was spared.      In the aftermath of depressing disassembly, I found the problem - one that I would have found if I had just been more careful and less rushed. I never put standoffs underneath the motherboard. That's right, it was sitting directly on a metal chassis and it shorted. If there was anything to be gained from that day, it was that I learned to prepare myself for a long building session. No hurrying, no skipped steps. Just do it right. I've never had such a problem again, but to this day I put the standoffs in FIRST.    You may now laugh at my bumbling youth.  When the FBI Comes Knocking From @Zelnar Yeah, so, this is going to date me a little. So, I started building machines way back, because, well I couldn't afford a pre-built IBM PC, but I could afford a copy of ComputerShopper and an XT Clone. (Okay, I know I lost most of you there.) I had just finished building my XT Clone and had put in a used 5MB full height drive a friend had got for cheap (he owned a computer store selling unbranded IBM clones)  So, one day I am on a BBS and there is a message that some guy has a handful of "like-new" Seagate ST-225 20MB hard drives for sale for $150 each, some company is upgrading their machines and sold these machines as used and the guy is parting them out.  Cool.  Now, understand at the time 20MB drives are selling new for upwards of $800 each so, I'll take TWO!  Yeah, that was 3 car payments, and drained my account but heck, I couldn't pass it up.  So, they were AWESOME! Two half-height 20mb drives in my computer, yes my friends were jealous! That is until about two months later when there is a knock at the door.  A nice man with an FBI badge and another from AFOSI (Air Force) informed me that they were looking to recover stolen hard drives from Hanscom Air Force base.  Turns out the drives had been brand new, multiple CASES of drives had gone missing, they caught the guy, got my name from the BBS. Anyway, they didn’t charge me with anything, but they did take their drives and gave me a stern warning about “too good to be true deals” and after like 2 days of searching through my entire life and everything I owned looking for anything else and wanting to know if I knew anyone else who had bought the drives, they finally left me alone, poorer, but in peace.  Yeah, so, a year or so later I finally did get a bigger hard drive for my machine, but, that was my build from hell. Don't Burp Your Baby Over an Open Case From @Ericx112 Back in 2014 I was building a my gaming pc on the floor had the tower flat on the ground. When my wife shows up with our baby girl  in her arms she is about 6 months at the time, she came to see how it was coming along, I told her all I needed was to connect the gpu power cables and its all done. As I was done I decided to test it right there on the floor everything was running perfectly. But this is where it goes horribly wrong.  As my wife sees everything is fine she turns around with the baby over her shoulder as she  is trying to burp her. She takes ones step and my daughter doesn't just burp, she vomits and it lands inside the tower while it was running. What most people would expect the pc turns off. I attempted to clean was hoping for the best following day I tried to power it on after making sure nothing  still had moisture. Yes what you would expect nothing was working, nothing powered on only thing the survived was my cpu and ram. After all this my wife blamed it on me for doing it on the floor and not the table. To this day Each time I see my daughter playing on her pc it reminded me on what she when she was under 1 year old. "They said have kids it will be fun" but yes they are fun. This has been my worst experience ever building a pc. If you're ever looking for things to avoid doing while building a PC, our Horror Story Contest page is still up and filled with tales of mistakes, woes, and random chance. 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I do apologize you are having issues with the item. i am going to send a message to you directly on this. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.3K All Categories 1.1K The Blog 43 What's Trending 170 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 17 3D Printers 12 Maker 20 PC Build Guides 100 Reviews & Buying Guides 40 Build Showcase 21 Contests 42 Past Contests 1.3K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 97 New Members 170 Consumer Tech 51 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 87 Software 4 Audio/Visual 17 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 27 3D Printing 60 Retro Arcade/Gaming 87 All Other Tech 1.4K Store Information and Policy 56 Off Topic 8 Community Ideas & Feedback 116 Your Completed Builds 2.8K Build-Your-Own PC 1.8K Help Choosing Parts 244 Graphics Cards 184 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 65 Cases and Power Supplies 20 Air and Liquid Cooling 17 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 13 All Other Parts 25 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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Using the module doesn't require knowing the complex Bluetooth bottom protocol. A few simple steps can get you to enjoy the convenience of wireless communication. Bluetooth transmission module has only 4 AT command. Respectively are communication testing, name changing, baud rate changing, matching password changing. AT command must be set from TXD, RXD signal pins, not via Bluetooth channel. Device sending the AT command can be various types of MCU (for example, 51, avr, PIC, msp430, arm, etc.). It can also be a computer sending via serial port (PC serial port connected to MAX232 or USB serial port).   Specification: 1. core module uses HC-05 slave module, pins include VCC, GND, TXD, RXD, KEY, Bluetooth state pin (STATE), output low if not connected, high if connected. 2. LED indicates the connection status of Bluetooth, quick flash means no connectivity, slow flash means entering AT mode, double flash means Bluetooth is connected and the port is open. 3. Bottom plate has anti-reverse diode with 3.3V LDO. Input volt is 3.6~6V; current about 30mA with no pairing, current about 10mA after pairing. Input volt should be within 7V! 4. Pin level is 3.3V. It can be directly connected with various MCUs (51, AVR, PIC, ARM, MSP43 etc.) , also 5V MCUs, no need for MAX232 and cannot be connected with MAX232! 5. In open area, effective range is 10m (power level is CLASS 2). It’s possible to be more than 10m. But the connecting quality cannot be guaranteed. 6. After paring, it can be used as full duplex serial port. No need for knowing any Bluetooth protocol. It supports 8-bit data bits, 1 stop bit; can set odd-even check communication format, which is the most common communication format; do not support other formats. 7. Can access AT command to set parameters, and query information by pulling high pin 34. 8. Small size (3.57cm*1.52cm), SMD production, ensure quality; with transparent heat shrinkable film for dust-proof and anti-static function. 9. Use AT-command to switch from master or slave mode, and to connect to specific devices. 10. Support standard baud rate of 4800bps~1382400bps.     Connection Diagram: Sample Code: int val; int ledpin=13; void setup() { Serial.begin(9600);  pinMode(ledpin,OUTPUT); } void loop() { val=Serial.read(); if(val=='a')  { digitalWrite(ledpin,HIGH); delay(250); digitalWrite(ledpin,LOW); delay(250);  Serial.println("keyestudio"); } } © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article Powerspec g706 loud fan — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › Consumer Tech › Prebuilt PCs and Laptops Powerspec g706 loud fan Martin_Riggs_1987 ✭ December 2021 in Prebuilt PCs and Laptops Does anyone know what the final verdict was/is on the loud fans for some of the Powerspec PC's, specifially G706 Gaming PC. I have noticed lots of complaints. My cooling fans (on the top) have been loud since I purchased it. Is there something wrong with that particular brand cooler (Cooler Master)? Do I have to get a replacement cooler? I have already had the RAM replaced because they were faulty. Taking the PC to Microcenter is not an option right now. Just looking for a solution. Thank you! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TSMikeW admin December 2021 Greetings @Martin_Riggs_1987 Generally these fans are connected to the CPU_FAN header. Their volume is based on the CPU temperature. Please check your temps with Ryzen Master: https://www.amd.com/en/technologies/ryzen-master For clarification, are the fans always loud or loud under load? Does it just sound like high RPM or are you hearing something else that might indicate a bad bearing? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Martin_Riggs_1987 ✭ December 2021 TSMikeW, Thanks for the reply! There's a vibration sound as the Cooler Master fans increase and decrease in RPM's both in load and at idle (more so at load). I have tested the fans in auto, quiet and performance modes. Quiet is good with no vibration issues but as as you can imagine the PC gets hot very quickly once you start running a few apps. Auto is where you get all of the vibration sound. Performance is simply too fast for any vibration. I use auto mode. The sound the fans make is as if the fans are just a little bit loose in the housing and they are hovering in an RPM range where vibration is created. I have tightened and loosened the screws to no avail on both the radiator and fan housing. The vibration is loud enough at its peak where it is audible using Bose noise cancelling headphones. For all I know this is completely normal. I understand some PC's are loud. I just read lots of complaints about the same issues that made me think there was something bigger going on with this cooler. Upgrading the Cooler Master fans actually seemed commonplace in many forums as they were deemed low quality. Adding a third case fan on the front also seemed to help. Thanks again for any feedback. -Martin_Riggs_1987@Martin_Riggs_1987 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMikeW admin December 2021 @Martin_Riggs_1987 The stock Cooler Master fans provided good static pressure, that's what you're looking for with an a fan an AIO. When we're testing AIO's we'll generally test with heavy AVX stress. That should reach a higher temp than the end user will ever see under normal circumstances. In this testing the fan is loud, but in an enclosed chassis the noise should not be distracting. We do consider acoustics when we're testing these components. I'd assume this is more of an issue with the bearings wearing out. The fans will wobble on their axis and you'll get the kind of distorted sound you're describing. This would be a defective part that would be covered under warranty. I do see you're still under the extended warranty, looking up the G706 under your email address. This would cover replacement fans or replacing the AIO entirely. If you want to replace the fans yourself for the sake of minimizing downtime, I'd recommend these: https://www.microcenter.com/product/600913/arctic-cooling-p12-fluid-dynamic-bearing-120mm-case-fan For radiator fans we're looking for fans that provide high static pressure rather than airflow or CFM. You can find similar RGB fans, just be careful if they're addressable, that you're using the addressable header on the board. The original fans are RGB, not ARGB. The Lian Li Uni and Corsair ML's with the fluid dynamic bearings are solid, but I believe they're all ARGB. It can be difficult to sync with the existing RGB fans. I'd either lower the transition speed if you're on color cycle, or disable some of the addressable LED's to match it up. I'd grab an ARGB splitter as well if the fans don't have a second connector to daisy chain off of. The X570 Pro4 has a single ARGB header on the bottom of the board. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Martin_Riggs_1987 ✭ December 2021 TSMikeW, Thanks again for your reply! Yeah, the PC is out of warranty. I will try out your recommendations. I will reply back here with the end result. Have a great holiday! -@Martin_Riggs_1987 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMikeW admin December 2021 edited December 2021 @Martin_Riggs_1987 I looked up your account with your email address and saw a two year extension warranty. Should bring your total warranty to three years. You've still got out nine months left. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Martin_Riggs_1987 ✭ January 11 TSMikeW, Oops. Oh well. I ended up replacing all the fans with the Lian Li UNI FAN Al RGB this morning. Purrs like a kitten now. Not to mention they cut out a lot of wires. It's weird not hearing all the noise. I had gotten used to it. I'm guessing one or both radiator fans had bad bearings. When I took the old ones out, they seemed very flimsy compared to the UNI FANS. I added a third case fan too on the bottom front and it has brought the temp down a few notches. Thanks again for all your help. Martin_Riggs_1987 @Martin_Riggs_1987 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 7.3K All Categories 1.1K The Blog 43 What's Trending 170 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 17 3D Printers 12 Maker 20 PC Build Guides 100 Reviews & Buying Guides 40 Build Showcase 21 Contests 42 Past Contests 1.3K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 97 New Members 170 Consumer Tech 51 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 87 Software 4 Audio/Visual 17 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 27 3D Printing 60 Retro Arcade/Gaming 87 All Other Tech 1.4K Store Information and Policy 56 Off Topic 8 Community Ideas & Feedback 116 Your Completed Builds 2.8K Build-Your-Own PC 1.8K Help Choosing Parts 244 Graphics Cards 184 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 65 Cases and Power Supplies 20 Air and Liquid Cooling 17 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 13 All Other Parts 25 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 $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article Open Box Returns — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › Store Information and Policy Open Box Returns minton444 ✭ June 2020 in Store Information and Policy Hello, I just bought an ASUS Xonar SE 7 days ago.  I installed it but there was a driver conflict.  My question is, may I return this sound card if the box was thrown out in error?  I have all of the contents including the static bag and receipt.  Thank you for your time! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TSTonyV admin June 2020 Hello @minton444! Welcome to the Community.  Sound cards have a 30-day return period, which applies to open-box products as well, so you've got plenty of time left. Just bring it in anytime during normal hours and we'll take care of it! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook minton444 ✭ June 2020 Thank you very much!  Last question; will I receive a full refund or will be there be a penalty? Thank you in advance. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin June 2020 It'd be a refund, we don't have restocking fees or anything like that.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.3K All Categories 1.1K The Blog 43 What's Trending 170 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 17 3D Printers 12 Maker 20 PC Build Guides 100 Reviews & Buying Guides 40 Build Showcase 21 Contests 42 Past Contests 1.3K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 97 New Members 170 Consumer Tech 51 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 87 Software 4 Audio/Visual 17 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 27 3D Printing 60 Retro Arcade/Gaming 87 All Other Tech 1.4K Store Information and Policy 56 Off Topic 8 Community Ideas & Feedback 116 Your Completed Builds 2.8K Build-Your-Own PC 1.8K Help Choosing Parts 244 Graphics Cards 184 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 65 Cases and Power Supplies 20 Air and Liquid Cooling 17 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 13 All Other Parts 25 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 $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article RealTek Audio Install Help! — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › General Discussion RealTek Audio Install Help! incrediblepulk ✭ August 2020 in General Discussion I recently built my PC and I do not have the RealTek audio manager installed. All my previous computers have had it and this one doesn't. Not sure if this is the cause to my issue which is static constantly in my headphones (they work on every other computer I have tried). I have ASUS TUF x570 Motherboard. Not sure if I didn't properly plug in a wire or what is going on. Saddening to have built a PC and not use it yet because the audio quality is so bad, please help! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TSPhillipT admin August 2020 Hello @incrediblepulk I feel like I recently answered this exact issue yesterday on a different support method...  anyways!  Here is a link to the downloads for the drivers for the motherboard.  You can find the Realtek Audio here; https://www.asus.com/us/Motherboards/TUF-GAMING-X570-PLUS-WI-FI/HelpDesk_Download/ 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.3K All Categories 1.1K The Blog 43 What's Trending 170 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 17 3D Printers 12 Maker 20 PC Build Guides 100 Reviews & Buying Guides 40 Build Showcase 21 Contests 42 Past Contests 1.3K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 97 New Members 170 Consumer Tech 51 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 87 Software 4 Audio/Visual 17 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 27 3D Printing 60 Retro Arcade/Gaming 87 All Other Tech 1.4K Store Information and Policy 56 Off Topic 8 Community Ideas & Feedback 116 Your Completed Builds 2.8K Build-Your-Own PC 1.8K Help Choosing Parts 244 Graphics Cards 184 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 65 Cases and Power Supplies 20 Air and Liquid Cooling 17 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 13 All Other Parts 25 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 $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article Lian Li Uni Fans — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › General Discussion Lian Li Uni Fans Stevej417 ✭ October 2020 edited June 2021 in General Discussion Is it normal for Microcenter to sell things for over MSRP?  These fans cost 24.99 and 79.99 but MC is selling them for 29.99 and 99.99 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TSMichaelB admin October 2020 Stevej417 said: Is it normal for Microcenter to sell things for over MSRP?  These fans cost 24.99 and 79.99 but MC is selling them for 29.99 and 99.99 Our pricing is typically very competitive compared to what you'd find online, however there may be a few instances where our pricing might be a little higher, though that has been pretty rare in my experience. I've been struggling to find these fans available on any competing website, and I couldn't find the MSRP listed on Lian Li's official webpage, but if you do find a cheaper price online, we can always take a look at it and see if it's something we can match. Pricing aside, those are definitely some clean looking fans with decent static pressure. Nice to see more variety in case fans that provide decent pressure AND airflow. I've been looking to upgrade from my Corsair ML140's for quite some time now, so I'll be keeping an eye out for some 140mm versions of these. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.3K All Categories 1.1K The Blog 43 What's Trending 170 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 17 3D Printers 12 Maker 20 PC Build Guides 100 Reviews & Buying Guides 40 Build Showcase 21 Contests 42 Past Contests 1.3K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 97 New Members 170 Consumer Tech 51 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 87 Software 4 Audio/Visual 17 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 27 3D Printing 60 Retro Arcade/Gaming 87 All Other Tech 1.4K Store Information and Policy 56 Off Topic 8 Community Ideas & Feedback 116 Your Completed Builds 2.8K Build-Your-Own PC 1.8K Help Choosing Parts 244 Graphics Cards 184 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 65 Cases and Power Supplies 20 Air and Liquid Cooling 17 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 13 All Other Parts 25 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 $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article Roccat Elo 7.1 Air Problems — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › General Discussion Roccat Elo 7.1 Air Problems WutToWrite ✭ April 2021 edited June 2021 in General Discussion I had bought this headset around a week ago and it's been nothing but issues and the support team won't even answer/contact me for anything I've asked. I have the metal rattling around in my headset, everytime I turn on my PC the wireless transmitter doesn't want to connect to my headset, there is static every 5 min randomly from the headset, and my friends had told me that my mic randomly lags and cut out randomly. Is there any way I can replace or return them? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments Ian admin April 2021 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/8340/roccat-elo-7-1-air-problems Greetings. If the item is defective/not working, please bring it in and we can assist you.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook WutToWrite ✭ April 2021 Alright, I'll bring it in the next time I can. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin April 2021 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/31257#Comment_31257 Yes, please bring it back in within 30 days of purchase and we can assist you. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.3K All Categories 1.1K The Blog 43 What's Trending 170 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 17 3D Printers 12 Maker 20 PC Build Guides 100 Reviews & Buying Guides 40 Build Showcase 21 Contests 42 Past Contests 1.3K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 97 New Members 170 Consumer Tech 51 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 87 Software 4 Audio/Visual 17 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 27 3D Printing 60 Retro Arcade/Gaming 87 All Other Tech 1.4K Store Information and Policy 56 Off Topic 8 Community Ideas & Feedback 116 Your Completed Builds 2.8K Build-Your-Own PC 1.8K Help Choosing Parts 244 Graphics Cards 184 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 65 Cases and Power Supplies 20 Air and Liquid Cooling 17 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 13 All Other Parts 25 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 $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article POWERSPEC G706 emanating loud buzzing noise — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › General Discussion POWERSPEC G706 emanating loud buzzing noise raymond ✭ June 2020 edited June 2020 in General Discussion Hello, I can't use my microphone because it picks up a buzzing coming from the computer. It's very annoying even without affecting the use of a microphone. Anyway to fix this? Is it the fans hitting against a wire or something? Thank you 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TSTonyV admin June 2020 Have you tried plugging in the microphone to both the front and back of your computer? Things like this can be caused by the ports. I'd also test another microphone, if you have one, just to be safe.  I would also disconnect any other peripherals you have and see if it goes away. Not too long ago I believe somebody made a post here on the forum where they were getting static/feedback when listening to their headphones, but it was weirdly being caused by their webcam being plugged in.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook raymond ✭ June 2020 Thanks for your response! I'll try the back port, it's very possible that's the issue. The ports they're in now are right next to the giant fans on the tower's ceiling. This headset is pretty old , which could also be the issue. Hopefully this works 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin June 2020 Hope so! Let us know if you have any other questions.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.3K All Categories 1.1K The Blog 43 What's Trending 170 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 17 3D Printers 12 Maker 20 PC Build Guides 100 Reviews & Buying Guides 40 Build Showcase 21 Contests 42 Past Contests 1.3K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 97 New Members 170 Consumer Tech 51 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 87 Software 4 Audio/Visual 17 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 27 3D Printing 60 Retro Arcade/Gaming 87 All Other Tech 1.4K Store Information and Policy 56 Off Topic 8 Community Ideas & Feedback 116 Your Completed Builds 2.8K Build-Your-Own PC 1.8K Help Choosing Parts 244 Graphics Cards 184 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 65 Cases and Power Supplies 20 Air and Liquid Cooling 17 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 13 All Other Parts 25 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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Any help would be greatly appreciated! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Answers JohnDaBeardWilliford Mayfield Store Associate August 2021 If you disabled the MOBO lights in the Aura settings you will do that for the fans in the same place. Our demo was set to sync the LED strips (actually the fans) and the MOBO. I just slid the button to "Off" on the right hand side of the window and everything was turned off at that point. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Bison_Dele ✭ August 2021 For whatever reason it isn't working for me. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Bison_Dele ✭ August 2021 When i turn it off on Aura the fan lights remain red in color and on. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Bison_Dele ✭ August 2021 Under Aura the motehrboard is greyed out, the add strip is clickable, though. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMikeW admin September 2021 @Bison_Dele Try this. Set your color to static - single color and lower the brightness to zero. Should achieve the desired effect. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook JohnDaBeardWilliford Mayfield Store Associate September 2021 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/35718#Comment_35718 Click on the strip and see if the button to turn it off is available. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.3K All Categories 1.1K The Blog 43 What's Trending 170 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 17 3D Printers 12 Maker 20 PC Build Guides 100 Reviews & Buying Guides 40 Build Showcase 21 Contests 42 Past Contests 1.3K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 97 New Members 170 Consumer Tech 51 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 87 Software 4 Audio/Visual 17 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 27 3D Printing 60 Retro Arcade/Gaming 87 All Other Tech 1.4K Store Information and Policy 56 Off Topic 8 Community Ideas & Feedback 116 Your Completed Builds 2.8K Build-Your-Own PC 1.8K Help Choosing Parts 244 Graphics Cards 184 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 65 Cases and Power Supplies 20 Air and Liquid Cooling 17 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 13 All Other Parts 25 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 $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article Spring Cleaning: How to Clean Every Screen in Your House — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › How to & Technical Guides › Computer Hardware Spring Cleaning: How to Clean Every Screen in Your House SeanM admin May 2021 edited August 2021 in Computer Hardware Modern devices of all sorts sport larger, more detailed displays than ever before. But if you want to make the most of your big screen TV, your iPad, MacBook, smartphone, and desktop monitor, you need to keep the screen clean. Ditch the dust, swipe away the smudges, and sanitize the stains with these handy tips on how to clean TV screens, laptop screens, and more. A word of warning before we begin, however. There are many glass cleaning and general cleaning products which may seem like a good fit for electronics too: they are not. Modern devices, especially touch screens, are designed with a very careful balance of materials, and the harsh chemicals in some cleaning sprays can permanently damage them or mar the display. The best way to clean TV screens and other devices is to use a combination of lint-free microfiber cloths and proper cleaning fluids. You can also leverage air dusters and soft-bristled brushes to remove particularly stubborn dirt, dust, and debris that's caught in the bezels of the display. Here are some cleaning tips for every screen in your home so they look as good as new. Find all your screen-cleaning tools at microcenter.com How to Clean TV Screens As the biggest screen in your home, it's often more obvious that your TV screen needs cleaning before any others. Before you begin, make sure to turn your TV off at the wall and ideally, remove the plug to be sure. Make sure to leave it for 15-minutes to cool down (especially if it's an older Plasma TV). The best way to clean TV screens is when they're cold, as a warm display can lead to streaks when the cleaning solution evaporates. It might seem simple, but knowing how to clean TV screens properly when they're dusty is important. Don't just use any old paper towels, or anything with paper in it, in fact. The fibers can make small scratches in the sensitive displays of modern TVs. The best way to clean a TV screen is with a microfiber cloth. Take the cloth and gently wipe the screen in a single direction, up to down, left to right – the direction doesn't matter, but be consistent, so that you don't just move the dust around. You can use an air duster to clean the dust from hard-to-reach places, but don't spray it directly at the screen and only spray in short one-second bursts so that condensation doesn't form under the cold spray. If you need to remove stains or splash marks from food or drink, you'll need to use something a little stronger. Don't be tempted to use general cleaning sprays designed for windows or other glass surfaces. Instead, opt for bespoke electronic wipes or cleaning solutions – spray a small amount onto a microfiber cloth (never directly on the screen). They'll safely remove oily marks and will help avoid excess dust build-up in the future. Wipe over the stain in small circular motions, with only light pressure. If it doesn't come away in one go, wait for the screen to dry then try again. Don't be tempted to press harder, as you can damage the display. When you're finished cleaning your screen, let any cleaning solution dry before turning it back on. How to Clean a MacBook Screen The method for how to clean a MacBook screen is much the same as for any laptop, tablet, or flat-screen TV. Microfiber cloths, or bespoke cleaning display cleaning wipes with anti-static protection and no alcohol or ammonia, are a must. They ensure that the screen is cleaned safely without scratches or smears. If you use a cleaning gel or spray, make sure to apply it to the microfiber cloth, not the screen itself. Only a small amount is necessary – don't' saturate the cloth or you risk leaving streaks on the screen after cleaning As with the guide on how to clean TV screens, make sure that the MacBook is switched off and unplugged from the charger before cleaning. It's also a good idea to let it cool down first. Wipe away dust in straight, uniform strokes across the screen, and use gentle circular motions to remove any stains or splash marks. How to Clean a Computer Screen  Desktop computer monitors are just slightly bigger versions of laptop displays, so the same method for how to clean a MacBook screen will work just fine on a computer monitor. Grab a lint-free microfiber cloth and brush across the surface of the screen in long, straight strokes to remove any dust. Some may get stuck around the bezel at the edge of the screen. To remove it, either use an air duster, or you can use a specially formulated duster brush with soft bristles. For stains, streaks, or fluid marks, you'll need to use a cleaning solution specially formulated for use with sensitive displays. Spray the solution onto the microfiber cloth once or twice (never on the screen directly) and then use gentle pressure and a small circular motion to remove the mark. Let it dry afterward, and if any marks are left, repeat the process with a clean portion of the cloth. Alternatively, one use screen cleaning wipes can be the best way to clean a computer monitor. You can simply remove one from the pack and wipe down your screen without the need for any additional spray. How to Clean an iPad Screen Apple iPads, Android tablets, and touchscreen Windows devices don't use a particularly different screen technology from other electronics, but where they do differ is the amount of interaction you have with them. Since you're touching them all day every day, they tend to build up grease, fingerprints, and potentially bacteria and viruses more than devices where your input is a keyboard, mouse, or touchpad. That doesn't mean you have to clean them any differently, but you should definitely clean them more often. Here's how to clean an iPad screen to make sure it stays clear, bright, and germ-free. As with cleaning other electronics, the best way to clean an iPad screen is with a microfiber cloth. Apple iPad screens are oil repellent, so everyday grease from fingers can come away easily enough with a dry wipe. If, however, you find that your iPad is particularly dirty, or its repellent effects have diminished over time, you can augment your microfiber cloth's cleaning ability with an anti-static cleaning fluid. You can buy those items individually, or opt for an all-in-one screen cleaning kit that comes with its own microfiber cloth and cleaning solution, as well as its own handy storage solution. Spray a little cleaning solution onto the microfiber cloth, then wipe down your iPad screen in one direction. If you need to pay particular attention to any marks, stains, or grime, perform gentle, circular motions with the cloth. If it doesn't come away the first time, don't press harder. Let it dry, then start again with another spray of the cleaning fluid. It will come away eventually. As an alternative, you can use screen-cleaning wipes that are ammonia and alcohol-free. They can be great if you find yourself wondering how to clean an iPad screen on the go, because you don't need to carry a bottle of cleaning fluid with you. Display wipes are a compact way to always be able to clean your screen without worrying about leaving streaks after you're done. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments evfossum01 USA-Colorado ✭ May 2021 Dang, this is helpful. I have marks all over my screens. Especially my ipad. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.3K All Categories 1.1K The Blog 43 What's Trending 170 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 17 3D Printers 12 Maker 20 PC Build Guides 100 Reviews & Buying Guides 40 Build Showcase 21 Contests 42 Past Contests 1.3K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 97 New Members 170 Consumer Tech 51 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 87 Software 4 Audio/Visual 17 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 27 3D Printing 60 Retro Arcade/Gaming 87 All Other Tech 1.4K Store Information and Policy 56 Off Topic 8 Community Ideas & Feedback 116 Your Completed Builds 2.8K Build-Your-Own PC 1.8K Help Choosing Parts 244 Graphics Cards 184 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 65 Cases and Power Supplies 20 Air and Liquid Cooling 17 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 13 All Other Parts 25 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 $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article How to Build a Gaming PC — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › PC Build Guides How to Build a Gaming PC LandShark admin October 2020 edited December 2020 in PC Build Guides Written by TSTonyV Hello! Welcome to the Micro Center Community. Many of you out there come to us asking about building your PC and, from experience, I can tell you it's one of the most fun and satisfying things I've learned how to do. If you're interested in building a computer, first check our guide on How to Choose Parts for Your Custom Computer Build.  Once you have your parts together, today's guide will help you through the assembly. Contents Preparing the motherboard Install the CPU Install the RAM Install CPU cooler/backplate Out-of-box POST test Final Assembly Getting started Building a PC is not very difficult. I like to call it electronic legos: as long as you can follow instructions and have a Phillips head screwdriver, you shouldn't run into any problems. There are a few things I want to make sure I go over before you start assembling it though: Build on a flat surface, ideally with a lot of space to make it easy to keep track of everything.  Ensure you're building on a non-conductive surface like a wood tabletop to avoid static discharge and possibly shorting something.  Ensure you don't have any static buildup by either wearing an anti-static bracelet or touching your hand to some other metal object.  Be careful! PC components can be delicate, and if you drop something or force something the wrong way, you can damage them and make them unusable. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments LandShark admin October 2020 edited May 2021 Preparing the motherboard The first thing to do is prep your motherboard for installation before you put it inside your case. If you install the board before putting anything else on it, it can be challenging to work with, so we advise installing as much as we can onto the board beforehand as it makes everything easier. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin October 2020 edited May 2021 Install the CPU Lift up the retention lever/bracket Lining up the arrow on the socket with the CPU will ensure it is oriented correctly. Drop the CPU into the socket. Don't force it; it should drop in with no resistance. If using an AMD processor, make sure there are no bent pins before installing it. Intel CPUs do not have pins, but the same principle applies. It should just drop into the socket with no resistance.  Lower the retention lever/bracket to secure the CPU in place. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin October 2020 edited May 2021 Install the RAM Undo the clip on the RAM sockets. Check your motherboard manual for the correct slots to install your RAM (typically slots 2 and 4). Installing RAM in the wrong slots can sometimes result in performance issues.  Check that the notch in the RAM module is lined up with the slot, press down evenly on both sides until you hear the modules fully click into the socket. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin October 2020 edited May 2021 Install CPU cooler/backplate Unless the CPU cooler gets in the way of plugging in any other cables, I would recommend installing this out of the box as well.  CPU coolers will come with backplates to install depending on the CPU socket on your motherboard. Check the installation guide to see which backplate to use and how to install it. Make sure your CPU cooler comes with thermal paste. Most have some pre-applied, some may require you to buy thermal paste separately and apply.  If applying your thermal paste, a pea-sized drop is typically sufficient. Too much thermal paste will cause it to leak out the sides and, in worst-case scenarios, damage something or hinder thermal performance. If you use too little, you won’t have sufficient coverage and will hinder thermal performance.  The cooler’s mounting pressure should be sufficient to spread the thermal paste; you can also spread the paste using a tool like the Thermal  Grizzly Spatula or something like an old credit card. Make sure it’s spread thin and consistent across the whole CPU. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin October 2020 edited May 2021 Out-of-box POST test An out-of-box POST test (also called “breadboarding”) means testing your components to make sure your system boots before you assemble it in your case. This step isn’t required, but we always recommend it because it allows you to make sure your components are all working without dealing with the hassle of disassembling your whole PC should something go wrong.  To do this, make sure at least your RAM, CPU, CPU cooler, and PSU hooked up. If your processor does not have integrated graphics, your GPU is also required. Plug in a monitor to your GPU or motherboard as usual.  Reminder: make sure you are doing this on a non-conductive surface. If you boot the system and it’s on a conductive surface, you can short your components and damage them. Please do NOT put it on top of the anti-static bag that the motherboard and components often are stored in. A wooden tabletop or a flat piece of cardboard are both appropriate.  Once the 24-pin motherboard power, 8-pin CPU power, and 6/6+2-pin PCIe connectors for your GPU are connected, you need to jump the power switch pins on the motherboard’s front-panel header. To do this, take your screwdriver and gently touch the metal end to both power switch pins on the front-panel header. Check your motherboard manual if you're not sure which pins to use; there will be a section with a diagram showing the pin layout. Make sure your PSU is on by setting the switch on the back to the "I" position.  Once you jump the board, if the parts are assembled correctly, and none of them are defective, the fans and lights should come on, and you should get something displaying on your monitor. Either the BIOS or perhaps an error message like “no boot device detected.” 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin October 2020 edited May 2021 Final Assembly Once you’ve established that your components work in the out-of-box POST test, it’s time to put it together!  I always recommend doing a little planning before actually assembling the system. Look at your case and try to get an idea of how you want to route the cables. Figure out which components should go in first, and which should go in last. For example, if your GPU will make it hard to get to the SATA ports on your board and you have a hard drive to install, plug in the hard drive first and save the GPU for later. Keep the system lying down to make it easier to plug things in. Install the PSU This is always my first step since the PSU is separate from the other components. It also allows you to route the cables before installing anything else.  If you have a modular PSU, figure out which power cable you will need and put them in first before installing it (CPU, motherboard, GPU power cables, etc.) Make sure PSU is oriented in the right direction so the screws on the back line up correctly. The fan will usually be on the bottom. Route the cables to where you think they'll work best so you can just plug them in and not worry about having to navigate them around other parts. Installing the motherboard Make sure you install the motherboard standoffs in your case. Some cases have standoffs pre-installed; some require you to put them in yourself.  There should be an I/O shield that fits into the back of your case to help cover your motherboard’s rear ports; install this before installing the motherboard. Some motherboards do have a built-in I/O shield. If you've already installed your CPU cooler, you may want to take the fans off while leaving the heatsink itself installed, so you have a little more room to work. When installing your motherboard, install the screws one at a time in a diagonal/star pattern: each corner first, next any in between, and do not fully tighten them down until they’re all in place. It will help you avoid any screws not lining up correctly.  Plug in other components The next step is plugging in any other components that you need, mainly your drives. M.2 SSDs are installed directly onto the motherboard. HDDs/SSDs will have individual bays for installation. If using a SATA HDD/SSD or other SATA device, make sure both the power and data cables are plugged in. If you are using an AIO liquid cooler, this would be the time to install it.  Plug-in fans/cables Your CPU fan will typically plug in on the top-right corner of your motherboard. Case fan headers can be located in various spots on your motherboard; check your motherboard manual if you’re having trouble finding them. They should all be labelled. Front-panel cables and front-panel USB cables will also need to be plugged in. Check your motherboard manual for the front-panel header layout to make sure you plug each cable onto the right pins. Plug in your CPU/motherboard power cables. Installing the GPU The GPU is pretty easy to install. Just slot it into the motherboard, then screw the bracket in on the back. We recommend installing the GPU in the top slot, so it’s operating in PCIe x16 mode; this helps avoid any potential slight performance loss. Some motherboards will allow other GPU slots to work in PCIe x16 mode if used, but that’s not always the case. Plug in the 6 and 6+2 PCIe power cables as your GPU needs. Conclusion After you have plugged in your GPU and components, plug in your power supply, flip that switch to I, plug in your monitor, and try turning your system on! If you did everything correctly and your components are all in good working order, your system should display the BIOS or a similar message on your monitor. Once your build has passed its POST, you'll want to install an operating system! We've created a helpful guide on How to Perform a Clean Install Windows just for you! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook MC_LeKisha ✭ October 2020 I built my first computer 3 years ago (with help) and it was so much fun and easy! Im ready to build a second one AND upgrade my older one. Thanks for the information! This is very helpful and will share with future builders! 3 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Angelo987 ✭ October 2020 can you show me how to build a water cooled pc and what to buy 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AlexS admin October 2020 Angelo987 said: can you show me how to build a water cooled pc and what to buy We are planning on more build guides in the future that focus on AIO closed loop systems and eventually open loop!  A closed loop system build for an All-In-One cooler like the Corsair iCUE H100i can pretty much follow this gaming PC build guide but you would want to install the cooler after the motherboard it set into the case.  Other water cooling kits can be found here 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook REALLYO78 ✭ November 2020 I am looking to replace my graphic card and need some recommendations. My system is a windows 10 pro 64 bit. Dell optiplex 7010 intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3470 CPU @3.20GHz (4 CPUs) memory 8192MP RAM  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin November 2020 edited November 2020 Hello @REALLYO78 It looks like the 7010 is a small form factor case. Meaning that it would only be compatible with a low profile GPU. Here's a list of our low profile GPUs https://www.microcenter.com/search/search_results.aspx?N=4294966937+4294820886&sortby=match What kind of work load did you have in mind for the GPU that you'd like to purchase? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LaxDude ✭ November 2020 Hi, I just got a Corsair iCUE H100i AIO and it did not fit when I tried to mount the radiator at the top of the case. Is it ok to mount the radiator to the front of the case? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LaxDude ✭ November 2020 If it's not what should I do? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin November 2020 Hey @LaxDude What case are you building in? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LaxDude ✭ November 2020 I have a digital storm lynx case  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin November 2020 Hmm. I'm not directly familiar with this case, however, from what I can see of it online, it looks like you should be able to mount the H100i on the top or in the front of the case with no issue. Is the H100i not able to fit because of your motherboard? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LaxDude ✭ November 2020 Yes, and the radiator ends up hitting the cpu power connector and the ram.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin November 2020 I see. They show the case fitting a 240mm radiator on top, though it could be a different configuration. It still should support a 240mm radiator in the front as well. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LaxDude ✭ November 2020 Ok, if I have fans already mounted to the front should I just use those, or should I replace them with the fans that come with the radiator. Or should I use both in the the front? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin November 2020 I wouldn't recommend doubling your fans. The fans in the front of the case should work with your radiator, however, different fans have different performance. It might be worth comparing the fans to see if noise or CFM is drastically different on one set vs. the other. Typically, there shouldnt be any issues with using the fans that are already working well in your case. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LaxDude ✭ November 2020 Ok thank you 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LaxDude ✭ November 2020 Also should I use the pre-applied thermal paste? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin November 2020 Yeah, that'll work just fine! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LaxDude ✭ November 2020 I just want to double check, should the tube side of the radiator be up or down? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook yxng_ad ✭ November 2020 i need help picking out parts for my pc build my budget is around 1100$-1200$ 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook yxng_ad ✭ November 2020 any recommendations? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin November 2020 LaxDude said: I just want to double check, should the tube side of the radiator be up or down? The side of the radiator where the tubes connect should be at the bottom, and the pump should be mounted in a position where it is slightly lower than the top of the radiator, where air is captured. yxng_ad said: i need help picking out parts for my pc build my budget is around 1100$-1200$ What kind of build were you looking for?  Are you planning to game? Work from home? Other tasks? If you're gaming, what kind of games are you looking to play? Also, does your budget need to include your accessories? Mouse, Keyboard, Monitor? If you have a monitor already, what monitor is it? We can use this info to give you better recommendations 😊 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook PendragonGames ✭ December 2020 I need advice when it comes to my first PC build, I need something that can handle VR and content creation, and something that's hefty enough to handle large volume modpacks and such. I have SOME idea of a parts list, but I don't want to have to deal with bottlenecks, not to mention any physical restrictions with the build. Help me, please! And as for the price, I'd like to keep it around 1k.  Mobo: MSI B450 Gaming Plus MAX CPU: Ryzen 5 3600 GPU: Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER Memory: Crucial Ballistix 2x8GB DDR4-3600 Cooler: be quiet! Pure Rock Slim 35.14 Storage: Western Digital Blue SN550 1TB M.2-2280 Case: Lian Li LANCOOL 205 Mid Tower Case PSU: Corsair CXM 550 W 80+ Bronze Also, sorry if this wasn't the correct place to ask all of this 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin December 2020 PendragonGames said: I need advice when it comes to my first PC build, I need something that can handle VR and content creation, and something that's hefty enough to handle large volume modpacks and such. I have SOME idea of a parts list, but I don't want to have to deal with bottlenecks, not to mention any physical restrictions with the build. Help me, please! And as for the price, I'd like to keep it around 1k.  Mobo: MSI B450 Gaming Plus MAX CPU: Ryzen 5 3600 GPU: Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER Memory: Crucial Ballistix 2x8GB DDR4-3600 Cooler: be quiet! Pure Rock Slim 35.14 Storage: Western Digital Blue SN550 1TB M.2-2280 Case: Lian Li LANCOOL 205 Mid Tower Case PSU: Corsair CXM 550 W 80+ Bronze Also, sorry if this wasn't the correct place to ask all of this This seems solid all-around at the budget you're looking for. A couple things you could potentially do would be to ditch the aftermarket CPU cooler and use the stock one included with the 3600 (it's just barely enough) and maybe go with a slightly cheaper motherboard to free up a little bit of cost and try to stretch up your budget on the GPU, but I'd only do that if that would allow you to go from the 1660 Super to an RTX 2060 or RX 5600XT (cost increase for a 1660ti isn't really worth it IMO).  As for "bottlenecks," that's ultimately going to depend how heavy your workload is. VR can be very GPU heavy if I recall and you'll probably always have room for improvement there. Depending on the type of content creation you're doing CPU, RAM and GPU will all have big impacts on your workflow.  Don't be too fixated on the idea of bottlenecks because there's always going to be something faster, bigger, or newer. At the budget you listed you've made good choices so I'd be happy with that and remember, you can always upgrade in the future if you need.  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. 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Since new it has run hot. 80c-95c but has not had any issues otherwise. One of the fans is starting to go, so I figured it was a good time to replace them with better fans and add some where possible. I'm just trying to find out what size fans fit, and if its it's possible to add some to the top (or elsewhere) and what size those would be . Unfortunately tech support wasnt able to help. Thanks! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TSMichaelB admin April 2020 edited April 2020 Welcome to the forum, Leverlution. The G428's 767C chassis supports 2 120mm fans by default. One in the front, one in the rear. While the top has perforated mesh to allow for some air intake/exhaust, it lacks the required cutouts for mounting fans. The side panel does have two additional 120mm fan mounts, but you need to be careful with the cable routing when sliding the panel on and off, as well as clearance with the Hyper 212 Evo heatsink and GPU. For the most part, you shouldn't run into any clearance issues if you added standard thickness 120mm fans (25mm). As for recommendations, anything rated for raw airflow would be better than fans rated for static pressure. There isn't much obstruction, so the airflow would be better in general for this chassis design. I personally enjoy the Corsair Maglev fans as well as their AF120's, but I've also heard good things about Coolermaster's Masterfan series. Noctua makes some of the best fans around, but unfortunately they are often sold out due to their very high demand. They are also very pricey as they are an enthusiast grade fan. I've provided scans of the installation manual below should you need them. 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It has gotten progressively worse - reboots more frequently. We are trying to figure out what is causing this. There is never a Windows 10 message indicating that the Operating System encountered an error. We don't think it is the graphics card temperature at it gets to 82-83 C under test and the PC doesn't shut off. Thinking it could be a faulty reset switch or the cpu chip temp hitting some limit. Maybe the 600W power supply is failing? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TSMikeW admin June 2020 We're sorry to hear about the issues with your system and we'll provide all that advice and assistance that we can here. If you're just experiencing a restart, no BSOD. System comes back on by itself, this sounds like an intermittent power interruption. You're going to work that from it's source. I would test another outlet/surge protector first. Then I would replace the power cord if it's possible. Next is the power supply, this is where it gets tough. It's intermittent, if you test it, it'll pass. Could be the motherboard. Reset switch is possible. I've only seen it happen once, and it was actually a damaged section of cable. Couldn't figure out why the system was restarting until I realized it was when someone either ran a vacuum near it or brushed up against it with a coat with a lining that builds up a static charge.. Easy enough to test though. On the F_PANEL, you'll four connectors. Top left is usually split into two, that's PLED. To the right is the power switch. Below the powers witch is the reset switch. To the left is the HDD LED. You can pull it off and leave it unplugged. Bottom row, 3rd and 4th pin from the left. Regarding temps, if you hit a shutdown temp on the CPU, it'll shut off, it will not restart on its own. With the GPU it'll become unstable, it may cause the display driver to crash and the card would become unresponsive, you'd get a black screen, but the system would stay on. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.3K All Categories 1.1K The Blog 43 What's Trending 170 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 17 3D Printers 12 Maker 20 PC Build Guides 100 Reviews & Buying Guides 40 Build Showcase 21 Contests 42 Past Contests 1.3K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 97 New Members 170 Consumer Tech 51 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 87 Software 4 Audio/Visual 17 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 27 3D Printing 60 Retro Arcade/Gaming 87 All Other Tech 1.4K Store Information and Policy 56 Off Topic 8 Community Ideas & Feedback 116 Your Completed Builds 2.8K Build-Your-Own PC 1.8K Help Choosing Parts 244 Graphics Cards 184 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 65 Cases and Power Supplies 20 Air and Liquid Cooling 17 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 13 All Other Parts 25 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 $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article MicroCenter, you are so frustrating! — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › General Discussion › New Members MicroCenter, you are so frustrating! hyteck9 ✭ October 2020 edited October 2020 in New Members I hate that my first post on this forum is negative, as Microcenter overall has been a positive place for me.  BUT...  I live on a small farm out in the country.  Farm life is super busy all the time, and driving in to town is an event that takes planning.  I finally got a few free hours tonight (Sunday evening) to put my new PC together from the parts I got from MicroCenter in town about 10 days ago (did I mention I am busy?).  Guess what? I open the bags and the new motherboard I bought, is not new at all, its USED!  The board's static bag was all wrinkly and not sealed, and there are thermalpaste fingerprints all over the socket lid.   GGGRRRRRRHHhHhahHH!!  I have to assume the worst, this board has probably been cooked by a careless overclocker, and so I won't even try installing it.   Look, I know MicroCenter will take care of me and replace it with a new one, but this is not the first time!  I have bought hard drives that have had the WRONG drive in the box  (like 250MB drive in a 2TB box).  I have bought scratched up CPU coolers that had clearly been mounted before.  Now I have to make a special trip back and forth to the store for this mobo.  PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, clearly mark returned items as OPEN BOX and sell them at a reasonable discount.  Certainly DO NOT pull used items for an online store pickup order that is paying the top dollar price for a new item like you just did to me.  I am so mad.  You are closed right now, or I would already be in my pickup heading your way.   SOOOOooo  Frustrating. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments LandShark admin October 2020 @hyteck9 So sorry to hear about your experience here! I appreciate you sharing your experience with us as it allows us the opportunity to improve! If a motherboard has been returned we issue the item an Open Box or clearance label, which is a large yellow sticker that contains information about the return or Open Box. I'd like to look into this on your behalf to see what happened here. Could you please send me a direct message with your purchase reference number? 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I'm being told otherwise in this subreddit. CX48 is now on sale at microcenter for $999 : OLED_Gaming (reddit.com) I made the purchase in the Chicago location. What can I do? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TSTDavey admin May 2021 Hello @BhipBookies and thanks for posting on the Microcenter Community Forum. We're not sure where the store rep information on the reddit link is coming from, but unfortunately the screen protection warranty does not cover burn-ins. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook BhipBookies ✭ May 2021 Does every Microcenter across the U.S. function the same with Warranties? Seems odd that some people are being told that Burn-in is covered. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMichaelB admin May 2021 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/31852#Comment_31852 We do. Warranty terms are publicly available and should not differ per store. That said, managers are always able to make exceptions on an individual basis at their discretion, so it's possible that you may see instances of this occurring every now and then. The page for our Screen Protection plan can be found here: https://www.microcenter.com/site/customer-support/protection-plans/screen-protection-tv.aspx The specific terms are located on that very page and lead to the following document: https://60a99bedadae98078522-a9b6cded92292ef3bace063619038eb1.ssl.cf2.rackcdn.com/documents_MCCESTC09.13State.pdf The specific part to pay attention to would be Section 14, subsection S: Television or personal computer monitor screen imperfections, including ‘burn in’ or burned CRT phosphor, caused by video games, prolonged display of one or more signal(s), or other abuse. All display products that are used in an application that requires continuous and/or business operation unless additional coverage is purchased. When it comes to OLED's and their organic nature, burn-in or image retention is unfortunately a downside of the technology and is an inherit side effect of the design. There are plenty of modern technologies in-place to help prevent burn-in or image retention from occurring, so it's less common, but it's definitely still possible. I've owned an LG B9 OLED TV for almost 2 years now and have not seen even the slightest bit of burn-in or image retention, and I used it as a PC monitor for the first 8 months and still use it for viewing Twitch content with static UI's on-screen. I hope this helps clarify your question. Make sure you enjoy that LG CX, it's definitely the best gaming TV on the market right now hands down. Perfect contrast ratio, 120hz refresh rate, G-Sync support, 4K with HDMI 2.1, hard to find anything that comes close until MicroLED becomes mainstream in a few years. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.3K All Categories 1.1K The Blog 43 What's Trending 170 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 17 3D Printers 12 Maker 20 PC Build Guides 100 Reviews & Buying Guides 40 Build Showcase 21 Contests 42 Past Contests 1.3K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 97 New Members 170 Consumer Tech 51 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 87 Software 4 Audio/Visual 17 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 27 3D Printing 60 Retro Arcade/Gaming 87 All Other Tech 1.4K Store Information and Policy 56 Off Topic 8 Community Ideas & Feedback 116 Your Completed Builds 2.8K Build-Your-Own PC 1.8K Help Choosing Parts 244 Graphics Cards 184 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 65 Cases and Power Supplies 20 Air and Liquid Cooling 17 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 13 All Other Parts 25 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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Any better suggestions? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Best Answers Ian admin September 2021 Accepted Answer Hello! A Corsair H60 or H80 would be compatible, honestly with a 11900K I'd recommend a 240mm cooler, but a 120mm should be feasible without overclocking or light overclocking but you'd want to monitor temps. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook magarity ✭ September 2021 Accepted Answer The air coolers are efficient enough these days that the 120mm AIO liquid coolers aren't really worth it. Can your case simply no way support a 240mm cooler? The general rule is a segment of 120mm per 100 watts and the i9 is over 100 at 125W. So a 120 will probably keep it running but you will wonder why you spent so much on it only to get air cooling temps. I think you will be unhappy with a 120mm's cooling performance, really. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Answers Sinister Michigan ✭ September 2021 Most definitely depending on if you are not overclocking, the https://www.microcenter.com/product/634043/thermaltake-th120-argb-sync-120mm-aio-water-cooling-kit is also a valid option. Corsair also has there 3 year warranty from the manufacturer! I would try it out , if you don't get expected results return the product and try what ever your micro center has in stock! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Taphead ✭ September 2021 Well, I am being cautiously optimistic and went with the H60. CPU is running in the high 30s at idle, occasionally pokes into low 40s running Win11 with all drivers and basic office apps, internet, etc. So far so good though I'm sure more cooling would be more better, though I'm pretty much maxed out on space; I could fit another static pressure fan on the backside of the radiator but that's about all I can do without modding the case. Still have a little cable cleanup to do but here's the situation. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook magarity ✭ September 2021 That does indeed look like the best you can do with that case. Tilt it towards its back (careful of the cords in the back) and let it run a minute to get any bubbles from the pump to go into the top of the radiator. Bubbles in the pump are bad. Is there any way you could fit the radiator in the back or top spot so the pump is not the highest point? After a year some fluid will evaporate out and you want the bubbles to naturally float upwards to somewhere that is not the pump. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Taphead ✭ October 2021 Okay, finally migrated workflows to the new system and having installed some more demanding applications including games, all main components (VRM, motherboard, GPU, etc) seem to top out around 55C with the CPU topping out around 60C. Higher than I would like, but still well within safe parameters. Thanks for all the advice, the net verdict being "it will work, but not ideal." 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin October 2021 Glad to hear everything is up and working for you! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.3K All Categories 1.1K The Blog 43 What's Trending 170 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 17 3D Printers 12 Maker 20 PC Build Guides 100 Reviews & Buying Guides 40 Build Showcase 21 Contests 42 Past Contests 1.3K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 97 New Members 170 Consumer Tech 51 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 87 Software 4 Audio/Visual 17 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 27 3D Printing 60 Retro Arcade/Gaming 87 All Other Tech 1.4K Store Information and Policy 56 Off Topic 8 Community Ideas & Feedback 116 Your Completed Builds 2.8K Build-Your-Own PC 1.8K Help Choosing Parts 244 Graphics Cards 184 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 65 Cases and Power Supplies 20 Air and Liquid Cooling 17 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 13 All Other Parts 25 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 you're a first-time builder or experienced, it's not uncommon to run into some snags or miss something minor in your build. This guide should cover all the basics.  Always start with having read and understood all of the manufacturer guides before attempting to build your computer. If you run into problems along the way, manufacturer documentation is a great source of information that is specific to that product. Make sure your power supply switch is turned to the proper setting in the ON position. It should be set to the line, not the circle. If you have a video card, check that your monitor is plugged directly into it and not into the motherboard video ports. When a video card is installed, the motherboard ports should be disabled by default, and you need to use the ones on the card. The video card ports are normally located below the audio ports, towards the bottom of an upright case. Verify the monitor is set to the correct input based on the cable you're using: HDMI, VGA, etc... and make sure you're using only one video cable for your monitor.  Test your monitor with another device or test another monitor with the computer to eliminate your monitor as the source of the problem.  Make sure both your 24-pin motherboard power cable and your 4+4 pin CPU power cable are plugged in. The CPU power is located on the top-left corner of the motherboard, the motherboard power is located on the right side.  Verify that your RAM is fully seated in the socket. When installing the RAM, you should hear it click into place when it's seated properly. If you are using more than one stick, check that they are installed in the correct slots according to your motherboard user manual. Try booting with a single stick of RAM at a time to see if this makes a difference. Try each stick in different slots to narrow down whether it might be an individual stick or a slot on the motherboard. Confirm that your video card is seated properly and the 6 pin or 6+2 pin PCIe power connectors are plugged in properly from your power supply (if your video card has those power connections). If your CPU has integrated graphics, try booting without the video card installed and using your motherboard video ports instead to see if it's a GPU related issue. Check and make sure that your front panel connector cables are plugged into the correct pins on the front panel header on your motherboard. Different boards may have different pin layouts, so make sure to check your user manual. It should have a diagram showing which pins are which. If they appear to be correct and it still will not power on, unplug the front panel cables and try jumping the power switch pins on your motherboard by gently touching the metal end of a screwdriver to the pins. Confirm that your CPU fan cable is plugged in. If the primary CPU fan header is not occupied, most motherboards will not boot. This applies even on motherboards that have a separate header for a water pump on a liquid cooler. Check that there is no thermal paste running down the sides or underneath the CPU. You only need a small amount of thermal paste to cover your whole CPU when installing a new cooler, and if paste gets into the socket, it can cause issues. Confirm that your CPU is lined up correctly in the socket. Look for tabs or an arrow that matches your motherboard, showing you which corner lines up where so that the CPU is in the correct position. Does your motherboard have any error code or debug LEDs that are lighting up? Some motherboards will have lights that can indicate if it is detecting an error with one of your components. This can potentially indicate a hardware problem. Try unplugging and replugging that component and make sure it is snug in its socket. Clear your CMOS. This can be done either by removing the button cell battery on the board while the power cable is unplugged from the back of the PSU or by using the clear CMOS jumper on your motherboard. Instructions are in your motherboard user manual on where to find the jumper. Check for any bent pins on your processor or in the CPU socket on the motherboard.  Confirm that your motherboard standoff screws were installed properly. These screw directly into your case and sit under the board to mount it. Some cases come with preinstalled motherboard standoffs - if one is in a place that does not line up with a corresponding hole on the motherboard, a short could happen. If no standoffs are available, your motherboard will make contact with the case where it shouldn't. Also, make sure that there are no wires or loose screws, or objects underneath the motherboard. Does your motherboard require a BIOS update for your processor? If your CPU is newer than your motherboard, the BIOS may need to be updated first to make them compatible with each other. An older processor that is compatible may be required to update it to the correct version. Some motherboards have a feature that allows you to update the BIOS without needing a CPU installed.  Is your RAM compatible? Most RAM is compatible with most motherboards if it has the right socket and the motherboard supports the capacity of the module that is installed, but in rare cases, you can have an issue. Your motherboard manufacturer will have a QVL (Qualified Vendor List) of RAM that they have tested to be compatible on the support page for your motherboard. If your RAM is not on the list and you rule out other potential issues, try switching to a set that is. Check if your motherboard might be shorting out inside the case. Take the motherboard out and put it on a flat insulated surface such as cardboard or wood (your motherboard box is a good option). Do NOT put your motherboard on the anti-static bag or anything else that could conduct electricity - this can cause a short and ruin your components. Install your CPU, RAM, and video card if you have one, then hook up your power supply and try to get it to boot by jumping the power switch pins on your board. This is called breadboarding. If it boots up while you have it breadboarded, your case could be making contact with the board somewhere it should not be and shorting it out. Finally, if troubleshooting does not identify the problem and corresponding solution, you may require assistance offered by the Micro Center In Store Service Department. © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article Need help with LAN / WiFi — 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 Need help with LAN / WiFi Andrew_Lee0521 ✭ August 2020 in General Discussion Hi, let me start off with the build Intel Core i5-10400 MSI Z490 MPG Gaming Edge Wifi G. Skill 3200 CL16 16GB Memory Asus Strix 1070Ti Seagate Firecuda 500GB SSHD Seagate Barracuda Computing 2TB HDD My problem: Boots up fine, went into Bios, only thing I did was enable XMP for the RAM, didn't touch anything else. Everything on my computer should work, but I really haven't been able to do much because 1. Apparently I don't have wifi according to my Device Manager. 2. The ethernet doesn't even work. all I get is "Ethernet" doesn't have a valid IP configuration.  I looked on the MSI website to grab a Bios update, and did that, nothing happened. I also followed some online suggestions to reset tcp/ip and dns cache and all of that winsock stuff. I've been working on this for 5 days, and I can't find any actual useful information. All the internet searches that turn up are like "Reset your IP", and it sounds so stupid, because I wouldn't call myself bad at tech, but all the pages that've been posted make it sound like the person searching all this information is stupid. Anyone have any idea what the problem is? I've done stuff like uninstalling the driver for ethernet and scanning for hardware changes, but that didnt fix it. I tried to put in a static ip address in the IPv4 protocol thing with DNS as well, didn't do anything.  I also don't know what to do about the wifi. Cause I have the wifi AC hardware thing on the back, but the motherboard just can't read it for some reason or whatever. I can't get the wifi thing to show up, and I don't want to accidentally touch the wrong thing under the "Other devices". 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Best Answer TSPhillipT admin August 2020 Accepted Answer Hello @Andrew_Lee0521 Have you downloaded the Drivers from the motherboard's website?  Can you try downloading the LAN Drivers from a different computer with internet access and adding them to your flashdrive?  Then put the flashdrive into your current build and install those LAN Drivers?  Once installed, visit the website again and add the other drivers.   https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/support/MPG-Z490-GAMING-EDGE-WIFI#down-driver&Win10 64 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Answers circatee Atlanta ✭ August 2020 This sounds very, similar to my issue. For the LAN, were you connecting directly to the router? If so, try it via a switch. I have an ASUS B550-F, just purchased earlier this week. When the LAN is connected directly to the router, there are no lights on the LAN, and it does not work. But, wait for it; connect it to a switch, and the LAN works. ASUS suggest an RMA.  Regardless, I wonder if your issue is similar to mine... 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Andrew_Lee0521 ✭ August 2020 TSPhillipT said: Hello @Andrew_Lee0521 Have you downloaded the Drivers from the motherboard's website?  Can you try downloading the LAN Drivers from a different computer with internet access and adding them to your flashdrive?  Then put the flashdrive into your current build and install those LAN Drivers?  Once installed, visit the website again and add the other drivers.   https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/support/MPG-Z490-GAMING-EDGE-WIFI#down-driver&Win10 64 Turns out it was just this. I hate google searching for tech related stuff.... every single search was useless.... Thanks a bunch dude LOL, everything fixed itself when I downloaded the updated driver. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.3K All Categories 1.1K The Blog 43 What's Trending 170 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 17 3D Printers 12 Maker 20 PC Build Guides 100 Reviews & Buying Guides 40 Build Showcase 21 Contests 42 Past Contests 1.3K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 97 New Members 170 Consumer Tech 51 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 87 Software 4 Audio/Visual 17 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 27 3D Printing 60 Retro Arcade/Gaming 87 All Other Tech 1.4K Store Information and Policy 56 Off Topic 8 Community Ideas & Feedback 116 Your Completed Builds 2.8K Build-Your-Own PC 1.8K Help Choosing Parts 244 Graphics Cards 184 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 65 Cases and Power Supplies 20 Air and Liquid Cooling 17 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 13 All Other Parts 25 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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The one that pulls your whole build together, or the one that just makes the computer work? Can you get by without a mouse? Speakers? A keyboard? What's that crucial piece to your PC? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments mmiller2 admin January 2021 #TeamDualMonitors  3 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook djohnson2 admin January 2021 mmiller2 said: #TeamDualMonitors  #TeamUltraWide 2 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook cgum admin January 2021 edited January 2021 If it doesn't have RGB, it isn't on my desk. 3 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook mmiller2 admin January 2021 djohnson2 said: mmiller2 said: #TeamDualMonitors  #TeamUltraWide There are two types of people in this world  1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook MC_LeKisha ✭ January 2021 Its the RGB and the CLICKING for me boo!!!! YAASSSSSS! I got to hear that fast clicking noise and watch those lights! And the mouse has to match!!! BOOM!!! 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin January 2021 It's the monitor. More specifically like a 49" ultrawide monitor. Ultrawide is love, ultrawide is life.  2 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Full_Medical Ohio ✭ January 2021 My favorite peripheral would be my headset. It's my portal to the outside word. It's how I communicate and listen to music. I'd say it's a must-have for anyone looking to spend time with friends online!  3 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AndrewHorton OH admin January 2021 Full_Medical said: My favorite peripheral would be my headset. It's my portal to the outside word. It's how I communicate and listen to music. I'd say it's a must-have for anyone looking to spend time with friends online!  Good audio is essential to me! Nice headphones are a must have.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook pdegan2814 ✭ January 2021 For me, I'd have to say it's probably my mouse. Whether I'm using my gaming PC, my personal laptop or my work laptop, I'm usually working on the computer for an extended period of time, and an uncomfortable mouse makes my hand hurt after a while. I avoid wireless mice when possible, because I never remember to keep them charged. And a lot of "gaming" mice have WAY too many buttons for my taste. Thankfully, the Corsair M65 series has been perfect for me. I can use it for extended periods without my hand cramping up, it has just enough buttons, and the price is reasonable. I've got three different generations of M65 spread across my computers, and I'll likely be getting another one soon. As for the lighting, I'm not really fan of RGB, I don't want my computers looking like they belong at a rave. Any RGB peripherals or components I have usually just get set to a static white. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook pdegan2814 ✭ January 2021 #TeamUltraWide I looooove my Ultrawide for normal computer use, especially my online D&D playing. For gaming, it's hit or miss. Granted, I am usually not playing the newest releases. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook APMCCE ✭ January 2021 My gpu, first thing I bought for myself honestly and excited to use instead of the igpu that was in my pc. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook SimiusV New York ✭ January 2021 I need a good mouse. Currently using a cheapo keyboard and headset haha. I dislike RGB stuff so that really cleans up my choices. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AlexS admin January 2021 Monitor for sure.  1440p @ 165hz has been so sweet.   0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TS_EmileC admin February 2021 It's gotta be the monitors and the headset for me. I need to see in 1440p or 4K and hear quality sound through my Astro headset. It's so good it can pick up sign language. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Paul_2 ✭ February 2021 I'd have to say multiple monitors. I happen to like good peripherals all around, but I can tolerate a lousy keyboard or mouse if I'm working on someone else's computer, but I absolutely hate using a single monitor, or a laptop monitor. I like screen real estate! My least important would be a headset. I'm usually playing most games without audio, because I often have TV or movies going on another monitor. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.3K All Categories 1.1K The Blog 43 What's Trending 170 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 17 3D Printers 12 Maker 20 PC Build Guides 100 Reviews & Buying Guides 40 Build Showcase 21 Contests 42 Past Contests 1.3K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 97 New Members 170 Consumer Tech 51 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 87 Software 4 Audio/Visual 17 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 27 3D Printing 60 Retro Arcade/Gaming 87 All Other Tech 1.4K Store Information and Policy 56 Off Topic 8 Community Ideas & Feedback 116 Your Completed Builds 2.8K Build-Your-Own PC 1.8K Help Choosing Parts 244 Graphics Cards 184 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 65 Cases and Power Supplies 20 Air and Liquid Cooling 17 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 13 All Other Parts 25 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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