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Community Article Go budget or all in? — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › Help Choosing Parts Go budget or all in? Waffler Cleveland, OH ✭ May 2020 edited May 2020 in Help Choosing Parts True to my name, I'm fighting with myself over which build to go for.  I made 2 build lists on here and the difference between them in price is $300. Not a huge difference but significant enough. The main difference between the builds boils down to the motherboard and video card. Went from the AMD x570 to the older B450 and from NVIDIA 2060 to 1660 Super. I also put in a less expensive PSU and a SATA SSD instead of m.2 in the budget build (to avoid heating issues as the budget motherboard lacks a heatsink for the m.2). What I'm trying to tell myself is do I want the more expensive build to "future proof" for newer games coming out later (like Cyberpunk, for example), or am I really ever going to play it? I don't do a lot of PC gaming and what gaming I do are older games (uh, classics) on a 1920x1200 monitor. I'm pretty sure I'll pick up the new Elder Scrolls game when it comes out, plus possibly Starfield and Half-Life 3 (kidding, but it'd be nice). My current rig is the older i5-2500K Sandy Bridge on a Gigabyte Z68X board with a GTX 970 card. So, yeah, pretty old and time to upgrade. Thought about keeping the giant 850W PSU (used to run SLI), but that's old too and overkill for the new build. EDIT: Links to my builds... BUDGET: https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=5c6b453a-1e4e-43eb-ae07-992bcb4d6531 LAVA MONSTER: https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=ddeffdfe-8dc1-4817-abab-029e9757d0ec 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TSTonyV admin May 2020 Hello @Waffler! Welcome to the Community.  First off, I'd like to say you hit me with a nice dose of nostalgia because I used to rock an old i5-2500k and a GTX 970 a few years ago. Got a lot of good years out of that 2500k.  I noticed you didn't include the cost of Windows in your build, if that's a consideration for you. Keep that in mind since it's another $140 if you planned to buy a copy.  Personally, if you plan on keeping on iteration of your build for a long time, I would go with a higher end setup now if you have the budget for it as it can save cost in the future. While the 1660 Super is a good entry level 1080p gaming card, it's still entry level, and I would bet that a brand new Elder Scrolls game will have decent graphics requirements if you want good settings. Plus, you never know if there will be other new games you get interested in.  In terms of performance, the CPU probably won't be any better or worse on the X570 than that B450 board you chose (there's a small chance it could perform differently, but I don't know enough about the quality of that particular B450 to say). I personally like having more features on my motherboard, but realistically performance differences would be minor at best. The SSD, in reality, won't make any noticeable difference. Unless you plan on doing a LOT of high volume data transfer (think moving large 4K video files) across another high-speed connection, you won't get any benefit from an NVMe SSD. Your boot times and load times will be practically the same. If you do decide to go with a budget build, I would actually recommend you stick with the higher quality power supply as a good PSU purchase now can last you a very long time. Cases will last forever as well, I'd get one that suits your preferences appropriately.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AlexS admin May 2020 Waffler said: Half-Life 3 (kidding, but it'd be nice). You got a laugh out of me, sir.  Well done.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Waffler Cleveland, OH ✭ May 2020 TSTonyV said: Hello @Waffler! Welcome to the Community.  First off, I'd like to say you hit me with a nice dose of nostalgia because I used to rock an old i5-2500k and a GTX 970 a few years ago. Got a lot of good years out of that 2500k. It's still kicking pretty good for me. It helps that I cool it down with a massive Cooler Master heatsink (looks like a V8, actually) in a giant Antec 1200 case with all the fans. Yeah, I have it considerably overclocked to a good 4.2 stable. Could probably do 4.5, but didn't want to push my luck with frying the thing with a little too much voltage. It's running cool even now at 30c (helps that I just cleaned out the case filters). I used to run two 8800 in SLI back in the day. The case is still awesome, but hate the work to clean the filters and it's just a monstrosity on my desk now and I want something smaller. I noticed you didn't include the cost of Windows in your build, if that's a consideration for you. Keep that in mind since it's another $140 if you planned to buy a copy. Plan to use my existing copy of Windows 10 Home 64-bit right now on a fresh SSD. Use existing 1tb SSD and 1tb HDD as drives for music, pictures, back-ups, etc. Personally, if you plan on keeping on iteration of your build for a long time, I would go with a higher end setup now if you have the budget for it as it can save cost in the future. While the 1660 Super is a good entry level 1080p gaming card, it's still entry level, and I would bet that a brand new Elder Scrolls game will have decent graphics requirements if you want good settings. Plus, you never know if there will be other new games you get interested in. Good point. I really have no plans to upgrade once I build it, not for a long time or if I'm forced to by some unforeseen problem (like a crispy and fried component). I may yet spring for a 2060, but the extra $100 or so keeps making me question it. Mind you, I'm still on a GTX 970, so the 1660 is still a quantum leap forward for me. Plus, 1920x1200 is not the highest res monitor around, but I like it (seriously, the Dell U2415 is vastly underrated, you can't beat the value of it). In terms of performance, the CPU probably won't be any better or worse on the X570 than that B450 board you chose (there's a small chance it could perform differently, but I don't know enough about the quality of that particular B450 to say). I personally like having more features on my motherboard, but realistically performance differences would be minor at best. This kind of settled the argument for me. I believe I'll stick with the B450, but a higher end version of it that has dual band Wi-Fi built into it. The SSD, in reality, won't make any noticeable difference. Unless you plan on doing a LOT of high volume data transfer (think moving large 4K video files) across another high-speed connection, you won't get any benefit from an NVMe SSD. Your boot times and load times will be practically the same. Thanks, this settles that for me. SATA SSD then. If you do decide to go with a budget build, I would actually recommend you stick with the higher quality power supply as a good PSU purchase now can last you a very long time. Cases will last forever as well, I'd get one that suits your preferences appropriately. That's why I'm opting for the gold certified PSU from PowerSpec. Semi-modular is very appealing to me as I doubt I'd need all the connections (although I'll end up using all 4 SATA ports, it looks like). You might wonder why I'm including an optical drive. I RIP music CDs I buy into flac format. MP3s just don't do it as well, especially for live/classical music. Cheaper to buy the CD and RIP it rather than buy the flacs. Plus, I have some old games on CD/DVDs I might want to play now and then! The updated build is practically identical to the Lava Monster one except for the motherboard, GPU, and case fans. Having all those fans might seem like overkill, but I get pretty paranoid about heat inside the rig, so I want to be sure it stays nice and cool. Think the CPU heatsink I selected will be ok if I decide to overclock the CPU to 4.0? Updated build: https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=623f1b85-a44a-4c56-8906-6949c4a33237 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Waffler Cleveland, OH ✭ May 2020 Made a final build (I think?) for what I'll end up with https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=3511df34-b268-4c1d-8d8d-da1861604f1b I plan to use my existing GTX 970 video card for now and wait until later to spring for a new 2060 or 2060 Super marked down. Who knows, maybe I'll end up getting it anyway. Either way, this build makes it super affordable for now to buy when I'm ready and upgrade the video card at a later time. Not too crazy about having to resort to an external DVD/CD, but its not like I use it that much, mostly for ripping CDs to FLAC files and an external drive should do that fine nowadays. Really like the idea of a small footprint on my desk. No idea when I'll buy the build, but will probably wait until business picks up after this coronavirus thing blows over and everything's in stock. Black Friday anyone? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMikeW admin May 2020 Looks like a good build all around. I might spend another $30 or so and upgrade to the 1TB NVME drive for the increased disk performance. We're supposed to get the next gen Nvidia cards later this year. That should drop the price on the RTX 2000 series considerably. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Waffler Cleveland, OH ✭ May 2020 I thought about the NVMEs, but I was a little scared off by the heat and wondered about durability. Any word on those issues? Definitely waiting on the video card. Kicker is I can still re-purpose my old rig into an Ubuntu machine or something for the kids or sell it for a decent price to offset the cost of the new one. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMikeW admin May 2020 Haven't seen many failures due to overheating with the Gen3 NVME's recently. The Gen4 drives pushing 5GB/s can get pretty warm, they include attached heatsinks to mitigate this.  I've been running the Inland Gen4 for about four months, no issues with the temps. If you decide to look at one of the NVME drives, let me know. I'll see if I can get some stress test results for you. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Waffler Cleveland, OH ✭ May 2020 It's not so much the heat that concerns me as the durability, but heat plays a role in that. I guess the bottom line I want to know is which lasts longer, SATA SSDs or the NVMEs? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin May 2020 Waffler said: It's not so much the heat that concerns me as the durability, but heat plays a role in that. I guess the bottom line I want to know is which lasts longer, SATA SSDs or the NVMEs? It is hard to say because we would hope both type of drives would last as long as possible, but based on temperatures, a 2.5" drive would not be running as hot.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Waffler Cleveland, OH ✭ May 2020 TSIanL said: Waffler said: It's not so much the heat that concerns me as the durability, but heat plays a role in that. I guess the bottom line I want to know is which lasts longer, SATA SSDs or the NVMEs? It is hard to say because we would hope both type of drives would last as long as possible, but based on temperatures, a 2.5" drive would not be running as hot.  That and I read somewhere that NVMEs are more likely to corrupt files than the SATA brethren. That said, I'm still waffling between the two. I do already have a relatively recent 2.5 1tb SSD and an older 1tb HDD in my rig right now. Also an external 1tb Passport (you can't back up enough, I say). Mostly I want a new SSD for a fresh install and minimal programs running. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin May 2020 For the NVMe corruption issues, are you referring to some of the reports of PCIe devices having issues with X570 boards several months ago? If so, those issues should pretty much be fixed by now with BIOS revisions and Windows/driver updates that have been put out.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Waffler Cleveland, OH ✭ May 2020 TSTonyV said: For the NVMe corruption issues, are you referring to some of the reports of PCIe devices having issues with X570 boards several months ago? If so, those issues should pretty much be fixed by now with BIOS revisions and Windows/driver updates that have been put out.  No, just in general. I've also been reading that for most people, the performance gains between NVME vs SATA are minimal, or am I wrong? I need to do some research on the durability between the two, like the differences in TBW. Also, I guess heat won't be too big of an issue as the case I'm buying allows for additional fans to be installed, which I plan to do. I'm always paranoid about heat, it helps that it'll be in my cool basement. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin May 2020 edited May 2020 You're not wrong. NVMe drives have the advantage in sequential read/write speeds, but those only apply when you're transferring data. So if you move a lot of large data files regularly, then NVMe would be better (assuming you're transferring across another high-speed connection or to another high speed device).  Otherwise, in general use they're about the same. Things like booting your computer and loading applications utilize random read/write and the differences in random read/write between SATA and NVMe are minor at best. In fact, with an NVMe you'd be booting slightly slower (though it'd only be by about a second or two at most).  PCIe 4.0 drives can get very hot, but that's not usually too big an issue if you have good airflow, and it's much better for the 3.0 drives.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Waffler Cleveland, OH ✭ May 2020 Yeah, I think I'm going to stick with the SATA SSDs. Sure, I write and transfer large amounts of files sometimes (typically backing up music and pictures), but it's not often, and I use Macrium Free for the rest of the backing up. I care far more about stability and durability over performance, but try to strike a happy medium that satisfies both. 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Causing me to not be able to play games with friends or family. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=db47dcf1-61bb-49c7-8610-da6244a1315f  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Noodles ✭ August 8 I really need a pc due to the fact that I have a switch, and it's not compatible with any high end game. Causing me to not be able to play games with friends or family. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=db47dcf1-61bb-49c7-8610-da6244a1315f  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook BronyFilms ✭ August 8 Already got a Radeon RX 470 GPU and need some good parts! https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=7882acab-8084-4e9f-872c-42c027ded79f 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Alejandrov ✭ August 8 https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=55d81fe4-7102-4749-994b-33a961e1f1e3 This will be a workstation for homework and browsing the web I also want to start editing for my friend who has a YouTube channel and of course gaming games I want to play are things like flight sim splitgate and apex with 144 FPS this will be my first windows computer right now I have a chrome book that I do my work on I have been watching lot’s of videos and tutorials right now I have about 1000 dollars but I want it to be a full proof system for the next couple of years until I need to upgrade if I do win I can’t wait until I get to build my first pc  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Struxnet ✭ August 8 this is as close to an upgrade from my current xeon workstation im using, only difference is the graphics card https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=5aa5802a-88fe-4bad-a780-18fb3f1bb2c8 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Niobium41YT ✭ August 8 I picked these parts because they are reasonable and it would be a nice upgrade from what I have. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=ea2b5ab6-2be5-4926-ba57-3296ebb45feb 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook WillyC ✭ August 8 Hello, this is my vision to what would be a great start to an all around PC. Starting with a Ryzen 7 3700x because it would be in the middle and be able to get the job done such as for regular work, light editing, streaming and gaming of course. This PC would have built for making future additions and have plenty of storage for my various needs. Its not to underpowered yet not ridiculously expensive either. :) https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=86ec0fa7-a357-4fee-974c-e3d68a313cf6 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook brtrill ✭ August 8 A compact build for kids school work that wont take up too much space and for basic games they play like Minecraft and Rocket League. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder-amd.aspx?load=8c3c3e71-53ac-401b-ba71-5dab31a27a6e 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook sam121 ✭ August 8 https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=d087bcbc-32f7-4c7e-9b63-ee973f3c2856 I want to build a new PC where I can play games, and maybe for school but mostly games. I want to record videos and stream, but I do not have enough storage and when I stream games like Rust or Apex Legends, my frames suffer a lot on low settings (and especially for Rust, since its so hard to run, my frames stutter and drop a lot on the lowest settings) . I'm using a gaming laptop (a Predator Helios 300 2019) and its really good, and it was fun to use since it was my first gaming laptop (I used Dell Office Laptops to game before this) but now, I want a desktop PC so I can upgrade in the future, and run my games better. I want to give the laptop I'm currently using to my Dad since he also said he wanted to use a laptop, and since I'm starting school soon, he wants to use a laptop while I'm away (he plans on using my sisters macbook, but I'd rather want him to have his own laptop to use) 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Brotatochip0919 ✭ August 8 Just a basic little bit of a budget computer that can last a long time https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=c33219d7-e417-48f4-897e-2c33b9111cff 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook RandomRadRider_121 ✭ August 8 I want a good rig for work and school that can become a good gaming rig in the future. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=22b6bbb4-db96-40ca-8ce2-41039b21ddf2  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook abiddt12 ✭ August 8 my 1st pc of gamer https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=66fa72e6-cdb6-4ea7-8e30-5405f44e2c8d\ 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook thenonamedman ✭ August 8 I need a simple PC to play 1080p games at 60fps. Going intel just in case the graphics card is hard to get. So id still be able to use integrated graphics. Definitely the perfect mid range PC im looking for. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder-intel.aspx?load=b35f5e86-47c3-4aba-9953-81c597059fa9 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Slickbro ✭ August 8 https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=392c844f-cda3-48f9-be28-94b635e03a24 The perfect computer for college students. It’s a smaller computer (mid ATX) and will be great for studying and gaming in the meantime. It’s also super upgradable and nice. It’s super RGB to distract you. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Jaden_Thomas1 ✭ August 8 I need line for homework I’m also in technology school and editing so I need tuff that can do good rendering my mom can’t afford the pc I don’t have a job and am not Old enough to get one we are kinda struggling no so when I see an opportunity I jump at it to help my mom or myself so I am hoping that his is realized I know micro center has stuff cheaper than it really is so I can see that the greats at micro center would understand not having the money for everything but Thankyou for the opportunity even if I don’t get in.  https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=10873337-6553-4466-a439-19d2e250d7f8 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook pooljunkie ✭ August 8 This is my first PC build, I want to upgrade my gaming experience from a laptop to have a better experience. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder-amd.aspx?load=db35b2f0-84a9-4be7-a362-5fe69e79dffe 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook KevinSalgado ✭ August 8 I made this build for school because the only tech I have been using is a school laptop the school gave me . And I will soon have to return it, having a pc for school will help me have access to my school work at home. I honestly don't know what I build but I used Austin evans guide video to understand abit about Pc buildings. Thank you for using some of your time reading this. Goodluck <3 https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder-amd.aspx?load=3f0077c8-6b47-4fb0-a967-bdf02766a161 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Blake_Emerson ✭ August 8 This is a pc build that I designed for me to play video games and do my homework and schoolwork and nowadays maybe even zoom meetings. Also most of my friends have gaming pc’s and I only have an Xbox so I also could play some video games with them too. Thanks for the chance at winning a gift card.             https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=a3a99520-a181-4b73-9695-70bbbf2615a3    0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook BenplaysYT ✭ August 8 Wanted A PC that Could Be Used For Gaming and Others stuff and I Made This  https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=237876b2-50be-4319-b2f6-69bdd9cd1c43 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Derpy_Pig ✭ August 8 I want to make a beefy pc so that I am not held back in anyway and am able to learn not only how to stream and record, but also learn about 3d animations. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=c75f154d-015b-452e-8e37-1105cbd7b356 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Nolascoeli0 ✭ August 8 This is my build. It’s my budget build for workstation and gaming purposes. I’m getting my first pc this holiday, but because of prices, it’s not as powerful as I’d like it to be but it’s good. I intend to use it for recording gameplay for YouTube. That means I’d also have to use it for video editing. However, I’m also seeking to build a pc because I want to continue my 3d modeling. Im currently using a surface pro laptop with an 8th gen intel i5 cpu. Knowing that, it’s pretty obvious that it doesn’t do well when it comes to 3d modeling, texturing, and animation. I intend to use the pc so that I can make a game with my brother who knows how to code. We’ve been wanting to do it for a while. I really think the 3700x would be very good for rendering my work and the 1660 super is a good budget choice for gaming. And I chose the ssd for the price and it’s fairly fast. I chose the case so that I can get maximum airflow with the budget I have. But yeah. That’s the pc build i want. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=4085ae9e-ec4b-43d3-b4b3-e3b670a6b7d6 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook MintMaze ✭ August 8 I've been super excited to build an insane PC to be able to play all the games on the best fps and monitor! https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=768f860b-31bd-4803-aaa8-7fd2182eca24 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Theodore ✭ August 8 I want to build a functional pc not for gaming but for school work as well as engineers and programing and computer animation. I would use this computer for school work. It is running off integrated graphics, but the money theoretically would be well spent. I got a. basic ips four k monitor that would not only work well with the computer but my xbox as well. I believe that in the future if I need to return to online Learning this could be greatly beneficial for me. Even if I will not return to online learning, this still could afford me many great opportunities in the computer science field. Thank you for you time. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=643ec242-a49f-45e4-a874-6a1bab340521 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Recon ✭ August 8 need a good pc because I'm trying to start learning how to build a pc and learn the parts i may not win but that's not going to stop me from working on pc https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=ed962f9e-f10d-48ca-9f93-34840c1b3235 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook acog_gamer ✭ August 8 a sub $1500 build for VR and streaming media on the TV. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=c29f3917-0053-4ff7-8a2e-20435ecd1393 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Kaidenator9k ✭ August 8 edited August 8 Basically I Use A Emachine And A chromebook for school work now the emachine sometimes turns on but mostly turns on but no display so I use a chromebook. Having A Pc Would be a huge upgrade from the emachine to a well working gaming, schoolwork pc .Where I Live There Arent Stores To buy any pc components so we mostly would have to order but gpu prices are to crazy to build one now so gl to everyone. :) https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=98437163-554d-4576-bb15-0ee75e55b5bf 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook hadi2021 ✭ August 8 I just want a low end gaming pc which is capable of running Valorant because I want to be a professional player and with this I wish I will be :) . https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=e24fa115-2757-4a07-8619-c80049bcd813 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Keonny ✭ August 8 I am planning on building my first pc in the future when I have saved up enough money. This build is basically what I would get if I would to build one right now. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder-amd.aspx?load=a8fb4c49-eb1b-427c-8ae0-35bcf1dbb48d 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook _e_ ✭ August 8 edited August 8 This is my first build, and I am just choosing parts based off of what I know! Decided to make a build that could serve me faithfully and get me through anything I need to do for school, and be able to game, code, render, 3D model, edit 4K footage, and have plenty of overclocking and upgrade headroom: https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=6173998f-d7bf-4c29-876c-72c5d84b4fe8 For my CPU I chose an Octa-Core (8 core) AMD Ryzen 5800x, mainly due to the performance-to-cost advantage that AMD has, and it would be a MASSIVE step up from the dual-core i5-7200U that I use today. For my memory I chose 32 gigs of DDR4-3200 megahertz G.Skill Ripjaws memory, and, although it isn't the fastest memory on the market, is is a HUGE step up from my 12 gigs of DDR4-2133 megahertz, and it will handle multitasking MUCH better. For my case I went with an ATX mini tower, because it fits my motherboard, and it would be cool to build in a cube case. For my power supply I went with an SFX 750 watt 80 plus platinum, fully modular power supply, as it is somewhat future-proof, and better than an 1000+ watt power supply with a worse 80 plus rating. For my Graphics Card, I went with the 30-Series mid-ranger, the RTX 3070. Though this card is out of stock, in a normal market, it would be the card I would choose due to it's power, and lower power consumption than something like a 3090. For my SSD, I went with a 1 terabyte Samsung 980. I didn't go with the pro as it costed a considerable amount more, and the regular 980 is already fast enough imo, but I use a mechanical hard drive so anything's an upgrade! I also decided to throw in a 4k60 pro, just in case I want to film or stream with my friends in the future. The sad thing is, even if I could afford the rest of the build, due to the chip shortage and scalpers, a GPU is IMPOSSIBLE to get! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Sniper_monke ✭ August 8 edited August 10 This pc is the perfect price range for the person that has the right amount of money it has a decent graphics card 2tb hdd and a 256gb ssd it’s a good pc but I just don’t have the money to build it https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder-amd.aspx?load=3ecdb18f-07f1-41d4-b19a-d709fa2a843d 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook «1…3456789…16» This discussion has been closed. 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Why do we need lighting in a computer anyway?!? https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=b1888ede-3845-4530-9f53-c6eb7293995b 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Zgardner ✭ May 22 edited May 22 I built an absolute beast of machine, it can do nearly anything imaginable with 2 RTX 3090s, 8tb of m.2 storage, a 64 core Ryzen 9 3990x, 128gb of RAM, a 1600 watt power supply, triple 1440p 144hz monitors, and enough RGB to see it from the moon. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=2540dfcc-c9b0-486c-ad0d-b130c5bd7b9f 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook jmags ✭ May 22 I think this build is superior is every way possible https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=767bff1f-5ecf-4a2f-9dca-6063fb0b8ad7 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook acesjg81 ✭ May 23 edited May 23 Here's my Build: https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=47f38fbb-5edc-427a-9e12-5afdb5a3fefe 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook sebastian2001 ✭ May 23 It's my first time tring this page to build it, since iv'e started to move from laptops to have my own pc in a long time i look forward to knowing how good what my attempt, and i would like to know any comments on pc building so i can get better at it since i want to regulate both price and preformance so i can get the best of both Thanks Microcenter for making such a fun contest: https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=99d90869-f8ea-4fe9-b4fb-94c6f5e52a92 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Xerosp4ce ✭ May 23 My build: https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder-amd.aspx?load=74002af5-4cef-4973-bd50-6d41445b8d4d It's better because: A) I actually built it. B) Got the parts (except GPU) from Micro Center! C) Price to performance can't be beat! The Lian Li case is small but large enough to work in and has good air flow. I moved the default case fans to the front as intakes and put the white Arctic fan in the rear as exhaust. The AIO was mounted to the top in a push config. The radiator barbs have to be positioned to the front of the case as the tubes want to bump against the heatsink for the motherboard VRMs. The GPU clears the bottom of the case by about an inch; however, with the two intake fans there isn't a problem pushing cool air towards the GPU. The white PSU isn't strictly needed, I wanted the white cabling and the high quality capacitors of the Corsair RMx series. Lighting: The Lian LI AIO provides plenty of options both on the fans and the pump and in this small case (and being white) you get plenty of illumination without needing to add more RGBs. Performance: The stock out-of-the-box settings are great however this build allows for some overclocking if you so choose. The RAM modules are stable at 3200MHz and the AIO is more than the 5600x needs at stock settings and cools the processor very well when running near the limits that the board will handle. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Leefront ✭ May 23 edited May 23 Summary: For my build, I decided to use a Ryzen 5 CPU and an RTX 1650 GPU. The only RGB on this build is on the Motherboard, but you can always add an RGB Strip or RGB Fans later on. Overall I tried to stay within a budget of less than $1000, while also making it the best that I could with my current PC knowledge. Build: https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=3abadaa8-9395-407d-b8fb-c95be0f66f95 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook MohammedA313 ✭ May 23 Tried to make a stealth no RGB build. Most of the RGB should be addressable and can be turned off. I would have gone with a NHD15 chromax cooler and black noctua fans for all the fans but those weren't available with builder. The specs are ideally what I would have gone with in my personal build earlier last year, had they been available or within my budget. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=64047a7c-dccc-425e-baf7-748156d5c60d 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook KF5TQN ✭ May 23 I think this would be a good start for an excellent dual-OS workstation for Windows/Linux use driving 2 4K displays. An internal USB/SD device would hold the host supervisor OS. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Kaycee85 ✭ May 23 I need a power workstation pc that can also game and stream and with this build, I can upgrade easily. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=9a19f1b1-6bf5-46ba-bce5-6d9978c10d53 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Matt_Li ✭ May 23 My dream Asus build. Always been a fan of Asus and their products. It started with the Z97-M plus motherboard from my very first build as a kid. Simple, user friendly, built well. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=2e08e590-06a6-49f8-a889-f97e597d94e1 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook magarity ✭ May 23 "Beat it" how, exactly? Is there a pretend budget total to be the best without going over or what? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Awesomedude ✭ May 23 This thing is way faster. This thing is a beast https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=1d6c1ba7-3294-4d20-8a05-4572fdb98431 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook SuperGinger1124 ✭ May 23 I took my existing PC build and upgraded some parts I would replace if I were looking at rebuilding a PC today. All these things may not be available currently but I can dream. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=c5fc9f7d-d487-4072-85c9-fc127b7fc30c 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Fixied ✭ May 23 https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=64057a47-8e80-4868-86d7-5f80b7622413 So obviously I had to take this opportunity to do something I can't do. Well it is more my current build but well without a limit. I run a linux build with GPU passthrough on the side for whatever(Machine learning/Windows Gaming/etc). 128GB of ram because I obviously had to fill up all the slots on the motherboard and it is just a theme with threadrippers that you need to fill em' up! (Good amount of ram for various VMs running). The motherboard from a quick look seems to have good IOMMU support so no ACS patching should be needed(woo). Obviously you need a separate HDD for your bulk storage compared to your boot SSD/vm drive. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook KalanJordan ✭ May 23 Just a really simple, balanced PC build with no frills, with plenty of room to upgrade in the future. Assuming stock is back to normal, this is the PC I personally would like to go for. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=19279a66-fe3d-4e7d-adb9-94b86e8596c6 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Dragonheart ✭ May 24 Dream PC https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=0c6b0faa-bc68-45bf-b454-f58ae934a7e3 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Tpp4 ✭ May 24 https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=9e1af69b-2a18-4a9d-830d-c9a5854efd71 This is the PC I would build right now if I could. I upped the CPU to 11th gen to support pcie gen 4 and paired it with a z590 for overclocking. The 3200 MHz ram is fast enough until DDR5 comes out. The 3080 will support very high graphics for PCVR. The PSU has enough headroom to allow for expansion and not be under full load at the moment. The M.2 is to be used as a boot drive and for whatever game I'm playing at the moment. The SSD will be for everything else. The case I chose is reviewed highly for its thermals and ease of building. I chose aircooling the CPU because it's quiet and reliable. I would be using the black noctua fans for their excellent cooling performance while remaining very quiet.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Snarge ✭ May 24 I just kinda tinkered around and tried to build a really powerful rig using components I am eyeballing for a build I'm probably going to do soon. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=6313a085-48b5-4eba-b95d-32c9e86e3a2c 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook phathom ✭ May 24 I call this dream build the White Unicorn! https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=fb9cba0e-7bc5-4377-aae7-b8b6037000af 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook GOTTA_BEAT_LINUS ✭ May 24 First thing i did to that build was upgrade cpu with ryzen 9 5950x instead of 5900x with 16 cores 32 threads and turbo of 4.9ghz giving +0.1 turbo and additional 4 cores . Secondly why not have 2 gpus when your motherboard supports it so i went with 2 rtx 3090s. and after that i went into a region that is very less explored i got 4x 16GB 3600 mhz QUADchannel CL16 RAM (total 64 GB) also added 1 Samsung - 870 QVO 8TB SSD 4-bit MLC V-NAND SATA III 6Gb/s 2.5" Internal Solid State Drive(for some big games)(COD) OBVIOUSLY got a 1200 watt 80+ gold effeciency PSU for the 2 BEASTS(3090) HERE's THE LINK https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=872a992d-b702-4c3b-981d-e88db19826b6 ENJOY PAYING $8000 for it 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook GTM ✭ May 24 I picked these parts because they are killer and close to the build that I am currently building. The Lian Li stuff is great! I had always wanted a case from them but always have been a Corsair nut. What sold me was the hot swap kit you can put in the side bottom panel and the shrouds for cable management behind the motherboard tray make your system have a more premium look than other cases. The best is definitely the AMD Ryzen 9 5950x! I cant believe the performance of this processor. It smokes anything else out there besides going with Threadripper. Once the 3080 is in stock the 1080 can go back to its original home. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=7238d20d-d7fd-4be1-830c-7401ada6c0c5 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook ProfGrape ✭ May 24 I basically just chose to put together a similar, albeit upgraded version of what I have and love using, as well as some peripherals that I'd use. 5900X - perfect for games/rendering/multitasking, but not ridiculously expensive H100i - solid cooler w/some RGB flare - good stuff X570 Prime - excellent board for 12/16c - decent price with best in class VRM setup RM-series PSU - corsair delivers quality, and a decent price for this solid unit. 2x32GB Gskill TridentZ - 64GB is the new 32GB, and chrome isn't getting any smaller (great for video editing, too) Fractal Meshify S2 - just a great looking, solid case. Plenty of space for components, and love the black/white theme 1TB 970 nvme SSD - It's the Samsung 970... this is the way 2TB SSD - good for games and video stock currently being worked on HDDx2 - gotta archive games and footage somewhere right? Radeon 6900xt - it's the best. don't have one, probably won't for years, but I can dream right? (plus its the only one I could add to this build due to stock :) Went a little wild w/the peripherals-- Rival 710 (I use this mouse and love it) Apex 7 - better version of the M750 I have Arctis Pro - excellent headset Dell 4k IPS 27" - love it, great value Extra 1440p monitor for additional real-estate The basic setup is great for video editing and gaming, actually a decent value, and all in stock! (except for those pesky GPU prices) https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=d100025b-87cf-41c6-89a2-31e3076f0023 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Loop ✭ May 24 https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=19015790-96dd-425a-ad9e-84fc0aa9fd58 Mostly upgrades to what I currently have. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Hack ✭ May 24 edited May 24 Because I want it all.... OR NOTHING AT ALL..... Got everything you would want (minus the special mic as there wasn't an option to add it) to be a streamer and get work done at your business. Gotta protect your new beast with that UPS! Plenty of ram, two SSD 4TB in Raid 1 so you don't lose your important saves and files. Looks sweet when those fan lights come on too. Everything you could ever need to be a great FPS player and streamer. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=4a5295a1-6fae-4add-acbf-6c46980e84a0 Don't let your dreams be dreams 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook kerolos ✭ May 25 ok, so look, mine is just top of the line. Even stuff you don't need is in the so like your good man also wats up Linus or whoever looks at this, or maybe I will stay lonely forever sad hi micro center love you guys https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=6e97d637-f339-440d-93ec-360d6e6184b5 -coOol bOy 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook jonbitzen ✭ May 25 Living room friendly HTPC build. I like it better than the MC build template because it has a nice case, and the CPU and motherboard are budget-friendly for a machine that isn't meant to be my daily PC. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=49bfb02e-75bd-40e5-a721-1cb8278d97b5 I'd probably put a graphics card I already own into it - I have both a 1060 and a 1070ti I bought after the last crypto mining bubble burst. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook queen_amazona ✭ May 25 https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=da5eb7d1-23f4-4dc8-bc90-96acb892aab9 Solid gaming performance once the chosen GPU can be added. In the meantime, the computer is usable with build-in CPU graphics. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Kandlwik ✭ May 25 The cheapest gaming PC with a 1650 OC coming in at just 388USD - https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=76713504-dbbf-403c-ba89-ee2f80b05e74 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Kandlwik ✭ May 25 Here is my high-performance NASA server workstation build, I have no clue why anyone would ever need such a beastly PC unless they are recoding Jarvis and filming a Disney animated movie at the same time while playing cyberpunk 2077 - https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=9ec7125b-833e-4f7a-a94f-e4d4c221fff0 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook «1…891011121314» This discussion has been closed. 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My part list is : Intel Core i5-9600K 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler MSI Z390-A PRO ATX LGA1151 Motherboard Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 MemorySeagate Barracuda Compute 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive Kingston A400 240 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive MSI GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER 6 GB VENTUS XS OC Video Card Corsair SPEC-DELTA RGB ATX Mid Tower Case SeaSonic S12III 650 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply Microsoft Windows 10 Pro OEM 64-bit i'm just going to be using it for gaming and school, but i might download a really intensive/memory taking game if i feel like it's interesting. Also, for what it's worth, I also made a 'Dream PC' list for a PC that I would like to get. The video card is seriously overpriced right now since it's being sold from scalpers atm ( for Dream PC ) but the original price is still close to 1800. Dream PC: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/m4WRCz I'm relatively new at all of this, so I could use some help. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin April 9 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/30906#Comment_30906 Is your budget for this $1800 or what would your budget be at this time? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook FunkyLlama12718 ✭ April 10 Good morning/afternoon I am looking for compatible components to build my gaming pc. My budget is currently $1500. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Xenotic ✭ April 10 @Ian I would obviously like to lower it as much as possible, but am willing to go upto this price. I would, though, if possible, at least try to go to 16 or 1500. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Austin1776 ✭ April 11 Hello I want to build my first pc, I want it to be able to run a vr set, my editing software for videos, be able to have a capture card, and play FPS video games like pub g, war zone, rainbow six siege and I was wondering what parts I would need to invest more money into to make all of that work smoothly without overwhelming my pc. If you have any advise please let me know.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook aly12 ✭ April 11 FunkyLlama12718, Xenotic, Austin1776 refer to my $1,550 approx gaming and streaming suggestion which is on the bottom of page 7! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin April 12 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/31006#Comment_31006 I would look at the following list which is right around $1500-1600 with taxes / and if you wanted to change cases it would leave you some wiggle room for that, or other minor part changes: https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=43552b4c-9fbf-4fed-a359-87a1235ed362 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin April 12 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/30984#Comment_30984 Hello, I would also refer you to the same list as the poster above if it's just strictly for gaming: https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=43552b4c-9fbf-4fed-a359-87a1235ed362 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin April 12 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/31030#Comment_31030 Hello! What was your intended budget? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook MCGamer ✭ April 14 edited April 14 Greetings, I'd like some help in regards to a Gaming PC as I have no knowledge about what parts do what and the cost-effectiveness of it all. So I'd like to leave the suggestion making to the minds of the knowledgeable. I've been using a laptop to game for the past 6 years and I think it's time I get a desktop and enjoy frames above 25fps whilst being able to play for more than 2 hours. The only limitation this computer should have is being able to run Metro Exodus (or any other graphically intensive game) at roughly 1440p 60fps. I don't plan on gaming at such high settings, I just believe it's a safe spot for any current and future games to be played comfortably at 720p/1080p. I'm not brand picky nor do I need peripherals. My budget is uncapped but any money that can be saved will be appreciated. On another note, my friend would like to buy a Gaming PC, with basic peripherals included, with a budget of $1k. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook ninjaturtle ✭ April 15 edited April 15 I am looking to build a gaming computer and i ussaly play minecraft or SC-GO but i want to be able to stream on twitch while playing minecraft without any lag spikes and i also want the computer to be able to play shooter games like fortnite and star wars battlefront with good settings. but because this is all totaly new for me i dont know what to choose and what for specs i need so do you guys have sugestions for parts or even a pre build computer for around 600-700 ? (without monitors) 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin April 15 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/31151#Comment_31151 Hello, did you have any idea on a maximum budget? That would help us out greatly with making our suggestions. For the 2nd PC at $1000 w/ peripherals, is a monitor needed with that as well? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook MCGamer ✭ April 15 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/31210#Comment_31210 The maximum budget would be $4k, but I would like some leftover money for some games I have on a wishlist 2nd PC would include a monitor 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTDavey admin April 15 @MCGamer Just chiming in. $4K is good to have for a gaming pc build, but overkill a little. Below are some links outlining gaming pc parts that will meet your requirements you mentioned. Go with a AMD build, Ryzen 5 3600 and the ASUS B550 E gaming motherboard. Go with 16gigs of ram to start. You can always upgrade to more RAM if you need to later down the line. Go with the Nvidia RTX 3060, 3070 , 3090 or the RX 5700 or 5800 as a choice of graphic card. These are the main components to look at. Go with the PSU, SSD, etc. that's mentioned in these links. You can use the Microcenter build link to see what you total price may be with MC and include the cost of your Operating System. For you friend looking for a gaming pc. Have him go to Microcenter.com and look at the follow Gaming pcs (inc. SKU#). *Sku# 149211 *Sku# 150283 Links: https://www.pcgamer.com/gaming-pc-build-guide/ https://www.logicalincrements.com/articles/vrguide Microcenter Build pc Link: https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTDavey admin April 15 @ninjaturtle just chiming in. I don't see that we would have parts for a PC build at $700 minus peripherals. YOu'll need at least $1,000 for a pc build you are looking to build. You may find a pre-build PC off Microcenter.com for $700. Take a look at sku# 149211. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook ninjaturtle ✭ April 17 @TSTDavey oke thank you 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin April 17 Please let us know if you have any other questions. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Duarog ✭ April 18 edited April 18 Hi!  I would like to make a custom build (my last one was >15 years ago) I understand there is a shortage on graphic cards, with early morning customer lines, vouchers etc.  But...just to confirm - there is no way to order a custom build with an RTX (3070) - even if I am ready to wait for few weeks? Thanks! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTDavey admin April 18 @Duarog just chiming in. There are pre-built systems in stock like the Powerspec G900 sku# 224212 or the Dell Alienware Aurora Sku# 242107 that has the 3070 installed already. These systems are in store purchase only, not available online. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook alex0564 ✭ April 19 Hi! I was thinking of having a pc built for me and I'm completely new to this so I don't know if any of the parts I picked using the pc builder are any good. If anybody could give feedback I would appreciate it. When I picked my video card it says that it's unavailable online does this mean I have to wait until stock arrives before it gets built? Link https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=ab1d8b7c-caec-4b67-9315-9246c780e004 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Duarog ✭ April 19 @TSTDavey Thanks a lot for your reply !  These systems are unfortunately not available in Cambridge MA Store according to your website  (and I must admit I was thinking to a custom build rather than a pre-built one) - But to confirm: the only way to get an RTX 3070 is to do the line every morning? No way to pre-order it as part of a build? Thanks again! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin April 19 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/31360#Comment_31360 Greetings. What is the intended use of the PC and your overall budget? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin April 19 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/31370#Comment_31370 These items have limited availability. If you see a product that’s listed as “Limited Availability” or “Locate In Store,” these items can only be purchased in-store and are unavailable to be reserved ahead of time. We recommend stopping by your local Micro Center for the most real time information on these limited items. https://community.microcenter.com/kb/articles/193-what-does-limited-availability-mean 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook alex0564 ✭ April 20 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/31386#Comment_31386 Its going to be mostly gaming and school. I'm looking to spend $2500 at most and if I could get something good under it then its better. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTDavey admin April 20 @alex0564 just chiming in. Take a look at the links below for the parts you'll need for your system. $2500 may be overkill. Go with a Ryzen 5 3600 as cpu and Gigabyte X570 motherboard (its in the links). Go with 16 gigs of RAM (memory) and look at the RTX 3060 as your graphic card. Graphic card for Microcenter can only be purchased in the store if they are in stock. Graphic cards can not be purchased online from MC. Let us know if you have any other questions. Link# 1 https://www.logicalincrements.com/articles/vrguide Link# 2 https://www.pcgamer.com/gaming-pc-build-guide/ Link# 3 https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Danafer95_ ✭ May 15 Hey everyone! I'm looking for a PC around 1500. I'm a digital animator, who works mainly with the Adobes (After effects, Animate, photoshop etc..) I'm also a gamer so I'm looking for something that can work best with both things. This is what I had in mind: • MBO Motherboard MSI B550 Mortar WIFI Socket AM4 / DDR4 (128Gb Max.) / USB 3.1 / Ryzen 3nd. • Processor AMD Ryzen™️ 7 3700X 4.40GHZ / 8 Núcleos /16M /Unlocked • Cooling Wraith Prism with RGB LED • Graphics card ASUS ROG STRIX Nvidia RTX 3060 12Gb GDDR6 /3 vents • 32GB RAM DDR4 Kingston HyperX 3000 Mhz /No-Ecc /S-Ch. • SSD M.2 NVMe WD Blue 250Gb / 2280 /2400 Mbps • HDD WD Blue 1Tb /SATA 3 /7200 RPM /New 2021 • Black case /Led vents /USB 3.0+Frontal audio • Power supply 750W/ Certified 80+ Bronze I'm really new to this so I'm open to all sorts of suggestions! Thanks! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin May 15 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/32306#Comment_32306 Greetings, I don't really see any issues with that if that fits in your budget. Keep in mind you will need a copy of Windows and you may want additional hard drive space. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Beemer ✭ May 19 hello, I have been looking at a lot on gaming pc's because I am almost 16. I have looked at multiple pre-built pc's and none of them peaked my interest so I am here to ask about what pc parts must I get for a total of $5-7k, I am looking forward to gaming, and streaming. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin May 20 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/32467#Comment_32467 Your budget is 5000-7000? Does this need to include monitor, mouse, keyboard., etc? You can try out the PC part picker to get an idea of what you may want: https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook SeaJay343 ✭ June 4 I trust personal preference and expertise at Micro Center so could anyone lay out a list of parts they believe would be a great gaming PC. It would be used for school as well but nothing extreme other than using Microsoft office and daily web browsing. I understand there is a shortage of GPUs but if one can still be suggested so in the future I can look into it. My budget would be $1700 and I do not need any peripherals. Thank you! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook «123456789» 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 ... 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Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2021 Powered By Vanilla Community Article Design the PC of your Holiday Dreams and Enter to Win a $1000 gift card! - Page 3 — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › Contests › Past Contests Design the PC of your Holiday Dreams and Enter to Win a $1000 gift card! «1234567…16» Comments Ardevaas91 ✭ December 2020 I'm completely new to PC gaming so I'm not really sure if my picks were the best. In all honesty I just want a PC good enough to get me into PC gaming and will last me for the next few years. Here's my build! https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=53147559-6f78-4e68-97ae-6cbf59c560e0 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Chiefcow ✭ December 2020 https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=749355fa-c33d-4408-86a4-edecc4a941b2 I’m getting ready for college and I want to major in something within the computer field.  My only problem is I don’t have my own personal pc to practice what I want.  I’ve always had a passion for computers and I would love to get the opportunity to finally have my own. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Jesvian ✭ December 2020 https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=96a1032c-404d-4d34-9fa8-5f66ca594675 I'm still fairly new to the pc building world, but learning as much as I can via youtube and others in the community. I've been using an old gaming laptop with a 1050ti for a few years now and it has sadly reached its tragic end, so I'm excited to finally build a full fledged pc and not be held back by the 20 frames I get on low settings anymore. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook OCDiscus ✭ December 2020 https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=803b1729-1580-4b90-8ea0-dfa126a93db5 I love the all white look, so opted for the Lian Li case, the Louis Vuitton of cases, with Lian Li white fans. The budget friendly 5600X packs a punch without breaking the wallet, which I paired with the Asus X570 to keep with the white theme. I prefer all 4 slots of RAM filled for looks, so went with the white Vengeance 4x8GB, since 32GB is perhaps overkill for a strictly gaming build. The ROG Strix 3080 speaks for itself, but I would have opted for a white GIGABYTE card if it were available. A reputable 1TB M.2 card is essential for speedy startup and gaming, and WD has always been good to me. Finally, the Enermax ETS-T50 provides solid, quiet cooling which I paired with only the best Arctic thermal compound. This is a mid-tier budget friendly build that looks great and will allow you to play any game at Ultra settings ... except Cyberpunk 2077, of course. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook MichaelM ✭ December 2020 Currently rocking an i5 3570k chugging along on its own ever since my gtx 970 fans died. Been trying to grab a system similar to this for the past month, but as we all know... not an easy task. Thankful that I at least have a local microcenter to visit instead of futiley refreshing webpages.  This build would be for music production as well as for any of my gaming needs moving forward. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=b183d5cc-3e19-471e-9e7f-ed57438e112a 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook DCB ✭ December 2020 Not a dream build but one I could use day to day. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=ad6a9cda-17ab-4a1b-8f15-d43c332a8995 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Npboczek ✭ December 2020 edited December 2020 I would but I'm not old enough lol 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Jadzein ✭ December 2020 https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=916018f1-41e2-401d-9071-f759db6db7ee Massive upgrade from my current dell Optiplex. It is a good balance of performance and streaming. Excellent for 1080p 144hz gaming. It's the best bang for buck pc components out there. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook michael_Al ✭ December 2020 https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=547d559e-57a8-4ff1-8ba6-491464464ea5  i chose this built because it is a great pc that can manage to stay efficient for years to come, this is for my girlfriend who would love this so so much. She currently does not have a computer so having one and especially of this caliber, i am sure she would absoloutly adore it and cannot wait for the smile on her face 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LookitsBirdi ✭ December 2020 This build would be a direct upgrade to my current rig, The only thing missing would be the re-use of my existing 3080. Hopefully would let me squeeze a few more FPS out of 2077 :] https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=3d8ca283-5c96-4f5c-9867-623923bfafbe 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Dark_bango ✭ December 2020 This is my entire i would like to build a white asus rog build this is because I want this to be my first and strongest pc for gaming and content creation I would like to start stream and gaming on twitch but as of right now I am just gaming on a laptop that doesn’t give that many frames the max frames I can get on this laptop is 30fps so with this I can’t really do much so this pc would help me game better and make some content. So if I win I will be very grateful and have a merry Christmas. This is my build https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=9b78e823-f89a-480f-a7dd-0e3748425bcc 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Juv7 Houston ✭ December 2020 https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=57eabde6-b180-455b-9590-d1994507618e Overkill pc build.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Dark_bango ✭ December 2020 This is my entire i would like to build a white asus rog build this is because I want this to be my first and strongest pc for gaming and content creation I would like to start stream and gaming on twitch but as of right now I am just gaming on a laptop that doesn’t give that many frames the max frames I can get on this laptop is 30fps so with this I can’t really do much so this pc would help me game better and make some content. So if I win I will be very grateful and have a merry Christmas. This is my build https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=9b78e823-f89a-480f-a7dd-0e3748425bcc 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Nibbles ✭ December 2020 https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=c6e4fd24-9ca2-4ff0-9912-41d97cfb1ed6 Recently, I've been getting really interested in 3D Modeling (sculpting), but my current PC can't really handle the load due to its low specs. I'd also like to start playing with more demanding games such as Sekiro, Mafia Definitive Edition, just these newer titles. I've only been able to play older games like CSGO, so experiencing a new world of games would be quite nice. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook BoostedBill ✭ December 2020 Well I went pretty hard on this build https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=90901cc1-e419-4ca5-a25f-33b429544f89 I love the new Asus Dark Hero motherboard and what better to complement it than a 5900X processor. The Lian Li Uni fans keep the rgb clean and minimal to match the motherboard. The real star of the show here is the Strix 3080. The 3090 is a little too big and more of a "workstation" card in my opinion. This build is beyond 4K ready. 32 GB of G.Skill royal for extra google chrome tabs and classy looks. This motherboard will utilize the WD black 2TB NVME SSD PCIE 4.0 at top tier speeds. Windows should boot immediately. We have a ROG Ryujin 360mm AIO to keep the asus theme rolling. To tie it up we have the ROG 1200W Plat PSU for the best efficiency and all the juice we could need. All of this in a O11D XL for your viewing pleasure.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook BipOnTheBap ✭ December 2020 https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=e363cfa5-db69-431c-80da-43a1f8ef27d0 I recently upgraded half my system (CPU, mobo, RAM) and now need the rest to catch up. My GPU is a RX580, so I am long overdue for an upgrade. This would allow me to finally put everything in a new case and have no more bottlenecks! I’ve always had either CPU or GPU bottlenecks as I couldn’t afford a whole system upgrade, so this would really make for a new gaming experience. Best of luck y’all  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook GabeL123_ ✭ December 2020 I chose this build not only to have fun gaming with all my friends and family, but I want to peruse my career choice of game design early on. I’m already one step ahead and I’m working on my computer science degree in high school! This will be a great start for me as I’ll have everything I need to start learning to design. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=0421c940-861c-431b-a292-ecb4fa942272 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Fananananon ✭ December 2020 I just got back into PC gaming recently and my GF wants a battle station of her own so we decided to start building her a computer nothing too fancy just something she can play with me and our friends. Every pay period we are going to go pick up a new piece this weekend we will be starting with a new case and she has one shes already picked out https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=96025755-b81f-49d2-ba2b-9ba0a5f54010 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook dvorakjack ✭ December 2020 https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=d294ef28-5469-4c7c-af3d-99017f4404cc Oh boy... that's a lotta money. Well it's a wish list for a reason! This would be my dream build. My current PC, struggles with the games I play. I would love to stream, and use my current PC as a streaming PC. That's what the extra ethernet cables are for! I've gone with AMD for all my builds, and for GPU, you literally cannot go wrong with an RTX 3090. I have a habit of never deleting anything, so I need a lot of quick storage also. It would be an INSANE upgrade, and any amount towards this would be amazing. I am in love with the new NZXT water coolers, the screen on the cooler makes for such a clean look. I would love a better monitor, as I've been buying budget monitors since the start of my gaming addiction. I love the clunky G502 mouse despite everyone's criticism. Any amount of money would help an insane amount and would be greatly appreciated. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook thebestr122 ✭ December 2020 i chose this part because i want a killer pc that ganna help me become a streamer and that what I want to do as my job. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=3d340841-7ca0-4265-81f7-776688aa5b4f 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook HUEYwittaSHOTGUN ✭ December 2020 https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=37afcbe4-77e6-4a1c-adbc-972d37315f24 This build would be a MAJOR upgrade from my current rig. And because I need to recoup some losses from Corsair stock. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Neolinkster South Dakota ✭ December 2020 I picked my build with the goal in mind of getting what was necessary, barring the accessories and monitor, to run a 3080.  I went with Steelseries everything but the mouse because I am a fanboy of the brand but the mice are too small for my hand. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=046e71af-9295-4163-a017-0fd4e4af49a5 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook VeritableHero ✭ December 2020 https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=8d0dc70d-c8a0-401f-afae-3ce820783fcb Randomly chose some of the components since the site was taking a while to load. I need to do more work to see what would hold a bigger card.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Primegaming07 ✭ December 2020 edited December 2020 I chose this system and parts to build an absolute turbo rig. Best of the best. Full on sweaty. Gaming. Working. 3D printing. Coding. Whatever the case may be, best of the best without flaw. Using the the AMD threadripper to process data from NASA, using two 3090s to project gaming on the 270hz monitor, broadcasting/streaming and projecting on the secondary 270hz monitor, and finally using the 3D printer to build a COVID masks, all simultaneously. The added RGB, OBVIOUSLY adds an extra 22% clock boost, to really help secure top tier performance. The liquid cooling kit should keep this PC running at ultra low temps allowing PC part longevity and performance. This was really fun to build and “spend money that’s not mine”. While laughing along the way, I managed to rack up a piggy bank of 22 thousand dollars. I hope when the team at micro center reads this post and reviews the parts list, gets a chuckle out of it, and has as much fun reading this as I did drafting this and design the mega PC!  My current build is an i7 set up with a 2070 that I use for gaming and streaming, for short. Realistically, I would absolutely love to upgrade to an i9 10th gen/motherboard and grab a new 30 series GPU! Thanks for reading. Happy holidays!  https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=baa5d5e9-4d14-48e0-9c82-746d1e72d998 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook xNatex ✭ December 2020 https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=c063fc75-8397-45dc-8661-c3d6b61232e8 Would be amazing to finally get an upgrade from my 5 year old pc. I've been wanting newer pc parts but don't have the funds for it at the moment. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook itzbelac ✭ December 2020 This is the PC that I would build if money was not an object. I'm pretty sure this thing could build and design a rocket ship on it's own to take me to the moon. No peripherals because I have all those already. Pick me, or don't pick me. The timeline is unaffected either way. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=60199dd6-3b9f-478b-9765-38361621cc82 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Moises ✭ December 2020 edited December 2020 Hi my name is Moises and I have been thinking of building a pc. I would want a pc so I can play with my friends more games and have fun. I would also like to stream and make content. I have been struggling with money because my uncle has been paralyzed for 1 year and it’s hard to pay for his treatments. I try to help my family with money but I can’t. If I get a pc I would be really really happy and grateful. Thank MicroCenter https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder-amd.aspx?load=827e5447-74b6-4448-bcbe-cc95265aa385 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook KingBob ✭ December 2020 https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=864a10f8-efab-4b97-9b83-20edb9ca2908 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Kokalan ✭ December 2020 https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder-amd.aspx All the part I picked were from research or recommended. I don’t have a PC but I figured when I get one it’ll be great so I don’t need another one for a while.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Zero281 ✭ December 2020 https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=05b46947-00de-4093-8649-716b05f9bd19 This is "My Dream PC Setup" I am a Long Time Hardcore Gamer mostly consisting of Shooters so, Having that Small Edge Matters. Each part on my list is handpicked for my Dream PC to give me the best experience of Gaming, with Dual 3090's why not?  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook «1234567…16» This discussion has been closed. 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Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2021 Powered By Vanilla Community Article PowerSpec G464 rebooting randomly — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › General Discussion PowerSpec G464 rebooting randomly DaveM ✭ December 2020 in General Discussion Hi. I just purchased a PowerSpec G464 system a couple of days ago and it is rebooting for no reason and randomly. Sometimes its during gameplay (wow classic, not the most intensive) and sometimes while looking at YouTube over Chrome and sometimes just clicking around windows. Also, I did some investigating and it looks like the site specs says DDR4-3200 and it look like I have DDR4-2400, so I am a bit confused there. I am hoping you all can assist me here. I have built a lot of systems, but I didn't want to get crazy here before I asked if there was some known issue that might be causing this on this particular build. Thanks. Based on other posts, I see you've asked for screenshots of CPU-Z. So here you go: 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook «123» Comments TSTDavey admin December 2020 Hello @DaveM sorry you are having issues with the Powerspec. We want to be able to track this issue with a Tech Support case. Can you give us your reference number off your receipt or first name, last name and zip code on the purcahse? The G464 has a Asus Tuf Gaming X570 board on the inside. Lets first troubleshoot the board. Here is a link below. Update the Chipset driver first. It has a 10/27/2020 update date. After updating the chipset driver, test the computer. Launch WOW and see if it continues to randomly shut off.  If it happens again, go back to the Tuf x570 link below and do a BIOS update. If need a video or link on how to update a ASUS motherboard bios let us know. But we want to first see if the chipset driver will fix the issue. Also can you go into Task Manager, then under performance and let us know the speed for memory listed in Task Manager. We trust the CPU-z software, but we want to make sure Windows is identifying the same RAM speed. The G464 should have DDR4-3200 mhz RAM. Link:https://www.asus.com/us/Motherboards/TUF-GAMING-X570-PLUS/HelpDesk_Download/  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook DaveM ✭ December 2020 Since I wrote this, I've updated everything except the Bios. I will do that as a last resort since the update is still "beta". The task manager does show 3200, so it must be an issue with the tool. I haven't seen the crash yet, but I will come back if it happens. Otherwise, the updates may have solved the problem. It was odd though, one of the crashes (watching a youtube video full screen) resulted in a buzzing sound from the box and then the hard reboot. No errors in event logs or anything. Very odd.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTDavey admin December 2020 @DaveM Okay glad to hear no issues so far. Keep us posted. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook MJend15 ✭ December 2020 I have bought the exact same PC recently and have had the same issue with the random reboots. I even went in and they swapped out the pc with a brand new one. Same issues playing warzone. Updated chipset drivers and am still getting reboots. How do I perform a BIOS update? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook MJend15 ✭ December 2020 I updated the chipset and then updated the BIOS and I'm still getting random restarts, but only when playing Warzone. I played cyberpunk 2077 for a couple hours straight with no issues.  Any other possible options?  Could it be the power supply? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSPhillipT admin December 2020 Hello @MJend15 Have you done any troubleshooting with Warzone?  Setting changes or uninstalling reinstalling?  Not saying that it's specifically Warzone but it could be something that Warzone is doing that triggers the system to restart.   0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Dcol2 ✭ December 2020 edited December 2020 So far I’m pretty upset. I have the same issue as op. I bought my g464 during black Friday considering the nice price and rig setup. Had the problem as soon as I started playing Warzone about a day after setting up my desk. A couple days pass and it would randomly restart whether it be during pregame or during the game - happen spontaneously on its own. I called service and stepped into one of the mc locations and was suggested to swap out for another one as I was told it could be a bad graphics card. So I did the following week in December, clean swap with a brand new one. Everything was all good until it started to happen again.  I consulted my friend who has a similar dog rig and we updated the drivers, updated the bios, and widows os for more stability. Everything seemed like it ran more smoothly, however that didn't solve my problem for the random reboot. So we then ran a stress test on the gpu and cpu for 30+ minutes and it did not a skip a heartbeat or anything that indicated something was off. We checked the event viewer and it stated a kernel power/sleep error and upon further research on the times it would crash/reboot (black screen), apparently this particular computer setup does not like to be on power saving or have a sleep mode setting. So we turned it off.  Out of the box, I found that this was also Oc'd and we even updated to stock settings. Again, everything seemed like it worked okay for about a day, and then boom it started happening again. One particular odd thing I've noticed while looking into my settings is that the ram frequency was at 2400 rather than the advertised 3200, which completely threw me off considering it was being ran on auto. So I set it to DOCP to where it should've been and got it running as the advertised frequency. Thought that also worked as I didn't run into any issues for a couple of days, but then soon after it started to reboot again playing Warzone, same error code for Kernel power.  So I ran a mtest, for many hours until completion, there were no errors found and everything found to be normal. I had my brother help me diagnose this and upon further speculation and knocking out each variable, he suspects a bad psu. I called MC tech services and described my issues as stated here, and was told the same thing - A bad psu and was suggested an upgrade to a 1000 watt psu being that someone had a similar issue and found to be that this was his fix. Not sure of the powerspec hardware components to be a culprit, but I'm at a loss to what could cause the random boot issue.  Such a headache this is, I bought a prebuilt computer for the sole reason of avoiding these kinds of problems. My friend's swear by the MC brand and their quality service and products, but I'm starting to believe otherwise since I'm having very bad luck with this prebuilt. I should not be having these issues being that I bought a brand new computer and built by a trusted brand - not to mention spending around $1600 with tax.  I'm stopping by MC today (12/13) and dropping off my g464 for them to take a look at it, replace/upgrade whatever necessary. Really sad that within just a few days, service tech know my name already. Even worse, both Elston and Westmont locations are about 1.5hours away from me. Super inconvenient.  Sigh.. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMikeW admin December 2020 Greetings @davem @Dcol2 We apologize for the trouble with the new system and we're certainly going to look into it. I'd ask that you please run bluescreenview and screenshot the results: https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/bluescreenview.zip  Neither of you mentioned BSOD's, sounds like an intermittent power loss, but we'd like to verify nothing is being logged that could account for this. Regarding the memory speed, enabling DOCP is not part of the BIOS defaults. This is something we enable. if the BIOS defaults are reset then DOCP is disabled, and 2400 is the JEDEC profile the RAM in this system, will train to on this motherboard. This could have been missed. As for the power supply, I've load tested this power supply on a considerably more demanding system, over a long period of time and it held up well. Please provide any information that you're able to. We'll investigate this further. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook sdjh34 ✭ December 2020 Hello, I'd like to add that I am experiencing similar issues with my PowerSpec G464. I've had it for a little over a week and it has restarted unexpectedly twice. Once while I was using Firefox, which was odd, and again yesterday while I was playing Star Wars Battlefront II. I have not tried to update the BIOS, but will do that today and then give an update after a few days. It seems to be rather random, and I cannot produce conditions where it restarts predictably. I tried running Star Wars Battlefront II again at a taxing level (it runs 144 fps on Ultra with 0 issues) and it did not restart again. Regardless, I will try these updates and wait and see if it restarts again. Thanks for the help! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook dcups ✭ December 2020 Just got done with mc in westmont. Apparently my AIO pump went bad, ended up replacing the psu as well to an EVGA 850 Gold full mod. Wish me luck.. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTDavey admin December 2020 @dcups Good Luck. Chime back in anytime if there is anything else we can do for you on the Microcenter Community Forum. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook dcups ✭ December 2020 So far so good.  Changed my psu to an evga 850 gold and replaced AIO pump. So far so good.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook MJend15 ✭ December 2020 @dcups Is that still working for you?  I'm still having random reboots.. When I took mine into MC last week they ran a stress test and said it was a driver issue so they uninstalled and reinstalled and then ran cyberpunk for 4 hours with no issues.  As soon as I took it home and booted it up it immediately rebooted and has been doing it since.  Had it reboot probably 5 times so far today..  I don't know what else to do at this point other than return it for a different model.  Seems like there's at least 6 of us with the same issue on new prebuilt computers... 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook sdjh34 ✭ December 2020 @TSTDavey Just curious if you guys have looked into this further since it seems to be a common issue people are having with this model. Could it be an issue specific to this motherboard? From what I’ve read it seems like it’s a common problem. Is there a concrete answer or solution for this issue yet?I have been away from home for the holidays so I haven’t been able to monitor it to see if it happens again, and my 15 day return period has expired. I’m getting nervous that this problem will never be fixed and I could very well have wasted $1500 on a pre built. Really trusted microcenter so this has been disappointing to say the least. Thanks for your help and any info you can provide. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTDavey admin December 2020 Hello @sdjh34 sorry you are having issues as well. Do you also have a G464 Powerspec? Is the computer still randomly rebooting? To answer your question random rebooting can either be the motherboard not functioning correctly with windows, as to why at the top of this post, I mentioned to do motherboard chipset driver updates. Other times for random reboots could be a  Video card issue. It really depends on the behavior of the pc's random reboots. Is it common? It could be, the Powerspec is Microcenters custom build brand. Its not a Dell or an HP, its a custom build PC made by Microcenter. Custom built pc's you have to keep it up to date with windows as well its components. The Windows updates should install your hardware drivers, but sometimes windows won't find them, especially for custom built pc's. So sometimes the PC user has to update the hardware drivers if they need an update. You'll only know if it needs an update when something isn't working. If you'd like to return the Powerspec, reply back. We can create a ticket for it to track the return. If you still have the box and packaging, we can go up to 30 days from the date of purchase to except your return for an exchange or refund. We can also help you troubleshoot the reboots so it no longer behaves that way. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook dcups ✭ December 2020 edited December 2020 Problem still occurs for me after replacing psu and AIO pump. This thing is trash! All I’m doing is tossing more money into it and really close to the $2k Mark. I don’t know anyone in their right mind who would find this to be acceptable, let alone allow such an intolerable quality build of a pc, just throwing things together and hoping it sticks. Seems more of a common issue to me. Although things like this may be common in the tech world, I’m sure the odds of this happening to this particular make and model, continuously, should be recalled in some sort of way. Just like vehicles.  I love the computer, just hate that I spent almost $2k on a sub par rig that doesn’t even handle a qtr of what it is meant to handle. It’s no wonder they had only one in stock at both the elston and westmont location, and I bought both - still the same problem.  QC needs some accountability here. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook MJend15 ✭ December 2020 @TSTDavey all my drivers are up to date. Updated chipset drivers as well as motherboard BIOS. Still getting the issues to occur. The issue is common - at least twice every time I use the PC 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTDavey admin December 2020 @MJend15 sorry you are having issues with the Powerspec g464. Looks like it has a 5700xt GPU in it. We will emailing you get some more information from you to troubleshoot further. Look for the email and in the meantime, set your power option to High Performance, see link below if need instructions on how to do that. Then test out your game once it set to high performance. https://support.norton.com/sp/en/us/home/current/solutions/v85131538  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook dcups ✭ December 2020 Computer is set to high performance. Still does the same thing 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTDavey admin December 2020 @dcups Okay, did you get our email? We have some questions on the behavior of the powerspec. We can troubleshoot there or you can bring it to the store for our techs there to take a look at the system. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook dcups ✭ December 2020 edited January 11 Never got it. Please send it to [removed personal info]@comcast.net 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TS_BryantA admin December 2020 @dcups Thank you for letting us know. A ticket has been started for this issue and you should be receiving an email shortly. Please let us know if you do not receive this within the next 30 minutes of this post. Thank you for your patience.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook blueblur77 ✭ January 2 I'm also having the same issue with this computer. It rebooted 5 times today and I've only had this machine for 2 weeks. Has anyone found out what the issue is? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin January 2 blueblur77 said: I'm also having the same issue with this computer. It rebooted 5 times today and I've only had this machine for 2 weeks. Has anyone found out what the issue is? Greetings, Are you getting any blue screens or anything? Any error messages?  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LLagunas ✭ January 6 I also have a G464 and its randomly rebooted at least 3 times in the week that ive had it 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook georgem3 ✭ January 6 Guys, many of the prebuilts made in the past couple months were made with a bad batch of AMD 5700 xts that result in this crashing problem. I went to microcenter and had them swap out my graphics card for an amd 5700 xt that came out under a new batch and I haven't had any crashing issues yet. Will come back and post if I do though. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Dcol2 ✭ January 9 i think one of the reps stopped responding? Not sure if I see the continued email. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Dcol2 ✭ January 9 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin January 9 LLagunas said: I also have a G464 and its randomly rebooted at least 3 times in the week that ive had it Greetings, Are you getting any blue screens or anything? Any error messages? Is there a specific program or anything that you are using when these issues occur?  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin January 9 Dcol2 said: Dcol2 said: i think one of the reps stopped responding? Not sure if I see the continued email. Hello. I am unsure what email you are referring to. I see an earlier post from you that you were going to visit the store for further troubleshooting. 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We took over an hour for this one step in the building process as we tightened the screws on one side only for the screws on the opposite side to lift off. We also tried using 2 screwdrivers and screwing both sides simultaneously, to no avail. The motherboard got scratched up and started shaving its material as a result of the screws being screwed and undone at least a dozen times. Eventually, we got the cooler installed by using more force to screw it in, which we had avoided doing since we were scared that doing so would break it. I am ready for the next time I build a pc though! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook theactualduane ✭ January 23 Unfortunately, the first time I built a PC, which was back in 2015, wasn't a very positive experience. After meticulously selecting high-quality components and obsessively studying how to properly put together a rig, I made a terrible mistake during assembly. While screwing in my Hyper 212 Evo, my screwdriver somehow managed to slip (maybe it was sweat?) and I poked a hole straight through my motherboard. Fortunately, the PC still worked, but the hole destroyed a trace to one of my memory slots. I've been a lot more careful since then. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Beeruh ✭ January 23 It was my first time upgrading a computer and I had no idea what I was doing. It was for my family pc which was an old dell inspiron. I upgraded the graphics card, and everything went smoothly. Easy enough I thought. I tried to upgrade the cpu and bought an fx 6300 for an old intel motherboard. Whoops. Just need to buy a new motherboard then. Bought a compatible atx motherboard and it didn't fit in the proprietary dell case. Ok, guess I need to buy a new case. Installed everything in it, realized the power supply was weak and has way too short cables in addition to no pcie power. Wow, I suck at this. Bought a new power supply and eventually a new hard drive to make a completely new pc. At least I know better now. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook FiLiNuX ✭ January 23 You want a PC Build Horror Story? I will tell you the worst PC build horror story I have ever had in my decades of PC building.  Maybe it just seems so horrific because the lost time, the anger, the ugliness, and the total disrespect & disregard for basic human kindness is so fresh.  The story can be told and understood in few words and is known to scores of us.   The horror is trying to work with BEST BUY to try to finish my most recent PC(s).  What should have been minutes in ordering opened the puzzle box and has turned into literally dozens of hours.  Uncaring hordes of "support staff" in a never ending labyrinth of phone systems. A staff of Blue Shirted Zombies roaming their stores.  A website and ordering system that behaves like it is the victim in a possession horror movie.  The scariest though?  Even though you are the righteous hero in this tale  and explain and PROVE  the error of their ways you are again and again defeated by the unstoppable evil.  Think you have made progress and survived the night by showing them the light?  Wrong!  The unstoppable evil (Jason, Freddy, Blue Shirt, etc etc) will be back in the next movie, sorry I mean call, email, or chat, to tell you the one before was wrong, lied,  didn't exist or whatever to keep the nightmare going.  Heed my warning and learn from my tale of woe fellow builders!  Do not split up from the group.  Don't keep living in the haunted house. Don't go into the basement to investigate the strange noise.  Above all DO NOT think Best Buy is going to care about your PC Build.  Or you for that matter.   (Why oh why did Nvidia go with the Blue Shirted legion of doom to handle the Founders Edition).    1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook BlueShadow42 ✭ January 23 edited January 23 I have a secondary PC that has a Gigabyte A320 board and Athlon 3000G, being used as just a web surfing/email PC. During the last 10 months, I've done an RMA on the motherboard once so far, and just yesterday, the FIFTH power supply has died. I don't get it, in 10 months, FIVE power supplies have been through this PC. Two of them were EVGA, one from AresGaming, and two random ones. I've had full blown gaming rigs not even come close to the issues i'm dealing with this light duty PC. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook MerrHeLL ✭ January 23 I've been building computers for 30 years. Over 100 builds with 20 of them with Micro Center components over the last decade. Last summer I found a deal on the new 10 series i5. I decided to build my first ITX box in the Lian Li TU150 case. After assembly, it booted into the bios twice, but each time as soon as it tried to initialize a boot sequence it would just power off. So I did all of the normal troubleshooting methods. Checking connections, looking for defects on the boards, any signs of burned capacitors etc. I tried 3 different known working power supplies. I pulled all but one ram stick of ram. I swapped Ram for known working ram. Finally I concluded the motherboard was dead. I go to Micro Center and they are out of the motherboard I purchased. So they gladly swap me out with a much better and more expensive board. I take it home and try that board, same effect, no boot. I take that board back and they swap it again! That's 3 boards! It still won't boot. I pull the cpu out and try inspecting it a little closer. With 30 years of PC builds I'm getting older and my eyesight isn't what it once was. Using a magnifying glass I notice a faint heat mark. The FCLGA1200 socket has very small contacts and I notice a manufacturing defect on the cpu chip itself. I contact intel and they give me a warranty replacement. Once the new chip arrives I plug it in and its smooth as butter. This build took me 4 weeks from what is usually 1 day or sometimes 2. I share this story for several reasons. The service I received at Micro Center was extraordinary. Their staff and management are committed to providing great customer service and doing so in a professional and considerate manner. I can't thank them enough for how well they helped me through this challenging build. I apologize for not being a better technician and recognizing the cpu flaw earlier. This experience has reinforced the incredible value that local service provides to this industry. Thank you. I'll be a grateful and reliable customer for life. PS. standing in line for that RTX 3070 I managed to grab following the release date was worth it too! That one  was plugged into my son's computer. Now I need to win this so I can have one for my own box. Thanks again! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook fastfoodnightmares ✭ January 23 Over the summer I was helping a friend organise their wires since they had a mini itx case and they wanted it to look neat. I wasn't really paying attention so I didn't catch it, but I absentmindedly grabbed some wires to zip tie and tuck them into the perimeter when a chunk of the wires just broke off? I still do not understand how it happened and with multiple, as I pulled with minimal force. Needless to say my friend was pissed at me and had to get replacements. To top it off, a few days after we finished building the pc, her gpu died and she freaked out thinking it killed her entire pc, though it booted fine when i took it out. Luckily she was able to get that replaced as well. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook fastfoodnightmares ✭ January 23 Over the summer I was helping a friend organise their wires since they had a mini itx case and they wanted it to look neat. I wasn't really paying attention so I didn't catch it, but I absentmindedly grabbed some wires to zip tie and tuck them into the perimeter when a chunk of the wires just broke off? I still do not understand how it happened and with multiple, as I pulled with minimal force. Needless to say my friend was pissed at me and had to get replacements. To top it off, a few days after we finished building the pc, her gpu died and she freaked out thinking it killed her entire pc, though it booted fine when i took it out. Luckily she was able to get that replaced as well. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Suzukii ✭ January 23 edited January 23 MerrHeLL said: I've been building computers for 30 years. Over 100 builds with 20 of them with Micro Center components over the last decade. Last summer I found a deal on the new 10 series i5. I decided to build my first ITX box in the Lian Li TU150 case. After assembly, it booted into the bios twice, but each time as soon as it tried to initialize a boot sequence it would just power off. So I did all of the normal troubleshooting methods. Checking connections, looking for defects on the boards, any signs of burned capacitors etc. I tried 3 different known working power supplies. I pulled all but one ram stick of ram. I swapped Ram for known working ram. Finally I concluded the motherboard was dead. I go to Micro Center and they are out of the motherboard I purchased. So they gladly swap me out with a much better and more expensive board. I take it home and try that board, same effect, no boot. I take that board back and they swap it again! That's 3 boards! It still won't boot. I pull the cpu out and try inspecting it a little closer. With 30 years of PC builds I'm getting older and my eyesight isn't what it once was. Using a magnifying glass I notice a faint heat mark. The FCLGA1200 socket has very small contacts and I notice a manufacturing defect on the cpu chip itself. I contact intel and they give me a warranty replacement. Once the new chip arrives I plug it in and its smooth as butter. This build took me 4 weeks from what is usually 1 day or sometimes 2. I share this story for several reasons. The service I received at Micro Center was extraordinary. Their staff and management are committed to providing great customer service and doing so in a professional and considerate manner. I can't thank them enough for how well they helped me through this challenging build. I apologize for not being a better technician and recognizing the cpu flaw earlier. This experience has reinforced the incredible value that local service provides to this industry. Thank you. I'll be a grateful and reliable customer for life. PS. standing in line for that RTX 3070 I managed to grab following the release date was worth it too! That one  was plugged into my son's computer. Now I need to win this so I can have one for my own box. Thanks again!  So glad you had a very positive experience with them. Mine was a nightmare, back at the Paterson store, after making a return for a cpu last week. Upon my returning of the processor, they made me feel like I was a guilty criminal. It all started when I was so excited to finally get my hands on the AMD 5950X CPU that I neglected to look at the packaging upon purchasing it. When I get home I realised it was not a new CPU. But after waiting for so long in line,  3+ hours, in 24 degree weather, to get one in my hands, I said to myself, what the heck and proceeded to try the installation on my new build.  When it didn't work I tried it in my old PC build with an AMD 3700X CPU and a Gigabyte X570 Aorus Master motherboard and G.Skill Trident-Z (CL16) RAM, 1300 WATT PSU and recently purchased ROG STRIX RTX 3070 GPU. It was DOA out the box and upon my returning it to the store I was greeted with nothing but  interrogations and dirty looks from both a cashier and one of the store managers.  Needless to say, it was nothing but a stressful, unexpected and unwarranted experience for me.  They took back the DOA CPU back and I am left with my old working system an incompletenew.PC build and no new CPU. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook NoRest4wkd Texas ✭ January 23 I decided to do my first new build in over 10 years, so I did my research and compiled a list of components. As I was able to save up enough money and catch a sale, I proceeded to buy these components over a span of about 3 months to save money. When I finally had everything except the GPU (since the RTX 3000 series was about to come out, I wanted to wait) and put together my dream build, there was no display upon boot. I thought it was because the GPU I was using from my old PC was too old, and I kept trying everything I could including bios & firmware updates. When I moved the GPU to a slower PCIE slot, it suddenly worked and I had video! About a month later, I was able to pick up a newer 4GB GPU for $10 at an estate sale (it works!) and realized while installing it what the original problem was: the PCIE slot next to my CPU is dead! Everything else on the motherboard is fine, but that one slot simply does not work regardless of my efforts. Now if I want to get an RTX 3000 series and really take advantage of the speed, I can't unless I get a new motherboard! If I have to take it all apart and rebuild from the motherboard up, it should would be nice to finally have that new GPU as part of the finished product. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Faiyaz ✭ January 23 I accidently dropped my cpu in a cup of water but it stilled worked. I was very scared 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Grahamk ✭ January 24 One time, when I was helping my friend build a PC (decent Ryzen 5 3500, GTX 1060 3GB) 2 things happened. We were trying for literally 20 minutes to get the IO Shield in. We were building this on a folding table, and the little ring that was supposed to lock the table in the upright position was not in the right spot, and the table just collapsed on one side. We had 2 cans of seltzer open at the other end which slide over and spilled onto the half built PC. Luckily, we were able to salvage everything except the motherboard, which wasn’t a big deal since we were going for budget and bought a cheap motherboard. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook BAllen2782 ✭ January 24 This was pretty bad. My first PC build was a 915p chipset ABit AG8 motherboard with the 3.06GHz Pentium 4HT (524) and a 32MB ATi Radeon Diamond Stealth. I didn't know much about PC's so i figured a $135-$170 GPU would be fine. No, a 32MB Diamond Stealth did not cut it. So i went back to Micro Center (yeah, i been shopping at the Micro since the Pentium 4 days) and swapped for the 256MB nVIDIA 7600GTS. World of difference. 1 day after playing and testing games. My PC boots up but no post. I tore the whole PC down and rebuilt it. Nothing, the same thing. Luckily i had another ABit AG8 board. So, i swapped the BIOS chip cause i thought it was that. Nope. The other board has over 100,000hrs on it now cause the BIOS has an up time counter. But, for some reason that board did not want to post. Anyway i seen that the GOD tier Core2Quad Q6600 (GO) was now $200 down from $850. I got the eVGA 680i SLi motherboard with 8GB's of SLi ready OCZ 1200MHz DDR2 and "2" 512MB eVGA 8800GT SSC's in SLi in a NZXT Apllo case with a 600watt NZXT PSU. CRYSIS just came out, so i figured if i built a PC that could play CRYSIS, it could play anything. I had left the case on its side without the side panel window on it. It was up on a table basically fully assembled, so i had no worries. I had to run back to Micro Center because the 1TB HDD i had was actually faulty. I come back an hour later and are family cat decides he got a new litter box. Yeah, pee and poo all in my new PC. And are cat is like Garfield. He weighs like 30 pounds so you know he did some damage. Geeze, i thought. It was like $2000 i just spent and this happens. So, i gave everything a alcohol bath after disassembling all the GPU's and motherboard. The cool thing is, is that CRYSIS rig i built in 2007-2008 is still running today. Though, with a 2GHz GTX1050ti. The Q6600 GO overclocked to 4GHz gives this 13 year old beast a new life. It plays Vulkan/DX12 titles like DOOM 2016 and Sniper Elite 3, 4 and Zombies at 1080p60 locked at Ultra settings. Not to shabby. My nephew loves it. But, that's my horror story in a nutshell. Good luck to everyone trying to win the 3070. I'm still using a GTX1050ti with an 8700K, so i could use a new GPU.    0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Anorak ✭ January 24 I saved for up for about 8 months to build my first PC. After completing the build and booting up WOW for the first time on it. I left my desk to go grab a drink just to come back to my dog deciding it needed "Mark" it for its own. True story. It fried everything. It was a ruff day for me.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook UUNISAVANT ✭ January 24 I don’t need to win the graphics card. But I want to tell a true story about “tuning horror story”. I have been a system admin for many years and got a job as a manager of supercomputing. The supercomputer had a hundred “motherboards” with four Xeon CPU’s each. That’s a 400 CPU supercomputer. I was adjusting all the parameters to make the system more powerful. At some point the supercomputer went into a loop and choked.  At that point, it was unusable anymore. And I had forgotten to record the original settings of the stable system BEFORE I started messing around with all those settings. That was many years ago and as you’d figure it out by now, “I don’t work there anymore”.  So I built a home computer back in August 2020 for my home use. It has all the latest AMD CPU/GPU. all from Microcenter in Sharonville, OHIO.  I rely on an automated tuning tool now. hahahahahaha its called CTR — Clock Tuner for Ryzen, listed at Guru3d.com 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook CT548 ✭ January 24 Not that big of a horror story, but essentially my biggest nightmare came when trying to screw in my motherboard onto the standoffs on my case.  The screwdriver I was using wasn't magnetic, so it would be an absolute nightmare trying to get the screws to go into the holes, and sometimes I'd lose them by having them drop into the chassis.  Being terrified that I'd cause a short with a loose screw, I'd shake the case to try to locate the screw, with one screw taking a good 2 hours to actually locate since I was just about ready to disassemble half the case to find it.  This would happen dozens more times until I decided to screw it (no pun intended) and buy a magnetic screwdriver.  It really, really makes a difference. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ultramegamighty ✭ January 24 I'd say the worst build for me was my first. I was still pretty young and thought I knew way more than I did about building PCs. I had replaced individual parts in my old one several times, I'd had a part time job at a local computer repair / sales store for almost a year, I thought I was a certified super awesome tech. I found out that I did indeed know plenty, but what I DIDN'T know was going to cost me. See, while I was working as a tech, I was still installing 386 and 486 chips that had very simple heat sinks. Some had fans, some didn't, but they were all very basic. That's what I was used to. There was a roughly 5 year gap between when I worked at that store and when I built my first complete machine on my own, and things had changed in that 5 years. One of the things that had changed was now it was highly recommended that you put thermal paste between the CPU and heat sink. And this is what cost me. See, I didn't bother to ask anyone what thermal paste was, because my brain hung on the word "paste." You may be able to tell where I'm about to go with this. I decided in my ignorance that if just slapping paste on the CPU is all it needs to transfer heat better, I've got some Elmer's glue. So I used that. Now surprise surprise, it actually worked for about 6 months. And worked well, I might add. But then the day finally came. I had been using my PC in my barracks room, which was kept at a fairly reasonable temperature. I took my PC with me to visit some friends out in town. In the summer. And their AC wasn't the best. So after a day of hard playing, the CPU overheats. I pop it open to see if the fan is still working, which it is. Ok, I'm thinking maybe something else is wrong, and something gives me a hunch that I should pull the heat sink off. When I do, the CPU separates, and the upper portion that isn't locked in the socket comes off with the heat sink. The CPU is destroyed, the upper portion of it is fused to the heat sink in a way that rendered it unusable, the pins for the CPU were left behind, jammed in the socket. With one air headed mistake, I cost myself a motherboard, CPU, and heat sink. In the process of replacing them, I found that the motherboards I could easily and quickly get were already using a new type of RAM, which was not the RAM I already had, so I ended up replacing that, too. The whole system had originally cost me around $540 to build (caught good Father's Day sales). Replacing the parts I destroyed cost me another $400. I haven't made a mistake that catastrophic since.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Augmented3rd ✭ January 24 Phantom Power Supply Before bed, I turned off my computer * Click *, it gently powered down – suddenly the LEDs shone in the dark * CLICK! – it turned off again. While startled, the computer seemed to be okay, so I went to sleep. The next morning I was ready to work, but the computer wasn’t. Ominous, white text appeared on screen: "The ME FW of system was found abnormal…”. I anxiously searched for a quick remedy: I directly booted from the SSD – crash, and changed some BIOS settings – crash. Perhaps the power supply suddenly turning on corrupted the motherboard. Thankfully, there was a solution: I needed a sketchier PSU to initiate a BIOS flash. I would never use a fire-hazard PSU, but this one seemed fine. A friend lent me an 80+ bronze PSU, but when everything powered on, my heart sank. It’s was the loudest PSU I’ve ever heard. Despite the red-flag, I carried on. When the BIOS flash started, clicking, grinding, and electric whining noises appeared –it seemed like the PSU was possessed by a maligned spirit. “Don’t explode!”, I pleaded. If the PSU failed before the flash completed, the motherboard would die. I anxiously watched as a dangerous race unfolded. Pixel by pixel the motherboard clung to life as the phantom power supply growled and groaned. It was threatening destruction. Eventually, the system powered down and the PSU’s fan slowly halted in defeat. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook giggity Texas ✭ January 24 Me: Buys cheap 600W PSU off Amazon. PSU: Dies after a day. *RMA and gets sent 750W version* Me: WOW! Customer service :O PSU: DOA Me: 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook jpwinkis ✭ January 24 "Integrated NIC on new motherboard destroys home network" I had been wanting to upgrade for a while now and my friends told me to hold off and wait for the new Ryzen to be announced. I ended up having to wait a month or so for the announcement. When they announced the new processors, I would have to wait a month for their release date.  I marked my calendar for November 5th, took the day off work to be at Micro Center before open to get one. I wanted to drop the money and get the 5900x. I was 50th or so in line and the manager came out and said they had less than 15 5900x but about 50 5800x. Ok, I guess I’m still fine getting that. So, I waited in line and got my voucher for a 5800x. I picked out all my parts, a new case, a new ram (I said 32GB and the guy took the ram out from behind the locked glass case), and picked a motherboard. I would just use my current SSD, power supply, and video card. I get all the way home and install everything. Boot up, 16GB ram detected. Look at the box for the ram and realize they sold me a 16GB kit. Make the 40 min drive back, return it and get the 32GB set, drive 40 min back home. Boot back to BIOS. The processor is 0.00GHZ. Troubleshoot that and then realize I need to flash the BIOS so I do that. Finally, everything is working and I’m happy. Fast forward a few days down the road to when the real problems start. My internet goes out. Modem lights flashing like it's lost connection, router says it's not getting a connection, all devices are without internet. Reset the devices, call Spectrum, and everything I can think of to get the internet back up and it comes back up. Keep running into this issue constantly and Spectrum tells me it's fine on their end and they have a connection to the line. I have a tech come out and check all the lines and says there is no issue. Outages are still occurring, so I return modems with Spectrum and swap for another. Outages still happen. I swap out and try other routers I have had. Still have outages. These outages were affecting me as while I’m at work I remote into my desktop as well as have smart home devices, locks, cameras that need a constant connection. These outages are causing major problems for me. I’ve troubleshot with Spectrum, swapped multiple modems of there’s, switched to a modem I owned, had a tech come out, swapped routers and the problem was still occurring. Now I’m swapping out the network switches in the house, swapping out the ethernet cables with the issue still reoccurring. It gets me closer and closer to the new PC I built. Al these issues started after I built this PC. The next time the internet went out on all the device, I use the Windows repair connection which resets the onboard NIC and every device in my apartment go back online! I tracked the issue from the modem and router flashing “NO CONNECTION” to being caused by my new computer. I google the motherboard I had (GIGABYTE B550 AORUS MASTER ATX) and found a Reddit post and that multiple people have this motherboard and it kills their whole network. MY NETWORK CARD FOR ONE PC WAS SHUTTING DOWN MY WHOLE NETWORK! To test this, I waited for the internet to go out again and unplugged that computer, and magically all other devices' connections to the internet were restored. As it had taken over a month to find it was the motherboard (after blaming Spectrum, getting techs to come out, swapping out; the router, the modem, switches, and cables) it was the motherboard.  I went back and returned the motherboard for an Asus, got home, rebuilt my system and a month later have not had one internet outage. The frustration that the motherboard cost me trying to figure out what was causing my outage made me want to never touch a computer again. I spent so much time troubleshooting it and dealing with internet outages that the whole month for me was torture. Who would have thought that 1 computer could take down a whole network?  It's like troubleshooting a car not starting and it turns out the tires are flat! TLDR: Bought new computer, the internet was going out for a month and it was the motherboard of the new computer shutting the whole network down. Starting troubleshooting from the line outside the apartment, to modem, to the router, to switch, to cable, and finally to PC to find the issue.    1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook NotTheSoundGuy ✭ January 24 So it had been 10+ years since i had dealt with PC internals. A friend was upgrading and for an amazing deal i got an i7 7700k, an rtx 2080, psu, test bench as case, basically everything except storage and an aio cooler. So I build it all on the test bench, go to power it on, and at the time i did not really the psu had gone bad. When I powered it on for the first time, the power cable into my aio cooler literally smoked and burst into flame. I unplug everything, theres scorch marks across the heat shields on the mobo and I die inside. In my head im like, "WHAT HAVE I DONE, I DID IT WRONG AND RUINED IT ALL"  Though luckily, everything was fine and after a bit of testing and one more scorched cable (which i was prepared for and in a test situation this time) i realized it was the psu and that i had actually done everything correctly, which a quick trip to the store fixed. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook latincoffeebean ✭ January 24 Molex to SATA, lose your data!  I ran out of space for music and converted a molex power supply on the cheap to make space for a dedicated media drive.  Well the connector didn’t take long to overheat and destroy my spare drive mid transfer! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Chris_P_Bacon ✭ January 25 "Thermal Shmermal" When I was in my late teens, a friend of mine whose parents won the lottery ($3mil USD jackpot in annuities) decided to spoil my friend with whatever he wanted. This led to his wanting to build a PC in the Pentium 4 HT era with the CPU being, you guessed it, a Pentium 4 HT. Having combed through a couple of threads online at that time, he felt he had a decent handle on things but "wanted my assistance with the build" (or, in another word, show it off). Given I had only just come off of building a Pentium 3 1ghz build w/ a GeForce 4 MX 440 by myself for the first time using hand-me-downs and spare parts and scraps I was able to get my hands on at the time, I was a little excited to mess around with what was considered 'high end' in that period. Given the parts selection he went with ran a little shy of $2k, you could imagine most of what my assistance involved was just watching him put his build together. With a substantial feeling of upper-crustiness, he frantically piecemealed the build into his case but, for some reason, decided to save the CPU and cooler for last. Watching him insert the CPU (where he bent a pin slightly and bent it back into place with tweezers, mind you) and attach the cooler, I noticed something odd: He was wiping the pre-applied thermal paste off the cooler. I had asked him if he had bought his own thermal paste or a thermal pad for the CPU to which he was strongly insistent that, per Xanga, LiveJournal, and MySpace feedback, he "would ruin his CPU and cooler if he kept the paste on." He, then, powered the PC on. Wouldn't POST. I had reiterated at this point that maybe he should have applied thermal paste or a pad, only to have gotten cut off before finishing my sentence. He was so sure that he shouldn't use paste or a pad for thermal contact that he, instead, took a can of compressed air and turned it upside down into the case based on some feedback he saw to (not sure where this logic was feasible) "cool the cooler" because it was too hot, to him. Somehow, it POSTed... for like a minute. At this point, I was frustrated and just quietly watched this dumpster fire. With an entire can of compressed air upside down, he was (almost magically) able to get the PC cooled just barely long enough to go into BIOS and disable any warnings or triggers that would cause the PC to shut down due to heat. This dumpster fire of a show nearly turned into an actual fire as the shorting occurred. He tried to pin blame on me. It didn't work. When we (my friend, his parents, and myself) took the build to our local PC shop where he bought the parts, I explained exactly what he did to the support tech. He could not lie his way out of this one. As such, they would not refund them. Needless to say his parents were mad; partly at me, but mostly at their son for wasting the cash, who I have not heard from to this day. I did end up getting the 80GB HDD for free out of this ordeal since they ended up leaving the PC with them and the employee unmounted it and gave it to me. So, 2004 me had that going for himself. TL;DR: Don't skimp the paste. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Alec123 ✭ January 25 SeanM said:  Ever had a water-cooling system break in your PC? A graphics card catch fire? Did you touch all the CPU pins? Or maybe you just used the wrong RAM? Well, this contest is for you! Starting today, January 11th, we want to hear your PC disaster stories. Tell us all about your cracked cases and DOA graphics cards, your bad RAM and failed PSUs. Then, when the entry window closes on January 31st, 11:59 PM EST, we’ll be randomly selecting one entry to win a brand new 3070 graphics card! And be sure to check out the Micro Center Asks section of our forum for more light-hearted PC discussions, as well as our Service Center for assistance with builds, including build repairs and full-build services. Winners will be contacted the week after the contest ends.  How to enter (see terms and conditions for full contest rules): ·         Join the Micro Center community ·         Post a comment below describing your most disastrous PC building experiences  We can't wait to hear from you! Good luck! See attached contest terms and conditions. Contest submission window: 1/11/21 – 1/31/21 1 winner will receive a 3070 Graphics Card. I got my brand new cpu for my pc and I knew nothing about PCs yet and I touched all my pins on my cpu 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Wlm1963 ✭ January 25 When I built one of my first computers and had everything assembled, I was leaning over admiring my work when a screwdriver that was in my shirt pocket fell out. Of all the spots it could have hit, whatever it hit on the motherboard caused it to short out, so there I was on a Sunday afternoon in my small town with nothing open (no computer stores there anyway). I felt like crying.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook SoupThyme ✭ January 25 Me and a few friends got together and built a pc for another friend a few years ago, I decided to set it up near a router (the board didn't have wifi) which was plugged into a slightly broken outlet. We used the same outlet to plug the pc on. Upon powering everything on we realized we forgot to plug in the display port cable. When we plugged it in, a spark jumped from the metal covering around the graphics cards I/O onto the display port cable. The shock was strong enough to leave a burn mark and the circuit breaker flipped implying something shorted. We retried later on a different outlet and everything booted up fine with no long lasting damage besides the burn mark and a fear of plugging anything into a powered pc. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ericx112 ✭ January 25 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. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook jacouby ✭ January 25 I screwed up a 5600x by not fulling closing the lever and then proceeding to put the cooler on. The cooler wouldn't fit on so i bent and broke some pins. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook ethanlam27 ✭ January 25 I was trying to help my friend build a PC over Zoom... he had never built a PC before. He received a Ryzen 7 1700X from a friend and was trying to put it in his motherboard, and had a friend over there to help him. Turns out the friend only built using Intel CPUs and didn't really know how to put in a Ryzen. We could hear him struggling a bit to put the CPU in the socket, but we couldn't see it. We kind of hoped for the best. Later it turns out his PC wasn't posting and he found out he bent several pins on the CPU itself... it nearly gave me a heart attack but at least he was able to bend them back! His gaming PC is working now without any issues, thankfully!! 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook mikesysadmin ✭ January 26 Helping a friend build his first, I leave the room for 5 minutes and this happens (to an intel i9-7920x!) moral of the story align your CPU properly(not upside down) before clamping it down!... if that wasnt enough he also bent a bunch of pins on his motherboard... however I've worked in IT for 20 years now and seen a lot of stupid things....never this SMH 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook «1…45678910» This discussion has been closed. 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Is there a way I can fix this or do I have to bring this back to the store for service? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments Ian admin January 2 blueblur77 said: I've only had this computer for about 2 weeks and now it is shutting down and rebooting whenever I am streaming Dead by Daylight. I am seeing that this is an with this model in this forum. Is there a way I can fix this or do I have to bring this back to the store for service? Greetings, Are you getting any blue screens or anything? Any error messages?  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook blueblur77 ✭ January 2 No, I haven't gotten any blue screens. The computer just shuts down, I hear buzzing from my headphones, and the computer reboots as if nothing happened. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin January 4 Hi @blueblur77, could you please check the Event Viewer to see what may be causing these restarts? Right-click on the Start button and select Control Panel > System & Security and double-click Administrative Tools. Then double-click Event Viewer. Are there any Critical or Error logs after your computer restarts on its own? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook georgem3 ✭ January 4 I have the Powerspec g464 and it does the exact same thing. Had about 1-2 weeks. Black screens and instareboots the PC or shuts down entirely when playing any video game. Anything requiring the GPU it seems. The g464 does this for me, and I have already swapped in the Powerspec g358 for the exact same reason. Black screens as soon as any game starts. Look at the reviews for these 2 PCs on the microcenter store. Many people are having this issue with the Powerspec computers but none of the microcenter representatives seem to be aware of it. Not sure if I should return the PC or try and get it "repaired" since the repairs I've seen done by the repair shop has not fixed this issue. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin January 4 edited January 4 @georgem3 I'd love to know if your computer is showing any Critical errors as well! Since you mentioned that you think yours is specifically to do with the GPU, have you tried reinstalling the GPU drivers? Our service department would be able to take a look at your desktop as well if you would prefer! Would you mind checking to see what your BIOS version is? You can use MSinfo32 to verify this information.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook georgem3 ✭ January 4 @LandShark Thanks for your response. No critical errors (meaning text errors that show up on the crash?). The screen just goes black and the PC reboots. I just tried updating to the latest AMD drivers (dated 11/30/20) and it crashed still. While the random crashes are unpredictable, the PC reliably crashes if I jump into a video game quickly after booting up. The games it has crashed during League of Legends (crashed once), which is not intensive, and Grim Dawn, made in 2016, so intensive-ish but not crazy. The BIOS version is American Megatrends Inc. 2607, 8/14/2020 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin January 4 Sorry, my request was a bit confusing. Are you seeing any logs in the Event Viewer under the Critical Errors tab? You can open this window by typing "Event Viewer" in the Start menu My system shows 0 below. I'm hoping your system may show some answers. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin January 4 Are you able to try testing the desktop in a different outlet, power cable, or circuit? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook georgem3 ✭ January 4 Here are the critical errors. Plenty of non-critical ones as well. As for the different outlet and power cable, I can make this happen, though not now. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin January 4 From that information, it looks like it's an unexpected shutdown. Let's try testing the power and then see if we can find any difference there. Another option would be to boot your PC in safe mode. This would check to see if it's a driver compatibility issue. If the issue doesn't reappear when you start your PC in safe mode, you can eliminate the default settings, basic device drivers, and services as possible causes. Looking forward to your response. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook blueblur77 ✭ January 5 This is a capture of my event viewer.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook blueblur77 ✭ January 5 edited January 5 I've been getting the kernel power critical error after every shut down.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTDavey admin January 6 @blueblur77 just chiming in. The Critical Kernel power error just means windows unexpectedly shutdown. Have you tried @LandShark suggestions of attempting to go into safe mode and see if windows boots from there and does not reboot like what you've been experiencing? Here is a link of how to get into safe mode from the Windows Login screen using the Shift Key + selecting restart from the power on and off icon with the mouse cursor. Link: https://support.avira.com/hc/en-us/articles/360002870214-How-do-I-start-Windows-10-in-Safe-Mode-  LandShark said: From that information, it looks like it's an unexpected shutdown. Let's try testing the power and then see if we can find any difference there. Another option would be to boot your PC in safe mode. This would check to see if it's a driver compatibility issue. If the issue doesn't reappear when you start your PC in safe mode, you can eliminate the default settings, basic device drivers, and services as possible causes. Looking forward to your response. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook georgem3 ✭ January 6 I had microcenter swap out the graphics card with an ROG amd 5700xt and the crashing issue has not shown up yet. I believe it may have fixed it. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook blueblur77 ✭ January 7 I have booted up the computer in Safe Mode and everything ran as normal. I tried to stream Call of Duty: Cold War and the system crashed almost immediately. It seems to only happen when I attempt to stream a game. Later today, after work I will try I different outlet to see if that will change anything. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTDavey admin January 7 @blueblur77 it could be an issue with the RX 5700 in the G464. We will be emailing you to get more information from you on your powerspec. We can give you options. Look out for the email. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook mikeil84 ✭ January 28 @TSTDavey I have the same machine and same issue.  What are the other options?  Can we swap out the 5700xt for something else that is more stable?  I am clearly not the only one with this problem.  I just bought the desktop last Sunday. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin January 28 Hello @mikeil84 I've emailed you about this concern. We'd be happy to work with you on this to figure out what may be causing this issue. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook mikeil84 ✭ January 28 @LandShark the replies you have given me are to reinstall windows and try updating windows and drivers. Neither have/would help this as it is a new desktop within the last week. I already tried updating windows, the bios and the gpu drivers because it was crashing. What can be done to rectify this faulty machine? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMichaelB admin January 28 mikeil84 said: @LandShark the replies you have given me are to reinstall windows and try updating windows and drivers. Neither have/would help this as it is a new desktop within the last week. I already tried updating windows, the bios and the gpu drivers because it was crashing. What can be done to rectify this faulty machine? I am sorry to hear about your crashing, @mikeil84. I work alongside our PowerSpec engineering team and would love to work with you to get to the bottom of this. I know the original post in this thread specified that the system itself was shutting down/rebooting, is yours doing the same thing exactly? Or do you notice any other symptoms? While they may appear to be similar issues on the surface, it's possible that the underlying issue may differ to some degree and require a different resolution. If you can provide answers to the following questions, it would help me isolate what we may be dealing with in regards to your issue: When the crashing occurs, does anything happen to the screen? Is it a static image? A flat black screen? Green screen? What do you see the moment this happens? When this occurs, do you still get anything coming from your audio? Gameplay, music, buzzing noises, anything that may designate that the system is still powered on during the crash? Does the frequency of the crash change at all, or does it occur at a similar rate each time? IE: Always crashes after 5 minutes, or is it random? We should be able to narrow down the type of crashing you're experiencing when we have those answers. As far as your options go, you do still have quite a few options on the table. While I'd hate to see you inconvenienced by having to make a trip to the store, you are still well within the return period for the unit and I am confident your local Micro Center team would take care of you in terms of getting that unit exchanged. That same option also gives our service department the opportunity to check the unit in and diagnose the cause of the crash. The other options are similar to what I am attempting to accomplish in this thread, which is technical support troubleshooting, which can be viewed as the more convenient option, especially if it is as cold in your area as it is here in Ohio. This can be done here on our community forum, via text, phone, email or chat. The manner you choose depends entirely on your preference. If you do prefer to exchange the unit, please let us know as I'd like to reach out to your local store and prep them for your arrival to make it as convenient as possible.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook mikeil84 ✭ January 28 @TSMichaelB the screen goes black like there is no input for a second or two.  Then the computer reboots. Sound seems to cut out at the same time. It usually crashes when starting a game. I have had success playing for hours, but not consistently. Error codes in the event viewer show "WHEA-LOGGER" as the source and event ID 18.  Fatal hardware error occurred. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMichaelB admin January 28 mikeil84 said: @TSMichaelB the screen goes black like there is no input for a second or two.  Then the computer reboots. Sound seems to cut out at the same time. It usually crashes when starting a game. I have had success playing for hours, but not consistently. Error codes in the event viewer show "WHEA-LOGGER" as the source and event ID 18.  Fatal hardware error occurred. Thank you for the information, that is certainly interesting. WHEA errors can be difficult to dial in on because they can stem from random driver issues (even ones completely unrelated to the hardware at fault) to legitimate hardware failure. I've personally had message signal interrupts from a network adapter cause WHEA errors that crashed my old 1080 Ti... Definitely one of the more tricky errors. Since this is persisting after you've updated Windows, your BIOS and drivers, it's safe to assume you have no persisting overclocks or tweaks that may be causing any WHEA errors.  I hate to ask this, but do you mind changing a setting and then attempt to see if you can force it to crash again? I would like to disable automatic system restarts on system failure. To do this, press WIN + R to create a Run prompt, and type "SystemPropertiesAdvanced.exe". Click OK. Next, click the "Settings" button under Startup and Recovery. Under the System Failure category, uncheck "Automatically Restart". Click OK. Afterwards, do what you normally do that induces the crash and see if the system attempts to automatically restart itself. I am curious to see if the hard fault is listening to the OS when it automatically restarts, or if something with the hardware itself is locking it up. If it remains locked up when this option is disabled, it points more towards this being driver related as the crash is waiting on the OS to initiate the restart, and it's logging the failure as evidenced by your WHEA-LOGGER error, something a traditional hard-fault typically can't do. This would actually be good news, as it would point towards something we can actually address, though I'll be honest with you, I am currently at a bit of a loss as to what may be triggering this exact crash for you. That said, I am willing to work with you until we both figure it out. You've done a large portion of the ground work already by ruling out the OS version, BIOS and GPU driver, so now we can look elsewhere. I would personally start with background applications that are requesting GPU hardware acceleration (Discord, Chrome/Edge/Firefox, Steam, Epic Games Launcher, Battlenet, etc). If you can disable hardware acceleration in these applications or avoid running them in the background during your tests to see if it has any impact on the frequency of your crashing, it might give us a better idea as to what is triggering it.  From here, the best course of action would be tackling specific input methods and features (HDMI vs DP, FreeSync vs no-VRR, windowed vs borderless vs fullscreen, etc) to see if a specific manner in which your hardware is being used is triggering the crash.  I'll keep an eye on this thread and work with you to help figure this out.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook mikeil84 ✭ January 28 @TSMichaelB It still crashed after changing the settings under system failure. I don't have steam or anything installed. This happens with only modern warfare running. I have the monitor plugged in with display port. The monitor doesn't have an HDMI out. The only app running in the background was battlenet. I closed it this time and it still crashed 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMichaelB admin January 29 mikeil84 said: @TSMichaelB It still crashed after changing the settings under system failure. I don't have steam or anything installed. This happens with only modern warfare running. I have the monitor plugged in with display port. The monitor doesn't have an HDMI out. The only app running in the background was battlenet. I closed it this time and it still crashed With that setting disabled, does the system continue to restart on its own? Or does it now stay in a crashed state (black screen, frozen image, etc)? If it is continuing to restart itself after changing that setting, we are likely dealing with a hardware failure after all that is forcing the system to reboot. If it is no longer rebooting, it means whatever was causing the crash was waiting for the OS to issue the reboot, which means there is a possibility that it can be addressed via drivers or through various settings tweaks. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook mikeil84 ✭ January 29 @TSMichaelB I read in forums that disabling fast boot has helped others with this gpu. I attempted to disable that without any success. With the automatic restart on system failure disabled, nothing changed. It still restarts at the same point of failure.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMichaelB admin January 29 mikeil84 said: @TSMichaelB I read in forums that disabling fast boot has helped others with this gpu. I attempted to disable that without any success. With the automatic restart on system failure disabled, nothing changed. It still restarts at the same point of failure.  That is unfortunate news, and may confirm your initial concerns regarding it being hardware. The real question is going to be, which piece of hardware is at fault... You mentioned earlier that event viewer was showing WHEA-LOGGER with ID 18, did it specify which component reported the error? Typically you'd see:  "A fatal hardware error has occurred. Reported by component: Processor Core" In this example, we would know that the CPU is reporting the error, and that it is likely at fault for the crashing. That isn't to say that a different failing component could be at fault and it could mask itself as a different component reporting the error, but it is far more likely to be the component that is originally reporting the error. We could go through various steps to confirm whether the CPU is at fault (underclocking, undervolting, disabling cores/SMT, etc) however I do not want to subject you to the massive time sink required to undertake this, nor should you have to go through this on a brand new computer in the first place. While my curiosity wants to learn exactly why this system is failing, at this point it is likely best that we coordinate with your local store and get you an exchange in as convenient of a manner as we can, and let our service associates determine the root cause of the crashing and address it themselves. That said, if you'd prefer to go this route, I am willing to put in the effort with you. Just understand that it likely won't lead to a solution, just a confirmation of the issue at hand.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook mikeil84 ✭ January 29 It said the processor reported it.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMichaelB admin January 29 mikeil84 said: It said the processor reported it.  This makes sense, and eludes to what I was mentioning earlier. Now, there could be several causes that would result in the processor reporting it. The CPU has an integrated memory controller (IMC) and memory issues can still result in the CPU reporting a failure, so that is one potential avenue. The CPU also provides the PCIe lanes to your graphics card, so while a GPU may crash, the system may interpret it as the processor having a WHEA failure instead. These two scenarios are far less likely though, which brings me to the more likely option. Failing CPU core/cache topology.  The cause behind why this is failing could be a number of things, but in my past experience, these types of failures typically stem from overclocking gone awry. A little too much SOC voltage or a dramatic spike in VCORE with current limitations removed can cause all sorts of adverse side effects, and this type of instability can be one of them. Seeing as your system was sold as an open box unit, it's entirely possible that the previous owner may have dabbled with overclocking or other tinkering and the crashing only manifests under specific loads, which is why it wasn't caught during our return check-in testing. This is especially tedious when it's brought about by the use of specific instruction sets or changes from certain load levels. Regardless, you do have a couple of options on the table. The first option would be to bring it in to your local Micro Center store and have the service department diagnose & repair the unit. While I am fairly confident with our troubleshooting efforts that we are seeing a processor failure, I also do not want to rule out a board failure as well (failure in the socket or VRM power delivery could also manifest in this type of crash), and I'd rather you avoid having to make multiple trips to the store if necessary, especially with the current weather conditions. We offer a 48 hour repair guarantee on PowerSpec systems, but I imagine they'd have it done far quicker than this, that's just the upper max limit on routine repairs. The second option would be an exchange, though this option comes with a bit of bad news. Looking through your local Micro Center's inventory, I do not see any comparable PowerSpec systems around the price you paid for the G464, and our G464 has been phased out due to its age. The PowerSpec G508 would be a downgrade in every capacity, and even the Dell gaming systems we sell at a similar price wouldn't match the performance you were offered at the price point you paid, and it looks like we do not have any G358's in-stock in your area.  If you are looking to exchange, it may result in a compromise in performance or value, and you may find that unacceptable. Given the circumstances, I can reach out to your local Micro Center's management team and explain the situation on your behalf to see what options are available for you, especially considering how helpful you've been in diagnosing this system remotely and potentially helping others that may come across a similar issue. At the end of the day, my job is to make sure that you are taken care of. 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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 14 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 14 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 14 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 14 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 14 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 14 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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I feel like we have to restart our system every other hour or so in order to get new work units, or else half our GPU's sit ready for a long time. Our system has an estimated PPD of nearly 10M, but we get a fraction of that at the end of the day due to this phantom inefficiency that prevents our GPU's from getting work units until rebooting. We've reinstalled the OS and client several times, but I don't know if it's a configuration issue or not. I've not seen any difference with the advanced flags enabled either. I've considered simply scheduling Windows to restart every 1-2 hours and see if that helps long-term. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Yellowbillycat ✭ May 2020 TSMichaelB said: @MightyMayfield Do you guys have any secret tips for keeping your GPU's working? ... @TSMichaelB I haven't been doing anything special.  Two Linux system and one Windows, and I haven't seen any problems with getting GPU WUs.  Though GPU WUs seem to be a lot harder to come by Friday evening through Sunday, sometimes. Only one 8 core cpu doing folding, and that is being fed 24/7. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook MightyMayfield Mayfield Heights, OH ✭✭✭ May 2020 TSMichaelB said: @MightyMayfield Do you guys have any secret tips for keeping your GPU's working? I feel like we have to restart our system every other hour or so in order to get new work units, or else half our GPU's sit ready for a long time. Our system has an estimated PPD of nearly 10M, but we get a fraction of that at the end of the day due to this phantom inefficiency that prevents our GPU's from getting work units until rebooting. We've reinstalled the OS and client several times, but I don't know if it's a configuration issue or not. I've not seen any difference with the advanced flags enabled either. I've considered simply scheduling Windows to restart every 1-2 hours and see if that helps long-term. Yes! Without giving away too much of the automation secret sauce, if you pause a work slot and then resume it, it will reconnect to the download server in 2 minutes instead of the previously allotted time. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMichaelB admin May 2020 MightyMayfield said: TSMichaelB said: @MightyMayfield Do you guys have any secret tips for keeping your GPU's working? I feel like we have to restart our system every other hour or so in order to get new work units, or else half our GPU's sit ready for a long time. Our system has an estimated PPD of nearly 10M, but we get a fraction of that at the end of the day due to this phantom inefficiency that prevents our GPU's from getting work units until rebooting. We've reinstalled the OS and client several times, but I don't know if it's a configuration issue or not. I've not seen any difference with the advanced flags enabled either. I've considered simply scheduling Windows to restart every 1-2 hours and see if that helps long-term. Yes! Without giving away too much of the automation secret sauce, if you pause a work slot and then resume it, it will reconnect to the download server in 2 minutes instead of the previously allotted time. Thank you, that's extremely helpful to know. Now to figure out a way to do it with 4 GPU's and 5 clusters of 20 cores without it becoming tedious every time, lol. I think some scripting to grab some pixel colors might be required. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook MightyMayfield Mayfield Heights, OH ✭✭✭ May 2020 edited May 2020 TSMichaelB said: Thank you, that's extremely helpful to know. Now to figure out a way to do it with 4 GPU's and 5 clusters of 20 cores without it becoming tedious every time, lol. I think some scripting to grab some pixel colors might be required. It is doable! I believe in you!   Though I didn't use color recognition. I imagine that would work as well. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook 1TM ✭ May 2020 edited May 2020 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook 1TM ✭ May 2020 edited May 2020 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook JADO ✭ May 2020 ChrisP said: Mild gaming GPUs have way more [email protected] power than expensive CPUs do.  Check it out - I'm folding with two 3950X systems and a 2700X system.  Folding with 80 cores *sounds* really impressive and it definitely heats up the room, but the reality is a single GTX1060 or 5500XT video card can fold twice as fast as all those CPUs combined!  If you want bang for the buck, fold with your video cards!! True Dat....My 6 card RX580 rig produced over 175 work units and over 5 million points the first week and that was with significant down time due to startup and shakedown issues...….  When I built it for mining Etherium it cost about $4,500.  Today you could probably build it about $2K. wuffy68 said: Tramp78 said: wuffy68 said: Where was everyone when [email protected] Cancer, Alzheimer's, Parkinsons, Ebola, Diabetes and Influenza needed help with research?  I just heard about this yesterday. Should I stop? Ryau is absolutely correct ... COVID19 is [email protected]'s number 1 priority right now ... but don't be surprised when they run out of COVID19 work units, you will also be receiving Cancer, Alzheimer, and Ebola work units as well. Curecoin merely rewards [email protected] participants who register on their system no matter what work units are received. Not asking anyone to switch teams - just trying to highlight how there are some innovative teams on [email protected] that rarely get credit. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook JADO ✭ May 2020 ChrisP said: Mild gaming GPUs have way more [email protected] power than expensive CPUs do.  Check it out - I'm folding with two 3950X systems and a 2700X system.  Folding with 80 cores *sounds* really impressive and it definitely heats up the room, but the reality is a single GTX1060 or 5500XT video card can fold twice as fast as all those CPUs combined!  If you want bang for the buck, fold with your video cards!! True Dat....My 6 card RX580 rig produced over 175 work units and over 5 million points the first week and that was with significant down time due to startup and shakedown issues...….  When I built it for mining Etherium it cost about $4,500.  Today you could probably build it about $2K. wuffy68 said: Tramp78 said: wuffy68 said: Where was everyone when [email protected] Cancer, Alzheimer's, Parkinsons, Ebola, Diabetes and Influenza needed help with research?  I just heard about this yesterday. Should I stop? Ryau is absolutely correct ... COVID19 is [email protected]'s number 1 priority right now ... but don't be surprised when they run out of COVID19 work units, you will also be receiving Cancer, Alzheimer, and Ebola work units as well. Curecoin merely rewards [email protected] participants who register on their system no matter what work units are received. Not asking anyone to switch teams - just trying to highlight how there are some innovative teams on [email protected] that rarely get credit. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook kmiller922 Glenside, Pa ✭✭✭ May 2020 edited May 2020 Just a heads up everyone who has put out a notice of a new outbreak not just for covid but ebola and some others as well. The other point I was going to make is even though we selected covid-19 as a priority the system will substitute with the next high priority item in the cue.  I hope that we can keep as many possible to stay the course till a cure is found for all of the research that's needs to continue to be done. 2 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook kmiller922 Glenside, Pa ✭✭✭ May 2020 edited May 2020 @MightyMayfield man are you ever crushing it. Guessing you found the warp drive now congrats on top 900. Heck i was shocked to see i'm in the top 20k. LOL 2 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook MightyMayfield Mayfield Heights, OH ✭✭✭ May 2020 edited May 2020 kmiller922 said: @MightyMayfield man are you ever crushing it. Guessing you found the warp drive now congrats on top 900. Heck i was shocked to see i'm in the top 20k. LOL Working on some cool stuff to hopefully increase output again. Always more science to be done! Microcenter is doing great as a team. We're almost to the top 100! Edit: MicrocenterOfficial has been losing team members, though 2 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook teamtempest ✭ May 2020 First work unit I've noticed that isn't related to Covid-19 - not even any specific disease ("potassium ion channel inactivation and conduction"). My monthly statistics did not reset for May. Instead they just keep building on last month's results, showing the team at #47 for several days now. Five billion points, but not overtaking or losing position to nearby teams. Is this a problem with my web control? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook MightyMayfield Mayfield Heights, OH ✭✭✭ May 2020 Getting a lot of upload errors recently. Not sure if our firewall is causing issues or if it is FAHservers. Many 0 byte returned errors. Hm.. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook kmiller922 Glenside, Pa ✭✭✭ May 2020 MightyMayfield said: Getting a lot of upload errors recently. Not sure if our firewall is causing issues or if it is FAHservers. Many 0 byte returned errors. Hm.. Might be the server I had that issue the other day took 35 attemps to send the packet. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook kmiller922 Glenside, Pa ✭✭✭ May 2020 For some that are intrested in some updates on the project here's a like to one of the talks about the moonshot project for covid-19.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8frs67HW78&feature=youtu.be 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook kmiller922 Glenside, Pa ✭✭✭ May 2020 Ladies and Gentlemen I'd like to congratulate everyone on the work so far to get into the top 100 teams. Let's keep up the great work.   1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook ryau ✭✭✭✭✭ May 2020 kmiller922 said: Ladies and Gentlemen I'd like to congratulate everyone on the work so far to get into the top 100 teams. Let's keep up the great work.   Yes! Well done everyone! https://stats.foldingathome.org/teams 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook ChrisHarshman ✭✭ May 2020 kmiller922 said: Ladies and Gentlemen I'd like to congratulate everyone on the work so far to get into the top 100 teams. Let's keep up the great work.   Awesome!  Keep on folding.  1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook cine_chris Powder Springs, GA ✭✭✭ May 2020 kmiller922 said: Just a heads up everyone who has put out a notice of a new outbreak not just for covid but ebola and some others as well. The other point I was going to make is even though we selected covid-19 as a priority the system will substitute with the next high priority item in the cue.  I hope that we can keep as many possible to stay the course till a cure is found for all of the research that's needs to continue to be done. @kmiller922 I'm a recent [email protected]  Yes, Folding is tedious, akin to watching paint dry or grass grow and not w/o frustrations like the WUs that were choking my 1660s.  As I'm located in the BDD (basement data dungeon), the upcoming summer temps will likely force me to throttle my [email protected] efforts, but these challenges have me thinking in terms of managing energy costs and looking at a Fall strategy as fancy new, higher efficiency gear begins to arrive. Little Mental Games that keep me interested in the Folding effort, like chasing the Thread-Ripper demons.   0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook kmiller922 Glenside, Pa ✭✭✭ May 2020 edited May 2020 cine_chris said: @kmiller922 I'm a recent [email protected]  Yes, Folding is tedious, akin to watching paint dry or grass grow and not w/o frustrations like the WUs that were choking my 1660s.  As I'm located in the BDD (basement data dungeon), the upcoming summer temps will likely force me to throttle my [email protected] efforts, but these challenges have me thinking in terms of managing energy costs and looking at a Fall strategy as fancy new, higher efficiency gear begins to arrive. Little Mental Games that keep me interested in the Folding effort, like chasing the Thread-Ripper demons.   I totally understand about temps and energy cost believe me. One of the first thing that i have been looking at over the past number of years of building my own systems is energy efficiency. What shocked me the most on energy cost was when i upgraded my monitors, when flat screens first came out i was seeing a reduction of energy usage by almost 30% by the time I changed all monitors and tv's in my house. The other thing I'm looking into now is there a energy savings going to water cooling versus fan as well as more efficient components to my builds.  The biggest thing to me personally is the side effects that are now coming up that are effecting our children and a first for me now is grand children, For myself paying a bit more to assist in the research to save anyone with these issues is still and will be as long as i can possibly be able to be more than worth every cent that is put into it. That's just me being who I am, being in the fire and EMS field that's just the way the I am. Besides that I'm use to watching the grass grow LOL, I also work at a golf course. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook teamtempest ✭ May 2020 Visited the suburban Minneapolis store today and watched the store's build work at [email protected] for a bit. Very pretty machine, but kind of strange in operation. Lots of [email protected] CPU threads going, maybe a half dozen or so, all apparently multitasking on a single physical CPU. The powerful GPU glowering in the case was doing nothing. My own machine isn't very powerful, but there's never any time the CPU and the GPU aren't both working unless I've set [email protected] to minimum power - then the GPU stops whatever it's doing until I turn it up again. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook cine_chris Powder Springs, GA ✭✭✭ May 2020 Wommwalsh said: Ahh-wooooooo! (lone wolf howl from Minnesota) My main ‘point’s getter’ is a i9-9980XE / GTX2060S whose parts came from the St. Louis Park store. It must do its day job – but is folding nights and weekends. My previous ‘mothballed’ workstation (a 10-year-old Dell T7400 with a pair of Xeon E5430’s and GTX660Ti), a spare laptop (i7-6700HQ / GTX 970M), and an extra RX570 are running full time. I started on April 3rd when I received the MC email. Mrs. Ahh-wooooooo just saw the electric bill from last month (+$55) and is lobbying to turn one of them off. @Yellowbillycat (another lone-wolf?) is chasing the store-teams too.  The weather is starting to heat up in the ATL area, so I'll have to start throttling back on the [email protected] effort soon. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook cine_chris Powder Springs, GA ✭✭✭ May 2020 @Wommwalsh Those old Xeons are power hogs, but in Minnesota you can use the heat anyway, right?  I'm using a mix of old re-purposed gear & newer stuff. I have a couple of old towers that I've stripped down to bare 'open-frame' chassis that I'm tinkering with & culling open-box GPUs from the local Marietta,GA MicroCenter.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook cine_chris Powder Springs, GA ✭✭✭ May 2020 teamtempest said: Visited the suburban Minneapolis store today and watched the store's build work at [email protected] for a bit. Very pretty machine, but kind of strange in operation. Lots of [email protected] CPU threads going, maybe a half dozen or so, all apparently multitasking on a single physical CPU. The powerful GPU glowering in the case was doing nothing. My own machine isn't very powerful, but there's never any time the CPU and the GPU aren't both working unless I've set [email protected] to minimum power - then the GPU stops whatever it's doing until I turn it up again. @teamtempest If you check out other forums (like EVGA) you see that they usually relegate the CPU to managing the box and feeding multi-GPUs.  I do have a couple of CPUs folding but they are efficient multi-core processors with robust heatsinks too.  CPUs just aren't as efficient as GPUs for this task.  I have a Ryzen 5 teamed with a MSI 2060 Super that is showing 2MilPPD (just checked) the Ryzen is producing a mere 90K of that 2 million PPD, but the combo works well.  I should point out that the cost of that combo you could probably build 3x systems for 1x of the sTRX4 ThreadRipper systems (just a WAG guess).  I have a 2070 super on an older system that is only slightly faster than the 2060, so IMO, architecture affects the total system efficiency.  Tinkering with the gear efficiency is interesting to me.   0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook kmiller922 Glenside, Pa ✭✭✭ May 2020 edited May 2020 Now how cool would it be to get a hold of that new Nvidia AI chip and put that to work if it was affordable. There i go dreaming again. 2 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook MightyMayfield Mayfield Heights, OH ✭✭✭ May 2020 edited May 2020 teamtempest said: Visited the suburban Minneapolis store today and watched the store's build work at [email protected] for a bit. Very pretty machine, but kind of strange in operation. Lots of [email protected] CPU threads going, maybe a half dozen or so, all apparently multitasking on a single physical CPU. The powerful GPU glowering in the case was doing nothing. My own machine isn't very powerful, but there's never any time the CPU and the GPU aren't both working unless I've set [email protected] to minimum power - then the GPU stops whatever it's doing until I turn it up again. Its possible the WU wasn't currently active on their GPU. If not setup properly (or servers are down......) things do idle a lot as many of us have discovered. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Kirito ✭✭ May 2020 I've been running three Lenovo ThinkStations (1 C20x with single processor, 1 with two processors, and a C30 with two processors.  I had to repaste the dual CPU C20x, which has been my main machine (until recently replaced by the C30) for over six years.  Temps had been running around 82 F for awhile.  After repaste they came down to 75 F.  admittedly I am using all the RAM slots so air flow remains a problem.  My C30 now runs around 68 - 70 F at 100 % capacity.  Fewer Ram slots though it has more RAM.  Still looking to get a heatsink for the single processor C20x, the one that slides under the CD-ROM.  Would also have to get more RAM.  Yes the Xeon's are power junkies.  My electric went up fifty a month and I only added the C30 recently.  Worth every penny.  Don't have the money for GPU's though the ThinkStations are set up to run Tesla K40's out of the box.  Just not in the budget.  If you happen to have one you find antiquated by your standards please feel free to donate. Matter of fact, that might be a good idea.  Donating GPU's to help all us lower tier members to produce more.  A coordinator, a database of systems online for the project (Those who have been here more than six months, of which I wouldn't even qualify) and people willing to donate GPU that are compatible with the FAH program, OS and and system board.  maybe a cheat sheet on how to run CPU and GPU at the same time.  Maybe MC could throw in old GPU's that are open box / refurb as prizes for individuals who have achieved high levels with little resources.  Just a thought.  Having the technology, especially as fast as you guys change things up, could make a difference in getting more people into FAH and on our team as well.  While I agree we should all be doing this out of the goodness of our heart, using our ample skills and resources, some people just cannot give as much as they could.  But they could do more with a little help. I'll let you guys kick that around awhile.  Kirito 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook kmiller922 Glenside, Pa ✭✭✭ May 2020 edited May 2020 Ok so you can say I come up with some insane ideas at times but thought I would run a thought I have past all of you for your thoughts.  I've recently came accross adds about external gpu. Now would there be away using the same type of thunderbolt port set up to add more gpu to a system other than just one? What would be the best way to go about it? Or is there a way to use the home network and use it like network storage is done? I know weird thought lol 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook cine_chris Powder Springs, GA ✭✭✭ May 2020 I've been using data from a couple of docs that are kept current (sorry, don't recall the source).  Most interesting to me was the total cost factor PPD/Cost + PPD/Watt.   https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/e/2PACX-1vRcR50eJc1MC60klR5d8R1jeYspg3RAMbeEeguvybakdmy0kM3E-_IDcjbsUwhzhGrzhgSpPRqEQ7Ek/pubhtml and https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1vcVoSVtamcoGj5sFfvKF_XlvuviWWveJIg_iZ8U2bf0/pub?output=html#  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook «1…567891011…25» Categories 6.7K All Categories 1K The Blog 36 What's Trending 164 How to & Technical Guides 10 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 15 3D Printers 9 Maker 15 PC Build Guides 81 Reviews & Buying Guides 27 Build Showcase 13 Contests 35 Past Contests 824 The Community 1.7K General Discussion 105 New Members 87 Consumer Tech 27 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 75 Software 2 Audio/Visual 12 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 23 3D Printing 49 Retro Arcade/Gaming 80 All Other Tech 1.2K Store Information and Policy 49 Off Topic 5 Community Ideas & Feedback 111 Your Completed Builds 2.6K Build-Your-Own PC 1.7K Help Choosing Parts 220 Graphics Cards 161 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 61 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 13 Monitors and Displays 29 Peripherals 9 All Other Parts 21 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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Monitor is an AOC 27” 1440p.  Used for gaming, mostly Apex Legends), light video editing and streaming video. I would love a better keyboard, and my monitor could use some upsizing.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook NathanB ✭ August 2020 I use them for work mainly, but also some light gaming, F1 2020, FIFA, Warzone etc. My favourite bit of kit is my Acer Monitor, 27inch, 140hz and 1ms response time make it amazing for gaming. I've got a relatively cheap mouse and keyboard that was bought from Amazon, which disconnect randomly, so could really do with an upgrade! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook OmnicronOG ✭ August 2020 Well, here it is. I've practically been living at this desk since the entire pandemic started. What started as my gaming/streaming setup has become my workstation and starting next week my "back to school" station. For everything that I do, comfort and functionality is key -- a massive HyperX mousepad, a Logitech MX Master 2, the Razer Huntsman keyboard, Alienware 25 monitors, a comfortable set of Logitech G Pro headphones for Zoom calls, and even an Echo Show 5 to keep me on schedule.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook RealJustinCase ✭ August 2020 Playing Fall Guys & WoW! Love my HyperX but KBM def need an upgrade lol 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AintTheBabyGap ✭ August 2020 1. 2. I use this setup mainly just for gaming and chilling with the friends, but i also do stream a couple days out of the week during my free time just for the added fun. 3.My Favorite peripheral would have to be my yeti mic. It sounds amazing and i absolutely love the customization options it has. I would love to upgrade my headset i currently use the hyper x cloud 2s, but i would love to try the new wireless Logitech headset that was just released. My other upgrade would have to be my mousepad because i would like a full sized mouse and keyboard mat. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook ralv ✭ August 2020 This is my Gaming setup.  I have a Reddragon k552 keyboard, a Reddragon M601 mouse, an xbox one controller and a fifine microphone, I use a very small mouse pad and a 144hz monitor this is all mounted on a night table.I use my setpup for Valorant, Fall guys & Fortnite. I definitely need a desk more than anything my keyboard is also starting to fail & my microphone is horrible at picking up my voice. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to participate in this giveaway. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook gabesaan ✭ August 2020 Heres my setup that I use for gaming and school work. My Peripherals are Headset: Logitech G332 - My best friend got me these for my birthday Keyboard: Logitech G Pro Keyboard - Had this keyboard since 2018 when I upgraded from a Coolermaster membrane keyboard. Mouse: Logitech G402 & G305 - I got the g402 mouse after my old mouse stopped working. Later I wanted a wireless mouse, so I picked up the g305. Now I switch between the two Mouspad: Havit Mousepad - I had a small mousepad just for my mouse but my friend had this mousepad lying around and he let me have it My favourite peripheral would have to be the Logitech G Pro keyboard. It's a big difference from what my last keyboard felt like. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Devin_Brimer ✭ August 2020 Keyboard: Logitech G610 Mouse: Logitech G502 Used for Gaming and GameDev My G502 is my favorite peripheral, and my upgrade wish-list is that amazing custom DrLupo KB/M/Pad combo! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook CrispyBunny ✭ August 2020 Keyboard: K70 LUX Mouse: Logitech G502 Mouspad: MM300 Corsair I use them for playing Escape from Tarkov and Fortnite. Favourite is the new G502, its my fav because i have been having a nightmare. In the last 3 months i have had to return 4 DIFFERENT brand new mice to Corsair as the scroll wheels keep snapping internally and not working, one lasted as little as 2 weeks. Im very brand loyal and have slight OCD so love all my things to match but at the moment they dont. I cant replace the keyboard and mouse mat right now so this prize would be perfect for me. PLUS i have no friends and have to play Tarkov (Hence the paper note with the list of best ammo types lmao) so i need all the help i can get and Lupos gear might just make me able to finish my last 3 challenges for Kappa. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Kraftyboi ✭ August 2020 Here is my setup! it took me about 1.5 years to save up for everything. I am a huge sucker for any logitech products as you can see. I use this for both gaming and work. My mouse (G403) and keyboard(g pro) are my favorite parts of my setup. I’m looking to upgrade my mouse as the g403 cord is a huge issue for me. I love showing and explaining my setup to people because I am very proud of it. This was the result of hard work and dedication! I look forward to collecting more logitech products in the future! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Intric8_Midas ✭ August 2020 edited August 2020 Hey, my peripherals consists of my Orbweaver Chroma (I wore down my thumbstick direction fo W-keying😅), a generic cloth mouse pad for LOL and my Rival 600 both of which I got after I got an upgrade in my laptop (first time over 60hz) which I had to wait a long time for. My favourite would have to be my keyboard it's served me well up to this point, with the mouse helping my aim a lot. I've been using both for playing a variety of games and graphics design and more recently video editing. IMG_20200824_183529.jpg 3.6M IMG_20200824_183326.jpg 4.3M 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook savagebori ✭ August 2020 Razer mouse and Keyboard - Endless Gaming Asus monitors - To see DrLupo in HD  PS4- More Gaming! Steelseries Artic 7 - To hear DrLupo's angelic voice (LUL) Hoping to win to upgrade to what I've always wanted LG. Good Luck Have Fun!!!! To all! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook KobeProvost ✭ August 2020 My current peripherals are: Mouse: Logitech G403 Keyboard: HyperX Alloy Origins Core TKL Mousepad: Logitech G840 XL I use my setup for a constant mix of gaming, video editing, and music production. Lot of time at home means lots of time honing these skills and I've really found out I have a stronger passion for gaming than I even realized. My favorite peripheral would have to be my mouse. It get's the job done and is very responsive. Helps me drop 20-30 bombs in Warzone all thanks to Logitech. If I could upgrade anything it would be my mouse to either a wireless G703 or the wireless G Pro and my keyboard to the G Pro. I recently got the wireless G Pro X headset and I absolutely love so I've been very interested in trying out more of Logitech's wireless gaming hardware and of course I want to switch my keyboard so I can have Logitech everything. Makes things look cleaner. Thanks for checking out my setup and good luck to everyone else with their entries! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook cenarir ✭ August 2020 Keyboard: Ducky One 2 Mini Pure White Mouse: Logitech Wireless Mouse G305 Headset: Alienware Wireless Gaming Headset AW988 I use my setup for streaming and playing games. My favorite would be the Ducky One 2 Mini keyboard. It is the perfect size and feels great.  My upgrade wishlist would be for a better wireless mouse and the G Pro Wireless would be perfect. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AkaAzzy ✭ August 2020 edited August 2020 I play on a Xbox I play keyboard and mouse on my Xbox and I have the ReDragon k552 for keyboard and Hyperx Pulsefire FPS pro for mouse and I have the Hyperx mousepad it’s size medium and I play on a tv and I really need a new mouse my mouse is always lagging and the mouse wheel doesn’t work I would really want to upgrade my mouse.My favorite part of setup is my keyboard it is so clicky and the rgb are so bright.Im grinding to become a Professional Esport Gamer.Im really thankful for this opportunity. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook CrispyWaffles ✭ August 2020 Pretty basic set up.  I mainly use for gaming, however I also use as typical home computer.  Plus my work laptop off to the side, which shares the old HP monitor from a Windows XP computer.  Keyboard is an E-Element Z-88 RGB mechanical brown switch.  Its on the cheaper side, but it gets the job done.  My mouse is a very cheap Bluetooth one that's 6 years old, but gets the job done for now.  Headset is the HyperX Cloud Alpha S, and I absolutely love these.  They are super comfy with surround sound, which was a must for me, and the quality for games is fantastic, as well as music.  Headset is definitely my favorite peripheral. I would love to get a top of the line wireless mouse.  Was looking at HyperX or Razer based on the cost, but Logi G Pro mouse would be amazing.  Would get a sizeable mouse pad to compliment as well.  Mine is just one I had lying around.  I'll get another monitor down the road, just saving for other things at the moment. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook pinayprincessa ✭ August 2020 Hi i am pinayprincessa ,i am full time content creator, partner at twitch and this is my set up for streaming , i am a big fan of drlupo because of how genuine he is and passionate about helping people in need, been watching him for years,Also the little drlupo is in front of my pc on the left. my favorite is my new pc, some parts are from micro center near me. i can stream smoothly now without frame drops and higher fps in call of duty. AMD Ryzen 9 3900XT 3.8 GHz 12-Core Processor •Asus PRIME X570-PRO ATX AM4 Motherboard •Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 32 GB (4 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 •Samsung 970 Evo 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive •Seagate Barracuda Compute 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive •Asus GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 8 GB STRIX GAMING OC Video Card •Corsair RM (2019) 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply •Asus ROG STRIX LC 360 RGB White 80.95 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler •Cooler Master MasterBox TD500 Mesh White w/ Controller ATX Mid Tower Case My wish list: Logitech G Pro Wireless Gaming Mouse Logitech G Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Logitech G G840 XL Gaming Mouse Pad 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Serafin ✭ August 2020 edited August 2020 SO first of all this is my first ever, first ever build from Tustin micro center in which they are so helpful , first ever keyboard and mouse and everything as over the last past 2 years I been using a party table and then put over a blanket so it would at least not look horrible so yeah that's my battle station I made over the summer.  I use this for gaming fortnite and doing homework and online classes I am using a huntsman mini and viper mini which are every great for the size but would like a wireless so the cable won't disturb my productivity. My favorite is the keyboard I never had a mechanical keyboard and would be nice to own another one and share to my brother. The most favorite out of my set up is my first desk, a lot I can do! Other then that I always had everything I needed to succeed even just owning my party table to get the highest GPA in school and going to the library to use their computers! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook MrTin10 Texas ✭ August 2020 Peripherals: Logitech G613 Wireless- Great mechanical keyboard for coding & gaming. Logitech G604 Wireless- Just picked this up & is by far my favorite mouse. Creative Pebble V2- Needed some nice speakers that fit under the monitor & these were perfect for that job. Razer Serien X- I use this for gaming & streaming. Razer Kiyo- Recently picked this up at my local Walmart for a good deal. I use it for my zoom classes & streaming. Dell UltraSharp U2719D- Awesome 27" monitor for 60Hz 1440p gaming. Sebrant 3.0 USB Hub- I love the idea of having switches to turn my peripherals on & off. My favorite peripheral is the mouse! It fits my hand so perfect and I love the features of it. My upgrade wishlist is a new gaming monitor with a higher refresh rate and HDR. Something like 144 Hz 1440p gaming monitor would make my setup so much better. I also like the Logitech G915 Keyboard because of the RGB but it is too expensive for me. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Coltonj13 ✭ August 2020 I pretty recently got my setup but could not be happier, I absolutely love it. I purchased it to play games like Valorant, EFT, Warzone, and many others. But mostly, I watch Lupo at any and all times of the day. It consists of a Logitech G512 Carbon, Logitech Pro Wireless mouse, 24” acer monitor, and Logitech G432 headset. My favorite new addition is my Nanoleaf Light Panels behind my setup. I am beyond blessed and lucky to have what I have but why not enter in this giveaway. Good luck to everyone (: 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Lechautu ✭ August 2020 Logitech G935: with the 50mm drivers, it is the best wireless headset I have ever seen. Logitech G915: a fancy wireless aluminum low-profile mechanical keyboard Logitech G903 + Powerplay: wireless mouse that never needed  to be charged Logitech G560: powerful speaker for a small room 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook ENZAK ✭ August 2020 edited August 2020 So I'm a small streamer / gamer / game dev student at "HOWEST : The Level", and mainly stream fps games or some relaxing stuff with chat. My mic is the Shure SM7B as I was talked into investing into some quality audio equipment, I kinda regret it because it was a big part of my budget at the time and couldn't buy a camera for a while after this. (I got the Sony A5100 now though) I also used to own a G Pro Wireless myself but the mouse wheel started rubbing against the mouse buttons, so I decided to test the Razer Viper and then I got myself a mouse bungee from Glorious. Already missing that wireless feeling btw! For my monitor and mouse pad I've always used BENQ's XL2546 and Zowie GSR, I like them and never decided to change, especially the mousepad because I can just put it in the washing machine like once a month, no problems, and it gives you that clean fresh mousepad feel! And then lastly my keyboard is the Steelseries Apex Pro with the customisable actuation switches, a nice touch but not necessary in my opinion. My favourite peripherals are probably my headset and the Logitech GPW I owned in the past, I've never had problems with it and it fits my hand perfectly! The main reason I'd love to win this is because it's all from one brand meaning I don't need to install 3 different softwares like Steelseries Engine, Synapse 3, Logitech G Hub, etc. I've also been thinking of buying a new GPW so that could save me some money. And ofcourse it looks really clean and professional. It's just one nice package and the colours will fit perfectly with my background! #WaitingForCyberpunk2077 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook ENZAK ✭ August 2020 edited August 2020 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Brispy ✭ August 2020 My headset is the Logitech g pro x wireless, my keyboard is the glorious gmmk tkl and my mouse is the viper ultimate! I wish I could upgrade my mouse and keyboard to the Logitech g pro series due to the great experience I had with my new headset! My favorite peripherals are mouse and keyboards but my top peripheral right now is the Logitech headset it’s changed my gaming audio experience forever!  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LB3 Marietta, GA ✭ August 2020 edited August 2020 My current battle station peripherals are used for work, productivity and gaming. They are the Logitech G110 keyboard, Logitech G9x mouse, Logitech G35 headset and Logitech G440 mousepad. My favorite peripheral is the Logitech G35 headset. It has great, detailed audio for FPS games like Counter Strike with great sound dampening to drown out background noise and a top quality microphone. My wishlist upgrades are the Logitech G703 Wireless gaming mouse, Logitech Powerplay charging system, Logitech G733 wireless headset and Logitech G613 wireless gaming keyboard. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook nikcole07 ✭ August 2020 keyboard- Logitech K120 mouse- zelotes t-90 headset- SADES Spirit Wolf I use my set up for playing games, streaming, and (now, due to COVID) I'm homeschooling my son. My favorite peripheral is my keyboard. It's not overly complicated and it works with no problems. If I could upgrade it would my headset. It doesn't fit very well and the volume buttons on it are in a very inconvenient spot so I'm accidentally hitting the mute button all of the time. If I could, I would upgrade my mouse. It's just all right; it was a hand me down from my husband.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook JDoucet ✭ August 2020 edited August 2020 I use my setup for ultra-competitive gaming sessions. It composes of the following: A WD easy store external harddrive, a cutting-edge Logitech M510, the best mouse-pad I could find (for 4 dollars at OfficeDepot) and a pair of Beats noise-cancelling headphones. I also use a ultra-sleek gaming chair I saved off the street and cleaned up/"refurbished". For real now, I use it for work and for playing anything from GW2 to Destiny 2 and am saving up for a monitor and computer that I can dedicate to gaming. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Dagbar ✭ August 2020 My setup is used for streaming on twitch (Dag_bar) and kicking some zoomer butt on some COD:warzone or some RP in GTA. I don't do bad for being a grandpa and can always use some new equipment to add to the setup   0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook phikai ✭ August 2020 This is my office and gaming (console) setup, but with new PC parts on the way it's time to start switching some things up. I love my Yeti Mic and Logitech Camera in this setup as they're great for both gaming/streaming and work. The upgrade wish list is a keyboard and mouse to go with the new gaming rig. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook codesbyme ✭ August 2020 I use this setup every day from gaming, job hunting, previous school work, and watching streamers. My favorite peripheral is my 144hz monitor. I used to have a tv that I used and it hindered my gaming playstyle and put me at a disadvantage. For example R6. My upgrade wishlist is a new motherboard, AMD Ryzen 9, and a 2080ti. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook «123» Leave a Comment Rich Text Editor. To edit a paragraph's style, hit tab to get to the paragraph menu. From there you will be able to pick one style. Nothing defaults to paragraph. An inline formatting menu will show up when you select text. Hit tab to get into that menu. 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That motherboard isn't listed on the English language MSI websites. I see it on some Chinese language websites and downloaded the latest. When I go into the M-Flash utility and select that file is says this at the bottom: Current BIOS   - Model Name: E7C98IZ1 Version: V1.M1 Build Date: 07/02/2020 Selected BIOS - Model Name: E7C98IMS Version V1.40 Build Date: 10/23/2020 Is that safe to use?  The reason I want to update the bios is that my mouse needs to be unplugged and plugged back in every time I boot. I tried some different USB option to no avail and have reset everything back to the defaults. Thanks! 2 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook «12» Comments DigitalTim ✭ January 2 Hi.  I purchased the PowerSpec G436 this afternoon and could not find any information on the MS-7C98.   Where would I download the BIOS updates and find more information on this board? I'm not comfortable going to a Chinese website for updates. Thank you. Tim 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMikeW admin January 3 Greetings @DigitalTim We do not currently have a BIOS update available through this board, but we can look into it. Is there a specific issue or compatibility concern you're trying to address with a BIOS update? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook fracture96 ✭ January 8 well my problem with the board is that it wont install its own rgb software, probably because the bios is out of date or this board does not exist. Their is no ms-7c98 motherboard on their website and the the link @TSTDavey posted above, for me at least none of the downloadable software(i.e. updates/utilities) work at all.  it seems microcenter is trying to get rid of old obsolete parts but still charge a premium.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook stm ✭ January 8 I too need to update the BIOS as I get a Graphical Output Protocol error whenever I boot the PC. Has something to do with UEFI mode. PC will still boot after the error. As otheres have mentioned, the z490 board we have is different than the ones on the MSI USA website, but can we use that BIOS update? I am sure our rtx3070 will perform better with the newest BIOS update. Anyone that has updated the BIOS on this chinese version of the board please let us know which update you used. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin January 8 edited January 8 Hello @stm there is no newer BIOS update for this board at this time. I'll reach out to our team at our corporate office to see if they are able to offer any other options but to my understanding, the build as it ships is stable and offers top performance. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMichaelB admin January 8 stm said: I too need to update the BIOS as I get a Graphical Output Protocol error whenever I boot the PC. Has something to do with UEFI mode. PC will still boot after the error. As otheres have mentioned, the z490 board we have is different than the ones on the MSI USA website, but can we use that BIOS update? I am sure our rtx3070 will perform better with the newest BIOS update. Anyone that has updated the BIOS on this chinese version of the board please let us know which update you used. Welcome to the community forum. I know a few of you in this thread have inquired about BIOS updates for the MSI Z490 Plus motherboard used in our PowerSpec G436 and have been unable to find the board on MSI's website. This is due to the fact that the board itself is not a  "retail" motherboard. This board is sold exclusively to system integrators for mass production and doesn't have end-user support from MSI on their official support pages. With that said, your specific error is definitely a concern I would like to address as it should not be present with how the hardware is configured on this system. Typically you would only see this error if you are attempting to use a graphics card that lacked UEFI support on a BIOS with CSM Legacy OP ROM options disabled. Our BIOS has CSM disabled by default, meaning only UEFI devices are supported, however the RTX 3070 graphics card that ships within your system should function perfectly fine with this configuration. If you can provide any details as to when this error started occurring and any changes that may have taken place around the time the error started to appear, we can work together to get to the bottom of it. As for those of you looking for BIOS updates, I do not anticipate that a BIOS update will be available for this board unless one is required to address a specific security or compatibility issue with the board. For boards like these, we go through a very strict qualification process to make sure everything is working perfectly (USB ports are mapped correctly, secure boot functions properly with/without keys loaded, TPM functions, board/chipset features perform as advertised, etc) and BIOS updates can often break these functions inadvertently. With that said, I am happy to work with any of you to address any concerns you may have. Should a BIOS update be required to address any concerns, we will explore those options as they come about. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook DMA ✭ January 10 I just bought this same system and I too am having trouble with the RGB software. It was deleted while trying to install the Dragon Center package and I've tried several times to re-install and I get the same message as fracture 96. Please help as my RGB is stuck on a very fast oscillating pattern and it's painful, seriously I need to cover the glass as it's giving me a headache. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMikeW admin January 10 @fracture96 @DMA Please download the motherboard driver package here: http://powerspec.com/support/files/psdriver_19s.zip  There will be a mystic light folder in the package with an installer for the RGB software. That should work just fine for you. If you're having issues installing it, let us know and we can work through them with you. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook DMA ✭ January 10 Thanks TSMikeW. Will give it a try and report back. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook DMA ✭ January 10 TSMikeW said: @fracture96 @DMA Please download the motherboard driver package here: http://powerspec.com/support/files/psdriver_19s.zip  There will be a mystic light folder in the package with an installer for the RGB software. That should work just fine for you. If you're having issues installing it, let us know and we can work through them with you. Great and thanks again! Now, is there an installation file for Dragon Center that will work with this version MB? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMikeW admin January 10 @DMA That's not something I've tested and it's fairly likely installing a version of Dragon Center will uninstall the Mystic Light standalone RGB software. What features are you looking for that Dragon Center provides? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook DMA ✭ January 11 Yeah, attempting to install it is in fact what blew my Mystic Light app. As far as what features Dragon Center provides, I don't even know. I was actually simply trying to get some documentation on the Mystic Light app and when searching I found the Dragon Center so I tried to install it and of course ran into the problem.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook fracture96 ✭ January 11 downloading the motherboard driver package does not work for me it says dragon center not installed 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook fracture96 ✭ January 11 I am almost at the point of just buy a new mother board to fix the issue. I have other problems with this computer and am starting to feel like I got ripped off. I spent a lot of money on the G436, you would think they would put real parts in it. for example the motherboard, ram and the AIO do not exist when you search for them. I probably will have to spend 500 dollars+ just to fix microcenters mistake(or scam). 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook DMA ✭ January 11 Sorry to hear this did not work for you. My problem was resolved immediately upon downloading the above package. However I do feel your pain and I'm somewhat of the same thought. The ONLY reason I bought this unit was because of the 3070. I've been searching for the past three months for a decent GPU and they are simply not to be found unless you get really lucky. This system is pretty much like a Frankenstein but it's still better than the Asus computer it's replacing. I couldn't even find a motherboard for that one that would fit in the case. Kinda like a Dell I had years ago. Came time to replace the PSU and the absolute only thing that would fit in that case was, you guessed it, another Dell PSU.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMichaelB admin January 11 fracture96 said: I am almost at the point of just buy a new mother board to fix the issue. I have other problems with this computer and am starting to feel like I got ripped off. I spent a lot of money on the G436, you would think they would put real parts in it. for example the motherboard, ram and the AIO do not exist when you search for them. I probably will have to spend 500 dollars+ just to fix microcenters mistake(or scam). I can certainly understand the frustrations, hopefully I can address some of these concerns for you.  The motherboard is a custom board that is sold exclusively to system integrators. It is not sold in retail stores, nor is it listed on MSI's website as they do not provide end-user support for system integration boards. That role would fall to us (Micro Center/PowerSpec), and we would be more than happy to take care of you and address issues as they arise with your system.  As for the AIO, these are actually designed by Cooler Master and their specifications should be available online for you to view. Depending on when your G436 was manufactured, you may have the original Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML240L RGB, or the newer MasterLiquid ML240L RGB V2. You can discern between the two based on the aesthetics of the pump/block assembly. In terms of performance, both coolers are rated around the same 200W TDP cooling capacity and should perform nearly identically. https://www.coolermaster.com/catalog/coolers/cpu-liquid-coolers/masterliquid-ml240l-rgb/#specifications https://www.coolermaster.com/catalog/coolers/cpu-liquid-coolers/masterliquid-ml240l-v2-rgb/#specifications As for the memory, I can definitely understand the area of concern here. If we are strictly talking brand awareness, I do not expect many people to have heard of GoldKey here in the United States as their presence here isn't as strong as it is overseas, at least not under the "GoldKey" branding. Their Neo Forza sub-brand however, has been around for quite some time and some of you may be more familiar with that name. That said, when it comes to RAM, brand names are not as important as what is actually on the DIMM's themselves. Most memory manufacturers get their IC's from 3 big manufacturers; Samsung, SK Hynix, and Micron. The GoldKey DIMM's in your system use SK Hynix IC's and are the same speed grade that you'd find in memory from other brands around the same performance bracket. While I understand the hesitation to put your faith in a system that has components you may not be familiar with, know that we will always stand by our products and will do our best to provide whatever support is necessary to help you enjoy them to their fullest. fracture96 said: downloading the motherboard driver package does not work for me it says dragon center not installed Can you send a screenshot of this error and describe what you are attempting to launch when you receive it? The Mystic Light package we use is a much lighter version of MSI's original RGB control software, without Dragon Center's overall application package. We chose this option based on some of the customer feedback we found online. The application itself shouldn't have any dependency on Dragon Center, so if you are receiving that error when launching the application, I'd like to help troubleshoot this with you and resolve it to your satisfaction. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Kenjori ✭ January 11 I thought I'd report how things are going. I got the motherboard drivers and installed those and after that the mouse has been found on boot. Before I got things settled I did try the Dragon Center stuff. It was doing this odd thing where it would set some graphic preferences so everything was really dark. You could see it come up normal and then get darker as it started. I read around and that software doesn't seem to be perfect. I uninstalled that and just ran just the light program to control that. Since then, things have been great. I am just a customer, but I understand the frustration of having things not work. Do know that it can work just fine and the machine is really fast. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook stm ✭ January 11 TSMichaelB said: stm said: I too need to update the BIOS as I get a Graphical Output Protocol error whenever I boot the PC. Has something to do with UEFI mode. PC will still boot after the error. As otheres have mentioned, the z490 board we have is different than the ones on the MSI USA website, but can we use that BIOS update? I am sure our rtx3070 will perform better with the newest BIOS update. Anyone that has updated the BIOS on this chinese version of the board please let us know which update you used. Welcome to the community forum. I know a few of you in this thread have inquired about BIOS updates for the MSI Z490 Plus motherboard used in our PowerSpec G436 and have been unable to find the board on MSI's website. This is due to the fact that the board itself is not a  "retail" motherboard. This board is sold exclusively to system integrators for mass production and doesn't have end-user support from MSI on their official support pages. With that said, your specific error is definitely a concern I would like to address as it should not be present with how the hardware is configured on this system. Typically you would only see this error if you are attempting to use a graphics card that lacked UEFI support on a BIOS with CSM Legacy OP ROM options disabled. Our BIOS has CSM disabled by default, meaning only UEFI devices are supported, however the RTX 3070 graphics card that ships within your system should function perfectly fine with this configuration. If you can provide any details as to when this error started occurring and any changes that may have taken place around the time the error started to appear, we can work together to get to the bottom of it. As for those of you looking for BIOS updates, I do not anticipate that a BIOS update will be available for this board unless one is required to address a specific security or compatibility issue with the board. For boards like these, we go through a very strict qualification process to make sure everything is working perfectly (USB ports are mapped correctly, secure boot functions properly with/without keys loaded, TPM functions, board/chipset features perform as advertised, etc) and BIOS updates can often break these functions inadvertently. With that said, I am happy to work with any of you to address any concerns you may have. Should a BIOS update be required to address any concerns, we will explore those options as they come about. Thank you for the response. I first encountered the Graphical error when I rebooted my PC after owning it for a week. I did not experience it on the initial boot when I first purchased the system. I usually put the PC to sleep and then press the power button to wake. The very first time I rebooted I encountered the issue and have not been able to replicate it again. When it happened my monitor lost connection when the PC power came back on. I had to press and hold the power button multiple times to shut it down, turn it back on, and repeat. After doing this several times I was presented with the Graphical Error. If I encounter the issue again I will report back. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMichaelB admin January 11 stm said: TSMichaelB said: stm said: I too need to update the BIOS as I get a Graphical Output Protocol error whenever I boot the PC. Has something to do with UEFI mode. PC will still boot after the error. As otheres have mentioned, the z490 board we have is different than the ones on the MSI USA website, but can we use that BIOS update? I am sure our rtx3070 will perform better with the newest BIOS update. Anyone that has updated the BIOS on this chinese version of the board please let us know which update you used. Welcome to the community forum. I know a few of you in this thread have inquired about BIOS updates for the MSI Z490 Plus motherboard used in our PowerSpec G436 and have been unable to find the board on MSI's website. This is due to the fact that the board itself is not a  "retail" motherboard. This board is sold exclusively to system integrators for mass production and doesn't have end-user support from MSI on their official support pages. With that said, your specific error is definitely a concern I would like to address as it should not be present with how the hardware is configured on this system. Typically you would only see this error if you are attempting to use a graphics card that lacked UEFI support on a BIOS with CSM Legacy OP ROM options disabled. Our BIOS has CSM disabled by default, meaning only UEFI devices are supported, however the RTX 3070 graphics card that ships within your system should function perfectly fine with this configuration. If you can provide any details as to when this error started occurring and any changes that may have taken place around the time the error started to appear, we can work together to get to the bottom of it. As for those of you looking for BIOS updates, I do not anticipate that a BIOS update will be available for this board unless one is required to address a specific security or compatibility issue with the board. For boards like these, we go through a very strict qualification process to make sure everything is working perfectly (USB ports are mapped correctly, secure boot functions properly with/without keys loaded, TPM functions, board/chipset features perform as advertised, etc) and BIOS updates can often break these functions inadvertently. With that said, I am happy to work with any of you to address any concerns you may have. Should a BIOS update be required to address any concerns, we will explore those options as they come about. Thank you for the response. I first encountered the Graphical error when I rebooted my PC after owning it for a week. I did not experience it on the initial boot when I first purchased the system. I usually put the PC to sleep and then press the power button to wake. The very first time I rebooted I encountered the issue and have not been able to replicate it again. When it happened my monitor lost connection when the PC power came back on. I had to press and hold the power button multiple times to shut it down, turn it back on, and repeat. After doing this several times I was presented with the Graphical Error. If I encounter the issue again I will report back. That is quite odd, but thank you for bringing it to my attention. I'll keep my eyes out for more reports on this, though so far this appears to be the first of its kind. If you do see it again, we can go over your BIOS settings and make sure everything was configured correctly and that none of the settings have changed inadvertently. Kenjori said: I thought I'd report how things are going. I got the motherboard drivers and installed those and after that the mouse has been found on boot. Before I got things settled I did try the Dragon Center stuff. It was doing this odd thing where it would set some graphic preferences so everything was really dark. You could see it come up normal and then get darker as it started. I read around and that software doesn't seem to be perfect. I uninstalled that and just ran just the light program to control that. Since then, things have been great. I am just a customer, but I understand the frustration of having things not work. Do know that it can work just fine and the machine is really fast. Thank you for the feedback. Part of our decision making process behind going with the lighter, cut-down version of the Mystic Light software was that it was easier to use and didn't exhibit any of the issues we saw others experiencing online. Most of the feedback we saw online showed that customers wanted an application that simply controlled lights without additional features added in, so we requested custom software for this particular board to accommodate that request. Speaking of feedback, I wanted to touch upon this subject a little more with everyone. I want everyone to know that we do read the feedback we get on our systems and we do take everything into consideration. While we feel great when we get a positive response with our systems and it bolsters our pride when customers share their great experiences, we also want to hear the critical feedback that may hold our products back. I encourage everyone that has experienced our work first hand to share their experience and let your voice be heard on the subject. Not only do you help your fellow Micro Center customers make better, more informed purchasing decisions, but you give us the opportunity to provide a better product to you all going forward. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Jcwillis4 ✭ January 11 First, Thanks to the OP and to the MC folks who have been so active on this thread.  It's great to see active support in a retail tech forum.  I came here because I wanted to find out if I had the latest BIOS, and was glad I didn't end up downloading the wrong stuff since the Z490 gaming plus does have new BIOS from Dec and I didn't want to brick my rig.  I don't recall ever owning a PC that didn't have BIOS updates at least once a year, so I find it strange MC doesn't expect there to be any.  But I don't buy a lot of prebuilt, so that could be it. In the spirit of feedback and answering some questions others have posted in the thread, here's my experience.  I bought this PC in late Nov, and I've had no issues with the setup out of the box.  However, I also wanted to get Dragon Center working, modify/spruce up the PC, and try some gentle overclocking.  I've run across a few things here and there. Dragon Center (working, but what a pain).  Needed Dragon Center in order for Razer Chroma to connect to Mystic light.  The first install stalled out on first load, I'm thinking because some of the components are already installed by the standalone Mystic Light software.  Doing an uninstall did not remove all the Dragon Center files, SDK, or registry keys.  You have to go uninstall the MSI SDK shown in the add/remove programs menu specifically in order to remove it. In my case, even that wasn't enough to get rid of all the files, so I had to use Revo uninstaller (free trial) to nuke the program by pointing it at the MSI\One Dragon Center folder and having it scan everything that refers to it (there was a lot).  Once I did that, I installed the most recent Dragon Center (2.0.96.0) from MSI with zero issues.  It does connect to Razer synapse as it's supposed to and works ok, but you have to play with it to get it just right (MSI/Razer clunky software, not the hardware).  Dragon center also boosted my performance by hitting their Extreme Performance user scenario (just turn off software fan control in DC or it will run fans at 100% ALL THE TIME), which got me a few hundred extra points in the 3dMark benchmark. BIOS screen changed on me (not a big deal).  I popped in an additional 32GB of ram (video editing and I needed some sweet sweet RGB) from GSkill, matching the speed and timings.  The Ram works great, but the American Megatrends splash screen that loads during bios phase of startup has been replaced with a simple text that says PowerSpec ever since I put the Ram in.  Don't think there's any real impact, but what's up with that? Feedback - The PC is really good, and I'm enjoying the hell out of it.  It's the first pre-built I've bought in 15 years simply because I couldn't get the card otherwise and I really needed an overall upgrade to my gaming rig.  I had Cyberpunk in mind when I bought it, and it's handled it pretty well out of the box, and even better than that after some tuning via MSI afterburner.  I've been running it at 4K with DLSS and RT on and I'm very happy.  I've gotten it up to 14,275 points on the 3dMark TimeSpy benchmark, which seems really decent for the specs in this PC. Parts sheet.  This thing is built to look like a gaming PC and specifically has one of the hardest to get graphics cards out there, plus it's water cooled with a GIANT CLEAR WINDOW on the side.  A lot of the customers buying it are likely going to be enthusiast gamers who want to open the hood and start making changes, or at least learn about what they have.  It would be super helpful to have a full spec sheet listed somewhere/in the box so we can refer to things like model numbers for the AIO or case fans if we want to upgrade.  I've gone crazy adding RGB stuff just because, including some ram, LED strips, and I'm thinking about swapping the fans for something addressable.  It would be great to know the details about what I have in here in a quick reference. Modular PSU.  In the theme of making the looks better, I wanted to change out the rainbow power cables for something all white to let the lights pop, but the power supply isn't modular for the main CPU cables.  It's such a simple upgrade that shows off your PC if the PSU is modular, and I'd highly recommend using fully modular PSU's in future gaming PS PCs. The case could be prettier.  This one is the most boring of the Lian Li 205's in my opinion.  The flat black front just makes me sad vs all the stuff going on behind it.  The 205 mesh from the same line would have been so much prettier and shown off the case fans.  I'm actually going to reach out to Lian Li to see if I can cheaply buy one of the mesh fronts for the 205 mesh if it will fit just to pretty up the front of the case.  If not, my wife's vinyl cutting will come to the rescue. No bloatware! Thanks for not making this a bloatware monster.  Other than the antivirus spammer (which I understand), it was a very clean install. Lastly,  I've been primarily a Fry's shopper for years because MC was just a little bit farther away from wherever I happened to be living.  Fry's is a ghost town these days and looking really sad, so I gave MC a shot for the first time in probably 10 years.  I've been in the store probably 4 times since Nov because of the selection and the people.  Terrific work, thanks! -John 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMichaelB admin January 12 Jcwillis4 said: First, Thanks to the OP and to the MC folks who have been so active on this thread.  It's great to see active support in a retail tech forum.  I came here because I wanted to find out if I had the latest BIOS, and was glad I didn't end up downloading the wrong stuff since the Z490 gaming plus does have new BIOS from Dec and I didn't want to brick my rig.  I don't recall ever owning a PC that didn't have BIOS updates at least once a year, so I find it strange MC doesn't expect there to be any.  But I don't buy a lot of prebuilt, so that could be it. In the spirit of feedback and answering some questions others have posted in the thread, here's my experience.  I bought this PC in late Nov, and I've had no issues with the setup out of the box.  However, I also wanted to get Dragon Center working, modify/spruce up the PC, and try some gentle overclocking.  I've run across a few things here and there. Dragon Center (working, but what a pain).  Needed Dragon Center in order for Razer Chroma to connect to Mystic light.  The first install stalled out on first load, I'm thinking because some of the components are already installed by the standalone Mystic Light software.  Doing an uninstall did not remove all the Dragon Center files, SDK, or registry keys.  You have to go uninstall the MSI SDK shown in the add/remove programs menu specifically in order to remove it. In my case, even that wasn't enough to get rid of all the files, so I had to use Revo uninstaller (free trial) to nuke the program by pointing it at the MSI\One Dragon Center folder and having it scan everything that refers to it (there was a lot).  Once I did that, I installed the most recent Dragon Center (2.0.96.0) from MSI with zero issues.  It does connect to Razer synapse as it's supposed to and works ok, but you have to play with it to get it just right (MSI/Razer clunky software, not the hardware).  Dragon center also boosted my performance by hitting their Extreme Performance user scenario (just turn off software fan control in DC or it will run fans at 100% ALL THE TIME), which got me a few hundred extra points in the 3dMark benchmark. BIOS screen changed on me (not a big deal).  I popped in an additional 32GB of ram (video editing and I needed some sweet sweet RGB) from GSkill, matching the speed and timings.  The Ram works great, but the American Megatrends splash screen that loads during bios phase of startup has been replaced with a simple text that says PowerSpec ever since I put the Ram in.  Don't think there's any real impact, but what's up with that? Feedback - The PC is really good, and I'm enjoying the hell out of it.  It's the first pre-built I've bought in 15 years simply because I couldn't get the card otherwise and I really needed an overall upgrade to my gaming rig.  I had Cyberpunk in mind when I bought it, and it's handled it pretty well out of the box, and even better than that after some tuning via MSI afterburner.  I've been running it at 4K with DLSS and RT on and I'm very happy.  I've gotten it up to 14,275 points on the 3dMark TimeSpy benchmark, which seems really decent for the specs in this PC. Parts sheet.  This thing is built to look like a gaming PC and specifically has one of the hardest to get graphics cards out there, plus it's water cooled with a GIANT CLEAR WINDOW on the side.  A lot of the customers buying it are likely going to be enthusiast gamers who want to open the hood and start making changes, or at least learn about what they have.  It would be super helpful to have a full spec sheet listed somewhere/in the box so we can refer to things like model numbers for the AIO or case fans if we want to upgrade.  I've gone crazy adding RGB stuff just because, including some ram, LED strips, and I'm thinking about swapping the fans for something addressable.  It would be great to know the details about what I have in here in a quick reference. Modular PSU.  In the theme of making the looks better, I wanted to change out the rainbow power cables for something all white to let the lights pop, but the power supply isn't modular for the main CPU cables.  It's such a simple upgrade that shows off your PC if the PSU is modular, and I'd highly recommend using fully modular PSU's in future gaming PS PCs. The case could be prettier.  This one is the most boring of the Lian Li 205's in my opinion.  The flat black front just makes me sad vs all the stuff going on behind it.  The 205 mesh from the same line would have been so much prettier and shown off the case fans.  I'm actually going to reach out to Lian Li to see if I can cheaply buy one of the mesh fronts for the 205 mesh if it will fit just to pretty up the front of the case.  If not, my wife's vinyl cutting will come to the rescue. No bloatware! Thanks for not making this a bloatware monster.  Other than the antivirus spammer (which I understand), it was a very clean install. Lastly,  I've been primarily a Fry's shopper for years because MC was just a little bit farther away from wherever I happened to be living.  Fry's is a ghost town these days and looking really sad, so I gave MC a shot for the first time in probably 10 years.  I've been in the store probably 4 times since Nov because of the selection and the people.  Terrific work, thanks! -John John, This is some fantastic feedback. Your insight on the uninstall process for the pre-installed Mystic Light application is extremely valuable and something we will be taking into consideration when we make custom software requests like this going forward. Your solution with Revo Uninstaller is also helpful to know, should others stumble across the same issue. I appreciate you taking the time to share that. As for the feedback on having a parts list available, that is appreciated as well. I'll pass that along to the powers that be and hopefully we see some progress on that. In the meantime, I am happy to provide information about the components installed in these systems. As for the modular PSU, this has been a tricky area to dial in on. We personally prefer modular PSU's as well as they are easier to build with (less cables to tie off/store out of place) and decided to include the spare modular cables in accessory kits. Unfortunately we ended up in situations where accessory kits would get tossed out accidentally or lost, or customers would return/exchange their units and forget to include the accessory kits in the system box, resulting in modular PSU's with missing PCIe/SATA power cables. It was eventually decided that the safest course of action was to simply plug all of the cables in and safely tuck them out of the way of fans/components and let customers grab the cables as they needed them. The downside to this is that it adds time having to install the cables, and creates a bit of a "rats nest" in front of the PSU, which might be less aesthetically pleasing for some. The upside is that nobody ends up missing random cables with their system and typically has everything they need. Since the cables were going to be plugged in anyways, going with a semi-modular or even a non-modular PSU would save time for the production team and cost for the customer since the component itself is less expensive for a non-modular. Still, the more feedback we get on this subject, the better our likelihood of seeing change in this area.  As for the chassis, this unfortunately will always be a subjective area that is difficult to address. Depending on who you ask, some want gaming-class performance without it looking "too gamer-y", while others would like to see the system embrace the target demographic entirely and go all in on the "gamer aesthetics". The mesh front panel design is a good idea, though it would warrant additional acoustic testing as that is yet another area of concern that we often come across, especially with these higher end systems is fan noise. Compromising between raw performance, acoustic tolerance and aesthetics can be a difficult balance to achieve and can often change depending on who it is you are asking. Still, feedback is always valuable nonetheless and having a consensus on this is never a bad thing. My personal systems are always on open-air test benches with loud fans, so I am typically the last person to ask when it comes to "does this sound quiet enough?", lol. As for the lack of bloatware, this is something we are still very proud of, and something we do not intend to compromise on. The only software we try to include with our systems are RGB control software, a free trial for ESET's antivirus program (which is not pre-installed, it's simply an offer that you can then install should you wish to take advantage of it), and on rare occasions for systems such as our laptops, we may have a unique control panel for the laptop fans and RGB keyboards. Aside from that, we don't want anything else bogging the computer down or getting in the way of the customer experience.  Again, thank you for the feedback, it is always appreciated. As for the change in your BIOS splash screen, I can actually answer this question. There are two splash screen configurations for any given BIOS on any given system. One for Legacy, one for UEFI. For our PowerSpec systems, we typically keep CSM Compatibility Mode disabled, which disables the Legacy BIOS, which should disable the American Megatrends splash screen. If you were seeing this before, it is likely that the setting wasn't correctly disabled on your system prior to you receiving it. You mentioned adding memory, which likely meant you cleared your BIOS defaults to remove the XMP profile (this is just a guess, but I'd wager that it's a likely situation, given what you've described). If this was done, CSM Compatibility will be disabled again, meaning the UEFI splash screen will load by default, which is our PowerSpec splash screen. This isn't going to harm your computer in any capacity, we simply prefer keeping CSM disabled as most people do not load Legacy operating systems anymore. Even Windows 7 can be installed under UEFI, and most modern chipsets don't even have legacy drivers anymore, so it makes sense to have it disabled for the sake of faster boot times and less clutter in your boot options for devices that have both legacy and UEFI boot parameters. Hopefully that made some sense of the weird quirk you ran into. As always, we are happy to address any concerns anyone may have with their systems. Feel free to reach out anytime! 2 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook JOSEPH_NOHS1 ✭ February 27 So this may seem annoying but I believe it is relevant, I have the G436... No Driver or bios updates from the manufactures(Other then from nvidia)...? Thats crazy, and microcenter dosent think their will be any in the future.. So question wen the new 11th gen or for that matter the 12th gen la112 socket upgrade how will update the BIOs to accomidate new generations of CPU? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin February 27 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/28621#Comment_28621 Hello, as Michael states above "I do not anticipate that a BIOS update will be available for this board unless one is required to address a specific security or compatibility issue with the board." If there are indeed any updates when/if that time comes, information will be surely posted to here or on the Micro Center / PowerSpec websites about it. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook frunobulax ✭ March 30 OK, how about Resizable BAR Support for the included graphics card that supports it? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMichaelB admin March 30 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/30374#Comment_30374 This is a good question. I am going to quote myself from a different thread for a different model, but the context is quite similar: https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/29234#Comment_29234 This feature in and of itself would not warrant the request and requalification of a new BIOS as the feature cannot be utilized without also flashing the VBIOS of the video card which is currently unavailable at this time with no real ETA as to when we will actually see a VBIOS update. Some GPU board partners have started rolling them out (Gigabyte & Galax being the most notable) but so far no word from others yet. The big concern with having to update a VBIOS to make use of this feature is the risk of bricking a card during the process. Unlike traditional motherboard BIOS updates, NVFlash does not have a "crash-less" feature. It's done live in the OS through a flashing utility, and anything that can interrupt the process will result in a bricked card. This wouldn't be too much of a risk for cards with dual-VBIOS support, but the cards we ship in the G436 do not have dual-VBIOS support. Once the VBIOS is flashed, it's done. Lastly, I want to talk about the motherboard BIOS in general. Retail MSI motherboards have access to the M-Flash utility for BIOS flashing, but System Integrator boards with SI BIOS support does not use M-Flash natively. If we were to release a BIOS update for these boards, they would have to be flashed via EFI which can be incredibly risky. EFI flashing does not offer any write protection, meaning the BIOS will flash whatever is on the drive that you point it to. The risk of bricking the board increases exponentially in this scenario. I won't rule out the idea of releasing a BIOS update for aforementioned stability/security or compatibility issue with the board, but I do not anticipate releasing a BIOS update to accommodate new features in GPU technologies, especially when they are still ironing out the support for those technologies across other platforms. I hope this answered your question. As always, if you have any additional questions, please let us know! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook PABLOGR3 ✭ March 31 Hi, I have an RTX3070 and the Powerspec B745 with same "Chinese"MSI motherboard. I definetely want Resizable BAR Support and Nvidia has released an VBIOS firmware update for the RTX3070 Founders Edition. Please update your motherboard! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMichaelB admin March 31 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/30461#Comment_30461 As stated previously, I do not anticipate going through qualification efforts for a new BIOS for this feature. I can understand the desire for it, but it's currently not in a state that is finalized across all vendors nor would it be feasible to introduce a flashing method for the cards we've included with our systems without the potential to brick the graphics cards, rendering them inoperable. There is also the risk with performing a BIOS update on these particular boards, as it's not a simple M-Flash update. It requires performing an update with write protection disabled, which dramatically increases the likelihood of something going awry during the flashing procedure and resulting in a bricked board. Our priority for our systems is to make sure that the systems are completely stable and operating as designed in their original hardware configuration. Releasing BIOS updates for third party hardware/software support sounds great, but the amount of time required to qualify and get these BIOS's up to our standards would hinder future product development, especially if it were done across all of our product models. BIOS qualification is not as simple as replacing the splash screen with our PowerSpec logo, it involves tedious testing that includes but isn't limited to: USB port mapping - Making sure your USB ports enumerate correctly and that your devices are recognized the moment they are plugged in TPM functionality works without issue - Ensures that the processors integrated TPM functionality is working and enabled to take advantage of Windows 10's more in-depth security features Secure Boot functions - Makes sure Secure Boot is working properly, keys can be cleared/loaded and that you can enable & disable it at will Memory trains without issue - This is one of the most tedious and difficult tasks as it differs per BIOS update. We make sure that many different kits of memory work on this board & BIOS combination in the event that customers wish to upgrade or change their memory configuration. This includes the use of single rank/dual rank kits, higher capacities (32GB, 64GB, etc) and various frequencies (2667mhz, 3200mhz, 3600mhz, etc) in said aforementioned capacities. Every BIOS needs to be requalified as every BIOS can potentially change the way your memory controller trains memory. What was once stable may no longer be stable after a BIOS update, this is especially true when running 3600mhz kits or dual-rank kits as they are higher on your CPU's IMC by default. That's just a very short list of what actually goes on during our BIOS qualification efforts, but it's required for every single BIOS update. It also ignores the quirks we run into sometimes that need to be addressed. Those can include RGB color assignment being completely backwards (red = green, green = red), XMP context menu not functioning at all (lets you load XMP, but saving settings doesn't actually do anything or commit any changes for XMP) or Secure Boot's menu prompting you to discard changes the moment you change the secure boot status. Some of these quirks actually find themselves in live BIOS updates which is why we often recommend not to update the BIOS unless absolutely necessary. Make no mistake, I do understand the frustration of everyone here when it comes to this subject. It's an unfortunate side effect of prebuilt systems when it comes to future upgradability & expandability, but that is one of the benefits of custom built PC's that we often struggle to emulate in this industry. Many of our other PowerSpec models offer the option to use vendor-supplied BIOS updates (albeit without the benefits of our custom efforts as described above) but those systems do not use System Integrator boards. The G436 and B745 are unique as they use System Integrator boards designed for use in mass production and are not sold in retail stores like the boards we use in our other systems. This allows us to meet the demand for these systems when board supply is a bottleneck, but it does come at a cost of future support for those that would choose to use a vendor BIOS over our own, as there are no vendor BIOS updates available for this SI board that we are aware of. While I cannot promise support for third party hardware & features with our system, I can promise that they will be free of defects and issues during the warranty period of the system. Even beyond that period, I can promise that we will be here to answer any questions and provide support for issues you encounter with your system that is preventing it from operating as it was originally shipped. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook DMA ✭ April 1 "Our priority for our systems is to make sure that the systems are completely stable and operating as designed in their original hardware configuration. Releasing BIOS updates for third party hardware/software support sounds great, but the amount of time required to qualify and get these BIOS's up to our standards would hinder future product development" In other words: As a Power Spec buyer, you should be aware that we don't support anything beyond the original hardware and firmware configuration and that the motherboard, even though we advertise it as a mainstream motherboard, is in fact a somewhat inferior board and you cannot upgrade as if it were a retail board. You should make your customers aware of this instead of somewhat clouding the issue by stating in the specs that this is a MSI Z490 Plus, which obviously it is, but we as a purchaser of this computer won't realize this until we get it home and sometime later wish to make use of the MSI bios update and by then realize our Z490 Plus is nothing like the ones on the manufacturers website. Many, if not most of us only bought this system because we couldn't get our hands on a new generation GPU. I tried for six months to obtain an RTX3000 series card to build my own system and finally gave up and bought the pre-built G436. But I was very disappointed to find a non-retail MOBO that will not be able to take advantage of new features going forward. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMichaelB admin April 1 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/30516#Comment_30516 I hear you loud and clear on this, and it's definitely feedback I'll be passing along to the rest of my team. The most difficult part of this hardware shortage in general is trying to figure out a way to get people the hardware they are looking for and figuring out where best to compromise in order to do so. Compromising on GPU/CPU performance is often a no-go as that's often the two components most directly involved with ones gaming performance, but compromising on the platform itself can also impact the future upgrade potential of those very components, so it can be a tedious balancing act to maintain. The G436 as configured allowed us to get a lot of these highly sought after cards into the hands of a lot of customers while providing excellent performance as a whole. At the end of the day, customer feedback is our best shot at improving our products. It's why we take our product reviews seriously and why we enjoy interacting with you all on this forum. If there are areas that we still require improvement on for our PowerSpec systems, we would like to hear about them so that we can better improve our products going forward. Trust me, we'll be keeping an eye on these threads and we always take everything into consideration. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook DMA ✭ April 2 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/30531#Comment_30531 "Compromising on GPU/CPU performance is often a no-go" Your statement above is in direct opposition to Micro Center's action. As by not updating the BIOS to take advantage of new GPU features you are in fact "Compromising on GPU performance". Furthermore, I for one would have been more than happy to have paid the extra cost for a "Retail" board that received manufacturers support going forward than to have to depend on Micro Center alone for support, only to find out later that there is none. I doubt many of the buyers of Power Spec computers are even aware of this. 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Same Day Service when purchased in-store 4 hours or more before store closing Updating your BIOS is critical to your computer's health and performance. $29.99 SKU: 939835 PICK UP IN 18 MINUTES Please Select Your Store CA - Tustin CO - Denver GA - Duluth GA - Marietta IL - Chicago IL - Westmont KS - Overland Park MA - Cambridge MD - Rockville MD - Parkville MI - Madison Heights MN - St. Louis Park MO - Brentwood NJ - North Jersey NY - Westbury NY - Brooklyn NY - Flushing NY - Yonkers OH - Columbus OH - Mayfield Heights OH - Sharonville PA - St. Davids TX - Houston TX - Dallas VA - Fairfax   $39.99 Diagnostic Recommended Need to update your BIOS to use the newest compatible CPU? Perhaps your vendor just released an update to improve stability? Or maybe you wish to make sure your computer is running the latest BIOS or UEFI software possible. Our expert technicians can check with your vendor and ensure that you have the latest version of the BIOS or UEFI your computer needs! HOW IT WORKS BRING IN YOUR DEVICE Bring in your equipment and any necessary parts, cables or accessories DISCUSS SYMPTOMS Let us know any additional details of the repairs needed WE DO THE REPAIR Our certified technicians will get to work fixing your equipment PICK UP YOUR DEVICE We'll contact you when your equipment is ready to be picked up Summary After researching your computer's specifications and consulting your motherboard vendor - either an OEM like HP or Dell, or a manufacturer like Gigabyte or Asus, we will prepare and install the most current version of your BIOS or UEFI We have relationships with every major computer vendor and can update any fully functioning computer if updates are available BIOS Update Service Details This service applies to updating the BIOS on your motherboard We will then research with the vendor to determine the most current and stable BIOS available for your computer or motherboard - we will only install fully vendor supported and stable BIOS releases We will then perform the BIOS update as outlined by the vendor - there are many different ways this might be done, varying from one machine or motherboard to another, but don't worry, our expert technicians have the experience to get this done right We will then confirm the computer is performing as expected What We Need From You The device you want us to repair for you and the power cord and adapter if it is a laptop or an all-in-one desktop Your login credentials so we can install the new BIOS or UEFI We'll Keep You Updated When you drop off your equipment with us, we will do a quick check to see that everything is in order, then send you a text to give you a place to respond to ask any questions during the diagnostic and repair Your BIOS or UEFI update will be performed while you wait at the counter, and we'll have you on your way in most cases within the hour Our Expertise Since 1979 we’ve been selling, repairing, upgrading, and building computers. Our COMPTIA A+ and OEM certified technicians have repaired and upgraded thousands of PCs for personal and business use. Our long standing, and deep industry relationships enables us to become authorized service providers for several top tier brands. Authorized Service Provider for Top Tier Brands Visiting the Micro Center Knowledge Bar Select this service online, include a full and complete problem description for our technicians, then you can either use the quick drop off service, or book an appointment if you need to speak with one of our technicians - if you are bringing in an Apple PC please schedule an appointment to speak with a technician when you arrive QUICK DROP OFF 1. Go to the Quick Drop Off Desk 2. We'll scan the barcode in your confirmation email. 3. 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SKU: 939835 Price: $29.99 Duration: Same Day Service Subcategory: Hardware Repair Fulfilled: Phone and In-Store Parts Warranty: 90 days for replacements parts, if your device is not covered under a manufacturer's warranty, or extended service plan. Warranty for retail parts are covered under the manufacturer's warranty and will vary by part and manufacturer. Labor Warranty: 30 Days Service Terms and Conditions I understand and agree to the following Micro Center Service Terms and Conditions: Data Loss - The requested repair and / or installation service may cause partial or complete data loss from my equipment. I must maintain backups and assume all responsibility from restoring any lost software or data. Micro Center assumes no responsibility from any software program, data loss or restoration. 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Cracked? No display? Our technicians can replace your laptop screen. Typically 2-3 Day Service Broken? Cracked? No display? Our technicians can replace your laptop screen. $99.99 SKU: 939801 PICK UP IN 18 MINUTES Please Select Your Store CA - Tustin CO - Denver GA - Duluth GA - Marietta IL - Chicago IL - Westmont KS - Overland Park MA - Cambridge MD - Rockville MD - Parkville MI - Madison Heights MN - St. Louis Park MO - Brentwood NJ - North Jersey NY - Westbury NY - Brooklyn NY - Flushing NY - Yonkers OH - Columbus OH - Mayfield Heights OH - Sharonville PA - St. Davids TX - Houston TX - Dallas VA - Fairfax   $39.99 Diagnostic Required Parts Pricing Will Vary We require a complete and thorough Diagnostic in order to determine the cause of your problem, and the appropriate repairs needed to get you back up and running. If your laptop screen is cracked or no longer displays pixels correctly, we can replace it with a new screen. Our expert technicians will remove the damaged laptop screen, install the new one, and perform multiple tests to make sure everything is working as it should. When checking in you will receive free consultation and assistance selecting a replacement laptop screen, as some laptops have several screen options. HOW IT WORKS BRING IN YOUR DEVICE Bring in your equipment and any necessary parts, cables or accessories DISCUSS SYMPTOMS Let us know any additional details of the repairs needed WE DO THE REPAIR Our certified technicians will get to work fixing your equipment PICK UP YOUR DEVICE We'll contact you when your equipment is ready to be picked up Summary Your laptop screen will be replaced and tested by our Expert Technicians Available for new laptops within warranty, or older machines We repair all the popular makes and models and are an Apple Authorized Service Provider Dell, HP, Lenovo, Acer, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro We can replace all types of high resolution, retina and touchscreens Laptop Screen Repair Details We carefully disassemble the case and remove the screen and hinges, preserving the screws for later assembly Ribbon cables that provide signal and the screen power cable are unclipped and inspected for wear and tear The hinges are inspected and cleaned, as they are prone to collecting dust The case edges are inspected and cleaned and any dust within the back of the case is blown out or wiped away We confirm the replacement screen is compatible with the laptop then begin the installation process The new screen is fitted with all the ribbon cables attached into their connectors Original case screws are used and tighten to factory specifications Once the laptop is reassembled, we power it on and perform a screen test, which checks for brightness and color rendition What We Need From You Your power adapter and power cable so we can turn on the laptop for testing Your login credentials, so we can complete the function testing within the operating system We'll Keep You Updated After dropping off your laptop you will receive email or text message updates on the progress of the repair Once the work is complete we will email or text you for pickup Our Expertise Since 1979 we’ve been selling, repairing, upgrading, and building computers. Our COMPTIA A+ and OEM certified technicians have repaired and upgraded thousands of PCs for personal and business use. Our long standing, and deep industry relationships enables us to become authorized service providers for the following top-tier brands. For Your Health & Safety All employees are required to wear masks After the work is complete, your device will be cleaned and disinfected for your health and safety Visiting the Micro Center Knowledge Bar Select this service online, include a full and complete problem description for our technicians, then you can either use the quick drop off service, or book an appointment if you need to speak with one of our technicians - if you are bringing in an Apple PC please schedule an appointment to speak with a technician when you arrive QUICK DROP OFF 1. Go to the Quick Drop Off Desk 2. We'll scan the barcode in your confirmation email. 3. Leave your device with us Reviews Questions and Answers Similar Services View recommended items Next View next items Recommended Item Hard Drive Replacement Service $79.99 Recommended Item PC Fan Replacement Service $19.99 Recommended Item SSD Replacement Service $99.99 Recommended Item Power Supply Replacement Service $59.99 Recommended Item Laptop Case Replacement Service $99.99 Popular Services View recommended items Next View next items Recommended Item Cell Phone and Tablet Data Recovery Service $950.00 Recommended Item NAS and RAID Data Recovery Service $1,000.00 Recommended Item In-store Data Recovery Service under 1TB $200.00 Specifications Service: Laptop Screen Replacement Service Broken? Cracked? No display? Our technicians can replace your laptop screen. SKU: 939801 Price: $99.99 Duration: 2-3 days Subcategory: Hardware Repair Fulfilled: In-Store Parts Warranty: 90 days for replacements parts, if your device is not covered under a manufacturer's warranty, or extended service plan. Warranty for retail parts are covered under the manufacturer's warranty and will vary by part and manufacturer. Labor Warranty: 30 Days Service Terms and Conditions I understand and agree to the following Micro Center Service Terms and Conditions: Data Loss - The requested repair and / or installation service may cause partial or complete data loss from my equipment. I must maintain backups and assume all responsibility from restoring any lost software or data. Micro Center assumes no responsibility from any software program, data loss or restoration. Online Fee Collection – For certain diagnostic and repair services, Customer may tender a fee to Micro Center through an online payment transaction at the time of the online scheduling of a service appointment. Customer understands that the fee charged in an online payment transaction is merely an estimate based on Customer’s self-assessment of the necessary diagnostic and / or repair services for his or her computer. There may be circumstances where a Customer’s computer cannot be repaired, must be rebuilt or upgraded, or requires additional services not included within the scope of the Customer’s self-assessment because of the age of the computer, the obsolescence or unavailability of repair parts, the receipt of additional instructions from the Customer, or other factors. Customer acknowledges and agrees that the online payment transaction amount is merely an estimate and that Micro Center may charge and collect for the actual fees incurred for diagnostic and repair services performed on Customer’s computer Partial Builds – A Customer may request that Micro Center assemble or build parts of a computer, but not all of a computer (a “Partial Build”). In Partial Build service transactions, it is contemplated that the Customer, or a third party at the Customer’s request, will complete the construction of the computer, which may include the installation of additional parts to the computer or the modification of the computer. The Limited Warranty described below will not apply to a Partial Build service transaction. In addition, after a Partial Build is picked up by a Customer, any subsequent diagnosis, troubleshooting, or repairs to the computer, which may require additional or replacement parts, will be subject to additional fees or charges, all at Customer’s expense. Custom Builds – A Customer may request that Micro Center assemble or build a custom computer (a “Custom Build”). Micro Center will charge the Customer a custom build fee for the assembly or building of a Custom Build computer (the “Build Fee”). Once Micro Center collects the Build Fee, either through an online payment transaction or at the service counter, the Build Fee is not refundable under any circumstances. A Customer will have five calendars days after being notified by Micro Center that a Custom Build computer is ready for pick-up to retrieve the Custom Build computer. If a Customer fails to pick up the Custom Build computer within this five-day period, Micro Center may sell the Custom Build computer in its retail store and, in such case, will refund the cost of the parts used to assemble the Custom Build computer to the Customer requesting the Custom Build, but in no event will Micro Center refund the Build Fee or the cost of any software installed on the Custom Build computer. Warranty Repairs - A valid proof of purchase must be provided before any Warranty work will be performed. I understand that the operating system, other software, software configurations, and Virus detection / removal are not covered by manufacturers’ warranties and that normal Non-Warranty diagnostic and repair rates will apply. Non-Warranty Repairs - A Diagnostic fee is due for diagnosing and confirming the problem. If I choose to have the equipment repaired, additional charges apply at normal posted shop rates. I understand that a payment in full is due before any equipment can be released by Micro Center. Data Backup Service - Micro Center can provide limited data file backup of specific data files only (“Data Backup Service”). It does not include the programs or program files that created the data. However, Micro Center can reinstall these programs for an additional fee if the original disks and license keys are provided. In order to provide the Data Backup Service, the hard drive with the files to be backed up, must be functioning and accessible. For an additional charge, Micro Center can also supply the storage media for the backup service. Micro Center disclaims any warranty of any kind of the Data Backup Service or of the integrity or completeness of any data backup files. Micro Center assumes no responsibility for any software programs, data loss or restoration. In no event shall Micro Center be held liable for any consequential or incidental damages due to lost data, lost programs or defects in parts or labor. The total liability of Micro Center shall in no event exceed the total sum paid to Micro Center for the data file backup service. The customer acknowledges that the estimated and actual fees reflect this limitation of liability and risk. Parts Used for Repair - I understand that New, Used, Reconditioned or Re-manufactured parts may be used in Warranty and Non-Warranty repairs. Non-Return of Parts - I understand that all Warranty parts and any Non-warranty parts replaced under and Exchange or core basis will not be returned to me. Other replaced parts will be tendered to me. Unclaimed Equipment: Security Interest - Customer grants Micro Center a security interest in and to the equipment to secure the payment of the charges incurred hereunder. Any items which have not been claimed and paid within thirty (30) days of my declining repair or Micro Center’s first notification that the work is complete shall be considered abandoned by the customer. I authorize Micro Center to dispose of this abandoned equipment including all data and programs. Limited Warranty - Micro Center warrants that all replacement parts used will be free from defects in material or workmanship for 90 days from date of purchase. Micro Center will repair or replace, at its option, parts found to be defective during that time period. Repair and installation labor is warranted for 30 days from date of purchase and is limited to a redo of the original work. THIS LIMITED WARRANTY IS EXCLUSIVE AND IS IN LIEU OF ALL OTHER WARRANTIES, OTHER THAN THE WARRANTY OF TITLE, WHETHER ORAL OR WRITTEN, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND OF FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. Some states do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts or do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so any such limitations or exclusions may not apply to you. This warranty gives you specific legal rights. You also have other rights which may vary from state to state. Limit of Liability - In no event shall Micro Center be liable for any consequential or incidental damages due to lost data / programs, defects in parts or labor. The total liability of Micro Center shall in no event exceed the total sum paid to Micro Center for this repair. 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Our experts can diagnose the problem and help fix it. Same Day Service when purchased in-store 4 hours or more before store closing Computer not working? Our experts can diagnose the problem and help fix it. $39.99 SKU: 525808 PICK UP IN 18 MINUTES Please Select Your Store CA - Tustin CO - Denver GA - Duluth GA - Marietta IL - Chicago IL - Westmont KS - Overland Park MA - Cambridge MD - Rockville MD - Parkville MI - Madison Heights MN - St. Louis Park MO - Brentwood NJ - North Jersey NY - Westbury NY - Brooklyn NY - Flushing NY - Yonkers OH - Columbus OH - Mayfield Heights OH - Sharonville PA - St. Davids TX - Houston TX - Dallas VA - Fairfax   If your Desktop, Laptop, 2-in-1, or All-in-one is not working as it should, this is the service that you need! Our expert technicians can perform a wide range of hardware and software diagnostics to get to the bottom of what is going on. Once we have identified the cause of your problems we will provide a quote to get you back up and running as quickly as possible. There are no additional fees if you decline to have your computer repaired. HOW IT WORKS BRING IN YOUR DEVICE Some diagnostics can be run remotely, depending upon the issue DISCUSS SYMPTOMS Let our technicians know the problems you're experiencing WE RUN DIAGNOSTICS Our diagnostic software analyzes system hardware and configuration looking for faults DISCUSS FINDINGS We'll discuss the analysis and recommend a course of action Summary Your equipment is tested with custom and professional diagnostic equipment and software Available for laptops, desktops, most tablets including iPads, and custom builds All technicians performing these diagnostics are fully certified in the equipment Computer Hardware Diagnostics Details PC Doctor diagnostics is run on most units, to include a CPU test, memory, mainboard, video, storage drive, boot drive, and power power (including battery and chargers) Many manufacturers have their own diagnostic utilities, which we also run, (Dell, HP, Lenovo, etc.) We also run individual hardware tests on some components In some cases, we may have to send the equipment out to the manufacturer for depot repair, this typically takes 1 to 2 weeks What We Need From You Bring everything you think might help, including your power adapter if it is a laptop, tablet, or all-in-one PC, especially if the issue is power related Your login credentials - for Apple, please make sure Find My Device is turned OFF before bringing in - If the unit doesn't power, on you can do this on your iPhone or on your Apple account on Apple's website For PCs, if you have BitLocker or any passwords set on the computer (BIOS, login, etc.) please provide these (all of them) A complete problem description with as much detail as possible so our technicians can get to work on it quickly without having to ask for more information We'll Keep You Updated When you drop off your equipment with us, we will do a quick check to see that everything is in order, then send you a text to give you a place to respond to ask any questions during the diagnostics We will email or text you with regular updates during the course of the diagnostic process Once the work is completed, we will email you or text you with the results of our findings, and give you cost analysis, options and recommendations If repairs are agreed to, we will email you or text you with updates, and then for pickup, with the total cost once completed Our Expertise Since 1979 we’ve been selling, repairing, upgrading, and building computers. Our COMPTIA A+ and OEM certified technicians have repaired and upgraded thousands of PCs for personal and business use. Our long standing, and deep industry relationships enables us to become authorized service providers for the following top-tier brands. For Your Health & Safety All employees are required to wear masks After the work is complete, your device will be cleaned and disinfected for your health and safety Visiting the Micro Center Knowledge Bar Select this service online, include a full and complete problem description for our technicians, then you can either use the quick drop off service, or book an appointment if you need to speak with one of our technicians - if you are bringing in an Apple PC please schedule an appointment to speak with a technician when you arrive QUICK DROP OFF 1. Go to the Quick Drop Off Desk 2. We'll scan the barcode in your confirmation email. 3. Leave your device with us Reviews Questions and Answers Popular Services View recommended items Next View next items Recommended Item Cell Phone and Tablet Data Recovery Service $950.00 Recommended Item NAS and RAID Data Recovery Service $1,000.00 Recommended Item In-store Data Recovery Service under 1TB $200.00 Specifications Service: Computer Diagnostic Computer not working? Our experts can diagnose the problem and help fix it. SKU: 525808 Price: $39.99 Duration: Same Day Service Subcategory: Diagnostic Fulfilled: Phone and In-Store Parts Warranty: 90 days for replacements parts, if your device is not covered under a manufacturer's warranty, or extended service plan. Warranty for retail parts are covered under the manufacturer's warranty and will vary by part and manufacturer. Labor Warranty: 30 Days Service Terms and Conditions I understand and agree to the following Micro Center Service Terms and Conditions: Data Loss - The requested repair and / or installation service may cause partial or complete data loss from my equipment. I must maintain backups and assume all responsibility from restoring any lost software or data. Micro Center assumes no responsibility from any software program, data loss or restoration. Online Fee Collection – For certain diagnostic and repair services, Customer may tender a fee to Micro Center through an online payment transaction at the time of the online scheduling of a service appointment. Customer understands that the fee charged in an online payment transaction is merely an estimate based on Customer’s self-assessment of the necessary diagnostic and / or repair services for his or her computer. There may be circumstances where a Customer’s computer cannot be repaired, must be rebuilt or upgraded, or requires additional services not included within the scope of the Customer’s self-assessment because of the age of the computer, the obsolescence or unavailability of repair parts, the receipt of additional instructions from the Customer, or other factors. Customer acknowledges and agrees that the online payment transaction amount is merely an estimate and that Micro Center may charge and collect for the actual fees incurred for diagnostic and repair services performed on Customer’s computer Partial Builds – A Customer may request that Micro Center assemble or build parts of a computer, but not all of a computer (a “Partial Build”). In Partial Build service transactions, it is contemplated that the Customer, or a third party at the Customer’s request, will complete the construction of the computer, which may include the installation of additional parts to the computer or the modification of the computer. The Limited Warranty described below will not apply to a Partial Build service transaction. In addition, after a Partial Build is picked up by a Customer, any subsequent diagnosis, troubleshooting, or repairs to the computer, which may require additional or replacement parts, will be subject to additional fees or charges, all at Customer’s expense. Custom Builds – A Customer may request that Micro Center assemble or build a custom computer (a “Custom Build”). Micro Center will charge the Customer a custom build fee for the assembly or building of a Custom Build computer (the “Build Fee”). Once Micro Center collects the Build Fee, either through an online payment transaction or at the service counter, the Build Fee is not refundable under any circumstances. A Customer will have five calendars days after being notified by Micro Center that a Custom Build computer is ready for pick-up to retrieve the Custom Build computer. If a Customer fails to pick up the Custom Build computer within this five-day period, Micro Center may sell the Custom Build computer in its retail store and, in such case, will refund the cost of the parts used to assemble the Custom Build computer to the Customer requesting the Custom Build, but in no event will Micro Center refund the Build Fee or the cost of any software installed on the Custom Build computer. Warranty Repairs - A valid proof of purchase must be provided before any Warranty work will be performed. I understand that the operating system, other software, software configurations, and Virus detection / removal are not covered by manufacturers’ warranties and that normal Non-Warranty diagnostic and repair rates will apply. Non-Warranty Repairs - A Diagnostic fee is due for diagnosing and confirming the problem. If I choose to have the equipment repaired, additional charges apply at normal posted shop rates. I understand that a payment in full is due before any equipment can be released by Micro Center. Data Backup Service - Micro Center can provide limited data file backup of specific data files only (“Data Backup Service”). It does not include the programs or program files that created the data. However, Micro Center can reinstall these programs for an additional fee if the original disks and license keys are provided. In order to provide the Data Backup Service, the hard drive with the files to be backed up, must be functioning and accessible. For an additional charge, Micro Center can also supply the storage media for the backup service. Micro Center disclaims any warranty of any kind of the Data Backup Service or of the integrity or completeness of any data backup files. Micro Center assumes no responsibility for any software programs, data loss or restoration. In no event shall Micro Center be held liable for any consequential or incidental damages due to lost data, lost programs or defects in parts or labor. The total liability of Micro Center shall in no event exceed the total sum paid to Micro Center for the data file backup service. The customer acknowledges that the estimated and actual fees reflect this limitation of liability and risk. Parts Used for Repair - I understand that New, Used, Reconditioned or Re-manufactured parts may be used in Warranty and Non-Warranty repairs. Non-Return of Parts - I understand that all Warranty parts and any Non-warranty parts replaced under and Exchange or core basis will not be returned to me. Other replaced parts will be tendered to me. Unclaimed Equipment: Security Interest - Customer grants Micro Center a security interest in and to the equipment to secure the payment of the charges incurred hereunder. Any items which have not been claimed and paid within thirty (30) days of my declining repair or Micro Center’s first notification that the work is complete shall be considered abandoned by the customer. I authorize Micro Center to dispose of this abandoned equipment including all data and programs. Limited Warranty - Micro Center warrants that all replacement parts used will be free from defects in material or workmanship for 90 days from date of purchase. Micro Center will repair or replace, at its option, parts found to be defective during that time period. Repair and installation labor is warranted for 30 days from date of purchase and is limited to a redo of the original work. THIS LIMITED WARRANTY IS EXCLUSIVE AND IS IN LIEU OF ALL OTHER WARRANTIES, OTHER THAN THE WARRANTY OF TITLE, WHETHER ORAL OR WRITTEN, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND OF FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. Some states do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts or do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so any such limitations or exclusions may not apply to you. This warranty gives you specific legal rights. You also have other rights which may vary from state to state. Limit of Liability - In no event shall Micro Center be liable for any consequential or incidental damages due to lost data / programs, defects in parts or labor. The total liability of Micro Center shall in no event exceed the total sum paid to Micro Center for this repair. 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Now, we do have some generic pricing for specific services, we also want to point out that these can vary from computer to computer. Also, the pricing may change with time so the pricing will not be posted here since it will be updated on the links provided in this article.  Note, turnaround time on services can vary depending on the service as well as how busy the service department is at the time. All turnaround time quotes are provided by a technician at the counter for service. Do you already have something in for service with us? If you have your Repair Order Number or Service Order Number, you can check the status at https://www.microcenter.com/site/service/repair-order.aspx Here are the links for each service that we offer in-store that we have a link for on our webpage Our In-Store Diagnostic Service  Not Sure What's Wrong with Your Computer? That's OK! Most customers just notice performance issues but aren't sure what's causing it. Our detailed hardware and software diagnostic process will identify the problem in no time. Other services Desktop Services Laptop Services Data Backup/Recovery Services Custom Build Services Water Cooling Services 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TSAustinM admin July 2020 edited July 2020 Desktop Services Memory upgrade A memory upgrade allows your computer to process data faster. If your PC slows down when large programs or multiple apps are open, adding memory is a cost-effective way to increase performance. Our team will help you select the best memory upgrade for your needs and install it for you quickly, usually the same day.  Memory Replacement  Signs of memory failure include poor computer performance, random restarts, and corrupted files. Our technicians will install new memory on your computer to fix these issues, usually the same day. When checking in you will receive free consultation and assistance selecting compatible memory. Cooling fan upgrade Keeping internal components cool is important for both performance and longevity. A cooling fan upgrade prevents your PC from overheating and protects it from damage. Our certified technicians will replace your computer’s current fan with the one you purchase from our store or elsewhere, then test it to make sure your fan upgrade works properly. Computer Fan repair A noisy or broken computer fan can be fixed fast when you bring it to Micro Center. We will remove the old fan, install the new one, and test it to make sure it works correctly. Motherboard POST Test Set yourself up for success when you build your own PC. Our experienced technicians will install your CPU and memory and make sure your motherboard passes the Power On Self Test, then you can take it from there. This is a great solution for first-time builders and for group projects. Bring your own components or buy them at the store. BIOS Flash  If you own a custom-built PC, you may need to update the BIOS or UEFI firmware occasionally to address issues or add functionality. BIOS updates can be tricky, though, and doing it incorrectly can cause irreversible damage. We recommend having our technicians handle these updates. They have the expertise to flash your BIOS quickly and effectively without harming your computer. Video Card upgrade  A next-level video card can make a big difference in your gaming and your work. We will help you select the best GPU upgrade for your needs and install it along with the appropriate software and drivers. Then our certified technicians will perform multiple tests to make sure that your new video card gives you the experience you have been waiting for. Video Card repair A bad graphics card - also called a video card - can make your desktop computer unstable, causing the screen to freeze or display strange visuals. Our technician will replace your graphics card with a new one, add appropriate software and drivers to support it, then test it to make sure everything works properly. Desktop Power Supply upgrade Make sure your power supply unit keeps up with your computer, especially if you are upgrading other components. Our certified technicians will help you select the best PSU for your needs and install it for you. They have the expertise to make sure the new unit is grounded correctly and connected to all appropriate components and cables. After reassembling your computer, they will perform several tests to confirm that your system powers and performs as expected. Desktop Power Supply repair If your desktop computer experiences power issues, you may need to replace the power supply to avoid damaging your PC. Our expert technicians will replace the current power supply with a new one, hook up all components and cables, then test it to make sure the replacement power supply operates correctly. CPU/Processor upgrade Upgrade your computer’s processor to boost performance and support other upgrades. Installing a CPU is complex work that involves tiny pins and precise thermal compound application, which is why even expert DIYers bring this job to us. Our certified technicians will remove the heatsink, processor, and remaining thermal compound before carefully installing and testing your new and improved CPU. CPU/Processor repair If your desktop computer struggles to power up, freezes, or overheats, it may need a new central processing unit or CPU. A certified technician will remove the heatsink, processor, and any remaining thermal compound before installing and testing the new processor. Heatsink upgrade The heatsink moves heat away from your computer’s processor, protecting it from potential damage. If you are upgrading the CPU, it is also a good idea to upgrade the heatsink too. We can help you select a new heatsink or install one that you bring to the store. Our technicians will remove the existing heatsink component and clean out any remaining thermal paste before installing and testing your heatsink upgrade. Heatsink repair The heatsink is an important component that regulates computer temperature. If it is damaged or clogged, your system can become unstable. Our technicians will remove the old heatsink, clean off the thermal paste, then install a new compatible heatsink. Motherboard upgrade Update your motherboard to keep up with your needs today and tomorrow. We can help you select a motherboard upgrade that matches your processor and has all the right connectors to support your GPU and other vital components. Our technicians will install the new motherboard and test it to make sure you will notice the improved performance. Motherboard repair The motherboard connects all of the components in your computer. If you notice random restarts, overheating, or smoke, your motherboard may be failing. Our technicians will replace your motherboard with a new one then test it to make sure everything is in good working order. Hard drive upgrade If you are looking for additional storage and faster performance, it may be time to upgrade your hard drive. Our team can help you select the best hard drive for your needs and make sure the upgrade is compatible with your computer.  Hard drive repair Signs of a failing hard drive include slow response, files that disappear or won't open, and odd noises. Bring your computer to Micro Center, and we will replace your hard drive for you. Solid State drive upgrade Solid State Drives perform much faster than traditional hard drives. An SSD upgrade can complement your existing hard drive or replace it altogether. Either way, you will experience a noticeable difference in performance, including apps that load faster and an overall more responsive computer. Our certified technicians will install your Solid State Drive upgrade quickly. Solid State drive repair When solid state drives start to fail, you may have trouble moving and saving files, and the programs you are working on frequently crash. Our technician will install a new SSD to get your computer back up and running. Operating System Reimage Slow performance and other computer issues can be fixed by reloading the Windows Operating System and updating it to the latest compatible version. Our team will perform the installation, including any required hardware drivers, to get your computer back to working order. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSAustinM admin July 2020 edited July 2020 Laptop services Laptop Screen Replacement Repair If your laptop screen is cracked or no longer displays pixels correctly, we can replace it with a new screen. Our expert technicians will remove the damaged laptop screen, install the new one, and perform multiple tests to make sure everything is working as it should. Laptop Case Repair A damaged laptop case can quickly turn into a computer that no longer works. Our technicians can replace any damaged external parts on your laptop, such as the case top, case bottom, or laptop screen, then perform tests to make sure that everything works as expected. Laptop Keyboard Repair  A laptop keyboard that stops responding can be replaced with a new one. We can help you find a compatible keyboard, or you can bring one to the store. Either way, our technicians will install your new keyboard and make sure everything is working the way it should. Laptop DC Jack Repair If your DC power jack no longer charges your computer, you can replace it with a new one. Our technicians will install a new power jack then test it to make sure it properly charges your computer. You can bring your own parts or purchase them at our stores. Laptop Internal Battery Installation Laptop batteries don’t last long - typically two to four years. When it’s time to replace your laptop battery, we can help you select a compatible battery, replace it, then perform multiple tests to make sure it operates correctly. We will also make sure the old battery is disposed of properly. Memory upgrade A memory upgrade allows your computer to process data faster. If your PC slows down when large programs or multiple apps are open, adding memory is a cost-effective way to increase performance. Our team will help you select the best memory upgrade for your needs and install it for you quickly, usually the same day.  Memory Replacement  Signs of memory failure include poor computer performance, random restarts, and corrupted files. Our technicians will install new memory on your computer to fix these issues, usually the same day. When checking in you will receive free consultation and assistance selecting compatible memory. Cooling fan upgrade Keeping internal components cool is important for both performance and longevity. A cooling fan upgrade prevents your PC from overheating and protects it from damage. Our certified technicians will replace your computer’s current fan with the one you purchase from our store or elsewhere, then test it to make sure your fan upgrade works properly. Computer Fan repair A noisy or broken computer fan can be fixed fast when you bring it to Micro Center. We will remove the old fan, install the new one, and test it to make sure it works correctly. Motherboard POST Test Set yourself up for success when you build your own PC. Our experienced technicians will install your CPU and memory and make sure your motherboard passes the Power On Self Test, then you can take it from there. This is a great solution for first-time builders and for group projects. Bring your own components or buy them at the store. BIOS Flash  If you own a custom-built PC, you may need to update the BIOS or UEFI firmware occasionally to address issues or add functionality. BIOS updates can be tricky, though, and doing it incorrectly can cause irreversible damage. We recommend having our technicians handle these updates. They have the expertise to flash your BIOS quickly and effectively without harming your computer. CPU/Processor upgrade Upgrade your computer’s processor to boost performance and support other upgrades. Installing a CPU is complex work that involves tiny pins and precise thermal compound application, which is why even expert DIYers bring this job to us. Our certified technicians will remove the heatsink, processor, and remaining thermal compound before carefully installing and testing your new and improved CPU. CPU/Processor repair If your desktop computer struggles to power up, freezes, or overheats, it may need a new central processing unit or CPU. A certified technician will remove the heatsink, processor, and any remaining thermal compound before installing and testing the new processor. Heatsink upgrade The heatsink moves heat away from your computer’s processor, protecting it from potential damage. If you are upgrading the CPU, it is also a good idea to upgrade the heatsink too. We can help you select a new heatsink or install one that you bring to the store. Our technicians will remove the existing heatsink component and clean out any remaining thermal paste before installing and testing your heatsink upgrade. Heatsink repair The heatsink is an important component that regulates computer temperature. If it is damaged or clogged, your system can become unstable. Our technicians will remove the old heatsink, clean off the thermal paste, then install a new compatible heatsink. Motherboard upgrade Update your motherboard to keep up with your needs today and tomorrow. We can help you select a motherboard upgrade that matches your processor and has all the right connectors to support your GPU and other vital components. Our technicians will install the new motherboard and test it to make sure you will notice the improved performance. Motherboard repair The motherboard connects all of the components in your computer. If you notice random restarts, overheating, or smoke, your motherboard may be failing. Our technicians will replace your motherboard with a new one then test it to make sure everything is in good working order. Hard drive upgrade If you are looking for additional storage and faster performance, it may be time to upgrade your hard drive. Our team can help you select the best hard drive for your needs and make sure the upgrade is compatible with your computer.  Hard drive repair Signs of a failing hard drive include slow response, files that disappear or won't open, and odd noises. Bring your computer to Micro Center, and we will replace your hard drive for you. Solid State drive upgrade Solid State Drives perform much faster than traditional hard drives. An SSD upgrade can complement your existing hard drive or replace it altogether. Either way, you will experience a noticeable difference in performance, including apps that load faster and an overall more responsive computer. Our certified technicians will install your Solid State Drive upgrade quickly. Solid State drive repair When solid state drives start to fail, you may have trouble moving and saving files, and the programs you are working on frequently crash. Our technician will install a new SSD to get your computer back up and running. Operating System Reimage Slow performance and other computer issues can be fixed by reloading the Windows Operating System and updating it to the latest compatible version. Our team will perform the installation, including any required hardware drivers, to get your computer back to working order. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSAustinM admin July 2020 edited July 2020 Data Backup/Recovery Services  *6-12 is done through a 3rd party and required being sent to the 3rd party* Data Backup An external backup drive is a secure way to protect your photos, documents, and other important files. Our technicians will quickly and securely copy your data to an encrypted external drive, usually within one day. Note: This service copies files only, not programs like Microsoft Word or Adobe Photoshop. Hard Drive Clone A data clone means you won’t miss a step if something happens to your computer. Our skilled technicians will transfer the entire contents of your PC to a bootable hard drive - all files and folders, all programs like Microsoft Word and Adobe Photoshop, and your Windows operating system. Data Migration Bring your new computer up to speed by migrating important files from your old computer. Our technicians will copy documents, photos, movies, data files and select folders to the same location on your new computer. You’ll save time and feel confident that our team securely migrated everything you need. Note: This service copies files only, not programs like Microsoft Word or Adobe Photoshop. Data Recovery Diagnostics If important files have been deleted or overwritten, or if your computer has been damaged, we can help. Our team will analyze your hard drive to determine the best approach for recovering your data. Our service technicians always try to perform the data recovery process in the store, with our data recovery software. Data can be recovered onto another drive which can be supplied by you, or can be purchased at the store. If the drive has major physical damage, or the drive controller is damaged to the point where we cannot access the data with our in-store tools, we can ship it out to our data recovery lab. They can perform a more extensive recovery process, which may involve dismantling some parts in clean, laboratory conditions to gain access to the drive.  In-store Data Recovery Services Recover data from your failing or damaged hard drive with our In-Store Data Recovery Service. Some data recovery problems we can assist with include: Dropped Hard Drive Data Recovery Read / Write Heads Failure Hard Drive Not Detected Power Loss / Surge Data Recovery Beeping Hard Drive Data Recovery Corrupted Data Recovery Accidental Reformat Data Recovery USB Device Not Recognized (for external hard drives) Deleted Data Recovery System Restore Data Recovery Deleted Texts, Photos, and Contacts Recovery If we cannot recover your data at the store, our advanced data recovery service is the next step. We send the drive to our offsite lab service where advanced tools and software are used to recover data from your damaged or failing hard drive. Recovered data is copied to a new hard drive. Phone and Tablet Data Recovery *Functional* If important files have been deleted or overwritten on your iPhone or Android phone or tablet, they may be recoverable by our certified lab technicians. Your device is sent via secure carrier to our lab which use proprietary tools and software to attempt to recover the data and transfers it onto a new USB flash drive. Some devices require a cloud account to be created as part of the backup and recovery process, so SMS messages, contacts and other data can be restored onto a new device. Both your device and USB flash drive with recovered data are sent back to the store, where we will alert you to come pick them up.   Phone and Tablet Data Recovery *Non-Functional* If your Apple iPhone, iPad, or Android phone or tablet has been damaged and important files have been deleted or overwritten, they may be recoverable by our certified lab technicians. Your device is sent via secure carrier to our lab which use proprietary tools and software to attempt to recover the data and transfers it onto a new USB flash drive. Some devices require a cloud account to be created as part of the backup and recovery process, so SMS messages, contacts and other data can be restored onto a new device. Both your device and USB flash drive with recovered data are sent back to the store, where we will alert you to come pick them up. RAID NAS Data Recovery If you’ve experienced a drive failure or data corruption in your RAID array or Network Attached Storage (NAS) device, our advanced data recovery service can be used to access the data on the drives and recover it. The drives are sent via secure carrier to our lab which use proprietary tools and software to attempt to recover the data on the failed drive, then rebuild the array. This two-step process can potentially recover data on a variety of different RAID array setups (0, 1, 5, 6, 10) and is far more successful at recovering data than many of the standard data recovery tools included with the RAID array solution. In addition, if the RAID controller is faulty, many of the tools won’t work, as they cannot access the drives anymore. Whether the drive has physical damage, read/write head damage, bad sectors, or the drive controller has failed, our RAID data recovery service can recover the data and rebuild the RAID array for you. Our NAS data recovery services are available for a wide range of devices including Synology, Buffalo TeraStation, QNAP, WD My Cloud, Seagate, Iomega, Asustor, Netgear ReadyNAS, Zyxel, and many others. Flash Drive Physical Recovery If your USB flash drive, SD or Micro SD card shows as device not recognized, has water damage, or important files have been deleted or overwritten, they may be recoverable by our certified lab technicians. The USB flash drive or SD card is sent via secure mail to our lab where they use specialized tools and software to attempt to recover the data from the flash memory and transfer it onto a new USB flash drive or SD or micro SD card. Both the damaged and replacement devices are sent via secure mail back to the store, where we will alert you to come pick them up. Hard Drive Recovery < 1 TB Recover data from your failing or damaged hard drive with our advanced data recovery service. Some data recovery problems we can assist with include: Dropped Hard Drive Data Recovery Read / Write Heads Failure Hard Drive Not Detected Power Loss / Surge Data Recovery Beeping Hard Drive Data Recovery Scratched Platter Data Recovery Corrupted Data Recovery Accidental Reformat Data Recovery Clicking Hard Drive Data Recovery USB Device Not Recognized (for external hard drives) Smoking Hard Drive Recovery Hard Drive Motor Failure Deleted Data Recovery System Restore Data Recovery Deleted Texts, Photos, and Contacts Recovery Water-Damaged Phone Recovery If we cannot recover your data at the store, our advanced data recovery service is the next step. We send the drive to our offsite lab service where advanced tools and software are used to recover data from your damaged or failing hard drive. Recovered data is copied to a new hard drive, then sent back to the Micro Center store, where we will install the new drive into your computer to get you back up and running as quickly as possible. Hard Drive Recovery - 1-3TB-  Recover data from your failing or damaged hard drive with our advanced data recovery service. Some data recovery problems we can assist with include: Dropped Hard Drive Data Recovery Read / Write Heads Failure Hard Drive Not Detected Power Loss / Surge Data Recovery Beeping Hard Drive Data Recovery Scratched Platter Data Recovery Corrupted Data Recovery Accidental Reformat Data Recovery Clicking Hard Drive Data Recovery USB Device Not Recognized (for external hard drives) Smoking Hard Drive Recovery Hard Drive Motor Failure Deleted Data Recovery System Restore Data Recovery Deleted Texts, Photos, and Contacts Recovery Water-Damaged Phone Recovery If we cannot recover your data at the store, our advanced data recovery service is the next step. We send the drive to our offsite lab service where advanced tools and software are used to recover data from your damaged or failing hard drive. Recovered data is copied to a new hard drive, then sent back to the Micro Center store, where we will install the new drive into your computer to get you back up and running as quickly as possible. Hard Drive Recovery > 3TB Recover data from your failing or damaged hard drive with our advanced data recovery service. Some data recovery problems we can assist with include: Dropped Hard Drive Data Recovery Read / Write Heads Failure Hard Drive Not Detected Power Loss / Surge Data Recovery Beeping Hard Drive Data Recovery Scratched Platter Data Recovery Corrupted Data Recovery Accidental Reformat Data Recovery Clicking Hard Drive Data Recovery USB Device Not Recognized (for external hard drives) Smoking Hard Drive Recovery Hard Drive Motor Failure Deleted Data Recovery System Restore Data Recovery Deleted Texts, Photos, and Contacts Recovery Water-Damaged Phone Recovery If we cannot recover your data at the store, our advanced data recovery service is the next step. We send the drive to our offsite lab service where advanced tools and software are used to recover data from your damaged or failing hard drive. Recovered data is copied to a new hard drive, then sent back to the Micro Center store, where we will install the new drive into your computer to get you back up and running as quickly as possible. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSAustinM admin July 2020 edited December 2020 Custom Build Services Tier 1 Custom PC Build Choose Tier 1 service to build an air cooled PC that meets your speed, performance, and storage needs. All you need to do is install the operating system of your choice, and you will be good to go. Tier 1 Computer Parts CPU and CPU fan Motherboard RAM Graphics card SSD or hard disk drive Power supply unit Case Tier 1 also covers the installation of these optional components: additional fans, additional drives, WiFi cards, and video capture cards. Tier 1 Rebuild If you built a custom air cooled PC that is not working as expected, we can help. Our Build Technicians will identify and resolve any issues and rebuild your computer for optimal performance. With our signature fast service, your rebuilt PC will typically be ready within one business day. Tier 1 Components CPU and CPU fan Motherboard RAM Graphics card SSD or hard disk drive Power supply unit Case Tier 1 also covers the installation of these optional components: additional fans, additional drives, WiFi cards, and video capture cards. Tier 2 Custom PC Build Tier 2 is our most popular custom build service. A certified technician will build your air cooled PC with the components you purchase and install your Windows Operating System for you. You will leave the store with a machine that is ready to work. Tier 2 Components CPU and CPU fan Motherboard RAM Graphics card SSD or hard disk drive Power supply unit Case Windows Operating System Hardware drivers Tier 2 also covers the installation of these optional components: additional fans, additional drives, WiFi cards, and video capture cards. Tier 2 Rebuild If you ran into trouble building a custom computer, we can help. Our expert technicians will identify and resolve any issues and have your computer up and running quickly, often within one business day. Tier 2 service also includes installation of Windows and all relevant hardware drivers. Tier 2 Components CPU and CPU fan Motherboard RAM Graphics Card SSD or hard disk drive Power supply unit Case Windows Operating System Hardware drivers Tier 2 also covers the installation of these optional components: additional fan, additional drives, WiFi cards, and video capture cards. Tier 3 Custom PC Build Tier 3 service constructs an all-in-one liquid cooled system for quieter computing. The added cooling boosts performance for faster streaming video, content creation, 3D modeling, and more. Tier 3 Components CPU Motherboard RAM Graphics card SSD or hard disk drive Power supply unit Custom water cooling compatible case Windows Operating System Hardware drivers All-In-One Liquid CPU Cooler Water block(s) Soft tubing Tubing fittings Radiator(s) and fans Tier 3 also covers the installation of these optional components: additional fans, additional drives, WiFi cards, video capture cards. Tier 3 Rebuild If your custom built All-In-One Liquid Cooled PC did not turn out as planned, we can help. Our expert Build Technicians will identify and resolve any issues then rebuild your computer for optimal performance. Tier 3 service also includes installation of Windows and all relevant hardware drivers. In most cases, your custom computer will be ready in just one to two business days. Tier 3 Components CPU Motherboard RAM Graphics card SSD or hard disk drive Power supply unit Custom water cooling compatible case Windows Operating System Hardware drivers All-In-One Liquid CPU Cooler Water block(s) Soft tubing Tubing fittings Radiator(s) and fans Tier 3 also covers the installation of these optional components: additional fans, additional drives, WiFi cards, and video capture cards. Tier 4 Custom PC Build Tier 4 is a custom build of a soft tube liquid cooled computer with up to two water blocks, a single reservoir, and installation of the operating system. This service is for individuals, gamers, businesses, governments, and schools looking for next level soft tube liquid cooled computing. Tier 4 Components CPU Motherboard RAM Graphics card SSD or hard disk drive Power supply unit Custom water cooling compatible case Windows Operating System Hardware drivers Pump Reservoir Water block(s) Soft tubing Tubing fittings Radiator(s) and fans Coolant reservoir Coolant Tier 4 also covers the installation of these optional components: additional fans, additional drives, WiFi cards, video capture cards. Tier 4 Rebuild Building a soft tube liquid cooled computer has its challenges. If your custom PC is not running as it should, we can help. Our expert technicians will identify and resolve any issues then rebuild your computer for optimal performance and a beautiful, one-of-a-kind look. Tier 4 service includes up to two water blocks, a reservoir, and a radiator, plus installation of Windows and all relevant hardware drivers. Tier 4 Components CPU Motherboard RAM Graphics card SSD or hard disk drive Power supply unit Custom water cooling compatible case Windows Operating System Hardware drivers All-In-One Liquid CPU Cooler Water block(s) Soft tubing Tubing fittings Radiator(s) and fans Coolant reservoir Coolant Tier 4 also covers the installation of these optional components: additional fans, additional drives, WiFi cards, video capture cards Tier 5 Custom PC Build It’s time to create your masterpiece. Every Tier 5 is different and built to exceed your expectations. No two builds are alike with our custom, hand bent, hard tubing service. Tier 5 builds include up to two water blocks and a single reservoir. This level is best suited for enthusiast gamers or anyone who wants to build a high performance machine with the looks to match. Tier 5 Components CPU Motherboard RAM Graphics card SSD or hard disk drive Power supply unit Custom water cooling compatible case Windows Operating System Hardware drivers Pump Water block(s) Hard tubing Tubing fittings Radiator(s) and fans Coolant reservoir Coolant Tier 5 also covers the installation of these optional components: additional video card, additional fans, additional drives, WiFi cards, video capture cards. Tier 5 Rebuild Your custom built masterpiece should be everything you want it to be. If it is not quite there, we can help. Our expert Build Technicians will identify and resolve any issues, then rebuild your computer to maximize performance and create a signature look that is uniquely yours. Tier 5 service includes up to two water blocks, a reservoir, and a radiator, plus installation of Windows and all relevant hardware drivers. Tier 5 Components CPU Motherboard RAM Graphics card SSD or hard disk drive Power supply unit Custom water cooling compatible case Windows operating system Hardware drivers Pump Water block(s) Hard tubing Tubing fittings Radiator(s) and fans Coolant reservoir Coolant Tier 5 also covers the installation of these optional components: additional fans, additional drives, WiFi cards, video capture cards. Custom Computer Upgrade Service for adding hardware/components to your build that don't fall into the above custom builds or any other hardware installations.   0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSAustinM admin July 2020 edited July 2020 Water Cooling Services Water Cooling Add-on  Go beyond the basic build and design the computer you have always wanted. Our technicians can add additional water blocks, tubing, and other cooling components for superior performance and a stunning one-of-a-kind look that makes your custom PC truly yours. Water Cooling Flush Biofilm buildup is almost impossible to remove, and it can affect the performance and longevity of your computer. We recommend flushing your water cooled system every year. It is the perfect opportunity to update your colors and style to give your computer a fresh new look. With this service, a skilled technician will inspect, drain and flush, and clean your water cooling system. They will replace the coolant, perform extensive leak testing, and have your computer back to you quickly. Advanced Water Cooling Flush If it has been a few years since you have flushed your water cooling system, your computer may need extra care to remove damaging biofilm buildup. With this service, a skilled technician will inspect, drain and flush your cooling system, and clean all accessible components by hand. Then they will identify for a replacement any parts that cannot be cleaned, before refilling with the coolant of your choice and performing extensive leak testing. It is the perfect opportunity to update your colors and style to give your computer a fresh new look. After this thorough cleaning, your computer will perform better and quieter, and you can maintain it with a basic annual water cooling flush. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook CloudEsper ✭ October 2020 edited July 8 Hi, I just have a quick question: if I want a Tier 1 (re)build service, could I just drop off all my components and case? I might not have all my original packaging for the parts, and the pc is almost complete. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin October 2020 Hi @CloudEsper! Yes, as long as you have all the required parts to complete your build, we'd be happy to offer the Tier 1 service for you. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Scripps ✭ March 19 I decided to have Micro Center Build my Lilian Li gaming machine ( In stead of buying another Dell computer) and after 4 weeks the computer stop working. I brought the computer back to Micro Center to see if they could fix the issue or tell me to buy new parts. The question is.... how long will they keep the computer before I hear anything. 6 days and no text messages about my computer. Any long time customers with suggestions? I'm willing to buy new parts so I can get my computer back.!!!! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin March 19 Hi @Scripps I've replied to your other posts about this issue. 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In my attempts to build the best pc I could, I decided to buy some parts used on Ebay, some new parts from Newegg and a few from local PC conventions. (For those who are too young to remember, Yes they had Computer conventions where vendors competed for you business to sell parts) I was very proud of the rig I had built with my purchases. It was Glorious. I built the PC on a Friday night and spent all day Saturday installing Windows. (Once again for those not old enough, Internet was slow in those days, so downloading windows update took forever) After that I installed my games and was ready to play Half-Life online.      My excitement was overwhelming as I decide before I played to launch my Favorite benchmarking tool from Mad Onion. I started the benchmark and about half way through my wife asked if I needed to shut down my PC because a Thunderstorm was coming. I had never had any issue with weather, so decide to continue on. Within a few minutes of that conversation the power surged and went out along with my new gaiming PC. It never saw life again. A lightning strike close to the house took out a Transformer which surged to my house. No surge protector meant my PC got fried. It took out the PS, MB, and the Nic as well as my Monitor.        I use a surge protectors on everything since that day.  And Yes my wife has used this as one of her many,  "I told you so"  examples since that day.        0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Nick_Burns ✭ January 14 The best horror story when building a computer comes from when I was about 10 back in 1999.  A computer I helped my dad build stopped booting after a RAM upgrade.  we tried to swap back to the original RAM but it would not boot.  Upon further inspection we realized the RAM that was ordered was HP only RAM and the notch didn't quite line up like normal DDR2.  during installation the RAM damaged the slot on the mother board and it had to be replaced.  That lesson stuck with me my whole life.  On a scarier note though it was nothing compared to what happened to about 5 machines while I was in Iraq.  I worked with another Marine that thought if at first you don't succeed try and try again. Back in 2007 I was deployed to Iraq.  We kept having issues with Machines that my fellow Marine was trying to set up.  They all kept coming into the shop with bad power supplies.  It took me about 6 hours to realize that when he was plugging in the machines he was not switching the power supplies from 110 to 220 in the back of the power supplies and he was letting the magic smoke out of the power supplies.  We had to RMA about 5 computers and wait for replacements from state side.  Luckily I brought a few spares.   0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Jtomtb Fredericksburg, VA ✭ January 14 I built my first PC 2 years go and it turned into a major hobby of mine. Pre-COVID, I had gotten into purchasing used hardware for good deals and creating budget builds to sell and make a few bucks....more so out of the craving to build than the desire to make money. I had just completed my third flip PC and was showing it to a buddy over beers, extremely proud of how cheap I had built it for and how awesome the RGB looked. I awkwardly leaned over the top of the PC to flip the PSU power switch, and my freshly opened beer decided to cartwheel out of my left hand, landing perfectly upright on the mouth of the bottle like some sort of Internet bottle flip challenge. IPA proceeded to flood the interior of the Corsair Carbide case, drenching everything inside. I looked at my buddy and said "welp...guess I need to clean this thing". He looked at me and said "yeah man...better HOP to it". He laughed. I laughed. The PC cried. Fun times. It took a week of scrubbing and a whole bottle of alcohol before I finally trusted that it was clean enough to attempt a boot. She booted just fine on the first try! I didn't feel right selling it after what happened so now it functions as a HTPC in my basement. When it warms up, it emits the slight scent of skunked beer. It makes for a great story when asked "dude, what is that smell?". 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook MaaliMachine ✭ January 14 I decided my first build would be a no compromise system with the latest and best cpu and gpu. I picked fall of 2020 to do this. If you've tried to buy computer parts in the last few months I don't have to say any more.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook alisalim ✭ January 14 My story begins as I decided to switch from my gaming laptop to a pc. It was my first pc and I was so excited about it, I started ordering the parts last December and as I got all of the parts I called a friend of mine, and we started to put everything together. It came our really beautiful. I had set a budget for it but I forgot to add the monitor to the build, I obviously spent the entire budget on pc parts, so I had to buy a used monitor. I went up on offer up and surprisingly I found me a new lg 34' ips monitor, it was spectacular and for half the price of a new one. So it was a fantastic deal. I took it and I want home, when I was moving the box to put it on the table so I can take the tape off I accidentally pumped the box to the table, I didn't think much of it at the time, the monitor looked amazing and beautiful, but when I turned it on the was the bummer. The screen had a crack on the side. The crack had me thinking my entire lifestyle lol. It totally ruined my mood for days, then I got over it and now I'm sort of used to it I guess.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Hanval ✭ January 14 About 4-5 years ago I was working as an I.T at a mortgage company and decided to go on vacation. The computers we had to run our software and multiple screens were horrible, the boutique company who sold my boss the computers before I was hired screwed him over. They would overheat, underperform , the PSU would die randomly, and I would be to blame since I couldn't fix dead hardware. Well I had ordered new heatsinks for all our PC's about 30+ of them since the one that was on the PC's was a low form factor heatsink with a 90mm fan for a FX-8350 in a case with no airflow and for some reason our offices even though they seemed clean the computers would act like vacuum cleaners as I would need to dust them almost every week, no exaggeration... Well when I got back from my week long vacation, our coolers had arrived. I went to my office to get started on the project. Well when I walked into the room all, ALL of the computers in our office was in MY OFFICE. Not only that they were OPENED, with NO CPU. As confused as I was since I was not messaged about what I was looking at I started looking around and in one huge box were all, ALL of the CPU's with the Coolers attached to it by the thermal paste. When I looked at the first one what I had feared the most had happened, the pins were bent, ripped out, or broken... All of them were dead. I stood there with a hand over my mouth just running scenarios in my mind as to what the heck I was looking at. Suddenly my boss walks by and sees my door open and just peaks in and says "Hey my kid helped you out by taking out the coolers from the computer so you can just install the new ones today as I need them all ready by tomorrow" then gives me a thumbs up and keeps walking to the kitchen for some coffee. At that moment I didn't know if either to just quit on the spot or attempt to salvage the CPU's with bent tips and get started. I walked out of the office and politely informed my boss of how all of them were now trash and we either had two choices, buy 30+ FX8350 to keep using the computers in the room or to allow me to request new computers to fix the issues that were slowing us down and causing me to waste my time in these repairs. Well 30+ new and used FX8350's later I got all of our PC's working with new coolers and placed my two weeks after I finished putting together the last computer. Till this day I think this kid watched a video on how to install a CPU cooler and freaked out once he saw the CPU stuck on the cooler and decided to tell his dad that he helped me get the ball rolling. Working there was a nightmare every day. But it helped build my work history so I guess it was worth it the end lol. This is my work PC horror story.  My Home gaming PC one is truly freaky. I had been upgrading my Graphics Card through the years from a GTX 560 to a GTX 970 and into what I'm currently using which is a RTX 2060 Super. Well the rest of my PC hardware was a bit old when this issue happed I was running an i7-2600 with two different types of ram from corsair on an Asus P8P67 Deluxe motherboard. Everything was running well and my 9 year old computer was still running games ok but the bottleneck of the old hardware was super obvious now and I had been thinking of upgrading. Well the day AFTER I decided to look into parts and such, my computer suddenly goes crazy, it freezes and sometimes just doesn't boot. I started troubleshooting and it got to the point where I had 3 systems in my home from my friends swapping out parts figuring out why my PC does not want to work. After many tests we came to the conclusion my graphics card would some how do something to windows files were after trying to boot just ONCE with the 2060 Super FE/Reference card in ANY system regardless of hardware, would destroy windows to the point we had to install the OS fresh into the systems and try it again. The card was still under warranty so I contacted NVIDIA and sent them more proof than possibly they ever needed that this Card was a serial PC killer and had it RMA. The new card works fine, and since then I have recently upgraded my pc as of about a month ago into a i7-9700k with 16G of ram by Crucial in a MSI Z390-A Pro all thanks to Microcenter. And that is the story of my Graphics Card the PC Serial Killer.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Zidia ✭ January 14 My horror story is simply this, I have a brand new computer I just built.  Best cpu, motherboard, memory and case I could get locally at Microcenter.  The horror is utterly no gpus to be had, none.  I now have this screaming super machine up and running on a GeForce 550 ti that I found in a pile of junk in my basement.... 2 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AlexS admin January 14 Zidia said: My horror story is simply this, I have a brand new computer I just built.  Best cpu, motherboard, memory and case I could get locally at Microcenter.  The horror is utterly no gpus to be had, none.  I now have this screaming super machine up and running on a GeForce 550 ti that I found in a pile of junk in my basement.... 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook kngspace ✭ January 14 edited January 14 Not sure if this is exactly the same. But I learned the Lenovo t420 Laptops could be upgraded by flashing the bios to Coreboot and then you could run an Intel extreme cpu I7 3920xm, and then buy a display lvds adapter guy, to add a 1080p panel in place of the original. Pretty awesome setup for a used $50 dollar ebay buy, I thought.    Then after several busted motherboards later, from burning up the lcd lvds diode I finally gave up. But I do still have several t420 laptop motherboards with vga out only, and the coreboot. bios.  One I hooked up bare and used it to run [email protected], at least it could do something. And I can now flash a bios pretty confidently with a CH341a too.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook potatohead ✭ January 14 Not nearly as grand as the other stories, but this was terrifying nonetheless. I was carrying a Lian Li O11 XL case up the stairs when my cat decided it'd be the perfect time to walk in between my legs... I ended up tripping and dropping the case down an entire flight of stairs. Though, by some miracle of God, all the glass stayed intact despite the box looking like it had been delivered by Ace Ventura himself! If anyone's wondering, my cat was fine although I nearly had a heart attack because of him :P 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook kopas ✭ January 14 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?) 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Oblivious_Earth ✭ January 14 A couple of years ago I was building a new PC for my parents. I was using the Cryorig Taku case to give their PC desk a cleaner look. I got it booted and everything working, the last thing to was stick in their old SSD so I could copy any last set of personal files over to their new PC.  Alas I couldn't find a sata power cable with the right length and angle from the modular PSU I was using to reach to where I needed to place the SSD. Fortunately the old PSU had a sata power cable that fit the new PSU and would reach long enough. So I plug it in and the PC doesn't detect the old SSD. Weird, let me try plugging it back in to the old PC, also not detected! That was the day I learnt that the PSU end of power cables are not standardized and I likely shorted something inside the SSD and it remains a paperweight to this day. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook nworbcire ✭ January 14 edited January 14 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.... 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TheKeybinder ✭ January 14 It was my first build ever of a pc. I had a fairly large budget and knew what I was doing. Of course, the first thing I should have installed was my CPU. But, even though I wasn't going to install It I wanted to look at my graphics card. It was an ASUS GeForce GTX 1650. When I looked at it it seemed fine. When I got to open the CPU I was very excited. The CPU was a Ryzen 9 5900X. I don't know why, but the packaging was tough to open. When I finally got the cover off, the CPU landed pins first on the hard floor. When I picked it up every single one of the pins was flattened. I ended up getting a replacement. When I got the replacement I installed everything and it didn't post. Turns out the metal on the insert port for the graphics card was just a bunch of plastic painted gold. Then I got a different graphics card and IT STILL DIDNT POST. To this day I have no idea what happened. I ended up buying a rebuild from Alienware. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Faux ✭ January 14 Long time ago, a friend was getting ready to upgrade the system I'd built him previously to a new version of Windows which promised better video graphics. But the motherboard chipset didn't support it without a BIOS upgrade, so I grabbed it online and went to help out. It was accepted without any problem ("Choose file, upload, install, success!") until I rebooted and got a black screen. Nada. Contacted the manufacturer only to find out that another (Asian) company had a motherboard with the same name and I'd gotten their BIOS upgrade instead. No way to uninstall; bricked. I haven't even seen their brand on the market in years now... So drove back home (lived in another state about 45 minute drive each way). Grabbed a compatible motherboard out of a spare system, drove back down, installed it, and ended up spending the night, it was so late (I think it was 2am when all was stable and running). That was around 1999. I have not done BIOS upgrades since... if it's not broke, don't fix it. If it's broke, replace it. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Incred ✭ January 15 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. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Phork ✭ January 15 Back in the early 1990's I was just getting into computers.  I had an old IBM 13mhz 386 and an IBM 20Mhz 386 which I installed a math co processor in myself!  Those were my entrance into the PC world.  I browsed local shops for parts which we had 2.  The guy had a used motherboard with memory and a bad "processor" in it.  So I bought that for $40!!!  I remember the day I bought it.  The other shop had a 486DX2 50mhz!  I was stoked!  I had in hand a paradise 2mb video card and I was ready for that 3d epicness.  I get home, slam everything together.   Turned it on and it ran for about 20 seconds before I had one of the most odd smells I've ever witnessed enter my nose.  Most of the younger crowd will never know about the Socket 7 and earlier era.  Putting a CPU into your socket wasn't the only necessary steps you needed to take.  On the motherboard I had; it had 7 "dip switches" that needed to be selected correctly for the processor you're using.  Well..  I just so happened to tell it that I was using a 100mhz chip.  At the time, I'm not sure if it was more voltage or just the speed that killed that processor.  I can tell you this however, that smell is something you'll never forget.  I learned that making sure to read the manual has stayed in my PC building methods since.  I ended up picking up a motherboard with a Pentium 100mhz in it 2 weeks later and that's where my real "gaming" builds started.  From there I went from being super scared of processors and setups to overclocking a Pentium 3 450Mhz at 633Mhz for years, to an Athlon XP 1700+ at ALMOST 2Ghz to my previous 6700k which daily ran 4.8Ghz for years.  Moral of the story, always double check your parts are compatible and if they need setup in a certain way before turning on.  Could be something stupid; could be something expensive..  Taking an extra 2 seconds to double check things can save you a ton of money later on. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Jaycat ✭ January 15 I'm a beginner PC Builder and I'm almost celebrating my 1 year anniversary as a builder. My first build went perfectly well even though I had no idea where everything needed to go. I have a experienced lot of wild journeys not even on PC on consoles as well. I had a decent system 2700x with a 1660 super pretty good for what I was doing. My case EHHH wasn't the best Thermaltake Level 20 MT but I learned my lesson Any who, one year past and over that time bent some pens on the CPU when I installed a new cooler got that figured out. Where it gets interesting is this past month I cleaned my pc and everything boots up and at the time there was a new GPU Driver for my pc I performed a clean install and my screen went into a black screen and never came on. I went into full panic mode and I restarted my PC nothing; took out my Ram and Graphics Card and CPU nothing. I inspected my motherboard and didn't notice physicals damage so I was lost. Went to my local Microcenter to see if they could try, they tried everything and nothing even the PSU so on that day my Motherboard was sent to afterlife and to this day I have no idea what the problem is .I still believe that it can be fixed but I don't know what or where the issue is. I'm still scared that the new Build I made would do the same luckly I managed to get Lian Li lancool 2 mesh and a new motherboard and cpu but my wallet didn't like it.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook fools33 ✭ January 15 My horror story is an everyday affair right now, I'm trying to build my first gaming PC and have almost everything but a GPU is that big part that is currently missing. The main part of my horror story is I am currently on my second gaming laptop which is not even 1 year old yet and already dying, the first ROG laptop had the keyboard completely die on me and would need a motherboard along with the keyboard so I took advantage of the warranty and paid an extra 400-500 for my current ROG laptop... Was more convenient traveling (by car) from South Eastern US to Toronto all the time to have the laptop over a PC. Now my less than a year old laptop is having issues loading programs, communicating with the hard drive and is constantly not responding. I need to get this pc built and ditch the laptop before it completely breaks down. I'm pretty much stuck unable to play games for more than 20 min at a time. Would be awesome to win but at this point I would settle for being able to buy at retail prices instead of resell prices.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Arnavsareen ✭ January 15 edited January 15 Oh, you want a horror story? Imagine being totally new to the PC world. I could barley tell RAM apart from an SSD and yes, I decided I wanted my own gaming PC. I researched for a few hours, deciding on a perfect setup. Of course it would per perfect if the MOBO supported an intel CPU. I didn't find this out till it had came in the mail. Of course, me being the cocky guy I am, I decided to make it a challenge for myself and not watch any videos on how to assemble and set it up during the build. When I popped the CPU in the MOBO, I quickly realized my mistake. I looked at the CPU for any bends in the pins. To my great sadness, yes I bent a couple pins. The Amazon team wouldn't refund me a broken product, so I was forced out another $300 to but a new CPU and replace the MOBO. The rest of the build went "smoothly" (I didn't break anything surprisingly.) But of course, this was not the end. The PC powered on to my great surprise, and In the coming days, everything seemed fine. All in till, my GPU started majorly sagging. Me not knowing of GPU supports, I just ignored it and thought of it as normal. Also, for some reason, I wasn't reaching the advertised FPS on games. All I could wonder was why. I decided to buy a new GPU and return the old one, but of course, the GPU actually gained quite a lot of damage from sag. I had to buy a completely new one and soon realized that the whole time I used PCI3 on a PCI4 card. (Oh and the ram was in the wrong place SMH) 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Zhalo2722 ✭ January 15 For a good while I was thinking wether I should build myself a gaming pc or not. What finally got me to build one was when Henry Cavill posted a video of himself building a gaming pc on his Instagram. It looked so nice I just had to build one. I started doing research on the parts I needed and that’s when I learned about microcenter and I fell in love so fast. I went down to micro center and spent about half my day enjoying everything the store had to offer and buying all the parts I needed. Soon after I went home and started up the YouTube videos to start the build. After a long and slow process I was finally done and all I had to do was install windows and that’s where it went down hill. You see my room wasn’t big enough to build the computer so I built it in the living room so all I had to do was carry it to my room and plug it in. I started carrying it to my room until suddenly I trip over something and drop the whole rig shattering the glass and cutting myself in the process. I look back to see what I tripped on and saw the evil eyes of my dog’s duck toy looking at me. At least I learned one thing that day Always buy warranty. . 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Kade7596 Ohio ✭ January 15 edited January 15 Some definite "first-world"-type problems. Nothing major, just... a little embarrassing and frustrating... The only thing to go wrong during my most recent build... and this is the first time this has ever happened, I swear!... is that I forgot to remove the little cellophane sticker/cover from the 'coldplate' on the AIO and smeared Arctic MX-4 all over the place. Had to clean it up and re-apply. I think I was red-faced the entire time even though literally nobody was around to see it. lol The second thing to go wrong was one of the AIO fans chirps VERY audibly and MSI has yet to reply to my RMA request... 🙄 ...so I bought two Silverstone ARGB fans that got good reviews... and one of them has a slightly more reddish hue. I bought two. I have no idea which one has the problem, and so no idea which one to send back. 🙄 The fan in the SFX EVGA power supply is usually silent, because it's usually not spinning... but when it kicks on, it spins up to what seems like at least 1400RPM and vibrates the whole chassis in an otherwise now silent-at-idle build. Wonderful. 🙄 The last nuisance affects us all... there are no GPU's. Winning a 3070 would be nice... otherwise, I think I'm going to be using my previous build's GTX 1070 from 2016 for a LONG time. Maybe even until my next PC is built. Not sure yet. It's fine for now, though. I guess. Sigh. 🙄 Fortunately I have a lot else to be thankful for and I really am not sweating these things too much. lol 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Kidz PA ✭ January 15 Typically, you imagine horrific, drastic stories when a build goes wrong. You know, broken side panels, leaking coolant, shorts and fires sort of thing. But in reality, those pale in comparison to the worst type of build failure... the elusive instability that is impossible to find and hard to diagnose. I've been though it all, but this is the story of the build that nearly broke me. In middle school I dreamt of a new gaming computer, but my Dad insisted he'd only buy me parts. Being new to this world, I instead completely smashed my piggybank from years of allowances to purchase an Alienware system (the pre-Dell era, with a first-gen blower GPU and flat CRT... the works!). It was heaven, until one day it died. A technician came out under warranty and I watched as he changed out the power supply. And that was it, I was hooked! "I can totally do this!", I said to myself. So down the rabbit hole I went, building computers, modding cases, watercooling, overclocking, and pouring over every new issue of CPU magazine. But all this while, I never built a computer for my father, and he never asked.  Until finally, one day after he had retired, over a decade since I started building, he was due for an upgrade and I offered. With my spare parts, I could easily beat any prebuilt prices and I was determined to give him a bang-for-the-buck rig that showed him what he was missing! I selected parts so carefully, built with extra care, and did 3 phases of stress testing and tweaking to balance performance, thermals, and noise. I cut my own logo in vinyl and adorned the case and box. I was so proud, and wanted to make him proud as well. This is where the disaster strikes. I leave my parents home, the pandemic strikes, and so does failure. The computer has an instability that I missed and reboots randomly, but I can't get back to them as they are older and in quarantine. The guilt swells inside me. I finally got the chance to make my Father a computer... and blew it. He's living with a rig that quits at any given time, be it in the middle of editing family videos or a round of Civ V. I see him log into steam, suddenly leave, then come back on. Another crash. I tried to ask him about it and diagnose from afar, but it was no use. He said it was ok because the new SSD reboots so quickly, but I was not okay in the least. This ate away at me and went on for over 7 months. Finally, I would have a chance to safely visit them over the holidays. I packed a bag full of spare parts and diagnostic tools. I ended up gifting him my PSU and GPU, just in case his were failing. I planned tests and stayed up all night rebuilding this computer. Finally, I found something. Memtest had a single failure after testing into well into the next morning. Finally! I never suspected it as I used this memory in my prior personal build for several years with no problems, but in his computer it was not stable at XMP. How could I have missed this?!?  Exhausted, I regifted my Father a refurbished computer this Christmas. It cost me months of anxiety, my favorite GPU and PSU, an all-nighter over the holidays... but it finally worked without issue. At this very moment, I can see that he's on Steam enjoying a game of Civ. I can't be more thankful for a Father who not only introduced me to computers, but had the patience to support me even when I felt that I let him down. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Yang ✭ January 16 My story was pretty simple. I needed to update the BIOS. While it's updating, my son came into the room and like, "what does this switch do, dad?". I need a new motherboard after that. Can't blame him. He was not old enough.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook cartime99 ✭ January 16 so I have 2 the first one actually starts at Micro Center. so it was black Friday(2020) I woke up at 4:00 am to go and get in line to wait for a 3080. when I got there I saw that there were already like 15 people there that had been there since like 10:00 pm the previous day. anyway, I was in line for like 3 hours and that's when I notice the horde the line had started to wrap around the parking lot there were so many people there. at around 8 they started letting people into the store they didn't hand out graphics card waivers like previous days which had me worried id be coming back the next day. I got inside and walk straight to the GPU section. I asked a guy if they happened to have any 3080s in stock I was almost 100% sure that like every other time the answer would be no, it wasn't. he said they had some went got one and I was shocked, I couldn't believe it.  Anyway fast forward to later that day. I got home and immediately moved my pc onto the "operating table". I took out my gtx 1650 put it in its box, then I grabbed the 3080 and admired its brick-like size. I went to put it in and it was like a child putting a cylinder in a triangle hole, it didn't fit. I had been a little worried about this for a while but I never really cared about it too much. it took some geometry skills to do but I decided to move my front aio inside the front panel area. it worked I was just able to fit my GPU with maybe a cm of room between it and the aio fans. I was so releived  some pictures  in the top pic I was pushing the GPU back into the cables. the second 2 are an after then a before. the second story is a bit shorter than the first one and takes place about a month after the first.  basically, I had been trying to oc my "Asus tuf RTX 3080 oc edition" I was trying different software and when I tried afterburner it somehow broke my pc. it would crash and then restart but one time it didn't turn the display back on. I had ended up using intel integrated graphics for like an hour before I noticed a red light on my GPU. I googled it and it came up with stuff about power. I opened my case and just tapped the power cable for the GPU and the light went away and everything went back to normal. I was so stressed for an hour about such a minor problem/fix.  Oh and I just remembered one time I spilled thermal paste on my GPU but that's a story for not at 1:00 am on a work night.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Cark ✭ January 16 My dad needed a case for a home server he was setting up so he went out to buy a new one and offered to take my old case since it'd just be in corner all neglected-like. I accepted. At the very start of switching all the components out I had to take a break and go tend to something else and just left it for about an hour. I come back to a normal case, mostly everything's installed, the PSU's already locked in place, everything's dandy and pretty it's all set up and I'm happy. Computer starts black screening under load. GPU's getting a little toasty so I scrounge an extra fan. It keeps black screening. Until it no longer wants to black screen and just artifacts. And now I smell hot thermoplastic. The pcie power cable wasn't seated all the way in the PSU, it over-currented my vega 64 crippling it and fried the connector on my PSU. After Christmas in peak GPU drought. I've yet to score a replacement. Also my case rgb doesn't work now. :V 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook plainviewhawk ✭ January 16 In the summer of 2019, I was convinced by my friends to buy a computer so that I can spend more time with them via games and discord. I personally wasn't a big gamer before this but after I purchased my very first computer, I got addicted to it. We spent countless nights playing until the sun came up just to see our ranks in each game to stay the same. Now that I got my love for my computer out of the way, let me tell you the horror to the ending of my PC.  Around a year ago, my dog was in severe heat so any "living" thing was a playmate for him. The "purring" of the computer from the fans may have been a go sign for him or something because one day I came home to my computer a bit.... wet. Yes. My dog may have had sex with the PC. After that, I couldn't look at my dog nor my broken PC the same way. If someone else wins this prize, congratulations to them, but just know that this new graphic card may erase my trauma from my dog with my computer. Thank you. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Pacman1994 ✭ January 16 I’ll start at the beginning when the Cambridge store still ran B&W cameras (I had a friend in LP there). My first “gaming” PC was before dual core chips came out and I played on AOL dial up. Since then I’ve built probably a dozen systems. My last about five years ago was pieced together at Microcenter and was my happy place. I7 6700k, three Asus 27” monitors and a 980ti, water cooler etc. Fast forward a bit and I get divorced. I lost the PC in the divorce!!! My son was playing on it while I was in a one bedroom dive apartment. My dog Tyson, who I also lost in the divorce, knocked over a drink apparently and fried the cooler and the mobo. Eventually the GPU and PSU went as well. I’m still gaming on a laptop but slowly buying parts for a desktop. Guys prenup your gaming PC! Either way see you soon Cambridge store! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook aspa_pasta ✭ January 16 My first build was last summer--my girlfriend and I were building a gaming rig together and went to Microcenter to buy all of the parts. We went back home to start the build. First mistake: I forgot to get an SSD, so I ran back out to grab one. We install the SSD, finish building the PC, and try to get it to post. Nothing. We realize that the monitor's HDMI cable is plugged into the wrong port after 20 minutes. Seeing some hope, we plug it into the right spot and try again to post. Nothing. TWO HOURS LATER, we're finally able to start up the PC (I can't even remember what the problem was but it all worked out). Then, fast forward to a week later, and I'm playing Overwatch. Suddenly, the screen freezes and my GF swears she heard a popping sound. Turns out the GPU was completely fried! (we got a replacement to test to see if it was the GPU or motherboard). We were able to return the faulty GPU and got a new one--everything works great now but we were terrified of having ruined our PC for basically the first month of its existence.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook SakuraFroggy ✭ January 16 When building my first pc, some of the pins in my cpu were bent (hand me down), but trying to do surgery on a cpu was the scariest thing especially when you're just starting out with pc building lol. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook «1234567…10» This discussion has been closed. 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After learning how to disassemble and upgrade the parts I headed off to school. Maybe a week later (PRIOR TO COVID) My house was having a party that turned into an absolute rager with almost 200 kids packed into my off-campus house. Although I had an absolute blast at the dinger, the horror story comes around 1 am. I finally decided to kick everyone out and shut the party down, walked into my room turned on my PC only to be greeted by white electric smoke rapidly coming out of my GPU. After weeks of trying to figure out what happened apparently some chick spilled a white claw into the top vent of my case, thus leaking in and destroying every part and frying the motherboard. Along with it all my memories and great times I had with that computer. Currently working to save enough to build another one, don't like charity but thought id share my story.  - Basti  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook DontDisplayThis ✭ January 28 I was building a computer for a neighbor's kid. Inserted CPU, added thermal paste, and attached the fan. I tested the fan to make sure it wasn't loose and when I pulled on it, out came the CPU which then dropped off and bent a lot of the socket pins on the MB. I had in my haste (or old age) forgotten to lock down the CPU. Expensive lesson. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Big_Boosh ✭ January 28 edited January 28 I had finally convinced my mom to let me put some new components in her 4 year old Dell desktop because it was running super slow (and her having 50+ chrome tabs open). I bought her a recent intel CPU w/ mobo, 16 gb of RAM and an SSD from microcenter and was all good with the rest of her prebuilt parts. My cousin was over and offered to help which was fine because he had built a few in the past and we quickly got everything installed and powered up. We then went to download windows to a usb on the computer (her hard drive was still the boot drive) and when we went to format the usb, my cousin formatted the wrong drive and completely erased my moms backup hard drive with 1-2 tb of family pictures, important financial documents (she is a financial planner) and tons of other files. We were FREAKING OUT as you can imagine and we had to hide this from her while we were frantically googling how to get all this back. We spent 60$ a well known data recovery software and THANKFULLY it got most of everything back just somewhat unorganized. That was one of the scariest moments of my life but let me tell you does her email load fast. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Jotarby ✭ January 28 Once I was on my computer and all of my games were laggy. I asked my friend what the hell is happening he said check the cpu temperature to see if it’s all good. I checked it was at 100. He said oh that’s Fahrenheit  you’re good. So I thought maybe i have like no storage. Couple hours later my friend that knows a lot about PCs got on and I asked him what’s up as well and I told him about how my temperature on my cpu was 100 which is fine and he said that’s not Fahrenheit that’s Celsius. I looked inside my pc and a wire was blocking the fan. So I turned off my pc took the fan off and the cpu was fine just was brown on the top which I wiped off and added new thermal paste. Still use that cpu til this day. But I had it on for hours upon hours 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook A11ehandro_ ✭ January 28 As a squirt, I once had a dusty little computer that I used to play one of the only games I had, Star Wars Battlefront 2! The game ran slow so I made sure to save up money by helping with practically every chore and getting paid extra for my allowance, I was able to save up money to buy a new graphics card and could not be happier. Once I got the card and was placing the new card in, I was a kid on a mission and could not be bothered to clean the dust bunnies out of the pc, I just placed the new card in. An hour after some beautiful playtime, I heard a loud crack and a blue flash of light come from my pc... Scarier than a super battle droid. The pc turned off immediately after the flash and I could smell smoke, the power supply had given way because of the dust.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AppBan ✭ January 28 My first build wasn’t a big disaster but I certainly made some mistakes. The first mistake I made was with my thermal paste. I bought liquid metal thermal paste and I didn’t understand how to use it so I used the whole tube. This resulted in a giant mess that I’m still cleaning a year later. The next mistake I made wasn’t serious but is very hilarious. As this build was my first build I couldn’t find where to plug-in the hdmi cable as my motherboard didn’t have a slot for the cable. My graphics card also didn’t seem to have an input slot for a cable. Therefore I spent 2 hours researching my motherboard and watching videos to see how and where I plug-in a hdmi cable. After 2 hours I finally realized that there were plastic covers over the slots in my graphics card. I felt extremely stupid after a couple months of research on parts and building computers. Luckily those are the only problems I have dealt with building PCs so far. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Noo ✭ January 28 My brother had bought a pre-built pc from his friend and used it for about another year or two so this system was decently aged and my brother would always leave the side panel open no matter how many times I would tell him to close it and the dust and dirty had started to pile up and it was noticeable then when it finally died on him, not sure why, it once again sat for another year or so without the side panel attached and once i started to build my pc I figured how bad can his old pc really be and thought about taking the gpu (msi 1060 3gb vram) and the psu (evga 500w 80 plus) to save a few bucks, especially since the gpu prices have increased, and use it temporarily untill I had enough to replace them and after what I did I felt like I earned them. I started by laying the pc on its side on the bed and there were so many loose dust clumps everywhere it felt impossible to clean. Then when I got to disconnecting the gpu and all of the psu cables, I felt the urge to clean my hands anytime I could. Eventually I got through it and once the gpu and psu were free I decided to clean the gpu first since it was pretty open and it wasn't that not that bad untill I had to clean the backplate where there was A LOT of dust that had stuck to the back plate and pins pretty well and I felt like just abandoning the idea but with enough pass through with clorax wipes I was able to clean it properly and air cans to clean the fans then eventually took the gpu apart and saw the the thermal paste was barely  even thermal paste and that most of it wasn't even on the cpu in the graphics card it was more on the chips around it so once again I cleaned it ordered some thermal paste and finally put it back together. After putting it all together it looked pretty clean so now I had to clean with the psu at first I just blew air in the holes and the fan and though that it was enough since a lot of dust had been knocked loose when I did that but when I installed the psu the cables still had some dirt so decided to just take it apart amd be safe. After many hours of pulling apart the sides of the power supply to finally take the top off I was so happy that I decided to take it apart seeing all of the dust that was hidden under the cables and components inside. Finally I got it clean put it all back together and felt so much happier that I decided to clean these components before actually using them especially when their fans are on because they wouldve thrown around all of the dust they had stored inside of them. This whole process was really exhausting, but at least I have a temporary gpu and psu to use meanwhile I get money to complete my build which shouldn't be that long I hope since all I need is a cpu and ram.   0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook MikeBB ✭ January 29 I recently upgraded my custom loop computer with a new Aorus Z490 Ultra mobo, new CPU, fancy Corsair RAM with yet more RGB, and so forth. This is the third or fourth time that I've rebuilt this PC so probably most of the parts except for the fans are different than the original. In any case, it had been working fine for several months and then a few weeks ago, Gigabyte posted a new version of their BIOS. I usually flash from a USB stick, but was lazy and decided to use their @BIOS utility to do it from within Windows. It seemed to run, system rebooted to a black screen. I tried shutting it off and starting from cold, same result. The diagnostic display gave an error code that was 'reserved' according to the manual so no help there. After some research I found the Q Flash Plus function which should flash the BIOS by pressing a button on the mobo with the USB stick inserted into the designated port on the back, no joy. I went to bed dreading working on it again the next day. A number of videos said that Q Flash only worked on a bare board (others said that it worked with everything installed, which it did not for me). So I spent over an hour draining my cooling loop and stripping the mobo. It still wouldn't flash. I had been trying the version that was working right before the one that broke things. I decided to try the original version that the board shipped with. I pushed the button, the LED started blinking... and then kept on blinking like it was supposed to. I put it all back together again and it had worked! PC is alive again.  I still find it interesting that you can find places that advise not updating BIOS unless you have an issue, and others that say you should always run the latest version. In any case, mine is now running the last one that ran without issues and I'm going to leave it at that! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook armelie ✭ January 29 So it was a dark cloudy day, perfectly cozy. I had just come back from microcenter with all my parts ready to build my first budget (because i'm a broke grill) PC with my boyfriend. We finish the PC no problem, it runs beautifully. But since it was a dark cozy day I decided to get some soup to embrace the coziness... keep in mind it is still day one with my brand new PC that I am ultra psyched about (my first PC too... I was a laptop user all my life till then).  Well as I came back to my room with my literally boiling hot soup, I smelled it and thought it was kinda weird smelling. Now the soup is one of those microwavable soups in a cup (don't judge me). So I was looking for the expiration date which I realized was on the underside of the cup. I was now standing by my desk, and by my computer, and I lift the cup up in the air to read the underside to find the expiration date, and realize GOD DAMN THIS CUP OF SOUP IS FECKIN HOTTTTTTTTT. And I proceed to drop the soup all over myself, and my brand spankin new computer... Luckily my first instinct was to..... THAT'S RIGHT, PROTECT THE COMPUTER AT ALL COSTS. So I powered it down and in my panic I grabbed the first item I could think of to clean it with, which was my bed sheet that I had to throw away after because it was drenched in soup. I cleaned it as quickly and as thoroughly as a girl who was currently being scalded by hot soup could. I then proceeded to run to the shower to douse myself in its cold embrace. Luckily my quick computer protecting skills ensured that it was still working... but I still find hidden remnant soup bits in it to this day... LOL. I did however end up with semi-severe burns on my legs, with scars that have yet to leave. But it was worth it because at least my computer still runs... So yeah, pro tip. Don't hold scalding hot soup over yourself next to a computer.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Scottconley ✭ January 29 I'm a 14 yr old I bought a 2080 super xc ultra and I had a water block on it I didn't want to water cool my pc so I bought a 2080 super xc ultra fan and I put the fan on the 2080 and I can't play and games only at low settings and it still crashes my pc bc my 2080 gets up to 100 degrees and my pc crashed and if I put my 2080 on medium settings it crashes automatically and I'm using a i5 10400 16gbs of ram a tomahawk b460 motherboard and the backplate on my gpu heats up and the heat stays in the backplate and makes the pc crash I have good airflow in my pc and I have never had this happen to me in my pc and idk what to do. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Prentai ✭ January 29 First time that I had ever built a pc. Thought videos like the verge was great and decided to go balls deep. First things first, I ordered and bought some parts from microcenter/amazon. I open the box containing my pc case. Shards. I'm talking glass all over the floor with three cats in my room. Great. Decided to vacuum up the floor first and sweep the rest of the remaining glass. I then proceeded to do what anyone else does and fiddle around with the motherboard and CPU. Cat jumps on table, knocks cpu down while I'm grabbing the rest of the stuff from behind me. Ahh a broken pin (Turned out to be something unimportant, still worked). Had no idea that RAM went in a certain way (I had watched a video where someone said to apply force). Broke a RAM stick. Wasn't expensive but it was a G.SKILL RGB stick. Left with one stick of 8GB G.Skill RAM. Ran two M.2 1TB Sabrent without M.2 screws.  280MM Rad with 2 fans. Couldn't fit two 140mm up top. Decided to push it up against the heat sinks of the motherboard. Threw the 280 against some weak 120mm fans. LOL 24-Pin connector (fine). Pins for the case. Not fine. I had broken two off while plugging the +/- plugs in.  :                ^ Yes I kept the case. For how long? Pretty long gone. Spent 40-ish minutes trying to figure out why it wasn't going in. Was too scared to push it in like the RAM, as seen above. It was a 2080 Super.  Bought a PowerSpec PSU-750W. The PC wouldn't stay on for long. It posted don't get me wrong, but when I ran some heavy duty games (Assassins' Creed, Fallout) it would shut off like the fuse went out. Thought it was the wiring. Rewired my entire PC. Every. Single. God. Damn. Cable. Turns out just one single 4-Pin was shorting the entire system out :c . Didn't know what monitor to get, thought 1440p was a myth. 120$ 60hz ASUS monitor. Thought something was wrong with the monitor when clearly 720p isn't what a 2080 can perform its best at.  Oh and I almost forgot. I really thought you were supposed to spread the thermal paste. It looked like your average bathroom if you were to have 10 kids brush their teeth at once with Colgate 3D white.  Moral of the story: Do your research. Wonder why a certain a video has so many dislikes.  Things I replaced: CPU/Case/Fans/Fan controller (broke it with super glue- please don't ask how)/RAM/Motherboard/1 M.2  lost 300GB of space, wasn't anything to do with formatting./PSU/Monitor/Keyboard x2 PS: I rebuilt everything correctly after staying up 24hrs researching what every little thing means/does. I had no idea what I was doing tbh with no help and a couple of random videos at the time to guide me. If you have seen the verges pc build video you would know what I mean.  Please don't roast me >.< 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook plonk420 ✭ January 29 edited January 29 double checking my ordering history just now, i think this was 2006 or so, but i bought a socket 939 mobo. i'm not quite sure why i had to do it, but i brought it to a LAN party in order to assemble/upgrade my system. you know, Beige cases, heavy, MASSIVE CRTs. literally cheetos, doritos, mountain dew, the random stack of energy drinks. power strips and sometimes almost dangerously overloaded extension cords. LAN parties! for some reason, i had to remove the backplate in order to install the CPU cooler. or there was some reason i thought i had to remove it. well, in my haste in building my computer, i got a bit TOO vigorous in trying to remove the backplate, and it ripped a bit off the paint layer off the board. now, i could be dramatic and say that resistors and ceramics came flying off. pretty sure that didn't happen. all i know is that it wouldn't start up. it wasn't my first build by far, so it was quite dead. oh, the numb, mildly uncomfortable feeling having to put the old parts back in the case and then game the shorter remaining bit of the night (after fixing the usual networking issues every other LAN party, lol) with your old setup. few details of the night remain except for gleefully prying away at the backplate, it eventually coming off, and within moments knowing something was very, VERY likely quite wrong. so now, if something requires MORE force than i'm comfortable with (LOOKING AT YOU, Foxconn TR4 SOCKET), i youtube the CRAP out of install videos to verify how much elbow grease an install is supposed to need. also, woo! (my) first post! oh, and i'll be VERY happy if i won this. my RX580/GTX1060-like performing Fury will happily retire ...or more likely take an easy retirement vacation entertaining my roomie's kids. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook NATB_35 ✭ January 29 First time building a pc. Read a lot online on how to build so I didnt make too many mistakes. Installed everything and plugged in the power cord. I press the power button and nothing... Motherboard powers but that is about it. Spend the next few hours frantically troubleshooting everything with my limited knowledge. Eventually call a friend who comes over the next day and looks over everything and says it all looks good. Tells me to press the power button. PC starts right up and boots to bios. Found out a had a doa hard drive but a simple return and pickup from micro center fixed that issue. Just find it funny how my friends mere presence helped my pc boot, never underestimate the power of friends! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Zakabog ✭ January 29 In early 2002 I bought a brand new Athlon XP 2100+, it was ~$400 and my friend gifted me a ThermalTake Volcano 7+ for helping him build his PC. I installed the CPU and the beastly new solid copper heatsink, completely forgetting to put thermal paste on the CPU, back in a time where when CPUs had no throttling and would just burn out if they overheated. Well that CPU quickly became a keychain... 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Josias ✭ January 29 edited January 29 The year was 2020, I began ordering parts one by one as they went on sale, my first part was the Ryzen 5 3600x that I got from microcenter for $159.99. The pandemic had not shown its ugly face just yet, but at that time it was also difficult to get graphics cards. After a few months of ordering parts I had assembled all of my pieces like the avengers, and I felt like Thanos with all of the infinity stones. I rushed home as soon as I received the “your item has been delivered” notification from amazon. When I get home, I start my build as normal, and everything is going smoothly until I had to install the cpu cooler. I had the corsair h100i elite, it wasn’t damaged or anything just none of the screws would go in so I couldn’t mount any fans or mount it to my case. I was heated at this point like the hulk I wanted to smash my pc, but instead I decided to use the stock cooler for the time being, until I could go back to BestBuy to get a new cpu cooler. The next day comes around I exchange my cooler and go home to switch the coolers out, what happens next was the most horrifying thing that has ever happened to me. So, I unscrew the Amd cooler, but the thermal paste just was not letting go, it was like the cpu had the gorilla grip pus… nvm, it had the grip of gorilla glue and would not let go for dear life. After pulling and twisting on the cooler it finally comes out, but underneath it was the Ryzen 5. My heart sank faster than the titanic, and I was freaking out because the socket was locked. I was thinking to myself, is this supposed to happen? I was like oh crap I should’ve bought that protection plan that guy from microcenter offered me, I was sure that I had torn some pins off of the cpu thereby killing it. After I calmed down, I decided to finish the build. I press the power button, and when the post cycle gets to cpu it takes a little longer than it had before and I was like yup I killed it, but then it was like a phoenix coming back to life it fired up and I got straight to gaming. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook OhGodPleaseHelp ✭ January 29 Queue the creepy music fellow nerds, for this is a PC building story filled with teeth grinding and unsettling images, if you have built a computer or find yourself a computer enthusiast, prepare to be filled with rage as you see the newest and rarest PC parts are gruesomely mistreated. And now I am proud to present, Holy $h1t, I broke the PC. After waiting in a ridiculously long line, filled with your average Nvidia and AMD fanboys/girls, our character emerges with the last 2 3090s. Envy hits the crowd as they realize he is also carrying a Ryzen 9 5950X. While proudly striding back to his mothers station wagon, a opportunist approaches. He snags a 3090, attempting to get away with it. Little does he know our 34 year old neckbeard is not going to let his "child" be stolen by a common thief. He beats the thief with the other 3090, taking both rare and prized GPUs and driving away. As he gets home, he moves his parts to a table. This is the moment he has been waiting for, the moment he quit his job for so he could wait in hour long lines. His face goes white. The 3090 is shattered. Panicked, he drops the other 3090, then his motherboard, and then his Ryzen 9 5950X. Distraught rains upon his studio apartment. In a fit of bitter crying rage, he drops his hoagie on his old rig. The juices from the hoagie short out everything, every possession he has is now gone. To add to the carnage, the wall outlet shorts out. What happened to the man, you may ask. We will never know. And thus concludes, Holy $h1t, I broke the PC. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Karsten_Cook ✭ January 29 Around this time last year I was building a dedicated mining rig. I had ordered some new riser cables and found that these were powered through a SATA cable which I hadn't seen before. So I picked up some SATA to 6-pin adapters and hooked everything up like I thought it logically should. I had the SATA to 6-pin hooked up to an ASIC power supply and as soon as I "fired" it up.... POOF!!!.... The adapter cable popped and caught fire nearly setting my carpet on fire as well. Sad part is, I thought that maybe I had faulty hardware so I tried swapping out the adapter and riser and proceeded to do the same thing again... POOF!!!.... Needless to say I went and got a different type of risers after that experience. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me LOL    0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook BDKaleb ✭ January 29       I remember having some easy problems building PC's and some hard ones from two i9 9900k's melting on me, to the real nightmare I experienced building a PC for a friend. So it all started off with me wanting to help my buddy Miguel out and finally convert him to be a PC gamer since we played and met on Xbox back in 2013 and I hadn't played with him since my big switch to PC in 2017. I finally convinced him to let me build it and we decided on a "huge budget" of $650 total (including everything) to make a gaming pc. So I took my old motherboard a Z390 ATX (since I switched to Micro for sizing purposes) and combo'ed it with a i5 9400F, then gathered a list of parts that were solid and worked around the budget. Then I finally got all the parts in the mail(except the ram), all in perfect condition, nothing wrong. Then I started building...       As per usual I began with motherboard out of the box and I slotted the new CPU in the motherboard and didn't have their ram yet so I took a extra DDR4 stick from my PC and inserted it for the time being then Proceeded to mount the CPU Cooler and set it up for the case. It was all going well, building was going smooth and everything looked in good condition until I got it all corded and situated. At first, I thought it was the SSD, originally got a boot drive of 240gb SATA SSD and loaded a fresh install of windows, but it wouldn't boot; it wouldn't even boot the windows installer on there. Then I proceeded to suspected that the RAM was the problem and tried new sticks to diagnostic it, eventually I tested everything and came to a conclusion that would drive me in circles for a month. I ultimately decided that the SSD was the issue as to why it wouldn't post, then I returned it and got a different brand SSD but this time it was NVME; all still while the first RAM sticks still hadn't come in. Two weeks have gone by and I've tried everything and I've exhausted myself reading about the solutions online and what it could be so I buy new RAM that comes in the next day and return the SSD and buy yet another one to hopefully solve this problem.        Two more weeks have passed, I'm nearing a month of no results and I am losing my mind as to what it could be. I have come to grips and decided "It couldn't be the SSD or RAM, right? It couldn't be, I'm crazy!". So I started thinking about what could be wrong on the motherboard, CMOS? or something else, Idk I'm not expert. So I look at the build online again, for whatever reason at that moment I realized something I hadn't before, There's always that warning of "...Motherboard may need a BIOS update prior to use..." on the build site. I let that sink in for about 20 seconds before I started to find the BIOS update online; the thing is, I never thought that was the issue because they were compatible without the BIOS needing to be updated. But, nevertheless, I was wrong. Some how, in some way coming from my original CPU to this one I hadn't updated the BIOS at all and I neglected to do it once I did until now. Finally, I updated it and selected my boot drive from the SSD and... IT POSTED; I was beyond excited when I finally got it working and relieved too. I updated the rest of the pc and configured it, then boxed it up and shipped it to my buddy, thankfully who was so understanding of the situation and was happy that it was finally working. In conclusion, sometimes the simplest things cause you the biggest problems and in my case unfortunately it was something as simple as a BIOS update.    0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Eli_Neris ✭ January 29 About 10 years ago I was helping a friend build a PC we went to microcenter to buy all the parts. On the way back home to build it my friend insisted on getting coffee, ok no problem. The coffee was really hot so he removed to lid so it would cool faster. Once we start building the PC I told him to put his coffee on our coffee table away from the table we were building the PC. He said he would just hold on to it, I guess you know what happened next as we was peering over to see what I was doing he spilled about a 1/4 of it onto the motherboard and CPU. At this point I looked at him and said it's your money I warned you and I laughed because it was comical. I cleaned it up with 91% iso alcohol right away and told him we'd have to wait at least a day for it to dry to be safe. The next day before he came over I put it all together and it fired right up no problems. He ran that PC for a good 6 years then sold it and last I heard it's still running.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook JCMXVI ✭ January 29 My current PC case has been cut back with my Dremel a few times - the first time, I forgot to include clearance for the height of the motherboard components when looking at where to place the 140mm push-me/pull-you double fan heat sink for my AIO water block. I cut out the top grille and mounted the radiator on the top outside of the case, with both fans doubled up on top of that to make a chimney. Then I cut a few slices into the drive bay, and folded back a flap of metal into an L shape to make an opening for the overlong three-fan Red Devil video card last year, since I'm all NVMe drives on the mobo and not in drive bays any more. Seriously, learn from my mistakes - measure twice, cut never. Most tedious PC build problem has just been the stupid graphics card market over the last few years. No joke, I've been searching for the replacement for my GTX970 for three full years now (my current slightly-defective XT5700 Red Devil RMA wouldn't be the answer even if I did RMA it for a less crashy one, AMD drivers are so, so bad now. ugh.). I'd have already bought a 3070 if I could, but I missed the first wave, and I'm not giving the price-gougers the satisfaction now, so I'm still just waiting it out. Throw me a bone, Micro Center! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Kingvic ✭ January 29 Finally finished building my pc and it was time for cable management. I was cutting off the zip ties and realized I cut off one of my fan wire as well. Being the genius that I am, I thought I could put it back together using a wire connector and black tape. I went to turn on the PC and... the wire caught on fire. Luckily I plugged the plug right away or I could have burned down my whole house 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AlexS admin January 29 geomah619 said: Oooo I've got some good stories - There was the time when I was helping diagnose the built-in fan hub in my buddy's NZXT Noctis 450 and I plugged the 5-pin power header into a 4-pin fan connector and caused magic smoke - Or the time when I completely shattered my side panel by accident - Or the time that I did this because I could 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook alexdinh ✭ January 30 It was my first time upgrading the GPU on my motherboard, but I didn't know how to unseat the GPU. I asked my dad for help and he ended up ripping off the entire PCIE socket along with some pins. He ended up buying a whole new set of parts for me! Good times. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AdamMorel ✭ January 30 I'll keep it short and simple When I made this current build, I was installing a Hyper 212 Evo heatsink and I knew something was going to be off. When installing, i accidentally sliced my finger open on one of the fins and blood was spilled on top of the motherboard. Because of this I named my PC Build Shezmu after some blood demon (lol). What I didn't anticipate is that the build was going to be cursed and not even a month later, my Hyper 212 Evo fell off its bracket and shorted my entire PC (or so I thought). It apparently fell on my GPU and it shorted it, killing the most EXPENSIVE part of my entire build. At the time i didn't know anything about troubleshooting so I ended up replacing every part (CPU, Mobo, PSU) trying to find the issue until I realized it was the GPU. I ended up RMA'ing the GPU and got a new one but man that one heatsink gave my PC a LOT of trouble, it must have truly been cursed. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TheZmajCap ✭ January 30 So I began building my computer in 2018. I had all the parts, ryzen 2600, motherboard, and even got a swanky 1080 ti from MSI. Everything was going to be fan-freakn-tastic...until my 1080 ti randomly decided that it no longer wanted to have functioning fans. I tried to return it to where I bought it but the 15 day return window had closed so I had to RMA the thing. I did this and got a new 1080 Ti. Awesome! ...Andddd it had the same fan issue. I sent it in for the second RMA to which they tried to "fix" the card. They sent it back to me only for it to eventually have the same issue and I did not notice this until midway into a gaming session so it really messed up the card. I had to send this one back in and by now they had run out of 1080 TIs and offered me an upgrade to a 2080 TI. I was excited for this and gladly accepted the offer. However soon this card began to develop endless artifacting errors only for it to eventually only give me BSODs. I had to RMA this card, obviously, and was sent another 2080 TI. I put this card in and instantly it had issues, my motherboard would not recognize it and gave me a white led error code(It cant detect a GPU.). I got it to work SOMETIMES by repeatedly boot cycling the device but ultimately it now can't seem to be detected at all. Right now I am trying to get my sixth card from MSI...and I am going to bet this one will be another nightmare as well. Never buy from MSI...please...don't end up like me. A little side note here, I also tried all my cards in my roommate's rig and they had the same issues. As well, if I used his 2060 it would work like a charm. So I know these are GPU errors without a doubt.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook pizzacat ✭ January 30 A couple years ago I'd decided to build a gaming PC and my timing coincided with the bitcoin mining craze so my GPU options were very limited. I ended up settling with a very humble GPU with relatively little vram and I'm quite certain it was meant for mini PC builds given its small form factor. Surprisingly, it ran pretty well for the majority of my games for the next few years. One day, my friend invites me to play Monster Hunter and things go smoothly for the first few hours. Then we get to a walking volcano boss - I looked it up and its called Zorah Magdaros - and apparently its thousands of spikes each render individually and I believe that is what finally killed the GPU. It looks like GPU availability is tight again but I'm lucky to have console games to play in the meantime. I await my revenge on the Zorah Magdaros. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Cursed_Toast ✭ January 30 In late 2012 I built my first pc. I had waited all week for my components to slowly come in the mail. So by Friday I was itching to build my first pc. Once everything was there I cleared off a spot on my desk and got to unboxing everything. I go to install the cpu and I drop it. I hear a loud clank as it hits the glass desk and right after the hardwood floor. When I picked it up, I noticed I had bent some pins. I start freaking out because I ruined my first build. I rushed to find something to straighten them but I could find anything small enough. So I ask my roommate for her some tweezers. She luckily had multiple and I could pick the one that would fit. I straighten them and continue my build praying it worked. On the mother board it had a spot for multiple case fans and I don’t know how but I managed to plug in a fan between two connectors. I didn’t notice until I turned the pc on and the fans spun for a second before I heard a small pop. I turned everything off and I check. I had blown something. After rebuilding the pc I powers it on and noticed the fans would only spin on high and I couldn’t use software to turn them down. I had to buy a case fan jumper/splitter and connect them all to the only working case fan connector. To this day I still use the same pc I built back then. Fully upgraded ram and new ssd, but everything else is the same. Still running a 760 but it’s time for an upgrade.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Archo ✭ January 30 If 2020 was a PC build... About 20 years ago I was a bright-eyed highschool student that decided building a PC would be fun.  I did my research, used PriceWatch to find all the components, and spent about 6 month's pay on it.  Everything arrived and with a mix of teenage giddyness and sheer terror I assembled it.  I made a lot of first timer mistakes, like if a drop of thermal paste is good then a tube is better.  The screwdriver slipped off the heatsink retention clip and stabbed the motherboard, but there was no visible damage.  It was a bit of a train wreck.  After managing to get everything in I turned it on.  And I waited.  And I turned it on again.  And I waited.  And I turned it on a third time.  And I waited.  At this point the crushing depression of a dead computer set in. After a couple days of moping I decided that the issue must be the motherboard.  I stabbed it and killed it.  The only possible solution would be to buy a new board.  So that's what I did.  Replaced the board, hit the power button, and sunk back into my post-build blues. I had to wait for a few more paychecks before I could afford to replace any other parts.  This time I thought it must be the CPU, so I went and bought a new CPU to try.  When I opened the CPU package I noticed one of the pins was bent.  As the panic started to set in I realized that I could just bend the pin back.  Problem solved!! I was able to get the pin bent back and the CPU dropped snuggly into its home.  Put everything back together and hit the power button again. Nothing. Well, that bent pin must have really been problematic.  That CPU must have been ruined, so I'll save up more money and buy a new CPU again. Fast forward another month (PC parts are expensive when you're a student working part time for minimum wage) and I had a new CPU in hand.  Dropped that in and fired it up.  Again, nothing. The fallacy of sunk cost has taken hold.  I've spent too much to give up.  Let's get a new power supply, and RAM to boot.  Paycheck after paycheck is dumped into more parts to try.  Nothing works. At this point I am fed up.  It's been nearly a year and more paychecks than I care to admit.  In a final effort I decide it's time to go full on Doctor Frankenstein.  I grab all the parts I've accumulated from the beginning.  Some combination of these must work!  The living room becomes my lab, with boxes all over the place.  The coffee table is my build station.  This is full on surgery.  No case, just put a motherboard down, and plug in the parts, grab a screw driver and short the power button pins on the motherboard.  Rinse and repeat this process until I have tried every combination of hardware I have, and if that fails I quit. I get the first set of parts assembled and I short the power button pins.  Wait, what?? It turned on??? IT'S ALIVE!!!!!!!! Astonished, I turn it off, and clean up my lab.  I put my working rig into the case and bring it to its new home.  I get my peripherals connected and get ready to enjoy my new custom built PC.  I hit the power button and nothing. I pop off the side panel and make sure everything looks good.  It all checks out.  So, I disconnect the power button and try shorting the pins again and it fires right up. All of that madness for a faulty button. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook MaxC ✭ January 30 Was building my first computer. Nothing fancy, just something to run the games I wanted to play. After I gathered the parts I built it but when I booted it up finally was getting nothing to show up on the monitor. After hours of troubleshooting, reseating the memory, cpu, I realized the display port cable was plugged into the motherboard. I have a ryzen 7 3700x. Gave myself a heart attack, but at least the computer worked. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ironthorn Belton Mo ✭ January 31 A Computers Journey... My wife (at the time) and I agreed on a generous budget for a gaming rig.  Back in the early days of YouTube, I enjoyed videoing and talking about my computers, parts, benchmarks, gaming etc. So once I received all my parts from Newegg (before Microcenter was here!!), I immediately videoed them. I still have the video, it's humorous because you can tell I'm still huffing and puffing from bringing everything downstairs then immediately making the video. Anyway...After assembling the computer, it would not fire up. As many of you know, deducing bad parts can be a pain. After a couple hours of trying this and that, it came down to the motherboard. So I called EVGA and they said they could not replace it because they were out of that motherboard. They offered another one instead. After receiving it, I quickly learned this was  a B spec motherboard. To those who don't know what B spec is, it's basically something assembled from left over parts from other projects. So everything was mix matched and out of place. But it worked. So while putting my computer to good use, I found out my wife was pregnant. Then the guilt AND wife started getting on me about how much I, not we,  spent on MY computer. So we, I mean I,  decided to sell it. If any of you have tried selling a slightly used, high end computer, it's not easy. You get a lot of low ballers. Crap talkers. People offering bizarre items for trade....some spoons, a 30 year old collection of magazines and some yard furniture (true story). And you get the ever famous know it all's. Who message you telling you how overpriced you are, and how they can build something better for cheaper, yadda yadda yadda. I did get a guy who seemed serious however, but lived in Nebraska (I live in the KC area). He offered me a certain amount of cash and a nice shotgun. Honestly if it was a genuine offer, I'd be coming out ahead. So I reluctantly said yes and he asked if we could meet him half way the next day. After driving 2 hours with a pregnant and pissy wife, we get to the place that's in the middle of nowhere. Not even a gas station close by. We wait and wait and wait. Tried calling him, goes straight to voicemail. So now, my wife is even more pissed and it's all being directed at me. Throwing the shotgun in my face vs all cash kinda wifey fits. As we're (shes) bickering, a car zooms in the empty lot with a police car quickly in tow. The cop car has its lights on and everything. So a guy gets out of the car, and runs up to my window...freaking us both out. He immediately starts yelling, "Don't go anywhere, I want that computer!". So the cops jumps out of his car and pulls his gun on this dude. Makes him lie down, cuffs him etc. Searches his car and finds a shotgun in the front seat with 2200 bucks in cash. He's immediately suspicious. I guess transporting a gun across state line within the reach of the driver is illegal. Searches our car, finds my wife's tampons and she's even more pissed now. So after some conversation and a few laughs the cop leaves before my wife wrecks him. The buyer is one of those, weird, quiet types that doesn't say a lot, like the buffalo Bill, Silence of the Lambs, kinda guy. Looking back, I should have told him to put the f'ing money in the basket, but somehow I don't think either him or my wife would have found it as funny.  No more than an hour of getting home and my wife becoming human again, the dude calls and says the computer isn't working. So I try and talk him through a few things and he says he just wants the money and gun back. Now I'M pissed. Needless to say the next day I'm driving 2 hours to meet buffalo Bill. Alone, and that can be interpreted as good or bad, depending how you look at it. He's late again. Finally gets there, doesn't say two words, and then I'm on my way back home for two more hours of driving. When I get home, I plug the computer in and guess what, it fires right up. So the next day, Bill calls me and says he had a bad outlet and wants the computer still. I'm like...you gotta be kidding me man. I tell him no thanks, I'm already in the doghouse with the wife and spent over a 100 bucks on gas. He persists. Says he'll give me 3 grand all cash. I tell him if he wants to come here and meet me at a police station I'll do it. The next day I'm waiting at this police station, and get the guy calling saying he's gonna be late....again. 20 Minutes later I'm about to leave AGAIN and guess who shows up. He gives me a wad of cash takes the computer and never heard another word from the dude haha.  Which brings me to today (1/30/21), I drove to Microcenter in Overland Park KS  to get a 3060 Ti they said they had in stock. And of course when I get there, they don't have it, Microcenter tsk tsk.....haha! Sold out of every single graphics card, except a 6800xt they wanted 1100 bucks for!  lol Another wasted trip for computer stuff....kidding kinda . But for humors sake, here's a link to the video I made way back when after getting my parts and being out of breath lol. But that "wasted" trip, brought me to this thread and reminded me of a computers journey 10 years ago. Thanks Microcenter! PSS: Why is it when you edit and save on here, it just deletes your entire comment??  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook «1…45678910» This discussion has been closed. 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