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Community Article Tell Us Your Black Friday Plans and Win up to a $500 Gift Card For Black Friday! - Page 13 — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › What's Trending Tell Us Your Black Friday Plans and Win up to a $500 Gift Card For Black Friday! «1…10111213141516…18» Comments Kn0wnM00 ✭ November 20 I would love to come grab a galaxy S tablet for my daughter. She is 6, but amazing at drawing and what’s to draw on a tablet to make animation. If I won the gift card, definitely grabbing that.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook zombiefrk ✭ November 20 I plan on getting a few more parts to build my Fiancee's first PC. We've thankfully managed to get a GPU so we're on the right track! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook sheridanpa ✭ November 20 probably an adobe rgb compliant monitor 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Vasily ✭ November 20 RTX 3090. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Bonburner ✭ November 20 Browse online site for good deals~ Hopefully win the giftcard for microcenter and buy some new stuff 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Grimshasows ✭ November 20 Hopefully buy a Z690 mobo or a 6900 XT, gave up on Nvidia 3090 at a reasonable price. Yet I digress, I really don't need the gaming power, more the Video Ram, but it's nice to fire up a game or two in between large CAD file sessions. (6+hours). I could also maybe go for a new monitor, High refresh rate Ultrawide are my preference. Right now using an LG 21:9, but it's a standard refresh rate. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ericklv94 ✭ November 20 Looking to pick up an iPad for my younger brother!  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook SenseiM ✭ November 20 I would like some higher capacity HD’s for my NAS. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook SageK25 ✭ November 20 My plan is to get a m.2 drive for my brother and myself, hopefully a new gpu but we'll see about that. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook astronomy03 ✭ November 20 I'm planning on buying a second SSD since I'm starting to run out of storage and getting a new pair of computer speakers. I also am thinking of upgrading to a 1440p gaming monitor from my current 1080p one. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Jadeprive ✭ November 20 I plan on buying the oculus quest 2 and a new hard drive for school work. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Supernt100 ✭ November 20 Me and a couple friends are actually taking a road trip out of state to visit a micro center for the first time we are so excited! We are hopefully gonna get alot of stuff, were even bringing someone who's new to PC building!!!!  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ettaruth ✭ November 20 My plans are to be there early as possible so I can be in line,and buy me a microwave oven and a comfort set for my bed and buy my grandkids a gift. Thank you for giving me a chance to win a gift card. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Crowek ✭ November 20 Plans are to build a new computer to replace one that had a power supply die this week. Been several years coming. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ematt98 ✭ November 20 Hoping to upgrade my gpu. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook oneblkcoffee ✭ November 20 I'll be working on Black Friday 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Kimmicb ✭ November 20 Looking for a new laptop that can handle graphics design and video editing.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Virjeania ✭ November 20 Black Friday...not sure yet, it could involve a trip to MicroCenter Houston to fulfill the husband's wish list. Funny how his list only has things from MicroCenter on it. Like a Seagate Ironwolf Hard drive and the Dell laptop he's crushing on. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Viudomicrochip ✭ November 20 I plan to get a 3D printer 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook auctions ✭ November 20 I will be getting ALL the goods for my 3D printer, Can't wait! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook DejaWiz ✭ November 20 edited November 20 My plan is more storage!  Would love to get a couple 2TB SSDs! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Retrocoregaming ✭ November 20 My plans? Hmmm... Probably nothing much because I'll be working. I could maybe stream on Twitch that day early... Maybe... 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Sonjuro ✭ November 20 I'm gonna be on the beach in Cancun 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Compdsn2005 ✭ November 20  Been Picking up stuff for weeks.  Got a motherboard that is DDR5!!!  Have had no luck getting memory at all!! Will you have any soon? Or, do I return this motherboard? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook duckk_pudding ✭ November 20 I'd get a decent monitor or use the money towards an ipad 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook lynnekb62 ✭ November 20 I will not be shopping Black Friday in the stores so I will be waiting for sales after Black Friday to do at home 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook holud ✭ November 20 Might look for a laptop deal on Black Friday. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook NYPC ✭ November 20 Stopping at microcenter on my way back from spotting eagles at the dam 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Zombietk ✭ November 20 I won't be out on Black Friday but if I can win this it would be a great first step to starting my son's first PC build since he cannot leave the house now. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Cjfrank123 ✭ November 20 I plan on buying a new keyboard and looking at new gaming PCs 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook «1…10111213141516…18» This discussion has been closed. Categories 7K All Categories 1.1K The Blog 37 What's Trending 167 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 16 3D Printers 10 Maker 16 PC Build Guides 96 Reviews & Buying Guides 34 Build Showcase 17 Contests 39 Past Contests 1K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 84 New Members 127 Consumer Tech 42 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 78 Software 4 Audio/Visual 13 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 26 3D Printing 53 Retro Arcade/Gaming 86 All Other Tech 1.3K Store Information and Policy 52 Off Topic 6 Community Ideas & Feedback 114 Your Completed Builds 2.7K Build-Your-Own PC 1.7K Help Choosing Parts 227 Graphics Cards 175 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 62 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 17 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 10 All Other Parts 23 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? See other custom PC builds and get some ideas for what can be done View Build Showcase View builds by: AMD Processors Intel Processors RTX 3090 RTX 3080 RTX 2080 Ti RTX 2080 Super RTX 2070 Super RTX 2070 RTX 2060 Super Radeon RX 5700XT Radeon RX 5700 Air Cooled Liquid Cooled SAME DAY CUSTOM BUILD SERVICE If You Can Dream it, We Can Build it. Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2021 Powered By Vanilla Community Article what to get into gaming RPG Games. Need your input on build — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › Featured Categories › Gaming what to get into gaming RPG Games. Need your input on build Boiler_Guy ✭ July 2020 edited June 2 in Gaming I don't game right now at all but love RPG or crash and smash games on play station.  I need your help to see if I am over killing this for a nub like myself .  I used Assassin's Creed Odyssey as a base for what I want to play.  Is there a way to say some $$$ but still have room to grow as games get even better? Am I missing something and need to suck it up and drop a little more $$$? Core Components CPU AMD - Ryzen 7 3800X Matisse 3.9GHz 8-Core AM4 Boxed Processor with Wraith Prism Cooler SKU: 951913 3 in stock at Overland Park Store $299.99 Qty   Motherboard ASUS - X570 TUF Gaming Plus (WIFI) AMD AM4 ATX Motherboard SKU: 955807 0 new in stock $189.99 Qty   RAM G.Skill - Ripjaws V 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4-3200 PC4-25600 CL16 Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit F4-3200C16D-32G - Black SKU: 098715 10+ in stock at Overland Park Store $114.99 Qty   Case Lian Li - PC-O11 Dynamic Tempered Glass ATX Mid-Tower Computer Case - White SKU: 808618 10+ in stock at Overland Park Store $149.99 Qty   Power Supply Seasonic USA - Focus Plus 750 Watt 80 Plus Gold ATX Fully Modular Power Supply SKU: 956375 10+ in stock at Overland Park Store $149.99 Qty   Video Card Zotac - GeForce RTX 2060 Gaming Dual-Fan 6GB GDDR6 PCIe 3.0 Graphics Card SKU: 037754 2 in stock at Overland Park Store $349.99 Qty   2.5" SSD Inland Professional - 240GB SSD 3D TLC NAND SATA III 6GB/s 2.5" Internal Solid State Drive (240G) SKU: 411421 10+ in stock at Overland Park Store $29.99 Qty   M.2 SSD Hard Drive Seagate - BarraCuda 4TB 5400RPM SATA III 6Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive SKU: 273227 10+ in stock at Overland Park Store $89.99 Qty   Optical Drive Video Capture CPU Cooling Heatsink Thermal Compound Water Cooling Kits Water Cooling Accessories Software Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Pro 64-bit - 1pk DSP OEM DVD SKU: 805465 10+ in stock at Overland Park Store $149.99 Qty   Antivirus Software ESET - Internet Security - 1 Device, 3 Year (OEM) SKU: 392647 10+ in stock at Overland Park Store $99.99 Qty   Office Suites Peripherals Keyboard Redragon - K556-RK RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Brown SKU: 977751 10+ in stock at Overland Park Store $54.99 Qty   Mouse Logitech G - G502 HERO Gaming Mouse SKU: 816769 9 in stock at Overland Park Store $49.99 Qty   Mouse Pads Speakers Headsets HyperX - Cloud Stinger Gaming Headset for PC & PS4 - Black SKU: 153437 10+ in stock at Overland Park Store $49.99 Qty   Monitors Dell - Alienware AW2518HF 24.5" Full HD 240Hz HDMI DP FreeSync LED Gaming Monitor SKU: 766352 0 new in stock $349.97 Qty   Printers Accessories Case Fans Corsair - ML120 Pro RGB Magnetic Bearing 120mm Case Fan with Lighting Node Pro - Triple Pack SKU: 736579 7 in stock at Overland Park Store $129.99 Qty   Bitspower - Touchaqua Notos RGB 120mm Case Fan - 5 Pack SKU: 051888 10+ in stock at Overland Park Store $59.99 Qty   Case Lighting  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TSTonyV admin July 2020 So it looks like the total for your build there is $2319.82 before taxes. There's some areas where you're going overkill and we could save some cost to get better performance out of your system.  32GB of RAM is way more than you need just for gaming, 16GB would be plenty. I also wouldn't recommend the 3800X. There's not enough performance benefit to justify the price increase over the 3700X, it's only 1-2% in the best case scenario. I would either go with the 3700X, or if you're exclusively gaming the i5-10600k instead since it's superior in gaming applications.  Windows 10 Pro isn't really necessary either unless it has specific functions you need. Pro editions of Windows are really designed for business use and most home users don't need the extra features it provides.  You could save cost in other areas to upgrade your GPU as well. The PC-O11 Dynamic is a great case, but if you switched to something like a Fractal Design Meshify C, you can save some on the case and lose some of the extra fans.  I would personally do something like this: https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=701e6ad5-3f6a-4c52-9244-b6b79ee5a013 By making the changes I listed, we have a system with an RTX 2070 Super which is a big upgrade over the RTX 2060. We also switch to a nice 2TB total of SSD storage with two 1TB NVMe drives, and a 2TB 7200RPM hard drive for backup or extra storage if you need. The case may not be quite as pretty as the PC-O11 but you'll still have good airflow and personally I think the Meshify C still looks fine. If you really want the PC-O11, you can get rid of one of the SSDs.  1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Boiler_Guy ✭ July 2020 Thank you.  This is exactly the kind of input I was looking for.   0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7K All Categories 1.1K The Blog 37 What's Trending 167 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 16 3D Printers 10 Maker 16 PC Build Guides 96 Reviews & Buying Guides 34 Build Showcase 17 Contests 39 Past Contests 1K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 84 New Members 127 Consumer Tech 42 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 78 Software 4 Audio/Visual 13 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 26 3D Printing 53 Retro Arcade/Gaming 86 All Other Tech 1.3K Store Information and Policy 52 Off Topic 6 Community Ideas & Feedback 114 Your Completed Builds 2.7K Build-Your-Own PC 1.7K Help Choosing Parts 227 Graphics Cards 175 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 62 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 17 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 10 All Other Parts 23 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? See other custom PC builds and get some ideas for what can be done View Build Showcase View builds by: AMD Processors Intel Processors RTX 3090 RTX 3080 RTX 2080 Ti RTX 2080 Super RTX 2070 Super RTX 2070 RTX 2060 Super Radeon RX 5700XT Radeon RX 5700 Air Cooled Liquid Cooled SAME DAY CUSTOM BUILD SERVICE If You Can Dream it, We Can Build it. Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2021 Powered By Vanilla Web Page Data Recovery in Fairfax, VA - Micro Center Data Recovery in Fairfax, VA - Our data backup and recovery is top-rated. Visit our Fairfax, Virginia store today to learn more about what we do! Web Page Data Recovery in Columbus, OH - Micro Center Data Recovery in Columbus, OH - Are you looking for data backup or recovery in Columbus,Ohio? We are a top-rated computer store in Columbus. Visit us today! Community Article Price changes/Price matching — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › Store Information and Policy Price changes/Price matching FirstnameLastName ✭ June 2020 in Store Information and Policy The Ender 3 pro 3D printer had a price change of $50 dollars after the July First (With no mention of a sale or anything ending) . My closet microcenter is about an hour away so I was going to wait to wait to get the printer through later in the month, untill I noticed the price change. Does microcenter price match or adjust earlier prices? I kept calling my store but no matter the time, their "Queue" is full. I'd understand if it was a small change like $5-15, but $50 is a huge difference, I could buy a few rolls with that extra cash. If I can't get the price from Microcenter, I'd be better off getting it from Ender's official site. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TSTonyV admin June 2020 Hello @FirstnameLastName! Welcome to the Community.  Unfortunately we do not match to previous listed prices, but we can price match to other major retailers depending on availability and some other factors. Unfortunately the Creality website is not one of our approved price match vendors so we cannot match to their listing.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook FirstnameLastName ✭ June 2020 TSTonyV said: Hello @FirstnameLastName! Welcome to the Community.  Unfortunately we do not match to previous listed prices, but we can price match to other major retailers depending on availability and some other factors. Unfortunately the Creality website is not one of our approved price match vendors so we cannot match to their listing.  Thanks for the response, what are the other "major retailers" that you price match with? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin June 2020 I don't have a full list I can provide, but when I say "major retailers" I'm referring to retailers like Best Buy, Walmart, Amazon, Newegg, and other retailers in that sort of category. In the case of Amazon and Newegg, and some other retailers that allow for third party sellers, the products need to be sold/shipped by the retailers. For manufacturers we match to most major manufacturer websites, typically with the larger brands like Dell, Samsung, ASUS, HP, etc... If there's a specific listing you come across, you're always welcome to send it to us and we can check on an approval.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook FirstnameLastName ✭ June 2020 TSTonyV said: If there's a specific listing you come across, you're always welcome to send it to us and we can check on an approval.  https://www.creality3dofficial.com/products/creality-ender-3-pro-3d-printer  https://www.amazon.com/Creality-Printer-Meanwell-Removable-Cmagnet/dp/B07JJNX135/ref=sr_1_8?dchild=1&keywords=creality+ender+3+pro&qid=1591219784&sr=8-8 Those are just the official website, and amazon. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin June 2020 For the Amazon listing, it's actually being sold by a third party seller so we wouldn't be able to match it. It would need to be sold/shipped by Amazon.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook M19 ✭ November 2020 Noticed the price had changed on a monitor within the last couple of days. Was wondering if Micro Center would honor the previous price. Thanks 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin November 2020 M19 said: Noticed the price had changed on a monitor within the last couple of days. Was wondering if Micro Center would honor the previous price. Thanks We do offer price protection for items still within their return period! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook M19 ✭ November 2020 LandShark said: M19 said: Noticed the price had changed on a monitor within the last couple of days. Was wondering if Micro Center would honor the previous price. Thanks We do offer price protection for items still within their return period! Is that a Yes or No? Does that price protection mean Micro Center will honor the previous price? If so, how do I go about purchasing the monitor for that other price? Thanks 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSPhillipT admin November 2020 Hello @M19 Price Protection means if an item you purchased goes to a lower price within the return period, we can adjust the price to that.  The item currently needs to be at a lower price than what you bought it for.   0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook M19 ✭ November 2020 TSPhillipT said: Hello @M19 Price Protection means if an item you purchased goes to a lower price within the return period, we can adjust the price to that.  The item currently needs to be at a lower price than what you bought it for.   Hello, I feel like I'm getting the runaround. I understand that MC will adjust the price AFTER a purchase is made. Last week, a monitor was $90 and now this week it's $100. My question is this: Would MC be willing to honor the $90 price? Yes or No? Thank you. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin November 2020 Price protection is only available on an item that has been purchased. If the item has not yet been purchased, the price is as listed on our website. Apologies for any confusion here. To clarify and answer your question directly, no. If the item was purchased at $100 today and tomorrow the price dropped to $90, we would typically be able to adjust for the difference and refund the $10. If a sale on an item has ended, we are no longer able to offer the sale price. Again, my apologies for any confusion! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Oza ✭ December 2020 Hello, I see a Motherboard for about $20 difference sold and shipped by Amazon compared to your website. My question is can I get the price match from Amazon, the Motherboard/ cpu bundle combo discount and use my insider card to receive 5% off on one purchase? Motherboard in question: Asus Prime X570-P Ryzen 3 AM4 with PCIe Gen4, Dual M.2 HDMI, SATA 6GB/s USB 3.2 Gen 2 ATX Motherboard https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07SW925DR/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glc_fabc_PJM5FbJTN00PJ 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin December 2020 Oza said: Hello, I see a Motherboard for about $20 difference sold and shipped by Amazon compared to your website. My question is can I get the price match from Amazon, the Motherboard/ cpu bundle combo discount and use my insider card to receive 5% off on one purchase? Motherboard in question: Asus Prime X570-P Ryzen 3 AM4 with PCIe Gen4, Dual M.2 HDMI, SATA 6GB/s USB 3.2 Gen 2 ATX Motherboard https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07SW925DR/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glc_fabc_PJM5FbJTN00PJ Greetings. I am not seeing this is in stock currently, we do not price match out of stock items, I do apologize:    0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7K All Categories 1.1K The Blog 37 What's Trending 167 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 16 3D Printers 10 Maker 16 PC Build Guides 96 Reviews & Buying Guides 34 Build Showcase 17 Contests 39 Past Contests 1K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 84 New Members 127 Consumer Tech 42 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 78 Software 4 Audio/Visual 13 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 26 3D Printing 53 Retro Arcade/Gaming 86 All Other Tech 1.3K Store Information and Policy 52 Off Topic 6 Community Ideas & Feedback 114 Your Completed Builds 2.7K Build-Your-Own PC 1.7K Help Choosing Parts 227 Graphics Cards 175 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 62 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 17 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 10 All Other Parts 23 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? See other custom PC builds and get some ideas for what can be done View Build Showcase View builds by: AMD Processors Intel Processors RTX 3090 RTX 3080 RTX 2080 Ti RTX 2080 Super RTX 2070 Super RTX 2070 RTX 2060 Super Radeon RX 5700XT Radeon RX 5700 Air Cooled Liquid Cooled SAME DAY CUSTOM BUILD SERVICE If You Can Dream it, We Can Build it. Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2021 Powered By Vanilla Community Article Choosing the right setup for my PC and end user case. — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › Help Choosing Parts Choosing the right setup for my PC and end user case. RenegadeRailz ✭ February 2020 in Help Choosing Parts I'm trying to upgrade my current PC build however my use for my pc is varied and somewhat in a niche userbase. I currently run mostly train sims such as Trainz 2019 and TrainSim along with some online games such as World of Tanks and others like Cities:Skylines. As for the workstation part I work with blender alot along with gimp and adobe photoshop for texturing and painting 3D models for said simulators. I want to build a system that will be growable if I need more capacity and to be able to shred anything I throw at it. Currently I have a budget of about 2000 I'm prepared to spend for CPU, MB, RAM, NVME, and CPU cooling. I already have a decent GPU a GTX 1080TI aorus xtreme edition. My Current build Sheet: PCPartPicker Part List: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/84dGWD CPU: AMD FX-9590 4.7 GHz 8-Core OEM/Tray Processor  ($373.30 @ Amazon) CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i v2 70.69 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler  ($379.31 @ Amazon) Motherboard: ASRock 990FX Extreme9 ATX AM3+ Motherboard Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 32 GB (4 x 8 GB) DDR3-1866 Memory Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($69.98 @ Amazon) Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($107.99 @ Adorama) Storage: Samsung 860 Pro 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($296.99 @ Amazon) Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($32.59 @ Amazon) Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($42.98 @ Newegg) Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($42.98 @ Newegg) Storage: Seagate 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Hybrid Internal Hard Drive  ($82.84 @ Amazon) Storage: Seagate 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Hybrid Internal Hard Drive Storage: Seagate BarraCuda Pro 12 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($476.85 @ Amazon) Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11 GB AORUS Xtreme Edition 11G Video Card  ($1100.00 @ Amazon) Case: Cooler Master HAF Stacker 935 ATX Full Tower Case Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA G2 1300 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply  ($232.98 @ Newegg) Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WDN4800 PCIe x1 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi Adapter  ($175.34 @ Amazon) Monitor: Dell AW3418DW 34.1" 3440x1440 120 Hz Monitor  ($700.16 @ Amazon) Keyboard: Logitech G910 Orion Spectrum RGB Wired Gaming Keyboard  ($89.99 @ Amazon) Mouse: Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum Wired Optical Mouse  ($49.98 @ Amazon) Headphones: Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum 7.1 Channel  Headset  ($115.44 @ Amazon) Total: $4369.70 Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-02-25 11:14 EST-0500 My current options as of now are as far as CPU's are the 2950x, 3950x, or the 3970x from amd for a workstation/gaming rig. Can someone help me with deciding on my upgrade path of which would benefit me more? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TSTonyV admin February 2020 edited February 2020 Any of the CPU options would be huge upgrade over your current system. However if your budget is $2000 for the upgrades altogether, the 3970x  is definitely out of the question at $1900. The 3960x is probably also out of the question at $1400 since the cheapest TRX40 board we have is about $370 and you would be forced to purchase a new cooler with it on top of the new memory. The 3950x will be better for gaming vs. the 2950x since it has higher single thread performance, though the 2950x would still also be a huge upgrade in every category over the FX chip. One thing to consider for future-proofing is that boards for the 2950x are still PCIe 3.0, whereas the X570 and TRX40 boards for the third-gen Ryzen CPUs have PCIe 4.0 support.  This would be an example of a configuration you could go for with the 3950x: https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=db7c1d22-e25c-430d-8ace-3d54531cca69 If you don't care about PCIe 4.0 that much, you can easily jump down to a PCIe 3.0 NVME drive rather than the PCIe 4.0 drive and save a good chunk of change or add more storage capacity. I did include a new liquid cooler for your CPU in that configuration which should work with your case, however you could continue to use your current cooler if you pick up Corsair's AM4 mounting bracket kit for it: https://www.corsair.com/us/en/Categories/Products/Accessories-%7C-Parts/PC-Components/Cooling/AM4-AMD-Retention-Bracket-Kit-for-Hydro-Series%E2%84%A2-Coolers/p/CW-8960046 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook RenegadeRailz ✭ February 2020 I have another option with a spare 2000$ I can use if its worth going to the STR4 3970x or 3960x for future proofing but I'm also trying to lower the total wattage draw of my system. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin February 2020 In terms of "future proofing" the Threadrippers will certainly have the best longevity for workstation tasks. One thing I would consider would be, are you using this as a workstation to make money, and would having speedier performance increase your monetary gain? If your time is money then the Threadrippers would probably be worth it. But the Threadrippers have very high power draw, and there's no way around that. If lowering your power draw is really, really important it'd be better to stick with non-Threadripper parts. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMikeW admin March 2020 Within your budget the 3950X with an X570 board sounds like your best option. You'll drop the TDP from 220W down to 105W. The X570 board gives you PCIe Gen4 for future proofing. Also, it's easy to push your memory clocks the third gen Ryzen's. 3600mhz is optimal clockspeed with infinity fabric clock. I would focus on those components. Your PSU, case and cooler are all solid. You just need to order an AM4 bracket for the H100i. They're $4.99 on the Corsair website.  For storage, you could upgrade your SSD's. Gen4 NVME is available. Around $200 for a 1TB SSD, but the speeds are considerably increased. 5GBps read, 4.3 write on the drives I've tested. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7K All Categories 1.1K The Blog 37 What's Trending 167 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 16 3D Printers 10 Maker 16 PC Build Guides 96 Reviews & Buying Guides 34 Build Showcase 17 Contests 39 Past Contests 1K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 84 New Members 127 Consumer Tech 42 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 78 Software 4 Audio/Visual 13 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 26 3D Printing 53 Retro Arcade/Gaming 86 All Other Tech 1.3K Store Information and Policy 52 Off Topic 6 Community Ideas & Feedback 114 Your Completed Builds 2.7K Build-Your-Own PC 1.7K Help Choosing Parts 227 Graphics Cards 175 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 62 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 17 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 10 All Other Parts 23 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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So before you toss your aging PC into the trash, upgrading the storage drive on your laptop or desktop is perhaps one of the easiest and most cost-effective things you can do to alleviate some of the speed bottlenecks. This is especially true of laptops with older mechanical storage, like hard disk drives, which are limited by how fast the platters can spin. Though you can cheaply upgrade to a faster hard disk drive, or HDD, with faster revolutions per minute (RPM), like a 7200 RPM HDD, you’re better off switching to a solid-state drive. Unlike HDDs, SSDs don’t have spinning platters, so your processor can quickly read from and write to the drive. Another benefit of going with an SSD is that since there are no moving mechanical parts, these drives will be less prone to failure. This is especially important if you’re using a laptop that gets bumped and knocked around or if you’re working in the field where more hostile environments -- including dust, dirt, and extreme temperatures -- can do damage to an HDD. What type of SSD should I buy? Now that you’ve settled on upgrading your internal drive to a solid-state drive -- do note that some laptops, like the drives on Apple’s MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, cannot be easily upgraded, so you’ll need to anticipate what storage capacity you think you’ll need over the lifespan of these notebooks at the time of purchase -- you’ll need to figure out what SSD will fit your system. In general, if you’re upgrading from an HDD, you’ll need a SATA drive. These drives come in the same 2.5-inch form factor as many of the disk drives on a laptop, and you’ll just need to unscrew the existing hard drive and swap in the SATA-based SSD. More modern laptops that already ship with solid-state drives will usually support the newer and more compact M.2 format, which resembles a big stick of chewing gum. In this case, you’re likely upgrading your M.2 SSD because you either need faster speeds, more storage capacity, or a combination of both. Unlike HDDs, where speed is measured in RPM, SSDs are benchmarked for their reading speeds and writing speeds, both measured in MB-per-second, or MB/s or MBps. SATA SSDs average around 500 MBps. Crucial’s highly rated MX500 SATA III SSD is priced at just $114.99, making it an affordable purchase for 1TB of storage. M.2 drives come in two varieties: NVMe and non-NVMe formats. NVMe is the preferred standard if your system supports it. This format was developed by a consortium of manufacturers including Samsung, Dell, Seagate, and SanDisk (now part of Western Digital). The format is fast and comes with very low latency, as it connects directly to your motherboard rather than a SATA interface. On a lot of systems, NVMe M.2 drives read and write data four times as fast as standard SATA SSDs, which are already a lot speedier than their mechanical HDD counterparts. Additionally, there are a variety of factors that affect NVMe SSD performance. Those with a need for speed will want to choose an x4 PCIe NVMe drive over an x2 PCIe drive, and NANDs made up of single-level cell (SLC) drives are still faster than multi-level cell (MLC), triple-level cell (TLC), and others. And because desktops aren’t as space-constrained as laptops, you’ll find some systems, like larger workstations and gaming rigs, will often support more than one drive. These systems can also support a combination of drives, allowing you to augment your storage between multiple SATA SSDs, NVMe M.2 drives, and even larger drives that occupy one of the PCIe x4 or PCIe x16 slots, like SanDisk’s 4TB PCIe Gen 3 drive. If you're building a PC with multiple SSDs, consider putting the operating system on the drive with the fastest read and write speeds and choosing a less expensive SSD format -- like SATA drives -- for storing large files. How big of a storage drive do I need? Because of their design, NVMe uses a portion of their available NAND as primary and secondary storage, so you’ll want to buy a drive with enough capacity to handle caching duties. If a drive gets to about 80% or more full, the SSD’s performance will be affected, so a rule of thumb is you’ll want to buy a drive with twice as much capacity as you think you’ll need. If you anticipate 1TB of data storage will be required, it may be a safe bet to get a 2TB. This way, you’ll not only have room to grow, but your system will have plenty of cache space. Most systems today ship with a base 120GB solid-state drive, and the smaller size makes these drives more affordable. However, if you find yourself storing lots of files, photos, videos, or even games and apps, you’ll want to upgrade to a larger capacity drive. Premium laptops these days ship with SSDs in the 500GB range, though you can upgrade to a 1TB or 2TB capacity. A new computer with a drive size between 500GB and 1TB is ideal for most uses. If you’re upgrading to a larger capacity drive, Samsung’s 970 EVO is just $139.99, while the 500GB edition of the same drive starts at $69.99.  There are even larger capacities, extending to 4TB and beyond, but, in general, these drives are way too costly for most consumers, and resorting to external storage for your files can help cut costs. Alternatively, you can also add an external SSD or network-attached storage (NAS), like a My Cloud drive, if you find yourself short on space. Are hard disc drives obsolete? The standard hard disc drives are definitely not obsolete because they provide the most value when you’re storing large files. Spinning platters are still the preferred storage medium for data centers, cloud storage facilities, and servers. On desktops and some mobile workstations, you can equip your system with two types of drives to help keep costs low. Gamers will often keep the main operating system -- Windows, in this case -- and all the important apps on the SSD while keeping files that don’t get used often on the HDD. If you have the option to configure a PC with dual drives, you can choose a smaller capacity SSD and pair it with a larger capacity HDD to help balance speed, price, and performance.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Leave a Comment Rich Text Editor. 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Jeff_Suh ✭ July 29 in CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards Please, someone explain the stories below at MicroCenter (Paterson, New Jersey)   March  8,  2021 at MicroCenter (Paterson, New Jersey)  Built own desktop (all set-up done by recommended store professional assistant at the store with Windows 10 Pro (OS), Assembly at the same store, $2,570.00   Monday, July 19, 2021  In the morning, the computer is not booting We stop by the same location Microcenter for service repairing Microcenter service number #[email protected]@1 On the record service # [email protected]@1, Motherboard will not detect any drives. if necessary Data backup: Yes. Expected days to bench: 7 days We explained everything  – This desktop was assembled in MicroCenter and it has only been 4 months since After we confirmed calling the store, we told them we bought Windows 10 Pro (OS) for the desktop, and that if they need to install it again, we will stop by the store and drop the Windows 10 Pro (OS) card with serial number information.      MicroCenter (Paterson, New Jersey) answered -  No, you do not need to stop by and drop the Windows 10 Pro (OS) card. -----Looks like there are no problems except 1 simple question, why is a 4 month-used desktop down.--- However the problems started July 21, Wednesday, July 21 - text message: “Hello Kwangsun, this is Val at micro center. You're SSD is unreadable so I cannot do the $150 backup. I used an external test and it booted and passed diag. You would need a new SSD, install and windows install. Cost to do so with the same capacity drive is $400” I replied, “Please, Send all inquiry or invoice to our email, [email protected]” Text message from MicroCenter: “ I am gone today, will reach out again tomorrow and check” I replied,  “Call this number 240-426-XXXX, and explain all”   Until Saturday no one explained. Saturday, July 24, text message:  “I see the SSD is under warranty, we can replace the product but would still need to charge labor to install the drive and windows as builds have a 90 warranty and it is over those 90 days. I will call as well and Labor to install and do windows is $200” I replied,  “Please, call this number, 240-426-XXXX” Text message: “ I did call and got voicemail, if you can call at  973-653-2187, option 3  when available” However, we did not get any voice message, we even tried calling hundreds of times to that number. But we got automatically dropped.   On Sunday, we called that number but was automatically dropped again. After giving up calling, We sent a text message: “we will stop by tomorrow, Please call me for confirming. And also we will pick up the old SSD for Manufacturer's inspection . Please do not throw away.” Finally a text message came: “Tech is not in today, and she had tried to contact you twice last night but got your voice mail both times. We can exchange the SSD as its within the year and its our brand, but labor wise for us to do the repairs would be out of pocket, which is 200 before tax. Please confirm if you approve or decline repairs.” I replied, “OK Approved, We confirm that the new SSD , Please, Call this number, 240-426-XXXX.”       However, no one called me.  On Monday,  July 26, We tried hundreds of calling  but no one answered, sometimes automatically dropped. We sent 5 texts, but no one replied On Tuesday,  July 27. Finally Finally, we stopped by the store at the service desk at around 11 AM. My boss and I complained, but no one knew about this. My boss was disappointed with MicroCenter. We could not even pick up any information about the desktop.  The service center clerk said, come back to the office, and wait for some message from Microcenter. One hours later (12:15pm), we received text messages from MicroCenter, “Hello, your technician was off the last two days and comes in at 1pm. They will reach out later this afternoon” We received another text message at 3.27pm, “Hello the unit is complete and ready to pick up,”   On Wednesday,  July 28.  Around 11:20am We stop by that store and we paid , $209.92 ( included  OS REIMAGE- $99.99,  and SSD UPGRADE - $99.99 : we lost all data on the SSD) Also we asked: why did no one reply when we said we had a Windows 10 Pro OS . But the clerk said, “I do not know. “ My boss told the clerk, “We need the old SSD” The clerk said, “No, because of warranty , we cannot return the Origin (Old) SSD” My boss did not want to take time with this, so we picked up that repaired Desktop and came back to the office. However,  because of all data and Apps(Programs) lost, ( did not backup)   we tried to install Excel, Photoshop ,etc….   But we could not install it. The desktop froze again.  It restarted automatically or froze with a blue screen. We stopped by again the same day twice and we opened a new service number, #[email protected]@1 Also, my boss met the technician(Valeria, Lead Technician) , and asked, why did you install Windows 10 Home (OS) when we told you we had Windows 10 Pro OS . The technician (Valeria) replied with a very unkind voice to my boss, “ One machine one OS” After her voice, my boss stopped asking. He just received a copied service `”Repair Order Check-In document, then came back to his office then told all his employees, “Do not buy from MicroCenter anymore, Order ‘Dell’ online now”.  -----Until here, an only 4 month old desktop’s sad story. --- How Do I DO ? is something strange ? it is OK that we lost all data from the SSD . But still something strange feeling ,,, why??? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Best Answer Ian admin July 29 Accepted Answer https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/9133/ho-do-i-do-this-case Hello, I have sent you an email regarding this. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7K All Categories 1.1K The Blog 37 What's Trending 167 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 16 3D Printers 10 Maker 16 PC Build Guides 96 Reviews & Buying Guides 34 Build Showcase 17 Contests 39 Past Contests 1K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 84 New Members 127 Consumer Tech 42 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 78 Software 4 Audio/Visual 13 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 26 3D Printing 53 Retro Arcade/Gaming 86 All Other Tech 1.3K Store Information and Policy 52 Off Topic 6 Community Ideas & Feedback 114 Your Completed Builds 2.7K Build-Your-Own PC 1.7K Help Choosing Parts 227 Graphics Cards 175 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 62 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 17 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 10 All Other Parts 23 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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Thoughts? — 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 Working on a budget friendly sustainable desktop for at-home business. Thoughts? HighlandKid55105 ✭ March 14 in Help Choosing Parts I've been tasked with helping a client replace their older Dell Optiplex used for personal use and an at-home business with a long-term and reliable desktop having the sustainability to upgrade parts as needed. I began this build and now I'm looking to wrap up loose ends and get parts ordered and appreciate any feedback. Budget: Under $1k Applications: Microsoft Office, Web Browser, Quickbooks, and Salesforce Compatibility Requirements: Typical KVM connections including DVI or HDMI monitor, Logitech wireless keyboard, and mouse. A wireless HP printer already connected to the network. Configure Your PC: https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder-intel.aspx?load=8988489d-c564-4fee-995f-b73e4fc100d6 https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder-intel.aspx?load=8988489d-c564-4fee-995f-b73e4fc100d6 CPU: (1) Intel Core i7-10700K Comet Lake 3.8GHz Eight-Core LGA 1200 Boxed Processor ($249.99 EACH) Motherboard: (1) MSI Z490-A PRO Intel LGA 1200 ATX Motherboard ($169.99 EACH) RAM: (1) TeamGroup T-FORCE VULCAN Z 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4-3200 PC4-25600 CL16 Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit TLZGD432G3200H - Gray ($149.99 EACH) Case: (1) NZXT H510 Tempered Glass ATX Mid-Tower Computer Case - Black ($69.99 EACH) Power Supply: (1) EVGA 500 Watt 80 Plus ATX Non-Modular Power Supply ($49.99 EACH) 2.5" SSD: (1) Inland Professional 1TB SSD 3D NAND SATA III 6Gb/s 2.5" Internal Solid State Drive ($89.99 EACH) Optical Drive: (1) ASUS 24x Internal DVD±RW SATA Writer ($24.99 EACH) Heatsink: (1) Thermaltake UX100 ARGB Universal CPU Cooler ($19.99 EACH) Thermal Compound: (1) Corsair TM30 Performance Thermal Paste ($9.99 EACH) Case Fans: (1) Corsair LL120 RGB Hydraulic Bearing 120mm Case Fan ($39.99 EACH) Total: $874.90 Generated by Micro Center https://www.microcenter.com (3/14/2021 1:51:44 AM) 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TSTDavey admin March 14 Hello @HighlandKid55105 and thanks for posting on the Microcenter Community Forum. The Thermaltake RGB cooler may not fit the 10700K cpu as its socket type is LGA 1200. The Thermaltake doesn't look to fit LGA 1200. You can look at the Cooler Master Hyper 212 RGB or the Noctua NH-U12A cooler. Also you won't need thermal paste as the coolers already come with thermal paste. Last you'll need an Operating System unless you already have a license copy of Windows. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook HighlandKid55105 ✭ March 14 Already have Win10, I assume the video card is optional, correct? The below link is the changes you advised. Anything else? Looks good? https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder-intel.aspx?load=f2157390-7de4-4cbc-93b4-db6bc70e78ed 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin March 15 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/29391#Comment_29391 Yes, the Intel processor you have selected has built-in graphics so if you aren't doing any gaming, no need for an extra video card at this time. That does looks good to me! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook HighlandKid55105 ✭ March 15 edited March 15 Great! The client is retired and wants this to be an affordable but psudo-sort-of "forever" computer. Given that, I assume this build offers accessible hardware upgrades as time will inevitably deem necessary, correct? The sustainability I was aiming for was another 11, 12 maybe 15 years given what would be DDR5 (or maybe even 6)128gb of supported ram and what would be either upgrade to whatever supported later edition i9 it can handle and perhaps as he may use it as a DIY roku-tv-type Kodi-isc media server. Maybe add that graphics card if for HD viewing or grandkids want to game on it. I want to set expectations and adhere to his under 1k budget as much as I can while still ensuring viable longevity. If this has that, Ill order it today. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook HighlandKid55105 ✭ March 15 If there is any other cost-cutting advice I can use to get it even more affordable but keeping it a solid choice without the need for upgrades any time soon, I know he'll appreciate that. I'm going to have it out of the box turn-on-ready after reinstalling everything. The extra savings I figured might be used to invest in a larger hard drive or external drive. Thanks! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook HighlandKid55105 ✭ March 16 I shaved some dollars off but nothing noticeable. It's a good price for the hardware. I think this may be as low as I can get it. Thoughts? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin March 16 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/29429#Comment_29429 It's hard to speculate on yet to release items like that. Typically newer processors and generations of RAM can require a motherboard swap. Typically every couple years or so it seems the socket type for processors (at least for Intel) changes which would require a motherboard swap to something new to be compatible. With what you have, you can add on a video card at any time with what you have picked out however. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin March 16 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/29543#Comment_29543 If you're still referring to this list: https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder-intel.aspx Looks good to me! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook HighlandKid55105 ✭ March 16 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/29573#Comment_29573 Would AMD be a better route for increased longevity? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook HighlandKid55105 ✭ March 16 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/29574#Comment_29574 Here is the updated link.. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder-intel.aspx 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTDavey admin March 16 @HighlandKid55105 just chiming in. For durability and longevity, both AMD and Intel are very stable processors. If anything were to go out it would be another computer component (ex., motherboard, PSU, etc.). With that being said, I believe the AMD chips are described as lasting up to 5 years and the Intel chips are up to 6-10 years. You can't go wrong with either chip really. But if you're only focused on the CPU lasting many years and not the other components, than go with an Intel chip. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7K All Categories 1.1K The Blog 37 What's Trending 167 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 16 3D Printers 10 Maker 16 PC Build Guides 96 Reviews & Buying Guides 34 Build Showcase 17 Contests 39 Past Contests 1K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 84 New Members 127 Consumer Tech 42 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 78 Software 4 Audio/Visual 13 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 26 3D Printing 53 Retro Arcade/Gaming 86 All Other Tech 1.4K Store Information and Policy 52 Off Topic 6 Community Ideas & Feedback 114 Your Completed Builds 2.7K Build-Your-Own PC 1.7K Help Choosing Parts 227 Graphics Cards 175 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 63 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 17 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 10 All Other Parts 23 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2021 Powered By Vanilla Community Article Monitor Upgrades — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › Peripherals Monitor Upgrades santa2452 Columbus, Ohio ✭ July 2020 edited June 3 in Peripherals Hey everyone, I have had the same setup for about 4 years now, I purchased a Powerspec G313 in 2016 rocking the GTX 1070, with three 24 inch dell monitors. So many monitors have come about, including curved screens and certainly ones with higher resolution and refresh rate options. My question though is upgrading from a 1080p with 60hz going to make a difference, is it really as good as the numbers make it look. In my experience sometimes getting that 1440 resolution may not be the greatest on smaller screens. I play a lot of simulation games such as Stellaris, Prison Architect, Production Line, and Transport Fever. What are you thoughts on the different refresh rates and do you think I would notice a big improvement on these games upgrading? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TSPhillipT admin July 2020 Hello @santa2452, welcome to the Micro Center Community! I think one of the first things to look at is if your original monitors were using TN panels or not, as monitors have received better color quality in recent years.  It was one of the first things I noticed when upgrading from my 1080p monitor to a 1440p monitor were the significantly better colors as I was upgrading from a TN to IPS monitor.  I do think refresh rate is more important if you prefer more smoothness in gameplay or looking for every inch of competitive edge during gaming.  If you are mainly playing simulation games and aren't having issues with your current settings, I don't think increasing your refresh rate should be a reason to upgrade or change out your monitor.  I think the sweet spot for resolution and refresh rate is 1440p with 120-144Hz.  I don't really like the idea of 4K 60FPS gaming as I am currently on 144Hz, and I didn't notice a difference in 1080P 240Hz gaming outside of a few fighting games... though if I were to get back into competitive fighters, I would consider downgrading resolution for the higher refresh rate.   0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin July 2020 edited July 2020 Personally speaking, I think the jump from 60Hz to 144 is very noticeable, however the types of games I play are more action/FPS/esports type titles. For the types of games you're playing, I don't think it would make any major difference in terms of gameplay. You'd notice a difference in overall smoothness, but probably wouldn't be the same as what you'd see in something like CSGO where it actually feels better to play because of how sensitive an FPS game is to your framerate.  Resolution is going to depend a bit. For a 24-inch monitor, your pixel density is still good at 1080p and I'd say 1440p is a little much at that monitor size. For 27" monitors and higher sizes, I'd say 1440p is definitely more worthwhile, especially if you sit close to your monitor. I have a 27" 1440p monitor and I've run it at 1080p, and I thought it was pretty noticeable that 1080p isn't quite enough at 27".   Ultimately it comes down to personal preference. If you don't plan on using anything more than a 24" monitor, I'd say you can't really go wrong with 1080p/144Hz, and you may find other games you play will benefit a lot from the increased FPS.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook santa2452 Columbus, Ohio ✭ July 2020 edited July 2020 Thanks for the feedback, I am glad I was on the right track with screen size impacting resolution. I like the flexibility of having three screens, though I have considering upgrading to larger size. I have seen a lot of ultra wide monitors though and considering upgrading to one of them since it appears some of the larger options, would providing the same screen room as my current triple monitor setup. What are your thoughts on these ultrawide options and even the difference with curved alternatives. I stream a twice a week, and tend to have a lot of windows open, but I always feel like going to a larger monitor compared to three separate smaller monitors might be more restrictive. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMichaelB admin July 2020 santa2452 said: Thanks for the feedback, I am glad I was on the right track with screen size impacting resolution. I like the flexibility of having three screens, though I have considering upgrading to larger size. I have seen a lot of ultra wide monitors though and considering upgrading to one of them since it appears some of the larger options, would providing the same screen room as my current triple monitor setup. What are your thoughts on these ultrawide options and even the difference with curved alternatives. I stream a twice a week, and tend to have a lot of windows open, but I always feel like going to a larger monitor compared to three separate smaller monitors might be more restrictive. Ultrawides are definitely an interesting option, but you need to be careful when considering an ultrawide for gaming. If you game in full-screen mode, you need to make sure your games support 21:9 aspect ratios, or else you'll end up with letterboxing. If you game in a windowed mode, you won't have this problem. From a productivity perspective, they are phenomenal as you can simply place your various applications and browser windows anywhere on the desktop and view all of them simultaneously, much like you would on a triple monitor setup, but without the bezel interruption. I personally considered an ultrawide at one point, but eventually settled on a 55 inch 4k OLED TV after I learned they supported Nvidia's G-Sync technology. 120hz, buttery smooth motion with amazing contrast from the OLED panel, hard to beat that gaming experience! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Err0h ✭✭✭✭✭ July 2020 I currently use a Samsung CHG90 49" as an ultrawide option for a dedicated sim racing monitor and more recently, a MAG341CQ 34" as my everyday driver.  As @TSMichaelB states, yes using an ultrawide will mean you will want to check to see if whatever game/software supports 21:9 resolutions, otherwise you will see letterboxing.  I've already seen this with Riot's new shooter, Valorant.   The 21:9 option has been super helpful with video editing as well.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7K All Categories 1.1K The Blog 37 What's Trending 167 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 16 3D Printers 10 Maker 16 PC Build Guides 96 Reviews & Buying Guides 34 Build Showcase 17 Contests 39 Past Contests 1K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 84 New Members 127 Consumer Tech 42 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 78 Software 4 Audio/Visual 13 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 26 3D Printing 53 Retro Arcade/Gaming 86 All Other Tech 1.4K Store Information and Policy 52 Off Topic 6 Community Ideas & Feedback 114 Your Completed Builds 2.7K Build-Your-Own PC 1.7K Help Choosing Parts 227 Graphics Cards 175 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 63 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 17 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 10 All Other Parts 23 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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