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Community Article Brother All in one Printer — Micro Center Brother All in one Printer April ✭ May 14 in Sales I am looking to purchase a Brother MFC work smart all in one printer. Need an MFC-Laser version to the MFC-J985DW. What do you suggest? 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Comments Ian admin May 14 April said: I am looking to purchase a Brother MFC work smart all in one printer. Need an MFC-Laser version to the MFC-J985DW. What do you suggest? Greetings. Which Micro Center store would you be visiting so we can check their stock and see what options are available?  0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Sign In or Register to comment. Community Article AMD All-in-one Streaming/Gaming build - Micro Center Build — Micro Center AMD All-in-one Streaming/Gaming build - Micro Center Build System admin November 2019 edited November 2019 in Your Completed Builds AMD All-in-one Streaming/Gaming build - Micro Center Build Personal PC by employee of MC-STLOUISPARKThe whole purpose of building this PC was to stream and game without the use of a video capture card. Although, a video card would be nice, it's definitely not needed since I can stream AAA games with no sense of Read the full story here 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Comments mmiller2 admin November 2019 I love the neon theme! Really great build 1 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter ryau admin November 2019 Nice build! 1 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Sign In or Register to comment. Community Article Need help double checking build before purchaase? — Micro Center Need help double checking build before purchaase? Adam_k ✭ August 30 in Sales I was wondering if someone could check this build and see if there is anything you would change? https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder-intel.aspx?load=ecc19fd6-5d52-46fa-abdf-4d997a7055a4 The case im just ordered is https://www.corsair.com/us/en/Categories/Products/Cases/Carbide-Series™-270R-ATX-Mid-Tower-Case/p/CC-9011106-WW 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Comments Ian admin August 31 Greetings. What is the intended use of the PC and your overall budget? 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Adam_k ✭ August 31 gaming, and around 2k my main question is EVGA CLC 360mm All-in-one RGB LED CPU Liquid Cooler, 3X FX12 120mm PWM Fans, Intel, AMD, 5 Yr Warranty, 400-Hy-CL36-V1 is that compatible with the case i ordered. if so, i'll be in later today to pick everything up 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Ian admin August 31 Adam_k said: gaming, and around 2k my main question is EVGA CLC 360mm All-in-one RGB LED CPU Liquid Cooler, 3X FX12 120mm PWM Fans, Intel, AMD, 5 Yr Warranty, 400-Hy-CL36-V1 is that compatible with the case i ordered. if so, i'll be in later today to pick everything up The front mount of the case supports 360mm, so yes it should work. 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Adam_k ✭ August 31 wonderful, thank you! 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Sign In or Register to comment. Community Article Best Laptops for Working or Learning from Home 2020 — Micro Center Best Laptops for Working or Learning from Home 2020 AlexS admin April 16 edited September 11 in Business and Work From Home If you’re looking to work or learn from home, Micro Center is here to help!  In this guide, we'll break down some of the best laptops for working or learning from home as well as necessary peripherals to add to your station! Here we will list some items for your dream work at home or your learning at home setup to keep your productivity high.  Table of Contents Selecting a Computer Selecting a Computer for eLearning Selecting a Monitor Selecting a Docking Station  Selecting a Webcam Selecting a Headset / Microphone Selecting an All-in-One Printer Selecting Networking Devices Selecting External Storage for Data Backup / File Transfers Selecting a Mouse and Keyboard  Selecting a Desk / Chair Work from Home Other Items 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Comments AlexS admin September 3 edited September 3 Selecting a Computer for Working from Home Second only to smartphones, computers keep us interconnected with people, jobs, current events, etc. With primary work function and efficiency in mind, here are some of the best work from home options for both laptops and desktops that we would recommend.   To start, this first section of our computer selection, we will be strictly focusing on working from home choices. However, any of these choices listed here could also be outstanding choices for remote learning. Our recommended laptop models come with a Solid State Drive (SSD) for quicker boot times, at least 8GB of RAM for all your multitasking needs, and include a video output if you want to attach a second monitor without the need of a docking station. ASUS Vivobook 15-F512DA HP 15-ef1072nr Lenovo ThinkBook 13s  If you’d like a 2-in-1 laptop for working at home, that’s an option as well!  Dell Inspiron 14 5400 2-in-1 Lenovo Flex 5 2-in-1 Now, if Apple computers are your preference, you can for sure use a MacBook Air or MacBook Pro to get the job done at home. MacBook Air Early 2020  MacBook Pro Mid 2020 If you’re looking for the best work from home desktop computer at a great price but need a smaller profile, the Dell OptiPlex 3070 CPJT9 SFF would be ideal.  Alternatively, if a midsize tower suits you, I’d go with the Powerspec B245 Desktop.  Both computers will accommodate most work at home needs. Dell OptiPlex 3070 CPJT9 SFF Desktop PowerSpec B245 Desktop 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter AlexS admin September 3 edited September 3 Selecting a Computer for eLearning For remote learning or eLearning, any of our prior choices will do great. Many schools recommend Chromebooks for virtual school, as they are fundamental and affordable for your online education needs. While they don’t have all the functionality of a Windows or Mac system, they can access Google Docs for editing word documents and spreadsheets, and other Google apps. Samsung Chromebook 4 11.6" Laptop Computer Acer Chromebook 315 CB315-3H-C4QE 15.6" Laptop  Another Chromebook option would be a 2-in-1 Chromebook with a touchscreen. Acer Chromebook 311 CB311-9HT-C4UM 11.6" Laptop Computer 2-in-1 Samsung Chromebook Plus V2 12.2" 2-in-1 Laptop Computer  Please check out our selection at any time for Chromebooks, all laptops, and all desktops by clicking these links! Be sure to pick your local Micro Center under “My Store” at the top of the page to view their specific store stock. 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter AlexS admin September 3 edited September 4 Selecting a Monitor Selecting the right monitor for the job can sometimes be overwhelming, and you’ll want to ensure you have one that supports 1080p resolution at the very least!  Two displays (or one Ultrawide display) for a desktop and laptop would be ideal, although not always needed. In case you are looking for a monitor, we will make recommendations with as many video ports available for maximum flexibility. The ASUS VP247QG is a superb choice for a monitor to work from home. It has most of the standard outputs commonly used with computers - VGA, HDMI, and DisplayPort. It should be easily compatible with most laptops and desktops. A larger display choice at 31.5” is the Acer ET322QU. It also has VGA, HDMI, and DisplayPort options to connect with to get you up and running. Now, if you’re going for maximum productivity and want to be a multitasking pro, look into an Ultrawide monitor. Our first choice would be the Acer Nitro XV340CK, which comes in with a 34” display but only features HDMI and DisplayPort for output.  A step up from that would be a monitor like the Samsung C43J890 with a 43” display and still having HDMI and DisplayPort connections at the ready for you. Check out Micro Center’s complete monitor selection here.  0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter AlexS admin September 3 edited September 4 Selecting a Docking Station Are you looking to maximize the most of your home office setup?  A docking station is a way to add on additional ports, such as USB, monitor ports, and others. These docking stations will be universal to any laptop as long as you have the right port; some use USB, and others use USB-C. These docking stations only need a regular USB port to get it connected to your laptop. Kensington SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Docking Station with Dual DVI/HDMI/VGA Video - Features 6 USB ports, 3.5mm audio jacks, DVI, VGA, HDMI, and an Ethernet port. IOGear USB 3.0 Universal Docking Station - Features 6 USB ports, HDMI, DVI, and an Ethernet port. If you have USB-C available on your laptop, you can utilize a universal docking station. IOGear USB-C Triple Video Docking Station - Ability to run three monitors, plus 4 USB ports. Check out Micro Center’s complete docking station lineup here. 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter AlexS admin September 3 edited September 4 Selecting a Webcam A webcam is an essential part of the work from home lifestyle; whether it be Zoom, Skype, or any other video conferencing program, you’ll need a webcam to participate in the group calls appropriately. Another thing to note is that most webcams will come with a built-in microphone, but the quality may not be up to par as a dedicated headset or microphone. Wyze Cam Webcam Bundle  Sanho Hypercam  Logitech C920s  Check out Micro Center’s complete webcam lineup 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter AlexS admin September 3 edited September 4 Selecting a Headset / Microphone To continue on video conferencing, the ability to hear and speak to co-workers is essential.  Headsets are the easiest way to accommodate this necessity, and we’ve listed a couple of choices here that we would recommend using with your preferred software such as Skype.   Don’t let the "Gaming" tag divert your eyes (or in this case, ears) away.  These headsets have excellent noise cancellation and outstanding microphone quality.   Corsair HS50 Headset HyperX Cloud Stinger Logitech G433  Now, if a headset doesn’t interest you, another option is to use a standalone microphone and pair it with your favorite headphones or earphones. Redragon GM100 Gaming Stream Condenser Microphone MXL AC-44 Miniature USB Conferencing Microphone Audio-Technica AT2020USB+ Pro Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone Check out Micro Center’s complete headset lineup and microphones. 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter AlexS admin September 3 edited September 4 Selecting an All-in-One Printer If you need to print, scan, copy, or fax important documents, you’ll need a capable all-in-one printer to handle these critical tasks.  Home Use Epson WorkForce Pro WF-3733 All-in-One Printer HP Officejet Pro 8025 All-in-One Printer Canon Color imageCLASS MF644Cdw Laser Printer Small Business Use Brother MFC-L5800DW Business Laser All-in-One Printer Brother MFC-L8900cdw Business Color Laser All-in-One Printer Check out Micro Center’s complete printer lineup. 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter AlexS admin September 3 edited September 4 Selecting Networking Devices If you’re setting up a new internet or wireless services or looking to make the most of an existing service, we can help. A new router or extender may be helpful if the wireless signal’s strength is not strong enough to reach all rooms of your home.  While your ISP may have provided a modem with built-in WIFI, in case you weren't, a Wireless Router such as these options should do the trick.  These devices will work in conjunction with your modem to emit a wireless signal (WiFi) Tenda AC8 AC1200 Dual-Band Gigabit Wireless Router  ASUS RT-AC68U AC1900 Dual Band Gigabit Wireless AC Router - w/ AiMesh Support Wireless Extender - These devices, when properly configured, can assist with strengthening the range of your wireless signal beyond dead zones of your home. TP-LINK RE305 AC1200 Dual-Band Wireless Range Extender TP-LINK RE450 AC1750 Dual-Band Wireless Range Extender USB Wireless Adapter - These are an option if you are using a desktop that does not have wireless capabilities; with a simple USB plugin, you can add wireless to your PC if needed! TP-LINK AC600 High Gain Wireless Dual Band USB Adapter TP-LINK TL-WN722N 150Mbps Wireless N USB Adapter TP-LINK TL-WN725N 150Mbps Wireless N Nano USB adapter Check Micro Center's entire selection of routers, wireless extenders, and wireless adapters. 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter AlexS admin September 3 edited September 4 Selecting External Storage for Data Backup / File Transfers Data backup has always been an essential entity in the workplace.  Even more so, odds are you may not have a remote connection to any servers your job may use for data storage.  External HDDs, Network Attached Storage (NAS), and even flash drives can help you ensure your data is backed up if an unfortunate event occurs that renders your computer useless.    There are many options to choose from here, but depending on what you work you do, I'd say a 1TB option such as the WD My Passport 1TB would be safe for starters!  And as a bonus, I've included an article on how you can backup your data for Windows 10 users here. External Hard Drives WD My Passport 1TB Seagate 1TB USB 3.1 External USB Flash Drives Micro Center 32GB Micro Center 64GB Micro Center 128GB Micro Center 256GB Network-Attached Storage (typically for small businesses)  QNAP 4-Bay Personal Cloud Network Attached Storage  Check Micro Center's entire selection of external hard drives, flash drives, and NAS devices. 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter AlexS admin September 3 edited September 4 Selecting a Mouse and Keyboard   While most desktops/laptops will have these components included, workdays can sometimes require prolonged periods of typing, browsing, etc. You can use what comes with your PC if you’re comfortable with it. However, there would be other options available, if desired. Inland iC100 USB Keyboard & Mouse Combo Logitech MK270 Wireless Keyboard and Mouse An ergonomic keyboard and mouse can help with comfort over long working sessions. Logitech K550 Ergonomic Wireless Keyboard Microsoft Ergonomic Mouse  Kensington Pro Fit Ergonomic Wireless Keyboard and Mouse  Adesso Tru-Form Media 1500 Wireless Ergonomic Keyboard and Laser Mouse Finally, if you’re looking for extra comfort while typing, you can consider adding an item such as a wrist rest. Kensington ErgoSoft Wrist Rest for Mechanical & Gaming Keyboards Handstands Memory Foam Wrist Rest Check Micro Center's entire selection of keyboards and mouse, ergonomic products, and wrist rests. 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter AlexS admin September 3 edited September 4 Selecting a Desk / Chair Hopefully, you already have a desk or tabletop that you already have dedicated to your work station. Still, just in case, if you need or were in the market for a sturdy desk with plenty of real estate, we’d recommend going with the Inland Height-Adjustment Gaming Desk.  We have quite a few team members here who use this desk - it does an outstanding job! Inland Height-Adjustment Gaming Desk Inland Motorized Height-Adjustable Gaming Desk Don’t forget a comfy chair either for long working sessions! Inland MACH Gaming Chair  Now, if you already have an existing desk and want to stand up and work from time to time, you can look into a standing desk to add that flexibility to your workday. Uncaged Ergonomics CD4 Ergonomic Laptop Stand and Standing Desk  Finally, if you need some more light for your desk, consider a handy desk lamp, which some will even include a wireless charging pad! Aluratek LED Foldable Desk Lamp w/ Built-in Wireless Charging Pad Inland 3 W Touch Sensitive LED Desk Lamp Check Micro Center's entire selection of desks, chairs, standing desks, and desk lamps.  0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter AlexS admin September 3 edited September 4 Work from Home Other Items Here are some various other items you may find useful for working at home. Surge protector: This is an essential item to have even without a pandemic.  Protect your equipment - just in case!  This one has plenty of outlets for all your electronics at your Work at Home Setup. APC 12-Outlet Surge Protector  Check Micro Center's entire selection of surge protectors Computer anti-bluelight glasses: Blue Light can cause a strain on your eyes; having computer glasses to filter this can help reduce this strain during those work or school hours. HornetTek Anti Blue Light Computer Glasses Check Micro Center's entire selection of blue light glasses Laptop stands: These can raise your computer to an ergonomic viewing height, and typically has some extra flexibility to get the right viewing angle.  Allsop Metal Art Adjustable Laptop Stand Uncaged Ergonomics WorkEZ Executive Laptop Cooling Stand Check Micro Center's entire selection of laptop stands Speakers: In case you want to play some music, or just need to listen to something and don’t want to use headphones or a headset, you can add some speakers to your PC through USB/3.5mm jack or Bluetooth. Redragon GS500 Stentor PC Gaming Speakers JBL Flip 5 Bluetooth Speaker JBL Charge 4 Bluetooth Speaker  Check Micro Center's entire selection of computer speakers Microsoft Office / Office365: We have to mention Office here as you may need it to type up documents, work on spreadsheets, or perhaps need Microsoft Outlook!  Microsoft Office Home and Student 2019 Microsoft Office Home and Business Microsoft 365 Personal - 15 Months, 1 Person 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter AlexS admin September 3 edited September 3 Any recommendations? Is there any items you use that help you with your work or school productivity?  Let us know in the comments!   We hope this guide helps you select the correct tools for your work or learn from home setup!   0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Sign In or Register to comment. Community Article How to restart Print Spooler Service on Windows — Micro Center How to restart Print Spooler Service on Windows TS_JosephF admin August 2 edited October 19 in Windows Why would I need to restart my Print Spooler service? In case you don’t know what the Print Spooler is, it is a program built into Windows operating systems. Its purpose is to manage any print jobs that need to be sent to either the printer itself or a print server. If your printer is connected properly but you’re experiencing issues, such as: Files are not being sent to the printer Documents are getting stuck in the queue An error message stating ‘the print spooler service is not running’ Restarting the Print Spooler can often fix common printer problems like these. To get started you can simply scroll down and start with step 1 or you can use the table of contents below. Table of Contents Step 1) Restart the Print Spooler service Step 2) Clear the print queue Step 3) Manually Delete Files in Print Spooler folder Step 4) Use a batch file to clear and restart the Print Spooler Questions or Comments? Other Keywords: print spooler keeps stopping, clear print spooler, print spooler error, how to restart printer spooler, clear print spooler windows 10, how to clear print spooler, how to stop printer spooling 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Comments TS_JosephF admin August 2 edited August 3 Step 1) Restart the Print Spooler service Search Services in the Windows Search Bar, then click the Services app Find the Print Spooler service on this list. Right-click on it, then click Restart. Now, go ahead and try to print something. If it does not work, then move onto the next step. 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter TS_JosephF admin August 2 edited August 3 Step 2) Clear the print queue Search Control Panel in the Windows search bar, then click on the Control Panel app Click Devices and Printers in the Control Panel window. Right-click on your printer, then click See what's printing Then right-click each document and click Cancel At this point, you can try to print something again. If it does not work, then just continue to the next step. 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter TS_JosephF admin August 2 edited August 3 Step 3) Manually Delete Files in Print Spooler folder Note: This is simply a different way of clearing the print queue as we showed you in step 2. Open the 'Services' window again, right-click the Print Spooler service, then click Stop Now, open File Explorer. Copy and paste this location at the top of the window.  %windir%\System32\spool\PRINTERS Then hit Enter Delete all the files in this folder. You can do this by right-clicking on each one, then click Delete Once you delete all the files in this folder, start the Print Spooler Service again in the Services window. This is where you will want to try and print a file again. If it still does not print then move onto the next step. 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter TS_JosephF admin August 2 edited August 3 Step 4) Use a batch file to clear and restart the Print Spooler Create a .txt document. Right-click on your desktop wallpaper, hover the cursor over New, then click Text Document Now, go ahead and open that text document. Then copy and paste the text below into that text document: net stop spooler del /Q /F /S "%windir%\System32\spool\PRINTERS\*.*" net start spooler It should look like this: Now click File, then click Save As... Change the 'Save as type' to All Files by clicking the dropdown. You can create any name for the file, however, you must type ‘.bat’ at the end of the file name. (See Picture below) Right-click the file, then click Run as Administrator when you need to clear and restart the print spooler 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter TS_JosephF admin August 2 Questions or Comments? That’s it! Just a reminder, you may want to keep the batch file we created in step 3. You can re-use it and it will allow you to restart the print spooler much faster in the future. I hope this helps! Be sure to leave a comment below with your thoughts on this Tuesday Tech Tip of the Week!  Related Articles: How to Troubleshoot Common Printer Problems All-in-One Printer FAQs How to remove a Printer from Windows 10 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Sign In or Register to comment. Community Article Go budget or all in? — Micro Center Go budget or all in? Waffler Cleveland, OH ✭ May 5 edited May 5 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 FacebookShare on Twitter Comments TSTonyV admin May 5 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 FacebookShare on Twitter AlexS admin May 5 Waffler said: Half-Life 3 (kidding, but it'd be nice). You got a laugh out of me, sir.  Well done.  0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Waffler Cleveland, OH ✭ May 6 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 FacebookShare on Twitter Waffler Cleveland, OH ✭ May 6 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 FacebookShare on Twitter TSMikeW admin May 6 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 FacebookShare on Twitter Waffler Cleveland, OH ✭ May 6 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 FacebookShare on Twitter TSMikeW admin May 6 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 FacebookShare on Twitter Waffler Cleveland, OH ✭ May 7 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 FacebookShare on Twitter Ian admin May 7 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 FacebookShare on Twitter Waffler Cleveland, OH ✭ May 7 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 FacebookShare on Twitter TSTonyV admin May 8 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 FacebookShare on Twitter Waffler Cleveland, OH ✭ May 8 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 FacebookShare on Twitter TSTonyV admin May 8 edited May 8 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 FacebookShare on Twitter Waffler Cleveland, OH ✭ May 8 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. A balanced machine tends to last a nice long time. 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Sign In or Register to comment. Web Page Assurance Plan Desktops, Laptops, Two-In-Ones | Micro Center The Micro Center Assurance Plan is designed for the desktop, laptop, or two-in-one laptop that has undergone service or repair at Micro Center. Our assurance plan is a quality, low cost desktop or laptop warranty solution regardless of the device age or warranty status. Your Assurance plan is active Community Article Project One - Micro Center Build — Micro Center Project One - Micro Center Build System admin July 8 edited July 8 in Your Completed Builds Project One - Micro Center Build Workstation and gaming rig Read the full story here 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Comments mmiller2 admin July 8 Incredible build! 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter AlexS admin July 13 This computer is gorgeous.   0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Sign In or Register to comment. Community Article one short beep no matter what it feels like — Micro Center one short beep no matter what it feels like compguy1 ✭ April 18 edited April 18 in Technical Support Questions Bought some parts 2 days ago cpu: 2600x ram cruical ballistix gaming 3200 mobo: asrock b40m pro4 psu: evga 650w bronze ssd: 480 inland pro gpu: just a  rx460 for now but I know it works because I only swapped it out from another computer a day ago.  for the last two days I have been having hell just trying to build this system.  I put it together and it would load the bios fine, install windows fine but when it went to get ready it would always restart. I finally got an error code when installing after 10x times and it said memory or ssd so I went back to the store and exchanged the ram/ssd for the same ones and bought a case speaker. get back one short beep, tried memory profiles, manual timing changes, one short beep. so I replaced the motherboard with a gigabyte b450 DS3h, same 1 short beep. so I replaced the ram with corsair vengeance 3000. one short beep so I guess I am about to go back for a 5th time and this time replace the mobo and the cpu because I have no idea what else to do.  0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Comments TSTonyV admin April 20 edited April 20 Hello @compgu1! Welcome to the Community.  Unless you're REALLY unlucky and got a handful of bad RAM sticks or boards all in a row, this definitely sounds like a CPU issue to me. If you haven't yet done that exchange, I'd definitely get it swapped out. It's probably an issue with the memory controller on the CPU itself, which would explain why it popped a memory related error in the first place.  0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Sign In or Register to comment. Community Article Need one more day on laptop being held — Micro Center Need one more day on laptop being held JHeisey1 ✭ May 7 in Customer Service Questions I will not be able to pick my laptop up until the day after it's scheduled to be held until - can I extend the hold time by one day?  0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Answers Ian admin May 7 Greetings. Once a reservation is placed, you have 3 days to pick it up.  If not, it goes back to the shelf unfortunately.  You can place another reservation if you are unable to pick up within 3 days, we do not have a way to offer an extension. 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter JHeisey1 ✭ May 7 How quickly do reservations process at the moment?  0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Ian admin May 7 JHeisey1 said: How quickly do reservations process at the moment?  The exact time will vary by store but currently all stores are same-day for reservations.  0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Sign In or Register to comment. Community Article Everything is working except one of the the three fans on the graphics card. — Micro Center Everything is working except one of the the three fans on the graphics card. BeverlyH ✭ October 4 in Graphics Cards We just completed a brand new complete build. Everything is working except one of three fans on the graphics card.  The GPU is Ry5600XT. What do you think we might have done wrong or could it possibly be a faulty GPU? 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Answers TSMikeW admin October 4 Greetings @BeverlyH The fans are thermally controlled. Have you put the card under heavy load to see if the third fan spins? 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter BeverlyH ✭ October 4 No, I'm afraid to do that. Could it be that only 2 come on at start up and the third only comes on at a particular temp? 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter TSMikeW admin October 4 It's very possible, they're probably all off when you're idle on your desktop. I would use a tool like MSI Afterburner to monitor your temperatures. Load up a game or benchmark and test it. 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Sign In or Register to comment. Community Article I think one of the memory modules is bad. — Micro Center I think one of the memory modules is bad. aadder ✭ September 28 edited September 28 in Technical Support Questions 128 Gigs of ECC Unbuffered memory.  When I'm in Linux and start to reboot I see the ECC errors.  I've used MemTest86 the latest version I didn't get any errors to show up.  I'm wondering if I brought it in how much would it cost to find the one bad memory module and purchase a new one to replace it.  I would like to stay under $200.00.  Thanks 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Sign In or Register to comment. Community Article PowerSpec G464; Two questions: 1) How to add an HD, 2) Issue using one HD on the RAID controller. — Micro Center PowerSpec G464; Two questions: 1) How to add an HD, 2) Issue using one HD on the RAID controller. JSP ✭ April 24 in Technical Support Questions Purchased a new PowerSpec G464, an additional M.2 SSD, and a 10TB HD.  Need help with accessing the expansion bays for 10TB HD. Dumb question, where is the access panel, I can't seem to locate all of the "key" screws to allow access? Additionally, found on the PowerSpec website the recommendation that HD's only be added in pairs as the onboard Silicon Image 3114 RAID controller causes problems when resuming from standby.  Micro Sales associate never mentioned this limitation.  Any experience with running a single HD as a non RAID disk on this system? 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Best Answers TSMikeW admin April 26 Accepted Answer From the front, you want to remove the right side cover. You'll be able to access the area under the piece that hides the power supply. There will be a 3.5" bay there to add drives. Regarding the Silicon Image 3114 RAID controller, that sounds like it's referencing another system from a while ago. This is an X570 board, it's an AMD Storage controller using RAID Xpert2. It supports RAID 0, 1, 10. You shouldn't have any issues setting up RAID. There's no need for RAID if you're adding one additional data drive. RAID 0 is a striped array, adding two drives together into one. These would be ideally identical drives. For instance if you had two 4TB drives, that you wanted to act as a single 8TB drive. However, RAID 0  has little in the way of data redundancy, it's not a good idea on a data drive. Also, HDD's are slow, RAID 0 will come nowhere near making up in comparison to SSD's. Second options is RAID 1, a mirrored array. You add two, one drive is an exact mirror of the second. This is done in real time, so you again prefer two identical drive. It's not required, but if you mirror a 1TB and a 2TB drive, you'll effectively have a single 1TB drive for storage. RAID 10 is actually 0+1. So four drives, striped and mirrored. As an example 4x1TB. You would see a single 2TB drive as storage, but the array is backed up by two additional drives. If you're adding just a single data drive, all you need to do is connect it. You'll need the screws, 6-32 UNC x4, and the SATA cable. Once you connect it, it'll show up. if it's a brand new drive, you'll need to initialize and partition it. That's all that's required. 6 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter JSP ✭ April 26 Accepted Answer Thanks much for your input!! 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Sign In or Register to comment. 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Question by gmms · April 25 · Home › Customer Service Questions Calling for customer support the voicemail suggests going to the community. Fine, except I can find no way how to post a question / discussion to the Customer Support category. Or in general if there is a user guide to using this community, I don't see that either. A bit difficult to get started without any instruction! Will MC be selling MSI X570 Tomahawk motherboards soon? Discussion by Joeyda3rd · April 28 · Home › Help Choosing Parts Just curious if anyone at the store knows if this new x570 board will be on the shelves soon? I'm seeing it being reviewed on YouTube, so I imagine it might be released soon and it's possibly already on order for the store. I've been waiting for it to go on sale, it was supposed to hit shelves in Q1, but obviously they had… 4 results How to Choose Your Parts, Part 4: RAM Discussion by TSTonyV · April 28 · Home › CPU's, Memory and Motherboards How to choose your Parts: RAM To read part 1, click here! To read part 2, click here! To read part 3, click here! Greetings! Welcome to the Micro Center Community. By now hopefully you’ve read through the first three guides. If you haven’t, go do that! If you have, then… [Tech Article] How to Troubleshoot a Newly Built PC that will not POST/Boot/Power on Discussion by TSTonyV · April 29 · Home › Technical Support Questions In this guide we'll go over the general troubleshooting steps to go through if you have a newly built PC that won't power on/boot/POST. Whether you're a first-time builder or experienced, it's not uncommon to run into some snags or miss something minor in your build. 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Discussion by Waffler · May 5 · Home › 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… Print Your Own Personal Protective Equipment! Discussion by ryau · May 8 · Home › 3D Printing (Image) By Andy Leer, Merchandise Manager @ Micro Center. With all of the recent events in the world, PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) has become more and more essential to our everyday lives. Obtaining PPE can be quite difficult for the average person and even extremely difficult for our essential workers.… 2 results My keyboard or mouse won't work after the computer sleeps in Windows 10 Discussion by Ian · May 8 · Home › Knowledge Base › Windows If your mouse or keyboard does not seem to work in Windows 10 after you have woke your computer from sleep, and you have to shut down the PC completely to get them to work again, there are few things you can do to try and fix that problem. This guide will cover several different steps you can try if you're having this… Review my first build please... Discussion by Qpnena · May 9 · Home › Help Choosing Parts I am bulding my first PC and would like a review. I plan to use this computer to play games like the sims4, GTA, Minecraft, Secondlife, and code a little. Nothing to heavy. My intentions are to build something powerful on a budget that I can upgrade later without to much of a hassle. I am having trouble picking out a… >1000 results «1234567…100» Community Article Why are some items labeled "Limit One Per Household"? — Micro Center Why are some items labeled "Limit One Per Household"? ryau admin March 30 edited April 13 in Customer Service Questions We're frequently able to offer you amazing deals - but in limited quantities. In order to make these hot offers available to more customers, we designate them LIMIT ONE PER HOUSEHOLD. When an item is limited, you'll be able to purchase just one, whether you choose in-store pickup or shipping. 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Comments Angela ✭ April 29 I think this is just a little unfair because the same amount of chromebooks have been on the site and no one is purchasing them and I need 2. I have 2 daughters in different grades that need a individual unit. Can an exception be made? 1 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Grace ✭ April 30 So take a friend or your spouse with you, one person goes in, buys one. The other person goes in, completely separate, so the store is none the wiser, and customers cant complain! Highly doubt the store will say anything even IF they notice. They just want to avoid public complaints and people buying large quantities of thing for resale, or for price gouge situation.  0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter TSKyleH admin April 30 Angela said: I think this is just a little unfair because the same amount of chromebooks have been on the site and no one is purchasing them and I need 2. I have 2 daughters in different grades that need a individual unit. Can an exception be made? Hello Angela, A Manager will be able make exceptions depending on the exact situation, however for some of the reasons Grace mentioned, we want everyone to have a fair chance at our deals, so large quantities can not be approved for any reason. 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter C0v3rt_X ✭ May 2 edited May 2 Angela said: I think this is just a little unfair because the same amount of chromebooks have been on the site and no one is purchasing them and I need 2. I have 2 daughters in different grades that need a individual unit. Can an exception be made? I think so. I have been shopping at the MC Parkville location since they opened up in the shopping center back in 2013 I think. The "Limit 1 per household" is in place so that everyone can have a chance of buying that said product. I am glad this rule is in place because too many times I have walked in and see the item go out of stock quickly. In your case Angela, If you need 2 for your daughters, please speak with the lead store associate about it. He or she might make an exception. Try it and please comment back what happened. I am interested to know! 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Sign In or Register to comment. Community Article acer one 10 s 1003 keyboard part — Micro Center acer one 10 s 1003 keyboard part HTal ✭ June 12 in Customer Service Questions can  you fix my keyboard if I order the part? 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Comments TSTonyV admin June 12 Typically for parts like that we cannot use user-supplied parts, but I'm not 100% sure about that. If you can private message me your contact information and which store you're closest to, I can get a message to our service desk to have them reach back out to you about this.  0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Sign In or Register to comment. Community Article Purchased (new) Monitor and was sold an open box or used one — Micro Center Purchased (new) Monitor and was sold an open box or used one BlazinAmazin ✭ June 5 in Customer Service Questions The title pretty much is what is going on. Yesterday I purchased an $800 monitor, was supposed to be new. I get home and while unboxing it, something just seemed a little off.... and after plugging it in and not having to install anything i viewed the logs for the monitor and someone had it 2 weeks or so ago I am assuming and returned it. The thing that really sucks is that is about a 5 hour round trip for me. I sent them an email, been holding for CS forever I guess just wait for a response? 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Comments TSTonyV admin June 6 Hello @BlazinAmazin! I looked up the purchase with your email address, and it appears you sent us a text message regarding this as well. Did you still need assistance? 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Sign In or Register to comment. Community Article How to fix when your monitor won’t display — Micro Center How to fix when your monitor won’t display Ian admin April 30 edited September 5 in Technical Support Questions Hello! Welcome to the Micro Center Community. Today I'm going to be covering one of the most common issues that we hear about: “My monitor isn’t showing anything!” There’s a lot of different things that could cause this, but there are a few things you can do pretty quickly to troubleshoot it yourself. Click the links below to jump to a specific troubleshooting step! Make sure you only have one video cable plugged into your monitor Make sure your monitor is plugged into the right port on the back of your PC Power Cycle/Clear Caps on your computer Check the monitor input setting. Test another monitor or cable. 1 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Comments TSTonyV admin August 11 edited August 11 1. Make sure you only have one video cable plugged into your monitor Only one cable should be connected from the computer to the monitor for display. While your monitor and PC have multiple video ports available, these are simply to allow more flexibility and add more monitors if you need them.  First, power down your desktop by holding the power button in for 5-10 seconds. While powered off, disconnect one of the cables from the computer and monitor. Now press the power button to turn the desktop back on. Allow the computer to boot backup normally, and your monitor should display properly.  0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter TSTonyV admin August 11 edited August 12 2. Make sure your monitor is plugged into the right port on the back of your PC When looking at the back of your PC, you will see a variety of ports. The motherboard in your computer will have USB ports, audio ports and video ports on the back. However, depending on the hardware in your computer you can’t always use the video ports on the motherboard. If your computer has a dedicated video card, your monitor needs to plug directly into it.  In the example picture the area labeled #1 is the onboard video ports on the motherboard. All ports will be labeled next to their port with symbols/text such as DVI, HDMI, DP and VGA. The area labeled #2 is the video card.  If there is a video card in your system the motherboard video ports won’t work by default.  You need to use the video card instead. If you cannot find the ports you are looking for on your video card, they may be covered/capped, which is very common a new computer/video card. In the example below, the DisplayPort (on the top) and DVI port (on the bottom) are covered: These ports are fully functional but are covered to protect the slot when not in use. Just pull those covers off and reveal the available video ports and you’ll be able to use them.  If your display doesn’t show up after switching your cable to the video card, you may need to power cycle your computer.  0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter TSTonyV admin August 11 edited August 11 3. Power Cycle/Clear Caps on your computer Once your cables are all in order, most likely your system will be showing something. If not, one easy step you can do is what we call “clearing caps.” Hold the power button down on your computer until it shuts off. Once it’s shut off, disconnect the power cable from the back of the computer. While it’s unplugged, press and hold the power button down for 30 seconds. This will discharge any electricity still being stored. After 30 seconds are up, plug the system back in and try turning it back on. You can also do this if your computer won’t wake up from sleep mode.  0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter TSTonyV admin August 11 edited August 12 4. Check the monitor input setting. Your monitor may just be on the wrong input if it’s not showing anything. Monitors will have a menu button or input button you can use to change this. These buttons are typically located on the bottom-right corner of the monitor' sometimes in the center or on the back. Check your owner’s manual if you’re not sure where they are.  You want to cycle through the inputs until it’s on the one that matches the cable you have plugged into the monitor.  0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter TSTonyV admin August 11 edited August 12 5. Test another monitor or cable.  If you make it through all the previous steps and your monitor is still not displaying anything, then it’s likely an issue related to hardware. If you have another cable to test with your monitor, try that first. If it’s still not displaying after that, then try a different monitor that you know works. If the other monitor displays something then we know it’s an issue with the first monitor. If the other monitor also does not display anything, then the computer is likely experience an issue that is causing it not to display anything.  0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter TSTonyV admin August 11 If you have any questions, feel free to comment below! And remember, if it turns out you're having issues with your computer, Micro Center offers computer repair services in every store. 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Sign In or Register to comment. Community Article Need Help if all parts are good and correct — Micro Center Need Help if all parts are good and correct Abdull ✭ August 24 in Help Choosing Parts I put this parts list together and am looking for some advice on if of all my parts are compatible with one another, also if this would be a good PC build, I'm young so if anyone can give me pointers on how all parts fit in well together and if these parts hold a specific task in the right way. All I am looking for is excellent cooling, great storage, really well graphics and speeds. I'm OK with some noise though but it would help me if it were a little quite but also really good cooling on my CPU like i said before i just want some pointer on how i can better my PC build. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=b31ad315-1751-4d77-a743-7edc9e86b3c9 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Comments TSPhillipT admin August 24 Hello @Abdull Everything looks great in the build!  Caught me a bit off guard when I read you were young and had quite the monster build haha.   I am personally a giant Corsair fanatic, and I see you have a good amount of Corsair Parts, may I persuade you to switch your RAM to Corsair as well so that everything is managed via the iCUE Software?  I do agree that the TridentZs are nicer looking but it's also convenient to have all RGB controls in one program than two.  I do think the processor is a bit higher than the GPU and you would do fine with a slightly lower processor like a 3700X or 3800X.  Unless you are doing a lot of processes that benefit with the extra cores like streaming or editing.   Another thing to keep in mind is that your Corsair AIO will have thermal paste on it preapplied, and it's pretty good thermal paste.  You do not want to mix it with another thermal paste.  I do advise getting the other thermal paste in the case you take off your cooler at all.   Lastly regarding the Corsair RGB System, it can be a lot of wiring, and cable management is a bit more difficult for newer builders.  It's not tough, but if you have any questions or need help setting up the Corsair RGB System, hit me up here, I can definitely help out!  Also... although more pricey... Corsair Peripherals for the whole set 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Sign In or Register to comment. Community Article Maingear Element 3 Review - One of 2020’s Best Gaming Laptops — Micro Center Maingear Element 3 Review - One of 2020’s Best Gaming Laptops TSTonyV admin June 15 edited September 8 in Reviews & Buying Guides Brief Introduction for Maingear For those of you who are unfamiliar with Maingear, they’re a System Integrator that’s been around since 2002. They offer a range of high-end systems, and in their words, they are “a private self-funded company that is shaping the future of the PC, pioneering new and better solutions while always remaining inspired to offer excellence to its customers” (sourced from https://maingear.com/about/). Maingear is still committed to this goal in 2020, and today I’ll be going over one of their latest offerings: The Maingear Element 3. First Impressions:  The Element 3 is pretty subtle and simple in its design. At first glance, you probably wouldn’t know that this is a high-powered gaming machine. The chassis is made out of the same magnesium alloy the original Element was made with, with a dark matte-black finish. The construction is very solid overall, and compared to other gaming laptops with similar specs, it’s a little thinner and lighter than you might expect. It doesn’t have a gigantic battery hanging out the back or crazy lines with aggressive angles on the outside, so if you’re looking for something with beefy specs that can fly under the radar, this is where you should look. With that said, let's really get into this laptop. If you'd like to skip ahead to a specific category, click the link below to jump to that section: Specifications Peripherals (Display, Touchpad, Keyboard, etc...) Software (NODE Control Center) Performance Final Thoughts 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Comments TSTonyV admin June 15 Specifications The main difference between the Element 3 and original Element is that the video card is no longer the Max-Q version, which is a weaker, lower power consumption part made specifically for thin and light laptops. The Element 3’s video card is essentially equivalent to the normal RTX 2070 Super you’d find in a desktop, but with somewhat reduced clock speeds. Overall it’s a big upgrade over the previous generation Element. The i7-10875H also sees an extra two cores added vs. the previous i7-9750H. It features a healthy amount of options for I/O: three USB 3.1 Type-A Ports, a micro SD card reader, ethernet port, HDMI port and the main highlight, a Thunderbolt 3/USB 3.1 Type-C port. The Thunderbolt 3 port is particularly useful: it will support any USB-C device and can be used for things like high speed data transfer or connecting high resolution displays.  Whether you’re gaming or are a professional looking for workstation performance, this is a powerful package with a sleek design. Obviously the specs are good, there’s no debating that. But you’re not just interested in specs, you want to know what it’s like to actually use one of these systems. 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter TSTonyV admin June 15 Peripherals Display The first thing you see when you open a system is the display. The Element 3 features a 240Hz (yes, you read that correctly) IPS panel with a resolution of 1920x1080p. IPS panels are becoming more popular for gaming purposes as framerates and response times on them have improved, and of course they’re always good for the design oriented due to the high color accuracy and wide range of viewing angles. The brightness on the display is quite good even in high-light environments. The high refresh rate makes even things as basic as scrolling down a webpage incredibly smooth, and of course in games it’s excellent. While it would be nice to have the resolution at 1440p, it makes sense to stay at 1080p given that this is a laptop marketed towards gamers, and higher resolutions would make it harder to push those crazy high framerates. Overall, the display is very high quality no matter what you’re using this system for. Keyboard Despite using the same chassis, the keyboard in the Element 3 has changed from the previous model. The original Element featured an opto-mechanical style switch for its keyboard, which had good tactile feedback and a longer keystroke than a typical laptop. The Element 3 has now changed to the more common chiclet-style keyboards you can find on many other laptops. It still has good tactile feedback, but this time with a shorter keystroke. Personally speaking, I can type about 100-110 words per minute on this keyboard, which is just short of my typical speeds on a normal desktop keyboard. It even features a full number pad. It’s pretty solid as far as laptop keyboards go. The keyboard also features an RGB backlight which can be controlled through the NODE software Maingear includes on the system. Touchpad The touchpad is smooth to the touch and overall pretty responsive. The click feels solid and there wasn’t any weird flex or dead zones anywhere. Palm-rejection was also very good: the heel of my thumb on both hands rested on the top corners of the touchpad, but I never got any false clicks or strange cursor movements while typing. What I did notice is that when I’m using the cursor, it sometimes was a little sensitive with double-clicks or click-to-drag, even on the low sensitivity setting, but that may just be me not being used to laptops as much and misclicking on my own. It didn’t cause any real problems and otherwise the touchpad was good.  Webcam The Element 3 comes with a webcam, as you might expect. You’ll probably notice that it’s not positioned in a typical fashion: most laptops will have the webcam centered on the top part of the monitor, but the Element 3 instead places the webcam centered below the monitor which might take some getting used to. Otherwise, the webcam is pretty normal for a laptop and operates at 720p/30FPS. Speakers The speakers are pretty clear and can get fairly loud without any distortion, so they’ll work well for general use. If you’re gaming (and with this laptop, you probably are) I would still recommend external speakers or a nice headset simply because soundstage can only go so far in any laptop, but otherwise the speakers are good and will do what you need them to. 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter TSTonyV admin June 15 Software One of the main highlights of the Maingear systems is that they don’t come with any bloatware like you’d get purchasing a laptop from a larger manufacturer. The one thing they do include is the NODE Control Center software, which allows you to control a few different settings on the system (such as the keyboard lighting), as well as some hardware monitoring tools. We have a full guide on using the NODE software coming soon, so stay tuned for that, but there’s one important setting I’m going to go over here, because it’s related to the performance of the system: Operating Mode. Operating Mode is essentially a power management setting that will increase or decrease power limits for your system.  Office mode is the “low power” mode, Game Mode would be “balanced” and Beast Mode is “max performance.” For general use, Office mode is more than sufficient. For gaming or more workstation heavy use, you’ll want to switch to Game Mode or Beast Mode to make sure you get full performance out of the system. Office mode lets you set a specific fan curve for cooling, while the other two utilize a pre-set fan curve you cannot change. If you are gaming or doing some other CPU heavy task, turn on Fan Boost, because the CPU will get very hot, very quick and even on Beast Mode the cooling fan won’t operate at 100% speed without turning Fan Boost on (it’s quite loud at full blast).  One thing to note on this is that these settings are only in play while the system is plugged in. If you unplug the charger, it will default to a different power setting independent of Operating Mode to preserve battery life, but at the cost of performance. This is typical of any laptop and doesn’t make a difference for general use, but in resource intense scenarios like gaming the performance loss is very noticeable. Speaking of performance, I should probably talk about how it does actually perform in the real world 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter TSTonyV admin June 15 Performance Everyday Use For general use, it’s blazing fast, as it should be. The NVMe SSD makes booting the system and loading applications extremely quick, and the fan stays very quiet a majority of the time. The 6-cell 7900mAH/91.24Wh battery should net you about 4-6 hours of battery life under light usage. I tested this at max brightness and on max performance in Windows power settings, with 2-3 Chrome tabs open at a time, so if you use battery saver settings and lower brightness, you might be able to extend it further. Under heavy use, battery life can quickly go down to two hours or less depending on exactly what you’re doing, so for the power users out there, keep that in mind. Gaming Of course, we couldn’t review a gaming laptop without playing any games. I tested a few different popular titles, and all games were tested at max or near-max settings, using the Beast Mode setting in NODE with Fan Boost turned on. I’ll mention again: you want to turn fan boost on while gaming. Even though the fan will be loud, it will help with cooling, and you’ll need everything you can get.  Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Modern Warfare is the first game I tested, and performed quite well. Motion Blur was disabled and RTX was turned off, but otherwise all settings were at max. Across many different maps in the normal multiplayer playlists (no Ground War, no Warzone) I consistently got 100-120FPS. The CPU immediately hit 90C and started thermal throttling, and evened out around 3.8GHz. This comes with the territory for gaming laptops, especially ones that try to stay as thin as they can. While the cooling system in the Element 3 is good, at the end of the day there is a tradeoff for it being on the thinner side, which is more heat. Fortunately, the 2070 Super stayed around 80C so it performed quite well and I was able to maintain stable FPS during my whole play session. Some of you out there may be concerned with input lag since it’s an IPS panel, but there was no input lag that I could notice. The response times on this panel are pretty darn good.  Overwatch Overwatch was the second title I tested, and unsurprisingly it performed very well. On Ultra settings FPS ranged anywhere from 150-240 FPS, shifting frequently depending on exactly what was happening on the screen. Despite the FPS fluctuating a lot, there wasn’t any stuttering or screen tearing and everything was quite smooth. The CPU faired a little better this time, but still throttled down to about 4.0GHz at 90C.  Rocket League I decided to throw Rocket League in here as an example of a light-requirement example for a competitive title, and performance was excellent as I expected. I was able to maintain a full 240 FPS at maximum settings with no dips. The CPU still hit 90C and throttled down to about 4.2-4.3GHz, but as you can see the throttling doesn’t really matter in this game at all. In any of the lighter graphics requirement games, this laptop will have more than enough power. Monster Hunter World Monster Hunter World is one of my personal favorite games and is the most graphically intense title I tested. It’s not the single most graphically intense game on the market, but I hold it as a good example of what this laptop is really capable of, and it actually performed better than I anticipated. I disabled Motion Blur and Volume Rendering Quality in the graphics settings, enabled the High Resolution Texture Pack and left all other settings at maximum. The CPU throttled down to about 3.7-3.8GHz this time around, and FPS ranged from 80-100 in every zone. There were two instances in one hunt where FPS suddenly dropped below 60 and then quickly went back to normal, however I think that was more likely a driver related issue than it is with the laptop itself. I was very impressed with the performance in this game, and the display really got to shine here. Monster Hunter has some truly breathtaking environments and the color representation and picture quality offered by the IPS panel really did this game justice.  0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter TSTonyV admin June 15 Final Thoughts Overall, this is a great system. In particular I was really surprised by the performance of the display while gaming. IPS panels once upon a time had a reputation of poor response times, but with the high-quality IPS panels many manufacturers are putting out these days that’s clearly becoming a thing of the past. If you’re looking for a high-performance system that doesn’t come with all the extra bloatware and overly aggressive design language, look no further. The Element 3 is a sleek machine with great build quality and excellent performance.  2 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter nobbyboi ✭ September 23 Any idea when stores will carry the 15.6” Element again? Heard maingear already has it updated with the 2070 Super. 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter LandShark admin September 23 Hi @nobbyboi. What store are you shopping in? I noticed that my local store has a couple of versions in stock. https://www.microcenter.com/product/621986/maingear-vector-2-156-gaming-laptop-computer---black https://www.microcenter.com/product/621984/maingear-element-2-el2-173-gaming-laptop-computer---black However, I did not notice any varients with the 2070 Super available. 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter nobbyboi ✭ September 30 I’m in the Chicago area. They have those two models but also briefly had the 17” element with 8 -core cpu and 2070 Super. I’m more interested in the 15” element (not the vector) with the 2070 super. It’s available on Maingear’s website, but I’d prefer to buy through Microcenter. 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter LandShark admin September 30 Hey @nobbyboi I belive that this is the item that you were speaking of: https://www.microcenter.com/product/621985/maingear-element-3-173-gaming-laptop-computer---black It's possible that we'll be getting more inventory. That item is something of which we typically get frequent shipments. I'm not sure when we received our last shipment, but from my understanding, we get shipments every 2-3 weeks. 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Strake7 ✭ October 8 Looking forward to the next shipment into Tustin, CA. 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Leave a Comment BoldItalicStrikethroughOrdered listUnordered list Format Heading 1Heading 2 QuoteCodeSpoiler Emoji Url Image Align leftAlign centerAlign rightToggle HTML viewToggle full pageToggle lights Drop image/file Home • Reviews & Buying GuidesComment As ...