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Solid state drives of any kind are a tremendous speed upgrade when compared to mechanical hard drives. SSDs work by using persistent flash technology to read and write data as quickly as possible. Compared to other hard drives, SSDs are reliable and transfer your data much faster than a traditional HDD. Available in many storage sizes ranging from 128GB to 8 TB, solid state drives are an excellent choice for any computer looking for a performance upgrade. Installing your operating system on an SSD is one of the quickest and most affordable ways to see immediate performance upgrades for your PC.

Solid state drives come in multiple form factors, and your motherboard will determine their compatibility with your system. M.2 SSDs are the smallest solid state drives. M.2 devices use NVMe or SATA interfaces that connect directly to your motherboard without the need for extra cables or complicated setup. NVMe drives are the fastest SSDs available but require specific connections to be compatible with your computer. 2.5” SSDs are compatible with almost any PC and still offer a noticeable increase in read and write speeds when compared to standard hard drives. Running resource intensive programs on an SSD is an affordable and convenient way to increase application performance without the need for complicated or expensive upgrades.

External SSDs use lightning fast speeds to take the benefits of solid state drives anywhere. Boasting speeds comparable to internal drives, portable SSDs are an excellent solution for those looking for maximum performance on the go. External solid state drives function in the same way as internal SSDs and provide similar reliability and consistency. Connecting via a USB cable also makes portable SSDs compatible with as many devices as possible, such as laptops, game consoles, or cameras.

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Community Article Samsung 980 PRO 2TB Benchmarks — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › Reviews & Buying Guides Samsung 980 PRO 2TB Benchmarks MicroCenterOfficial admin February 2021 edited September 2021 in Reviews & Buying Guides If you’ve been looking at M.2 storage recently, you may have seen or been recommended the Samsung 970 EVO. The 970 EVO M.2 is a fan favorite for its fast write speed and dependability. The Samsung 970 PRO is an even more durable version of the 970 EVO with a drastically increased amount of data it can rewrite. However, with new advancements in processors, motherboards, and chipsets, we are seeing the next level of high-speed storage in the form of PCIe Gen 4.0. Samsung recently released their new M.2 SSD and successor to their 970 series M.2 SSDs: the Samsung 980 PRO 2TB NVMe M.2, which fully utilizes the blazing-fast PCIe Gen 4.  We recently got to plug the new Samsung 980 PRO 2TB NVMe M.2 into our test bench and run some diagnostics on it. The 980 PRO 2TB NVMe M.2 makes use of NAND flash memory for stable and fast transfers, along with the newly released PCIe gen 4.0. For our test, we used the same test bench as at WD_BLACK AN1500 SSD Benchmark, making use of an ASRock X570 Taichi paired with a Ryzen 9 3900X. We also had 16GB of 3200MHz RAM as well as an EVGA RTX 3070. You can find our test bench here. We also ran the Samsung 980 PRO through two different benchmarks, AIDA64’s Drive Benchmarks, and CrystalDiskMark.  To start with, let’s go over the CrystalDiskMark results:  6,579.2 MB/s read is a massive number. With the average sequential read speed of better consumer SSDs being around 3500 MB/s, this just blows the average out of the water. Large sequential write speeds as well, at that 3300MB/s vs the average 2300 MB/s. The Random Reads and Writes at the various Queue Depths are all also very impressive, all scoring higher than the collection of higher-end M.2 NVMe SSDs. As a reminder, the CrystalDiskMark benchmark is based on short bursts and isn’t reflective of practical use for this SSD. It still shows potential speeds that the drive can have. The next benchmark tool we used is the AIDA64 Drive Benchmark which has a multitude of tests for our 980 PRO to go through. The first one we did was the Average Write Access or the response time for the SSD to respond to a request. SSDs, in general, have a fast response time, with the average being anywhere between 0.03 and 0.30ms. The 980 Pro is a bit faster, with an average of 0.02ms response time.    Next, we ran the Linear Write benchmark in the AIDA64 Drive Benchmark. This is the same as a Sequential Write Benchmark that CrystalDiskMark used but over a much longer period of time. Due to the longer period of testing, we can see how the Samsung 980 PRO handles thermal throttling. This benchmark is also similar to transferring one large file, like a video. The result was a very respectable average of 2440 MB/s. With better active cooling, it is possible to see better results as the 980 PRO was under the heatsink of the Taichi.  We also ran a benchmark with the Linear Write + Verify. This benchmark has the SSD write sequential data and then verifies the data written.  After the Linear Write + Verify Benchmark, we ran both Random Write and Random Write + Verify Benchmark. Random Write is more like grabbing multiple different items and documents and transferring that data over rather than one single large item. This would be the more common application for most people, and the results were pretty great. Lastly, we ran the Buffered Write benchmark. This tests the first few sectors on the SSD by writing data to it and then writing over that sector again. This shows the first bits of transfers are fast and work great for transferring small documents. Again, a monster performance.  In conclusion, this drive is incredible and worthy of the high praise it has received. The Samsung 980 PRO is a great successor to the Samsung 970 PRO, utilizing PCIe Gen 4.0 for some serious gains in performance. This is one of the fastest SSDs Micro Center has tested, and definitely one of the fastest options for the consumer market. The Pro series from Samsung are known for their durability, and the 980 Pro is sure to be no exception. Samsung says that you’ll be able to write 1200TB of data before seeing serious issues. 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I put my graphics card in it and it runs fine, but I with the 980 it blacks out when you open a game and you have to restart it. The fans also ramp up super loud. He has reapplied thermal paste, I have tried Msi afterburner and neither of them work. I have ran out of ideas so I decided to see if anyone knows what to do before I go and buy a graphics card for it at a time like this. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Answers TS_JosephF admin September 2021 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/9419/how-can-i-fix-my-gtx-980 Are you certain this is a hardware issue? I know you tested another card but it could be a driver related problem. When swapping the GPUs are you performing a clean install of the drivers? I would start there and try and rule out any possible software/driver problems. Let us know if this helps 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin September 2021 If you need to clean install your video card drivers, you can follow our guide for this at https://community.microcenter.com/kb/articles/133-how-to-clean-install-video-card-drivers-in-windows-10 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Loganj ✭ October 2021 @Ian @TS_JosephF i have brought the hard drive to an IT worker who tested it and told me that it is flat out a dead card. i told my uncles brother about it and he said he messed with his hardware alot and messed it up. i totally believe him and i knew it before anyways but i still bought it because he said if it has problems he would pay me back. i will now be finding a new graphics card. thank you! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook magarity ✭✭ October 2021 Hang on, it works until you start up a game? That is not a flat out dead graphics card. That is a card that has some issue that may be hardware but may be just software. I would double check that reapplied thermal paste job. Perhaps the cooler was not reseated completely. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Loganj ✭ November 2021 just so everyone knows, the problem is solved 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSKevinG admin November 2021 Glad to hear you were able to get the issue resolved. 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I will need for this build. I need help with this one.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments Yingdong ✭✭ December 2021 You have a compatible and solid build. However I would recommend you to go with 3070/3080 instead of 3070ti. 3070ti is only a ~5% performance uplift from 3070, while 3070 ti draws 290w instead of 230w of 3070. For ram any ddr4 ram will work. I personally advise you to go with ballistix 4x8gb 3600mhz+, as ryzen platform loves high frequency rams. Micron(crucial) e dies were known for its good overclock ability, while corsair's lower end ram kits are basically garbages while being much more expensive. Also it would be better to go with samsung 980 pro or WD sn850 to utilize pcie4.0. The 980 non pro has this dramless design, limited both heat and performance, is mainly for thin and light laptop usage. About the psu, for your exact build 750w would be enough. I would advice you to choose seasonic as its a reputed brand on psu. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.9K All Categories 1.2K The Blog 60 What's Trending 15 Past News and Updates 185 How to & Technical Guides 13 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking 2 Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 20 3D Printers 20 Maker 32 PC Build Guides 120 Reviews & Buying Guides 55 Build Showcase 27 Contests 48 Past Contests 1.6K The Community 1.9K General Discussion 105 New Members 246 Consumer Tech 67 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 100 Software 8 Audio/Visual 27 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 33 3D Printing 69 Retro Arcade/Gaming 92 All Other Tech 1.6K Store Information and Policy 77 Off Topic 16 Community Ideas & Feedback 120 Your Completed Builds 2.9K Build-Your-Own PC 1.9K Help Choosing Parts 251 Graphics Cards 200 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 73 Cases and Power Supplies 23 Air and Liquid Cooling 26 Monitors and Displays 33 Peripherals 19 All Other Parts 28 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? See other custom PC builds and get some ideas for what can be done View Build Showcase View builds by: AMD Processors Intel Processors RTX 3090 RTX 3080 RTX 2080 Ti RTX 2080 Super RTX 2070 Super RTX 2070 RTX 2060 Super Radeon RX 5700XT Radeon RX 5700 Air Cooled Liquid Cooled SAME DAY CUSTOM BUILD SERVICE If You Can Dream it, We Can Build it. Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article Need Help Choosing Parts — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › Help Choosing Parts Need Help Choosing Parts Framunda ✭ October 2021 edited October 2021 in Help Choosing Parts I put this parts list together and am looking for some advice. It will be for a triple monitor sim racing setup. I would ideally be under $3000 but $3500 is my max. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder-amd.aspx?load=ffec3be5-46f3-46b3-8b2a-0571be799557 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments Yingdong ✭✭ October 2021 If you go for performance and price to performance ratio, here are my advices. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I would suggest to cutdown a bit on mobo and others and upgrade the gpu you choose, $3500 is actually enough to put together a 3080ti build. For ram, I would go for the crucial ballistixs instead of lower end g.skill trident z as the ballistixs are much better on overclocking, and ryzen platform tend to perform better the high frequency ram. For power supply, go with the new G6 instead of the GT. EVGA GT power supplies are oem by FSP Group, while G6 power supplies are oem by Super Flower. For ssd, you deserve better. Please stay away from the qlc 870 qvo. While the samsung 980, the cutdown dramless version, makes sense in a laptop with better thermal control but not in a desktop. Go grab a 980 pro, or 970 evo plus/hynix p31/sn750 or any one of the flagship nvme. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Well, if you just like the cool rgb and light flashes on your rig and not much want to prioritize the performance, then just ignore me. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Framunda ✭ October 2021 edited October 2021 Awesome I appreciate the feedback.  I really have no idea about computers so I was just trying to piece something together.  I have no desire for the fancy light shows and all that. I'd rather it perform better then look cool. I'm also unsure of the cooling aspect of it and if the liquid cooling is better or necessary? I'm also looking for the video car to have the freesync option as the monitors have the freesync option, so ibwas looking to go with an amd video card 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Yingdong ✭✭ October 2021 edited October 2021 If you are willing to build all of it yourself, take a look at this: CPU: Ryzen 5 5600x ($270) motherboard: Asus ROG Strix b550-f ($180) ram: Crucial ballistix 3600mhz cl16 16gb(2x8g) ($70) GPU: Evga 3080ti ftw3 ultra ($1420) Power supply: 850w evga g6 80+ gold ($135) storage: Samsung 980 pro 1tb ($180) Crucial MX500 2tb($177) cooling: Be quiet! Dark Rock pro 4 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- There is no point to get a x570 board as b550 has same or even better vrm while they both support pcie4.0 . As the 5900x is still pricing too high, I would suggest to go with the 5600x and wait for price drop to upgrade, it would not be a huge difference on gaming anyway. You will surely find some other place that offer cheaper price for specific parts. But if you want microcenter to do this build for you, tell them just to use the stock cooler come with 5600x. And buy a heavy dual fan air cooler instead(such as Dark rock pro 4, Assasin III, Deepcool Assassin III or ThermalAlright Frost Commander 140). These beast can handle 5900x with no issues. For Evga power supply, they have really messy and confusing naming tags. G2, G3, G6 and P2, P6 are decent, they are oem psu by Super Flower and Seasonic which make great psu. The 30 series gpu are on shortage, so wait for a while or go with any 3080ti that has a price that you are willing to accept. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.9K All Categories 1.2K The Blog 60 What's Trending 15 Past News and Updates 185 How to & Technical Guides 13 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking 2 Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 20 3D Printers 20 Maker 32 PC Build Guides 120 Reviews & Buying Guides 55 Build Showcase 27 Contests 48 Past Contests 1.6K The Community 1.9K General Discussion 105 New Members 246 Consumer Tech 67 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 100 Software 8 Audio/Visual 27 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 33 3D Printing 69 Retro Arcade/Gaming 92 All Other Tech 1.6K Store Information and Policy 77 Off Topic 16 Community Ideas & Feedback 120 Your Completed Builds 2.9K Build-Your-Own PC 1.9K Help Choosing Parts 251 Graphics Cards 200 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 73 Cases and Power Supplies 23 Air and Liquid Cooling 26 Monitors and Displays 34 Peripherals 19 All Other Parts 28 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? See other custom PC builds and get some ideas for what can be done View Build Showcase View builds by: AMD Processors Intel Processors RTX 3090 RTX 3080 RTX 2080 Ti RTX 2080 Super RTX 2070 Super RTX 2070 RTX 2060 Super Radeon RX 5700XT Radeon RX 5700 Air Cooled Liquid Cooled SAME DAY CUSTOM BUILD SERVICE If You Can Dream it, We Can Build it. Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article What do you guys think? Anything I could improve on other than upgrading GPU in the coming months. — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › Help Choosing Parts What do you guys think? Anything I could improve on other than upgrading GPU in the coming months. mogarrett12 ✭ November 2020 in Help Choosing Parts https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=a14535d8-ebbe-43ad-818f-2842f6e6da6a Strictly gaming, PUBG, Tarkov, COD, etc.  Shooting for 1440, 144 1ms. Any feedback would be appreciated. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments LandShark admin November 2020 Hello! Welcome to the community!  I noticed a few things that I would recommend changing. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=0c17f140-8efa-4b51-ad96-7b93b942134b The 3900X, while it's a great CPU, isn't really targeted for gaming. I'd recommend going with a 3700X instead, or going with a 3600 and then upgrading to the 5600X which outperforms the 3900X in gaming.  I'd also recommend an M.2 drive instead of a 2.5" SSD. One last thing I noticed was that you selected Windows 10 Pro 32-bit. I'd recommend Windows 10 Home unless the pro version is needed.  I'd always recommend 64-bit as you will not be able to utilize the full performance of your system with the 32-bit version.  Hope this helps.  1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook mogarrett12 ✭ November 2020 Thank you for the feedback. Didn't even notice those few little things. Must have looked right over them. Landshark, I am looking to grab a 3000 series in the coming months. I actually have someone willing to sell me an ASUS Dual RTX 3070. If I were to buy that would that change anything you recommended above?  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook whatname ✭ November 2020 Very nice high end build and not much to recommend. I would say the only thing that you might consider is a nvme drive if you haven't already. Since the build already has 4 Terabytes of storage, I think that a 500-gigabyte nvme drive such as this: https://www.microcenter.com/product/622291/wd-blue-sn550-500gb-3d-tlc-nand-pcie-gen-3-x4-nvme-m2-2280-internal-ssd from micro center is enough. If you want the highest-end stuff, as I can see with your build, a Samsung 980 Evo is the highest end currently. 980 Evo: https://www.microcenter.com/product/628176/samsung-980-pro-series-500gb-ssd-v-nand-pcie-gen-4-x-4-nvme-m2-2280-internal-solid-state-drive. Also would recommend if getting one, try to transfer things you always access like the os to it. You will see at the very least 2x the speed of the current already fast sata SSD. In the end, even the lowest end nvmes are faster than every hard drive and most sata ssds. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook whatname ✭ November 2020 edited November 2020 Also as Landshark says, get a 64-bit OS. I'm sure that 32 bit only supports like 4Gb of ram. I'd try to remove the hard drive (unless you need the storage) and go for a 5900x later. Otherwise, follow Landshark's steps. They will help. If you aren't doing professional workloads, I recommend a 5th gen ryzen 5/7. Other than that, I hope you enjoy the pc that you will build. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin November 2020 mogarrett12 said: Thank you for the feedback. Didn't even notice those few little things. Must have looked right over them. Landshark, I am looking to grab a 3000 series in the coming months. I actually have someone willing to sell me an ASUS Dual RTX 3070. If I were to buy that would that change anything you recommended above?  I'd say the 3070 would go great with the parts I recommended above. It'll give you a nice FPS boost! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.9K All Categories 1.2K The Blog 60 What's Trending 15 Past News and Updates 185 How to & Technical Guides 13 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking 2 Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 20 3D Printers 20 Maker 32 PC Build Guides 120 Reviews & Buying Guides 55 Build Showcase 27 Contests 48 Past Contests 1.6K The Community 1.9K General Discussion 105 New Members 246 Consumer Tech 67 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 100 Software 8 Audio/Visual 27 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 33 3D Printing 69 Retro Arcade/Gaming 92 All Other Tech 1.6K Store Information and Policy 77 Off Topic 16 Community Ideas & Feedback 120 Your Completed Builds 2.9K Build-Your-Own PC 1.9K Help Choosing Parts 251 Graphics Cards 200 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 73 Cases and Power Supplies 23 Air and Liquid Cooling 26 Monitors and Displays 34 Peripherals 19 All Other Parts 28 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? See other custom PC builds and get some ideas for what can be done View Build Showcase View builds by: AMD Processors Intel Processors RTX 3090 RTX 3080 RTX 2080 Ti RTX 2080 Super RTX 2070 Super RTX 2070 RTX 2060 Super Radeon RX 5700XT Radeon RX 5700 Air Cooled Liquid Cooled SAME DAY CUSTOM BUILD SERVICE If You Can Dream it, We Can Build it. Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article ASUS X570 BIOS hangs on raid level selection — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards ASUS X570 BIOS hangs on raid level selection zenleo ✭ June 2021 edited June 2021 in CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards Hello, I've been dealing with setting up a raid volume for my build and I feel like I've exhausted every scant bit of information I could find on my situation.  I recently purchased two 4tb Samsung 870 Evo drives with the intent to pair them up in a raid 0 array. They both have power, and are connected via sata to motherboard. (forgive the remidial nature of my description, I'm not an expert.)  My build currently, assuming relevancy: Ryzen 7 5800x  ASUS Dark Hero x570 (BIOS version unsure, at work currently- have not flashed anything yet)  (2) Samsung 980 PRO M.2 SSD (in RAID 0) (2) Samsung 870 EVO SSD (Discoverable in bios, but not formatted) (Let me know if anything else is relevant)  I open up my BIOS, navigating to the create array menu, and when I toggle the drop down menu for what raid level I want, the BIOS hangs, requiring a restart to resume computer function. I've only tried different sata ports as far as troubleshooting is concerned. The information I've gathered on my problem is scant: only few mentions of... Flashing firmware for motherboard, and other suggestions of specifically flashing raid firmware. I've not explored these options for fear of losing my OS raid volume. I'm unsure how to proceed, I could use information on what the aforementioned tips will do to my OS array. Thank you for any information you might share.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TSTDavey admin June 2021 Hello @zenleo and thanks for posting on the Microcenter Community Forum. We're assuming you have a ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Dark Hero mobo, is that correct? Do you already have an existing Raid Array configured and are trying to create a new one? Is so, you'll have to delete the existing array before setting up a new one. Are your drives SATA connecting SSD's? If so you'll need to change your SATA mode to RAID in the bios. Raid configuration guide below. If you have not yet set up a Raid array and it still hangs when navigating to select Raid configuration, yes; you want to update your bios for your motherboard. Then try the RAID set up again. RAID Configuration Guide: https://www.asus.com/support/FAQ/1045089/ 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook zenleo ✭ June 2021 1: correct, that is the motherboard I have.  2: I have two 2tb 980 pro ssd installed on the motherboards 2 m.2 slots. They are in raid 0. What I'm trying to do is add a new array comprised of the two 4tb 870 Evo ssd.  Do you mean to say I cannot have two raid arrays at the same time?  3: I have done so, the step I'm stuck on comes after the option to set sata mode to raid. 4: if I follow through with this, will I lose OS array in the process?  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTDavey admin June 2021 @zenleo you can have multiple array (ex., Raid 0, Raid 10, etc.). But you may come across issues of configuring a duplicate Raid array (ex., Raid 0 for 2 m.2 drives and Raid 0 for 2 4tb 870 evo ssds. Are you trying to make the 2 4tb 870 Evo's also RAID 0? The RAID configuration guide are the steps to set up RAID on your motherboard. You already have an array setup, presumably for the OS on one of the 980 pro SSD; which are separate storage drives from the EVO 870 drives your are trying to set up the RAID for. So no, long as you configure the RAID for the EVO drives and not the drive that has you OS, it should not wipe out your OS array. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTDavey admin June 2021 @zenleo Try updating the bios first, then attempting the RAID set up again. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook zenleo ✭ June 2021 @TSTDavey, I appreciate your time, didn't work- Im at a loss where to go next, perchance something is wrong with my motherboard itself?  I'll try contacting ASUS I guess or just put up with having two drives. Thanks again  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTDavey admin June 2021 @zenleo so after updating the bios, the RAID selection still hangs correct? There could be an issue with the board or an ASUS bug. Let us know what ASUS says. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMikeW admin June 2021 @zenleo Usually you'll have a specific setting on the SATA Configuration menu to enable NVME Raid. Did you enable this? 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Does anyone think a 3080ti or super will be coming any time soon? https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=34ff2820-ae6e-45fd-b884-aa151dc4f9bd thanks! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TSPhillipT admin October 2020 Hello @SpaceManSpiff I personally do not think a 3080 Super/Ti are coming out for a good long while.  The build looks really good, a lot of high end parts like the Titanium PSU and the 980 Pro M.2.   No real changes I would make with this build besides waiting for Zen 3/Ryzen Processors for even a better processor option.   1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook SpaceManSpiff ✭ October 2020 TSPhillipT said: Hello @SpaceManSpiff I personally do not think a 3080 Super/Ti are coming out for a good long while.  The build looks really good, a lot of high end parts like the Titanium PSU and the 980 Pro M.2.   No real changes I would make with this build besides waiting for Zen 3/Ryzen Processors for even a better processor option.   Thanks so much! I really want to be as friendly to the environment as I can, hence the PSU, while also running quietly. I'm definitely planning on waiting for zen 3! Might you happen to know if the PSU has a zero fan mode? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSPhillipT admin October 2020 @SpaceManSpiff I would be VERY surprised if it didn't.  I can't confirm it and they don't have it listed on the manual from what I see however it should as a lot of lower end PSUs have zero fan mode  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.9K All Categories 1.2K The Blog 60 What's Trending 15 Past News and Updates 185 How to & Technical Guides 13 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking 2 Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 20 3D Printers 20 Maker 32 PC Build Guides 120 Reviews & Buying Guides 55 Build Showcase 27 Contests 48 Past Contests 1.6K The Community 1.9K General Discussion 105 New Members 246 Consumer Tech 67 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 100 Software 8 Audio/Visual 27 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 33 3D Printing 69 Retro Arcade/Gaming 92 All Other Tech 1.6K Store Information and Policy 77 Off Topic 16 Community Ideas & Feedback 120 Your Completed Builds 2.9K Build-Your-Own PC 1.9K Help Choosing Parts 251 Graphics Cards 200 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 73 Cases and Power Supplies 23 Air and Liquid Cooling 26 Monitors and Displays 34 Peripherals 19 All Other Parts 28 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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Sonychrono ✭ April 16 edited April 23 in Graphics Cards hey, im new and i know this is a lower end system then most, tho i do light and medium gaming on it, and wondered if anyone can suggest the best possible contron center settings, perhaps a list of each item.. thanks for any help! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Answers GoatForHire Irvine, TX ✭✭ April 16 edited April 16 The automatic settings are fine. Any settings to improve FPS/frame rate would be lowering settings in your games, or look into a more high end video card/system. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook magarity ✭✭ April 19 nVidia's own software is rather sad; what you want is something from MSI called Afterburner: Afterburner (msi.com) 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin April 20 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/11077/best-nvidia-control-panel-settings-for-max-performance-on-a-dell-optiplex-980-with-gt-1030 Greetings, a guide like this breaks down the software and any settings quite well. https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/best-nvdia-control-panel-settings/ 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.9K All Categories 1.2K The Blog 60 What's Trending 15 Past News and Updates 185 How to & Technical Guides 13 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking 2 Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 20 3D Printers 20 Maker 32 PC Build Guides 120 Reviews & Buying Guides 55 Build Showcase 27 Contests 48 Past Contests 1.6K The Community 1.9K General Discussion 105 New Members 246 Consumer Tech 67 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 100 Software 8 Audio/Visual 27 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 33 3D Printing 69 Retro Arcade/Gaming 92 All Other Tech 1.6K Store Information and Policy 77 Off Topic 16 Community Ideas & Feedback 120 Your Completed Builds 2.9K Build-Your-Own PC 1.9K Help Choosing Parts 251 Graphics Cards 200 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 73 Cases and Power Supplies 23 Air and Liquid Cooling 26 Monitors and Displays 34 Peripherals 19 All Other Parts 28 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article Need Help With Parts List — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › Help Choosing Parts Need Help With Parts List salad ✭ May 12 in Help Choosing Parts Was looking for some help on choosing parts, I already have a list. My budget is below 2k, but you can go higher by a bit. CPU - Intel - Core i7 - 12700k Alder Lake 3.6GHz Twelve Core - 349.99 Motherboard - Gigabyte - Z690 UD DDR4 Intel LGA 1700 ATX Motherboard - 219.99 RAM - Corsair - Vengeance RGB Pro 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4 - 3200 - 139.99 Case - Lian Li - O11 Air Mini - 149.99 PSU - NZXT - C750 750 Watt 80 Plus Gold - 119.99 GPU - Asus - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti TUF Gaming Overclocked Triple-Fan 8GB - 699.99 M.2 SSD - Samsung - 970 EVO Plus SSD 1TB M.2 NVMe - 114.99 HHD - Seagate - BarraCuda 2TB 7200RPM SATA III - 47.99 Cooling - Nzxt - Kraken X63 RGB AIO Water Cooling Kit - 189.99 TOTAL - 1997.91 - USD I would be using this for intensive games like Red Dead Redemption 2 and Hitman 3. I also use it for Unity game design and 3D mapping. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments CKoenemann Westmont ✭ May 13 This build looks great! I would caution to check that the Kraken X63 AIO comes with the LGA 1700 socket adapter. If it doesn't explicitly state on the box that it comes with it, Micro Center does also carry them separately (SKU: 360909). Also might be worth the upgrade to the faster PCIe Gen 4x4 m.2 NVMe. For Samsung that would be the 1Tb 980 Pro (SKU: 171363). This drive upgrade will double the speeds of the reading and writing process and make load times even shorter. Other than these two small things the build should be able to handle great gaming at 1440p as well as game development! Thank You so much for sharing! -Chris K 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook salad ✭ May 13 Thanks! I have already looked into the cooling, and it does come with both an Intel and AMD socket adapter. The only reason I didn't upgrade to the 980 Pro was because I didn't think that it would be worth the extra cost. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook magarity ✭✭ May 13 Look at the diagrams of that case and think about that 280 radiator: O11 AIR MINI - LIAN LI is a Leading Provider of PC Cases | Computer Cases (lian-li.com) A 280 fits in the front, which is "ok" but in the top is better. A 280 will fit in the top but it is way shorter than the 360 space, so it might look a little unbalanced as there will be large gaps on the front and back. You might consider getting a 360 AIO instead which would fit perfectly in the top. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook GEriksson Los Angeles, California U.S.A. ✭ May 13 Looks like an awesome build, but yes double check parts list to make sure everything fits in the case. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.9K All Categories 1.2K The Blog 60 What's Trending 15 Past News and Updates 185 How to & Technical Guides 13 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking 2 Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 20 3D Printers 20 Maker 32 PC Build Guides 120 Reviews & Buying Guides 55 Build Showcase 27 Contests 48 Past Contests 1.6K The Community 1.9K General Discussion 105 New Members 246 Consumer Tech 67 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 100 Software 8 Audio/Visual 27 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 33 3D Printing 69 Retro Arcade/Gaming 92 All Other Tech 1.6K Store Information and Policy 77 Off Topic 16 Community Ideas & Feedback 120 Your Completed Builds 2.9K Build-Your-Own PC 1.9K Help Choosing Parts 251 Graphics Cards 200 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 73 Cases and Power Supplies 23 Air and Liquid Cooling 26 Monitors and Displays 33 Peripherals 19 All Other Parts 28 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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Whether you're waiting till the last minute to shop, picking out those final stocking stuffers, or just grabbing a great gift for yourself, we've got the hot gifts that are sure to be a hit. It's our 2021 Holiday Buying Guide! Gifts for the Gamer: PXN Universal Racing Wheel If you've got a racing fan on your list, the PXN Universal Racing wheel is the perfect gift. Working with almost any gaming system, including Nintendo Switch, PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X, the PXn comes with everything you need to take your racing game to the next level. A full 270/900 degree wheel, 3 pedals, and shifter make it a driver's seat in a single box. It's even compatible with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, if you really want to feel the twists and turns of Rainbow Road! Oculus Quest 2 - 128GB Virtual reality has come a long way from the days of the Virtual Boy. The Oculus Quest 2 is a fully stand-alone VR headset, so you're ready to cruise the virtual world as soon as you open it. No need for other systems, hookups, or wires at all! The Quest 2 is entirely wireless, so you can take it wherever your holidays take you. Shoot zombies in your backyard or go bowling in grandma's kitchen, the VR world is yours, and it's coming with you. ASUS VG248QEZ 24" FHD 144HZ Gaming Monitor Is the gamer on your list still using the family's old 4:3 60Hz monitor? It's time to upgrade. The ASUS VG248QEZ is a fantastic 1080p full HD gaming monitor that'll help them bring their game to the next level. With a 144Hz refresh rate, they'll be winning matches before their opponents even realize they're there. Give them the gift of winning this holiday season, and score some extra cash for yourself with $30 off! Gifts for the PC Builder: Intel Core i7-12700K / AMD Ryzen 7 5800X Not every computer builder has a computer yet. Some are still dreaming of that first build. There's no better way to start to make that dream a reality than with the heart and soul of any build: the processor. Both the Intel i7-12700k and AMD Ryzen 7 5800X are stellar CPUs that'll support the newest games for years to come and are a fantastic starting point for any builder. If you need help choosing between the two, check out our guide on Choosing a Processor, or ask one of our associates! Samsung 980 SSD 1TB M.2 NVMe Every PC builder has their unique desires when building their PC, but we can all agree on one thing: faster is better. Give the gift of speed this year with a Samsung 980 SSD M.2 NVMe drive, and watch how fast they sprint away to install it. With blazing-fast read and write speed, NVMe drives are the fastest way to boot, game, and work. And 1TB of space should last them quite a while! Lian Li Lancool II Tempered Glass eATX Computer Case Gone are the days of the blocky black box computer. Now it's a point of pride to show off everything your computer has to offer, and a tempered-glass window is the best way to do just that. Lian Li is known for making easy-to-build-in cases with eye-catching designs and great airflow. The Lancool II even has customizable front-panel RGB to really ensure the build shines. Gifts for the Mac Fan: Apple MacBook Pro with M1 Pro Chip - Late 2021 Apple's MacBook Pro's get better every year, and 2021 is no exception. Featuring the absolutely stellar M1 Pro Chip processor, the latest iteration of the MacBook Pro is their strongest yet. 16GB Unified RAM, 1TB SSD, Bluetooth 5.0, and a 14.2" Liquid Retina XDR display make this a must-have for Mac fans. Apple Mac mini (Late 2020) Desktop Computer If you're looking for something a bit more "plug it in and never worry about it again," then the Mac mini is the way to go. Featuring Apple's trademark easy-to-use interface, the Mac mini is designed to be simple and ready, right out of the box. Its no power slouch either - with an Apple M1 chip, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, a 256GB SSD, and an Apple 8 Core GPU, it's ready to handle all the family computing needs! Apple iPad mini (Late 2021) Need something small and compact for art, streaming, mobile gaming, or just browsing the internet? The Apple iPad mini is the perfect tablet for all that and more. Especially with its absolutely gorgeous Liquid Retina display, ensuring you see every inch of whatever you may be doing in perfect quality. Gifts for the At-Home "Worker": Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15.6" Laptop Computer Our highlighted gift of the year, the Lenovo IdeaPad 5 may be the perfect mid-range laptop. Powerful enough to handle all your daily work, internet browsing, and even some light gaming, the IdeaPad 5 can seamlessly transition from work mode to 5 o'clock free time. Featuring an 11th Gen Intel Core i5 processor, 15.6" touchscreen display, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 256GB SSD, the IdeaPad is ready to work and play. ASUS ROG Strix GA15 GA15DK-MB571 Gaming PC  We've talked a lot about the Micro Center Platinum Collection on the community, and the ASUS ROG Strix GA15 is a perfect example of what makes the Platinum Collection the pinnacle of computing power. Featuring a configuration unique to Micro Center, the ROG Strix GA15 is a powerhouse of a PC whether you're working, gaming, or both. Boasting a Ryzen 5 5600X Processor and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070, the GA15 is ready and willing to handle the newest games with their visuals cranked up. Or, if you are working, it'll handle video and photo editing with ease, to say nothing of spreadsheets and text documents. HP Pavilion 15-ec2121nr 15.6" Gaming Laptop Computer But why leave your Platinum Collection gaming (or work) at home, when you can take it with you? We went in-depth with the HP Pavillion 15-ec2121nr on the Community before, but the short version is that it's a killer gaming laptop. With a Ryzen 5 5600H processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 video card, and a 512GB SSD, it's a quick, snappy, powerful, and most importantly, portable machine. They may be gaming all holiday season, but at least they'll be able to game in the same room as everyone else. Gifts for the Smart Home Innovator: Nanoleaf Canvas Smarter Kit We've gushed about the Nanoleaf system before, and the holidays are the perfect time to break them out. Add an accent light to your tree, create a wonderful back glow for your fireplace, or give your holiday movie viewing some serious POP by syncing them up to your screen! Wyze Plug Outdoor Adding Smart Home tech to your holiday getup doesn't have to be big, showy, or expensive! The Wyze Plug Outdoor makes all of your outdoor decorations smart by syncing up with Alexa and Google Assistant, meaning you'll never have to go out in the cold to turn your lights on again. 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Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article MacBook Pro — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › General Discussion MacBook Pro mhgwiz ✭ October 2020 edited June 2021 in General Discussion I am interested in purchasing a MacBook Pro to replace a circa 2013 iMac.  I'm looking at the 16" screen with the Core i9 processor and 1TB Solid State drive.  I noticed ten (10) of these in the refurbished inventory and two (2) open box.  Are there inherent issues with this version of the MacBook that I should be aware of before I make my decision? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TSTonyV admin October 2020 There aren't any specific issues with that model of Macbook that I'm aware of. Just keep in mind that while refurbished units should generally still be fine, there's always a little more inherent risk going with a refurbished product rather than new in box. Those units only come with a 90-day warranty out of box and since they're not being refurbished by Apple themselves, Apple won't support them. You do have the option of purchasing an extended warranty with us on those units however.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.9K All Categories 1.2K The Blog 60 What's Trending 15 Past News and Updates 185 How to & Technical Guides 13 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking 2 Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 20 3D Printers 20 Maker 32 PC Build Guides 120 Reviews & Buying Guides 55 Build Showcase 27 Contests 48 Past Contests 1.6K The Community 1.9K General Discussion 105 New Members 246 Consumer Tech 67 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 100 Software 8 Audio/Visual 27 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 33 3D Printing 69 Retro Arcade/Gaming 92 All Other Tech 1.6K Store Information and Policy 77 Off Topic 16 Community Ideas & Feedback 120 Your Completed Builds 2.9K Build-Your-Own PC 1.9K Help Choosing Parts 251 Graphics Cards 200 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 73 Cases and Power Supplies 23 Air and Liquid Cooling 26 Monitors and Displays 34 Peripherals 19 All Other Parts 28 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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I am currently a student studying Digital Design. I have no experience in picking parts, but I know the general specifications I need in my new PC:  CPU: Intel i7/Xeon technology and newer or AMD Ryzen/Threadripper and newer RAM: 16GB required for working with multi-million polygon meshes. 32GB+ preferred Hard Drive: Minimum of 1 TB capacity External Hard Drive or Secondary Internal Hard Drive: At least 2 TB, but 4 TB or more is recommended Graphics Card: Nvidia RTX 2000 series or higher The build I have created using the custom PC builder is below. My budget limit is about $1600. CPU: Intel - Core i7-11700K Rocket Lake 3.6GHz Eight-Core LGA 1200 Boxed Processor - Heatsink Not Included Motherboard: ASUS - H570-PRO TUF Gaming WiFi Intel LGA 1200 ATX Motherboard RAM: TeamGroup - T-FORCE Delta RGB 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4-3200 PC4-25600 CL16 Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit TF3D432G3200HC1 Case: NZXT - H510 Elite Dual-Tempered Glass RGB ATX Mid-Tower Computer Case - White Power Supply: EVGA - SuperNOVA 850 GT 850 Watt 80 Plus Gold ATX Fully Modular Power Supply GPU: MSI - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Gaming X Dual Fan 8GB GDDR6 PCle 4.0 Graphics Card M.2/NVMe SSD: Samsung - 970 EVO Plus SSD 1TB M.2 NVMe Interface PCle 3.0 x 4 Internal Solid State Drive with V-NAND 3 bit MLC Technology (MZ-V7S1T0B/AM) Hard Drive: Seagate - BarraCuda 4TB 5400RPM SATA III 6Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Heatsink: Thermaltake - UX100 ARGB Universal CPU Cooler Thermal Compound: Thermal Grizzly - Kryonaut Thermal Grease - 1g Any advice is greatly appreciated; I have been reading lots of articles about PC builds and I would love to start learning, but I still feel very inexperienced and nervous about choosing my own parts. Thank you. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments magarity ✭✭ March 14 The 3060 (non- Ti) is what everyone wants for those graphic and video editing software because it has 12GB of memory as opposed to the 8GB that all the others come with. You might consider that upgrade well worth it. If necessary downgrade to an i5 from the i7 in order to upgrade the 3050 to a 3060. The heatsink for CPU you have listed is very sad, Please upgrade that for certain, something like a Sythe Fuma2 or Noctua NHD15. Depending on what you pick many come with preapplied thermal paste so don't automatically assume you need the Kryonaut. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Neilyohh ✭ March 15 get one of the z690 chipsets get the samsung 980 PRO SSD dont get the RGB ram its a waste of power. goood idea for the 850 watt ps. consider buying 2 2tb HDD and run RAID 0 or 1 hes right about the heatsink, buy a noctua try to get greater than 32 gb ram if you can afford it good luck on building it for 1600 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin March 15 To add on to the above suggestions, I would recommend a 7200RPM drive for your mass storage (4TB drive) instead of a 5400RPM. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TAPEthan ✭✭ March 16 1. Switch out the Intel Core i7-11700K for the Core i5-12600K or 12600KF(if it is cheaper), as that will provide better performance for a similar price(around $250). 2.Get a GIGABYTE B660M motherboard for $120, or a similarly priced B660 motherboard, as it is not worth it to pay for the overclocking abilities. ALTHOUGH if you do want to overclock, you should get any reputable Z690 board around $180 or lower. 3.Any 32 GB with 3200 MHz+ kit could work, discounts if you go without RGB, but that's a personal choice(around $120). 4.A Powerspec or G.Skill 650W 80+ Bronze should be more than enough to power the system(around $55). 5.Consider getting a larger SSD storage and smaller hard drive storage. 6.Honestly, right now, the RTX 3050 costs so much(around $400+), you probably would be better off getting a RX 6600 or 6600 XT for around the same price, as both provide much better rasterization power. 7.Heatsink and thermal compound looks good(if not a little premium). This build is around actually like $1200 if you do put together a build like this, so like great build overall and hope you find my suggestions useful! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Yingdong ✭✭ March 17 I'd advice you to go with ryzen, 11th gen intel cpu had little improvement over the aging 10th gen intel. While the 12th gen intel cpu, ddr5 ram and their motherboards still has this high price tag. CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 5900x (currently $400 at microcenter) motherboard: B550 aorus elite(currently $150 at microcenter, bundle and get the $20 off) ram: Crucial Ballistix 16gb x 2 @3200mhzCL16(Crucial c9 series E-die great for overclocking, ~$115 at amazon) GPU: 3060ti(~$650 at newegg, or where ever you can grab one at near retail price) PSU: Corsair rm750x(amazon on sale at $75, https://www.amazon.com/CORSAIR-RM750x-Certified-Modular-Supply/dp/B079HGN5QS) m2: 980 pro 1tb(~$140 when discounted, had gone down to $120 once) Cooler: if you don't care about liquid cooler, I'd suggest you go with Thermalright at ~$60, try this:https://www.amazon.com/Thermalright-140-V3-ARGB-Technology/dp/B09CGW8B22 I promise you would be impressed) Case: NZXT H510 is good enough($85) Thermal paste: any thing like, any brand you trust(~$10) The whole thing comes up around $1665, if you feel it's too much, cut down a bit on gpu. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.9K All Categories 1.2K The Blog 60 What's Trending 15 Past News and Updates 185 How to & Technical Guides 13 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking 2 Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 20 3D Printers 20 Maker 32 PC Build Guides 120 Reviews & Buying Guides 55 Build Showcase 27 Contests 48 Past Contests 1.6K The Community 1.9K General Discussion 105 New Members 246 Consumer Tech 67 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 100 Software 8 Audio/Visual 27 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 33 3D Printing 69 Retro Arcade/Gaming 92 All Other Tech 1.6K Store Information and Policy 77 Off Topic 16 Community Ideas & Feedback 120 Your Completed Builds 2.9K Build-Your-Own PC 1.9K Help Choosing Parts 251 Graphics Cards 200 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 73 Cases and Power Supplies 23 Air and Liquid Cooling 26 Monitors and Displays 33 Peripherals 19 All Other Parts 28 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article MacBook Pro battery — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › Help Choosing Parts MacBook Pro battery dsaffold ✭ June 2020 in Help Choosing Parts It seems my battery on my MacBook Pro (2015) has pooped out. I think I just need to replace it. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments Ian admin June 2020 Greetings. This is something the Micro Center store service departments can assist with. All you would need to do is bring the unit into your nearest Micro Center store and speak with the service department on your right. It is a first come, first serve service and the service department will be able to answer any questions regarding service pricing and turnaround rates. The only service pricing we have available over phone, chat, or email is listed on this link: http://www.microcenter.com/site/service/service.aspx. For a more exact estimate, please bring the unit into the store and speak with our service department. Our service team would be able to assist with any exact service pricing or turnaround rates.   0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook mhead110 ✭ November 2020 My 2017 MacBook Pro also needs a new battery. Clicking on the battery symbol brings the message "Service recommended". I called apple and made an appointment through them with the Microcenter in Cambridge Mass.  Since there is no service that can be done on the battery, I just wanted to get a new one. I called Microcenter Main number, and they said that my local store had the battery I needed (I believe they said it would be about 150 or $160 installed). They said it would take an hour or two and could be done while I waited. When I got to the Cambridge, MA Microcenter service area, I was told that they could take my computer for two or three days and do an analysis for $40. I asked if that $40 would go towards the cost of a new battery and installation, and they said no.  Furthermore,  they said, no, they didn't have any batteries in stock, in fact they never keep batteries in stock.   And in order to order a battery from apple, they would have to keep my computer for 7 to 10 days. Now,  the computer operates fine, it's just that the battery is failing.  It makes no sense that they have to keep my computer during the time they are ordering the battery. I offered to pay for it upfront, but still they said it wasn't possible for me to keep the computer while they order the battery. How insane is this? The tech said that it was Apple policy – which makes no Sense at all. When I asked to speak to his supervisor, he said no one was available, everybody was in a meeting. So I took my computer and left.If this is really Apple policy can anyone explain how that makes any sense? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSPhillipT admin November 2020 Hello @mhead110 Thank you for posting on the community and I apologize for the issues you have when it comes to our service desk.  You should be receiving an email from me regarding this issue.   0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.9K All Categories 1.2K The Blog 60 What's Trending 15 Past News and Updates 185 How to & Technical Guides 13 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking 2 Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 20 3D Printers 20 Maker 32 PC Build Guides 120 Reviews & Buying Guides 55 Build Showcase 27 Contests 48 Past Contests 1.6K The Community 1.9K General Discussion 105 New Members 246 Consumer Tech 67 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 100 Software 8 Audio/Visual 27 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 33 3D Printing 69 Retro Arcade/Gaming 92 All Other Tech 1.6K Store Information and Policy 77 Off Topic 16 Community Ideas & Feedback 120 Your Completed Builds 2.9K Build-Your-Own PC 1.9K Help Choosing Parts 251 Graphics Cards 200 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 73 Cases and Power Supplies 23 Air and Liquid Cooling 26 Monitors and Displays 33 Peripherals 19 All Other Parts 28 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? See other custom PC builds and get some ideas for what can be done View Build Showcase View builds by: AMD Processors Intel Processors RTX 3090 RTX 3080 RTX 2080 Ti RTX 2080 Super RTX 2070 Super RTX 2070 RTX 2060 Super Radeon RX 5700XT Radeon RX 5700 Air Cooled Liquid Cooled SAME DAY CUSTOM BUILD SERVICE If You Can Dream it, We Can Build it. Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article Ender v3 pro — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › Consumer Tech › 3D Printing Ender v3 pro tedw52 ✭ March 2021 edited March 2021 in 3D Printing On an Ender v3 pro I am adding a laser, can I use a switch to select printer or laser? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Best Answer tedw52 ✭ March 2021 Answer ✓ Thank you. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Answers Ian admin March 2021 Greetings, as this is a customization not typically supported by the printer, we would not really have the best information on this. I did find this guide online that may be able to answer your questions about this process: https://all3dp.com/2/ender-3-laser-engraver-upgrade-all-you-need-to-know/ 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AlexPasseno Columbus OH Store Associate March 2021 I guess its possible to build one, though typically youre going to want to put the laser on a fan port on the printer mb itself! (if you do make it yourself just note that that plug type is JST-XH pick up a crimping kit itll change your life!!) 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.9K All Categories 1.2K The Blog 60 What's Trending 15 Past News and Updates 185 How to & Technical Guides 13 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking 2 Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 20 3D Printers 20 Maker 32 PC Build Guides 120 Reviews & Buying Guides 55 Build Showcase 27 Contests 48 Past Contests 1.6K The Community 1.9K General Discussion 105 New Members 246 Consumer Tech 67 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 100 Software 8 Audio/Visual 27 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 33 3D Printing 69 Retro Arcade/Gaming 92 All Other Tech 1.6K Store Information and Policy 77 Off Topic 16 Community Ideas & Feedback 120 Your Completed Builds 2.9K Build-Your-Own PC 1.9K Help Choosing Parts 251 Graphics Cards 200 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 73 Cases and Power Supplies 23 Air and Liquid Cooling 26 Monitors and Displays 33 Peripherals 19 All Other Parts 28 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? See other custom PC builds and get some ideas for what can be done View Build Showcase View builds by: AMD Processors Intel Processors RTX 3090 RTX 3080 RTX 2080 Ti RTX 2080 Super RTX 2070 Super RTX 2070 RTX 2060 Super Radeon RX 5700XT Radeon RX 5700 Air Cooled Liquid Cooled SAME DAY CUSTOM BUILD SERVICE If You Can Dream it, We Can Build it. Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article Intel Core i9-12900KS Build Guide — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › PC Build Guides Intel Core i9-12900KS Build Guide MicroCenterOfficial admin April 5 edited April 20 in PC Build Guides The "World's Fastest Desktop Processor" has launched and we're celebrating with a day of benchmarks, breakdowns, and build guides! Now, of course, Intel's Fastest Desktop Processor deserves nothing less than the best, so we've gone all out for this build. Check the whole thing out below! Processor: Intel Core i9-12900KS Alder Lake 3.4GHz Sixteen-Core LGA 1700 Boxed Processor Intel isn't lying when they call the Core i9-12900KS the "World's Fastest Desktop Processors," and you can check out benchmarks for proof. With 16 cores and 24 threads, the i9-12900KS supports both PCIe 4.0 and 5.0, DDR5 and DDR4, with a base E-core speed of 2.50GHz and a base P-core speed of 3.4GHz. The whole chip can reach an astounding max Turbo Frequency of 5.50Ghz! You're definitely going to want an AIO - at least - to really get the most out of this processor without thermal throttling it. Something like the ASUS ROG STRIX LC II 360mm RGB CPU Water Cooling Kit! Motherboard: ASUS Z690-E ROG Strix Gaming WiFi DDR5 Intel LGA 1700 ATX Motherboard While the Core i9-12900KS can support DDR4, if you want to get the most out of the chip (and you absolutely should!) you need DDR5 and a motherboard that supports DDR5. The ASUS Z690-E will make full use of every bit of power you put in it and has support for PCIe 5.0, keeping you on the bleeding edge. Graphics Card: EVGA NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti FTW3 ULTRA Triple Fan 24GB GDDR6X PCIe 4.0 Graphics Card Powerful CPU? Check. Powerful motherboard? Check. Powerful GPU? An absolute must. The EVGA NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti is the absolute peak of NVIDIA's lineup. Built with an absolutely massive 24GB of GDDR6X VRAM and a whopping 10752 CUDA cores, this GPU isn't just 4K ready, its 8k ready. RAM: G.Skill Trident Z5 RGB 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR5-5600 PC5-44800 CL36 Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit F5-5600J3636C16GX2-TZ5RK - Black We've said it with every part we've added and we're not going to stop now: If you're building with the i9-12900KS, go all out. DDR5 RAM is an absolute must, and 32GB is just the start. Double it with a second kit or increase the memory capacity and never ever worry about RAM again. Hard Drive: Samsung 980 Pro SSD 2TB M.2 NVMe Interface PCIe Gen 4x4 Internal Solid State Drive with V-NAND 3 bit MLC Technology (MZ-V8P2T0B/AM) & Seagate BarraCuda 8TB 5400RPM SATA III 6Gb/s 3.5" OEM Internal Hard Drive Speed and Space is the name of the game. Samsung's 980 Pro offers 2TB of space with blazing-fast NVMe speeds for your OS and anything else you want to put on it. Then, when you start to fill up, you can spill over into a 6TB standard HDD from Seagate. Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 1000 GT 80 Plus Gold 1000W Fully Modular Power Supply You'll need a big PSU for a build of this power, and an EVGA SuperNOVA 1000W is the way to go. With enough power to get your whole system up and running and then some, its a worthwhile investment for upgrading into the future. Case: Thermaltake Core P6 Tempered Glass ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - White We're shifting things up for the case - we've been using all black components up to this point, but a nice white open-air case will do wonders to highlight the raw power of the build and really accentuate what really matters: the parts. The full parts list can be found on our Custom PC Builder: https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder-intel.aspx?load=0b029ba5-55c4-4206-8486-6db87f14778b 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Leave a Comment Rich Text Editor. To edit a paragraph's style, hit tab to get to the paragraph menu. From there you will be able to pick one style. 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Categories 7.9K All Categories 1.2K The Blog 60 What's Trending 15 Past News and Updates 185 How to & Technical Guides 13 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking 2 Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 20 3D Printers 20 Maker 32 PC Build Guides 120 Reviews & Buying Guides 55 Build Showcase 27 Contests 48 Past Contests 1.6K The Community 1.9K General Discussion 105 New Members 246 Consumer Tech 67 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 100 Software 8 Audio/Visual 27 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 33 3D Printing 69 Retro Arcade/Gaming 92 All Other Tech 1.6K Store Information and Policy 77 Off Topic 16 Community Ideas & Feedback 120 Your Completed Builds 2.9K Build-Your-Own PC 1.9K Help Choosing Parts 251 Graphics Cards 200 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 73 Cases and Power Supplies 23 Air and Liquid Cooling 26 Monitors and Displays 34 Peripherals 19 All Other Parts 28 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? See other custom PC builds and get some ideas for what can be done View Build Showcase View builds by: AMD Processors Intel Processors RTX 3090 RTX 3080 RTX 2080 Ti RTX 2080 Super RTX 2070 Super RTX 2070 RTX 2060 Super Radeon RX 5700XT Radeon RX 5700 Air Cooled Liquid Cooled SAME DAY CUSTOM BUILD SERVICE If You Can Dream it, We Can Build it. 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For the BIOS, I know I can manually fix that, but for the others I'm no so sure. Can someone let me know about a motherboard that works with the rest of my build? Here's the list: Processor: AMD Ryzen 7 5800X CPU Cooler: NXZT Kraken X53 RAM: Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 32 GB Storage: Samsung 980 Pro 1 TB Graphics Card: Geforce RTX 3070 Power Supply: NZXT C750 Gold Case: NZXT H510 Elite Thanks in advance. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Best Answer Ian admin January 29 Answer ✓ Greetings. Any B550 AM4 board or X570 AM4 board would work for you. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Answers Aron105 ✭ January 29 Thanks! I found one and It looks like It'll work great 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin January 29 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/39647#Comment_39647 You're welcome, please let us know if you have any other questions. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.9K All Categories 1.2K The Blog 60 What's Trending 15 Past News and Updates 185 How to & Technical Guides 13 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking 2 Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 20 3D Printers 20 Maker 32 PC Build Guides 120 Reviews & Buying Guides 55 Build Showcase 27 Contests 48 Past Contests 1.6K The Community 1.9K General Discussion 105 New Members 246 Consumer Tech 67 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 100 Software 8 Audio/Visual 27 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 33 3D Printing 69 Retro Arcade/Gaming 92 All Other Tech 1.6K Store Information and Policy 77 Off Topic 16 Community Ideas & Feedback 120 Your Completed Builds 2.9K Build-Your-Own PC 1.9K Help Choosing Parts 251 Graphics Cards 200 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 73 Cases and Power Supplies 23 Air and Liquid Cooling 26 Monitors and Displays 34 Peripherals 19 All Other Parts 28 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? See other custom PC builds and get some ideas for what can be done View Build Showcase View builds by: AMD Processors Intel Processors RTX 3090 RTX 3080 RTX 2080 Ti RTX 2080 Super RTX 2070 Super RTX 2070 RTX 2060 Super Radeon RX 5700XT Radeon RX 5700 Air Cooled Liquid Cooled SAME DAY CUSTOM BUILD SERVICE If You Can Dream it, We Can Build it. 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I bought a AMD 5800X with a ASUS TUF Gaming X570 Pro WIFI + NVME Samsung 980 1TB M2 Gen4. I managed to install windows by setting CSM active in the bios and also updared the BIOS to the latest version. Now being in Windows 10 i have multiple problems with the ASUS drivers. I took the ones from the CD but most of them simply do not istall. Especially the LAN driver constantly stops installation at 10% in the driver SW. Going to the HW-monitor to update the driver manually it does not find any driver on the CD and also in the driver folder i downloaded on the intel page. Getting the new drivers from ASUS page also does not help as i cannot install the LAN driver. Only the chipset and the audio was ok. Of course i did a new Windows install once again to see if it works afterwards but no. Does anyone know what i could do? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments Ian admin April 2021 Greetings, the LAN driver from here does not work? https://www.asus.com/us/Motherboards-Components/Motherboards/TUF-Gaming/TUF-GAMING-X570-PRO-WI-FI/HelpDesk_Download/ Do you get any sort of error message / error code when you try to install it? Do the drivers show up in Device Manager at all? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook dbam ✭ April 2021 Hi! No this driver does not work, same as the driver from CD. as the board has Wi-Fi I managed to install this driver in the device manager but still even being connected to the internet it does not find the right driver for LAN... In the device manager I see the Ethernet with a questionmark on it but I can't find a driver when going to search. No error message, only the message that it could not find the right driver. Can this be some Bios setup?  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook dbam ✭ April 2021 Or could it be that Windows needs to be updated first? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook dbam ✭ April 2021 Ok the issue was really Windows. With the latest updates it worked. Strange because normally I need the network adapter to do Windows updates 😂 Good that the board has Wi-Fi.... 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin April 2021 I am glad to hear that worked out, reading over your latest post I figured we were looking at a Windows issue. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.9K All Categories 1.2K The Blog 60 What's Trending 15 Past News and Updates 185 How to & Technical Guides 13 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking 2 Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 20 3D Printers 20 Maker 32 PC Build Guides 120 Reviews & Buying Guides 55 Build Showcase 27 Contests 48 Past Contests 1.6K The Community 1.9K General Discussion 105 New Members 246 Consumer Tech 67 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 100 Software 8 Audio/Visual 27 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 33 3D Printing 69 Retro Arcade/Gaming 92 All Other Tech 1.6K Store Information and Policy 77 Off Topic 16 Community Ideas & Feedback 120 Your Completed Builds 2.9K Build-Your-Own PC 1.9K Help Choosing Parts 251 Graphics Cards 200 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 73 Cases and Power Supplies 23 Air and Liquid Cooling 26 Monitors and Displays 34 Peripherals 19 All Other Parts 28 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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And if you’re a creator, you know you need a computer that can handle whatever you need, as soon as you need it. And if you’re away, that desktop sitting at home isn’t going to deliver “as soon as you need it.” Thankfully, more and more laptops are starting to focus on creators of all types. From high-end video editing to mid-range audio editing and streaming and even budget writing and photo editing, there’s a creator laptop out there that will make your work-away-from-work life a lot easier.  What Makes a Good Editing Laptop? If you’re doing photo and video editing, you need a laptop that's color accurate, powerful, and portable. Color accuracy for a laptop’s screen is critical for any type of creative work (and gaming, if you’re hoping to pull double duty with your laptop). If you're a creator, you already know color accuracy is a must-have. Visual editing requires precision, and if the laptop is color-inaccurate, then the end product is likely to be a different color when viewed on another device. This might not sound like a big deal to non-creators, but if you’ve spent hours finding that perfect color for your art piece only to have it turn out the wrong shade…. However, if your focus is more on the cuts when editing video, you’ll want a greater emphasis on power. Attempting to trim, edit and add special effects to recorded videos with an average editing laptop can be painfully slow. The best work and performance laptops have a processor that is capable of heavy lifting, a solid GPU or integrated graphics, and a high-resolution display. The Best Laptops for Creators Asus Zenbook Pro Duo This multi-touch Asus laptop is one of the best laptops for multi-tasking content creators. Powered by a 2.4 gigahertz Intel Core i9 processor, the laptop allows users to work in multiple programs seamlessly. 32 GB of DDR4 RAM, along with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 graphic card, makes this an absolute powerhouse of editing. Not to mention, the double screen offers users a unique display option that allows users to work on multiple screens at the same time. Save screen space by putting your audio work on the bottom while you focus on the video! Of course, no editing laptop would be complete without a fantastic audio system, and the Pro Duo comes prepared. This audio system is the collaborative efforts of the experts at Harmon Kardon and the ASUS Golden Ear team. Microsoft Surface Pro X The Surface Pro is a hybrid between laptop/tablet, which tend to be more recreation focused, rather than work. The Surface Pro, however, hides a lot of power in its wildly versatile design. Equipped with a Microsoft SQ2 processor, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, and a crystal-clear 13.2” screen, the Surface Pro is your stealth workhorse. The Microsoft Surface Pro 2-in-1’s are a regular go-to for creators, thanks in no small part to their wide number of configurations and specs available. MacBook Pro The new MacBook Pro of Apple is often the go-to laptop for whenever creators are looking to upgrade their devices. Featuring a 16” retina display, a magic keyboard with a scissor mechanism, advanced thermal regulation, and everything else you could need to work on the go.  Designers at Apple have focused on the MacBook’s design and integrated features for professional use. It has all the capabilities to help creators produce high-scale and advanced content of all types: videography, photography, and audio editing are all a breeze with the Macbook Pro. The MacBook Pro also comes in a wide range of models to choose from, so you can get exactly what you’re looking for.  Budget Laptops For Creators We’ve dug into some heavy hitters so far, but heavy hitters come with some heavy price tags. If you’re looking for something a bit more wallet-friendly that will still get the job done, we’ve got those too. Lenovo IdeaPad Laptops While not as flashy as some of the other models, the Lenovo IdeaPad series is the ideal work laptop: Lightweight and portable, with power to spare. The IdeaPad series is quite varied as well, offering fantastic writing laptops for as low as $430 all the way up to 4K photo editors. Whatever you’re looking to do, the IdeaPad will do it on the go without draining your bank. Acer A5 The Acer A5 retails around $530, and may just be one of the best laptops in terms of value for money. Its solid yet light frame makes the laptop easy to carry around while hiding a surprising amount of power. The display on this laptop is 15.6” full HD with an accurate color display, making it fantastic for on-the-fly video editing. Its sharp color profile also makes it amazing for gaming as well.  Final thoughts Creators, more than anyone, need to be careful when choosing a work laptop. Almost every component has the potential to bottleneck speeds, so be sure to do your research before purchasing. Know what you are looking for and what you're going to use it for. Hopefully, this guide has put you on the right path to the perfect creator laptop for you, but if you have any more questions or are looking for any more recommendations, be sure to stop by your local Micro Center! More from the Micro Center Community: Looking for more computer buying guides? We’ve got a full section dedicated to reviews and buying guides as well as The Ultimate Guide to Buying a Gaming Laptop, How to Choose Parts for you Custom PC Build, The Best Laptops for Under $1000, and reviews of the Maingear Vector Pro Series. And if you can’t find what you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to post a new discussion and the Community will be happy to help! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments Seanwdym ✭ December 2021 edited December 2021 What about very specific use case like... 3D render - blender, unreal engine High Res 4k and up video editing - premier  GPU recommendations and tgp specifications For example would a 3070/8gb @ 80 watts  Or going for higher tgp is better like 3070/8gb @ 95 or 110 or the highest available to like 140w And moving on to 3080/16gb ... Is 165w better compared to lower tgp ... Can you explain the difference in performance from a creator's use case Is it just mostly for gaming so that the higher tgp can push more resulting in better fps etc... 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook MicroCenterOfficial admin December 2021 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/38528#Comment_38528 Hi @Seanwdym - In general, more GPU power is going to work better for both of your use cases, particularly for 3D rendering (You'll want the most VRAM for that). If you're looking to focus more on 4K editing, a 3070 would do just fine. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Seanwdym ✭ December 2021 thank you Sean, ok so in general higher tgp is better. Are there any particular models you recommend that you carry 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Seanwdym ✭ December 2021 For 3D render and video edits 4k and up 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin December 2021 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/38558#Comment_38558 Did you have an intended budget in mind? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Seanwdym ✭ December 2021 Well... My ceiling is 4k but ideally under $3500.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin December 2021 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/38608#Comment_38608 Thank you for the information. Which Micro Center store would you be nearest to? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Seanwdym ✭ December 2021 Parkville, Maryland - 1957 E Joppa Rd, Parkville, MD 21234 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin December 2021 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/38637#Comment_38637 I'd look at this option, looks like they have it in stock as of writing this post at Parkville. https://www.microcenter.com/product/642837/asus-rog-strix-scar-17-g733qsa-xb99-173-gaming-laptop-computer-black 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Leave a Comment Rich Text Editor. To edit a paragraph's style, hit tab to get to the paragraph menu. From there you will be able to pick one style. Nothing defaults to paragraph. An inline formatting menu will show up when you select text. Hit tab to get into that menu. Some elements, such as rich link embeds, images, loading indicators, and error messages may get inserted into the editor. 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