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Community Article Ho Do I Do this case? — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards Ho Do I Do this case? Jeff_Suh ✭ July 29 in CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards Please, someone explain the stories below at MicroCenter (Paterson, New Jersey)   March  8,  2021 at MicroCenter (Paterson, New Jersey)  Built own desktop (all set-up done by recommended store professional assistant at the store with Windows 10 Pro (OS), Assembly at the same store, $2,570.00   Monday, July 19, 2021  In the morning, the computer is not booting We stop by the same location Microcenter for service repairing Microcenter service number #[email protected]@1 On the record service # [email protected]@1, Motherboard will not detect any drives. if necessary Data backup: Yes. Expected days to bench: 7 days We explained everything  – This desktop was assembled in MicroCenter and it has only been 4 months since After we confirmed calling the store, we told them we bought Windows 10 Pro (OS) for the desktop, and that if they need to install it again, we will stop by the store and drop the Windows 10 Pro (OS) card with serial number information.      MicroCenter (Paterson, New Jersey) answered -  No, you do not need to stop by and drop the Windows 10 Pro (OS) card. -----Looks like there are no problems except 1 simple question, why is a 4 month-used desktop down.--- However the problems started July 21, Wednesday, July 21 - text message: “Hello Kwangsun, this is Val at micro center. You're SSD is unreadable so I cannot do the $150 backup. I used an external test and it booted and passed diag. You would need a new SSD, install and windows install. Cost to do so with the same capacity drive is $400” I replied, “Please, Send all inquiry or invoice to our email, [email protected]” Text message from MicroCenter: “ I am gone today, will reach out again tomorrow and check” I replied,  “Call this number 240-426-XXXX, and explain all”   Until Saturday no one explained. Saturday, July 24, text message:  “I see the SSD is under warranty, we can replace the product but would still need to charge labor to install the drive and windows as builds have a 90 warranty and it is over those 90 days. I will call as well and Labor to install and do windows is $200” I replied,  “Please, call this number, 240-426-XXXX” Text message: “ I did call and got voicemail, if you can call at  973-653-2187, option 3  when available” However, we did not get any voice message, we even tried calling hundreds of times to that number. But we got automatically dropped.   On Sunday, we called that number but was automatically dropped again. After giving up calling, We sent a text message: “we will stop by tomorrow, Please call me for confirming. And also we will pick up the old SSD for Manufacturer's inspection . Please do not throw away.” Finally a text message came: “Tech is not in today, and she had tried to contact you twice last night but got your voice mail both times. We can exchange the SSD as its within the year and its our brand, but labor wise for us to do the repairs would be out of pocket, which is 200 before tax. Please confirm if you approve or decline repairs.” I replied, “OK Approved, We confirm that the new SSD , Please, Call this number, 240-426-XXXX.”       However, no one called me.  On Monday,  July 26, We tried hundreds of calling  but no one answered, sometimes automatically dropped. We sent 5 texts, but no one replied On Tuesday,  July 27. Finally Finally, we stopped by the store at the service desk at around 11 AM. My boss and I complained, but no one knew about this. My boss was disappointed with MicroCenter. We could not even pick up any information about the desktop.  The service center clerk said, come back to the office, and wait for some message from Microcenter. One hours later (12:15pm), we received text messages from MicroCenter, “Hello, your technician was off the last two days and comes in at 1pm. They will reach out later this afternoon” We received another text message at 3.27pm, “Hello the unit is complete and ready to pick up,”   On Wednesday,  July 28.  Around 11:20am We stop by that store and we paid , $209.92 ( included  OS REIMAGE- $99.99,  and SSD UPGRADE - $99.99 : we lost all data on the SSD) Also we asked: why did no one reply when we said we had a Windows 10 Pro OS . But the clerk said, “I do not know. “ My boss told the clerk, “We need the old SSD” The clerk said, “No, because of warranty , we cannot return the Origin (Old) SSD” My boss did not want to take time with this, so we picked up that repaired Desktop and came back to the office. However,  because of all data and Apps(Programs) lost, ( did not backup)   we tried to install Excel, Photoshop ,etc….   But we could not install it. The desktop froze again.  It restarted automatically or froze with a blue screen. We stopped by again the same day twice and we opened a new service number, #[email protected]@1 Also, my boss met the technician(Valeria, Lead Technician) , and asked, why did you install Windows 10 Home (OS) when we told you we had Windows 10 Pro OS . The technician (Valeria) replied with a very unkind voice to my boss, “ One machine one OS” After her voice, my boss stopped asking. He just received a copied service `”Repair Order Check-In document, then came back to his office then told all his employees, “Do not buy from MicroCenter anymore, Order ‘Dell’ online now”.  -----Until here, an only 4 month old desktop’s sad story. --- How Do I DO ? is something strange ? it is OK that we lost all data from the SSD . But still something strange feeling ,,, why??? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Best Answer Ian admin July 29 Accepted Answer https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/9133/ho-do-i-do-this-case Hello, I have sent you an email regarding this. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 6.9K All Categories 1K The Blog 32 What's Trending 167 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 16 3D Printers 10 Maker 16 PC Build Guides 96 Reviews & Buying Guides 34 Build Showcase 17 Contests 39 Past Contests 993 The Community 1.7K General Discussion 104 New Members 120 Consumer Tech 41 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 76 Software 4 Audio/Visual 13 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 25 3D Printing 52 Retro Arcade/Gaming 85 All Other Tech 1.3K Store Information and Policy 51 Off Topic 8 Community Ideas & Feedback 113 Your Completed Builds 2.6K Build-Your-Own PC 1.7K Help Choosing Parts 223 Graphics Cards 170 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 62 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 16 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 10 All Other Parts 22 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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Thoughts? — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › Help Choosing Parts Working on a budget friendly sustainable desktop for at-home business. Thoughts? HighlandKid55105 ✭ March 14 in Help Choosing Parts I've been tasked with helping a client replace their older Dell Optiplex used for personal use and an at-home business with a long-term and reliable desktop having the sustainability to upgrade parts as needed. I began this build and now I'm looking to wrap up loose ends and get parts ordered and appreciate any feedback. Budget: Under $1k Applications: Microsoft Office, Web Browser, Quickbooks, and Salesforce Compatibility Requirements: Typical KVM connections including DVI or HDMI monitor, Logitech wireless keyboard, and mouse. A wireless HP printer already connected to the network. Configure Your PC: https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder-intel.aspx?load=8988489d-c564-4fee-995f-b73e4fc100d6 https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder-intel.aspx?load=8988489d-c564-4fee-995f-b73e4fc100d6 CPU: (1) Intel Core i7-10700K Comet Lake 3.8GHz Eight-Core LGA 1200 Boxed Processor ($249.99 EACH) Motherboard: (1) MSI Z490-A PRO Intel LGA 1200 ATX Motherboard ($169.99 EACH) RAM: (1) TeamGroup T-FORCE VULCAN Z 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4-3200 PC4-25600 CL16 Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit TLZGD432G3200H - Gray ($149.99 EACH) Case: (1) NZXT H510 Tempered Glass ATX Mid-Tower Computer Case - Black ($69.99 EACH) Power Supply: (1) EVGA 500 Watt 80 Plus ATX Non-Modular Power Supply ($49.99 EACH) 2.5" SSD: (1) Inland Professional 1TB SSD 3D NAND SATA III 6Gb/s 2.5" Internal Solid State Drive ($89.99 EACH) Optical Drive: (1) ASUS 24x Internal DVD±RW SATA Writer ($24.99 EACH) Heatsink: (1) Thermaltake UX100 ARGB Universal CPU Cooler ($19.99 EACH) Thermal Compound: (1) Corsair TM30 Performance Thermal Paste ($9.99 EACH) Case Fans: (1) Corsair LL120 RGB Hydraulic Bearing 120mm Case Fan ($39.99 EACH) Total: $874.90 Generated by Micro Center https://www.microcenter.com (3/14/2021 1:51:44 AM) 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TSTDavey admin March 14 Hello @HighlandKid55105 and thanks for posting on the Microcenter Community Forum. The Thermaltake RGB cooler may not fit the 10700K cpu as its socket type is LGA 1200. The Thermaltake doesn't look to fit LGA 1200. You can look at the Cooler Master Hyper 212 RGB or the Noctua NH-U12A cooler. Also you won't need thermal paste as the coolers already come with thermal paste. Last you'll need an Operating System unless you already have a license copy of Windows. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook HighlandKid55105 ✭ March 14 Already have Win10, I assume the video card is optional, correct? The below link is the changes you advised. Anything else? Looks good? https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder-intel.aspx?load=f2157390-7de4-4cbc-93b4-db6bc70e78ed 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin March 15 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/29391#Comment_29391 Yes, the Intel processor you have selected has built-in graphics so if you aren't doing any gaming, no need for an extra video card at this time. That does looks good to me! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook HighlandKid55105 ✭ March 15 edited March 15 Great! The client is retired and wants this to be an affordable but psudo-sort-of "forever" computer. Given that, I assume this build offers accessible hardware upgrades as time will inevitably deem necessary, correct? The sustainability I was aiming for was another 11, 12 maybe 15 years given what would be DDR5 (or maybe even 6)128gb of supported ram and what would be either upgrade to whatever supported later edition i9 it can handle and perhaps as he may use it as a DIY roku-tv-type Kodi-isc media server. Maybe add that graphics card if for HD viewing or grandkids want to game on it. I want to set expectations and adhere to his under 1k budget as much as I can while still ensuring viable longevity. If this has that, Ill order it today. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook HighlandKid55105 ✭ March 15 If there is any other cost-cutting advice I can use to get it even more affordable but keeping it a solid choice without the need for upgrades any time soon, I know he'll appreciate that. I'm going to have it out of the box turn-on-ready after reinstalling everything. The extra savings I figured might be used to invest in a larger hard drive or external drive. Thanks! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook HighlandKid55105 ✭ March 16 I shaved some dollars off but nothing noticeable. It's a good price for the hardware. I think this may be as low as I can get it. Thoughts? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin March 16 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/29429#Comment_29429 It's hard to speculate on yet to release items like that. Typically newer processors and generations of RAM can require a motherboard swap. Typically every couple years or so it seems the socket type for processors (at least for Intel) changes which would require a motherboard swap to something new to be compatible. With what you have, you can add on a video card at any time with what you have picked out however. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin March 16 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/29543#Comment_29543 If you're still referring to this list: https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder-intel.aspx Looks good to me! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook HighlandKid55105 ✭ March 16 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/29573#Comment_29573 Would AMD be a better route for increased longevity? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook HighlandKid55105 ✭ March 16 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/29574#Comment_29574 Here is the updated link.. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder-intel.aspx 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTDavey admin March 16 @HighlandKid55105 just chiming in. For durability and longevity, both AMD and Intel are very stable processors. If anything were to go out it would be another computer component (ex., motherboard, PSU, etc.). With that being said, I believe the AMD chips are described as lasting up to 5 years and the Intel chips are up to 6-10 years. You can't go wrong with either chip really. But if you're only focused on the CPU lasting many years and not the other components, than go with an Intel chip. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 6.9K All Categories 1K The Blog 32 What's Trending 167 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 16 3D Printers 10 Maker 16 PC Build Guides 96 Reviews & Buying Guides 34 Build Showcase 17 Contests 39 Past Contests 993 The Community 1.7K General Discussion 104 New Members 120 Consumer Tech 41 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 76 Software 4 Audio/Visual 13 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 25 3D Printing 52 Retro Arcade/Gaming 85 All Other Tech 1.3K Store Information and Policy 51 Off Topic 8 Community Ideas & Feedback 113 Your Completed Builds 2.6K Build-Your-Own PC 1.7K Help Choosing Parts 223 Graphics Cards 170 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 62 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 16 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 10 All Other Parts 22 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? See other custom PC builds and get some ideas for what can be done View Build Showcase View builds by: AMD Processors Intel Processors RTX 3090 RTX 3080 RTX 2080 Ti RTX 2080 Super RTX 2070 Super RTX 2070 RTX 2060 Super Radeon RX 5700XT Radeon RX 5700 Air Cooled Liquid Cooled SAME DAY CUSTOM BUILD SERVICE If You Can Dream it, We Can Build it. Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2021 Powered By Vanilla Community Article Monitor Upgrades — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › Peripherals Monitor Upgrades santa2452 Columbus, Ohio ✭ July 2020 edited June 3 in Peripherals Hey everyone, I have had the same setup for about 4 years now, I purchased a Powerspec G313 in 2016 rocking the GTX 1070, with three 24 inch dell monitors. So many monitors have come about, including curved screens and certainly ones with higher resolution and refresh rate options. My question though is upgrading from a 1080p with 60hz going to make a difference, is it really as good as the numbers make it look. In my experience sometimes getting that 1440 resolution may not be the greatest on smaller screens. I play a lot of simulation games such as Stellaris, Prison Architect, Production Line, and Transport Fever. What are you thoughts on the different refresh rates and do you think I would notice a big improvement on these games upgrading? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TSPhillipT admin July 2020 Hello @santa2452, welcome to the Micro Center Community! I think one of the first things to look at is if your original monitors were using TN panels or not, as monitors have received better color quality in recent years.  It was one of the first things I noticed when upgrading from my 1080p monitor to a 1440p monitor were the significantly better colors as I was upgrading from a TN to IPS monitor.  I do think refresh rate is more important if you prefer more smoothness in gameplay or looking for every inch of competitive edge during gaming.  If you are mainly playing simulation games and aren't having issues with your current settings, I don't think increasing your refresh rate should be a reason to upgrade or change out your monitor.  I think the sweet spot for resolution and refresh rate is 1440p with 120-144Hz.  I don't really like the idea of 4K 60FPS gaming as I am currently on 144Hz, and I didn't notice a difference in 1080P 240Hz gaming outside of a few fighting games... though if I were to get back into competitive fighters, I would consider downgrading resolution for the higher refresh rate.   0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin July 2020 edited July 2020 Personally speaking, I think the jump from 60Hz to 144 is very noticeable, however the types of games I play are more action/FPS/esports type titles. For the types of games you're playing, I don't think it would make any major difference in terms of gameplay. You'd notice a difference in overall smoothness, but probably wouldn't be the same as what you'd see in something like CSGO where it actually feels better to play because of how sensitive an FPS game is to your framerate.  Resolution is going to depend a bit. For a 24-inch monitor, your pixel density is still good at 1080p and I'd say 1440p is a little much at that monitor size. For 27" monitors and higher sizes, I'd say 1440p is definitely more worthwhile, especially if you sit close to your monitor. I have a 27" 1440p monitor and I've run it at 1080p, and I thought it was pretty noticeable that 1080p isn't quite enough at 27".   Ultimately it comes down to personal preference. If you don't plan on using anything more than a 24" monitor, I'd say you can't really go wrong with 1080p/144Hz, and you may find other games you play will benefit a lot from the increased FPS.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook santa2452 Columbus, Ohio ✭ July 2020 edited July 2020 Thanks for the feedback, I am glad I was on the right track with screen size impacting resolution. I like the flexibility of having three screens, though I have considering upgrading to larger size. I have seen a lot of ultra wide monitors though and considering upgrading to one of them since it appears some of the larger options, would providing the same screen room as my current triple monitor setup. What are your thoughts on these ultrawide options and even the difference with curved alternatives. I stream a twice a week, and tend to have a lot of windows open, but I always feel like going to a larger monitor compared to three separate smaller monitors might be more restrictive. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMichaelB admin July 2020 santa2452 said: Thanks for the feedback, I am glad I was on the right track with screen size impacting resolution. I like the flexibility of having three screens, though I have considering upgrading to larger size. I have seen a lot of ultra wide monitors though and considering upgrading to one of them since it appears some of the larger options, would providing the same screen room as my current triple monitor setup. What are your thoughts on these ultrawide options and even the difference with curved alternatives. I stream a twice a week, and tend to have a lot of windows open, but I always feel like going to a larger monitor compared to three separate smaller monitors might be more restrictive. Ultrawides are definitely an interesting option, but you need to be careful when considering an ultrawide for gaming. If you game in full-screen mode, you need to make sure your games support 21:9 aspect ratios, or else you'll end up with letterboxing. If you game in a windowed mode, you won't have this problem. From a productivity perspective, they are phenomenal as you can simply place your various applications and browser windows anywhere on the desktop and view all of them simultaneously, much like you would on a triple monitor setup, but without the bezel interruption. I personally considered an ultrawide at one point, but eventually settled on a 55 inch 4k OLED TV after I learned they supported Nvidia's G-Sync technology. 120hz, buttery smooth motion with amazing contrast from the OLED panel, hard to beat that gaming experience! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Err0h ✭✭✭✭✭ July 2020 I currently use a Samsung CHG90 49" as an ultrawide option for a dedicated sim racing monitor and more recently, a MAG341CQ 34" as my everyday driver.  As @TSMichaelB states, yes using an ultrawide will mean you will want to check to see if whatever game/software supports 21:9 resolutions, otherwise you will see letterboxing.  I've already seen this with Riot's new shooter, Valorant.   The 21:9 option has been super helpful with video editing as well.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 6.9K All Categories 1K The Blog 32 What's Trending 167 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 16 3D Printers 10 Maker 16 PC Build Guides 96 Reviews & Buying Guides 34 Build Showcase 17 Contests 39 Past Contests 993 The Community 1.7K General Discussion 104 New Members 120 Consumer Tech 41 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 76 Software 4 Audio/Visual 13 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 25 3D Printing 52 Retro Arcade/Gaming 85 All Other Tech 1.3K Store Information and Policy 51 Off Topic 8 Community Ideas & Feedback 113 Your Completed Builds 2.6K Build-Your-Own PC 1.7K Help Choosing Parts 223 Graphics Cards 170 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 62 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 16 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 10 All Other Parts 22 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? See other custom PC builds and get some ideas for what can be done View Build Showcase View builds by: AMD Processors Intel Processors RTX 3090 RTX 3080 RTX 2080 Ti RTX 2080 Super RTX 2070 Super RTX 2070 RTX 2060 Super Radeon RX 5700XT Radeon RX 5700 Air Cooled Liquid Cooled SAME DAY CUSTOM BUILD SERVICE If You Can Dream it, We Can Build it. Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2021 Powered By Vanilla Community Article Price changes/Price matching — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › Store Information and Policy Price changes/Price matching FirstnameLastName ✭ June 2020 in Store Information and Policy The Ender 3 pro 3D printer had a price change of $50 dollars after the July First (With no mention of a sale or anything ending) . My closet microcenter is about an hour away so I was going to wait to wait to get the printer through later in the month, untill I noticed the price change. Does microcenter price match or adjust earlier prices? I kept calling my store but no matter the time, their "Queue" is full. I'd understand if it was a small change like $5-15, but $50 is a huge difference, I could buy a few rolls with that extra cash. If I can't get the price from Microcenter, I'd be better off getting it from Ender's official site. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TSTonyV admin June 2020 Hello @FirstnameLastName! Welcome to the Community.  Unfortunately we do not match to previous listed prices, but we can price match to other major retailers depending on availability and some other factors. Unfortunately the Creality website is not one of our approved price match vendors so we cannot match to their listing.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook FirstnameLastName ✭ June 2020 TSTonyV said: Hello @FirstnameLastName! Welcome to the Community.  Unfortunately we do not match to previous listed prices, but we can price match to other major retailers depending on availability and some other factors. Unfortunately the Creality website is not one of our approved price match vendors so we cannot match to their listing.  Thanks for the response, what are the other "major retailers" that you price match with? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin June 2020 I don't have a full list I can provide, but when I say "major retailers" I'm referring to retailers like Best Buy, Walmart, Amazon, Newegg, and other retailers in that sort of category. In the case of Amazon and Newegg, and some other retailers that allow for third party sellers, the products need to be sold/shipped by the retailers. For manufacturers we match to most major manufacturer websites, typically with the larger brands like Dell, Samsung, ASUS, HP, etc... If there's a specific listing you come across, you're always welcome to send it to us and we can check on an approval.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook FirstnameLastName ✭ June 2020 TSTonyV said: If there's a specific listing you come across, you're always welcome to send it to us and we can check on an approval.  https://www.creality3dofficial.com/products/creality-ender-3-pro-3d-printer  https://www.amazon.com/Creality-Printer-Meanwell-Removable-Cmagnet/dp/B07JJNX135/ref=sr_1_8?dchild=1&keywords=creality+ender+3+pro&qid=1591219784&sr=8-8 Those are just the official website, and amazon. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin June 2020 For the Amazon listing, it's actually being sold by a third party seller so we wouldn't be able to match it. It would need to be sold/shipped by Amazon.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook M19 ✭ November 2020 Noticed the price had changed on a monitor within the last couple of days. Was wondering if Micro Center would honor the previous price. Thanks 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin November 2020 M19 said: Noticed the price had changed on a monitor within the last couple of days. Was wondering if Micro Center would honor the previous price. Thanks We do offer price protection for items still within their return period! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook M19 ✭ November 2020 LandShark said: M19 said: Noticed the price had changed on a monitor within the last couple of days. Was wondering if Micro Center would honor the previous price. Thanks We do offer price protection for items still within their return period! Is that a Yes or No? Does that price protection mean Micro Center will honor the previous price? If so, how do I go about purchasing the monitor for that other price? Thanks 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSPhillipT admin November 2020 Hello @M19 Price Protection means if an item you purchased goes to a lower price within the return period, we can adjust the price to that.  The item currently needs to be at a lower price than what you bought it for.   0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook M19 ✭ November 2020 TSPhillipT said: Hello @M19 Price Protection means if an item you purchased goes to a lower price within the return period, we can adjust the price to that.  The item currently needs to be at a lower price than what you bought it for.   Hello, I feel like I'm getting the runaround. I understand that MC will adjust the price AFTER a purchase is made. Last week, a monitor was $90 and now this week it's $100. My question is this: Would MC be willing to honor the $90 price? Yes or No? Thank you. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin November 2020 Price protection is only available on an item that has been purchased. If the item has not yet been purchased, the price is as listed on our website. Apologies for any confusion here. To clarify and answer your question directly, no. If the item was purchased at $100 today and tomorrow the price dropped to $90, we would typically be able to adjust for the difference and refund the $10. If a sale on an item has ended, we are no longer able to offer the sale price. Again, my apologies for any confusion! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Oza ✭ December 2020 Hello, I see a Motherboard for about $20 difference sold and shipped by Amazon compared to your website. My question is can I get the price match from Amazon, the Motherboard/ cpu bundle combo discount and use my insider card to receive 5% off on one purchase? Motherboard in question: Asus Prime X570-P Ryzen 3 AM4 with PCIe Gen4, Dual M.2 HDMI, SATA 6GB/s USB 3.2 Gen 2 ATX Motherboard https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07SW925DR/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glc_fabc_PJM5FbJTN00PJ 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin December 2020 Oza said: Hello, I see a Motherboard for about $20 difference sold and shipped by Amazon compared to your website. My question is can I get the price match from Amazon, the Motherboard/ cpu bundle combo discount and use my insider card to receive 5% off on one purchase? Motherboard in question: Asus Prime X570-P Ryzen 3 AM4 with PCIe Gen4, Dual M.2 HDMI, SATA 6GB/s USB 3.2 Gen 2 ATX Motherboard https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07SW925DR/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glc_fabc_PJM5FbJTN00PJ Greetings. I am not seeing this is in stock currently, we do not price match out of stock items, I do apologize:    0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 6.9K All Categories 1K The Blog 32 What's Trending 167 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 16 3D Printers 10 Maker 16 PC Build Guides 96 Reviews & Buying Guides 34 Build Showcase 17 Contests 39 Past Contests 993 The Community 1.7K General Discussion 104 New Members 120 Consumer Tech 41 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 76 Software 4 Audio/Visual 13 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 25 3D Printing 52 Retro Arcade/Gaming 85 All Other Tech 1.3K Store Information and Policy 51 Off Topic 8 Community Ideas & Feedback 113 Your Completed Builds 2.6K Build-Your-Own PC 1.7K Help Choosing Parts 223 Graphics Cards 170 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 62 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 16 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 10 All Other Parts 22 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 currently run mostly train sims such as Trainz 2019 and TrainSim along with some online games such as World of Tanks and others like Cities:Skylines. As for the workstation part I work with blender alot along with gimp and adobe photoshop for texturing and painting 3D models for said simulators. I want to build a system that will be growable if I need more capacity and to be able to shred anything I throw at it. Currently I have a budget of about 2000 I'm prepared to spend for CPU, MB, RAM, NVME, and CPU cooling. I already have a decent GPU a GTX 1080TI aorus xtreme edition. My Current build Sheet: PCPartPicker Part List: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/84dGWD CPU: AMD FX-9590 4.7 GHz 8-Core OEM/Tray Processor  ($373.30 @ Amazon) CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i v2 70.69 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler  ($379.31 @ Amazon) Motherboard: ASRock 990FX Extreme9 ATX AM3+ Motherboard Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 32 GB (4 x 8 GB) DDR3-1866 Memory Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($69.98 @ Amazon) Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($107.99 @ Adorama) Storage: Samsung 860 Pro 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($296.99 @ Amazon) Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($32.59 @ Amazon) Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($42.98 @ Newegg) Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($42.98 @ Newegg) Storage: Seagate 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Hybrid Internal Hard Drive  ($82.84 @ Amazon) Storage: Seagate 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Hybrid Internal Hard Drive Storage: Seagate BarraCuda Pro 12 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($476.85 @ Amazon) Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11 GB AORUS Xtreme Edition 11G Video Card  ($1100.00 @ Amazon) Case: Cooler Master HAF Stacker 935 ATX Full Tower Case Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA G2 1300 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply  ($232.98 @ Newegg) Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WDN4800 PCIe x1 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi Adapter  ($175.34 @ Amazon) Monitor: Dell AW3418DW 34.1" 3440x1440 120 Hz Monitor  ($700.16 @ Amazon) Keyboard: Logitech G910 Orion Spectrum RGB Wired Gaming Keyboard  ($89.99 @ Amazon) Mouse: Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum Wired Optical Mouse  ($49.98 @ Amazon) Headphones: Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum 7.1 Channel  Headset  ($115.44 @ Amazon) Total: $4369.70 Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-02-25 11:14 EST-0500 My current options as of now are as far as CPU's are the 2950x, 3950x, or the 3970x from amd for a workstation/gaming rig. Can someone help me with deciding on my upgrade path of which would benefit me more? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TSTonyV admin February 2020 edited February 2020 Any of the CPU options would be huge upgrade over your current system. However if your budget is $2000 for the upgrades altogether, the 3970x  is definitely out of the question at $1900. The 3960x is probably also out of the question at $1400 since the cheapest TRX40 board we have is about $370 and you would be forced to purchase a new cooler with it on top of the new memory. The 3950x will be better for gaming vs. the 2950x since it has higher single thread performance, though the 2950x would still also be a huge upgrade in every category over the FX chip. One thing to consider for future-proofing is that boards for the 2950x are still PCIe 3.0, whereas the X570 and TRX40 boards for the third-gen Ryzen CPUs have PCIe 4.0 support.  This would be an example of a configuration you could go for with the 3950x: https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=db7c1d22-e25c-430d-8ace-3d54531cca69 If you don't care about PCIe 4.0 that much, you can easily jump down to a PCIe 3.0 NVME drive rather than the PCIe 4.0 drive and save a good chunk of change or add more storage capacity. I did include a new liquid cooler for your CPU in that configuration which should work with your case, however you could continue to use your current cooler if you pick up Corsair's AM4 mounting bracket kit for it: https://www.corsair.com/us/en/Categories/Products/Accessories-%7C-Parts/PC-Components/Cooling/AM4-AMD-Retention-Bracket-Kit-for-Hydro-Series%E2%84%A2-Coolers/p/CW-8960046 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook RenegadeRailz ✭ February 2020 I have another option with a spare 2000$ I can use if its worth going to the STR4 3970x or 3960x for future proofing but I'm also trying to lower the total wattage draw of my system. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin February 2020 In terms of "future proofing" the Threadrippers will certainly have the best longevity for workstation tasks. One thing I would consider would be, are you using this as a workstation to make money, and would having speedier performance increase your monetary gain? If your time is money then the Threadrippers would probably be worth it. But the Threadrippers have very high power draw, and there's no way around that. If lowering your power draw is really, really important it'd be better to stick with non-Threadripper parts. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMikeW admin March 2020 Within your budget the 3950X with an X570 board sounds like your best option. You'll drop the TDP from 220W down to 105W. The X570 board gives you PCIe Gen4 for future proofing. Also, it's easy to push your memory clocks the third gen Ryzen's. 3600mhz is optimal clockspeed with infinity fabric clock. I would focus on those components. Your PSU, case and cooler are all solid. You just need to order an AM4 bracket for the H100i. They're $4.99 on the Corsair website.  For storage, you could upgrade your SSD's. Gen4 NVME is available. Around $200 for a 1TB SSD, but the speeds are considerably increased. 5GBps read, 4.3 write on the drives I've tested. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 6.9K All Categories 1K The Blog 32 What's Trending 167 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 16 3D Printers 10 Maker 16 PC Build Guides 96 Reviews & Buying Guides 34 Build Showcase 17 Contests 39 Past Contests 994 The Community 1.7K General Discussion 104 New Members 121 Consumer Tech 41 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 76 Software 4 Audio/Visual 13 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 25 3D Printing 53 Retro Arcade/Gaming 85 All Other Tech 1.3K Store Information and Policy 51 Off Topic 8 Community Ideas & Feedback 113 Your Completed Builds 2.6K Build-Your-Own PC 1.7K Help Choosing Parts 223 Graphics Cards 170 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 62 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 16 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 10 All Other Parts 22 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2021 Powered By Vanilla Community Article Bios update for G436 (MSI Z490 Plus MB) - Page 2 — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › General Discussion Bios update for G436 (MSI Z490 Plus MB) «12» Comments TSMichaelB admin April 2 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/30569#Comment_30569 The context of my post might have been a little vague, I want to clarify it a bit more with an example. An example being: compromising on CPU/GPU performance to throw flashier lights on the system, that wouldn't go over all that well. There are other examples of areas that you don't compromise on as well such as PSU's. Using non-UL or non-TUV certified units that have not been independently tested for safety and reliability would be a disaster for mass-produced units. It's areas like these that we try to avoid compromising on because performance and reliability is not just a strong selling point, it's a big deal in general. The issue at hand, the context of the conversation we are having, is board firmware support and features that are brought about by said firmware. As system integrators, we are held to a different standard to that of your average system builder. Much like you can't sell a toaster that can't toast, you can't sell a computer that can't compute. If it isn't stable enough to operate, that is a problem. As a result, stability & reliability comes first & foremost (after safety, of course). Then comes performance. This is the difficult part because performance can sometimes be a direct contradiction to stability. Do we enable multi-core enhancement and let all the cores turbo to 5ghz and squeeze out some higher benchmarking scores and gaming FPS but run into instability under AVX/heavy integer workloads? Or do we leave it off, let the default turbo boost push it to 4.7~ and settle with a stable system under every load? We have to choose the latter, because we can't anticipate how customers will use our system. Even though we slap "gaming" in the title, plenty of customers buy our systems for rendering, [email protected] and other workloads that fall outside of just the gaming umbrella. This means that during our qualification efforts, we need to keep this in mind. Why am I bringing this up? Resizable BAR is still in a phase that is ironing out some issues. In some titles, you can see a 5-10% performance boost, but in others, you can see a 5-10% decrease in performance. You can also see an increase in average FPS but experience intense micro-stuttering (my personal experience with testing Borderlands 3). Releasing a BIOS with support for something that may not be entirely finished isn't exactly ideal, especially if they have to put it back into the oven until it's done, if you catch my drift. The same can be said of 11th gen Intel support. Right now, memory support on Z490 when using an 11th generation CPU is... sketchy, for a lack of better words. Anything higher than 3200 seems to break entirely regardless of single vs dual rank, 1DPC/2DPC, doesn't seem to matter if you're using SK Hynix, Samsung or Micron IC's either. I expect this to be fixed in subsequent BIOS updates, but right now, it's a bit of an issue. So what does this mean? It means I am not comfortable releasing a BIOS in the current state, not until I am confident they won't cause any issues with our systems out in the wild, and that the G436 will perform as we originally designed it to (or better). I did not anticipate doing a BIOS update for these systems, mostly because I didn't anticipate many people being interested in this feature, but if you'll all give me some time to properly qualify the BIOS and put it through our test suite, I'll see what I can do. Remember, it's not exactly a simple process, a lot of back & forth is involved to iron out any potential issues, so turnaround might not be quick, but know that I'll be working on it. Once that is done, I'll have to come up with a guide on how to actually flash these boards, as it's not exactly the same as flashing a retail board, so there will be some additional reading to go along with it. And @DMA , I want to be clear. There isn't a scenario in which you'll be left in the dark with your system, not getting any support. My being here, having this conversation with you now, is a contradiction to that notion. Our PowerSpec team consists of gamers & hardware enthusiasts like yourself and like you, we want these systems to perform as best they can. We just want them to be as stable and reliable as possible while doing so. I'll circle back to this thread once I have some more information on the status of a new BIOS. Until then, let me know if you guys experience any other issues with these systems and I'll gladly look into them. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook DMA ✭ April 2 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/30581#Comment_30581 Michael, I truly appreciate your reply as I'm sure many of the community here do as well. Your apparent sincerity to looking at a potential BIOS update to accommodate future firmware is welcome news because it sounded like the position of MC is to avoid any potential warranty claims by doing the least (in regards to updates) to avoid contributing to said warranty claims. On the other hand, had MC in fact used a retail board instead of the proprietary system integrators board then you (MC) would have relieved themselves of all of the aforementioned issues of developing a special BIOS just for "your" board. MSI would have done all that work already. I could very well be wrong but I'm guessing that the majority of Power Spec Gaming rigs are indeed used for gaming and your average gamer is ALWAYS looking for even the slightest performance enhancement. I have built many computer systems over the years and the main reason for doing so was to avoid the proprietary issues that come from manufacturers such as Dell, HP, Compaq (yes, I owned one prior to their being acquired by HP and subsequently killed off) and a host of others. Those proprietary issues make upgrading virtually impossible. So you may understand why I was so disappointed to find out that the MOBO in the G436 was in fact, proprietary. I don't mind having off brand memory modules (as I think the Neo Forza are a solid performer and a good value). And I don't mind having the lowest cost AIO that you could find as a CPU cooler, which in fact I've already had to replace due to, what turns out to be a common failure on these particular units (and don't get me started about how I should have brought in my new computer to sit in your service department for an unknown period of time while your techs try to figure out how or what to replace it with, as there are plenty of posts on this very forum discussing those outcomes.) But a BIOS on a motherboard installed into a system advertised as a gaming rig that can't be updated is very disappointing. Especially when there appears to be what many would consider misleading at least, and outright false advertising at worst. I'm not accusing MC of false advertising but anybody with any legitimate objectivity would look at the system specs and think they are getting a retail board, or at the very least, a board that is capable of BIOS updates. The very fact that this discussion is even taking place is evidence of that. So having said that, I am hopeful that MC will support BIOS updates on these MSI Z490 Plus motherboards in the future since MSI certainly won't. But honestly, I'm not going to hold my breath. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Kenjori ✭ April 2 I started this whole thread. I was not aware it was an OEM motherboard. I chose PowerSpec because I thought it was all retail parts. I'm certainly not upset enough to demand anything, just disappointed. They didn't put anything incorrect in the listing. It is described as "MSI Z490 Plus" and that is what it is. It is is not the "MSI MPG Z490 GAMING PLUS" that I thought they were using shorthand for. Ideally they would have added "OEM" or something to it to be more clear about it. My original issue mostly went away with the suggested driver updates, it still ignores my mouse sometimes if I put it sleep and wake it up. Plugging it back in always works. At least I don't have to do it every time it boots any longer. So, thanks for the that tip. -Ken 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook GeeForce ✭ April 4 edited April 5 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/25204#Comment_25204 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/25175#Comment_25175 Here are my experiences and thoughts, your mileage may vary- I do apprecaite any feedback or tips/tricks to get best system performance, I have bought pre-built computers and also have built my own with success, but do not claim to be any kind of expert here, and this post is not in order, I am typing in as thoughts come in: First, I do also get the Graphical Output Error. I have same system G436 w/ Z490 Plus and EVGA 3070 Ultra. My motherboard also makes a terrible high pitched buzzing whine sound when it is under load, like when rendering or gaming. Very annoying. I use Resolve V17 for video editing and found the NVIDIA studio drivers to be stable. I tried using the latest Geforce gaming drivers up to 465.89 but my system crashes so went back and did a clean install of the studio drivers. As in the admin post above informed, a few percentage points won't make a difference in gaming. At 1440P and higher, its all GPU bound anyway, you likely will not notice performance gains. The EVGA new Precision X1 will apply the appropriate firmware update to your EVGA card. For me, I always end up having to reboot, and reset the bios & XMP, and just plug the display port cable into a different port. Such a pain and wished I didn't buy this computer, but now I have no choice as they said I had 30 days to return it, but when I decided to return it, the receipt actually says 14 days for this and at that time it was already past 14 days. So feel like a fool. I wanted a 30 series GPU and newer gen Intel machine so I'm stuck with it. The GPU and CPU are what I most appreciate, and honestly dont care for RGB. My system, not sure about the others here, had small stickers on the computer that say "Assembled from tested components - Complete System not tested." I have always used Dell systems in the past and never had any quality and performance issues like this. Frankly, I really did not have confidence with my purchase when I first took it out of the box and saw this, however I appreciate the transparency from PowerSpec. Out of the box, the I immediately heard something loose inside, thought it was a loose screw or maybe some debris of plastic part, but couldn't find the source since it was deep inside the bottom, I wasn't going to start opening this thing up. When I just plugged it in and hit the on button, nothing happened. (Imagine my disappointment already). Upon further inspection, I also noticed my GPU was half out of its PCIe slot. The system does not come with any foam filler inside, like other pre-built computers I've bought in past, before that will keep the GPU card and other card components in place, so I gently pushed it back in but found the card was not locking into place and it was still loose. I've built a computer before and know that especially for a card this large it should lock into the slot but it wasn't. The cable management was decent, however upon closer inspection, the 4 pin CPU power plug was not completely inserted and was crooked. I removed it and reinserted it and it locked into place At this point, I was scared to try and power this up again, hoping I wouldn't need to drive back 2 hrs to the store, if it didn't, but miraculously it powered on and worked. I then powered down, and since I already had the glass side off, I took off the other panel to expose the cables and try to find the loose part I heard earlier. I ended up finding the piece after turning the system upside down/sideways and it fell out, it was actually a plastic tab thingie, I could not identify at first where it would go or where it broke off of, then after examining my older i7 system that has a GTX 1060, i found out its that the part of PCe slot that locks the GPU card into place. I removed the GPU card and was able to reinsert the tab thing into the end of the PCIe slot, and good thing it wasn't broken, I was able to reinsert the GPU card which locked into place magically. My wife would not able been able to lift this system, shes small and this system is quite heavy already. MC has better prices than anyone locally (now that Fry's is gone) and the guys in the store are really nice and helpful, but these pre-built systems seem to be just slapped together and if you are not tech savy person, and don't know how to work with a computer BIOS, this will really make you upset and want to throw your computer out the window. Seriously we pay well over two thousand dollars for this product and to get the advertised performance we still need to enable XMP manually and do my own tech trouble shooting. Again, for a non-computer tech person they wouldn't know to do this, and would not realize they are not getting the performance out of their computer as advertised. For future upgrades, I'd like to buy a 11th gen Intel CPU but no idea if this system can take it, one would just have to buy the CPU and roll the dice and return if it doesn't which would really be a waste of time, effort, and money. The newer Chinese bios that the OP mentioned shows that it has Re-Bar function support and the USA MSI Pro site Bios shows support for 11th gen. For those of us who want to update Bios I do understand some frustrations of where you are coming from and wanting a newer support bios. I do understand the risks involved with BIOS updates, and for the "Power users", I do hope there is a bios update as there is a clear need for it. I mean thats why its called a PowerSpec right? =) Edit: adding link to this helpful post on trouble shooting that I found (kind of after the fact, but nonetheless helpful) https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/2818/tech-article-how-to-troubleshoot-a-newly-built-pc-that-will-not-post-boot-power-on#latest 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook greisch ✭ April 6 edited April 6 I also purchased this system not knowing it was an OEM board that could not be updated like a retail board and as been noted above I would have gladly paid for an upgrade so I could update when needed. I have been scratching my head for days wondering WHY we cannot update the bios that the consumer boards use (there are two for the retail version since the middle of last year) AND NOW I KNOW WHY! This machine has been nothing but trouble since I purchased it. Programs crash to desktop randomly. System BSODs. The current bios I am SURE is responsible since all of the other motherboards in this class HAVE an update as of last month to iron out issues with the 3000 series video cards. I am very VERY upset to learn there is no bios update and I will be watching VERY closely to see if there are more posts and potentially considering a lawsuit should MC not come up with some reasonable solutions ASAP. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook kdasilva005 ✭ April 11 Hey all, I've been doing some research on this topic and found a reddit thread where a user found the msi support page for this particular mobo on the chinese msi site. The latest bios on the official Chinese MSI support site has resizable bar support so I installed with no issues and my system is working fine with removable bar enabled. Why MC didn't just grab the official MSI drivers is beyond me. Also, be aware that updating your bios may remove your Windows license key. Luckily my MS account has a license key registered to it so I didn't run into any issues, but your mileage my vary. Hope this helps! https://cn.msi.com/Motherboard/support/Z490-S01#down-bios https://www.reddit.com/r/intel/comments/l937rw/i_have_this_z490_plus_ms7c98_and_i_cannot_find_it/ 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook frunobulax ✭ April 12 I purchased powerspec because I thought it used off the it used off the shelf components, which was apparently true at one time. My first powerspec (forgot model but it was a 1070 graphics card with Asrock standard motheboard) used an off-the shelf motherboard, and bios, which is what I wanted. FWIW, I do not update bios, unless I need to. I do keep my systems for a long time and occasionally bios updates hep. Apparently the G436 uses a proprietary motherboard(MSI Z490 Plus) with a name very similar to an off-the-shelf motherboard (Z490 GAMING PLUS). This proprietary motherboard does not have bios updates available, or updated drivers available. If I had know this, I would have built my own system. I notice that there is now a Powerspec G437 that does not even specify a specific motherboard (Intel Z490). So long, Powerspec, you have just eliminated the main reason I buy your systems: A pre assembled PC with all off-the-shelf components. I can be sure that everything works out-of -the box, with a one-stop warranty, and years later, upgrade easily, without bios upgrade issues. At least Powerspec still uses standard form-factor parts. When will that stop? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook DMA ✭ April 13 edited April 13 @kdasilva005 : I would love to use this BIOS but it is for the "Z-490 Gaming Edge Wifi" and I am concerned it may cause some issues with our boards. Are you certain this is the one you used? Never mind. I see there is one in the link (the correct one for the Z-490 Plus) and another in the Reddit link that is the one I was referring to which is for the Gaming Edge Wifi. The one for our boards is 7C98V15. Thanks! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTDavey admin April 13 @DMA I would be careful with that motherboard link. It starts off as CN.msi and not MSI......Is your board the MSI MPG Z490 gaming Edge Wifi? Key abbreviation is MPG. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook GeeForce ✭ April 13 edited April 15 Is this Motherboard compatible with the new Gen 11 Intel CPU's? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook x1984 ✭ April 18 I hope you reconsider your decision to not update bios and support this board. I wanted to go to 11th gen chip.. Has anyone used those Chinese drivers?  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook DMA ✭ April 19 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/31094#Comment_31094 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/31334#Comment_31334 I have successfully updated the BIOS using the 7C98v15 update via M-Flash and I have enabled Re-size BAR Support. I have not yet been successful at updating the VBIOS on my graphics card, which is the MSI Ventus 3XOC model. Below is the text file from the 7C98v15 download. Z490-S01 / Z490 PLUS / Z490 PLUS WIFI (MS-7C98) V1.5 BIOS Release ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1. This is AMI BIOS release 2. This BIOS fixes the following problem of the previous version: - Update ME 14.1 - Support Re-size BAR function to enhance GPU performance including the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3000 series and others. - Improved compatibility of PCIe-based devices. 3. 2021/02/18 [Below information is Chinese language] A. AMI BIOS ¥¿¦¡µo¦æ B. ¦¹ª©¥»­×¥¿¤U¦C°ÝÃD: - §ó·s ME 14.1 - ¤ä´© Re-size BAR ¥\¯à¥H±j¤Æ¥]§t nVidia GeForce RTX 3XXX ¤Î¨ä¥LGPU ®Ä¯à - §ïµ½ PCIe ¸Ë¸m¬Û®e©Ê  C. §ó·s¤é´Á: ¤½¤¸2021¦~02¤ë18¸¹ 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook UncleSlam ✭ October 17 edited October 17 I have this same board in my G436, and the 7C98v15 BIOS download from the above link works perfectly. Unzip it to a USB drive, and use the M-Flash utility in the BIOS to update. And the BIOS is in English, in case anyone was wondering. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook «12» Categories 6.9K All Categories 1K The Blog 32 What's Trending 167 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 16 3D Printers 10 Maker 16 PC Build Guides 96 Reviews & Buying Guides 34 Build Showcase 17 Contests 39 Past Contests 993 The Community 1.7K General Discussion 104 New Members 120 Consumer Tech 41 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 76 Software 4 Audio/Visual 13 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 25 3D Printing 52 Retro Arcade/Gaming 85 All Other Tech 1.3K Store Information and Policy 51 Off Topic 8 Community Ideas & Feedback 113 Your Completed Builds 2.6K Build-Your-Own PC 1.7K Help Choosing Parts 223 Graphics Cards 170 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 62 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 16 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 10 All Other Parts 22 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 going to purchase a motherboard as an open box and was wondering if open box was a good option.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TS_JosephF admin November 2020 Hello @JD71 I have only purchased 1 open box item from Micro Center and that was a monitor about 2 years ago. It was an AOC 23.8" and at the time I was just looking for something to connect to my laptop for school so nothing fancy. That monitor is still working just as well now as it did the day I bought it.  I guess the only downside is that the only thing it came with was the monitor and a power cord but of course I new that when I bought it. I am still quite satisfied with the purchase as it was only $60.  Since you are looking to purchase an open-box motherboard, I recommend going through it with a sales consultant in the store so at least you know what comes with it and what may be missing (make sure it still has the I/O shield). Hopefully it has all of the contents and you can save yourself some money 👍  1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook JD71 ✭ November 2020 This was quite helpful, thank you! I am going to purchase an ASUS z390 board as an open box. I believe I can purchase a warranty as well through micro center if needed as a cya. Thank you again for reassuring me!  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSKevinG admin December 2020 Glad to be able to help you with with this.  Please let us know if you have any other questions or concerns we can assist you with. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Aboshi ✭ December 2020 edited December 2020 It’s 50/50 if you’ll get a working motherboard. I have purchased hundreds of open box motherboards over the years through microcenter, I can tell you point blank Go through the box with a fine tooth comb. Prime example I just picked up a gigabyte Aorus b550 yesterday and even though I went through the box to make sure all components where there, I was foolish enough not to look at the board itself, Not noticing the person who returned it decided to not return it with the cpu bottom plate bracket! Not only that but 2 of the ram slots were not working. After a little more digging into the issue, the person has got thermal paste inside some of the holes I the cpu socket... don’t even know how that’s possible but either way it was done, thus killing my new 5600x in the process because there’s no way anyone is getting conductive grease out of amd’s pins on the cpu, nor out of the socket package. microcenter does not check returned products what so ever. They don’t even check to make sure everything has been returned with the item and still put a “complete/tested good” sticker on the item leading you to believe it tested good and has all the parts with it. Wrong! If you want to Waste your time and energy buy an open box to save a few dollars, but just know it’s an absolute coin toss! I have got lucky 50% of the time but it doesn’t make up for gas and time wasted. So my take on open box for you “especially seeing it looks like you’re new to the open box game” is stay far away from the “deal” you think you’re getting and just spend the extra cash on something brand new and grab the 2 year warranty with it. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Vegeta535 ✭ December 2020 I agree with checking MB before leaving the store. Two our three x299 board I tried to buy open box had bent pins and missing just about all the accessories. One had thermal grease all over the inside of the socket. One had loose MB standoffs in the anti-statoc bag rolling around in there with the MB. You need to do a better job looking over MB returns Microcenter. I am sure this is costing you lots of money. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook CharmCitysKing ✭ December 2020 JD71 said: What is your experience with open box products from Micro Center? I am going to purchase a motherboard as an open box and was wondering if open box was a good option.  Do yourself a favor and save yourself time, energy stress and money and just buy a fresh board. Every open box pc part I've gotten was broke. Shit, I've ed seen returned broken shit and they put it back on the shelf (just a broken ram that was dead)  couldn't believe I dare it on the shelf the next day lol. ALWAYS BUY NEW 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook SimiusV New York ✭ January 10 So I've bought 6 openbox/refurb HDDs, a PSU, a mobo, and a video card. The HDDs were enterprise drives, but none of them have failed yet. The mobo and PSU were like new and are still in my current machine. The video card appeared to have a compatibility issue with my mobo so I had to return that, and buy a new one. Still, if your worried, I'd go the new route. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin January 11 We do offer protection plans for the majority of our items as well. If you're buying refurbished or Open Box, I'd recommend adding a protection plan. I personally have purchased many of our refurbished and Open box items, from laptops to PSUs. I've not had issues with them! I'd always recommend that you go with the item that you'll be happy with! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook nvidiapowrd ✭ January 18 Back in the day at the Tustin, CA location. There used to be a rack of Open box video cards. Sometimes with box or just the card itself. I think it was a HD 7770 1GB at the time. That thing artifacted after I installed it. Returned and paid the difference for a new ASUS version of the same card (at the time). No issues since but I've learned to not buy used video cards. Motherboards I have a 95% chance its working fine. I had a B450 with power cycle issues otherwise I stick to name brands and its fine. Same goes for my 27'' Dell IPS 1080P Freesync monitor. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Fuh_Q ✭ May 26 Only time I buy open box is when there's no other option for the particular SKU I'm looking for. If it's something complicated like a mobo I'll pay the $50 or whatever it is and have them install the CPU and ram as well (I never buy those seperate, as I upgrade the whole thing at once every 5-10 years) and post test it, as well as test all sata, usb, M2, and other ports. Any of that doesn't work = no deal. More often than not the mobo will have a deal-breaking defect (ie 2 bad ram slots out of 8) as the reason it was returned to begin with and you waste the post-testing fee and your time/travel costs. Open-box monitors the return reason tends to be a dead pixel or 3. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 6.9K All Categories 1K The Blog 32 What's Trending 167 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 16 3D Printers 10 Maker 16 PC Build Guides 96 Reviews & Buying Guides 34 Build Showcase 17 Contests 39 Past Contests 993 The Community 1.7K General Discussion 104 New Members 120 Consumer Tech 41 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 76 Software 4 Audio/Visual 13 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 25 3D Printing 52 Retro Arcade/Gaming 85 All Other Tech 1.3K Store Information and Policy 51 Off Topic 8 Community Ideas & Feedback 113 Your Completed Builds 2.6K Build-Your-Own PC 1.7K Help Choosing Parts 223 Graphics Cards 170 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 62 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 16 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 10 All Other Parts 22 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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Whether you’re a gamer or if you live in Microsoft Office at your desk, we’ll help you with some key features to look out for when picking out your display. TN vs. IPS vs. VA vs. OLED – What Panel Type is Right For Me? There are several different screen technologies, ranging from OLED, IPS, TN, and VA, and each have their advantages and disadvantages. Traditionally, gamers often opted for TN, or Twisted Nematic, displays, which comes with fast refresh rates and response times in a more affordable package, especially when compared to IPS technology. The weakness with TN panels is that they often have poorer color support and viewing angles could be more limited. Still, TN panels offer an excellent and affordable solution for beginning gamers who need a monitor fast enough to keep up with the on-screen action. Office workers, on the other hand, historically chose IPS screens for color accuracy, but these screens are often expensive and sometimes come with slower response times. That said, technology has greatly improved over the past few years, and many gamers have opted for IPS screens. Along with a more affordable price today – AOC’s IPS monitor starts at just $109 – and support for refresh rates as fast as 240Hz or even 360Hz, IPS is becoming the de facto choice for many gamers who can’t afford a more premium OLED screen. AOC 24B2XH 23.8" What Size Monitor Do I Need? Gamers who want to see more of their games have a slew of options to get a larger view. The most direct approach is to choose the largest monitor you can afford. Alienware, for example, offers a pricy 55-inch 4K OLED gaming monitor that can essentially replace your living room television, but there are more manageable screens within the 20- or 30-inch range. Compared to IPS panels, OLED screens gain punchy and bright colors and the 120Hz refresh rate ensures you won’t miss the action. Often, gaming monitors bear the traditional 16:9 aspect ratio – a format derived from the 1080p display. If you choose a smaller 20- or 30-inch monitor, you can purchase a monitor stand to connect two or more monitors in a multi-monitor setup, giving you a wider, panoramic view. And when you’re taking time off from gaming, this setup is perfect for work, as multitaskers can spread open plenty of windows to cover both screens. For a truly immersive experience, the third option is an ultrawide screen. Given how large and wide the ultrawide screens can be, the displays often are curved to ensure that you’ll have corner-to-corner visibility. Panels like the Asus XG49VQ can reach 49 inches in diagonal. If you find yourself gaming on a monitor that was designed for productivity applications, chances are you’ll find that the screen itself is unable to keep pace with the action. For MMO gamers, this can really affect your gaming performance, with artifacts such as screen stutters, lags, and ghosting. ASUS XG49VQ 49" What is a Freesync Monitor? What does G Sync Mean? To get the best performance, you’ll want to find a display that best pairs with your graphics card. If you’re gaming on a Radeon GPU made by AMD, you’ll want to opt for a monitor that supports FreeSync technology, while GeForce gamers on Nvidia’s GPUs will want to find a G-Sync compatible monitor. FreeSync and G-Sync are adaptive screen sync technologies that work in similar ways to help smooth out the graphics on your screen. When you’re playing a game with a higher framerate than the refresh rate supported by your monitor, for example, you’ll see tearing and stuttering. Adaptive sync corrects this by handling the rendering and processing of the graphics, so images display smoothly. The 3 Rs of Gaming Monitors: Resolution, Refresh Rates, & Response Times After you’ve determined if you need a G-Sync or FreeSync display, you’ll want to check the three Rs of gaming displays – resolution, refresh rates, and response times. Most gamers will want to start with a 1080p monitor. Not only is this resolution the most affordable, but they’ll give you the best performance, even on more budget GPUs. If you have a more entry-level graphics card and try to play at 4K resolution, you’ll likely encounter a lot of dropped frames, making the experience horrible. That said, if you’re busting out with a top-of-the-line Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 this year, then going 4K will give you a lot of flexibility for the future. The next thing to look out for is refresh rate. Refresh rate is critical in reducing lags and stutters on-screen, and you’ll want to find a monitor with a high refresh rate. In general, you’ll want a screen with a minimum 60Hz refresh rate, though 120Hz or higher is still recommended. Enthusiast gamers will want to go even higher with a 240Hz panel. When budget is a concern, there is a trade-off when it comes to resolution and refresh rates. Esports gamers need an extremely fast display and will want to stick to a 1080p or 1440p monitor with a high refresh rate.   Another key specification to look out for is response time. You’ll want a screen that can respond to changes quickly, so a faster response time is ideal. Together, these three Rs help to fight latency and lag. Acer’s 27-inch Predator XB271HY is a solid choice with its 165Hz refresh rate. This panel checks off a lot of items on the list and is priced at just $499. If you really want to go into overkill territory, the Predator X35 is a 35-inch monitor with QHD resolution, curved IPS LED display, and 180Hz refresh rate that sells for $1,799. Acer Predator XB271HU 27" HDR, Brightness, Color, & Contrast Both AMD and Nvidia have introduced real-time raytracing support into their GPUs, and game developers are leveraging this technology to render scenes in a game more realistically. Raytracing essentially allows a game to render, in real-time, how light is reflected, refracted, or absorbed onto various surfaces in a scene for cinematic effect. To take advantage of a game’s visuals – and draw detail and attention to the darkest of shadows – you’ll want a bright monitor that can support HDR. There are various DisplayHDR support levels, ranging from HDR400 to HDR1000, with the highest number being the best. HDR monitors help with contrast, support a wide dynamic range for life-like rendering, and are often brighter than monitors without HDR. If you’re playing games with a lot of dark scenes, HDR will help you spot the enemies in the shadows! Dell’s S3220DGF is an affordable 32-inch curved gaming monitor that supports HDR400 for just $449. Dell S3220DGF 32" Connectivity is King At CES 2021 this year, a new standard that’s emerging is the new HDMI 2.1 standard. The standard is ideal for gamers who like to switch between PC and console gaming, but you’ll need a monitor that supports HDMI 2.1. Because HDMI 2.1 supports more bandwidth over its cable, gamers no longer need to choose between resolution or fast refresh rates. The standard supports 4K resolution at up to 120fps or 8K content at 60fps. Along with dynamic HDR, support for variable refresh rate, and quick frame transport to reduce lag, gamers will find lots to love with this new standard. We found a handful of monitors with HDMI 2.1 announced at CES, but expect more to come soon!           1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Leave a Comment Rich Text Editor. To edit a paragraph's style, hit tab to get to the paragraph menu. From there you will be able to pick one style. Nothing defaults to paragraph. An inline formatting menu will show up when you select text. Hit tab to get into that menu. 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Community Article Tell Us Why You Need New Peripherals for a Chance to Win an MSI Peripheral Pack! — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › Contests › Past Contests Tell Us Why You Need New Peripherals for a Chance to Win an MSI Peripheral Pack! SeanM admin September 1 edited September 14 in Past Contests Recently, we teamed up with MSI to give away a complete peripheral prize pack including: An MSI CLUTCH GM41 Wireless Gaming Mouse An MSI VIGOR GK50 Elite Kailh Blue Clicky Switch Keyboard An MSI IMMERSE GH50 Gaming Headset An MSI AGILITY GD21 Gaming Mousepad But, if you want to win it, you have to tell us why you need a new set of peripherals! Maybe you spilled water on your keyboard, maybe your mouse won't stop double-clicking, or maybe you're just sick of the way that mouse pad looks on your desk. So, here's how you enter: How to Enter: 1. Become a member of the Micro Center community 2. Make a comment below, telling us why you need new peripherals, and be sure to attach photos of your current battle station peripherals! You've got from today, 9/2/2021, through 11:59 PM EST on 9/7/21 to submit, so act fast! Good luck! MSI Prize Pack T&C.pdf 3 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook «12» Comments ShadowClysm ✭ September 2 I'm building my first pc and I currently don't have any peripherals for my setup 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Afkthegreat ✭ September 2 My girlfriend and I have been slowly building a new pc and new peripherals would help complete the build. We are still on the search for a good graphics card and missing the power supply but we’re at the home stretch for sure.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook StaticFX ✭ September 2 So i have the GREAT setup but my peripherals are all old and crappy.. the kb lost its click on some keys..R shift stopped working. The wrist rest is peeling and not so soft anymore. The mouse is OLD and the wheel click only works sometimes... oh and the coating on the mouse is worn so it feels tacky. lol 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Chris_R1418 ✭ September 2 Building my first pc atm and would be awesome to get some new peripherals for it 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ark ✭ September 2 To help bring the stream to the next level of course 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook G77 ✭ September 2 Would like to complete a future msi build with an MSI B550 MPG Gaming Edge WiFi AMD AM4 ATX Motherboard. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook UNhappy ✭ September 2 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/9391/tell-us-why-you-need-new-peripherals-for-a-chance-to-win-an-msi-peripheral-pack I would like the items stated above because I don't really have much, my best equipment is my headphones, and you gave those for free with that coupon 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Jimjam22 ✭ September 2 Its not for me actually, for my daughter.  She could use something new instead of hand me downs.  Her current setup is a 2009 alienware alx (free edition!) As peripherals go a sometimes rgb mouse, keyboard, wired headset, and the sweetest 8x11 printer paper mouse pad.  She could use an upgrade for sure! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Sobari ✭ September 2 My PC was built in 2010 and my last upgrade was a GTX 670 in 2013... 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ricardobach ✭ September 2 My keyboard and mouse don’t even work anymore! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook SwayTitan ✭ September 2 edited September 2 I’m a broke college student who just paid off my last semester of tuition. Now I can finally start saving up on a PC, currently this is my setup and been using this since high-school. Could really use a great start!  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Manuel007 ✭ September 2 I am going to start studying again after having stopped for 5 years, so I need to renew my equipment. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook kataztrophik ✭ September 2 I could use new peripherals. My mouse is double clicking unintentionally and my headset's pads are ripped and falling apart. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook KevDagg ✭ September 2 I'm starting my first year of university as a CS major and having a good keyboard to type on would benefit me with all the typing I'll be doing. Plus playing games (warzone mostly) with a actually gaming mouse and headset would be better than whatever I've been using. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook NZTGamzer ✭ September 2 I could really use new peripherals, specially MSI brand to have a complete set. Who knows maybe I gave my current peripherals during stream with my signature!   0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook ArchAngel ✭ September 2 Currently in the process of saving up for my first gaming rig and peripherals. Winning this would mean a lot as it would speed up my timeline of going to a micro center and getting my very first desktop. Happy for who ever does win! Cheers everyone!  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Byronious ✭ September 2 Have a build that could use some updated psripherals. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ted ✭ September 2 If I win I’ll use it until it’s last juice runs out… will care with full potential… 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Kerplink ✭ September 2 Just bought this PowerSpec. I’m using its mouse as my other one broke, and the mouse pad and keyboard are passed onto me from my boyfriend who has upgraded his build. I also don’t have a headset!  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Emu ✭ September 3 I am new and trying to build my work station from scratch, please send me the free items so I can my project 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LaoMoua ✭ September 3 I don't have a good battle station but I do my best in games. If I win this that means my mouse and my mouse pad get a upgrade, I also get a headset and keyboard.I wish everyone the best of luck. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook SamueValles ✭ September 3 i would really need this because my keyboard is a ordinary office keyboard my headphone are almost about to break i have gone to micro center to buy alot of thing but right now i need new mouse and keyboard and headphone it would really be cool since ive never won a guveaway (sorry i dont have a picture of my setup but its trashy) 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook abdulghaniqureshi ✭ September 3 I do have not peripherals. But i need it. Because i have not keyboard thatway I use the on-screen keyboard. I have handsfree buy its work only one side. I have a mouse but its scroll button is not working. please you can help me with this MSI peripheral. I will very thankful to you  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook YodaMonkey ✭ September 3 I have my desk and my monitors are ok. But my keys on my keyboard are worn where you cant see the letters on some keys. Same with this old mouse, just worn and old. Its time. And I thankfully accept your charity. Please consider this long time Micro Center shopper. Thank you. 20210903_015123.jpg 20210903_015148.jpg 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook SAMIDANNAT ✭ September 3 Well, I do have some cheap peripherals and no mousepad at all. So new high end peripherals would be a very welcome upgrade for my setup. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Nighty3 ✭ September 3 I just don't have actually périphéric si that could bé cool to have m'y first one to be good 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook ebindboby ✭ September 3 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/9391/tell-us-why-you-need-new-peripherals-for-a-chance-to-win-an-msi-peripheral-pack My mouse is not working properly. It does not register clicks sometimes. I was looking for a mouse that is cheap and will work well for a little bit of video editing and all. I hope I might get a mouse 20210903_131401.jpg 20210817_224317.jpg 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook dannyny ✭ September 3 Just finished building my PC. All parts from micro center would be great to win some peripherals.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook chris0177 ✭ September 3 Because I'm using either an old Dell keyboard or the laptop keyboard 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook penguin ✭ September 3 I need new peripherals, the mouse and the keyboard are old and some of the keys on my keyboard do not work and the left button the mouse sometime does not respond when click. Also don't have a headphone to communicate with my comrade 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook «12» Leave a Comment Rich Text Editor. To edit a paragraph's style, hit tab to get to the paragraph menu. From there you will be able to pick one style. Nothing defaults to paragraph. An inline formatting menu will show up when you select text. Hit tab to get into that menu. 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Now, our bandwidth is insufficient to service two smart TVs, 2 iPhones, 2 iPads, etc. Coincidentally (or perhaps because of overloading) our Netgear R6400 (ac and 5G),  router no longer is outputting 5G, either on the main network or the Guest.) and the TVs lock up occasionally. We think we have to to replace the router. We'd like to keep the cost below $250, if possible. Is there any such thing as a router that would be better with such low bandwidth? If possible, we'd like to stick with Netgear. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Best Answers TSMikeW admin July 2020 Accepted Answer The R6400 is a pretty good router.  Does the 5Ghz light on the front light up at all? I would check the settings in the router, possibly factory reset it and even upgrade the firmware. That router will handle 450Mbps on the 2.4Ghz band and 1350Mbps on the 5Ghz band. That's not a ton of devices for the router, and it's far, far in excess of what your ISP is providing at 15Mbps. 5 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Flip ✭ July 2020 Accepted Answer Thank you so very much for sharing your expertise with me and for your patience! I will do everything you say! Thanks again! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Flip ✭ July 2020 Accepted Answer Of course, you're correct -- my DSL modem is plugged into the WAN port. I've got a PC plugged into port #1, a DirecTV box in #2, another PC in #3, and a switch in #4. The switch has a Canon Laser printer in it and a Canon Ink Jet printer in it. The PC that is plugged into #1 is 10 years old and gets used perhaps once every 6 months. I don't pay attention to it like I should and the power button was flashing at me saying something like "reboot me." It had been like that for a month or so. When I rebooted it, the red light on the router turned flashing white like all the others. But that PC (plugged into #1) now cannot see the internet at all. I unplugged the CAT-6 cable at each end re-inserted it, all to no avail. Even though it's so old and my husband never uses it, I think I'll replace it simply because it sits right next to the router and I want (and need) a large screen when I'm working on the router. Is the Nighthawk software ONLY for IOS (or Android), or can it also be PC-based? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMikeW admin July 2020 Accepted Answer Both, in a way. I would check the with your Cellphones and with the PC. Preferably via WIFI and ethernet. You want to see if there's a serious discrepancy. The other portion here is seeing if the router is unresponsive when this happens. When the TV's do disconnect, do you just wait and reconnect with one, or do you have to power cycle the router? 5 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Flip ✭ July 2020 Accepted Answer When the TVs disconnect, we have to power cycle the router. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Answers Flip ✭ July 2020 All of the lights across the front are white and flashing EXCEPT the one labeled "1" which is solid red, and the one labeled "2" which is not lit at all. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMikeW admin July 2020 Those are your LAN ports. If nothing is plugged into them they won't light up. If 5Ghz is lit, the router thinks it's still broadcasting. I'd verify the SSID is set to broadcast in the routers UI, make sure you're looking from a device with a dual band wireless adapter. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Flip ✭ July 2020 I see the firmware version (v1.0.4.84_10.0.58) on my computer, but no pushbutton to push to update it. I'm sorry I'm so knowledgeable and such a pest. But isn't a red light (on "1") a sign of trouble? Yes, the SSID is set to broadcast on all four (NAME, NAME-5G, NAME-GUEST, AND NAME-5G-GUEST). I'm not sure I understand what you mean when you say, "make sure you're looking from a device with a dual band wireless adapter." I'm looking from a Dell laptop that's less than one year old. How can I check if this computer has that? Thanks again for putting up with my novice questions! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMikeW admin July 2020 If you right click on "Start" and go to "Device Manager" then expand "Network Adapters". It'll show you the model of your wireless card. It generally will say "Dual Band" in the name, and we can look it up to verify if it doesn't. It may say Intel 3168 802.11AC Wireless Adapter. As an example. Red is generally an error, but is it red or an amber/orange? That just means is a fast ethernet connection, as opposed to a gigabit connection. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Flip ✭ July 2020 It says "Intel Wireless-AC 9560" 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Flip ✭ July 2020 The light above the "1" is solid red. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMikeW admin July 2020 Specs say it's a 2x2 dual band wireless adapter. You should be able to see it. It's giving you an error on LAN port 1 then. What's connected to LAN 1? As for troubleshooting steps beyond this. The first thing I would do is factory reset the router and set it up again. You can download the manual here: https://www.netgear.com/support/product/R6400.aspx#docs 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Flip ✭ July 2020 I'm in my kitchen, the router in downstairs, and I'm handicapped. Without making the trip downstairs, I'm guessing that it's got to be the cable coming for the DSL Modem (provided by Horizon here in Chillicothe). That modem that replaced last week. Is that a good guess? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMikeW admin July 2020 No, the modem should be in the WAN port, no the LAN 1 port. However an error on a LAN port should only effect the device in that LAN port, it shouldn't impact the router overall. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Flip ✭ July 2020 I'll have to go downstairs to check. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMikeW admin July 2020 Let us know what you find out. Could be something that you're not even using anymore. Really shouldn't be relevant to the issue of the 5Ghz network not showing up on any of your devices. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Flip ✭ July 2020 I have done everything you suggested except the factory reset. A 10-year old computer was connected into #1 on the router. That was the one that would light up solid red. Since the computer was so old, I've ordered a replacement for it. And, in case it was the cable, it'll have a new CAT-6 ethernet cable too. But our problems with the smart TVs locking up when both of them are in use continue. When we use the Horizon (our ISP) app to check the download speed, are we checking the speed at the output of the DSL modem, or are we checking the output of our router? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Flip ✭ July 2020 I am on my laptop (connected wirelessly) running Speedtest. My husband is on his iPhone running the app to test speed provided by our ISP (Horizon). No TVs are playing. When we test the speed individually, we each get in the neighborhood of 12 - 14 Mbps. But if one of us starts to test the speed and then the other one starts, the second person to start gets a speed of from 1 - 3 Mbps. When neither speed test is running, the speed goes back up to 12 - 14 Mbps. Surely this is not normal, is it? Does this indicate a problem with the our router (R6400v2) or the DSL modem? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMikeW admin July 2020 That last bit there about having to power cycle is the most telling of whether this is a router problem or not. It sounds like he router stops responding, and in this case it is a router problem. This can happen with a failing piece of hardware. The next time it happens, try to access the router GUI on another device. Open up a browser and go to 192.168.1.1. If it won't load, it's your router and replacing it is a very good idea. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Flip ✭ July 2020 Here is another clue that might very well point to a router problem. I am very familiar with the GUI. I use it all the time. (Actually, it's the reason I like Netgear so well!) Before we had smart TVs and before we started having trouble with them, in the GUI Home section, Wireless tile, the continuous scroll always said "SSID" followed immediately by "SSID-5G". (The password for each also scrolled on the next line down.) In the Guest Network tile, it said "SSID-Guest" followed by SSID-5G-Guest. Now, there is no reference at all to 5G in either tile. To further complicate matters, in the Windows Notification area (on the taskbar just after the time and date) on the "Network" tile, sometimes it lists only SSID and SSID-Guest. Other times, it shows all four (SSID, SSID-5G, SSID-Guest, and SSID-5G-Guest). Sometimes it lists only the main SSID, sometimes the main and the Guest, and other times all four. (We have two Polk Audio sound bars, but only one is ever listed, and it's always listed, no matter what.) It's only totally locked up once, necessitating a power cycle. If it happens again, before powering the router down, I'll check to see if the 5G light on the router is lit (up until now, it's always been lit the few times we checked.) I'll also check out the GUI as you suggest. 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Rather than having each thread stay at the top and clutter up the page, I'm going to have this single mega-thread we keep at the top that links to each respective part of the guide. For those of you who are new here, this is a comprehensive guide across a series of posts on how to choose individual parts for your computer and what sorts of things you should be looking for. Whether you're new to building or have experience, there's a lot of information that I think you'd find helpful.  The Processor (CPU) The Video Card (GPU) The Motherboard RAM (Memory) The Power Supply (PSU) SSDs and Hard Drives The Case Feel free to comment in any of the original threads or this one, or make your own post if you have any questions! 2 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook «123456789» Comments Jaiden_Larson1311 ✭ May 2020 I am looking to build a gaming computer for running Fortnite and possibly twitch, any suggestions for pre-made or parts for under $700? (excluding monitor) 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin June 2020 Jaiden_Larson1311 said: I am looking to build a gaming computer for running Fortnite and possibly twitch, any suggestions for pre-made or parts for under $700? (excluding monitor) Hi there! I saw your other thread with the same question and answered you over there.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook stonerama ✭ June 2020 hi, I am attempting to build my first PC. I will be using it for work and casual gaming - work wise I'll be using GIS software, playing with large data files, R, JMP, etc. as far as games I'll play things like fortnite, stardew valley, TF2, any other games I find that are interesting. Build listed below. A couple of questions: Does this build work all together? I have done my research and it appears it will, I just want to confirm with people who have actually done this before. Is any of this overkill? Is the CPU cooler necessary? Am i missing anything that would be recommended? CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor   CPU Cooler: ARCTIC Freezer 34 eSports DUO CPU Cooler    Motherboard: Asus TUF GAMING X570-PLUS (WI-FI) ATX AM4 Motherboard   Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 CL16 Memory  Storage: Western Digital Blue 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive   Storage: Seagate Barracuda Compute 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 1660 6 GB VENTUS XS OC Video Card   Case: Fractal Design Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Case   Power Supply: Corsair RMx (2018) 850 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply  Case Fan: ARCTIC P14 PWM 72.8 CFM 140 mm Fan  Case Fan: ARCTIC P14 PWM 72.8 CFM 140 mm Fan   Monitor: Asus VS247H-P 23.6" 1920x1080 Monitor  2 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin June 2020 stonerama said: hi, I am attempting to build my first PC. I will be using it for work and casual gaming - work wise I'll be using GIS software, playing with large data files, R, JMP, etc. as far as games I'll play things like fortnite, stardew valley, TF2, any other games I find that are interesting. Build listed below. A couple of questions: Does this build work all together? I have done my research and it appears it will, I just want to confirm with people who have actually done this before. Is any of this overkill? Is the CPU cooler necessary? Am i missing anything that would be recommended? CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor   CPU Cooler: ARCTIC Freezer 34 eSports DUO CPU Cooler    Motherboard: Asus TUF GAMING X570-PLUS (WI-FI) ATX AM4 Motherboard   Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 CL16 Memory  Storage: Western Digital Blue 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive   Storage: Seagate Barracuda Compute 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 1660 6 GB VENTUS XS OC Video Card   Case: Fractal Design Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Case   Power Supply: Corsair RMx (2018) 850 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply  Case Fan: ARCTIC P14 PWM 72.8 CFM 140 mm Fan  Case Fan: ARCTIC P14 PWM 72.8 CFM 140 mm Fan   Monitor: Asus VS247H-P 23.6" 1920x1080 Monitor  Everything in your build is compatible! The CPU cooler is not required, especially if you're not overclocking, so you could save a little bit there by sticking with the stock cooler. If you do plan to try your hand at overclocking, you might want to stick with the aftermarket cooler.  I wouldn't call any of this overkill either. The GTX 1660 will handle all the games you listed well, and the 3600 will pair well with GPU upgrades in the future if you go that route. Same goes for your power supply, it should last you a long time and leaves plenty of room for upgrading or reusing in a more powerful system.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook NASH ✭ June 2020 Good morning/afternoon! I just called in but the “Hold” was at capacity, so I will ask this here. I am planning on coming down in the next few weeks (once the B550 is released) and have been using this site and pcpartpicker to play around with my budget and builds. I have noticed recently the Micro Center site has had some low stock on CPU’s and other various parts. I know you guys aren’t sorcerers or anything and cannot see into the future but I am curious if you know when parts will be restocked. My current build is as follows AMD 5 3600X Cool Master cooler Asus TUF Gaming X570-Plus (Wi-Fi) or the B550  G.Skill Trident Z Neo DDR4-3600 2x8 Samsung 550gb SSD SeaGate 2TB HD NVDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super NZXT H510 Elite ATX Mid Tower And a Corsair CXM 650 W 80+ bronze. I also saw on the sight there is an option to “hire” an associate to help build the PC which I would desperately need since this is my first build. What all goes into that process? Is there anything in my listing where you might recommend something else? Thanks!! NASH 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin June 2020 NASH said: Good morning/afternoon! I just called in but the “Hold” was at capacity, so I will ask this here. I am planning on coming down in the next few weeks (once the B550 is released) and have been using this site and pcpartpicker to play around with my budget and builds. I have noticed recently the Micro Center site has had some low stock on CPU’s and other various parts. I know you guys aren’t sorcerers or anything and cannot see into the future but I am curious if you know when parts will be restocked. My current build is as follows AMD 5 3600X Cool Master cooler Asus TUF Gaming X570-Plus (Wi-Fi) or the B550  G.Skill Trident Z Neo DDR4-3600 2x8 Samsung 550gb SSD SeaGate 2TB HD NVDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super NZXT H510 Elite ATX Mid Tower And a Corsair CXM 650 W 80+ bronze. I also saw on the sight there is an option to “hire” an associate to help build the PC which I would desperately need since this is my first build. What all goes into that process? Is there anything in my listing where you might recommend something else? Thanks!! NASH Typically computer parts like these are something we try to restock within a week or so. That said, it does vary a bit depending on the specific item and with how availability is right now for some parts, like X570 motherboards, we cannot always guarantee that. Our stock is updated on our website daily to reflect what's currently available, so if it were me I'd just check the website in the mornings when we open to see what's actually available, then place a reservation if the items you want are there.  Besides me having a preference for higher end PSUs (80+ Gold rating, models like EVGA Supernova and Seasonic Focus series), your build overall looks really good.  As for the custom build services, our service/repair desk can handle those. Labor starts at $149.99 and can go up from there depending on the tier of build you get. Click this link then scroll down to the bottom for pricing:  https://www.microcenter.com/site/service/instore-service-complete-build.aspx You can click on each tier of build to see exactly what it includes.  1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook NASH ✭ June 2020 Besides me having a preference for higher end PSUs (80+ Gold rating, models like EVGA Supernova and Seasonic Focus series), your build overall looks really good.  As for the custom build services, our service/repair desk can handle those. Labor starts at $149.99 and can go up from there depending on the tier of build you get. Click this link then scroll down to the bottom for pricing:  https://www.microcenter.com/site/service/instore-service-complete-build.aspx You can click on each tier of build to see exactly what it includes.  Thank you!! I will most likely get the 80+ Gold as you recommend. I also did some research on the X570 vs the B550 and apparently the X570 is already compatible with the new 4 series CPUs from AMD? I figure I want to be able to leave my options open if I decide for an upgrade in the future, a little up-charge now, so I do not have to get all new compatible parts later on. Is this a good way to go about it? I sent a friend of mine a screen shot (we are building our first PCs very close together so we are sharing experiences) and he seems confident we can build them on our own.... but still! Lol Thanks for the feedback!! NASH 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook 007 ✭ June 2020 I've performed repairs & upgrades over the years for myself and others.  My current rigs are Dell purchases and well over 12 years old.  Slow, sad performance at this time.  Originally one came with Windows Vista!  (hated it).  I was looking at a new rig, AlienWare something or other, and decided I could do this easily and maybe end up with better components or in the very least, more control of the selection for the same price point.  I've always been very mechanically oriented.  So, I've begun more research than ever on a build.  I want a powerhouse.  I'm going to keep it a long while.  I also want some flash and I want big.  Here's what I'm considering: Ryzen 9 3900X Matisse Asus X570 ROG Crosshair VIII Hero 64 GB G. Skill Trident Z Neo Series RGB EVGA Super NOVA 850+ 80 Gold Gigabyte GeForce RTS 2070 Super 8 GB PCIe 3.0 Western Digital  Black SN750 1 TB Lian Li Lancool II I'm on the fence about cooling, I'm really liking the custom liquid cooling setups I've seen.  I also incorporated some RGB in the case and RAM.  I know the RAM is excessive from what my reading has shown. It seems most folks stop at 32 GB.  I've also considered a second M.2 SSD.  I welcome any advice or suggestions, Thanks for reading.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin June 2020 NASH said: Thank you!! I will most likely get the 80+ Gold as you recommend. I also did some research on the X570 vs the B550 and apparently the X570 is already compatible with the new 4 series CPUs from AMD? I figure I want to be able to leave my options open if I decide for an upgrade in the future, a little up-charge now, so I do not have to get all new compatible parts later on. Is this a good way to go about it? I sent a friend of mine a screen shot (we are building our first PCs very close together so we are sharing experiences) and he seems confident we can build them on our own.... but still! Lol Thanks for the feedback!! NASH Correct, the X570 motherboards will be fourth-generation Ryzen compatible. The boards will likely require a BIOS update when it's released, just the like the X470 and B450 boards needed on when third gen Ryzen came out, but that should be the only thing really. That said, the B550 boards will also be compatible with 4th gen Ryzen in the same way, so it doesn't really matter all that much. I'd go with a board that has all the features you want.  007 said: I've performed repairs & upgrades over the years for myself and others.  My current rigs are Dell purchases and well over 12 years old.  Slow, sad performance at this time.  Originally one came with Windows Vista!  (hated it).  I was looking at a new rig, AlienWare something or other, and decided I could do this easily and maybe end up with better components or in the very least, more control of the selection for the same price point.  I've always been very mechanically oriented.  So, I've begun more research than ever on a build.  I want a powerhouse.  I'm going to keep it a long while.  I also want some flash and I want big.  Here's what I'm considering: Ryzen 9 3900X Matisse Asus X570 ROG Crosshair VIII Hero 64 GB G. Skill Trident Z Neo Series RGB EVGA Super NOVA 850+ 80 Gold Gigabyte GeForce RTS 2070 Super 8 GB PCIe 3.0 Western Digital  Black SN750 1 TB Lian Li Lancool II I'm on the fence about cooling, I'm really liking the custom liquid cooling setups I've seen.  I also incorporated some RGB in the case and RAM.  I know the RAM is excessive from what my reading has shown. It seems most folks stop at 32 GB.  I've also considered a second M.2 SSD.  I welcome any advice or suggestions, Thanks for reading.  64GB of RAM is definitely overkill in my opinion, unless you're specifically using the system for an extremely RAM intensive task that can utilize all of it. Otherwise, even just 16GB is more than enough for typical daily use and gaming. If you bumped down to 32GB or 16GB of RAM, you'd save enough that you could then upgrade the video card. But of course it's up to you at the end of the day.  Custom liquid cooling setups are cool, and when designed correctly, will offer you the best overall cooling performance. That said, custom setups are very expensive and require long-term maintenance. At some point you'll have to drain your loop and clean it out. It just depends on what your preferences are. For the 3900X, a good air cooler or AIO liquid cooler will be more than sufficient for cooling it properly.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook 007 ✭ June 2020 TSTonyV said: 007 said: I've performed repairs & upgrades over the years for myself and others.  My current rigs are Dell purchases and well over 12 years old.  Slow, sad performance at this time.  Originally one came with Windows Vista!  (hated it).  I was looking at a new rig, AlienWare something or other, and decided I could do this easily and maybe end up with better components or in the very least, more control of the selection for the same price point.  I've always been very mechanically oriented.  So, I've begun more research than ever on a build.  I want a powerhouse.  I'm going to keep it a long while.  I also want some flash and I want big.  Here's what I'm considering: Ryzen 9 3900X Matisse Asus X570 ROG Crosshair VIII Hero 64 GB G. Skill Trident Z Neo Series RGB EVGA Super NOVA 850+ 80 Gold Gigabyte GeForce RTS 2070 Super 8 GB PCIe 3.0 Western Digital  Black SN750 1 TB Lian Li Lancool II I'm on the fence about cooling, I'm really liking the custom liquid cooling setups I've seen.  I also incorporated some RGB in the case and RAM.  I know the RAM is excessive from what my reading has shown. It seems most folks stop at 32 GB.  I've also considered a second M.2 SSD.  I welcome any advice or suggestions, Thanks for reading.  64GB of RAM is definitely overkill in my opinion, unless you're specifically using the system for an extremely RAM intensive task that can utilize all of it. Otherwise, even just 16GB is more than enough for typical daily use and gaming. If you bumped down to 32GB or 16GB of RAM, you'd save enough that you could then upgrade the video card. But of course it's up to you at the end of the day.  Custom liquid cooling setups are cool, and when designed correctly, will offer you the best overall cooling performance. That said, custom setups are very expensive and require long-term maintenance. At some point you'll have to drain your loop and clean it out. It just depends on what your preferences are. For the 3900X, a good air cooler or AIO liquid cooler will be more than sufficient for cooling it properly.  I thought that might be a ludicrous amount of RAM.  If I drop the build to 32 GB of RAM, is there a benefit either way of using 2 sticks of 16GB as opposed to 4 sticks of 8GB?   0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin June 2020 007 said: I thought that might be a ludicrous amount of RAM.  If I drop the build to 32 GB of RAM, is there a benefit either way of using 2 sticks of 16GB as opposed to 4 sticks of 8GB?   For the motherboard you chose, no. It doesn't support quad-channel architecture, so running four sticks is pointless except for the sake of capacity or aesthetics. Even if it did support quad architecture, quad-channel memory configurations only matter in very very specific scenarios anyway.  If a 4x8GB kit costs less, then personally I'd probably go that route, as 32GB of RAM would be more than enough for me for a very, very long time anyway. If I anticipated that I'd want or need to upgrade, I'd go with 2x16GB so I don't have to purchase a whole entire set of new memory when that time comes.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook 007 ✭ June 2020 I’m liking your idea of halving the ram and increasing the Graphics.  What GPU would you suggest?  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin June 2020 The next one up from the 2070 Super is the 2080 Super, and that would be my suggestion. The only other upgrade beyond that is the 2080 ti, but that could be a stretch in terms of budget because of how much of a price increase it is. The cheapest 2080ti is gonna run about $1100 and it just goes up from there.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook 007 ✭ June 2020 edited June 2020 I went to Microcenter yesterday!   Here’s what I came home with: Ryzen 9 3900X Matisse Asus X570 ROG Crosshair VIII Hero 32 GB G. Skill Trident Z Neo Series RGB Corsair RM750x  80+ Gold (biggest they had in stock Other than 1200w unit for big money) EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Super KO 8 GB PCIe 3.0 Samsung 970 EVO NVMe M.2 1 TB Seagate Barracuda 3.5” (Cheap storage)  Lian Li Lancool II Lian Li graphics card Antisag bracket  I’m pretty hyped about build this beast!  Thanks for the suggestions!   Zach D at the Brentwood, Mo location was a fantastic help!  1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin June 2020 007 said: I went to Microcenter yesterday!   Here’s what I came home with: Ryzen 9 3900X Matisse Asus X570 ROG Crosshair VIII Hero 32 GB G. Skill Trident Z Neo Series RGB Corsair RM750x  80+ Gold (biggest they had in stock Other than 1200w unit for big money) EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Super KO 8 GB PCIe 3.0 Samsung 970 EVO NVMe M.2 1 TB Seagate Barracuda 3.5” (Cheap storage)  Lian Li Lancool II Lian Li graphics card Antisag bracket  I’m pretty hyped about build this beast!  Thanks for the suggestions!   Zach D at the Brentwood, Mo location was a fantastic help!  Build looks great! I'm sure you'll be more than happy with it. You actually have a build very similar to my own, I have a 2080 Super, 3700X and a Corsair RMX750 for my PSU. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Chase_Hare25 ✭ June 2020 Good afternoon, I am looking to build my first PC (moving from console) and I wanted to get some reassurance on my parts. AMD Ryzen 7 3700x 3.6 GHz 8 Core Processor MSI MPG X570 Gaming plus ATX AM4 Motherboard G Skill Ripjaws V 16 GB DDR4 3600 MHz CL-16 Western Digital Blue 500 GB M.2 2280 SSD  Seagate Barracuda Compute 2 TB 3.5” 7200RPM IHD Sapphire Radeon RX 5700 XT 8GB Pulse Video Card Fractal Design Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Case Corsair RM (2019) 750W 80+ Gold Fully modular ATX Power Supply 3 Extra Case fans Please give any feedback you can. My goal is to max out 1080p gaming for now and then move into 1440p when I can afford a 240 Hz monitor.  Thank you, Chase Hare 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Chase_Hare25 ✭ June 2020 Chase_Hare25 said: Good afternoon, I am looking to build my first PC (moving from console) and I wanted to get some reassurance on my parts. AMD Ryzen 7 3700x 3.6 GHz 8 Core Processor MSI MPG X570 Gaming plus ATX AM4 Motherboard G Skill Ripjaws V 16 GB DDR4 3600 MHz CL-16 Western Digital Blue 500 GB M.2 2280 SSD  Seagate Barracuda Compute 2 TB 3.5” 7200RPM IHD Sapphire Radeon RX 5700 XT 8GB Pulse Video Card Fractal Design Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Case Corsair RM (2019) 750W 80+ Gold Fully modular ATX Power Supply 3 Extra Case fans Please give any feedback you can. My goal is to max out 1080p gaming for now and then move into 1440p when I can afford a 240 Hz monitor.  Thank you, Chase Hare The storage is actually a Crucial P1 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME SSD. I wanted NVME so that’s why I chose that and it’s the same price. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin June 2020 It's a good build overall. The only thing I'd point out is that depending on what titles you're playing, a 240Hz 1440p monitor might not be worth it. It's hard to push higher framerates at high resolutions. Lighter competitive titles like CSGO, League of Legends, Fortnite, etc... would be fine, but if you're playing more graphically intense AAA titles, sometimes even 144Hz can be hard to push at 1440p. Just depends on the game.  Besides that, overall I think you'll be pretty happy with that build.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Jarred ✭ June 2020 Hello I’m looking to purchase my first custom pc and would like some advice if this would be a good build. My budget is $3-4K if needed.  I’ll be using it for 2D animation like adobe, playing AAA games and streaming. While using a two monitor set up. Please if there is anything I could change please recommend it. Thank you https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=935aed41-3181-43d1-b0bc-1bf69d56dd7d 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin June 2020 Jarred said: Hello I’m looking to purchase my first custom pc and would like some advice if this would be a good build. My budget is $3-4K if needed.  I’ll be using it for 2D animation like adobe, playing AAA games and streaming. While using a two monitor set up. Please if there is anything I could change please recommend it. Thank you https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=935aed41-3181-43d1-b0bc-1bf69d56dd7d There's a few things jump out to me here. First, 128GB of RAM is absolutely massive and I'd say waaaaaay overkill for the vast majority of people. You could easily bring that down to 32GB so you'd still have a lot for any kind of design related work, and then be able to upgrade your video card to something better like a 2080 super. Unless you are doing extremely RAM intensive work, 128GB is just unnecessary.  The second thing is the CPU cooler you choose is not something I would recommend at all. While it looks cool with the low profile, that Thermaltake Engine 27 doesn't have good performance. Unfortunately the design is kind of a gimmick and the 9900K just runs too hot for that cooler to be effective. I would recommend something like the Noctua NH-U14S instead which will perform much better.  While this isn't really a problem, you might want to consider picking up the i7-10700k and a Z490 motherboard. The i7-10700k is essentially the same CPU as the 9900k, but you'll have the benefit of thew newer Z490 platform which could be better for future upgrades. That's just a preference really, there's nothing wrong otherwise with the 9900k.  There's also no optical drive slot in the case you chose, and the copy of Windows you put in comes on a USB so an optical drive isn't really necessary unless you have other software you plan to load via DVD. If so, I'd look for  a different case that specifically has an optical drive slot, or just use an external USB DVD drive instead.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Jarred ✭ June 2020 TSTonyV said: Jarred said: Hello I’m looking to purchase my first custom pc and would like some advice if this would be a good build. My budget is $3-4K if needed.  I’ll be using it for 2D animation like adobe, playing AAA games and streaming. While using a two monitor set up. Please if there is anything I could change please recommend it. Thank you https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=935aed41-3181-43d1-b0bc-1bf69d56dd7d There's a few things jump out to me here. First, 128GB of RAM is absolutely massive and I'd say waaaaaay overkill for the vast majority of people. You could easily bring that down to 32GB so you'd still have a lot for any kind of design related work, and then be able to upgrade your video card to something better like a 2080 super. Unless you are doing extremely RAM intensive work, 128GB is just unnecessary.  The second thing is the CPU cooler you choose is not something I would recommend at all. While it looks cool with the low profile, that Thermaltake Engine 27 doesn't have good performance. Unfortunately the design is kind of a gimmick and the 9900K just runs too hot for that cooler to be effective. I would recommend something like the Noctua NH-U14S instead which will perform much better.  While this isn't really a problem, you might want to consider picking up the i7-10700k and a Z490 motherboard. The i7-10700k is essentially the same CPU as the 9900k, but you'll have the benefit of thew newer Z490 platform which could be better for future upgrades. That's just a preference really, there's nothing wrong otherwise with the 9900k.  There's also no optical drive slot in the case you chose, and the copy of Windows you put in comes on a USB so an optical drive isn't really necessary unless you have other software you plan to load via DVD. If so, I'd look for  a different case that specifically has an optical drive slot, or just use an external USB DVD drive instead.  https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=0c1006e7-6bce-4ae3-a31f-d4d07dd19ee4 Thank you for the advice would this be a better build after reading your comments. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Doubtful ✭ June 2020 After researching for several hours I finally made a PC for just under $900. Ryzen 5 3600 RTX 2060 KO ASUS TUF GAMING B550M-PLUS (WIFI) 16gb RAM 3200Mhz 500GB SSD Thermaltake 600 WATT 80+ GOLD PSU Montech Fighter 600 Case I was reading the reviews on the case and I people were saying that the fans were molex, is there a adapter I need to buy or will it just plug in directly to the motherboard and psu? A reply would be nice.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin June 2020 edited June 2020 Jarred said: TSTonyV said: Jarred said: Hello I’m looking to purchase my first custom pc and would like some advice if this would be a good build. My budget is $3-4K if needed.  I’ll be using it for 2D animation like adobe, playing AAA games and streaming. While using a two monitor set up. Please if there is anything I could change please recommend it. Thank you https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=935aed41-3181-43d1-b0bc-1bf69d56dd7d There's a few things jump out to me here. First, 128GB of RAM is absolutely massive and I'd say waaaaaay overkill for the vast majority of people. You could easily bring that down to 32GB so you'd still have a lot for any kind of design related work, and then be able to upgrade your video card to something better like a 2080 super. Unless you are doing extremely RAM intensive work, 128GB is just unnecessary.  The second thing is the CPU cooler you choose is not something I would recommend at all. While it looks cool with the low profile, that Thermaltake Engine 27 doesn't have good performance. Unfortunately the design is kind of a gimmick and the 9900K just runs too hot for that cooler to be effective. I would recommend something like the Noctua NH-U14S instead which will perform much better.  While this isn't really a problem, you might want to consider picking up the i7-10700k and a Z490 motherboard. The i7-10700k is essentially the same CPU as the 9900k, but you'll have the benefit of thew newer Z490 platform which could be better for future upgrades. That's just a preference really, there's nothing wrong otherwise with the 9900k.  There's also no optical drive slot in the case you chose, and the copy of Windows you put in comes on a USB so an optical drive isn't really necessary unless you have other software you plan to load via DVD. If so, I'd look for  a different case that specifically has an optical drive slot, or just use an external USB DVD drive instead.  https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=0c1006e7-6bce-4ae3-a31f-d4d07dd19ee4 Thank you for the advice would this be a better build after reading your comments. Overall I think so, but the CPU you chose is the regular i7-10700, not the 10700k. Nothing wrong with that, you just can't overclock the 10700 if that's something you were interested in. You could save some money with a cheaper Z490 board as well, you don't have to spend $300 on one especially if you go with the non-overclockable 10700 instead of the 10700k. You still also don't have an optical drive slot for that ASUS Blu-Ray drive in the case you chose. If you want a full-tower case with optical drive slots, I'd look at the Corsair 760T. If you'd prefer a mid-tower case, I'd look at the Corsair SPEC-02 Doubtful said: After researching for several hours I finally made a PC for just under $900. Ryzen 5 3600 RTX 2060 KO ASUS TUF GAMING B550M-PLUS (WIFI) 16gb RAM 3200Mhz 500GB SSD Thermaltake 600 WATT 80+ GOLD PSU Montech Fighter 600 Case I was reading the reviews on the case and I people were saying that the fans were molex, is there a adapter I need to buy or will it just plug in directly to the motherboard and psu? A reply would be nice.  Most PSUs come with a couple of molex power adapters that you can use for molex devices.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Doubtful ✭ June 2020 Do you know how many they come with because the case comes with 4 and idk how many my psu has 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin June 2020 Doubtful said: Do you know how many they come with because the case comes with 4 and idk how many my psu has I'm not sure, I'd say at least two, maybe more. It's doing to depend on the power supply. The manufacturer might have information on their website for what comes in the box.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Anf ✭ June 2020 It’s my first time building a pc and I would to see if anybody can point me in the direction. I would like to do casual college work, gaming/streaming and also photo editing.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin June 2020 Anf said: It’s my first time building a pc and I would to see if anybody can point me in the direction. I would like to do casual college work, gaming/streaming and also photo editing.  What kind of budget do you have in mind? That's the most important question.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook JacobH ✭ July 2020 I was looking to build a entry gaming pc, the current one I have runs CS:GO at about 6-15 fps, I was looking on building a PC for myself with affordable parts that could run GTA 5 or other Triple A games, If anyone could point me in the direction of parts I would be very happy, my absolute limit, is probably around $700 (I could pour over a little but I really don't need an overly amount of Frames or anything, rather to play the game smoothly for cheap) at most. (I have built a PC before but I just don't know what parts are currently good for what I am looking for) Thanks. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AlexS admin July 2020 JacobH said: I was looking to build a entry gaming pc, the current one I have runs CS:GO at about 6-15 fps, I was looking on building a PC for myself with affordable parts that could run GTA 5 or other Triple A games, If anyone could point me in the direction of parts I would be very happy, my absolute limit, is probably around $700 (I could pour over a little but I really don't need an overly amount of Frames or anything, rather to play the game smoothly for cheap) at most. (I have built a PC before but I just don't know what parts are currently good for what I am looking for) Thanks. Greetings JacobH! Is the $700 budget for just the PC itself or did you need peripherals such as a monitor/keyboard/mouse, as well? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook JacobH ✭ July 2020 edited July 2020 AlexS said: JacobH said: I was looking to build a entry gaming pc, the current one I have runs CS:GO at about 6-15 fps, I was looking on building a PC for myself with affordable parts that could run GTA 5 or other Triple A games, If anyone could point me in the direction of parts I would be very happy, my absolute limit, is probably around $700 (I could pour over a little but I really don't need an overly amount of Frames or anything, rather to play the game smoothly for cheap) at most. (I have built a PC before but I just don't know what parts are currently good for what I am looking for) Thanks. Greetings JacobH! Is the $700 budget for just the PC itself or did you need peripherals such as a monitor/keyboard/mouse, as well? Just the actual PC, I have a monitor, keyboard etc. but I just need parts. 700 is just the goal, If I do more It wouldn't really matter, but i'd prefer not to go above $800. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook «123456789» Leave a Comment Rich Text Editor. To edit a paragraph's style, hit tab to get to the paragraph menu. From there you will be able to pick one style. Nothing defaults to paragraph. An inline formatting menu will show up when you select text. Hit tab to get into that menu. Some elements, such as rich link embeds, images, loading indicators, and error messages may get inserted into the editor. You may navigate to these using the arrow keys inside of the editor and delete them with the delete or backspace key. Comment As ... 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In the past, I had purchased PowerSpec PCs finding them to be high quality, clean and reliable.  However, recently I had 3 instances where PCs I had purchased and set up for my clients either had major problems upgrading memory or had system board failures.  ALL the PCs in question had ASRock boards in them.  The first (an ASRock A320M-HDV) would not accept additional RAM (8GB to 16GB).  I reviewed the PC as "not recommended" and Microcenter was good enough to supply a replacement board free of charge.  The other two--that just failed completely--had the same model board in them (ASRock H110M-HDV) and failed within a week of each other.  These were purchased in October 2016 (B335) and July 2017 (B361) respectively. As a result of these ongoing issues, I will NOT be recommending or purchasing any PowerSpec PCs that have this brand of board in them--or any at all for that matter.  Last month, I had to return a PowerSpec B246 that simply would not boot (power on, but no video or drive activity). Until Microcenter chooses to address these quality issues with their PCs, I will have to go with other brands.  I will be buying 3 more PCs in the near future, but they will, unfortunately, NOT be PowerSpecs, (at least until they stop using ASRock boards). As you can tell, I am a bit disappointed in Microcenter.  I have purchased tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of units and parts from them over the last 15 years.  I like their in-store service, but their PC build quality has gone down, in my opinion. Just a rant I had to get out there.  Hopefully my experience matches up with others and may help them avoid similar problems. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments Cousin Atlanta, GA ✭ July 9 I have been using PowerSpec PCs for years for home and business use and never had any issues until at least a couple years in. It's like a car or TV, etc. - stuff happens. I don't buy a car and expect to never change the oil. The computer could have Dell or HP slapped on it and have the same issues over time. My experience or expectations with PowerSpecs differ from this poster's 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook PCJohn ✭ July 10 For the most part, I agree. However, explain to me the fact that I, also, have had no negative experiences with PowerSpec over the years--until recently-- AND with all the boxes having the SAME brand system board in them? And in the two cases of complete failure--the SAME model system board. I find this a very strange coincidence indeed! If you can explain this to me in a way that makes sense, I'm all ears. Just saying "stuff happen" is a cop out at best. Although, strange things DO happen, so maybe its all just coincidence after all. But I have my doubts! Thanks for the reply. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMichaelB admin July 12 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/8854/ongoing-issues-with-powerspec-pcs https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/34224#Comment_34224 Welcome to the forum John, and thank you for taking the time to share your experience. I happen to work with the PowerSpec engineering team so I might be able to answer some of these questions for you or at the very least, help provide my thoughts on what may have happened with these systems. First things first, most of our customers probably know by now that the configurations of our PowerSpec systems vary widely based on the designed intent of the system. You won't see a high-end, overclockable gaming motherboard in a value-based business system as those features would simply go unused and the increase in price would be less appealing towards that particular customer. That said, it doesn't mean the component selection used in our business models (denoted by the B in the beginning portion of the model name) are "cheaper" in terms of quality. We don't use boards where VRM quality is a concern for the workload of the system. We design the systems not only to the standards of their intended use, but we also subject them to testing conditions that go beyond what it's shipping configuration would accommodate. This includes testing business systems in gaming/high-computational environments despite the systems not being designed for those specific workloads. We like to anticipate how our customers may use these systems and to do so, we need to subject them to as many different use scenarios as possible. If the components do not survive our testing, they do not make it into our systems nor will they reach the hands of our customers. On this subject, we also test upgrade configurations beyond their original shipping configuration. You've noted issues after upgrading memory in the B246 (ASRock A320M-HDV R4.0 board), though I am not entirely sure what would cause this board to behave as you've described. My only logical guesses would be either mixing memory of different internal IC's (Samsung, Hynix, Micron, etc) with one another or using DIMM's that are outright incompatible with the board. For that board in particular, it's picky with memory speed and the number of ranks on your DIMM's: With this chart, you can see the 3400G (Picasso series APU) only accepts single rank DIMM's up to 2933mhz in both slots, but if you use dual rank DIMM's, you have to use 2667mhz DIMM's. If you can let me know the model of memory you tested in this system, I'd like to mock this model back up and test it to rule out any potential compatibility issues. Every PowerSpec system is tested with a memory configuration beyond how we ship them. We don't just validate how we want to ship the system, we also validate that the advertised specifications of the components are accurate and that you, as a customer, can throw that memory or processor in without an issue if you choose to do so. As for the failures of the B335 and B361, I'd have to know the environments in which they failed, the test/use conditions under which they failed and any errors/issues leading up to the failures in order to provide any objective insight here. As odd and as unlikely as it sounds, their use of an ASRock board might be entirely coincidental, given we use many ASRock boards across our entire product stacks (even in our highest-end gaming systems, such as the PowerSpec G466). We have quite a few of the B361's here in our office that are still around. I've even purchased that particular motherboard for my fathers Plex server and that thing is on 24/7 and has yet to fail me, so it's difficult to say why two different PowerSpec's with different system configurations (with that particular motherboard) failed. I'd be happy to take whatever information you have on how those systems were deployed and how they were used leading up to their failures in the field to help make that determination. My personal (non-Microcenter affiliated) experience with ASRock has been pretty solid. I've used their boards almost exclusively back when I used Intel and have competed in several overclocking competitions with their boards simply because of their board trace topology and overall VRM quality. I also like the simplicity of their BIOS, though others prefer having more features in the BIOS than I personally like. I've not had any issues in my personal systems though I understand me not having issues doesn't discount the fact that others may very well encounter issues. At the end of the day, I understand your reasoning and hesitance to use our ASRock-based systems given your personal experience with them. I'd simply ask that you give our systems another shot as not only am I confident you and your clients will be satisfied with their quality, we always take care of our products when it comes to warranty support. This includes over the phone or on this very community forum, should you or your clients find yourself too far away from our stores. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook PCJohn ✭ July 13 edited July 13 TSMichaelB, thanks for the reply. The RAM I attempted to use to upgrade the ASRock A320M-HDV R4.0 board is here: https://www.microcenter.com/product/626749/8GB_DDR4-2666_PC4-21300_CL19_Single_Channel_Desktop_Memory_Module_-_Green I went by the specs posted on your product page, which said nothing about single or dual rank compatibility.  Maybe this should be posted along with everything else that's listed?  I've never had a problem like this upgrading RAM before over the 15 years in this business.  But, there's a first time for everything I guess. As to the two that failed outright--within a few days of each other-- they were purchased for residential clients. There were no errors or warnings prior to failure, that they reported to me.   One had a blank monitor at startup--it went to power saving mode within 15 seconds of power on.  Monitor tested fine.  Tried CMOS reset, reseated and tested RAM chips & slots, reseated and re-pasted CPU, tested PSU and tried an alternate PSU--all these repair attempts yielded the same result. The second failure would boot to the PowerSpec BIOS slash screen and just hang there.  Left it alone for over an hour-nothing happened.  Tried all the usual fixes and they also yielded the same result. ASRock are the only motherboards I've every had this experience with. There have been other failures before, of course--due to lightning strikes, liquid damage, etc. All to random brand and / or old boards. But these boards were not that old, nor were they in environments prone to damage from external sources. The clients were elderly people and the units had light to medium use--no gaming, kids, pets, etc. So you may understand my hesitancy in purchasing anything else containing these boards. I cannot account for other people's experience--just my own. Lastly, I just discovered that my Chiropractor client I do work for has a PowerSpec B661 with one of these boards in it (B661). I had to convey my recent experiences to him and he and I agreed to buy a replacement and have it on stand-by should it fail in some way. The replacement I buy will NOT have an ASRock motherboard in it. Thanks for your response to my post. Microcenter is my go to place for anything PC or electronics related. I will continue to buy there, but, at least for the next few years, ASRock will remain in my PC Dog House!! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 6.9K All Categories 1K The Blog 32 What's Trending 167 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 16 3D Printers 10 Maker 16 PC Build Guides 96 Reviews & Buying Guides 34 Build Showcase 17 Contests 39 Past Contests 996 The Community 1.7K General Discussion 104 New Members 121 Consumer Tech 41 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 76 Software 4 Audio/Visual 13 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 25 3D Printing 53 Retro Arcade/Gaming 85 All Other Tech 1.3K Store Information and Policy 51 Off Topic 8 Community Ideas & Feedback 113 Your Completed Builds 2.6K Build-Your-Own PC 1.7K Help Choosing Parts 223 Graphics Cards 170 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 62 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 16 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 10 All Other Parts 22 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? See other custom PC builds and get some ideas for what can be done View Build Showcase View builds by: AMD Processors Intel Processors RTX 3090 RTX 3080 RTX 2080 Ti RTX 2080 Super RTX 2070 Super RTX 2070 RTX 2060 Super Radeon RX 5700XT Radeon RX 5700 Air Cooled Liquid Cooled SAME DAY CUSTOM BUILD SERVICE If You Can Dream it, We Can Build it. Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2021 Powered By Vanilla Community Article PowerSpec 1530 Review: Portable Powerhouse — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › Reviews & Buying Guides PowerSpec 1530 Review: Portable Powerhouse AlexS admin September 2020 edited May 1 in Reviews & Buying Guides Who is PowerSpec? PowerSpec is Micro Center’s in-house brand for a handful of products, focused primarily on pre-built gaming desktop computers and high-performance gaming laptops. Our goal has always been to provide you high-quality systems at a competitive price, with the support to back it up, and our most recent entry into the series is the PowerSpec 1530 laptop.  First impressions At first glance, the 1530 looks pretty standard, but there are some subtle hints you can pick up on that show what this system is all about. The orange trim around the sides adds a little bit of flair that you wouldn’t see on a laptop designed for business use. It’s thick and heavy when you pick it up, compared to other 15-inch laptops and everything on it just feels solid. Of course, the lightning-bolt P logo for PowerSpec is a giveaway that this isn’t your typical HP or Dell system.  Please use the links below to jump to different sections of this review Specifications Peripherals Performance As always, if you have any questions, feel free to post them on the comments below! Written by TSTonyV 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments AlexS admin September 2020 edited October 2020 Specifications We can’t talk about a high-powered gaming laptop without going over the specs, and the 1530 delivers. The i7-10875H is one of the most powerful consumer laptop CPUs that you can get, and the 2070 Super is a high-end GPU that should handle pretty much any game you throw at it. The 240Hz IPS panel is another big highlight here and will be fantastic for high refresh rate gaming. Top it off with 32GB of RAM and 1TB of NVMe SSD storage, and you have a blazing fast system front to back.  External Ports and Features I/O is nothing to scoff at either. Three USB 3.1 Type-A ports, one USB-C, and one Thunderbolt 3 port give you many options for connecting a multitude of peripherals. The Thunderbolt 3, mini DisplayPort 1.4, and HDMI 2.0 ports provide a wide range of connectivity for monitors along with that. The SD card reader is a nice bonus, as well. Overall, connectivity is good, and you have a range of options available.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AlexS admin September 2020 edited October 2020 Peripherals Display The display is one of the most critical parts of a system, and I think you’ll be impressed with the 1080p/240Hz IPS display on the 1530. IPS panels have become very popular recently as a general use monitor due to the good balance between picture quality, color accuracy, refresh rate, and response times for various scenarios. This one is no exception. Brightness is good, and I never felt like I was in a situation where I needed more. Picture quality was good as expected and matched my expectations for the display on a laptop like this. At 15 inches, I think 1080p is the right mark for resolution as well. Overall this is a high quality display.  Keyboard The keyboard is pretty standard as far as laptop keyboards go and uses the typical chiclet membrane style keys. I can type 110-120 words per minute on my desktop keyboard and hit that mark on this keyboard pretty consistently. The keyboard is RGB backlit, and you can customize and control the lighting through the Control Center software included with the system. You can choose from several pre-set effects and individually set static colors for keys on the keyboard. The backlight can be very bright if you need it to be.    Touchpad I was very surprised by the touchpad. It’s glass and incredibly smooth to the touch, and may be my favorite touchpad I’ve used on any laptop. The buttons for right and left click feel solid, and I never had any issues with weird sensitivity or inconsistencies when moving my mouse around. Palm rejection was also good, as I never found myself accidentally clicking and dragging the cursor while typing. There’s a built-in fingerprint reader if you want to use that feature to sign in to Windows. Webcam The webcam is pretty standard as far as laptops go. It operates at 1280x720p resolution and can record video at 30FPS. It will work perfectly fine if you need it for zoom meetings and the like.  Speakers The speakers on the laptop are good for general daily use. They can get quite loud and I didn’t experience any distortion or issues with audio. Being laptop speakers they’re not going to have the same quality as a pair of dedicated desktop speakers or a pair of headphones, but they’ll work just fine otherwise. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AlexS admin September 2020 edited October 2020 Performance   Daily Use For general daily use, it’s blazing fast with the hardware included. The main question you probably have is battery life. At max brightness on the display and keyboard, while set to the “entertainment” power mode in Control Center, I ended up with about 3 hours of battery life when running a handful of browser tabs open and playing YouTube videos in the background. With reduced brightness/backlight and battery saver settings on, you should be able to extend that further. At stock settings the fan can get fairly loud when it kicks in, so you may also want to consider setting a custom fan curve to help reduce noise during everyday use.  Gaming As you might expect based on the specs, this system should perform very well in games, and I’d say overall it did very well. All testing was conducted on “performance” power mode in the Control Center software, with fan speed control set to “automatic.” I tested a handful of popular titles to try and give a wide range of experiences. All temperatures and CPU frequency figures were obtained from Intel Extreme Tuning Utility running the background.  Response times in general were good and felt on par with the desktop displays I’ve used for gaming. The fan kicks up to 100% speed immediately once a game is open, which is to be expected. It comes with the territory on gaming laptops, but I’d definitely recommend using headphones if you’re gaming because the fan will be quite loud when running at max speed.  Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Modern Warfare was the first game to test on my list. Graphics settings were set to maximum wherever possible, with 100% render resolution and 100% field-of-view. Motion blur, ray tracing, and v-sync were all disabled.  In standard multiplayer matches (no ground war), I achieved anywhere from 110-130FPS, varying a bit depending on which map I was playing on. In Warzone, it was mostly the same, FPS generally hovered around 120FPS with spikes up or down depending on the specific area. The CPU hit 100C and throttled down to 3.6-3.7GHz in regular multiplayer, but throttled down to 3.4-3.5 in Warzone.  Overwatch Overwatch was the second game on the list, representing a bit of a lighter but well optimized title in comparison to Call of Duty. Testing was done at Epic settings with V-sync disabled.  I was able to achieve 110-130FPS, with the CPU throttling down to 3.8-3.9GHz and hitting 80-90C. Keep in mind with Overwatch that “Epic” settings don’t have a drastic increase in visual quality over “Ultra” settings. You’ll be hard pressed to notice the differences and you can gain quite a bit of FPS by running at Ultra settings instead. On Ultra settings depending on the map/area FPS should be able to go over 200.  Valorant Valorant is the new kid on the block in the competitive FPS sphere, and as expected, it performed very well as it’s relatively light on your system,  the lightest title of the games I tested. Testing was done at high settings with v-sync disabled, MSAA 4x, and 8x anisotropic filtering. I could get anywhere from 220-300FPS, fluctuating frequently, but I did not experience any screen tearing or stuttering: everything was very smooth and responsive. The CPU hit 80C and throttled down to about 3.6-3.8GHz.  Apex Legends Apex Legends, the second battle royale on this list, is somewhere in between Call of Duty and Valorant with how heavy it is on your system. Testing was done at max settings with max field-of-view and v-sync disabled.  The CPU hit 100C in this title and throttled down to about 3.5-3.6GHz; I could get anywhere from 130-250FPS depending on what location of the map I was in. Like in Valorant, there was no stuttering or screen tearing, so the fluctuations in FPS didn’t have any detrimental effects on my gameplay experience.  Horizon Zero Dawn Horizon Zero Dawn made it to PC recently on Steam and is more representative of a graphically intense title than the lighter competitive FPS titles. Plus, the game is just gorgeous, so I thought it’d be an excellent way to round out our testing. Graphics were set to the “favor quality” pre-set in-game, putting most of the settings at “high.” V-sync and motion blur were disabled.  During general gameplay, I achieved roughly 80FPS, fluctuating up and down depending on the specific area. The CPU only hit 2.5-3.0GHz in this title at 80C, which I found interesting. I’m not entirely sure why this occurred, but my experience was smooth, and I didn’t experience any weird stutters or frame drops during my play session. I assume that the CPU simply didn’t need to boost any higher with this game generally being more GPU bound, but I don’t know the specifics. Overall the gameplay experience was very good.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AlexS admin September 2020 edited October 2020 Conclusion Overall, this is a powerful gaming system that I think anybody will be thrilled to have. It performed very well, and overall build quality is good. It also comes in at an excellent price compared to other laptops with similar specs. 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This is a problem because I want to add a second display that has only HDMI. Likely this is some sort of EDID issue. How do I approach this? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook «12» Comments Ian admin April 19 Hello, does the graphics card only have 1 DisplayPort slot? Have you tried a different DisplayPort cable? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Builder ✭ April 19 There are three DP and one HDMI. Card works fine with this cable and monitor in W7 machine. I tried two of the three DP outputs. On the W10 machine the display locks up to the point that I cannot use the monitor controls when the DP input is connected to the monitor. Obviously, I cannot flip back and forth between the machines in an instant. My thought is that the DP EDID is mixed up on the W10 machine, but I did not expect that the monitor would lock up. Monitor allows flipping between DP 1.1 and 1.2. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Builder ✭ April 19 edited April 19 Starting with the DP cable disconnected from the monitor, HDMI is OK. If I then insert the DP cable and select the DP input, the monitor locks up until I remove the DP connection. There is no difference if I make or break the DP connection at the computer or monitor. There is an odd W10 reaction as I make the DP connection. At this point both HDMI and DP are connected, but I am viewing HDMI. Shortly after (about a second) I make the DP connection all of the open windows are minimized. If I then remove the DP connection all of the open windows are restored. At the instant I connect DP, before the open windows are minimized, there is a flash of something (lines of white text on black) in the upper left. I don't recognize this flash. This desktop, with all windows now minimized seems stable. If I then select the DP input, the monitor is black and will not respond to controls until I disconnect one end of the DP cable, at which time the previous desktop it fully restored. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Builder ✭ April 19 edited April 19 In case you are wondering,I also powered down the monitor, connected only the DP, and restarted the monitor. I still have a black screen and locked monitor controls. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMikeW admin April 19 @Builder I'd try to discharge the monitor and give the system a chance to detect it and read the EDID data. There were issues Maxwell GPU's related to DP, but I believe it only created an issue outside the OS and was relegated to DP 1.3/1.4. That's been a while and Nvidia did provide VBIOS updates to correct the issue. Please tell us more about the specs on the system, the brand and model of the card. What driver version are you running? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Builder ✭ April 19 edited April 19 It's an MSI NVIDIA GeForce GTX950. W10 Pro 64bit. NVIDIA driver version 466.11 (standard) DirectX runtime 12.0 FWIW: I've been using 3840 x 2160 for several years on W7 DP and recently on W10 HDMI. This is the display's native resolution. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Builder ✭ April 19 I let the monitor sit, unpowered, not connected for about 40 minutes, then connected the DP -- black screen, no response to monitor controls. After removing the DP and inserting HDMI, response is normal. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTDavey admin April 19 @Builder just chiming in. Are you using a custom build PC? if so what motherboard do you have? If its a pre-build pc, what is the make and model of your system (ex., Dell, HP, ASUS, etc.)? Also have you updated the GTX950 with the windows 10 driver? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Builder ✭ April 19 edited April 19 Custom build (by me) Gigabyte X570 Aorus Ultra, AMD Ryzen 7 5800X I have not specifically updated the GTX950 firmware and it does not seem that MSI provides any firmware updates. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTDavey admin April 19 @Builder try this link below. Download the latest WHQL driver, which should be for windows 10. Let us know the results. Link: https://www.nvidia.com/en-us/geforce/drivers/ 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Builder ✭ April 19 I didn't see anything that was specifically labeled "WHQL", but I installed GeForceExperience and nothing new was installed. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTDavey admin April 19 @Builder in the link you have to choose your product type, etc. and hit Search. Scroll down to see the results. Better to go to the direct link than geforceexperience. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Builder ✭ April 19 edited April 19 My card was not offered in the search choices. I installed the GeForceExperience. It confirmed that I had the latest driver and did not offer to update the card. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTDavey admin April 19 @Builder your card is there. You have a GTX 950 correct? Another option to think about. You can always bring your system to the store and our techs there can take a look at it. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Builder ✭ April 20 @TSTDavey Your link does not lead to my card. https://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us leads to a page that offers my card. I already have the suggested driver installed. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTDavey admin April 20 @Builder not sure if you are clicking on the link I provided, but the link didn't take me to the link you provided. Can you give us a screen shot of what driver version your computer (Windows) says your GTX 950 is on? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTDavey admin April 20 edited April 20 @Builder not sure how you got to the link you provided, but your card is still able to be selected and searched for off the link you somehow got to from my link. You could change the download type to Studio Driver. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Builder ✭ April 20 edited April 20 @TSTDavey Curious, your link leads here: Anyway, their site offers me inconsistent search results. Studio driver was not offered, but If I took the beta path offered sometimes I was lead to some stale drivers from 2017 and 2018, but eventually I was lead to 466.11 (Dated 4/14/2021) and this is what I have installed and it is WHQL. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Builder ✭ April 20 Yes, I borrowed a DP cable and the results are the same. It is curious that the results are slightly different if I change ports on the video card. One DP port prevents the monitor from auto sensing an input, the screen remains black. The other two ports will allow the monitor to sense the HDMI input and switch to it after a while. Remember that this card and this monitor worked flawlessly on the W7 machine. I'm still speculating that this is an EDID issue, but I have not found any resources to deal with this. It could be that I can copy a setup string from the W7 machine, but I don't know where to look. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMikeW admin April 20 @Builder I would try this. Set your DP to 1.2 first. Then connect both the DP and HDMi cable to the system, it'll detect two monitors this way. Once this is done, check the Nvidia Control Panel and see if it's detected. If not, switch it to DP 1.1 and check again. if it's detected properly, it should work and you can disconnect the HDMI cable. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Builder ✭ April 20 @TSMikeW maybe we have learned something. The DP connection is recognized as existing (1 of 2), but I cannot select it. DP 1.1 or 1.2 does not seem to make any difference. Something varies and correlates with the timing of inserting cables in the display card and which port I use. The central DP seems to work best. If I briefly remove the DP connection at the display card the DP connection might be recognized as active. This is DP1.2 Some progress. I wish that I knew exactly what has changed. Unfortunately, the Samsung monitor, Screen 2, is black. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Builder ✭ April 20 @TSMikeW More progress. I'm am exploring the idea that there is an intermittent connection at the display card HDMI port. Notice that the Refresh rate is now 60Hz. I did not make any overt changes to the refresh rate. As I write, I have a desktop displayed on the Samsung. (Display 2) 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMikeW admin April 21 @Builder Preferably its should be 60. Display 1 is black and varying the refresh rate makes no impact on it? Does your card have 3 Display Ports and if so, have you tested multiple ports using this method? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Builder ✭ April 21 Yes, there are three DP's and the center port seems to work better. Prior to the DP coming online I could not make any changes to the 30Hz refresh rate. Now the Samsung offers 50-58-60. Since I'm not attempting to pass NTSC or PAL data through the system, I see no point for anything other than 60Hz. As of this writing, both displays are still working. I have not yet been through a sleep or power down cycle. For some reason the system is ignoring my sleep settings. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMikeW admin April 22 @Builder Lets try a few commands to see what's keeping it awake. From an elevated command prompt type: powercfg -requests Let us know what that returns. Then lets generate an energy-report. powercfg -energy This will create an HTML file in System32, we'll ask you to upload this. Should tell us what is keeping the system awake. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Builder ✭ April 23 Odd response to my copy and paste from CMD and the file attach. Maybe the file is attached, I'm not sure. Looking through the html, it seems that an open web page with audio playing is blocking sleep. C:\WINDOWS\system32>powercfg -requests DISPLAY: None. SYSTEM: [DRIVER] USB Audio Device (USB\VID_046D&PID_0A0B&MI_00\9&254da83f&0&0000) An audio stream is currently in use. AWAYMODE: None. EXECUTION: [PROCESS] \Device\HarddiskVolume1\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe non-display request PERFBOOST: None. ACTIVELOCKSCREEN: None. C:\WINDOWS\system32> 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Builder ✭ April 23 I closed the audio web pages and the system still did not sleep. I'm using a USB to parallel printer port converter that is constantly connected, but the printer is not powered. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMikeW admin April 23 @Builder We'll need to see the energy report then, it'll have a lot more information on what is causing the sleep issue. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Builder ✭ April 24 energy-report.txt Previous attempt to upload file failed without error message. You'll want to display this file as a web page because file upload does not accept .html files. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMikeW admin April 26 @Builder The energy report confirms there's a request made from Firefox for audio, and that is keeping the system awake. I'd task kill Firefox to confirm. Make sure the process isn't running in the background. We also see the USB inputs keeping the system awake. What happens when you put the system to sleep via the start menu? Also, what CPU do you have? 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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 TwitterShare on Facebook «12» Comments TSTonyV admin August 2020 edited August 2020 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 TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin August 2020 edited August 2020 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 TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin August 2020 edited August 2020 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 TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin August 2020 edited August 2020 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 TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin August 2020 edited August 2020 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 TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin August 2020 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 TwitterShare on Facebook leobingham_ ✭ March 29 i just built my pc and everything seems to be fine but once i plugged my hdmi into the video card and monitor it says no signal but that an hdmi is detected idk what to do so i’m hoping someone can help me. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTDavey admin March 30 @leobingham_ what graphic card do you have? Has the hDMI cable being used been around monitors and computers for a long time (ex., 5 plus years)? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook leobingham_ ✭ March 30 edited March 30 i have a evga geforce gtx 1070 and my hdmi was working fine with my xbox and still is i also tried using a different hdmi but it did the same thing 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin March 30 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/30376#Comment_30376 Does the issue occur with the other ports on the video card? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook leobingham_ ✭ March 30 edited March 30 yes i tried it with a display port and it said the same thing. also there’s only one hdmi port in the pc if that’s what u were asking 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin March 30 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/30393#Comment_30393 Did the card work in another PC? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook leobingham_ ✭ March 30 l don’t have another pc so idk i got it used though 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin March 30 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/30420#Comment_30420 It is hard to say if it hasn't been tested on another PC, do you have the power plug from the power supply plugged into the GPU? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook leobingham_ ✭ March 30 yes i do and the letters on it light up when i turn it on do u think i should return it? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTDavey admin March 30 @leobingham_ what monitor do you have? And the monitor worked fined connected to your xbox correct? Was the graphic card purchased from MC or the monitor? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook leobingham_ ✭ March 30 yes i do and the letters on it light up when i turn it on do u think i should return it? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTDavey admin March 30 @leobingham_ We need to know this information. What monitor do you have? And the monitor worked fined connected to your xbox correct? Was the graphic card purchased from MC or the monitor? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook leobingham_ ✭ March 31 no neither gpu was from amazon and monitor from cosco. i have a lg 27gl. and yea it worked fine with my xbox 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook leobingham_ ✭ March 31 i’m probably gonna return it and then go to mc and get the same one just used 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSKyleH admin March 31 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/30462#Comment_30462 Hello @leobingham_ Have you tried another display with the computer, TV's for example have HDMI as an option to connect many times for testing. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook leobingham_ ✭ March 31 edited March 31 @TSKyleH there’s only display port and hdmi i tried a display port cable and the hdmi and neither work  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin April 1 If none of the ports are working, it may be best to looking into returning it to the place of purchase. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook leobingham_ ✭ April 2 @ian that’s what i did. any idea of about where i could get geforce gtx 1070 i looked at the cambridge stir which is closest to me but they don’t have it. if not any suggestions on what i should get my budgets around 600 for a graphics card but it has sum wiggle room. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin April 2 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/30561#Comment_30561 The GTX 1000 series haven't been sold for quite some time. You'd probably be able to get a 3060 Ti or 3070 at that price range. Here's the graphics cards we have listed in that price range: https://www.microcenter.com/search/search_results.aspx?Ntk=all&sortby=match&N=4294966937+43+42&myStore=false 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook KaptainH ✭ April 11 Just got a new PowerSpec G707 and no display! Frustrating and of course Micro Center is closed on Sundays. Tried both the mobo and the GPU ports. Tried 2 different Display Port cables, 2 different HDMI cables, 2 different monitors. Tried every single port (4 different display ports, 3 different HDMIs) and power cycled.. The case is kinda scratched up. Have a feeling this was an open box sold as 'new'. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin April 12 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/31032#Comment_31032 I am sorry to hear of the issues and for any confusion but we are open on Sundays. If it is still not working for you, we offer walk-in service so an appointment is not required. Our Technicians are available Monday-Saturday from 10am-9pm and Sundays from 11am-6pm. However, if you’d still like to let us know when you plan to arrive you can schedule a service appointment here: https://www.microcenter.com/site/service/service.aspx 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Rearwheel69 Livonia, Michigan ✭ April 28 Hi, I just bought a 6700 XT from MC last week and I have yet to get a display. I tried all of the points in the beginning of the post and still no luck. I also searched online for any ideas and only found clearing caps, cycling off and on and updating my BIOS, which I also did. At one point, I removed the GPU and reinstalled my RX 570, and it worked; it worked with both the display port cable and the HDMI cable, so I know my cords are good, my monitor works, my BIOS is up to date, etc, I just still have no display. I will add that while I had the covers off of my tower, the 6700 XT does seem to come on- the fans spin for a second or two and then go off. My mobo shows a fault in the GPU via the little diagnostic light. The light does not come on with the other GPU. Any insight appreciated. AMD Ryzen 7 2700, Gigabyte Aorus B450 Pro WIFI, Mushkin Blackline 2666 RAM- 32GB(4x8), Intel 600GB SSD, Dell D2719HGF monitor 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Rearwheel69 Livonia, Michigan ✭ April 28 *Power Supply is EVGA SuperNOVA 750 G3 80+ GOLD 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTDavey admin April 28 @Rearwheel69 just chiming in. Assuming you have all your wiring seated into the motherboards ports all the way (ex., 24 pin, 8 pin connectors, PWR reset led case wiring, etc.), what happens when you try to boot your system with 1 RAM stick in the first ram slot closest to the CPU? Try that, and do you have another system you can install your EVGA PSU into to see if it will power on the other system? That way you can eliminate if its a bad PSU. If you don't have another system, you could try the paper clip test on the power supply, see video below. 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Hey there, I would go something like this, it would probably come out at right about $800 with taxes. If you need to go lower we can make adjustments - Configure Your PC: https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=9a302561-e659-487b-a9e8-e13827400c3c CPU: (1) AMD Ryzen 5 3600 Matisse 3.6GHz 6-Core AM4 Boxed Processor with Wraith Stealth Cooler ($159.99 EACH) Motherboard: (1) Gigabyte B450M DS3H AMD AM4 mATX Motherboard ($72.99 EACH) RAM: (1) G.Skill Aegis 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 PC4-24000 CL16 Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit F4-3000C16D-16GISB - Black/Red ($56.99 EACH) Case: (1) Cooler Master MasterBox Q300L mATX Mini Tower Computer Case - Black ($49.99 EACH) Power Supply: (1) Thermaltake Smart Series 600 Watt 80 Plus ATX Non-Modular Power Supply ($57.99 EACH) Video Card: (1) EVGA GeForce GTX 1660 Super SC Ultra Overclocked Dual-Fan 6GB GDDR6 PCIe 3.0 Graphics Card ($244.99 EACH) M.2 SSD: (1) Inland Premium 256GB SSD 3D NAND M.2 2280 PCIe NVMe 3.0 x4 Internal Solid State Drive ($41.99 EACH) Hard Drive: (1) Seagate BarraCuda 2TB 7200RPM SATA III 6Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 EACH) Total: $739.92 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook soulofireland ✭ July 2020 I bought an old dell (maybe 1st gen i7) ages ago. The only thing left is the motherboard & chip. I'm thinking about upgrading and I like to future proof as much as possible. I was looking at the following: CPU: (1) Intel Core i7-10700K Comet Lake 3.8GHz Eight-Core LGA 1200 Boxed Processor ($399.99 EACH) Motherboard: (1) MSI Z490 MPG Gaming Carbon WiFi Intel LGA 1200 ATX Motherboard ($269.99 EACH) RAM: (1) G.Skill Ripjaws V 64GB (2 x 32GB) DDR4-3600 PC4-28800 CL18 Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit F4-3600C18D-64GVK - Black ($249.99 EACH) CPU & motherboard will definitely work together. The only way I could add the memory was to disable the compatibility filter on the Micro Center PC builder (which is cool. I've never used it before). Anyone know why this memory would be incompatible? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Rubhersoul ✭ July 2020 I'm trying to help my nephew build a gaming computer,  He plays Apex Legends, Titanfall, Metro Exodus, Rust, Battlefield, Dead by Daylight, No Mans Sky, Minecraft and GTA.  He picked out a bunch of parts and I was wondering if they were compatible.  Let me know if this is a good start, and is liquid cooling necessary?  Any input would be appreciated! Intel Core i9-10900k ASUS Z-390 A Prime Intel LGA 1151 ATX Motherboard Gskill Ripjaws V32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4 3200 EVGA Supernova 850 G+ 80 Plus Gold 850W ATX Nvidia RTX 2080S (Super) Fractal Design Meshify C Mid-Tower Case 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin July 2020 soulofireland said: I bought an old dell (maybe 1st gen i7) ages ago. The only thing left is the motherboard & chip. I'm thinking about upgrading and I like to future proof as much as possible. I was looking at the following: CPU: (1) Intel Core i7-10700K Comet Lake 3.8GHz Eight-Core LGA 1200 Boxed Processor ($399.99 EACH) Motherboard: (1) MSI Z490 MPG Gaming Carbon WiFi Intel LGA 1200 ATX Motherboard ($269.99 EACH) RAM: (1) G.Skill Ripjaws V 64GB (2 x 32GB) DDR4-3600 PC4-28800 CL18 Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit F4-3600C18D-64GVK - Black ($249.99 EACH) CPU & motherboard will definitely work together. The only way I could add the memory was to disable the compatibility filter on the Micro Center PC builder (which is cool. I've never used it before). Anyone know why this memory would be incompatible? That memory should be compatible. The motherboard you chose can support up to 128GB of RAM according to MSI so this is just an issue on our end with the configurator.  Rubhersoul said: I'm trying to help my nephew build a gaming computer,  He plays Apex Legends, Titanfall, Metro Exodus, Rust, Battlefield, Dead by Daylight, No Mans Sky, Minecraft and GTA.  He picked out a bunch of parts and I was wondering if they were compatible.  Let me know if this is a good start, and is liquid cooling necessary?  Any input would be appreciated! Intel Core i9-10900k ASUS Z-390 A Prime Intel LGA 1151 ATX Motherboard Gskill Ripjaws V32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4 3200 EVGA Supernova 850 G+ 80 Plus Gold 850W ATX Nvidia RTX 2080S (Super) Fractal Design Meshify C Mid-Tower Case The motherboard and processor are not compatible with each other. The i9-10900k is using Intel's newest socket (LGA1200) whereas the Z390 board there uses the previous socket (LGA 1151). For the 10900k you'll want to get one of the newer Z490 motherboards.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook soulofireland ✭ July 2020 @TSTonyV This will be my first time installing a chip. Anything else I need? CPU fan/heatsink, thermal compound, etc. If so, any suggestions? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook DreadPirateRoberts ✭ July 2020 soulofireland said: @TSTonyV This will be my first time installing a chip. Anything else I need? CPU fan/heatsink, thermal compound, etc. If so, any suggestions? I'm not Tony, but maybe I can help The 10900k doesn't come with a CPU cooler. So you'll need to get one of those. I'm a "fan" of the Noctua NH-D15 in black. It performs really well for me. Cool and quiet. It also comes with some thermal compound.  I'm pretty sure it's compatible with the LGA1200 socket. 99% certain, though I could be wrong 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMikeW admin July 2020 DreadPirateRoberts said: soulofireland said: @TSTonyV This will be my first time installing a chip. Anything else I need? CPU fan/heatsink, thermal compound, etc. If so, any suggestions? I'm not Tony, but maybe I can help The 10900k doesn't come with a CPU cooler. So you'll need to get one of those. I'm a "fan" of the Noctua NH-D15 in black. It performs really well for me. Cool and quiet. It also comes with some thermal compound.  I'm pretty sure it's compatible with the LGA1200 socket. 99% certain, though I could be wrong The mounting system is identical between LGA 1200 and 1151. They should be fully compatible. The Noctua NH-D15 is no doubt one of the best, if not the best air cooler out there. It's 165mm tall, so check your case clearance. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TheUnrealGamerYT ✭ July 2020 TSTonyV said: Hello! Welcome to the Micro Center Community. If you've been here before, you probably noticed the multiple threads I posted going over how to choose parts for a custom built PC. Rather than having each thread stay at the top and clutter up the page, I'm going to have this single mega-thread we keep at the top that links to each respective part of the guide. For those of you who are new here, this is a comprehensive guide across a series of posts on how to choose individual parts for your computer and what sorts of things you should be looking for. Whether you're new to building or have experience, there's a lot of information that I think you'd find helpful.  Part 1: The Processor (CPU) Part 2: The Video Card (GPU) Part 3: The Motherboard Part 4: RAM (Memory) Part 5: The Power Supply (PSU) Part 6: SSDs and Hard Drives Part 7: The Case Feel free to comment in any of the original threads or this one, or make your own post if you have any questions! Hello, I am looking to build or buy my first pc and am looking for help choosing parts. I would prefer to stay around 600-700 but would also like to be able to game and stream on twitch if possible.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin July 2020 TheUnrealGamerYT said: TSTonyV said: Hello! Welcome to the Micro Center Community. If you've been here before, you probably noticed the multiple threads I posted going over how to choose parts for a custom built PC. Rather than having each thread stay at the top and clutter up the page, I'm going to have this single mega-thread we keep at the top that links to each respective part of the guide. For those of you who are new here, this is a comprehensive guide across a series of posts on how to choose individual parts for your computer and what sorts of things you should be looking for. Whether you're new to building or have experience, there's a lot of information that I think you'd find helpful.  Part 1: The Processor (CPU) Part 2: The Video Card (GPU) Part 3: The Motherboard Part 4: RAM (Memory) Part 5: The Power Supply (PSU) Part 6: SSDs and Hard Drives Part 7: The Case Feel free to comment in any of the original threads or this one, or make your own post if you have any questions! Hello, I am looking to build or buy my first pc and am looking for help choosing parts. I would prefer to stay around 600-700 but would also like to be able to game and stream on twitch if possible.  I think a build like this would be appropriate for that budget: https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=1d8af866-fcdc-4087-a130-177360448332 If the Ryzen 3 3300X isn't available at your store, you can always jump up to the Ryzen 5 3600 instead. This type of system should work for gaming/streaming on a budget. You won't be able to run AAA titles at Ultra Settings with perfect framerate, but lighter graphics titles like Fortnite, CSGO, Valorant, etc... should all run very well. You'll have to tweak your settings a bit for streaming, but you should be able to make it work at decent quality. The 3300X is very comparable to the old Intel i7-6700k and 7700k, which I've used for streaming previously and worked pretty well.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook jeff_strong ✭ July 2020 edited July 2020 For 4K60p DCI HDR video editing and gaming performance in mind, what CPU would be best for me? Budget of about 1500 for CPU and MOBO. I was thinking about the 2990wx thread-ripper, or 3960/70x. Any recommendations?  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin July 2020 jeff_strong said: For 4K60p DCI HDR video editing and gaming performance in mind, what CPU would be best for me? Budget of about 1500 for CPU and MOBO. I was thinking about the 2990wx thread-ripper, or 3960/70x. Any recommendations?  With a $1500 budget, you wouldn't be able to fit the 3960x or 3970x in unfortunately. The cheapest TRX40 motherboards start at about $400 and the 3960X is $1350.  The 2990WX should be amazing for any kind of video editing, rendering, or other multi-core intensive tasks. That said, these are CPUs designed for productivity applications and gaming is just a by-product. I have read about some performance issues with the 2990WX in gaming online. It appears there are some ways to try and mitigate that by customizing XMP timings for RAM, running in quad-channel configurations for your memory and/or disabling a chunk of the cores on the CPU when gaming.  It's not that you can't game on it, but the more typical consumer chips are better suited for that task. If gaming is a big part of what you do, I think holding out a bit to snag a 3960X might be worth it for the superior single-threaded performance which should benefit gaming a fair bit.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook FireMaster9360 ✭ July 2020 I'm Looking to build my first PC, I have about a $500 budget. I have the peripherals, I just need the PC. I want to play games like Rainbow 6. What parts do  you recommend? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin July 2020 FireMaster9360 said: I'm Looking to build my first PC, I have about a $500 budget. I have the peripherals, I just need the PC. I want to play games like Rainbow 6. What parts do  you recommend? For a budget that tight, it's honestly a little difficult to put together a custom build without cutting some corners in a couple areas I'd rather not, mainly the power supply and CPU. If you upped your budget a bit to $600, you could do something like this: https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=266f43d9-55bd-448d-9024-7f17ac375b76 You'd have a pretty solid budget gaming CPU with the Ryzen 3 3300X, and the 1650 Super is a solid budget gaming GPU. You may not get 144FPS at max settings in your games, but it should be able to do well. There's an SSD for Windows and a 1TB hard drive to store games on. However, that doesn't include Windows which is another $120-140.  If the budget really is a $500 hard limit, then you could downgrade a couple parts like the CPU and the RAM, and maybe look for a video card on the used market for a little less.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Cal ✭ July 2020 I want to build a PC that will be able to handle gaming and streaming simultaneously. Since I am a bit of a beginner I will not be playing games with super graphics but would like to get about 120+ of frames while streaming. I am pretty much a beginner and am learning about this. I am looking to build a PC for about $1,500. I am looking at the ASUS VP249GR 23.8" Full HD 144Hz HDMI DP VGA FreeSync Low Motion Blur IPS LED Gaming Monitor but please provide feedback on that too. Thank you for your insight. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin July 2020 Cal said: I want to build a PC that will be able to handle gaming and streaming simultaneously. Since I am a bit of a beginner I will not be playing games with super graphics but would like to get about 120+ of frames while streaming. I am pretty much a beginner and am learning about this. I am looking to build a PC for about $1,500. I am looking at the ASUS VP249GR 23.8" Full HD 144Hz HDMI DP VGA FreeSync Low Motion Blur IPS LED Gaming Monitor but please provide feedback on that too. Thank you for your insight. We can make recommendations for you! Would the monitor be apart of the $1500 budget? Do you need any of the budget for any other peripherals etc.? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Cal ✭ July 2020 edited July 2020 I was thinking up to $1500 for the PC. Then the monitor, mouse and keyboard would be about $300-$400, in addition to the PC so a total of under $2000 for everything. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin July 2020 Cal said: I was thinking up to $1500 for the PC. Then the monitor, mouse and keyboard would be about $300-$400, in addition to the PC so a total of under $2000 for everything. I would do something like this for the PC: https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=5594b194-0fc4-41aa-bc42-1cda46b18047 The 10600k is probably the best all around gaming processor right now, and paired with a 2070 Super it'll handle pretty much anything you throw at it. You'll be able to stream while gaming pretty easily as well, regardless of whether you use software or hardware encoding. The alternative would be to jump down to a Ryzen 5 3600, and then upgrade to an RTX 2080 Super which will probably be the better gaming system right now, but the 10600k will pair better with future GPU upgrades. Ultimately that's going to be up to your preferences.  With your budget, I wanted to go with a pretty high quality power supply for longevity and reliability, as its one area I do not want to skimp out on just to save budget. 16GB of RAM is plenty for gaming, and the NR600 case has good airflow at that price. With a Noctua NH-U14S (or similar performance cooler) you should have good cooling capabilities for the 10600k which you'd want to be overclocking ideally.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Isaac23 ✭ July 2020 Hi my name is Isaac I want to start gaming on pc and streaming as well but I don't have a PC but I want to build one that can run games like Apex or Fps or any other games. I just don't know where to start and how to build one. So I was hoping you guys can give me some pointers or a list of the parts that would help me with the build.  Please and thank you 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin July 2020 Isaac23 said: Hi my name is Isaac I want to start gaming on pc and streaming as well but I don't have a PC but I want to build one that can run games like Apex or Fps or any other games. I just don't know where to start and how to build one. So I was hoping you guys can give me some pointers or a list of the parts that would help me with the build.  Please and thank you First things first, it's a long read, but you should go through our How to Choose Your Parts guide. There's a lot of information we cover about what sorts of things to look for when choosing your parts, and what kind of parts fall into different performance categories.  The most important thing is determining what kind of budget you have to work with. A budget gaming system is going to be $500-600 and that will run most any game at 1080p/60FPS, depending on what graphics settings you use. Do you know what kind of budget you're working with? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Isaac23 ✭ July 2020 TSTonyV said: Isaac23 said: Hi my name is Isaac I want to start gaming on pc and streaming as well but I don't have a PC but I want to build one that can run games like Apex or Fps or any other games. I just don't know where to start and how to build one. So I was hoping you guys can give me some pointers or a list of the parts that would help me with the build.  Please and thank you First things first, it's a long read, but you should go through our How to Choose Your Parts guide. There's a lot of information we cover about what sorts of things to look for when choosing your parts, and what kind of parts fall into different performance categories.  The most important thing is determining what kind of budget you have to work with. A budget gaming system is going to be $500-600 and that will run most any game at 1080p/60FPS, depending on what graphics settings you use. Do you know what kind of budget you're working with? The budget for me would be somewhere under $1000 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin July 2020 edited July 2020 Isaac23 said: TSTonyV said: Isaac23 said: Hi my name is Isaac I want to start gaming on pc and streaming as well but I don't have a PC but I want to build one that can run games like Apex or Fps or any other games. I just don't know where to start and how to build one. So I was hoping you guys can give me some pointers or a list of the parts that would help me with the build.  Please and thank you First things first, it's a long read, but you should go through our How to Choose Your Parts guide. There's a lot of information we cover about what sorts of things to look for when choosing your parts, and what kind of parts fall into different performance categories.  The most important thing is determining what kind of budget you have to work with. A budget gaming system is going to be $500-600 and that will run most any game at 1080p/60FPS, depending on what graphics settings you use. Do you know what kind of budget you're working with? The budget for me would be somewhere under $1000 You know, I just realized I linked you to the thread that we're already in... lol. It's early. Under $1000 is pretty good territory for a budget to mid-range system. I'd do something like this:  https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=9697fd4d-24c3-4947-a725-5e87e83a0c36 The Ryzen 5 3600 is just a good all-around value for the performance you get, and the RTX 2060 will run Apex and other similar games very well. In Apex legends you should be able to get 100+ FPS at 1080p and high settings, you can probably push it over 144 if you tweak your graphics settings the right way. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Isaac23 ✭ July 2020 TSTonyV said: Isaac23 said: TSTonyV said: Isaac23 said: Hi my name is Isaac I want to start gaming on pc and streaming as well but I don't have a PC but I want to build one that can run games like Apex or Fps or any other games. I just don't know where to start and how to build one. So I was hoping you guys can give me some pointers or a list of the parts that would help me with the build.  Please and thank you First things first, it's a long read, but you should go through our How to Choose Your Parts guide. There's a lot of information we cover about what sorts of things to look for when choosing your parts, and what kind of parts fall into different performance categories.  The most important thing is determining what kind of budget you have to work with. A budget gaming system is going to be $500-600 and that will run most any game at 1080p/60FPS, depending on what graphics settings you use. Do you know what kind of budget you're working with? The budget for me would be somewhere under $1000 You know, I just realized I linked you to the thread that we're already in... lol. It's early. Under $1000 is pretty good territory for a budget to mid-range system. I'd do something like this:  https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=9697fd4d-24c3-4947-a725-5e87e83a0c36 The Ryzen 5 3600 is just a good all-around value for the performance you get, and the RTX 2060 will run Apex and other similar games very well. In Apex legends you should be able to get 100+ FPS at 1080p and high settings, you can probably push it over 144 if you tweak your graphics settings the right way. Thank you for the ideas and PC parts that you would do. I appreciate you helping me out with the build. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Isaac23 ✭ July 2020 Isaac23 said: TSTonyV said: Isaac23 said: TSTonyV said: Isaac23 said: Hi my name is Isaac I want to start gaming on pc and streaming as well but I don't have a PC but I want to build one that can run games like Apex or Fps or any other games. I just don't know where to start and how to build one. So I was hoping you guys can give me some pointers or a list of the parts that would help me with the build.  Please and thank you First things first, it's a long read, but you should go through our How to Choose Your Parts guide. There's a lot of information we cover about what sorts of things to look for when choosing your parts, and what kind of parts fall into different performance categories.  The most important thing is determining what kind of budget you have to work with. A budget gaming system is going to be $500-600 and that will run most any game at 1080p/60FPS, depending on what graphics settings you use. Do you know what kind of budget you're working with? The budget for me would be somewhere under $1000 You know, I just realized I linked you to the thread that we're already in... lol. It's early. Under $1000 is pretty good territory for a budget to mid-range system. I'd do something like this:  https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=9697fd4d-24c3-4947-a725-5e87e83a0c36 The Ryzen 5 3600 is just a good all-around value for the performance you get, and the RTX 2060 will run Apex and other similar games very well. In Apex legends you should be able to get 100+ FPS at 1080p and high settings, you can probably push it over 144 if you tweak your graphics settings the right way. Thank you for the ideas and PC parts that you would do. I appreciate you helping me out with the build. One last question: Does it matter what monitor I get for this build? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin July 2020 Isaac23 said: One last question: Does it matter what monitor I get for this build? If you're interested in fps-type games, I'd recommend a 144hz monitor at least, but things like screen size/curved etc. is mainly user preference.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Art ✭ July 2020 Hello I was looking into building a pc that would allow me to play games like MW2 at 1080 comfortably. WIth maybe moving into 1440 when i get a better monitor. My budget would be around 900$ 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin July 2020 Art said: Hello I was looking into building a pc that would allow me to play games like MW2 at 1080 comfortably. WIth maybe moving into 1440 when i get a better monitor. My budget would be around 900$ I'd do something like this: https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=b2c17cee-c0c6-4827-9bfc-b0fcd352fc90 The RTX 2060 KO is great video card at that price and will handle 1080p at high settings in most titles on the market. You can game at 1440p with it but you'd probably have to lower your settings a bit to get high FPS, depending on the game. The Ryzen 5 3600 is just an all around great value at its price and is my general recommendation for this tier of build. Keep in mind this doesn't include the cost of Windows, which is an extra $120-140. If you factor that cost in, I would jump down to a Ryzen 3 3300X for the CPU and a GTX 1660 Super for the video card.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Art ✭ July 2020 TSTonyV said: Art said: Hello I was looking into building a pc that would allow me to play games like MW2 at 1080 comfortably. WIth maybe moving into 1440 when i get a better monitor. My budget would be around 900$ I'd do something like this: https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=b2c17cee-c0c6-4827-9bfc-b0fcd352fc90 The RTX 2060 KO is great video card at that price and will handle 1080p at high settings in most titles on the market. You can game at 1440p with it but you'd probably have to lower your settings a bit to get high FPS, depending on the game. The Ryzen 5 3600 is just an all around great value at its price and is my general recommendation for this tier of build. Keep in mind this doesn't include the cost of Windows, which is an extra $120-140. If you factor that cost in, I would jump down to a Ryzen 3 3300X for the CPU and a GTX 1660 Super for the video card.  Nice, i might be able to shell out a little more for the build, I've seen msi 2060 super going for 370$ would that be worth it when it comes to gaming at 1440? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin July 2020 Art said: TSTonyV said: Art said: Hello I was looking into building a pc that would allow me to play games like MW2 at 1080 comfortably. WIth maybe moving into 1440 when i get a better monitor. My budget would be around 900$ I'd do something like this: https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=b2c17cee-c0c6-4827-9bfc-b0fcd352fc90 The RTX 2060 KO is great video card at that price and will handle 1080p at high settings in most titles on the market. You can game at 1440p with it but you'd probably have to lower your settings a bit to get high FPS, depending on the game. The Ryzen 5 3600 is just an all around great value at its price and is my general recommendation for this tier of build. Keep in mind this doesn't include the cost of Windows, which is an extra $120-140. If you factor that cost in, I would jump down to a Ryzen 3 3300X for the CPU and a GTX 1660 Super for the video card.  Nice, i might be able to shell out a little more for the build, I've seen msi 2060 super going for 370$ would that be worth it when it comes to gaming at 1440? Yes, the 2060 Super should be fine for 1440p. You may still have to tweak settings a bit depending on the exact games and framerates you want. In esports titles (Fortnite, CSGO, Valorant, League of Legends, etc...) you'll be able to play at 1440p and get good refresh rates, it's really the more graphically intense titles you might have to tweak stuff a bit. Just depends on the game really.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook MrKlackers ✭ July 2020 edited July 2020 I'm going to build a PC for gaming and I already have a few parts. I'll be playing intensive games and I need a computer that can handle that. I already have the motherboard and CPU Cooler (Just need a replacement Y-Split Cable) CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3800X  GPU: MSI GeForce RTX 2070 MoBo: ROG STRIX X470-F Gaming CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-L12 HDD: Seagate BarraCuda 2TB SSD: WD Blue 3D NAND 500GB SSD Case: Rosewill Prism T ATX RAM: G.Skill Trident Z  PSU: Thermaltake  Toughpower GF1 650W 80+ Gold SLI/ CrossFire Ready Fully Modular Sorry about that last part, I didn't want to have to remember all that and write it. Do you think this computer could work well? I'll also be doing 3d Modeling and slicing for 3d printing. Would the CPU bottleneck the GPU. I dont think it would, but I dont really know all that much. I'm mainly worried about the parts not fitting together and the custom builder doesn't have all my parts. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin July 2020 MrKlackers said: I'm going to build a PC for gaming and I already have a few parts. I'll be playing intensive games and I need a computer that can handle that. I already have the motherboard and CPU Cooler (Just need a replacement Y-Split Cable) CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3800X  GPU: MSI GeForce RTX 2070 MoBo: ROG STRIX X470-F Gaming CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-L12 HDD: Seagate BarraCuda 2TB SSD: WD Blue 3D NAND 500GB SSD Case: Rosewill Prism T ATX RAM: G.Skill Trident Z  PSU: Thermaltake  Toughpower GF1 650W 80+ Gold SLI/ CrossFire Ready Fully Modular Sorry about that last part, I didn't want to have to remember all that and write it. Do you think this computer could work well? I'll also be doing 3d Modeling and slicing for 3d printing. Would the CPU bottleneck the GPU. I dont think it would, but I dont really know all that much. I'm mainly worried about the parts not fitting together and the custom builder doesn't have all my parts. Everything should fit together and be compatible, although I would recommend the Ryzen 7 3700X over the 3800X. The 3800X is only very slightly better than the 3700X, maybe 1-2% at best, so it's really not worth the price increase. You won't notice the difference at all. Also keep in mind that the X470 you chose may require the BIOS to be updated to be compatible with the 3rd gen Ryzen CPUs, check for a label on the box that says its Ryzen 3000 Desktop Ready to confirm one way or the other on that.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook «123456789» Leave a Comment Rich Text Editor. To edit a paragraph's style, hit tab to get to the paragraph menu. From there you will be able to pick one style. Nothing defaults to paragraph. An inline formatting menu will show up when you select text. Hit tab to get into that menu. 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I had started my career in web design and finally got a really nice paycheck. And what better to do when you get that first paycheck than to spend it on building the best machine money could buy at that moment. And so I did. I ordered a new full ATX tower, a top notch motherboard, enough memory to last me through - well - a few years, and the shiny jewel: my beloved Pentium II. I lived in the Netherlands back then and had to order each part from the US which added to the delivery time. It would just add to the anticipation. Waiting the weeks before that big box of stuff would show. And of course I was terrified that things might break during shipment. But Lo and Behold, three weeks later there was this perfectly intact cardboard box waiting. Each and every separate unopened box a sight to behold all wrapped in their individual cellophane wrapping. Everything was in pristine condition.  So I waited for a moment I simply had all the time in the world to hook things up. I had been building PCs for a long time then, and this would be that wonderful event - and so, on the next Friday night, I started. All happy and excited. And the moment supreme, sliding that encased processor into the slot and hook it up. It was so beautiful... But hey... what was that? There, right on the bottom corner of my motherboard lay one single low power cable. All by itself. Everything else was hooked up. Just not this one. It's plug had no description like the other ones had, and it came straight from the ATX tower. And as we all know by now: Just leave it be. But I was young and it all needed to be neat and correct. So I read up on the manual, and there was no description in the manual of the tower as well.  But the manual of the motherboard shed some insight. Or a solution more or less. As there was, right near that lose cable, one little tiny socket that actually was assigned "unused" or something like that. Well... there you go. I have an unused cable, and an unused plug. A match made in heaven.  Yes, I am smarter now. So, after weeks of waiting, that moment was finally there... turning on the power. Drum rolls all over. The fans came on, that beep from the motherboard, and everything started to smell nice and toasty and... wait... what? In a flash and a bright flame I saw my beautiful new processor burn to a crisp. For a few minutes I was sitting there, mouth open, seeing the plastic processor case crumple up in a nice sweet sizzle. I took the computer, put it right in the attic and thus started my first and only computer-free-month I have experienced ever since (until the new paycheck came in). I ordered a pre-built one 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook BigChungus44 ✭ January 26 Not the worst, but when I built my friend his system I couldn't find the motherboard standoff screws and so I decided I would try to see if any of the other screws fit. The radiator screws from his cpu aio fit semi decently. (I had not yet screwed the radiator in and did not know that they were the radiator screws, as all of the parts were just sitting out on the table.) I went about screwing all of them into the motherboard as far as they could go. I was using this really bad screwdriver that he had there though and most of the screws were stripped though. I had not stupidly thought to put the radiator first, and I had a whopping total of 1 screw for the radiator. It was pretty late at that point and I decided I was just going to go home and finish it for him tomorrow. The next day when I went back I somehow managed to find the correct standoff screws from under a few boxes and I was going to try to put them in instead of the radiator screws. I then realized that the fact that most of those screws were stripped was going to be very time consuming. Took about an hour and thirty minutes to wrench out all of those screws and put in the new ones. There were enough screws left to securely screw in the radiator. We had 4 screws that weren't stripped so we screwed in the radiator with that. Then when cable managing I had to take out the radiator and remount it twice because I had a bunch of cables that it was blocking. Thankfully though, his build did get completed and is still up and running to this day. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook InfinityNieR ✭ January 26 Friend wanted me to replace the AMD cooler for an AIO cooler inside his PC. Accepting this was my 1st mistake knowing that it's a really small case (InWin a1). 2nd mistake was everyone knows that if you don't warm up a am4 CPU, that sucker will come out from the motherboard and attached the cooler. I did warm up the CPU but the problem was removing the air cooler out. So little space to work with and sure enough. The CPU was was attached to the air cooler with so many bent pins. My heart stopped and it wasn't my CPU, I could just imagine what my friend thought too. I was able to straighten out the pins with a tiny flat head. Made sure the CPU dropped into the motherboard easily, applied the thermal paste and put the AIO on there. Crossed my fingers and PC turned on but you best believe my heart was beating really fast right before that boot. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Corporal_BC_76 ✭ January 27 Had an FX8370 stick to the stock heat sink and pull the CPU out of the Socket.  It looked like the CPU was going to be fine, but when I went to remove the CPU from the heat sink, the CPU let go the second I touched it.  It hit the work bench and down to the floor it went.  Bent pins down one side.  Tried to straighten them out, but one broke.  So sad.  Had to buy a new FX8350 to replace it with. B  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Dil ✭ January 27 Back in the day, I built a Pentium 3 computer with 256 Ram 8mb VGA. When I turned the PC on for the first time. It started smoking. I quickly turned off the electricity but damaged was already done. One of the ram sticks did not sit properly and it started burning. Fortunately, only the slot and the ram got damaged. Motherboard had 4 slots and I had use just 128 for a while. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Zantaric ✭ January 27 I have built 2 different PCs over the years and both came with their own headaches. The first PC I ever built was a rig made from spare parts from coworkers who were upgrading their own PC. I was 16 at the time and didn't think that I should put the motherboard in a case before I started putting things on it. After all was said and done, I had built my computer with no case resulting in it not fitting in the case I had bought (the graphics card was too big). So I ended up using an older case from a computer that was being scrapped, it had jagged bits of metal on the inside. Fast forward down the line to a couple of years ago when I finally had the finances to upgrade the PC I had built so long ago. I completely forgot that lesson I learned that day and tried to upgrade it using the same case before giving up and picking up a new case from your parkville store (Thank you again to the associate who didn't question the man with thermal paste and blood on his hands). After finally getting a good sized case and replacing just about every part since I didn't realize my new motherboard wasn't going to work with any of my older parts, I finally had what is my current gaming rig setup. I had cut myself on the old case so many times that I am pretty sure the watercooler has bits of my blood in it, thus I have named the machine Vlad. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook KWottrich ✭ January 27 I was sending my used computer parts off to a friend after getting an upgrade for myself.  I was putting the CPU cover back on the Intel motherboard, but I didn't realize the cover went on OVER the metal bracket.  I had put the plastic cover directly on the CPU pins, and was trying to close the metal bracket, and it jammed the pins in the cpu socket down!  I have built multiple computers, and I can't believe how stupid I was in that moment.  The motherboard was effectively dead at that point... I'm just glad I didn't do that to a brand new motherboard! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook NAP ✭ January 27 Ohhh, the horror! This, will be the ‘readers digest’ version of a doomed relationship AND failed pc build.  Trust me, the short version will spare all readers from unnecessary drama and details!! So, there was this guy.  Handsome, smart, charismatic, and had a ‘computer background’.  He also had an eye for Nurse(s), me. We dated, off and on, I mentioned that I needed a simple and easy to use desktop. He said “we should build one, it’s real easy and you’ll save a lot of money”. Enter parts ordering, credit card receipts, and well, TIME. Reminder:  I’m a nurse. After two weeks, of placing parts, seating and reseating, plugging and replugging, I listened to my intuition and bravely asked him if he had “really ever built a PC before”.   He, sheepishly said, “no”. Reminder:  I’m a nurse.  We, bury our mistakes! We parted as friends, because posers gonna pose.  He, became the proud owner of some fine computer parts and I hope he was able to find a REAL builder and a more gullible gal. 💔 Thanks MicroCenter.  Your team has never failed me!!!! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AYOXONE ✭ January 27 Ok so here we go this 100% a true story of my pc story. Took a year to get it done. I bought a pre-built used on Facebook Marketplace. It was so underpowered and I was ripped off honestly, thought of it as a learning experience. Unfortunately I couldn't afford another so I figured I'd upgrade as I go. First I found a ryzen 1700x for $80 I mean yea that's a score and it's definitely better than the 1200 in there. So I drive an hour to get it. Bring it home and make a huge mistake putting it in. Didn't seat it correctly and when I put on the cooler I bent the pins. Not only that but it broke the motherboard chip slot. Ahhh this computer is bad luck I say. Now I have nothing because I sold the original cpu to keep my cost down, and the motherboard was more than my cpu. My wife was hounding me already and I just started. I watched a jayz2cents video and after a couple days I was ready to try the fix. I did it. Wasn't perfect but after a couple wiggles on the lock that made it perfect. Yay I'm back up and running.  Next was the gpu and rx 550 2gb? Nope wouldn't do. Found an rx480 8gb reference for $100 again. What could go wrong!?!  Took it home and plugged it in. Unfortunately didn't think and about the power output difference. Boom its smoking!!! Literally. The 300w stocking power supply couldn't hold up. Yea gold rated my butt. So I make another mistake 🙃.  I ordered a raidmax from Newegg. It was cheap and now I have no computer again until it's fixed. Gets in and computer turns on but for some reason it's flickering green omg I can't take this. 😫 I try every solution possible thinking it's drivers. I find hanging it slightly out of the hdmi ports works best. Ghetto but I gotta make it work. The card has 1 hdmi slot and 3 display ports so I had no choice. Microcenter actually helped me with this later on. I went into microcenter for a new case. Go in an find this awesome lian li on sale. Yes less complaining from the wife. In her defense rent in Boston is high lol. Also microcenter helped me get an dp to hdmi adapter I hoped would work. Take it home and find the proprietary motherboard in the omen doesn't have an io and it doesn't line up. Great... now my computer is in pieces. So I decided to put it back in the old case. Whippy wasting money. Except when I'm put it back together I smell smoke again while I'm enjoying my Apex Legends. It's the power supply again. Except it also blew my motherboard with it. Found that out after I went to microcenter for a new psu. I wasn't touching "raidmax" ever again.... Bronze my butt. Now with a new new power supply, motherboard (not proprietary), cpu, gpu, case, and side. I'm ready and after putting rebuilding it over 10 times. I'm ready to go. Right? No even after all this I kept going. Yea it was a horror story, but my computer was like one of my kids. I had to sell it due to being laid off. Covid. I'm looking to build a new one but prices are so high for everything now. It's gonna take longer. But when the time does come I can honestly say I learned everything about building computers. Feel like a pro now! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TLed3 ✭ January 27 Around 10 years ago, I went to build my first computer.  I ordered a "combo" which included CPU, motherboard and RAM, along with two monitors, case, and everything else I needed to complete the build from a big mail order company.  The order was placed around Thanksgiving.  It shipped out in two boxes, but a week later I had only received one of them.  After arguing with the company for a couple weeks, they finally sent out the replacements for the items I was missing.  I finally had all the components just before New Years Eve.  I went to assemble the computer, and quickly found out that this company's combo included DDR3 RAM when the motherboard needed DDR4.  After a fair amount of swearing, I decided the best course of action was just buy the needed RAM locally.  So the next morning I was at my local MicroCenter when they opened the doors to buy this component.  In retrospect, I should have stuck with MicroCenter through it all.  Lesson learned! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook DrPlanarian ✭ January 27 edited January 27 I am getting ready to build a replacement for a computer I built for myself (from all MicroCenter parts!) back in 2010.  It was very high-end at that time but, at the ripe old age of eleven, although it is still going very strong (and I am using it now to type this) it has many parts that are no longer supported by their manufacturers, so I think that it is time now to retire my trusty old steed to pasture. When I first built it so many years ago it almost worked right "out of the box," but not quite.  It did not come up the first time, but I just opened the case and discovered that I had plugged the system drive into the wrong SATA head on the motherboard, and after I fixed that (it took about two minutes start-to-finish) it came right up -- the feeling of satisfaction was exquisite! I loaded the O/S and was in the process of loading my most essential applications when it was bedtime.  We had a storm that night and I remember being awakened by a particularly loud clap of thunder, but we have lots of thunderstorms in northern Virginia and I thought nothing of it and went back to sleep. I got up the next morning and could not get onto the Internet.  I could not even get to my router.  I checked everything out and it all seemed to be working, but I could get no network connection at all.   I could run Windows and MS Office, play games, watch saved videos and do everything self-contained that the computer had on it, but no contact with the outside world.  I could not even see the Network Interface Card in my Control Panel. It turned out that a bolt of lightning had actually struck the outside wall (which is brick with wire mesh reinforcement) to my office, and my Ethernet cable was touching the inside of that wall.  The bolt of lightning had fried the NIC on my brand new motherboard, and all I could do was disassemble it and replace the motherboard.  What a royal PAIN! But all's well that ends well.  MicroCenter, which stands behind what it sells like no company I have ever known, replaced it for free, and after I rebuilt it nearly from scratch the replacement is still chugging along just fine (if you consider obsolete, no-longer-supported hardware and little annoyances like Bluetooth v. 1.0 and 802.11n wireless to be "fine"). (The odd thing is, the lightning bolt did NOT damage my router (a D-Link), which continued to work for years afterward.) 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Nev ✭ January 27 A while back I had bought the rtx 2080 gpu just when it came out, I was excited to build my first pc then around mid-build I tripped over one of the psu cables fell and spilled coke all over the build. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook sniperwhg ✭ January 27 A year or two ago, I was traveling between my university dorm room and my permanent residence which involved transporting my computer through the airport. When I got home, reassembling the PC seemed to be normal. Upon booting up, all the fans twitched and nothing would happened. After hours of diagnosing, I proceeded to Microcenter to purchase a new PSU while the old one was in RMA. Successfully, the computer booted and all the components whirred to life. Except the AIO pump, which decided that it had lived a long and fulfilling career, and would end its run by emitting grinding noises before completely seizing. After replacing the AIO, I was finally able to start using my PC again, running a few benchmarks to test stability before resuming full use. A few months later, I decided to upgrade to an M.2 SSD and a few other components, which once again took my PC out of commission for a week. Although it was hard to tell, I was eventually able to prove that the SSD unit was DoA and replaced it, leaving me a system that I'm still using to this day. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Eht ✭ January 27 One time, as I was getting new parts to migrate my PC to an ITX case, before I knew a lot about part compatibilities, in the process of upgrading my computer, I played around with BIOS settings, including accidentally changing my RAM to an incompatible frequency. In a panic, I thought that I had bricked my new parts, or old parts, and had no clue what to fix, so I spent the next two weeks and 30+ hours buying new parts, side parts (like different GPU riser cables), exchanging parts, returning parts (including getting the same RAM kit replaced twice), and disassembling and reassembling my ITX PC trying to individually test each part, before a friend mentioned to me that I had just set the ram frequency incorrectly. And that it should have taken me 5 minutes to fix. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook FamilyJoules924 ✭ January 27 Recently built a pc for a friend's brother in another state, 4 months later i get a call saying it doesn't boot. still need to call gigabyte and troubleshoot with a 12 year old. so far i've eliminated the ssd, ram, psu, bios settings, vga, and cpu i'm pretty sure it's either os or MOBO. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook GTech Stuck in Ohio ✭ January 27 edited January 27 Oooo I've got some good stories - There was the time when I was helping diagnose the built-in fan hub in my buddy's NZXT Noctis 450 and I plugged the 5-pin power header into a 4-pin fan connector and caused magic smoke - Or the time when I completely shattered my side panel by accident - Or the time that I did this because I could 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ed_H ✭ January 27 Tried to improve the air flow in a case. Moved an SSD (OS) and HDD (data) out of the case's basement. The HHD went on top of the PSU shroud. The SSD went behind the motherboard. Turned on the computer. No boot device. Tried again. No boot device. Opened the back panel, everything was connected. Rechecked power and SATA cables on both drives. Restart. No boot device. Put the two drives back in the basement. Boots straight to Windows. Remount the drives to behind the motherboard and on top of the shroud. No boot device.  Double check the modular SATA power cable for the SSD. It was not quite pushed in all the way. In the basement, no problem. Behind the motherboard, just enough tension to pull the connector out of the PSU a tiny bit. Reseated the SATA power cable at the PSU with a good click, and the computer was good to go. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Vince123 ✭ January 28 In 2014, my family decided to splurge and buy a new computer for the household. My parents decided upon a all-in-one pc which basically looked like an oversized iPad with a desktop. While in the process of setting up the wires and cables through the desk holes, my dad accidentally nudged the pc off the desk. Unlucky for us, the desk was near the station that my dad uses for his home improvement projects. There were power tools just laying around the and pc just happened to slid off the wrong end. The screen goes straight down onto the tools. BAM! The whole screen is dented and the most of the display won't even light up anymore.  It's a good thing we got a warranty for the pc since we would just spent more than a thousand dollars on a pc we can't even use. We, of course, moved my dad's station into the garage instead of the basement where we used to have it.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AcerPmbiifDbv ✭ January 28 I was happy after finishing my first custom loop build a few weeks ago. with EK 3080FE special water block, which I have been waiting for a long time. I was so much happy, like a child playing in the water. Two hours later, the sound of grilling meat was heard in the EK 3080 FE special water block and.. finally water leaked out. To find out why, I dismantled the water block and looked at it, and there were no two screws in the important part. Fortunately, there was no flood damage to all electronic parts. https://imgur.com/gallery/wEBSSP6 << When I was happy https://imgur.com/gallery/PPalxD2 << When I was in despair 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Artoosa ✭ January 28 I press power button and PC go KABLOOEY.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook ShiroBlade ✭ January 28 I used to be a big fan of the bulky heavy Hyper-212 air cooler and I liked adding a 2nd fan to it for the push/pull configuration. I even helped a friend build one with the same cooler. However on my most recent build after I got everything up and running my ram sticks weren't registering... I fiddled around with it and discovered 2 of the 4 memory lanes were dead but everything else worked... So I went back to the store to replace my motherboard returning with the new one. The thing is I had the exact same issue again as well as the same dead memory slot locations! That weekend I went back to the store with my friend. I put the motherboard on the roof of my car to dig out my keys. Now this was A VERY BAD IDEA!!! I got so distracted I forgot to throw my motherboard into my car. We drove off to the store and when I got there I looked everywhere in my car for it so I could return it to discover it was gone... Both my friend and I looked at each other and had a very bad feeling not to mention the words that came out of my mouth shortly afterwards... On the way back we kept an eye on the road and saw nothing... Just in case we thought I grabbed it but didn't we tore apart the place looking for it. Then we decided to drive the route we took to get to the store. After driving about half a block we discovered it fell onto the road about a block away! At this point I can't tell you how happy and upset I was to have found it... I have NEVER seen a motherboard look so beat up in my life... I can't tell you how many cars must have driven over it... After waiting in customer service/returns It was my turn to talk to the store clerk. The conversation was very awkward and involved some strange looks and hesitation. By some miracle the store took it back! Simply put from now on any new build I make I will be using an AIO water cooler if I plan to overclock it. If not then I'll be getting something not so hefty in weight as I believe the culprit was caused by the backplate brackets damaging my motherboards with the extra weight! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Solarak ✭ January 28 My PC building experience took a few turns for the worse... In 2017, I was looking for an affordable way to get a gaming PC. I came across some videos online where you could take a Dell Optiplex, throw in a graphics card, and it could (reasonably) play games. I decided to try this out and found one for about $120 on Craigslist. It had an i5-2400, 8 gb of Ram, and a 500 gb hard drive, including a motherboard and power supply. The idea was simple: I was using my father's computer while I was thinking of buying the Optiplex, and realized that his prebuilt system had a GTX 970 in it! My father doesn't play computer games, so I asked if I could remove it and use it in mine. He agreed and everything went well. When I finally went to buy the dell optiplex, something happened. The one that I had planned on buying was no longer available, but they were willing to accommodate me by giving me a slightly BETTER Optiplex for the same price: this one had an i5-3470 and a 1 TB hard drive. I agreed, and was excited to put the 970 into the Optiplex. This is where things went downhill. I went home only to find out that the inside of this Optiplex had slightly different dimensions. This meant that I could no longer fit the gtx 970 into the Optiplex! I was without a graphics card! I tried sawing off the metal bits inside the computer that was blocking my graphics card, but it didn't work and managed to cut myself on the sharp metal. After a few days of trying to figure out what to do, I conceded and bought a GTX 1060 3gb evga card online. I also decided to upgrade the power supply because I didn't want to take any chances with my new card! Everything eventually worked out in the end, and I had a pretty decent gaming computer for around $350! P.S. I also bought a refurbished monitor for my new system that managed to die within a week of buying it. So there is that as well... 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook guacamole777 ✭ January 28 Back around 2005, I had a computer on which I had upgraded the ram and video card. For some reason it kept restarting, so I decided to investigate. I opened the case and started looking at possible problems. At first glance there was no obvious issue, but suddenly, I saw my life flash before my eyes! Actually, it was a flash before my eyes! I accidentally touched the motherboard with the screwdriver I used to open the case and saw a circuit burn brightly in slow motion from the middle of the motherboard towards the top (To this day I can still remember the jagged pattern of the bright white flash and the smoke). I kept beating myself up for forgetting to disconnect the power and was greatly saddened as I did not have any other computer. Thankfully, I had some money saved up and went to MICRO CENTER right away to check out new hardware. They’ve always had great prices and have always been very helpful with helping one build their own pc. I went home a very happy customer! I bought a Micro Star International board and I forget the specifics of the other hardware. That night I built a new computer without any flowing electrons! 😊 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Asquared0310 ✭ January 28 In 2018 my pc with a EVGA gtx 1080 FTW randomly shut off and wouldn't power back up. I heard a ticking noise coming from the PSU (also from EVGA) so I called up tech support about the power supply. After some basic troubleshooting the guy on the line told me to disconnect the pcie power cables and leave the graphics card in the mobo. The system powered on but a FLAME shot out of the GPU's VRM. I put out the fire but the card was a month out of warranty and since then I've made do with a 1050 ti. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook DarkStarr ✭ January 28 My worst build was probably back when the 2600k was new. I got it all built but after a few days it shut off and wouldn't come back on. Turned out the motherboard died and after swapping the board I found out it killed the 2600k! RMAed the board and CPU and was left with no PC for a while. Later used the RMAed board to build a new machine and it failed within a few hours and killed the CPU yet again! P67 boards were the buggiest I have ever dealt with in terms of needing RMA, features disappearing from the bios due to corruption, killing chips etc. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook jhaluska ✭ January 28 When I was younger, dumber and broker, I had a PSU where the fan would have trouble kicking on. So once I turned on the computer, I would stick a thin screw driver into the back of the PSU and give the fan a kickstart.  I did this pretty routinely.  Till one day I got careless and must have touched a component in the PSU, sparks flew where it left a gouge in the screwdriver and the computer never turned on again.  I felt fortunate I didn't electrocute myself in the process. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Clash ✭ January 28 1. Bought all my Parts for my very first build. 2. Built the computer and it won't post. 3. Return the case and the mobo, try again. 4. it posts 5. test everything via TimeSpy and the like and it's all good.  Next day it crashes during gaming. 6. Spend 2 months trying to figure out what's wrong(it was the my AMD 5700 GPU) and apply the fixes that worked for others with my setup. 7. Realize it's too late to return the graphics card so I end up buying a 2060 Super and it finally works consistently. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook MikeG ✭ January 28 A few years ago, I bought all the components for a great PC from Microcenter. I lived a few hours away from the closest Microcenter. I took the parts home, assembled everything, and it just didn't start. I tried removing everything unnecessary (discrete graphics, etc) that wasn't necessary to start. I tried various diagnostic tools. In the end, I had to return all of the parts, because I couldn't determine whether the problem was the motherboard, RAM, CPU, or power supply. Felt like an idiot that day. I've built several other computers without a problem. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook zobfish ✭ January 28 I got into building PCs as a way for my brother and I to bond when we were little. We spent endless hours huddled over the same keyboard together taking turns playing Unreal Tournament on the one PC we had built. Then Diablo 2 was released. Peace, after all, was never an option. No more were the halcyon times of switching every life. No, this was the time of endless Mephisto runs to get that next Stone of Jordan (it was the meta at the time, don't @ me). It was time to build a second computer. Of course, this being the shiny new and presumably faster computer, there was fierce competition for whose it would be. We worked late into the night checking and double checking that every part had its place and not wires were cross. Everything worked the first try, even! For whatever reason, there was an unspoken understanding that whoever it was that would put the disk in the tray to install the game would be the first to get to play it and during the entire build we had been strategically placing the disk closeby to grab it. The build was done, now, and the standoff began, which quickly escalated into a wrestling match. We were moments away from returning to the harmony of days past when the struggle for the disk to get into the tray....snapped the entire tray off the drive. It would be another week of brutal waiting before we got the store to get another. So, folks, just let your brother play first. We're in it together. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook lymanamyl ✭ January 28 Around the time the 2nd gen iPod came out I got it stuck in my head that I was going to get one and I needed a computer with Firewire. Since I wasn't going to build a whole new computer I just bought a new motherboard with a Firewire port and quickly reassembled my PC with all the other existing parts. The 3rd gen iPod came out and I bought it. I plugged it into the Firewire port and looked in horror as the pixels on the LCD screen of the iPod slowly went all black and killed the iPod. I pulled out my PC and opened the case and saw that I had plugged in the Firewire incorrectly into the header pins. In my haste to reassemble everything I did not properly center the female side of the plug into the Firewire pins on the motherboard and they were shifted over by 1 column. I assume one of the data lines got voltage instead and that fried my iPod. Luckily I was able to get it replaced and everything was fine after that. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook «1…45678910» This discussion has been closed. Categories 6.9K All Categories 1K The Blog 32 What's Trending 167 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 16 3D Printers 10 Maker 16 PC Build Guides 96 Reviews & Buying Guides 34 Build Showcase 17 Contests 39 Past Contests 994 The Community 1.7K General Discussion 104 New Members 121 Consumer Tech 41 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 76 Software 4 Audio/Visual 13 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 25 3D Printing 53 Retro Arcade/Gaming 85 All Other Tech 1.3K Store Information and Policy 51 Off Topic 8 Community Ideas & Feedback 113 Your Completed Builds 2.6K Build-Your-Own PC 1.7K Help Choosing Parts 223 Graphics Cards 170 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 62 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 16 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 10 All Other Parts 22 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2021 Powered By Vanilla Community Article The Best Tech for Back-to-School 2021 — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › Reviews & Buying Guides The Best Tech for Back-to-School 2021 SeanM admin August 12 edited September 1 in Reviews & Buying Guides Now that the end of summer is approaching, students are getting ready for the new school year. And whether you’ll be returning in person or doing remote learning, students, especially those in high schools and universities, need to be equipped with the right tech to make sure their learning experience is everything it needs to be. It is easy to be overwhelmed by the sheer amount of tech available, ranging from high-tech laptops to Air Pods. The question on almost every student’s mind right now is “What do I need for school?” We put together a list of some back-to-school tech essentials to make your back-to-school decisions just a little bit easier.  What to look for in Tech If you’re on the prowl for back-to-school tech, we’ve got a couple of tips for you that will help narrow down your range wide options to find your perfect fit:  1.    Quality Tech can be expensive. And, generally, putting more money into tech means you’re getting a more reliable product with more comprehensive features. But, if putting a lot of money towards tech makes you anxious about breaks and failures, Micro Center’s Protection Plans are there to protect you from unforeseen circumstances.  2.    Budget Tech budgets can be odd, as your budget range may be less focused on total cost and more focused on how much certain features may cost. When setting your budget, make sure to consider everything you absolutely need before settling on a price range. And keep your eyes open for sales - Micro Center offers some of the best laptop deals around, so you might find what you're looking for cheaper than you were expecting!  3.    Refurbished Products As we said, tech can be expensive. But it doesn’t always have to be. Refurbished products are a great way to get to-of-the-line technology cheaper. Micro Center offers a wide range of factory-certified refurbished products, including mice, headphones, and even Apple devices!  4.    School Requirements If you’re shopping for back-to-school tech, be sure to check with your school to make sure your tech is compliant. There’s little worse than setting up a brand-new laptop only to find out your school required a different model! If you need some tips before shopping for computers, we put together a handy guide to help you out.    Essential Back-to-School Products While every student is going to have different back-to-school needs, we do see certain requests come up time and time again: smartphones, laptops, desktops, headphones and backpacks. Understanding the features of each product will help you decide which one is best suited to your needs. Hopefully, we can help lower the scope of your options, but if you’re still not sure what you need, stop by your local Micro Center and one of our associates will be more than happy to help you make a perfect choice!   Laptops Like smartphones, laptops have become an absolute must-have in recent years. We’ve put together a list of some of our favorites, ranging from budget-friendly to powerhouse.   HP – 15.6” Laptop Computer: Price: $399.99 This sleek lightweight HP 15-eF1072nr 15.6” laptop is a popular choice for students. The powerful LED black-lit LCD offers clarity and the 2.6GHz processor combined with a 256GB solid state drive offers a lightning-fast experience. And that’s not all - it has built-in stereo speakers, dual microphones, a high-definition audio system, and a battery that will keep your laptop running for hours. Key Features ▪                 Ryzen 3 3250U Processor ▪                 256GB SSD ▪                 AMD Radeon Vega 3 Graphics ▪                 Bluetooth 4.2     Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 14ITL05 14" - Laptop Computer Price: $699.99 Lenovo has always been a reliable brand of laptops and The IdeaPad is no exception. With a 15.6” full HD anti-glare LCD, two powerful speakers, dual array microphone, USB ports, and a durable battery, you get all the features you wish to have on your laptop. Key Features ▪                 Touch screen ▪                 Privacy shutter on the camera ▪                 Intel Core i5 11th Gen 1135G7 2.4GHz processor ▪                 512GB SSD ▪                 Bluetooth 5.0   Lenovo Yoga 2-in-1 Laptop Computer: Price: $899.99 Lenovo Yoga 7i offers both portability and outstanding performance. It has a 14” desktop touchscreen display, sleek metal chassis, and a high-bandwidth RAM with a battery life of over 13 hours. It’s sleek, small design hides multiple USB ports, a thunderbolt port, and a powerhouse under the chassis. Key Features ▪                 Intel Core i7 11th Gen 1165G7 2.8GHz Processor ▪                 Full HD IPS touch screen ▪                 12GB RAM ▪                 512 GB SSD ▪                 4.7GHz turbo boost speed   Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 Computer Price: $1399.99 Although on the pricier side, the Microsoft Surface Laptop is both sleek and portable. It includes several advanced features including but not limited to hyper-threading technology, thermal monitoring, virtualization, and turbo boost technologies. Other features include a high-resolution front camera, speakers, built-in microphone, and audio system. Key Features ▪                 Intel Core i7 10th Gen 1065G7 1.2GHz ▪                 Battery life of up to 11 hours and 30 minutes ▪                 Preloaded Microsoft 365 software ▪                 512GB SSD ▪                 Great for use at home, business, and school   Desktops Some students prefer to have a desktop along with their laptops. Having a monitor on your study table can lessen eye strain, generally offers greater storage, and usually offers a bit more customizability and power.   1.    HP 23.8” All-In-One Computer Price: $849.99 This 23.8” desktop combines style and functionality. The wide screen offers stellar picture quality and hides a powerful Intel processor along with multiple USB and expansion ports. And if you don’t feel like using a mouse, use your finger! Key Features ▪                 23.8” Full HD IPS Touch Display ▪                 Intel Core i5 1135G7 2.40 GHz Processor ▪                 512GB SSD ▪                 Space-saving all-in-one design   2.    Acer Aspire C27 Full HD Display Price: $799.99 When most people think of desktop computers, they think of big, clunky towers and tons of cords. The Aspire C27 offers a full desktop experience with minimal cords and zero towers thanks to it all-in-one design, saving you space and hassle. Key Features ▪                 27” Full HD Display ▪                 Intel Core i5 1035G1 1.0GHz Processor ▪                 512GB SSD ▪                 Space-saving all-in-one design ▪                 Wireless keyboard and mouse     Dell Inspiron 7700 27” All-In-One Price: $1,459.99 A compact all-in-one hiding a whole lot of storage space and power. Featuring a high-end Intel i7 processor with 16GB of DDR4 RAM, as well as over 1.5TB of storage space, the Inspiron 7700 is the minimal workhorse of your dreams. Key Features ▪                 27” Full HD Touch Display ▪                 Intel Core i7 1165G7 2.8GHz Processor ▪                 Over 1.5TB of storage ▪                 Space-saving all-in-one design   Build your own! We can’t not mention building your own PC – it is what we’re known for! But don’t worry if you’ve never built one before. It's easy, and we have guides to help you get started and friendly staff in-store who will happily walk you through it. We can even build it for you! Or: Go Platinum! Looking for more laptop and desktop recommendations? Check out the Platinum Collection! Featuring computers custom-built for Micro Center, you won't find these unique configurations anywhere else. The Micro Center Platinum Collection offers top-of-the-line gaming laptops and desktops for any budget. And don't worry - you can still do your homework on them too! Laptop Backpack No laptop is complete without a laptop backpack, especially if you’re going to carrying it around school all day. A durable backpack not only protects your laptop but holds all your belongings, including charger, headphones, USB, and even your notebooks. Why carry multiple bags when one does the trick?       Solo Urban Hybrid Laptop Briefcase Price: $49.99 This modern laptop case offers the benefits of both a briefcase and a backpack. It is made from durable polyester and has padded carrying handles along with removable shoulder straps making it comfortable to carry. It is ideal for any laptop with a display of up to 15.6”. Key Features ▪                 A 5-year warranty ▪                 Hold up to 2.5lbs of weight ▪                 Several large pockets Wenger Synergy Laptop Backpack Price: $99.99 This polyester backpack will effortlessly carry all your belongings including your 16” widescreen laptop. The backpack is suitable for all including executives and young college students. The black color and sleek finish give a modern look. Key Features ▪                 Ample storage ▪                 Can hold up to 3.7lbs ▪                 Highly rated   Ogio Gambit Backpack Price: $109.99 If you have a laptop with a bigger display, this should be your top pick. It is durable and has a thick lining offering maximum protection.  Key Features ▪                 Padded straps ▪                 Dedicated fleece-lined top-loading laptop compartment   Headphones Headphones have been a must for decades at this point, but with advancements in noise-canceling tech, it just might be time for an upgrade. Noise-canceling headphones add an extra level of distraction protection, meaning more studying and working with less slacking off. And no wires - wireless headphones mean no cord tangles or breaks!   Audio–Technica ATH M50 Price: $179.99 The Audio–Technica ATH M50 gives you exceptional sound quality and has upgraded Bluetooth technology. This pair of headphones has a modern design with high-end performance and will work well with any desktop or tablet. Key Features ▪                 40-hour battery life ▪                 Comes with a USB cable charger and carrying pouch   Bose Headphones 700 Active Noise Cancelling Wireless Bluetooth Headphones Price: $379.00 Turn off the world around you with the ultra-smart noise-canceling features of these Bose headphones. They even include a built-in microphone with Alexa and Google Assistant voice control! Key Features ▪                 Intuitive touch control ▪                 Up to 20 hours battery life Beyer Dynamic Price: $179.99 Perfect for long online classes, the Beyer Dynamic offers clear sound quality, is comfortable to wear, and keeps all environmental noise at bay. Key Features ▪                 Designed for long listening sessions ▪                 Impressive frequency response   Speakers Of course, Some people prefer speakers to headphones. Or, maybe you just want to fill your dorm room with sounds! If that’s you, we’ve picked some of our favorite bang-for-your-buck speakers.   Logitech Z130 Stereo Speakers Price: $25.99 Quick to set up and easy to use, the Logitech Z130 speakers offer rich, dynamic sound quality and are a fantastic desktop speaker set. Key Features ▪                 Easy to set up ▪                 Work with any device with a 3.5mm jack   Creative Labs Pebble 2 Computer Stereo Speakers Price: $19.99 These orb-shaped computer speakers are equipped with a powerful 2.0 speaker system. Their small, sleek design keeps them from overtaking your workspace and add a nice bit of flair wherever they are Key Features ▪                 Easily connected via USB cable ▪                 45-degree elevated sound stage    Creative Labs Pebble Plus 2.1 Channel Computer Speakers Price: $39.99 If you like the look of the Creative Labs Pebble 2 but want a little extra oomph, the Pebble Plus 2.1 boasts all the aesthetics of its bretheren with an added subwoofer to make that bass really sing.  Key Features ▪                 Clean, sleek, minimal design ▪                 Subwoofer adds heavier bass  Smartphones Smartphones are an obvious must-have, but there are more than a few options available in the market. So, we put together a list of affordable smartphones that will do everything you need them to do without breaking the bank: Samsung Galaxy A32 Unlocked 4G – LTE Price: $279.99 This amazing smartphone has almost all features students could want, such as a 64mp ultra-high-resolution camera, a chic design, and a 128 GB built-in memory. It is a part of the A32 series and has a 6.4” display with a 20-megapixel front camera. It also supports Bluetooth connectivity and allows for an amazing gaming experience. Key Features ▪                 Multi-lens camera ▪                 5000mah battery timing offering more talk time ▪                 Water and dust resistance ▪                 Supports a wide range of music and video formats ▪                 6 GB system memory and SD card slot   Samsung Galaxy A02s A025M Unlocked 4GB Price: $169.99 This Samsung Galaxy A02s has a 6.5” infinity V-shaped display. It offers easy navigation options, and a sleek matte finish. It’s octa-core processor ensures excellent performance, a long-lasting battery, improved 64 GB internal storage, and most importantly a 15W adaptive fast charging. A fantastic option for high school and college students. Key Features: ▪                 Dark mode for nighttime use ▪                 Dual nano sim ▪                 64 GB internal storage with 1TB Micro SD ▪                 4GB RAM ▪                 Dual Nano SIM Blue G51 Plus Unlocked 4G LTE Price: $119.99 If battery life is a must, the Blue G51 Plus should be at the top of your list. At 4000mah, it will easily last you a day. The 6.5 HD Infinity display combined with the powerful built-in speaker is perfect for online classes. Plus, the camera is great quality for those selfies with friends. Key Features: ▪                 Enhanced security because of the finger sensor ▪                 A 1.65GHz octa-core processor ▪                 64 GB built-in memory ▪                 8-megapixel front camera Hopefully, we've laid some groundwork for what you might need before your or your student heads back to school. If you have any questions or need any more help, don't hesitate to comment below or visit any of our stores for in-person help! More from the Micro Center Community: Looking for more information about tech buying? We’ve got Community sections dedicated to buying guides and reviews, as well as buying guides for Back-To-School Computers and Build-Your-Own Computers. 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 Leave a Comment Rich Text Editor. To edit a paragraph's style, hit tab to get to the paragraph menu. 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Categories 6.9K All Categories 1K The Blog 32 What's Trending 167 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 16 3D Printers 10 Maker 16 PC Build Guides 96 Reviews & Buying Guides 34 Build Showcase 17 Contests 39 Past Contests 993 The Community 1.7K General Discussion 104 New Members 120 Consumer Tech 41 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 76 Software 4 Audio/Visual 13 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 25 3D Printing 52 Retro Arcade/Gaming 85 All Other Tech 1.3K Store Information and Policy 51 Off Topic 8 Community Ideas & Feedback 113 Your Completed Builds 2.6K Build-Your-Own PC 1.7K Help Choosing Parts 223 Graphics Cards 170 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 62 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 16 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 10 All Other Parts 22 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? See other custom PC builds and get some ideas for what can be done View Build Showcase View builds by: AMD Processors Intel Processors RTX 3090 RTX 3080 RTX 2080 Ti RTX 2080 Super RTX 2070 Super RTX 2070 RTX 2060 Super Radeon RX 5700XT Radeon RX 5700 Air Cooled Liquid Cooled SAME DAY CUSTOM BUILD SERVICE If You Can Dream it, We Can Build it. Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2021 Powered By Vanilla Community Article Open a Store in San Antonio...PLEASE — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › Store Information and Policy Open a Store in San Antonio...PLEASE davis449 ✭ April 2020 in Store Information and Policy I registered just to post this.  Just finished up at the Dallas location shopping for a few parts I needed while I was in town for 24 hours.  For God's sake, PLEASE give us a Micro Center in San Antonio.  I'm tired of only being able to experience the in-store magic that is Micro Center when I happen to be in Houston, Dallas, or Denver (the three cities I travel to the most often with a Micro Center location).  My sister, of all people, introduced me to Micro Center when she lived in Chicago back between 2004-2006. Best Buy's limited selection isn't ideal, our local\regional "tech store" chain, (Altex) is an embarrassment to the aforementioned moniker, and we simply do not have enough options for buying real tech products.  Between the Austin and San Antonio metros, the population is roughly 4.5 million people.  There's more than enough of a potential customer base and more than enough cost-effective commercial retail real estate available.  You could and SHOULD bury Altex in our region.  Their selection is crap, their prices are outrageous on 90% of the things they sell, they know it, and they do it because they have no competition.  I'm tired of their snotty, poorly trained sales people with their condescending attitudes.  If I find that our one good small local computer shop doesn't have what I need (pretty often), I have to take a sedative before heading to Altex, to get whatever it is I need, just to make sure I don't completely lose it while I'm there. You can slap one in North San Antonio (Live Oak, Selma, Cibolo, or Schertz)  and be pretty accessible to Austinites, not to mention New Braunfels and San Marcos residents.  Hell, open one in South Austin (so it's more easily accessible to those of us in SA) if you want.  Austin has two Altex's, and a Fry's (Fry's is in North Austin close to Round Rock) but, as I stated previously, you can easily and JUSTLY bury them both.  Let's be real here, is Fry's even considered competition these days? Seriously, I love Micro Center, I've been an IT Professional for over 20 years, and if I can't make it to Denver to fix my dad's and his various business associates' equipment (seriously, they pay to fly me up there to address their computer and networking needs when physical presence is required to do so), I send them to Micro Center because you're the only ones I trust to do anything correctly.  Ok, rant over...for now. 2 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments davis449 ✭ April 2020 Oh, one more thing.  You're welcome.  I just did all your market research for you and I'll add that if you put one in San Antonio or South Austin, you will have the "Texas Triangle" completely covered and that's 75% of the state's population of 29 million people, the second most populated state in the U.S. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AlexS admin April 2020 Hello @davis449 and welcome to the Micro Center Community!  We appreciate you going out of your way to not only post, but provide us this information.  While I'm not in charge of our real estate, I'll definitely get this forwarded over to the powers that be!   As for San Antonio, the first thing that came to mind is Riverwalk.  The two times I've been in the area, I've enjoyed that area and also think that'd be a nice spot for a Micro Center location in the future that could generate some decent foot traffic!  Thoughts on that area? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook davis449 ✭ April 2020 Glad to see this post was taken seriously, and also not so seriously.  The humor and legitimate commentary of my rant were take as intended.  I simply hoped to be heard as, really and truly, I am not alone in my complaint here.  My techie friends and not so techie friends (most of them are not extremely technical, but know enough to be dangerous) complain about not having a place like Micro Center to go to for their electronics and computer component/peripheral needs. Of course, the first thing that came to your mind is the Riverwalk.  Number one answer is usually the Alamo, naturally.  This city is FAR more than those two things.  We aren't nicknamed Military City USA for no reason.  Those that serve\served in the Air Force know, you come here for Basic, nowhere else.  ALL of the USAF comes here first.  Installations here house and train members from all four branches.  There's also a major FBI Field Office here.  Then there's the giant NSA facility (interestingly, an old Sony factory) that houses a massive cryptography and intelligence unit.  It employed 2200 people until 2007, they planned to double it when they built out the old Sony factory in 2010, and now it's employee count is classified.  You should see the IT job listings on Career Builder, Monster, Zip Recruiter, etc...there are ALWAYS gov. contractors hiring people with security clearances if that tells you anything... The economy here is pretty diverse and includes: Military - JBSA Lackland, JBSA Randolph, Ft. Sam Houston, Brooks City Base, Camp Bullis, Camp Stanley, and Brooke Army Medical (which is where you go when you're hurt in Military, it used to be Walter Reed, it's now BAMC and the campus is MASSIVE). Medical Research\Manufacturing - UT Health Sciences Center and Acelity (KCI) Engineering R&D - Southwest Research Institute Banking - USAA is headquartered here, so is Frost Bank, and The Capital Group has a huge facility here as well Oil & Gas: Valero is headquartered here as well as Tesoro Technology and Telecommunications - AT&T's Ops is still here (the execs\upper mgt. moved to Dallas with the relocation of their HQ from here to there), Rackspace, a significant Level3 Communications presence, Microsoft has a huge Datacenter here, and Hulu has a large office here as well Education - UTSA (which is HUGE and has one some of the highest rated IT educational degree plans in the nation, especially IT Security) Trinity Univ., Univ. of the Incarnate Word, and St. Mary's Univ. Misc. - Those who are Texans reading this know H-E-B grocery stores (huge super regional) is headquartered here.  If you're in DFW and you've seen Central Markets, that's H-E-B. So you asked what I think of the Riverwalk...I think it's great, for tourists.  LOL!  No, honestly, it's a great place to go for locals, too, as it has expanded far beyond what is used to be known for.  Now there's the tourist part, which is but a small section of what has now become a bike path\walking setup (on both sides of the river for much of it) that goes for miles and miles north and south of downtown through the entire Mission Trail that is surrounded by beautiful and historic scenery.  I enjoy going down there once in a while, but don't make a habit of it so it doesn't get old.  As a retail spot.  Hell no.  Just trust me, it's all about entertainment down there and that's what survives and thrives there.  If you're selling stuff down there, it better be tourism related or you will be done for.  I could go through an extensive analysis concerning Riverwalk Mall and its trials and tribulations, but I'll just let you and your company do the legwork on that if you want to waste your time coming to the same conclusion.  My assessment: not worth even looking at.  Stick to the areas I outlined in my OP or just pick a spot on Loop 1604 and just set up shop like everyone else does. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook davis449 ✭ April 2020 Crap, forgot to mention all the companies with large presences here that come along with the Military: Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Raytheon, BAE Systems, Northrop Grumman, among others.  They're all VERY present here.  Also forgot to mention NuStar under oil & gas. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook jscudder ✭ January 14 I would also like to corroborate davis449's assessment.  San Antonio and Austin are the 2 fastest growing cities in Texas and the land is only getting more and more expensive.  The time is now.  Fry's is now a joke and Altex doesn't have near the breadth of products you have.  One final personal comment, my employer is actually starting to review applications for the replacement of its large scale genomics computing cluster.  If only we had a major trusted retailer that could supply the hardware and get a contract for upkeep.  We certainly won't entertain the idea of Altex.  Just pointing out there is a rather large gap in the market perfectly situated for you guys.  All my best, Jon. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook pasttense ✭ January 14 Adding more support, we need you here. There's lots of corporations, traffic from South Texas, tons of makers in the area, STEM related groups, etc.  There are plenty of good locations too. The Rim, The Forum. Tell your real estate team there's 22,500 sq. ft. empty space at Arbor Park at 281/1604 - Centrally located, very convenient for the entire city and surrounding areas.  (Smaller than the average MC, sure but great place to dip your toe in a see how the water is ) Do we need a Kickstarter for this or something?  We were Ikea worthy, 2021 is the year for Micro Center in San Antonio, please! 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin January 14 Glad to see there is still a shared interest here! I'm in the same position as @AlexS above in that I don't have to power myself, but I shall share it with the powers that be! The continued interest is sure to help! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AlexS admin January 14 I've been to San Antonio more than any other city in Texas and I think it could definitely use a Micro Center :P  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook BSinnett ✭ January 31 Yes! I also had to register just to post here. Since I moved from the KC area, I've always hoped Micro Center would come to SA! It's the only store with a vast selection of all sorts of different tech related stuff in one place. We have Quik Trip now, so time for Micro Center. 😅 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ein ✭ February 12 Yes! Please open another store here. I moved from Brooklyn, NY to SA in 2018 and I just can’t find any other store that is close to the prices and inventory you guys have. The location in Brooklyn was awesome just beneath BQE at 3rd or 4th Avenue. OP here gave a pretty good info about SA and location suggestions. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin February 12 Hello! Glad to see the support here, hopefully one day it can happen! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Gageous San Antonio, Texas ✭ February 24 edited February 24 Hello, I also registered to post my undying support for a Microcenter in San Antonio. I've custom built every computer I've owned since 2004 as well as my son's computer and several friends. Nothing would make me happier than having a place to go for everything. Everyone is right, Altex is an overpriced joke and the small shops while nice do not carry a lot of inventory. You would make a killing in this city. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AlexS admin February 24 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/28401#Comment_28401 :( Why am I an overpriced joke? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Gageous San Antonio, Texas ✭ February 24 Sorry... typing on a phone... autocorrect and slight dyslexia. I have corrected my comment 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AlexS admin February 24 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/28406#Comment_28406 All in good fun @Gageous lol 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Gageous San Antonio, Texas ✭ February 24 edited February 24 Seriously though... we want and need you here. I'm tired of seeing the beautiful store in YouTube videos... I want to experience it... especially since I have 2 pc builds coming up soon. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AlexCastillo ✭ November 6 i also just registered to add my hat to the bring a store to san antonio bandwagon... I own CSI Technologies and aside from structured cabling and low voltage cabling we also do network and computer support and installations to include custom built systems and i would love to be able to purchase the equipment we need locally instead of having to order and wait for shipping, ALTEX is a joke as far as an alternative shopping location, i go if i absolutely must have a part same day which i usually do... but having a micro center here would definatly save me and my customers a lot of headaches.. please please please make this happen... 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin November 9 Greetings, Thank you for posting on the Micro Center Community! Thank you for providing us a location you think a Micro Center would be great at! I sadly don't have the pay-grade to make the decision of opening up a location but I will send your suggestion over to the proper teams for consideration!  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Mdalton87 ✭ November 13 Like some others on this thread, I also registered to create a comment. I'd also like to add that Austin is the home of many large tech major and regional HQs. Oracle, AMD, Dell, eBay, Facebook, VMware, and Tesla is moving it's HQ there. There are many more but the list is too long. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin November 16 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/37342#Comment_37342 Thanks for voicing your support! Perhaps one day it can happen! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook shack96 ✭ November 16 Micro Center in San Antonio is way overdue. I have to plan family vacations around the hardware needs of my family and friends. We only travel north or east so I can hit either the Dallas or Houston store on the way to where we're going. My kids would like to travel west someday, but it just can't happen until SA gets its own MC. I simply refuse to spend another dime at Altex. After living in Houston for 11 years, it is impossible for me to shop anywhere else. I knew how great I had it in Houston, but didn't know how bad it was here. Even my kids know the difference. So, in short, bring Micro Center to San Antonio; do it for the kids. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin November 17 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/37402#Comment_37402 Hello, thanks for voicing your support for a new location! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 6.9K All Categories 1K The Blog 32 What's Trending 167 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 16 3D Printers 10 Maker 16 PC Build Guides 96 Reviews & Buying Guides 34 Build Showcase 17 Contests 39 Past Contests 993 The Community 1.7K General Discussion 104 New Members 120 Consumer Tech 41 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 76 Software 4 Audio/Visual 13 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 25 3D Printing 52 Retro Arcade/Gaming 85 All Other Tech 1.3K Store Information and Policy 51 Off Topic 8 Community Ideas & Feedback 113 Your Completed Builds 2.6K Build-Your-Own PC 1.7K Help Choosing Parts 223 Graphics Cards 170 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 62 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 16 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 10 All Other Parts 22 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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