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Community Article help picking parts since i have a bigger budget — 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 help picking parts since i have a bigger budget Yessir ✭ May 2020 edited May 2020 in Help Choosing Parts i need a pc to play and stream games like fortnite warzone csgo apex tony made me an amazing build but now since my budget is 1 thousand i think i can make a better build and i dont have windows a monitor or mouse i would prefer a g sync monitor 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TSTonyV admin May 2020 edited May 2020 Hi @Yessir! With your revised budget, I'll say it's definitely a little more comfortable in terms of putting a build together. One thing I do want to mention though is that monitors with G-Sync built in tend to be more expensive so I think it'd be better to stick with a cheaper monitor and keep most of your budget for the parts in your system. With that in mind I came up with this: https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=811f05dd-f512-40dc-9151-191fb9a7f8d2 It's just over the budget listed at $1013.89, but that is before taxes so if you need to take down the price a bit I would recommend you go down to a GTX 1650 Super instead of the 1660 Super. With a Ryzen 5 2600X for your CPU and 16GB of RAM on this build, it's a comfy budget option for entry level streaming. You won't be able to stream at very high settings, but it should be good enough to get the job done.  With that said... You could also buy the Powerspec G162 instead, then put in an extra hard drive for storage space and buy a 24" monitor. With the HDD and monitor added it would actually be right about $1000 after taxes but you'd get an upgrade on your processor with the Ryzen 7 2700X which would handle streaming very well.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Yessir ✭ May 2020 TSTonyV said: Hi @Yessir! With your revised budget, I'll say it's definitely a little more comfortable in terms of putting a build together. One thing I do want to mention though is that monitors with G-Sync built in tend to be more expensive so I think it'd be better to stick with a cheaper monitor and keep most of your budget for the parts in your system. With that in mind I came up with this: https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=811f05dd-f512-40dc-9151-191fb9a7f8d2 It's just over the budget listed at $1013.89, but that is before taxes so if you need to take down the price a bit I would recommend you go down to a GTX 1650 Super instead of the 1660 Super. With a Ryzen 5 2600X for your CPU and 16GB of RAM on this build, it's a comfy budget option for entry level streaming. You won't be able to stream at very high settings, but it should be good enough to get the job done.  With that said... You could also buy the Powerspec G162 instead, then put in an extra hard drive for storage space and buy a 24" monitor. With the HDD and monitor added it would actually be right about $1000 after taxes but you'd get an upgrade on your processor with the Ryzen 7 2700X which would handle streaming very well.  Thank you tony! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Yessir ✭ May 2020 TSTonyV said: Hi @Yessir! With your revised budget, I'll say it's definitely a little more comfortable in terms of putting a build together. One thing I do want to mention though is that monitors with G-Sync built in tend to be more expensive so I think it'd be better to stick with a cheaper monitor and keep most of your budget for the parts in your system. With that in mind I came up with this: https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=811f05dd-f512-40dc-9151-191fb9a7f8d2 It's just over the budget listed at $1013.89, but that is before taxes so if you need to take down the price a bit I would recommend you go down to a GTX 1650 Super instead of the 1660 Super. With a Ryzen 5 2600X for your CPU and 16GB of RAM on this build, it's a comfy budget option for entry level streaming. You won't be able to stream at very high settings, but it should be good enough to get the job done.  With that said... You could also buy the Powerspec G162 instead, then put in an extra hard drive for storage space and buy a 24" monitor. With the HDD and monitor added it would actually be right about $1000 after taxes but you'd get an upgrade on your processor with the Ryzen 7 2700X which would handle streaming very well.  https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=7716ad42-4234-4dae-afad- 8ec21856c630 What do you think of this build tony? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin May 2020 If that's within your budget, I think it's a good build overall. Personally I would go with Ryzen 5 3600X and upgrade your GPU to something like a 1660 Super instead, but I think you'd be happy either way.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Yessir ✭ May 2020 TSTonyV said: If that's within your budget, I think it's a good build overall. Personally I would go with Ryzen 5 3600X and upgrade your GPU to something like a 1660 Super instead, but I think you'd be happy either way.  Thanks for everything!!! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7K All Categories 1K The Blog 36 What's Trending 167 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 16 3D Printers 10 Maker 16 PC Build Guides 96 Reviews & Buying Guides 34 Build Showcase 17 Contests 39 Past Contests 1K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 84 New Members 127 Consumer Tech 42 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 78 Software 4 Audio/Visual 13 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 26 3D Printing 53 Retro Arcade/Gaming 86 All Other Tech 1.3K Store Information and Policy 51 Off Topic 6 Community Ideas & Feedback 113 Your Completed Builds 2.7K Build-Your-Own PC 1.7K Help Choosing Parts 227 Graphics Cards 174 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 62 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 16 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 10 All Other Parts 23 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? See other custom PC builds and get some ideas for what can be done View Build Showcase View builds by: AMD Processors Intel Processors RTX 3090 RTX 3080 RTX 2080 Ti RTX 2080 Super RTX 2070 Super RTX 2070 RTX 2060 Super Radeon RX 5700XT Radeon RX 5700 Air Cooled Liquid Cooled SAME DAY CUSTOM BUILD SERVICE If You Can Dream it, We Can Build it. 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Is 650w enough? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments BubbleMax MN ✭ June 2020 Well if you are planning to update parts might be best to order the PSU at 750 WATS OwO. As PSU's are being bought pretty hot. (By hot I mean they are going LITERALLY out of stock at a lot of part locations even at Micro Centers.) (My white cosair 750X that I saw when I got my PC parts at my MN Micro Center they had about 14 after I bought one for my build. The NEXT day I saw all 14 other PSU's sold out. O......O) Sure you can choose to wait and the 750 watt PSU will probably lower in price. But then you will be stuck with a redundant 650 Watt PSU if and when later you upgrade. .  1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin June 2020 Kuppa said: AMD Razen 3600x Nvidia gtx 2070 super 16gb ram 1tb ssd nvme I was thinking 750w for future expansion, want to add 16 more gigs at some point. Maybe another 2.5 ssd and replace the CPU down the road. Probably won't replace vcard. Is 650w enough? 650W is technically enough for a 2070 Super and most other high-end video cards right now, but I'm a fan of over-shooting your requirements a bit to leave room for potential upgrades in the future. While I don't expect the next gen graphics cards to have a drastic increase in power requirements, there is a possibility they may have higher power draw which means having some room for upgrades is always nice. Even if they don't, it's better to have it and not use it, then to need it and not have it.  Its also good for the sake of running your PSU at optimal power efficiency. PSU's are typically most efficient right at 50% of their power load, and even in a high-powered system you're not usually maxing out the power draw on all your parts.  1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Kuppa ✭ June 2020 edited June 2020 TSTonyV said: Kuppa said: AMD Razen 3600x Nvidia gtx 2070 super 16gb ram 1tb ssd nvme I was thinking 750w for future expansion, want to add 16 more gigs at some point. Maybe another 2.5 ssd and replace the CPU down the road. Probably won't replace vcard. Is 650w enough? 650W is technically enough for a 2070 Super and most other high-end video cards right now, but I'm a fan of over-shooting your requirements a bit to leave room for potential upgrades in the future. While I don't expect the next gen graphics cards to have a drastic increase in power requirements, there is a possibility they may have higher power draw which means having some room for upgrades is always nice. Even if they don't, it's better to have it and not use it, then to need it and not have it.  Its also good for the sake of running your PSU at optimal power efficiency. PSU's are typically most efficient right at 50% of their power load, and even in a high-powered system you're not usually maxing out the power draw on all your parts.  If this were your setup, would you do an 850w? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin June 2020 I wouldn't. 850W would not be necessary unless you're running multiple GPUs. Even 750W can be enough for a dual-GPU setup if the rest of your system's power draw isn't too high. In your case, with a Ryzen 5 3600X and a single GPU, even if you try to heavily overclock your 3600 650W should still be plenty, since the 3600 doesn't have a lot of overclocking headroom out of box in the first place.  It all ultimately depends on your exact setup and how you plan to use it in the future, but if you don't plan to run multiple GPUs, I'd say 850W is unnecessary and you could save some money by dropping down to 750W or 650W. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook BubbleMax MN ✭ July 2020 TSTonyV said: I wouldn't. 850W would not be necessary unless you're running multiple GPUs. Even 750W can be enough for a dual-GPU setup if the rest of your system's power draw isn't too high. In your case, with a Ryzen 5 3600X and a single GPU, even if you try to heavily overclock your 3600 650W should still be plenty, since the 3600 doesn't have a lot of overclocking headroom out of box in the first place.  It all ultimately depends on your exact setup and how you plan to use it in the future, but if you don't plan to run multiple GPUs, I'd say 850W is unnecessary and you could save some money by dropping down to 750W or 650W. 850 Watt is kinda OVERKILL for almost all the builds unless your going to the absolute max power draw in terms of enthusiast parts. In Example: (i9-10800k 5.3 GHZ or Ryzen CPU equivalent paired with like a 3080 TI ) And even still depending on how crazy the new GPU you might still have head room with a PSU eating that much power XD.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7K All Categories 1K The Blog 36 What's Trending 167 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 16 3D Printers 10 Maker 16 PC Build Guides 96 Reviews & Buying Guides 34 Build Showcase 17 Contests 39 Past Contests 1K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 84 New Members 127 Consumer Tech 42 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 78 Software 4 Audio/Visual 13 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 26 3D Printing 53 Retro Arcade/Gaming 86 All Other Tech 1.3K Store Information and Policy 51 Off Topic 6 Community Ideas & Feedback 114 Your Completed Builds 2.7K Build-Your-Own PC 1.7K Help Choosing Parts 227 Graphics Cards 174 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 62 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 16 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 10 All Other Parts 23 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? See other custom PC builds and get some ideas for what can be done View Build Showcase View builds by: AMD Processors Intel Processors RTX 3090 RTX 3080 RTX 2080 Ti RTX 2080 Super RTX 2070 Super RTX 2070 RTX 2060 Super Radeon RX 5700XT Radeon RX 5700 Air Cooled Liquid Cooled SAME DAY CUSTOM BUILD SERVICE If You Can Dream it, We Can Build it. Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2021 Powered By Vanilla Community Article RTX 3000 Series Micro Center Discussion & FAQ! - Page 3 — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › Reviews & Buying Guides RTX 3000 Series Micro Center Discussion & FAQ! «1234567…61» Comments JerseyXS97 ✭ September 2020 Sounds about right. Do we know anything about which AIBs will be in stock on launch? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook ChefFN57 ✭ September 2020 edited September 2020 Maybe some info on past Nvidia card launches would give us some kinda idea how this is gonna pan out.I live 4 hours away and have never camped out for a GPU but i'm willing for this series.Were there crazy lines hours before opening with the 20XX series or 10XX series?With insight on past releases it may help people make a decision on what time there gonna want to start waiting in line.Also im curious on average how many GPU'S microcenter normally gets for a big release like this. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook JerseyXS97 ✭ September 2020 ChefFN57 said: Were there crazy lines hours before opening with the 20XX series or 10XX series? Not entirely sure myself, but I do plan on swinging by my local store for the 3080 launch so I can get a general idea regarding what the 3090 launch will be the following week. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Swansons_Mustache_9 ✭ September 2020 ChefFN57 said: Maybe some info on past Nvidia card launches would give us some kinda idea how this is gonna pan out.I live 4 hours away and have never camped out for a GPU but i'm willing for this series.Were there crazy lines hours before opening with the 20XX series or 10XX series?With insight on past releases it may help people make a decision on what time there gonna want to start waiting in line.Also im curious on average how many GPU'S microcenter normally gets for a big release like this. The last time this was comparable was with pascal or the gtx 970 launch; however, its important to point out how much more popular PC gaming has become recently.. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook knope ✭ September 2020 Swansons_Mustache_9 said: ChefFN57 said: Maybe some info on past Nvidia card launches would give us some kinda idea how this is gonna pan out.I live 4 hours away and have never camped out for a GPU but i'm willing for this series.Were there crazy lines hours before opening with the 20XX series or 10XX series?With insight on past releases it may help people make a decision on what time there gonna want to start waiting in line.Also im curious on average how many GPU'S microcenter normally gets for a big release like this. The last time this was comparable was with pascal or the gtx 970 launch; however, its important to point out how much more popular PC gaming has become recently.. nonsense... the 780ti was still viable until the 10series.. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Firedup ✭ September 2020 For the 3080 can I just walk-in at 10am and goto the gpu section and pick something out? Should I line up early or is it going to be like Black Friday and need to drop kick an old man and stiff arm a little kid to make sure I get one? 2 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook JerseyXS97 ✭ September 2020 Firedup said: For the 3080 can I just walk-in at 10am and goto the gpu section and pick something out? Should I line up early or is it going to be like Black Friday and need to drop kick an old man and stiff arm a little kid to make sure I get one? If it's the latter, please be sure to record it xD 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMichaelB admin September 2020 knope said: Swansons_Mustache_9 said: ChefFN57 said: Maybe some info on past Nvidia card launches would give us some kinda idea how this is gonna pan out.I live 4 hours away and have never camped out for a GPU but i'm willing for this series.Were there crazy lines hours before opening with the 20XX series or 10XX series?With insight on past releases it may help people make a decision on what time there gonna want to start waiting in line.Also im curious on average how many GPU'S microcenter normally gets for a big release like this. The last time this was comparable was with pascal or the gtx 970 launch; however, its important to point out how much more popular PC gaming has become recently.. nonsense... the 780ti was still viable until the 10series.. Depends entirely on the resolution honestly. Kepler really started showing it's age when pushing 1440P at high refresh rates, but for 1080P, GK110 was a real powerhouse. It's also important to remember that Kepler was the last generation that a standard x80 card used the full die (GK110 for the GTX 780, 780 Ti and Titan series) with Maxwell, Pascal and Turing all having different dies for their high-end gaming cards and Titan flagships. I will say, it was very interesting seeing Kepler hold its own against Maxwell in games that took advantage of Kepler's hardware scheduler, something Nvidia did away with during the launch of the 900 series, but it didn't take too long for game developers to take advantage of Maxwell's efficiency. ChefFN57 said: Maybe some info on past Nvidia card launches would give us some kinda idea how this is gonna pan out.I live 4 hours away and have never camped out for a GPU but i'm willing for this series.Were there crazy lines hours before opening with the 20XX series or 10XX series?With insight on past releases it may help people make a decision on what time there gonna want to start waiting in line.Also im curious on average how many GPU'S microcenter normally gets for a big release like this. This might be a little difficult, as past GPU availability was heavily impacted by the extreme uptick in cryptocurrency mining as that was around when BTC was hitting its peak values. I know during the middle of the GTX 1000 series (Pascal) we had heavy restrictions in-place, limiting the cards to one per customer and I believe reservations were disabled to prevent people from attempting to automate the reservation process or abuse it by having their friends reserve several cards at once, making it unavailable for those that wanted a legitimate chance at having a GPU. You all would have likely remembered this time, as GPU pricing was pretty crazy ($700 for GTX 1070's, $900 for GTX 1080's, etc) First come, first serve kept everything fair at that time. When the RTX 2000 series launched, most of that mining craze came to an end, but there were definitely some supply hiccups that made it difficult for everyone to get their hands on the cards around the launch date. The exact reason behind this was never really disclosed, but I would imagine it had a bit to do with the new technologies that were introduced, coupled with a lot of people that were unable to find a GPU during the high-priced mining craze that finally found a proper time to upgrade. We don't really have any real metrics to go on for this launch as it's also pretty unprecedented. This is the first time we've seen Samsung's 8nm (based on 10nm, non-EUV) process in a large scale production, so we don't really know the yield rates of the dies and whether that will be impacting Nvidia's ability to maintain a solid supply. This launch also marks the first "real" entry into raytraced gaming, as the RTX 2000 series was a bit of a demonstration of the technology, and wasn't really designed to take full advantage of it just yet. Most consumers are hesitant to jump headfirst into brand new technologies and often wait for the second, more mature iteration, which will likely cause a higher demand in the 3000 series. While I wish I had the information to provide regarding our stock/product availability as well as what brands/models we will have, that information simply isn't available to us, and likely won't be until the products actually arrive to the local Micro Center stores and are on the website. The best advice that we can give will always be to keep an eye on our website and to utilize the tools that are offered to improve your chances at getting a product. If the product page allows you to place a reservation, then do so as soon as you can. If you are not subscribed for email ads, do so, as they may release information leading up to the official sale date that can improve your chances of getting your hands on a new GPU. Lastly, be mindful of your local Micro Center's store hours and visit as soon as you are able to do so. I want nothing more than to see everyone get what they want here, and I'll gladly do anything in my power to help with that, but beyond that, we are all going to be navigating the same uncharted waters here. If you don't get a card on the first go around, use it to your advantage by keeping an eye out for first-hand reviews and narrow down which particular version of the product you want. Stuff to look out for, would be: PCB power limitations Cooler performance (thermals & acoustics) Die revisions & impact on performance (RTX 2080 Ti being an example, the TU102-300-K1-A1 had a smaller power limit compared to the TU102-300A-K1-A1 die) Memory manufacturer type (Samsung vs Micron vs SK Hynix), as different manufacturers often allow for different overclocking limitations If we get any additional details for this launch, I promise you that we'll communicate it as soon as we can. In the meantime, please continue to ask any questions you may have, and we will continue to pass those along to the appropriate parties to get the most accurate answers we can. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook ChefFN57 ✭ September 2020 Wow thanks for all the info man!Looks like my safest bet is to post up outside the store before it opens.I had to put my 2080ti on ebay before the value drops anymore than it has in the last week.Gonna ship it out monday morning and have to go 4 days at least without my PC...painful i know.Already taking a massive loss on what I paid for it and its only a little over a year old.Flip side is ill be able to almost cover the cost of the 3080 with the sale.Really want a 3090 but its more than twice the price of the 3080 and unless im gaming at 8k Im guessing im not gonna get twice the performance at 3440x1440.Found an absolutely hilarious video on youtube that describes how most people feel that purchased the 2080ti.Just not sure if its cool to post videos here im new. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook ChefFN57 ✭ September 2020 edited September 2020 Warning: While posting for humor, video may be found offensive to others. [EDIT] Content removed as it goes against our Code of Conduct for NSFW content[/EDIT] Thought this was fitting and hilarious.I wouldn't imagine this would violate any policies.My apologies if it does and wont do it again. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMichaelB admin September 2020 edited September 2020 ChefFN57 said: Warning: While posting for humor, video may be found offensive to others. [EDIT]Removed[/EDIT] Thought this was fitting and hilarious.I wouldn't imagine this would violate any policies.My apologies if it does and wont do it again. No worries, thank you for being considerate. I went ahead and added a little warning to the post, and used the spoiler tag to hide the initial sight of the video. I cannot speak for the other admins or moderators, but I didn't find the content to be intentionally offensive or malicious in intent.  As a heads up, if anyone ever wants to hide content from automatically being viewed, you can highlight the text or link you wish to hide, click the Format icon, and select "spoiler". Works well for this sort of thing. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook ChefFN57 ✭ September 2020 Right on..thx for not banning me 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMichaelB admin September 2020 ChefFN57 said: Right on..thx for not banning me Hey, the only power we "go mad with" here is the power of the all new RTX 3000 series, coming to a Micro Center near you!  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook NoahRaine ✭ September 2020 I am in the houston area. I plan to be at the Microcenter at launch day. Returning my 2080 super this weekend, and then I will be there an hour before it opens. Do you think that will work? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook JerseyXS97 ✭ September 2020 I'm putting my 2080Ti in my HTPC, not worth selling at this point really. I'll have an extra 1080Ti if I go this route but I'm sure I'll find somewhere to put it. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook ChefFN57 ✭ September 2020 knope said: Swansons_Mustache_9 said: ChefFN57 said: Maybe some info on past Nvidia card launches would give us some kinda idea how this is gonna pan out.I live 4 hours away and have never camped out for a GPU but i'm willing for this series.Were there crazy lines hours before opening with the 20XX series or 10XX series?With insight on past releases it may help people make a decision on what time there gonna want to start waiting in line.Also im curious on average how many GPU'S microcenter normally gets for a big release like this. The last time this was comparable was with pascal or the gtx 970 launch; however, its important to point out how much more popular PC gaming has become recently.. nonsense... the 780ti was still viable until the 10series.. With the pandemic also there is no telling.I was fishing for info that would help me make a decision on what time i need to get in line.If i drive 4 hours and leave empty handed i'm not gonna be happy.Especially since my 2080ti is on ebay at the moment.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Waffler Cleveland, OH ✭ September 2020 TSMichaelB said: ChefFN57 said: Right on..thx for not banning me Hey, the only power we "go mad with" here is the power of the all new RTX 3000 series, coming to a Micro Center near you!  Give this man a raise! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin September 2020 NoahRaine said: I am in the houston area. I plan to be at the Microcenter at launch day. Returning my 2080 super this weekend, and then I will be there an hour before it opens. Do you think that will work? Well... it depends on how many other people ALSO do the same thing, and how many cards we have. We just don't know yet what availability will be like. For all we know, manufacturers might only send us 10 cards per store or we might get 200. I know it doesn't feel good to hear, but we just don't have those details yet. We might not know full availability until the day of.  ChefFN57 said: knope said: Swansons_Mustache_9 said: ChefFN57 said: Maybe some info on past Nvidia card launches would give us some kinda idea how this is gonna pan out.I live 4 hours away and have never camped out for a GPU but i'm willing for this series.Were there crazy lines hours before opening with the 20XX series or 10XX series?With insight on past releases it may help people make a decision on what time there gonna want to start waiting in line.Also im curious on average how many GPU'S microcenter normally gets for a big release like this. The last time this was comparable was with pascal or the gtx 970 launch; however, its important to point out how much more popular PC gaming has become recently.. nonsense... the 780ti was still viable until the 10series.. With the pandemic also there is no telling.I was fishing for info that would help me make a decision on what time i need to get in line.If i drive 4 hours and leave empty handed i'm not gonna be happy.Especially since my 2080ti is on ebay at the moment.  I'll be honest, if I had to drive THAT far, I personally wouldn't take the chance. I have no doubts in my mind we will sell out of these cards very quickly on day one. The question is only how many we'll have and how many people will get them. I'd much rather wait for availability to stabilize before driving that far and wasting an 8-hour trip. And based on past experience, reservations will most likely not be available on initial launch (this may still change, but that's how launches of this type have gone previously) 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin September 2020 Update for everybody in this thread, no Founders Edition cards unfortunately.  https://twitter.com/microcenter/status/1304475301100105729 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Swansons_Mustache_9 ✭ September 2020 TSTonyV said: Update for everybody in this thread, no Founders Edition cards unfortunately.  https://twitter.com/microcenter/status/1304475301100105729 That makes me a saaaad panda  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Enamelized Va ✭ September 2020 Has anything come up with regards to certain CPU's not really working well in conjunction with the New 30 Series cards or bottlenecking so to speak. I thought I saw somewhere that like the 9th Gen i7-9700K would have an issue with a 3080. For the life of me I can't remember where I saw/read it though (problem with late night research/browsing lol) 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Stitchless ✭ September 2020 There is a good chance this can't be answered right now, but if it can I would like to know if there is at least a guarantee that at least some after market 3080 cards will be at in-store locations? Also something that I have been seeing is all the main retail carriers seem to not be posting high end 3080's such as the ASUS Strixs, ZOTAC AMP Extreme, Gigabyte Extreme, Ext...   So I have a theory that first day will only carry mostly base model video cards.  This would make sense given the COVID supply chain disruption.  A lot of higher end overclocked video cards are binned, but if the base number of cards is lower then by nature the chances of well binned cards is even lower. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook JeffW ✭ September 2020 Any word on when PowerSpec brand would be releasing models that contain the new gpu’s? I know it’s best to just build yourself but love the PowerSpec brand. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin September 2020 edited September 2020 Enamelized said: Has anything come up with regards to certain CPU's not really working well in conjunction with the New 30 Series cards or bottlenecking so to speak. I thought I saw somewhere that like the 9th Gen i7-9700K would have an issue with a 3080. For the life of me I can't remember where I saw/read it though (problem with late night research/browsing lol) Depends on what your definition of bottleneck is and what resolution you're playing at/what games you're playing. I also think people fixate too much on the idea of bottlenecking. The only thing that happens is you're just not taking full advantage of some piece of hardware on your system. Yeah you might not be getting absolute maximum overdrive turbo performance... but is it that big of a deal? There's always some kind of "bottleneck." Something on your system won't be fully utilized, but there's just too many factors that go into it to just arbitrarily say "this one piece of hardware is my bottleneck and is a bad pairing." It even varies depending on the games you're playing and what resolution you're playing. If you're playing at 4k, even low and mid-range processors are plenty capable and comparable in performance to the higher end CPUs, because as resolution goes up you become more and more GPU bound. But if you're playing light competitive titles at 1080p and are targeting really high refresh rate, then your CPU speed is very important. It all depends. I could be "CPU bottlenecked" in one game then switch to another and be "GPU bottlenecked."  Bottlenecking is usually only a real problem if you're on extreme ends of the spectrum, e.g. a 9100F paired with a 2080ti/3080 or some other similar disparity. The 9700k is still one of the best gaming CPUs you can have right now. Stitchless said: There is a good chance this can't be answered right now, but if it can I would like to know if there is at least a guarantee that at least some after market 3080 cards will be at in-store locations? Also something that I have been seeing is all the main retail carriers seem to not be posting high end 3080's such as the ASUS Strixs, ZOTAC AMP Extreme, Gigabyte Extreme, Ext...   So I have a theory that first day will only carry mostly base model video cards.  This would make sense given the COVID supply chain disruption.  A lot of higher end overclocked video cards are binned, but if the base number of cards is lower then by nature the chances of well binned cards is even lower. We will only have aftermarket AIB cards. We tend to carry the major lines like the Strix and FTW3 tiers of the cards so I would expect to see some of those, but we don't know what full availability is going to look like yet.  JeffW said: Any word on when PowerSpec brand would be releasing models that contain the new gpu’s? I know it’s best to just build yourself but love the PowerSpec brand. No word on this yet, but hopefully it won't take too long! 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook OS_SonicfanQ ✭ September 2020 edited September 2020 Just to double check and make sure before I look like an idiot waiting outside microcenter on the 24th.     Microcenter is planning on having the RTX 3080 on  SEPTEMBER  17th and the RTX 3090 on SEPTEMBER  24th Correct?   Im planning on being at microcenter day 1 first in line for the RTX 3090.   It would suck if they  release the 3090 early or along side the 3080 and i miss out.     Ive taken the 24th off work to prepare to stand in line and i am wanting this card BAD lol.     0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin September 2020 OS_SonicfanQ said: Just to double check and make sure before I look like an idiot waiting outside microcenter on the 24th.     Microcenter is planning on having the RTX 3080 on  SEPTEMBER  17th and the RTX 3090 on SEPTEMBER  24th Correct?   Im planning on being at microcenter day 1 first in line for the RTX 3090.   It would suck if they  release the 3090 early or along side the 3080 and i miss out.     Ive taken the 24th off work to prepare to stand in line and i am wanting this card BAD lol.     Correct. We will NOT be releasing these cards early, they will be releasing on the official release day just like every other retailer.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook OS_SonicfanQ ✭ September 2020 TSTonyV said: OS_SonicfanQ said: Just to double check and make sure before I look like an idiot waiting outside microcenter on the 24th.     Microcenter is planning on having the RTX 3080 on  SEPTEMBER  17th and the RTX 3090 on SEPTEMBER  24th Correct?   Im planning on being at microcenter day 1 first in line for the RTX 3090.   It would suck if they  release the 3090 early or along side the 3080 and i miss out.     Ive taken the 24th off work to prepare to stand in line and i am wanting this card BAD lol.     Correct. We will NOT be releasing these cards early, they will be releasing on the official release day just like every other retailer.  Thank you for your quick reply.   I will be at microcenter on the 24th.    Wish me luck! 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook gsmithfcd ✭ September 2020 The voucher system from the FAQ has me worried... Hypothetically speaking...what if a line builds up around midnight and all the vouchers are given out then everyone goes home.  Then around 6am more people show up thinking they are at the beginning of the line and then wait there until 10am when the store opens only to find out they don't get one because all the vouchers have already been given out? That would be a huge bummer.   0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin September 2020 gsmithfcd said: The voucher system from the FAQ has me worried... Hypothetically speaking...what if a line builds up around midnight and all the vouchers are given out then everyone goes home.  Then around 6am more people show up thinking they are at the beginning of the line and then wait there until 10am when the store opens only to find out they don't get one because all the vouchers have already been given out? That would be a huge bummer.   I'll see if I can get clarification on this and update the FAQ if I do.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Brad_Isnard ✭ September 2020 Now no FE cards? I don’t know about the rest of you, but I have zero intention of paying $200+ over FE for a 2% overclock and ugly cooler. This is really disappointing.  1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook «1234567…61» 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. 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I'd like to spend less than $300 for the CPU, $250 for the GPU, and $200 for the motherboard, but I'd also like to find the best I can get for that money. I also want to make it with an eye towards future upgrading should that time come (but if I can make something really good for that money, it won't be too necessary). If anyone has any suggestions, I'd be really appreciative for the support. Here'd the remaining specs from my previous build (that are still functional): Toshiba 1TB HDD (x2) Corsair Carbide Series Spec-02 Mid-Tower Case Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB (x2) Corsair RMx 750W 80+Gold PSU (Brand New)  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments Ian admin July 2020 Greetings. Depends if you wanted to go the AMD or Intel route. At $300 for the CPU the best values for gaming are: Intel) https://www.microcenter.com/product/622907/intel-core-i5-10600k-comet-lake-41ghz-six-core-lga-1200-boxed-processor  AMD) https://www.microcenter.com/product/608318/amd-ryzen-7-3700x-matisse-36ghz-8-core-am4-boxed-processor-with-wraith-prism-cooler For Intel motherboards, it would depend if you wanted Wi-Fi built in or not - they start at about $149 to support the new LGA 1200 Intel processors: https://www.microcenter.com/search/search_results.aspx?Ntt=lga+1200&Ntk=all&sortby=match&N=39&myStore=false For AMD motherboards, AM4 motherboard stock is quite low right now, but there are plenty of choices that would be fine under $200 - https://www.microcenter.com/search/search_results.aspx?Ntt=am4+motherboard&Ntk=all&sortby=match&N=38+39+37&myStore=false For a $250 video card you are looking at a 1660 Super in that price range, unless a 1660Ti drops to that price on sale. Any card like https://www.microcenter.com/product/615269/evga-geforce-gtx-1660-super-sc-ultra-overclocked-dual-fan-6gb-gddr6-pcie-30-graphics-card would be just fine.  1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Curlymike ✭ July 2020 edited July 2020 TSIanL said: Greetings. Depends if you wanted to go the AMD or Intel route. At $300 for the CPU the best values for gaming are: Intel) https://www.microcenter.com/product/622907/intel-core-i5-10600k-comet-lake-41ghz-six-core-lga-1200-boxed-processor  AMD) https://www.microcenter.com/product/608318/amd-ryzen-7-3700x-matisse-36ghz-8-core-am4-boxed-processor-with-wraith-prism-cooler For Intel motherboards, it would depend if you wanted Wi-Fi built in or not - they start at about $149 to support the new LGA 1200 Intel processors: https://www.microcenter.com/search/search_results.aspx?Ntt=lga+1200&Ntk=all&sortby=match&N=39&myStore=false For AMD motherboards, AM4 motherboard stock is quite low right now, but there are plenty of choices that would be fine under $200 - https://www.microcenter.com/search/search_results.aspx?Ntt=am4+motherboard&Ntk=all&sortby=match&N=38+39+37&myStore=false For a $250 video card you are looking at a 1660 Super in that price range, unless a 1660Ti drops to that price on sale. Any card like https://www.microcenter.com/product/615269/evga-geforce-gtx-1660-super-sc-ultra-overclocked-dual-fan-6gb-gddr6-pcie-30-graphics-card would be just fine.  That all sounds pretty good. I was torn on AMD vs Intel. Which would be a better choice? I see that AMD is usually cheaper and better at multithread applications, but I've always used Intel.  And a 1660 was about what I was looking at. It looks like a really decent card for the money. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin July 2020 Curlymike said: TSIanL said: Greetings. Depends if you wanted to go the AMD or Intel route. At $300 for the CPU the best values for gaming are: Intel) https://www.microcenter.com/product/622907/intel-core-i5-10600k-comet-lake-41ghz-six-core-lga-1200-boxed-processor  AMD) https://www.microcenter.com/product/608318/amd-ryzen-7-3700x-matisse-36ghz-8-core-am4-boxed-processor-with-wraith-prism-cooler For Intel motherboards, it would depend if you wanted Wi-Fi built in or not - they start at about $149 to support the new LGA 1200 Intel processors: https://www.microcenter.com/search/search_results.aspx?Ntt=lga+1200&Ntk=all&sortby=match&N=39&myStore=false For AMD motherboards, AM4 motherboard stock is quite low right now, but there are plenty of choices that would be fine under $200 - https://www.microcenter.com/search/search_results.aspx?Ntt=am4+motherboard&Ntk=all&sortby=match&N=38+39+37&myStore=false For a $250 video card you are looking at a 1660 Super in that price range, unless a 1660Ti drops to that price on sale. Any card like https://www.microcenter.com/product/615269/evga-geforce-gtx-1660-super-sc-ultra-overclocked-dual-fan-6gb-gddr6-pcie-30-graphics-card would be just fine.  That all sounds pretty good. I was torn on AMD vs Intel. Which would be a better choice? I see that AMD is usually cheaper and better at multithread applications, but I've always used Intel.  And a 1660 was about what I was looking at. It looks like a really decent card for the money. The processors are extremely similar. If you look at benchmarks for games, the 10600k typically outperforms the Ryzen 3700x but the margin is slim. A downside to Intel is that you would need to purchase cooling for it, which the Ryzen would come with a capable cooler for that.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7K All Categories 1K The Blog 36 What's Trending 167 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 16 3D Printers 10 Maker 16 PC Build Guides 96 Reviews & Buying Guides 34 Build Showcase 17 Contests 39 Past Contests 1K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 84 New Members 127 Consumer Tech 42 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 78 Software 4 Audio/Visual 13 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 26 3D Printing 53 Retro Arcade/Gaming 86 All Other Tech 1.3K Store Information and Policy 51 Off Topic 6 Community Ideas & Feedback 113 Your Completed Builds 2.7K Build-Your-Own PC 1.7K Help Choosing Parts 227 Graphics Cards 174 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 62 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 16 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 10 All Other Parts 23 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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What else would u update  motherboard:Arus prime A 320m-k—>  B450 Aorus pro WIFI Processor: Ryzen 5 1600-> Ryzen 5 3600 GPU(stayed the same) : asus gtx 1060 6gb rog strix PCU:500w bronze ->650w bronze SSD: 480 GB Adata added  256 gb Inland Extra. Ram(stayed the same ): 16GB 3200mhz case-mid tower Corsair 460X-> Lian Li LanCool 2 full tower.  I also upgraded my monitor from a 75 hrtz to a 144hrtz  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TSNickW admin January 2020 Hello Bloodland56 - Upgrades look good.  What kind of monitor did you upgrade from/to?  If you're pushing 1440 or higher I would say graphics card upgrade down the line would be great. The only other change I would suggest  would be more storage.  I say storage because I have almost your identical storage setup ( I have 2 480GB SSDs ) and a steam sale away from having to uninstall something.  I was recently gifted the Inland Premium 2 TB M.2 NVME SSD.  I Just have to carve out some time to install it and migrate the data. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMichaelB admin January 2020 Welcome to the forum BloodLand56. I agree with Nick on this one, the graphics card would likely be the next upgrade. It's great for 1080p and can push higher refresh rates in less demanding games, but if you plan on pushing AAA titles at 144hz even at 1080p, a GTX 1060 will eventually fall short. I would say that the new RX 5600 XT or RTX 2060 would be ideal from a price:performance perspective.  Another thing to keep in mind. Your 144hz monitor supports Variable Refresh Rate technology (VRR) which you can activate in the Nvidia Control Panel. Here is a quick guide on how to do that: https://www.microcenter.com/tech_center/article/10968/how-to-enable-nvidia-g-sync-compatible-mode. This will greatly improve your gaming experience as it allows the monitor's refresh rate to change on the fly to match your graphics card's framerate. This results in a buttery smooth, tear-free experience. Enjoy your build! 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook BloodLand56 ✭ January 2020 Hello guys! @nick I got a MSI Optix MAG241MVC.  @michael sweet thanks for the recommendation I’ll look into this graphics cards, thanks for the tip guys, much appreciated guys!  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMichaelB admin January 2020 You're very welcome @BloodLand56! 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My current computer has a Gigabyte motherboard Z97X-SLI, an i7 4790k 4.0 Ghz Intel processer, and a GTX 970 video card that runs three 27" ASUS monitors. I'm finding that I would be more productive if I had six monitors. My question to everyone is how best to go about that. I don't want to change computers as all my software is installed and configured the way I want it on the one I have now. If my goal is to upgrade to 6 monitors, how do I go about it? I was considering two new video cards and six new monitors (and probably a power supply), but I can only buy one card at Micro Center due to their limitations. What are my options? (1) A bigger graphics card rather than two smaller ones (probably more than I need as I'm not a gamer) and a get a splitter to run 6 monitors off one card (2) One graphics card from Micro Center and buy a second matching card from a scalper. If so, what cards should I consider? I display charts on three monitors, my brokerage internet sites on two monitors, and the sixth one will stream financial news (CNBC). This is not nearly as demanding as the gamers and bitcoin miners but I'm not sure how big a card(s) to buy. My GTX 970 card runs this fine on three screens (but of course I can only look at half of the items at a time) (3) Is there another way that I haven't considered? Thanks! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments magarity ✭ October 26 edited October 26 So the great thing is that for productivity (as opposed to games) you do NOT need a fancy graphics card at all. This sort of thing you want to do is indeed the purpose in life for the low end cards. I suggest you look at cards with DisplayPort that is capable of doing daisy chain (one monitor plugs into the next monitor and only one plugs into the card, instead of each monitor plugs into the card). I don't know where you live; my local MC in Denver seems to be out of the cards I have in mind. Go by your local one and ask in the Build Your Own section. Tell them you want either a card with 3 or 4 ports or one that support daisy chaining and that it is for business multi monitor use. A card like that is going to be in the $150-200 range. 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I've been using my old computer to build Unity 2D games and its on its last legs - but want to move into creating 3D Unity Based Games and need help building a computer that can basically be an entire studio in one machine, dedicated to just games and all necessary assets etc. I've always done prebuilt, but a friend of my recommended that I build my own pc, but despite pretending to understand this stuff, I never know what's actually worth it vs. what's just overkill. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TSTDavey admin May 16 Hello @Coteot and thanks for posting on the Microcenter Community Forum. It depends on the parts you want and the costs that you are comfortable investing into a pre-build or custom pc. For 3d gaming you'll need a good CPU (AMD or Intel), 16 gigs of RAM or more if you want and a reasonable graphic card (ex., GTX 1660, gTX 1080). If you really want to expand your graphics go for a RTX 3000 series card (ex., RTX 3070, 3080, etc.). Nowadays graphic cards are hard to come by and some GPUs are priced at a premium because there's not enough to meet the demand. So you may end up paying more for your GPU if you choose to go with a custom build PC and its parts. But you may still come out cheaper with your custom build PC over pre-built PC. There are some pre-built PCs that come with RTX 3060 or 1660s and 16 gigs of ram that will run you for $1,200 to $1,600. A custom build may run you $1,000 to $1,300 assuming you can get a hold of the Graphic Card you want. It really boils down to cost. 16 gigs and a good graphic wouldn't be overkill. Now if you go with 32 or 64 gigs, that might be overkill. Below is a link on PC parts for 3d gaming computers BTW. https://www.pcgamer.com/game-development-pc/#:~:text=3D%20game%20development&text=A%20quad%2Dcore%202.5GHZ,higher%20and%20recommended%20by%20Epic. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook DRGStudios ✭ May 16 Thanks so much for your assistance! Any recommendations on prebuilt for game developer pcs or is Mac any good? Cost is about no higher than 3k 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin May 17 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/32354#Comment_32354 I would look over the following: https://www.microcenter.com/product/635981/powerspec-g360-gaming-computer https://www.microcenter.com/product/635282/powerspec-g437-gaming-computer https://www.microcenter.com/product/632836/powerspec-g900-gaming-computer 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7K All Categories 1K The Blog 36 What's Trending 167 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 16 3D Printers 10 Maker 16 PC Build Guides 96 Reviews & Buying Guides 34 Build Showcase 17 Contests 39 Past Contests 1K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 84 New Members 127 Consumer Tech 42 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 78 Software 4 Audio/Visual 13 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 26 3D Printing 53 Retro Arcade/Gaming 86 All Other Tech 1.3K Store Information and Policy 51 Off Topic 6 Community Ideas & Feedback 114 Your Completed Builds 2.7K Build-Your-Own PC 1.7K Help Choosing Parts 227 Graphics Cards 174 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 62 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 16 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 10 All Other Parts 23 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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Now with RTX 30's series out i feel like i should upgrade.  My mobo is not pcie 4.0 so 3070 is out of question unless i upgrade that too.. ! Any recommendations under 30-35k INR? Thanks! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TSTonyV admin September 2020 edited September 2020 Even though your motherboard is PCIe 3.0 the new video cards will still work with it. PCIe 4.0 is backwards compatible with PCIe 3.0, and in fact if you look at NVIDIA's performance details they were all tested with an Intel i9 system. What that means is that their testing was actually done on PCIe 3.0 since the current generation Intel chips do not have PCIe 4.0 implemented.  I'm not sure about the pricing conversion, but any of the current mid-range GPUs would be a substantial upgrade over a 970. GTX 1660 Super, RTX 2060, RX 5600XT, RX 5700XT, etc... and with the RTX series around the corner I'd expect some of these cards to drop in price.  1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Medish ✭ September 2020 So i can go for 3070? My mobo is Asus Rog Strix B-350f. Also I hope my Ryzen 1800x won't be a bottleneck after the upgrade.( Uno reverse lol)  Thanks.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin September 2020 Yes, provided you have an adequate PSU a 3070 should be just fine.  The 1800X shouldn't be a "bottleneck." If you want to get technical then there are faster CPUs that would provide better FPS, but if you're always chasing "absolutely 0 bottleneck" then you'll never be satisfied, because the reality is that there's always something that could be faster unless you always upgrade to the absolute top-tier hardware every single year. Especially if a CPU upgrade would eat into that GPU budget, I would definitely recommend just getting the good GPU now.  1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Medish ✭ September 2020 I have 650w. PSU. nvidia product page suggests bare minimum is 650 but i suppose they say a little more just to be sure. And thanks i shall post my build after i get 3070(probably founder's editon) as i am upgrading my Cabinet as well. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin September 2020 Manufacturer recommendations for a PSU typically overshoot the actual requirements by a bit. Unless you have a really BAD 650W PSU that should be just fine for the 3070 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Medish ✭ September 2020 Yay! Thanks. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7K All Categories 1K The Blog 36 What's Trending 167 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 16 3D Printers 10 Maker 16 PC Build Guides 96 Reviews & Buying Guides 34 Build Showcase 17 Contests 39 Past Contests 1K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 84 New Members 127 Consumer Tech 42 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 78 Software 4 Audio/Visual 13 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 26 3D Printing 53 Retro Arcade/Gaming 86 All Other Tech 1.3K Store Information and Policy 51 Off Topic 6 Community Ideas & Feedback 114 Your Completed Builds 2.7K Build-Your-Own PC 1.7K Help Choosing Parts 227 Graphics Cards 174 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 62 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 16 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 10 All Other Parts 23 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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Have questions about a product?. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments VMascarello ✭ April 2020 How do I speak with a store expert?  Looking for a laptop. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin April 2020 Hello @VMascarello! Welcome to the community. We do not have a direct line for our sales associates at the store, however if you can provide us some details about exactly what you're looking for we'd be happy to give you a recommendation.  If you'd rather speak with an in-store associate directly, I would recommend either coming to the store, or contacting us via chat/text/email so we can pass your information to our associates at the store for you.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Callie ✭ April 2020 I am buying my first gaming laptop. I have been directed by friends to the “MSI GF63 Thin 9SC-257 15.6" Gaming Laptop Computer - BlackIntel Core i5-9300H Processor 2.4GHz; NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q 4GB GDDR5; 8GB DDR4-2666 RAM; 512GB Solid State Drive” Looking at reviews I see its number one complaint is about the battery: not charging or not staying charged. I'm wondering if this is a common problem and if it is covered under the warranty? Do you recommend this computer in general and for moderate to light gaming? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin April 2020 Callie said: I am buying my first gaming laptop. I have been directed by friends to the “MSI GF63 Thin 9SC-257 15.6" Gaming Laptop Computer - BlackIntel Core i5-9300H Processor 2.4GHz; NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q 4GB GDDR5; 8GB DDR4-2666 RAM; 512GB Solid State Drive” Looking at reviews I see its number one complaint is about the battery: not charging or not staying charged. I'm wondering if this is a common problem and if it is covered under the warranty? Do you recommend this computer in general and for moderate to light gaming? Like anything else, battery issues unfortunately can happen, but they shouldn't be any more common on this laptop than any other. Something like that would be covered under the warranty, and this would be a good computer for light gaming.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7K All Categories 1K The Blog 36 What's Trending 167 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 16 3D Printers 10 Maker 16 PC Build Guides 96 Reviews & Buying Guides 34 Build Showcase 17 Contests 39 Past Contests 1K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 84 New Members 127 Consumer Tech 42 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 78 Software 4 Audio/Visual 13 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 26 3D Printing 53 Retro Arcade/Gaming 86 All Other Tech 1.3K Store Information and Policy 51 Off Topic 6 Community Ideas & Feedback 114 Your Completed Builds 2.7K Build-Your-Own PC 1.7K Help Choosing Parts 227 Graphics Cards 174 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 62 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 16 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 10 All Other Parts 23 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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I only want to use a pc to play rainbow 6 siege along with some COD and be able to run shoe bots on it. If anyone can help source out good parts for a pc for me, I'd be very much grateful!!!!! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments Ian admin June 2020 edited June 2020 Do you need peripherals such as monitor/mouse/keyboard as well? Quite honestly this budget is very low for a gaming PC so it will be difficult to get something that will run those kind of games at decent settings. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AlexBDorn ✭ June 2020 Yes I do. I don’t mind bumping up my budget a bit. Just want something that’s sustainable until I get really serious into pc gaming and slowly upgrade parts as I go 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin June 2020 Do you know what kind of games you're playing, at least for now? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AlexBDorn ✭ June 2020 I play rainbow 6 siege and call of duty 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin June 2020 I won't lie, it'll be pretty tough to play those games with that budget. This was the best I could come up with that came close: https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=baebc593-0fe3-4a6d-a112-2c5f57d58a6a That does not include Windows, or any peripherals and still ends up about $540 before taxes. The CPU is about as low as I'd go for gaming, and the GTX 1650 Super for the GPU is currently the best new budget option. If you want to save money in the GPU category, I would look around for something like a used RX 580. You could downgrade the power supply a bit, but if you plan to upgrade in the future, it'd be better to stick with something a little better now to save some money in the long run.  The alternative would be to use a Ryzen 5 3400G by itself with no GPU, and stick with using the integrated graphics. The integrated VEGA 11 graphics are equivalent to about a GTX 750 video card. It would be difficult to run those two games even at low settings unless you lower your resolution, but it would at least be a placeholder until adding a discrete GPU later on.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AlexBDorn ✭ June 2020 Thank you! I’ll most likely go based off of the parts you put together for me. Unfortunately I’d have to source out the parts from else where since it’s only in store pick up only. Thank you so much! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7K All Categories 1K The Blog 36 What's Trending 167 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 16 3D Printers 10 Maker 16 PC Build Guides 96 Reviews & Buying Guides 34 Build Showcase 17 Contests 39 Past Contests 1K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 84 New Members 127 Consumer Tech 42 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 78 Software 4 Audio/Visual 13 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 26 3D Printing 53 Retro Arcade/Gaming 86 All Other Tech 1.3K Store Information and Policy 51 Off Topic 6 Community Ideas & Feedback 114 Your Completed Builds 2.7K Build-Your-Own PC 1.7K Help Choosing Parts 227 Graphics Cards 174 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 62 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 16 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 10 All Other Parts 23 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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Need advice from Micro Center and/or current builds — 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 First Time Music Production PC Build. Need advice from Micro Center and/or current builds kcorrales_88 ✭ June 2020 in Help Choosing Parts Currently a Mac user but I have gone down the rabbit hole of the idea of building a great music production pc. Couple questions here. Hopefully you all can help me. 1. Micro Center - a. Is it possible to communicate with one person privately to discuss this build?  b. I have used the pc builder and noticed certain items are not options to choose,  can these be ordered? For example. - I9 9900x skylake, Be Quite Power supplies, cpu cooling, cases. c. After review with a professional, does Microcenter allow me to drop off all the parts including items not ordered through Microcenter, to be built? Most information i have come across is about gaming pcs which puts a large focus on the video card, where i believe this build's focus will be around CPU, RAM, and as quiet as possible to remove as much ambient sound during recording. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TSMikeW admin June 2020 Greetings, 1. Yes, you can certainly speak to one of our BYOPC reps in store and they can help you. I would probably suggest coming in and speaking to them first to get started. 2. Possibly, if they're in our website inventory we can have them delivered. We are getting in new inventory very frequently, it may very well be available when you're ready to go. 3. Yes, if you can't locate the part in our store you can bring it parts from another retailer. The only issue we have here is that we can't RMA the part if it's DOA. We would have to ask you to pick it up and RMA it with the other retailer yourself. Otherwise, you're right on for music production. CPU and RAM are your main concerns. GPU is secondary, but you do want a decent card. There are several plug ins  used for music production that do utilize GPU rendering. It's a relatively small work load for the GPU so you won't need anything crazy here. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook kcorrales_88 ✭ June 2020 Thanks for the quick response! My current Build list includes the Asus GeForce GTX 1050 2 BG Cerberus for video card. Is that overkill? What do you recommend?  Current cost is $2,300 I would like to shave off $300 and make it a flat $2K 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin June 2020 edited June 2020 A GTX 1050 would be fine. Without seeing the full list of parts, it's hard to say where you could save cost. In our PC builder tool, you can actually share your build with us. Click "Share", then URL, then copy the url it gives you and paste it in a comment here and we can view it.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook kcorrales_88 ✭ June 2020 PCPartPicker Part List: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/gLhvGc CPU: Intel Core i9-9900X 3.5 GHz 10-Core Processor  ($899.99 @ Best Buy)  CPU Cooler: be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 50.5 CFM CPU Cooler  ($89.90 @ Amazon)  Motherboard: Asus Prime X299-Deluxe II ATX LGA2066 Motherboard  ($475.99 @ Amazon)  Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory  ($124.99 @ Amazon)  Storage: Samsung 970 Evo 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive  ($99.99 @ Amazon)  Storage: Seagate Barracuda Compute 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($54.99 @ Newegg)  Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 1050 2 GB CERBERUS Video Card  ($162.98 @ Newegg)  Case: be quiet! Silent Base 601 ATX Mid Tower Case  ($129.90 @ B&H)  Power Supply: be quiet! Straight Power 11 750 W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply  ($149.90 @ Amazon)  Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro OEM 64-bit  ($142.88 @ Other World Computing)  Total: $2331.51 Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-06-11 14:38 EDT-0400 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin June 2020 edited June 2020 Thanks for providing that info! The easiest area to save cost would be on the CPU and motherboard. There's almost no reason to get a 9900X at this point in my opinion, especially at that price. The Intel i9-10900k is also a 10 core/20 thread part just like the 9900X, but can be paired with a much more reasonable Z490 motherboard for saved cost. Those two by themselves could save you ~$500+ on the total cost of your build and you wouldn't lose any performance.  I'd also put in a good word for the Ryzen 9 3950X. It's a 16 core/32 thread part and can also be paired with a reasonable X570 motherboard. In my opinion if you're looking at CPUs in that price range/category, it's just the best overall option. It has more cores/threads and still packs in good single-threaded performance. It also supports PCIe 4.0 if that's something you're interested in, which the Intel chips are lacking right now.  The one reason to get a 9900X or another extreme series Intel processor would be if you specifically need a larger amount of PCIe lanes on your system. Otherwise, I would personally choose the Ryzen 9 3950X at that price point, or go with the 10900K if you really want to go Intel.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook kcorrales_88 ✭ June 2020 Thanks for the feedback! Is it best to stop into my local microcenter and get an estimate on build cost? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin June 2020 Pricing on parts will be the same in-store as what's listed online, so if you put the build together with our configurator and add the items to your cart, you can view the cost of all the parts.  If you want us to actually build it, we have our custom build pricing listed here: https://www.microcenter.com/site/service/instore-service-complete-build.aspx Just scroll down to the bottom of the page and it will list the different tiers of builds we offer and pricing. Click on each tier to view the exact details for what it includes.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7K All Categories 1K The Blog 36 What's Trending 167 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 16 3D Printers 10 Maker 16 PC Build Guides 96 Reviews & Buying Guides 34 Build Showcase 17 Contests 39 Past Contests 1K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 84 New Members 127 Consumer Tech 42 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 78 Software 4 Audio/Visual 13 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 26 3D Printing 53 Retro Arcade/Gaming 86 All Other Tech 1.3K Store Information and Policy 51 Off Topic 6 Community Ideas & Feedback 114 Your Completed Builds 2.7K Build-Your-Own PC 1.7K Help Choosing Parts 227 Graphics Cards 174 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 62 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 16 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 10 All Other Parts 23 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2021 Powered By Vanilla Community Article I need help choosing parts! — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › Help Choosing Parts I need help choosing parts! MichaelHawkins ✭ December 2020 in Help Choosing Parts Hello, recently I took advantage of the micro center sale and bought myself two different CPUs: One for myself and one for my brother. The one I bought for myself is a 9th generation Intel i9-9900K and the one I bought for him is the 9th generation i7-9700K. Both were on sale, so I bought them so that we could both start building rigs. He has a budget of $700 (including the $199 I paid for the processor). My brother does currently have an Invidia GE Force GTX 950 GPU in his current computer. I was hoping that would be decent enough to be able to still be used in his new build. He is looking for 16GB of ram and at least a 1TB SSD. Can you help me find good parts for him and stay within that budget? Thanks! As for my build, I have a budget of $1500 and I am looking for 32GB of ram, one 500GB SSD as well as an additional 2TB SSD. I have no idea what GPU I should get or anything else that would work well with the i9-9900K. Please help. I paid $299 for the processor so that obviously came out of my $1500 budget. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments Ian admin December 2020 MichaelHawkins said: Hello, recently I took advantage of the micro center sale and bought myself two different CPUs: One for myself and one for my brother. The one I bought for myself is a 9th generation Intel i9-9900K and the one I bought for him is the 9th generation i7-9700K. Both were on sale, so I bought them so that we could both start building rigs. He has a budget of $700 (including the $199 I paid for the processor). My brother does currently have an Invidia GE Force GTX 950 GPU in his current computer. I was hoping that would be decent enough to be able to still be used in his new build. He is looking for 16GB of ram and at least a 1TB SSD. Can you help me find good parts for him and stay within that budget? Thanks! As for my build, I have a budget of $1500 and I am looking for 32GB of ram, one 500GB SSD as well as an additional 2TB SSD. I have no idea what GPU I should get or anything else that would work well with the i9-9900K. Please help. I paid $299 for the processor so that obviously came out of my $1500 budget. Greetings. For the first build, here is what I have selected, its around $419 before taxes w/o the processor and a different video card: https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=4f18197a-98af-4642-b2be-3227689cce14 As for the 2nd one, here is what I have selected, around $1125 before taxes w/o the processor: https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=bb6c564c-9719-4fc0-8a8a-4c37069165cb 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7K All Categories 1K The Blog 36 What's Trending 167 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 16 3D Printers 10 Maker 16 PC Build Guides 96 Reviews & Buying Guides 34 Build Showcase 17 Contests 39 Past Contests 1K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 84 New Members 127 Consumer Tech 42 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 78 Software 4 Audio/Visual 13 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 26 3D Printing 53 Retro Arcade/Gaming 86 All Other Tech 1.3K Store Information and Policy 51 Off Topic 6 Community Ideas & Feedback 114 Your Completed Builds 2.7K Build-Your-Own PC 1.7K Help Choosing Parts 227 Graphics Cards 174 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 62 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 16 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 10 All Other Parts 23 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? See other custom PC builds and get some ideas for what can be done View Build Showcase View builds by: AMD Processors Intel Processors RTX 3090 RTX 3080 RTX 2080 Ti RTX 2080 Super RTX 2070 Super RTX 2070 RTX 2060 Super Radeon RX 5700XT Radeon RX 5700 Air Cooled Liquid Cooled SAME DAY CUSTOM BUILD SERVICE If You Can Dream it, We Can Build it. Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2021 Powered By Vanilla Community Article Installing Graphics Card - help with power connection — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › General Discussion Installing Graphics Card - help with power connection Mikey ✭ June 2020 edited June 5 in General Discussion Hello, I have an HP Pavillion 590 and purchased a GTX 1660 graphics card. Clicked into place just fine. Now having trouble figuring out what power cord.  I've ordered PCIe Power cables twice and they are the wrong ones. The new graphics card has a 8 port connection. It SEEMS I'd need an 8 pin power connector but what does it get connected to on the mother board? I only see a 4 pin option on the motherboard that has wires already connected to it. Thanks in advance for help! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TSTonyV admin June 2020 Hello @Mikey! Welcome to the Community.  The graphics card doesn't plug into your motherboard, it plugs into your power supply. Does your power supply in that computer have a cable that looks like this: That's a 6+2 pin PCIe power connector, which is what's used for GPU power from the power supply.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Mikey ✭ June 2020 No, I don't see that in the computer. Here it the view: 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin June 2020 Okay. You'll need that type of 6+2 connector, and it needs to be coming directly from the power supply to your video card. From the picture you provided I think I was able to look up the power supply in the system. It appears that it's a 310W power supply and it was not designed to support a GPU like that.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Mikey ✭ June 2020 Ugggh. Thanks for your help. There is no work around? Someone said we need a "splitter" but I don't know what needs to be split. The Yellow cord goes to a 4- connector. What is that powering? If not, can you recommend a graphics card that will work with the Pavillion 590 p0066? Thanks so much for your help. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin June 2020 A splitter would be a bad idea. The problem is that the PSU in your system doesn't have the power output designed for a video card like that, it's just not powerful enough. Even if you found some type of splitter or adapter, at best the card just wouldn't work, at worst you'd damage a component.  For the type of PSU in that system, you'll want to use a low-profile card that doesn't require an extra power connection, like a GT 710 or GT 1030.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Mikey ✭ June 2020 Can I upgrade the power output to accommodate the GTX 1660? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin June 2020 The power supplies used in those HP systems have a proprietary form factor, so I'm not sure if you'd be able to do an upgrade. From what I can see looking around online, other power supplies HP has that have the same form factor are also underpowered for that video card. You could reach out to them to be sure, but unfortunately the system you have probably wasn't designed with upgrades like this in mind.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Mikey ✭ June 2020 thank you for your help!!  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7K All Categories 1K The Blog 36 What's Trending 167 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 16 3D Printers 10 Maker 16 PC Build Guides 96 Reviews & Buying Guides 34 Build Showcase 17 Contests 39 Past Contests 1K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 84 New Members 127 Consumer Tech 42 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 78 Software 4 Audio/Visual 13 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 26 3D Printing 53 Retro Arcade/Gaming 86 All Other Tech 1.3K Store Information and Policy 51 Off Topic 6 Community Ideas & Feedback 113 Your Completed Builds 2.7K Build-Your-Own PC 1.7K Help Choosing Parts 227 Graphics Cards 174 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 62 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 16 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 10 All Other Parts 23 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? See other custom PC builds and get some ideas for what can be done View Build Showcase View builds by: AMD Processors Intel Processors RTX 3090 RTX 3080 RTX 2080 Ti RTX 2080 Super RTX 2070 Super RTX 2070 RTX 2060 Super Radeon RX 5700XT Radeon RX 5700 Air Cooled Liquid Cooled SAME DAY CUSTOM BUILD SERVICE If You Can Dream it, We Can Build it. Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2021 Powered By Vanilla Community Article PLZ HELP — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › Help Choosing Parts PLZ HELP Abw ✭ January 7 in Help Choosing Parts I need a graphics card for my set up  I primarily use my computer to run excel with a refreshing data base and day trading. Additionally I will also have a POS system on the computer just to get work done This is my set up so far ... is it good? Will it be able to do what I need it to very very very quickly? Also I am having trouble finding a graphics card. What exactly is it for and what would you suggest for my set up?  Also FYI I have 2 monitors.  MSI GTX 1650 D6 GAMING X - graphics card - GF GTX 1650 - 4 GB  ------ this is the original card I wanted to get but its sold out  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments LandShark admin January 7 Hello @Abw Welcome to the community! Yeah, the GPU that you mention above would be a good fit for your build. You mentioned that you're not gaming with this build, so really, you don't 'need' a GPU, as your CPU has integrated graphics. If you're looking for a GPU that will easily support multiple monitors, I'd recommend the GPU you mentioned or one in a similar price range. Something like this: https://www.microcenter.com/product/631501/msi-radeon-rx-550-aero-itx-overclocked-single-fan-2gb-gddr5-pcie-30-graphics-card If you're looking to do a bit of gaming I'd recommend something a bit higher in price. How much would depend on what games you're looking to play. I'd be happy to give some more recommendations if you share more about what you're looking for. For now, we'll assume the above is all that you're interested in. Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Abw ✭ January 7 Games as of right now 0% chance any will be downloaded. strictly for trading and work use. BUT I WANT THIS TO BE FAST ASF and I do not want to wait to buy the GPU because I have seen most are sold out. so what is the best option in GPU for this build and if I have to buy one for sell which one should I buy? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin January 7 As I mentioned, the CPU does have integrated graphics. So no GPU is required, however, if you would like to add one, I'd recommend one that is in-stock at your local store. Something like this: https://www.microcenter.com/product/631501/msi-radeon-rx-550-aero-itx-overclocked-single-fan-2gb-gddr5-pcie-30-graphics-card 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Abw ✭ January 7 can micro center build this pc for me? if so how much, building the pc and installing all programs I give them. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin January 7 edited January 7 We can build your PC in our service department it starts at $149.99! We are only able to install base windows or office programs. 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It still runs, and runs most games pretty well, but it's five years old and I'd like to update it before it gets really behind in regards to specs. I just have a question, since I know the bare minimum about building computers, would I be able to bring my current computer in to see what I should upgrade in it and to see also if I could move any of the hardware to a new case, preferably one that's a bit higher quality and easier to get into? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TSKevinG admin December 2020 Good afternoon @skeletonfather So you would be able to bring the computer in and speak with our build your own consultants.  with this being a pre-built system this may be limited on what can be upgrade in it.  looking at specification online  the processor in the computer is a 6th generation  processor so if you wanted to upgrade this to a new model you will most likely have to replace the motherboard as well but they will let you know for sure in store. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook skeletonfather ✭ December 2020 TSKevinG said: Good afternoon @skeletonfather So you would be able to bring the computer in and speak with our build your own consultants.  with this being a pre-built system this may be limited on what can be upgrade in it.  looking at specification online  the processor in the computer is a 6th generation  processor so if you wanted to upgrade this to a new model you will most likely have to replace the motherboard as well but they will let you know for sure in store. Would it be better to build just a completely new computer? I know I want a new graphics card, currently have a GTX 1070 that works fine but I want something more up to date. I'm not sure about my other components. I'd certainly want to transfer/keep my current hard drive/ssd if I do end up upgrading, since I have a lot of data on them. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin December 2020 skeletonfather said: TSKevinG said: Good afternoon @skeletonfather So you would be able to bring the computer in and speak with our build your own consultants.  with this being a pre-built system this may be limited on what can be upgrade in it.  looking at specification online  the processor in the computer is a 6th generation  processor so if you wanted to upgrade this to a new model you will most likely have to replace the motherboard as well but they will let you know for sure in store. Would it be better to build just a completely new computer? I know I want a new graphics card, currently have a GTX 1070 that works fine but I want something more up to date. I'm not sure about my other components. I'd certainly want to transfer/keep my current hard drive/ssd if I do end up upgrading, since I have a lot of data on them. It may be, depending what it has, you may have to replace the RAM you have currently to work with a new motherboard/processor as well.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7K All Categories 1K The Blog 36 What's Trending 167 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 16 3D Printers 10 Maker 16 PC Build Guides 96 Reviews & Buying Guides 34 Build Showcase 17 Contests 39 Past Contests 1K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 84 New Members 127 Consumer Tech 42 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 78 Software 4 Audio/Visual 13 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 26 3D Printing 53 Retro Arcade/Gaming 86 All Other Tech 1.3K Store Information and Policy 51 Off Topic 6 Community Ideas & Feedback 114 Your Completed Builds 2.7K Build-Your-Own PC 1.7K Help Choosing Parts 227 Graphics Cards 174 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 62 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 16 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 10 All Other Parts 23 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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I would like some feedback on the parts I have chosen, because I am pretty new to the pc world. I have a budget of $800, before tax, without an operating system, and without any accessories. I plan on playing games like Fortnite, Rainbow Six Siege, Sea of Thieves, Minecraft, and Call of Duty Modern Warfare. Thank you for taking the time to read this, and any feedback is much appreciated. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments Ian admin May 2020 Greetings. Looking over what you have that is a very solid build for the price. You could re-arrange some money by going for a smaller m.2 and adding a standard HDD for extra storage instead, and perhaps be able to get a slightly better card but there is no issues in what you have picked already. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LTN ✭ May 2020 Thank you for the feedback. I am still unsure on which graphics card to get, so I was wondering whether you think I should go with the GTX 1660 Super or the RX 5500 XT. Also, if I were to upgrade the graphics card, what would you recommend I upgrade it to? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin May 2020 The 1660 Super is the better of the two cards, so I would stick with it over the 5500. The next upgrade for your GPU would be the GTX 1660ti, and then the RTX 2060 or 5600XT after that. The 1660ti can be had for about $280, the 2060 and 5600XT can be had for about $300.  If you do upgrade the video card, I'd personally recommend skipping the 1660ti since it's so close in price to the 5600XT and the cheaper 2060 models which are better performers. You'll have to go a little over $800 even if you do go with a smaller SSD, so keep that in mind.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LTN ✭ May 2020 Thank you so much for the help, and I think that I might upgrade to the 5600 XT or one of the cheaper 2060 models. I do have two more questions, what monitor would you recommend for this setup, and is the motherboard I have chosen the best for it’s price point? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin May 2020 edited May 2020 That motherboard should be fine. Pretty much all the B450 boards at that $75-80 price point will be the same.  As for monitor, what you put together would be suited best for 1080p gaming. You could push 100+ FPS in some of the games if you tweak your settings the right way, so you could go for a 144Hz option. You can view what we have here: https://www.microcenter.com/search/search_results.aspx?Ntk=all&sortby=pricelow&N=4294966896+4294819460+4294820806&myStore=false Otherwise, any standard 1080p/60Hz or 75Hz monitor will do the trick.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7K All Categories 1K The Blog 36 What's Trending 167 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 16 3D Printers 10 Maker 16 PC Build Guides 96 Reviews & Buying Guides 34 Build Showcase 17 Contests 39 Past Contests 1K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 84 New Members 127 Consumer Tech 42 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 78 Software 4 Audio/Visual 13 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 26 3D Printing 53 Retro Arcade/Gaming 86 All Other Tech 1.3K Store Information and Policy 51 Off Topic 6 Community Ideas & Feedback 114 Your Completed Builds 2.7K Build-Your-Own PC 1.7K Help Choosing Parts 227 Graphics Cards 174 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 62 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 16 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 10 All Other Parts 23 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? See other custom PC builds and get some ideas for what can be done View Build Showcase View builds by: AMD Processors Intel Processors RTX 3090 RTX 3080 RTX 2080 Ti RTX 2080 Super RTX 2070 Super RTX 2070 RTX 2060 Super Radeon RX 5700XT Radeon RX 5700 Air Cooled Liquid Cooled SAME DAY CUSTOM BUILD SERVICE If You Can Dream it, We Can Build it. Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2021 Powered By Vanilla Community Article Any APEX LEGENDS gamers here? — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › Off Topic Any APEX LEGENDS gamers here? Err0h ✭✭✭✭✭ December 2020 edited June 2 in Off Topic First, let's play sometime! Second, what's the most optimal settings that you use to get the best frames out of the game?  I stream it as well and I obviously get lesser performance while streaming. I currently run: i7-8700K 16GB DDR4-3200 RTX 2060 Super Frames range from 70-140 but gets very choppy during battles  My monitor is 1440p @ 165hz but I've lowered the resolution of Apex to 1920x1080 and locked the refresh rate at 144hz.  I've managed to get some frames back instead of playing native but idk if changing the refresh rate makes a difference. Any tips? 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments Nimda79 Wichita, KS ✭ January 5 What software are you running for streaming? Have you taken a look at CPU and GPU usage during gameplay? I have a GTX 1070 and i7 5820K and have buttery smooth gameplay, even while streaming. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Jtomtb Fredericksburg, VA ✭ January 6 How does it play while not streaming? I run it on an RX590 and Ryzen 3600, @1080 with maxed settings and have no issues. Averages low 90s FPS. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Err0h ✭✭✭✭✭ January 6 Nimda79 said: What software are you running for streaming? Have you taken a look at CPU and GPU usage during gameplay? I have a GTX 1070 and i7 5820K and have buttery smooth gameplay, even while streaming. I was running SLOBS.  Switched to OBS.  No noticeable difference on NVENC.  But I ended up building a second stream PC.  All issues resolved. Lol. Jtomtb said: How does it play while not streaming? I run it on an RX590 and Ryzen 3600, @1080 with maxed settings and have no issues. Averages low 90s FPS. I never had any issues with the game when I wasn't streaming.  Off stream (where I was getting most of my wins at the time), I had no issue with game performance.  170 - 220fps  low/med settings.  But as soon as the stream would turn on, performance tanked.  But I just built a stream PC and have no issues anymore.    0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Jtomtb Fredericksburg, VA ✭ January 14 Jtomtb said: How does it play while not streaming? I run it on an RX590 and Ryzen 3600, @1080 with maxed settings and have no issues. Averages low 90s FPS. I never had any issues with the game when I wasn't streaming.  Off stream (where I was getting most of my wins at the time), I had no issue with game performance.  170 - 220fps  low/med settings.  But as soon as the stream would turn on, performance tanked.  But I just built a stream PC and have no issues anymore.    NOICE!! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Err0h ✭✭✭✭✭ January 14 @Jtomtb Yes!  I haven't been playing too much since the Pathfinder update since I finally caved and got Cyberpunk 2077.  Been enjoying the hell out of that game 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7K All Categories 1K The Blog 36 What's Trending 167 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 16 3D Printers 10 Maker 16 PC Build Guides 96 Reviews & Buying Guides 34 Build Showcase 17 Contests 39 Past Contests 1K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 84 New Members 127 Consumer Tech 42 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 78 Software 4 Audio/Visual 13 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 26 3D Printing 53 Retro Arcade/Gaming 86 All Other Tech 1.3K Store Information and Policy 51 Off Topic 6 Community Ideas & Feedback 114 Your Completed Builds 2.7K Build-Your-Own PC 1.7K Help Choosing Parts 227 Graphics Cards 174 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 62 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 16 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 10 All Other Parts 23 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? See other custom PC builds and get some ideas for what can be done View Build Showcase View builds by: AMD Processors Intel Processors RTX 3090 RTX 3080 RTX 2080 Ti RTX 2080 Super RTX 2070 Super RTX 2070 RTX 2060 Super Radeon RX 5700XT Radeon RX 5700 Air Cooled Liquid Cooled SAME DAY CUSTOM BUILD SERVICE If You Can Dream it, We Can Build it. Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2021 Powered By Vanilla Community Article How to Choose Parts for Your Custom Computer Build - Page 9 — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › What's Trending How to Choose Parts for Your Custom Computer Build «123456789» Comments Ian admin June 4 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/33156#Comment_33156 Hello, I'd look at the following in your price range: https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder-amd.aspx?load=52edcd20-d547-4bf8-a02f-0e821afb2a42 If your curious about what the 3060 gets frame wise in games, there are plenty of reviews online such as https://www.game-debate.com/hardware/index.php?gid=5015&graphics=GeForce%20RTX%203060 for this! Please let us know if you have any questions regarding this! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TaeTae ✭ June 18 edited June 19 Hi! I’m new to this whole pc building thing, I’m a console player looking to switch to pc. Games I usually play are overwatch and any other FPS along with Genshin impact and I hope to play league of legends when I make my switch and lastly, I plan on drawing as well. I don’t know what parts I’ll need for my pc, so I’m wondering if anybody knows what kind of parts I’ll need to build a pc that would be between $700-$900? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin June 19 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/33698#Comment_33698 At that price range, I'd look at this pre-built: https://www.microcenter.com/product/626473/hp-pavilion-gaming-computer I would suggest adding another 8GB stick of RAM to this (about $50) - like this https://www.microcenter.com/product/626749/crucial-8gb-ddr4-2666-pc4-21300-cl19-single-channel-desktop-memory-module-green Here is information on the 1650 video card and benchmarks for some games to get an idea of what it can run: https://www.gamersnexus.net/hwreviews/3465-dead-on-arrival-nvidia-gtx-1650-video-card-review-vs-rx-570 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TaeTae ✭ June 20 Ok thank you and this guy online is selling a pc, I’m wondering if the parts are any good? This is what he has listed: intel core i5-2400 3.10 ghz B75 LGA 1155 Motherboard  video card NVIDIA Gforce GTX 650 1GB DVI, VGA and HDMI Ports Ethernet port + WiFi  3x USB3.0 and 4x usb2.0 500w power supply  3 rgb 120mm fans with remote control  tempered glass side panel  ram 8gb ddr3 hdd 1tb windows 10 pro 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTDavey admin June 20 @TaeTae just chiming in. The CPU is 2nd gen processor and the B75 motherboard is a 2012 released motherboard. That PC is an older pc and the GTX 650 GPU is older as well. You'll get average frame rates with the 650 GPU if you plan on gaming. Now if you plan on using this pc to just surf the web and read emails and no gaming, this PC will work. I hope its being sold at a very good price, because the system is an older system (ex., almost 10 years old). 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TaeTae ✭ June 20 @TSTDavey ok thank you for the information! 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTDavey admin June 20 @TaeTae NO Problemo. Post again if you have anymore questions. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Seabass_13 ✭ June 22 Hello, This will be my first time building a pc and I’m looking for something that will be able to edit photos as well stream to twitch and play games simultaneously. It has to be able to run games such as MW2019, Apex legends, and Battlefield titles relatively smoothly with no affects to performance. My budget is anything under $1600, maybe go a bit higher depending on if certain parts require me to not cheap out. Thank you in advance!  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTDavey admin June 22 Hello @Seabass_13 and thanks for posting on the Microcenter Community Forum. If you are just wanting a simple PC build to handle those games check out the link below. Ignore the Pre-built Option. Those parts in the link will work great for those games you play. Link: https://techbuyersguru.com/guide/the-best-1500-high-end-gaming-pc-build/ Price out the parts with Microcenter. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx#selector_1 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Creepycarter101 ✭ June 26 It's funny how everyone has the same budget but yeah I have a $700 budget I just want a PC that is VR compatible I already have a monitor keyboard and mouse all I need to know is a good PC to buy 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook SeaJay343 ✭ June 30 If money wasn’t an issue in terms of total costs, can someone give me a list that would make for a really great  Gaming/Streaming PC build? Also could a graphics card be included on the list, even though I am aware there is a shortage.  Thanks guys! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin June 30 edited June 30 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/33971#Comment_33971 That is a low price range for VR at this time. At that price range, I'd look at this pre-built: https://www.microcenter.com/product/626473/hp-pavilion-gaming-computer I would suggest adding another 8GB stick of RAM to this (about $50) - like this https://www.microcenter.com/product/626749/crucial-8gb-ddr4-2666-pc4-21300-cl19-single-channel-desktop-memory-module-green Here is information on the 1650 video card and benchmarks for some games to get an idea of what it can run: https://www.gamersnexus.net/hwreviews/3465-dead-on-arrival-nvidia-gtx-1650-video-card-review-vs-rx-570 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin June 30 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/34054#Comment_34054 What is your intended budget please? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook SeaJay343 ✭ June 30 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/34062#Comment_34062 I’ve got 4k to spend so I’m not really concerned about pricing. This PC would only be used for a lot of gaming and streaming. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin July 1 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/34075#Comment_34075 I'd look at the following in this price range: https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=993347f6-f9c5-44f0-b8a7-e6eb0d73d56b 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook wolfie ✭ August 2 Hi, i would like to build a decent gaming pc that would be able to upgrade overtime. i’m not tech smart and i’ve tried my best to understand it, but i would feel much safer with an expensive purchase like this with someone who actually knows what they’re doing lol. i’m looking for a budget PC, around 500-700. i’m looking to use it mainly for gaming, streaming and design programs like adobe and blender. i already have ai don’t know if i’d have to save up more money to be able to have a decent pc or not, i appreciate the help :>  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin August 4 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/34711#Comment_34711 Greetings. Unfortunately for what you are describing, your budget would be quite low for this. I would suggest coming up into at least the $1200-1500 range for a computer for this. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook wolfie ✭ August 8 edited August 8 hi, i can do 1500. can you guys build it for me for an additional fee or is that not possible? edit: i saw you guys have an option online, can you just send me a parts list for a pc that can do gaming and steaming and also do business and use design programs such as adobe, blender etc? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin August 10 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/34992#Comment_34992 Hello, at your price range I'd look at the following: https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=9e59aea7-a997-46b9-8655-e385f51ff467 Yes, we do offer a build service at any Micro Center store, more information on that may be found at: https://www.microcenter.com/site/service/instore-service-complete-build.aspx 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Anonymous_Person1 ✭ November 10 edited November 10 Hello,I would like to build a decent gaming pc. However this would be my first time building one. When I try to look at what parts to choose I have no idea which ones to choose that are good for gaming(genshin impact, some fps games etc.)editing, and school work. My budget for the pc is around $1,300(It can be over if really needed). Is there any parts that you guys recommend I buy? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin November 11 Hi @Anonymous_Person1 Welcome to the community! Honestly, I think that @Ian recommended a fantastic build for you at this budget range. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=aed557c3-6423-4d3d-bd2e-5dfd55ea1851 It is slightly over, but I think the reason to be over is worth it. You might be able to cut a bit of cost if you were to step down a bit on the motherboard. Going with a similar B550 or B450 board instead of the X570. Specifically, I might recommend the  B450-PLUS TUF from ASUS. A great board with lots of features, but it does reduce the cost a bit. Hope this helps! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Anonymous_Person1 ✭ November 17 @LandShark what is another graphics card besides the GeForce RTX 3060 that will work? Since it is out of stock or when do parts usually come back in stock? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin November 17 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/37414#Comment_37414 Really any video card with this build would work. I would look over our raffle selection process on how to get a new video card from Micro Center: https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/8756/random-selection-process-and-faq/p1 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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The main difference between the builds boils down to the motherboard and video card. Went from the AMD x570 to the older B450 and from NVIDIA 2060 to 1660 Super. I also put in a less expensive PSU and a SATA SSD instead of m.2 in the budget build (to avoid heating issues as the budget motherboard lacks a heatsink for the m.2). What I'm trying to tell myself is do I want the more expensive build to "future proof" for newer games coming out later (like Cyberpunk, for example), or am I really ever going to play it? I don't do a lot of PC gaming and what gaming I do are older games (uh, classics) on a 1920x1200 monitor. I'm pretty sure I'll pick up the new Elder Scrolls game when it comes out, plus possibly Starfield and Half-Life 3 (kidding, but it'd be nice). My current rig is the older i5-2500K Sandy Bridge on a Gigabyte Z68X board with a GTX 970 card. So, yeah, pretty old and time to upgrade. Thought about keeping the giant 850W PSU (used to run SLI), but that's old too and overkill for the new build. EDIT: Links to my builds... BUDGET: https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=5c6b453a-1e4e-43eb-ae07-992bcb4d6531 LAVA MONSTER: https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=ddeffdfe-8dc1-4817-abab-029e9757d0ec 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TSTonyV admin May 2020 Hello @Waffler! Welcome to the Community.  First off, I'd like to say you hit me with a nice dose of nostalgia because I used to rock an old i5-2500k and a GTX 970 a few years ago. Got a lot of good years out of that 2500k.  I noticed you didn't include the cost of Windows in your build, if that's a consideration for you. Keep that in mind since it's another $140 if you planned to buy a copy.  Personally, if you plan on keeping on iteration of your build for a long time, I would go with a higher end setup now if you have the budget for it as it can save cost in the future. While the 1660 Super is a good entry level 1080p gaming card, it's still entry level, and I would bet that a brand new Elder Scrolls game will have decent graphics requirements if you want good settings. Plus, you never know if there will be other new games you get interested in.  In terms of performance, the CPU probably won't be any better or worse on the X570 than that B450 board you chose (there's a small chance it could perform differently, but I don't know enough about the quality of that particular B450 to say). I personally like having more features on my motherboard, but realistically performance differences would be minor at best. The SSD, in reality, won't make any noticeable difference. Unless you plan on doing a LOT of high volume data transfer (think moving large 4K video files) across another high-speed connection, you won't get any benefit from an NVMe SSD. Your boot times and load times will be practically the same. If you do decide to go with a budget build, I would actually recommend you stick with the higher quality power supply as a good PSU purchase now can last you a very long time. Cases will last forever as well, I'd get one that suits your preferences appropriately.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AlexS admin May 2020 Waffler said: Half-Life 3 (kidding, but it'd be nice). You got a laugh out of me, sir.  Well done.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Waffler Cleveland, OH ✭ May 2020 TSTonyV said: Hello @Waffler! Welcome to the Community.  First off, I'd like to say you hit me with a nice dose of nostalgia because I used to rock an old i5-2500k and a GTX 970 a few years ago. Got a lot of good years out of that 2500k. It's still kicking pretty good for me. It helps that I cool it down with a massive Cooler Master heatsink (looks like a V8, actually) in a giant Antec 1200 case with all the fans. Yeah, I have it considerably overclocked to a good 4.2 stable. Could probably do 4.5, but didn't want to push my luck with frying the thing with a little too much voltage. It's running cool even now at 30c (helps that I just cleaned out the case filters). I used to run two 8800 in SLI back in the day. The case is still awesome, but hate the work to clean the filters and it's just a monstrosity on my desk now and I want something smaller. I noticed you didn't include the cost of Windows in your build, if that's a consideration for you. Keep that in mind since it's another $140 if you planned to buy a copy. Plan to use my existing copy of Windows 10 Home 64-bit right now on a fresh SSD. Use existing 1tb SSD and 1tb HDD as drives for music, pictures, back-ups, etc. Personally, if you plan on keeping on iteration of your build for a long time, I would go with a higher end setup now if you have the budget for it as it can save cost in the future. While the 1660 Super is a good entry level 1080p gaming card, it's still entry level, and I would bet that a brand new Elder Scrolls game will have decent graphics requirements if you want good settings. Plus, you never know if there will be other new games you get interested in. Good point. I really have no plans to upgrade once I build it, not for a long time or if I'm forced to by some unforeseen problem (like a crispy and fried component). I may yet spring for a 2060, but the extra $100 or so keeps making me question it. Mind you, I'm still on a GTX 970, so the 1660 is still a quantum leap forward for me. Plus, 1920x1200 is not the highest res monitor around, but I like it (seriously, the Dell U2415 is vastly underrated, you can't beat the value of it). In terms of performance, the CPU probably won't be any better or worse on the X570 than that B450 board you chose (there's a small chance it could perform differently, but I don't know enough about the quality of that particular B450 to say). I personally like having more features on my motherboard, but realistically performance differences would be minor at best. This kind of settled the argument for me. I believe I'll stick with the B450, but a higher end version of it that has dual band Wi-Fi built into it. The SSD, in reality, won't make any noticeable difference. Unless you plan on doing a LOT of high volume data transfer (think moving large 4K video files) across another high-speed connection, you won't get any benefit from an NVMe SSD. Your boot times and load times will be practically the same. Thanks, this settles that for me. SATA SSD then. If you do decide to go with a budget build, I would actually recommend you stick with the higher quality power supply as a good PSU purchase now can last you a very long time. Cases will last forever as well, I'd get one that suits your preferences appropriately. That's why I'm opting for the gold certified PSU from PowerSpec. Semi-modular is very appealing to me as I doubt I'd need all the connections (although I'll end up using all 4 SATA ports, it looks like). You might wonder why I'm including an optical drive. I RIP music CDs I buy into flac format. MP3s just don't do it as well, especially for live/classical music. Cheaper to buy the CD and RIP it rather than buy the flacs. Plus, I have some old games on CD/DVDs I might want to play now and then! The updated build is practically identical to the Lava Monster one except for the motherboard, GPU, and case fans. Having all those fans might seem like overkill, but I get pretty paranoid about heat inside the rig, so I want to be sure it stays nice and cool. Think the CPU heatsink I selected will be ok if I decide to overclock the CPU to 4.0? Updated build: https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=623f1b85-a44a-4c56-8906-6949c4a33237 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Waffler Cleveland, OH ✭ May 2020 Made a final build (I think?) for what I'll end up with https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=3511df34-b268-4c1d-8d8d-da1861604f1b I plan to use my existing GTX 970 video card for now and wait until later to spring for a new 2060 or 2060 Super marked down. Who knows, maybe I'll end up getting it anyway. Either way, this build makes it super affordable for now to buy when I'm ready and upgrade the video card at a later time. Not too crazy about having to resort to an external DVD/CD, but its not like I use it that much, mostly for ripping CDs to FLAC files and an external drive should do that fine nowadays. Really like the idea of a small footprint on my desk. No idea when I'll buy the build, but will probably wait until business picks up after this coronavirus thing blows over and everything's in stock. Black Friday anyone? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMikeW admin May 2020 Looks like a good build all around. I might spend another $30 or so and upgrade to the 1TB NVME drive for the increased disk performance. We're supposed to get the next gen Nvidia cards later this year. That should drop the price on the RTX 2000 series considerably. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Waffler Cleveland, OH ✭ May 2020 I thought about the NVMEs, but I was a little scared off by the heat and wondered about durability. Any word on those issues? Definitely waiting on the video card. Kicker is I can still re-purpose my old rig into an Ubuntu machine or something for the kids or sell it for a decent price to offset the cost of the new one. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMikeW admin May 2020 Haven't seen many failures due to overheating with the Gen3 NVME's recently. The Gen4 drives pushing 5GB/s can get pretty warm, they include attached heatsinks to mitigate this.  I've been running the Inland Gen4 for about four months, no issues with the temps. If you decide to look at one of the NVME drives, let me know. I'll see if I can get some stress test results for you. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Waffler Cleveland, OH ✭ May 2020 It's not so much the heat that concerns me as the durability, but heat plays a role in that. I guess the bottom line I want to know is which lasts longer, SATA SSDs or the NVMEs? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin May 2020 Waffler said: It's not so much the heat that concerns me as the durability, but heat plays a role in that. I guess the bottom line I want to know is which lasts longer, SATA SSDs or the NVMEs? It is hard to say because we would hope both type of drives would last as long as possible, but based on temperatures, a 2.5" drive would not be running as hot.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Waffler Cleveland, OH ✭ May 2020 TSIanL said: Waffler said: It's not so much the heat that concerns me as the durability, but heat plays a role in that. I guess the bottom line I want to know is which lasts longer, SATA SSDs or the NVMEs? It is hard to say because we would hope both type of drives would last as long as possible, but based on temperatures, a 2.5" drive would not be running as hot.  That and I read somewhere that NVMEs are more likely to corrupt files than the SATA brethren. That said, I'm still waffling between the two. I do already have a relatively recent 2.5 1tb SSD and an older 1tb HDD in my rig right now. Also an external 1tb Passport (you can't back up enough, I say). Mostly I want a new SSD for a fresh install and minimal programs running. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin May 2020 For the NVMe corruption issues, are you referring to some of the reports of PCIe devices having issues with X570 boards several months ago? If so, those issues should pretty much be fixed by now with BIOS revisions and Windows/driver updates that have been put out.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Waffler Cleveland, OH ✭ May 2020 TSTonyV said: For the NVMe corruption issues, are you referring to some of the reports of PCIe devices having issues with X570 boards several months ago? If so, those issues should pretty much be fixed by now with BIOS revisions and Windows/driver updates that have been put out.  No, just in general. I've also been reading that for most people, the performance gains between NVME vs SATA are minimal, or am I wrong? I need to do some research on the durability between the two, like the differences in TBW. Also, I guess heat won't be too big of an issue as the case I'm buying allows for additional fans to be installed, which I plan to do. I'm always paranoid about heat, it helps that it'll be in my cool basement. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin May 2020 edited May 2020 You're not wrong. NVMe drives have the advantage in sequential read/write speeds, but those only apply when you're transferring data. So if you move a lot of large data files regularly, then NVMe would be better (assuming you're transferring across another high-speed connection or to another high speed device).  Otherwise, in general use they're about the same. Things like booting your computer and loading applications utilize random read/write and the differences in random read/write between SATA and NVMe are minor at best. In fact, with an NVMe you'd be booting slightly slower (though it'd only be by about a second or two at most).  PCIe 4.0 drives can get very hot, but that's not usually too big an issue if you have good airflow, and it's much better for the 3.0 drives.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Waffler Cleveland, OH ✭ May 2020 Yeah, I think I'm going to stick with the SATA SSDs. Sure, I write and transfer large amounts of files sometimes (typically backing up music and pictures), but it's not often, and I use Macrium Free for the rest of the backing up. I care far more about stability and durability over performance, but try to strike a happy medium that satisfies both. 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I learned some interesting things, in what I`d call an aggressive sprint mode to 500M as my final & 3rd challenge for July.   3 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook MightyMayfield Mayfield Heights, OH ✭✭✭ August 2020 @cine_chris As far as I can tell the issue isn't on our side. I'm just not getting anything from the assignment servers. Definitely has been firewall issues in the past, but in this case....I really don't know. 2 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook 0legravy_leg ✭ August 2020 50!! 2 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook cine_chris Powder Springs, GA ✭✭✭ August 2020 0legravy_leg said: 50!! 50? You`re about to hit 100M... OK, I got it, I`m old n`slo. We caught the EOC Team, Top50! 3 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook kmiller922 Glenside, Pa ✭✭✭ August 2020 Great job everyone keep it going. 4 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook ryau ✭✭✭✭✭ August 2020 Nice work everyone! We have Team MacOS X in our sights now...  I'll be reaching out to the July folding winners today... Do you guys want me to do another giveaway like this? 4 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Tramp78 ✭✭ August 2020 Well since I was one of the winners, yeah! Let's do another one!  3 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Kirito ✭✭ August 2020 Yes. Everyone needs a little pick-me-up these days. I envision another portable hard drive in my future. Its great to see people working together to solve problems.  One of the guys in the IT shop I work in has it. And we are all working from home.  Kirito 4 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook JBug55 Cincinnati, Ohio ✭ August 2020 I think most people probably like to feel appreciated for their efforts, at least I did. I would like to see more participation in this type of event.  I suspect it is smart business for you too. Speaking for myself, I spent some $$ at my local Micro Center that I probably would not have otherwise to help with my folding quest.  (And enjoyed every bit of it.)  Thanks for all of this to you and the rest of the Micro Center Team. 4 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook cine_chris Powder Springs, GA ✭✭✭ August 2020 edited August 2020 ryau said: Nice work everyone! We have Team MacOS X in our sights now...  I'll be reaching out to the July folding winners today... Do you guys want me to do another giveaway like this? Yes, recognition is always a good thing.  I`ve built two systems this year and one was dedicated to folding and I repurposed older gear to support the cause too.  So, supporting Folding is a good business practice for MC too.  Currently, I`m in a wait n` see mode as to what Nvidia & AMD bring us in the Fall for new GPUs and how that will translate to PPD production.  My build strategy has been to cull GPUs from MC `open box` + the 5% MC credit card discount. 2 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook teamtempest ✭ August 2020 I certainly appreciate the prize! But now I have a hardware question: the machine I have has an Nvidia GT-730, maximum power draw 38 watts. I'd like to replace it, but the machine also has a PSU rated at only 180 watts, and I don't plan to replace both. I'm thinking Nvidia GT-1030 (GDDR5), maximum power draw 30 watts, should be a drop-in replacement.  Might not quite double the GT-730's performance. But Nvidia's website suggests a minimum PSU output of 300 watts (vs. 350 for the GT-730). Can I make this replacement and not really worry about it? 2 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook kmiller922 Glenside, Pa ✭✭✭ August 2020 ryau said: Nice work everyone! We have Team MacOS X in our sights now...  I'll be reaching out to the July folding winners today... Do you guys want me to do another giveaway like this? I appreciate the prize as well and it will be going towards some additional gear in hopefully the near future for folding, right after I fix a bit of a issue with my car. So today is keep the fingers crossed while on the hunt for another set of wheels. 2 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook kmiller922 Glenside, Pa ✭✭✭ August 2020 Just incase you haven't looked at the FAH site lately you may want to take a look. Some of the new updated info for the projects and in my opnion a great press release that really needs to be wide spread. The Moonshot project from the looks of it will not be short on work units anytime soon and is making great strides. Take a look when you have the time there's some great information there. 3 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook JBug55 Cincinnati, Ohio ✭ August 2020 edited August 2020 I recently added a new GPU to the mix (added a GTX-1660 Super to the GTX 1650 I already had) and was pleasantly surprised by the results after just a few days.  I joined the ranks of over 1m ppd and Top 20 Producers.  I also learned that Linux really appears to be more efficient than Windows for this application ( no, I'm neither a Windows nor Linux fan-boy or basher). With a small sample size, I am getting  more ppd by about 15% - 20% with Linux. I admit it could have been WU related, but I saw some of the same project #'s in both samples.    3 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook ChrisHarshman ✭✭ August 2020 JBug55 said: I recently added a new GPU to the mix (added a GTX-1660 Super to the GTX 1650 I already had) and was pleasantly surprised by the results after just a few days.  I joined the ranks of over 1m ppd and Top 20 Producers.  I also learned that Linux really appears to be more efficient than Windows for this application ( no, I'm neither a Windows nor Linux fan-boy or basher). With a small sample size, I am getting  more ppd by about 15% - 20% with Linux. Yes the 1660 Supers are nice, my 1660 Super pulls in almost as many points per day as my 1660 TI.  I have to admit I did only buy the TI because it was an open box deal (my daughter loves the LED lights on it to LOL).  What flavor of Linux are you using just out of curiosity?  It has been seen by a number of people that Linux does manage to earn you more points. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook cine_chris Powder Springs, GA ✭✭✭ August 2020 edited August 2020 Don`t know if this will interest anyone. My latest Gigabyte x570 UD mobo supports slot0 PCIE bifurcation. I tracked down a guy in Germany that makes the PCBs to support this. Of course, getting things shipped at reasonable cost with CV19 is tough. I`m hoping to get 4 GPU running on this less-expensive base system config.  This is the card I just received.  Other approaches that add PCIe lanes are very high-cost system builds.  x16>x4x4x4x4 is also supported, but I thought x16>x8x8 would be a less challenging config to start with. 4 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook JBug55 Cincinnati, Ohio ✭ August 2020 ChrisHarshman said: JBug55 said: I recently added a new GPU to the mix (added a GTX-1660 Super to the GTX 1650 I already had) and was pleasantly surprised by the results after just a few days.  I joined the ranks of over 1m ppd and Top 20 Producers.  I also learned that Linux really appears to be more efficient than Windows for this application ( no, I'm neither a Windows nor Linux fan-boy or basher). With a small sample size, I am getting  more ppd by about 15% - 20% with Linux. Yes the 1660 Supers are nice, my 1660 Super pulls in almost as many points per day as my 1660 TI.  I have to admit I did only buy the TI because it was an open box deal (my daughter loves the LED lights on it to LOL).  What flavor of Linux are you using just out of curiosity?  It has been seen by a number of people that Linux does manage to earn you more points. I'm running Mint (19.2 cinnamon I think).  I chose it as an older version that still supported Python 2. Originally as a "no muss no fuss" entry point, if Linux didn't work out, I wouldn't have a lot of time invested.  It has a familiar look and feel to me as a mostly Windows person, and has  been rock solid so far. So I have no motivation to update to the latest and greatest.  Works so well I put up a second machine without even considering a different Linux. I like standard software across platforms for ease of support, clearly a reflection of my years in corporate IT. Plus, sometimes we "old retired guys" don't want thinking too hard getting in the way of our golf time. FYI... both my cards were open-box buys as well.  I usually shy away from open boxes, but not at Micro Center. I go back a long way with them, all the way back to the first time I walked into their shop in Westerville, Ohio back in the early 80's. 2 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook JADO ✭ August 2020 jbug55...where do you find these lists and data? Can you provide a link?  Thanks 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook cine_chris Powder Springs, GA ✭✭✭ August 2020 edited August 2020 Here`s one list https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1vcVoSVtamcoGj5sFfvKF_XlvuviWWveJIg_iZ8U2bf0/pub?output=html# 2 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook ryau ✭✭✭✭✭ August 2020 This makes me want to set up a linux box now... although I haven't touched linux in maybe 20 years, so I'm sure a lot has changed. It'd be cheaper in the short term to throw another 2070S in my machine, since it performs pretty well already. 2 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook cine_chris Powder Springs, GA ✭✭✭ August 2020 edited August 2020 ryau said: This makes me want to set up a linux box now... although I haven't touched linux in maybe 20 years, so I'm sure a lot has changed. It'd be cheaper in the short term to throw another 2070S in my machine, since it performs pretty well already. I started with Mint, but ended up on win10 so that I could get the monitoring and power/temp capping features of MSI Afterburner, plus the dynamic custom GPU fan profiles it offers.  I seldom Fold on CPUs due to the low efficiencies and severe thermal issues of some current CPUs.    I`d suggest also that you don`t have identical cards as it`s near impossible to eliminate what I call ToxicWUs & the work server that will have a tendency to latch onto your system.  During my recent 500M sprint I was `forced` to split the system with dual 2060s mid-effort for this reason.  Initially, I felt guilty about rejecting some WU that were choking my systems, so I left the 2x1660, 2x1050Ti, & 750Ti to digest whatever they were feed.  Watching a system go from 1.8M > 3.8M, or a 2080Ti go from 1.7M > 4.2M, well, I soon realized I was also doing the `most good` too with this approach**.   My 2060s+2070s runs at or near the level of the 2080Ti & often higher for those looking to match-up gear.  Me, I`m waiting to see what will arrive in the Fall & resisting the temptation to add more gear.  My $0.02 HTH. **the FAH researchers might not agree? Also, it`s your gear, your power, your time, your $$$... participating at a level that fits you, big or small, participating is what matters. UPDATE: after writing this, the 2080Ti was at 1.5M PPD, it`s now at 4.04M.  I hate to see good gear being poorly utilized. 3 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook ChrisHarshman ✭✭ August 2020 JBug55 said: I'm running Mint (19.2 cinnamon I think).  I chose it as an older version that still supported Python 2. Originally as a "no muss no fuss" entry point, if Linux didn't work out, I wouldn't have a lot of time invested.  It has a familiar look and feel to me as a mostly Windows person, and has  been rock solid so far. Yes, similar story here although my favorite flavor is Lubuntu 18.04.  I also found an easy step by step guide online: https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/1091171-howto-linux-folding-rig/  I've tinkered with Ubuntu since 2005, and it became my main go-to OS around 2012.  I still keep one Windows machine in my collection at all times, but I've found it's actually easier to setup a Linux box from scratch than a Windows box from scratch in most cases. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook ChrisHarshman ✭✭ August 2020 The nvidia-smi command line tool is a bit clunky to use at times, but it does allow me to tweak things like Afterburner would, including setting power limits on the GPU, so that has helped on those 90+ degree days. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook ryau ✭✭✭✭✭ August 2020 cine_chris said: I`d suggest also that you don`t have identical cards as it`s near impossible to eliminate what I call ToxicWUs & the work server that will have a tendency to latch onto your system.   Maybe once a week I see the server doesn't want to assign a WU to the GPU, so the client will just retry for a while until one becomes available. Maybe with duplicate cards they will both be idle for a while, although I tend to see the WU duration change with almost each one that's assigned. Sometimes it takes about an hour to complete, sometimes 2, sometimes 3. So I assume with 2 cards running, they wouldn't get the same type of WU with the same duration, so there'd be less of a chance that both of them would sit idle. Since you're running multiple dupe cards, do you see that same type of activity? 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook cine_chris Powder Springs, GA ✭✭✭ August 2020 @ryau I had a spate of low yield WU that tookover the dual-2060s, which forced me to change the GPU stack between two systems.  I haven`t seen WU loading issues recently.  In general, things have been `glassy` smooth going, running in the ~11M PPD range.  But you can`t turn your back too long or it`ll be in 8-9M range.   I`m retired so I can devote more time than I should to Folding.  I`ve got some things coming up that will get my attention & I`ll be returning the 2080 I borrowed, so I`ll be nudging Folding to the side at a sustainable level.  2 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Kirito ✭✭ August 2020 I've been following this linux debate, running Fedora 32 here, but I haven't got the graphics cards you do.  I substitute CPU power, running dual Xeon ThinkStations.  The cases don't support the large cards.  That said... I haven't been down very much.  The one Windows machine I am running has required more work than my two or three linux machines.  And with all that, are there fewer WU's to be had?  My WU count goes down slowly.  I haven't been tracking their size or time to run.  None of my machines gets above 65C processor temp.  I am running 42 cores across three machines right now.  I realize that is staggeringly slow compared to your numbers but I was turning a good 100 WU's a day.  Now its down to 50 or 60.  Is it me? Kirito 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook JADO ✭ August 2020 Anyone else having issues getting decent WU's.  I am running 6 RX580's and they are all currently busy doing minutia running at 636 wats total power draw.  Basically I am running at about 20% of what I should be running.  Seems like these WU's should be going to slower CPU devices.  Is is FAH servers causing my problem or is there something I can do to get better utilization of my hardware? 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook cine_chris Powder Springs, GA ✭✭✭ August 2020 edited August 2020 JADO said: Anyone else having issues getting decent WU's. Seems like these WU's should be going to slower CPU devices.  Is is FAH servers causing my problem or is there something I can do to get better utilization of my hardware? See my comments above about Toxic WUs & work servers latching on systems with identical GPUs.  With six (any) matching cards it will be tough to fix as the bad WU just stack up if you remove a slot, which is how I fix it.  Unfortunately, they (FAH) don't actively manage utilization, but a feature request has been issued.  It got percolated up to their GitHub.    Unfortunately, this might be one of the reasons why so many of the migrated mining systems have abandoned Folding.   https://github.com/FoldingAtHome/fah-issues/issues/1479   If you follow this thread you will have a good idea of the scope of this issue.  The Covid Moonshot project is chock full of lower atom count compounds which have low GPU utilization WUs.  I`d suggest start by changing your specified work to Cancer or Alzheimer's, that seemed to help before I restacked my GPUs and eliminated identical cards in a system.  I still fight this battle daily by pulling slots, which is worth about 3-4M PPD, but it eats useful time that's hard to justify the effort, for a task that their work servers could easily manage with some simple allocation management algorithms & accurate WU benchmarking.    1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook cine_chris Powder Springs, GA ✭✭✭ August 2020 edited August 2020 JADO said: Anyone else having issues getting decent WU's.  I am running 6 RX580's and they are all currently busy doing minutia running at 636 wats total power draw.   Is is FAH servers causing my problem or is there something I can do to get better utilization of my hardware? Vanilla just ate a huge response.    Found partial: See my comments above about Toxic WUs & work servers latching on systems with identical GPUs.  With six (any) matching cards it will be tough to fix as the bad WU just stack up if you remove a slot, which is how I fix it.  Unfortunately, they (FAH) don't actively manage utilization, but a feature request has been issued.  It got percolated up to their GitHub.     https://github.com/FoldingAtHome/fah-issues/issues/1479 The Covid Moonshot project is chock full of low atom count compounds with low GPU utilization WUs. Update: the missing post showed up.  Sorry about the double posting.   0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook cine_chris Powder Springs, GA ✭✭✭ August 2020 @MightyMayfield it`s good to see you back to your normal self. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook «1…13141516171819…25» Categories 7K All Categories 1K The Blog 36 What's Trending 167 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 16 3D Printers 10 Maker 16 PC Build Guides 96 Reviews & Buying Guides 34 Build Showcase 17 Contests 39 Past Contests 1K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 84 New Members 127 Consumer Tech 42 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 78 Software 4 Audio/Visual 13 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 26 3D Printing 53 Retro Arcade/Gaming 86 All Other Tech 1.3K Store Information and Policy 51 Off Topic 6 Community Ideas & Feedback 114 Your Completed Builds 2.7K Build-Your-Own PC 1.7K Help Choosing Parts 227 Graphics Cards 174 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 62 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 16 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 10 All Other Parts 23 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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