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Community Article Opinions on development machine — Micro Center Opinions on development machine kshartman ✭ July 31 in Help Choosing Parts I need a new development machine.  I do node, containers, vms.  Don't game but care about decent video performance and multiple monitors (not 4k). Budget is $2K or less. Require Intel build. What is your opinion of this build?  https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=2876dfc7-054d-49a8-bfe3-a6534b3d1ab2 Thanks! 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Comments TSTonyV admin July 31 That's a pretty solid build all around. Is there anything you're doing that can specifically take advantage of graphics acceleration? If you don't really need graphics power except to drive a couple of monitors, honestly you could drop down to a 1650 Super and still be fine.  I'd also say that the motherboard is pretty expensive. You don't NEED to spend $400 on a motherboard, unless there's a certain set of features on it you're targeting that you can't find on the cheaper boards. But that's ultimately up to preference.  0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter kshartman ✭ July 31 Yeah you are right, I think the 1650 would be fine.  On the motherboard, the main thing i wanted was the Z490 chip set and as many m2 slots as I could get (future expansion) - it has 3.  It also claims to be PCIe gen4 ready which seems like a good thing considering how long I typically use a pc (the last one I built 4 years ago).  The wireless I could do without.  I also don't need raid.  Is there a cheaper, quality motherboard you recommend that is "future proof" with a lot of m2 slots? Thanks a lot for your help! 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter TSMichaelB admin July 31 kshartman said: Yeah you are right, I think the 1650 would be fine.  On the motherboard, the main thing i wanted was the Z490 chip set and as many m2 slots as I could get (future expansion) - it has 3.  It also claims to be PCIe gen4 ready which seems like a good thing considering how long I typically use a pc (the last one I built 4 years ago).  The wireless I could do without.  I also don't need raid.  Is there a cheaper, quality motherboard you recommend that is "future proof" with a lot of m2 slots? Thanks a lot for your help! For the cheapest Z490 motherboard that supports 3 M.2 slots, you'd likely be looking at the Gigabyte Z490 UD4. Unfortunately we don't carry it, but we do carry a board with just as many M.2 slots whilst still offering a much lower price than the MSI offering: https://www.microcenter.com/product/623874/gigabyte-z490-aorus-elite-intel-lga-1200-atx-motherboard. Since you don't need high end GPU's, you can even consider populating those PCIe slots with M.2 add-in cards: https://www.microcenter.com/product/612048/micro-connectors-m2-nvme--m2-sata-80mm-ssd-pcie-x4-adapter-with-heat-sink-model-pcie-m20802hs. These are inexpensive, and can even be slotted into x16 slots if you have no intention to use them.  Just keep in mind, the future is always fleeting, and no matter what, obsoletion will catch up. Your decision to invest in a solid platform will definitely buy you a lot of time before your next upgrade, but we will sadly never be "future proof" with our builds. I wish you the best of luck with your component selection, looks good so far. 1 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter kshartman ✭ August 1 edited August 1 Thanks! I like the aorus elite.  My current motherboard is a gigabyte.  I swapped out the motherboard and the graphics card and now the build is under 1500 bucks.  My understanding is that you will build these.  How do I get that done? New Build: https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=e38683c2-4cec-4bbf-8111-6e3e1704dff6 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter TSTonyV admin August 1 Basically you just come to the store, purchase your parts, then leave them with the service desk for assembly. You'll pay the build fee up front and then come back to the store later to pick up the system once it's done. Depending on how busy the service desk is and what time you come to the store we may be able to assemble it same day, but that's not always possible. They'll let you know what kind of turnaround time to expect when you come in.  1 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Sign In or Register to comment. Community Article First build need help — Micro Center First build need help 2jacksup ✭ July 14 in Help Choosing Parts first time builder need help to determine if this is a good pc. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=3c209d79-e737-4676-899d-2c2142cd5e92 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Comments TSMikeW admin July 15 I like it overall, my only tweak would be the memory and the SSD. CL16 at a JEDEC frequency isn't very good in my opinion. You can get this for the same price, DDR4-3200 at the same timings: https://www.microcenter.com/product/481738/gskill-ripjaws-v-16gb-(2-x-8gb)-ddr4-3200-pc4-25600-cl16-dual-channel-desktop-memory-kit-f4-3200c16d-16gvkb---black For the M.2, go for an NVME drive. You'll get a significance performance gain from it. We have an Inland brand NVME for the same price as the Samsung: https://www.microcenter.com/product/600422/inland-premium-1tb-ssd-3d-nand-m2-2280-pcie-nvme-30-x4-internal-solid-state-drive Samsung is always a top tier NVME and we have drives from them as well: https://www.microcenter.com/product/601600/samsung-970-evo-1tb-ssd-v-nand-m2-2280-pcie-nvme-30-x4-internal-solid-state-drive 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Sign In or Register to comment. Community Article Post your CrystalDiskMark scores — Micro Center Post your CrystalDiskMark scores pittbug admin March 8 in Your Completed Builds Curious what everyone else is getting. Here's mine using a Samsung 1tb 970 EVO+ NVME 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Comments TSMichaelB admin March 9 Pretty solid numbers for that drive. Here is what mine gets: Sadly my read performance is lacking quite a bit. Still working on solutions to pump those numbers up! 1 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter pittbug admin March 9 Nice! What drive set up are you using? 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter TSMichaelB admin March 9 I am using a single Inland 2TB NVMe SSD: https://www.microcenter.com/product/608649/inland-premium-2tb-ssd-3d-nand-m2-2280-pcie-nvme-30-x4-internal-solid-state-drive. To improve my performance and longevity of the drive, I am using a block level cache to let my excess memory cache in place of the drive. Since all mundane writes are deferred to my RAM instead of my SSD, the lifespan is improved while also improving performance on repetitive tasks and programs that I access more frequently. Here is what my RAM performance currently looks like: DDR4 4400 C19 kit clocked at 4000 c15-15-15-30 with a Command Rate of 2, 4x8GB configuration (single rank). This configuration makes a pretty significant difference in performance for things that rely on heavy repetitive usage of your disk. Open-world games that stream textures such as Grand Theft Auto, Skyrim, Red Dead Redemption and Minecraft all show much more stable framerates when loading in streamed textures when completely removing a disk I/O bottleneck.  With how cheap RAM has gotten nowadays, I recommend this option to anyone looking to improve their I/O performance all around. 1 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter sknecht ✭ March 10 dwqdwqq 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter sknecht ✭ March 10 edited March 10 I need some help. 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter ryau admin March 10 sknecht said: I need some help. Don't we all! What's your set up? 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter TSMikeW admin March 11 Inland 1TB Gen4 NVME: https://www.microcenter.com/product/608455/inland-performance-1tb-ssd-3d-nand-m2-2280-pcie-nvme-40-x4-internal-solid-state-drive 1 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter ryau admin March 11 TSMikeW said: Inland 1TB Gen4 NVME: https://www.microcenter.com/product/608455/inland-performance-1tb-ssd-3d-nand-m2-2280-pcie-nvme-40-x4-internal-solid-state-drive Interesting to see the difference between this and the Samsung in the OP for the RND4k Q1T1. 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Sign In or Register to comment. Community Article Rate my build — Micro Center Rate my build AugerFam ✭ October 30 in Help Choosing Parts I am building a budget VR PC setup. I am aiming for $690-$760 price range that has graphics and CPU power to run VR with quick to launch OS and Games. This is my first PC build, so let me know how good or bad it is.   https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=d0c45a8d-96cd-4b8d-9b65-b6f0071f8f03 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Comments AlexS admin October 30 edited October 30 Greetings @AugerFam!  While the 1650 Super will do the trick on most VR titles, be aware that if you start venturing into higher end VR titles such as Half-Life: Alyx, you may want to consider investing in a RTX 2000 series card like a 2060 instead.  But if HL: Alyx isn't the objective, you should be fine with most VR titles that are out.  I did do a build using most of your components and switched some items around.  They are marked in bold. Here's my rendition of your build maintaining the GTX 1650 Super CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 MOBO: MSI B450M PRO-M2 MAX mATX ( -$30 ) RAM: G.Skill - Ripjaws V 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4-3200 Case: Cooler Master - Masterbox Q300L mATX PSU: Thermaltake: Smart Series 600W (I personally have used Thermaltake and never had any issues with their PSUs) GPU: ASUS - GeForce GTX 1650 Super Phoenix OC  SSD: M.2 Crucial P1 1TB SSD (Vast improvement over a SATA 2.5" SSD) Price: $707.92 +tax Shaves off about $20 and you get an M.2 1TB SSD  0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter AugerFam ✭ October 31 Thanks @AlexS I appreciate you taking time to look at this for me. That PSU sounds good, I was having a difficult time verifying Thermaltake as a reliable brand so I will definitely switch that out. For the SSD, I knew I wanted it to be quicker in the PCi-e slot, but I didn't realize that the one I picked was SATA. As for the GPU, I think that I would rather start out with the 1650 SUPER and upgrade once the GPU debacle subsides a little bit. HalfLife: Alyx IS in the plans, but it's definitely not a need. I had a question on the Motherboard. For the MSI B450M PRO-M2 MAX it only has 1 PCi-e 3.0 x16 slot. How would both the GPU and SSD fit on that board? Also, I know there is only a ~3% difference in performance between the PCi-e 3.0x16 and 4.0x16, but what difference have you seen between 2.0 and 3.0? What I like that the 550 has 3600 RAM capability and a PCi-e 3.0 and a 4.0 for upgradability. This one is over budget after taxes, but not by much and it makes more sense. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=4d36b73e-dcb5-4cb4-9100-c5d3deae2eeb 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter LandShark admin November 2 The SSD would actually fit in the M.2 slot of the motherboard, which is separate from the graphics card PCIe slot on the motherboard. The 450 PRO-M2 also supports memory speeds up to 4133MHz. The 550 does support Gen 4 PCIe, however, unless you have a need for Gen 4 SSD speed, (i.g. production heavy workload with storage intensive requirements) I think it's a fairly negligible difference.  However, it's definitely something to consider, and you should choose what you want most. You know what you will be using this build for in the future.  0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Sign In or Register to comment. Community Article MSI B550 Gaming Edge WiFi Windows Installation Problem — Micro Center MSI B550 Gaming Edge WiFi Windows Installation Problem MikeBB ✭ November 11 in Technical Support Questions Just put together a new system using the board listed in the subject along with an AMD Ryzen 7 3700X and Sapphire Radeon RX 5600 XT. I have a Samsung M2 and a Samsung SSD installed. I have a store purchased copy of Windows 10 with USB.  The install seems to work fine up until the reboots start. The first reboot where it goes through setup messages goes fine. Then the second boot hits. I get the first MSI screen, spinning dots, screen resets to new resolution, spinning dots, screen blinks one more time dots make about one and a half circles, then freeze. That's it. I've tried restarting a few times, stops at same point. I've tried installing on both the M2 and the SSD, same results. I flashed the BIOS to the current version, same results. I cleared CMOS using the jumper as described in manual, same results. I created a new Windows install USB on my main computer and tried it. The install process at the beginning seemed to take different amounts of time, but in the end, hang a the same spot. I tried booting into Safe Mode, which results in an error popup that Windows can't finish installing in Safe Mode. I tried the automatic repair of startup problem, but that puts me at the 'Defaultuser0' login dead end, so I can't run the tool. I'm out of ideas at this point. Internet searching so far isn't really turning up a solution that works. Any help getting this sorted would be greatly appreciated. 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Comments MikeBB ✭ November 11 My problem is resolved. The install finally concluded. I was trying another restart after moving the computer to a different spot and hooking up a standard LCD monitor. The setup completed. Previously it was hooked up to an ultrawide. Is it possible that the driver was getting stuck trying to get the right resolution? I kind of doubt it, but in any event. Windows is finally working! 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter LandShark admin November 11 Hmm. Sounds like you're right, it was hooked on something while starting. Glad to hear you got things sorted out! Nice! 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Sign In or Register to comment. Community Article Is there a USB adapter for my SSD M.2 hard drive (only hard drive in my dead laptop) — Micro Center Is there a USB adapter for my SSD M.2 hard drive (only hard drive in my dead laptop) Wgerstmyer ✭ May 6 in Technical Support Questions Want to connect this SSD drive to my new laptop to extract the data from it. Thanks 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Answers TSAustinM admin May 6 Hello @Wgerstmyer, thank you for joining the MicroCenter Community! Now for most drives, you can use an external drive enclosure. For an M.2 I would recommend one like this model- https://www.microcenter.com/product/512411/kingwin-usb-31-type-c-to-m2-nvme-external-hard-drive-enclosure 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Sign In or Register to comment. Community Article Powerspec g162 Hard drive swap — Micro Center Powerspec g162 Hard drive swap Derek123456 ✭ June 3 in PowerSpec I plan on purchasing a g162, but would like a 1TB drive on the Ultra m2 port.  I would have no use for the 250gb drive that comes with it.  Do you guys offer a "trade up credit" or anything along those lines towards the bigger SSD? Thanks, Derek 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Comments Ian admin June 4 Greetings. No I am sorry, we do not offer any sort of trade-ins or buy back program at Micro Center.  0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Leave a Comment BoldItalicStrikethroughOrdered listUnordered list Format Heading 1Heading 2 QuoteCodeSpoiler Emoji Url Image Align leftAlign centerAlign rightToggle HTML viewToggle full pageToggle lights Drop image/file Home • PowerSpecComment As ... Community Article Need Help Choosing Parts — Micro Center Need Help Choosing Parts Spazack ✭ August 11 in Help Choosing Parts I put this parts list together and am looking for some advice. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder-intel.aspx?load=e3b7f0ed-cef7-4d4f-9dcf-aaed36b41eb2 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Comments TSMikeW admin August 11 edited August 11 Nothing really to advise on this one. Your RAM is right on for the platform. You chose an EVGA GPU, and a Samsung SSD. For your budget you're not going to do much better and I agree with the brand selection for the above components. You could consider the 10th gen CPU's, but that's going to increase the budget, otherwise, I'd go for it. 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Spazack ✭ August 11 Thanks for the feedback! Do you think there is anywhere I could save some money without sacrificing much performance? 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter TSTonyV admin August 11 You could save a bit on the CPU by going with the i5-10600k. It's a bit cheaper than the 9700k, but general gaming performance is extremely close between them. Otherwise I agree with Mike, at this budget you've already made appropriate choices.  Don't forget that you need to purchase an aftermarket CPU cooler with these unlocked Intel chips, and you don't want to cheap out. I'd personally look at the Noctua NH-U14S to start off with.  0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Spazack ✭ August 12 Do you think it would be wise to change the 970 EVO SSD for the https://www.microcenter.com/quickViewConfigurator2020/600419/inland-premium-256gb-ssd-3d-nand-m2-2280-pcie-nvme-30-x4-internal-solid-state-drive ? I would be saving nearly 60 bucks and I don't think I need the full 500GB of SSD storage if I only plan to load my windows boot and favorite game to it. 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Spazack ✭ August 12 Also, I don't see the Noctua NH-U14S as an option under CPU coolers. Where can I find it? 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter TSTonyV admin August 12 edited August 12 Spazack said: Do you think it would be wise to change the 970 EVO SSD for the https://www.microcenter.com/quickViewConfigurator2020/600419/inland-premium-256gb-ssd-3d-nand-m2-2280-pcie-nvme-30-x4-internal-solid-state-drive ? I would be saving nearly 60 bucks and I don't think I need the full 500GB of SSD storage if I only plan to load my windows boot and favorite game to it. There won't be any meaningful performance differences between the two, so I'd say go for it. I haven't personally used our Inland drives but have coworkers who do and they'll speak to them being good drives.  Spazack said: Also, I don't see the Noctua NH-U14S as an option under CPU coolers. Where can I find it? You can put it into the search bar and it should show up, but it may be out of stock at your store.  Other options would be the Noctua NH-D15, NH-D15S, and AIO liquid coolers like the NZXT Kraken X53 or Corsair H100i 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Sign In or Register to comment. Community Article I have this build idea but I need some feedback If I have to fix something Im new to pc's — Micro Center I have this build idea but I need some feedback If I have to fix something Im new to pc's Erick_53 ✭ November 8 in Help Choosing Parts https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=0b3bc6a2-4eab-4111-8f08-684805edcc84         This is the build I have Thank you 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Comments Erick_53 ✭ November 8 My budget is 1000 to 1100 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter LandShark admin November 9 Did you have someone help you with selecting these parts? This is a fantastic selection for your budget. Only adjustment I would make is to us an M.2 SSD instead of the 2.5" drive you've selected.  I found this one that is very comparible in cost to the one you selected. https://www.microcenter.com/product/506237/samsung-970-evo-500gb-ssd-3-bit-mlc-nand-m2-2280-pcie-nvme-30-x4-internal-solid-state-drive It looks like you're just in the budget after you add a Window OS to this selection. Great build! 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Erick_53 ✭ November 9 Thank you yes I had someone help me build it 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter LandShark admin November 9 It's a great selection You won't be disappointed. 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Sign In or Register to comment. Community Article Powerspec G460 no longer boots — Micro Center Powerspec G460 no longer boots gamer0farmer ✭ April 28 in Technical Support Questions Computer locked up and required a hard reboot.  Ever since, it no longer completes the boot sequence.  Upon powerup, it displays a black screen saying "Powerspec" with a rotating circle of dots at the bottom.  Stays on this screen for about 60 seconds with rotating dots, then automatically cycles off and back on.  Repeats. Checked the BIOS and it recognizes the boot drive 500GB SSD in the M2 slot 1.  Can specify to boot from this (is set as default anyway) but behaves as described.  It feels like a bad sector (or whatever for SSD) in a critical boot function on the drive.  I do not have another computer with a M2 slot for testing.  Don't know if it can be recovered or if I need a new SSD.  This is a gaming rig, so I lose no real data, but I have slow broadband so rebuilding steam library would be a chore. 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Comments TSPhillipT admin April 28 edited April 28 Hello @gamer0farmer!  Welcome to the Micro Center Community! I will agree with you that it is a bad boot on the M.2, however it could either be a corrupted Windows installation caused by Windows, or corrupted by a bad sector on the M.2.  Have you tried doing a Clean Install of Windows 10 onto the M.2?  Ideally the clean install works and everything returns to normal.  If the Clean Install does not work, it is looking to be a bad SSD and you may want to swap it out for another SSD.   0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter gamer0farmer ✭ April 28 would the clean install reformat the entire drive or just a boot partition?  Trying to avoid blanking out my games library, but not being able to boot is the bigger issue here. 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter TSTonyV admin April 28 A clean install would be completely reformatting the drive and doing a fresh install of Windows. If you have a set of Windows installation media, you could boot from it and attempt to do an automatic repair that way.  0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter TSMikeW admin April 28 It would wipe out the entire drive. As other alternatives you can manually rebuild the boot sector. I would boot from windows 10 media. If you need it, you can create media here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10 First, lets just check the drive. Go to the repair options then Troubleshoot > Advanced > Command Prompt. We'll be doing most of our work from there. Check disk. Type: chkdsk /r Let see if that finds any issues with your drive. If it seems fine, try running system restore from the recovery environment. Your boot sector seems intact, it tries to boot, but never successfully loads and eventually crashes. Probably the drive in my opinion. To rebuild the boot sector: Comments are in parenthesis. Type: diskpart  list disk (Lists your drives) select disk # (We want to select the the M.2 drive in question) list volume (Lists volumes on the selected disk) select volume # (We're looking for the system partition. It'll state this in the description, it will not have a letter assigned.) Assign letter= (We can use L here for the as an example. Any letter that isn't in use is fine.) cd /d :\EFI\Microsoft\Boot\ (We're just navigating to the location of the bcd file) ren bcd bcd.bak (We're getting the original bcd file out of the way) bcdboot C:\Windows /s : /f all (System partition being L in our example. It's rewriting the bcd file) From here try to reboot the system. If it's the drive we may encounter an error at any point here, which could leave is a less bootable state. Backup first, be prepared to reinstall the OS beyond this. 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Sign In or Register to comment. Community Article What do you guys think? Anything I could improve on other than upgrading GPU in the coming months. — Micro Center What do you guys think? Anything I could improve on other than upgrading GPU in the coming months. mogarrett12 ✭ November 17 in Help Choosing Parts https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=a14535d8-ebbe-43ad-818f-2842f6e6da6a Strictly gaming, PUBG, Tarkov, COD, etc.  Shooting for 1440, 144 1ms. Any feedback would be appreciated. 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Comments LandShark admin November 18 Hello! Welcome to the community!  I noticed a few things that I would recommend changing. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=0c17f140-8efa-4b51-ad96-7b93b942134b The 3900X, while it's a great CPU, isn't really targeted for gaming. I'd recommend going with a 3700X instead, or going with a 3600 and then upgrading to the 5600X which outperforms the 3900X in gaming.  I'd also recommend an M.2 drive instead of a 2.5" SSD. One last thing I noticed was that you selected Windows 10 Pro 32-bit. I'd recommend Windows 10 Home unless the pro version is needed.  I'd always recommend 64-bit as you will not be able to utilize the full performance of your system with the 32-bit version.  Hope this helps.  1 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter mogarrett12 ✭ November 19 Thank you for the feedback. Didn't even notice those few little things. Must have looked right over them. Landshark, I am looking to grab a 3000 series in the coming months. I actually have someone willing to sell me an ASUS Dual RTX 3070. If I were to buy that would that change anything you recommended above?  0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter whatname ✭ November 20 Very nice high end build and not much to recommend. I would say the only thing that you might consider is a nvme drive if you haven't already. Since the build already has 4 Terabytes of storage, I think that a 500-gigabyte nvme drive such as this: https://www.microcenter.com/product/622291/wd-blue-sn550-500gb-3d-tlc-nand-pcie-gen-3-x4-nvme-m2-2280-internal-ssd from micro center is enough. If you want the highest-end stuff, as I can see with your build, a Samsung 980 Evo is the highest end currently. 980 Evo: https://www.microcenter.com/product/628176/samsung-980-pro-series-500gb-ssd-v-nand-pcie-gen-4-x-4-nvme-m2-2280-internal-solid-state-drive. Also would recommend if getting one, try to transfer things you always access like the os to it. You will see at the very least 2x the speed of the current already fast sata SSD. In the end, even the lowest end nvmes are faster than every hard drive and most sata ssds. 1 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter whatname ✭ November 20 edited November 20 Also as Landshark says, get a 64-bit OS. I'm sure that 32 bit only supports like 4Gb of ram. I'd try to remove the hard drive (unless you need the storage) and go for a 5900x later. Otherwise, follow Landshark's steps. They will help. If you aren't doing professional workloads, I recommend a 5th gen ryzen 5/7. Other than that, I hope you enjoy the pc that you will build. 1 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter LandShark admin November 20 mogarrett12 said: Thank you for the feedback. Didn't even notice those few little things. Must have looked right over them. Landshark, I am looking to grab a 3000 series in the coming months. I actually have someone willing to sell me an ASUS Dual RTX 3070. If I were to buy that would that change anything you recommended above?  I'd say the 3070 would go great with the parts I recommended above. It'll give you a nice FPS boost! 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Sign In or Register to comment. Community Article Inland Premium 2TB writing slower than advertised — Micro Center Inland Premium 2TB writing slower than advertised zena19 ✭ August 22 in Inland I purchased this product : https://www.microcenter.com/product/608649/inland-premium-2tb-ssd-3d-nand-m2-2280-pcie-nvme-30-x4-internal-solid-state-drive and I am running it with my Ryzen 7 2700x and MSI MPG x570 Gaming Edge Wifi motherboard. After I got it, I cloned my old SSD and after running CrystalDiskMark, I see that I'm getting 3100MBps sequential read and around 1900MBps sequential write speeds. The read speed is fine, but the write speed should be closer to 2900MBps. Does anyone have any suggestions? It would appear that there is no way currently to reset the driver or update the firmware on these drives, or I might be mistaken. I've already tried to optimize the drive using Windows' built in tool, but that didn't help. Any help would be appreciated!! 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Comments TSPhillipT admin August 22 Hello @zena19 Write speeds for SSDs can be hard to diagnosis and usually point to the SSD being the issue.  I recommend trying to eliminate the motherboard being an issue, I do see that this motherboard has 2 M.2 slots so you can try using the other slot to see if you can get it read.  One slot using the AMD Processor while the other slot reads it using the X570 Chipset.   You can also bring this back to us and we can definitely take care of this drive under warranty. 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Leave a Comment BoldItalicStrikethroughOrdered listUnordered list Format Heading 1Heading 2 QuoteCodeSpoiler Emoji Url Image Align leftAlign centerAlign rightToggle HTML viewToggle full pageToggle lights Drop image/file Home • InlandComment As ... Community Article Need advice on a new build — Micro Center Need advice on a new build cere19 ✭ July 23 in Help Choosing Parts I'm looking to build a new computer because my old one is 8 years old and getting slow.  I primarily use it for surfing the internet, watching Youtube, designing parts in Fusion 360 for 3D printing, designing parts in Inkscape for CNC plasma cutter and looking to make videos for Youtube in the future.  Any suggestions? https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=476e223f-1d8c-4e5c-863f-d8277a28cc91 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Comments BubbleMax MN ✭ July 25 Looks great could definitely can handle casual video games easy with this rig. I'd say you could also consider going with a m.2 if you want (https://www.microcenter.com/product/600419/inland-premium-256gb-ssd-3d-nand-m2-2280-pcie-nvme-30-x4-internal-solid-state-drive) The linked m.2 is the same price as the SSD. with a little bit more storage and a blazing fast speed increase >.> I'll spare you the jargon but m.2's are so fast as in some cases with file read/write 4 to 5 TIMES faster than a SSD. Do you need this probably not but if you wanted something that would probably meet the highest level of load speed for your 3D printing projects this could be something to consider. It would also probably also shave off time for boot times XD. Down to like a 5 second boot. Really I'm just thinking of maximizing the build this is TOTALLY not needed just an idea if you wanted to like boost your hardware performance to the like max.  I'm a gamer but basically this would make your PC the ultimate like casual usage desktop. Ya can laugh at your fellow 3D printer users load times when they load in 15 minutes and yours take 3 minutes to load in XD.  0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Sign In or Register to comment. Community Article Smallest screws possible, how do I find a screwdriver? — Micro Center Smallest screws possible, how do I find a screwdriver? TigressInferna ✭ September 20 in Technical Support Questions okay so I'm trying to disassemble my Asus RoG G75VW to clean the keyboard because I splashed soda on it and an hour later I was getting graphical glitches on my display that don't replicate when displayed on a different screen so it's hardware. (Been cleaning parts inside hoping it fixed it and that I won't have to replace the screen or display cable) Anyways I've gotten to the point where I've taken the keyboard off and flipped it over but the B screws are too small for any screwdriver I own. On the plating it says that "B=M2x1.15 (A=2x3 which is just fine for my basic precision set). A #000 phillips head was too big for them and I also just found a #0000 phillips head (which I think is 2x1.5) which also seems to be too big. I found a theoretically #00000 on Amazon but it's not Prime verified and won't arrive for almost 2 weeks and that's assuming it actually is the size it says it is. I've been trying to ask MicroCenter tech support as they have to have one in their repair department (I would hope so) and see where they got theirs and where I can get one but I've been on hold forever. Do any of you know where I can get a screwdriver for these screws or otherwise get them out (and also put them back in)? 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Answers TSMikeW admin September 20 edited September 20 Greetings, It's an M2 screw, 2mm. You need a 2mm screw driver. Phillips number would be PH#00. We have plenty of screwdriver kits made for consumer electronics that'll have this bit in it. I personally have one of the Titan Tools kits in the front, the bits are soft and it works very well. The iFixit tool kits we carry are great as well. https://www.microcenter.com/product/488462/ifixit-64-bit-driver-kit 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter TigressInferna ✭ September 20 I assure you it is smaller than a ph#00. Most of the screws on the laptop are indeed that size which is why I was able to disassemble it enough to remove the keyboard but the plate on the bottom of the keyboard piece is a afixed with something much smaller than that. As I said in the post a Masterforce PH#0000 from Menards was too big for it as was the #000 and #00 in a precision set I bought from Home Depot. Hold on let me upload a photo TSMikeW said: Greetings, It's an M2 screw, 2mm. You need a 2mm screw driver. Phillips number would be PH#00. We have plenty of screwdriver kits made for consumer electronics that'll have this bit in it. I personally have one of the Titan Tools kits in the front, the bits are soft and it works very well. The iFixit tool kits we carry are great as well. https://www.microcenter.com/product/488462/ifixit-64-bit-driver-kit 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter TigressInferna ✭ September 20 This is the Masterforce PH#0000 and it was too big to get a good grip and was going to start stripping them. 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter TSMikeW admin September 21 Greetings, #0000 is a 1mm tip, it should be too small for an M.2 and it will just turn or damage the screw itself. I would use a PH00.  Apply pressure and it should come out. It's possible the screws are just overtightened by the manufacturer and may be difficult to remove. There are several tricks here. Using a rubber band to push the screwdriver head into and twist can help it grip as an example. Be as careful as you can to void stripping the screw. At the end of the day, there's always the power drill option. 1/32 bit should do it. Strong disclaimer, using a drill is of course risky and can damage the device. If you're not comfortable, please bring it to service for us to help you with it first as you certainly can damage your device. Could ou tell us more about what you're dissembling exactly?  0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter TigressInferna ✭ September 21 They might very well be over tightened but everything I've tried sure seems like it's too big to fit into the very tiny holes on top. As I mentioned I tried #00, #000 and #0000 and they all don't seem to work. This is the bottom plate of the keyboard. I'm trying to open the keyboard up to see if there's damage and to clean it. I'll also probably need to replace the screen and the original issue is a hardware graphical error I'm having though I was hoping cleaning things up might resolve the issue as it correlated with splashing soda on it. (Started a half hour to an hour later) TSMikeW said: Greetings, #0000 is a 1mm tip, it should be too small for an M.2 and it will just turn or damage the screw itself. I would use a PH00.  Apply pressure and it should come out. It's possible the screws are just overtightened by the manufacturer and may be difficult to remove. There are several tricks here. Using a rubber band to push the screwdriver head into and twist can help it grip as an example. Be as careful as you can to void stripping the screw. At the end of the day, there's always the power drill option. 1/32 bit should do it. Strong disclaimer, using a drill is of course risky and can damage the device. If you're not comfortable, please bring it to service for us to help you with it first as you certainly can damage your device. Could ou tell us more about what you're dissembling exactly?  0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter TSMikeW admin September 22  It really shouldn't be a problem,the PH00 should fit perfectly. You can usually remove it fine with a larger screwdriver, 0, or 1. I originally thought it was the plate under the keyboard, but the back of the keyboard is obvious now after you explained it, with the stand offs visible to secure it from underneath. Try the rubber band trick and see if it helps, put some pressure on it. Cleaning the keyboard isn't going to help with your main issue and keyboards are generally cheap to replace. 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Sign In or Register to comment. Community Article Thoughts on what could be the problem? — Micro Center Thoughts on what could be the problem? evL ✭ July 25 in CPU's, Memory and Motherboards I was stuck on a boot loop with a EVGA 1200w P2 PSU intially.. it wasn't posting AT ALL.. so what i did was unplug the network adapter, my keyboard + mouse etc. to get it to post.. and even then it was having issues.. did a cmos clear multiple times.. (this was the only way to get it to post).. I could only get it to post with a cmos clear and only with just the m2 drive in and all other sata drives unplugged (the ssds and hdd). ---- sata6 and something else is disabled when you have m2 installed if im not mistaken (but i've just got 4 slots taken anyway if i were to plug them in) --also this is on a fresh copy of w10, i also disabled wake device up on network adapters, usb, etc. in device manager and disabled fast boot.. bc even when trying to shut off the computer, the only way to actually shut it off was to pull out the plug bc the fans and led would remain on.. problem is.. the only way to actually boot was to have that "standby' mode on to boot.. the computer has issues coming out of a cold boot for whatever reason.. anyway, after a few days of doing this i got fed up and returned the PSU.. (this was after troubleshooting .. updating bios, installing drivers, testing each ram stick, etc.) also noticed my AIO wasnt turning on sometimes and  that it wasn't being detected on device manager.. anyway, tried with a Corsair RM750x, and the computer was able to power up successfully but without the thunderbolt expansion that was included with the mobo.. so i returned the psu and got the Corsair RM1000x.. I was able to power up fine.. again without the thunderbolt expansion.. was happy that it could power up all my drives. so i wanted to test XMP with the AI optimized settings from bios.. Here were the benchmarks for it, https://www.userbenchmark.com/UserRun/31033022 (i'm aware its not a good benchmark) Results were fine but, when i restarted the computer, i noticed the RGB on my fans didn't turn on. And so after noticing that, I shut down the computer and hit the I/O switch in the back.. then powered the computer back on.. the LCD on the kraken z73 didn't power on this time (this also happened alot with the previous PSU), and the RGB on the fans also didn't turn on but it was still spinning.. windows icue  didn't detect the lightning node connected this time either but still detected the commander pro So what I did to power the lcd and fans back on was to boot back up into windows, and shut down ( so that it could get into that "stand-by" mode.. THEN start up the computer again to get things in working order is this a mobo issue? power issue? or? please advise -----I have both 8-pin EPS connectors plugged in, and the 24 pin .. my monitors r running both 240hz and 144hz Bios 0607 CPU: Intel Core i9-10900K 3.7 GHz 10-Core Processor  CPU Cooler: NZXT KRAKEN Z73 73.11 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler Motherboard: Asus ROG MAXIMUS XII EXTREME EATX LGA1200 Motherboard Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum 64 GB (4 x 16 GB) DDR4-3000 CL15 Memory Storage: OCZ Agility 3 240 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive Storage: Samsung 850 Pro Series 512 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  Storage: Samsung 860 Evo 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive  Storage: Samsung 970 EVO Plus 2 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive  Storage: Hitachi Deskstar NAS 6 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive Video Card: EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11 GB FTW3 ULTRA HYBRID GAMING Video Card   Case: Lian Li O11D XL-X ATX Full Tower Case Power Supply: Corsair RMx 1000 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply   Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro OEM 64-bit  Case Accessory: Corsair Commander Pro + Lightning Node Monitor: Asus VG248QE 24.0" 1920x1080 144 Hz Monitor   Monitor: Acer Predator XB2 24.5" 1920x1080 240 Hz Monitor  Speakers: Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 120 W 2.1 Channel Speakers 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Comments TSMikeW admin July 26 The power supply issue is certainly unusual. The EVGA Supernova's are generally very good units, and it's a single rail 12V power supply. We'd have to assume it's just defective. Regarding the powering off issue, this is a hibernate issue based on the sound of it. Remember, with Windows 10 shutdown is a deep sleep state really. Disable your hibernate or fast startup. Disabling hibernate disable fast startup, as that's the feature it's using. See if this eliminates the issue for you. You can do so via Power Options or via elevated command line. powercfg -h off 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter evL ✭ July 26 TSMikeW said: The power supply issue is certainly unusual. The EVGA Supernova's are generally very good units, and it's a single rail 12V power supply. We'd have to assume it's just defective. Regarding the powering off issue, this is a hibernate issue based on the sound of it. Remember, with Windows 10 shutdown is a deep sleep state really. Disable your hibernate or fast startup. Disabling hibernate disable fast startup, as that's the feature it's using. See if this eliminates the issue for you. You can do so via Power Options or via elevated command line. powercfg -h off yep, i've already done that unfortunately.. starting to wonder if 1000w just doesn't cut it or if it's just a bad bios setting 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter TSMikeW admin July 26 System should run on much less than 1000W. And if that's the issue, you're more likely to encounter crashes or freezing at load, than these random issues your mentioning that sound like hibernate or maybe selective suspend issues. You could try that if the issues detecting the RGB controller persist. Through all of this and when failing to POST with the thunderbolt connected, what QCodes are you seeing? 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Sign In or Register to comment. Community Article PowerSpec G706 — Micro Center PowerSpec G706 NCDetroit ✭ June 2 in Customer Service Questions I have a PowerSpec G706 and I want to upgrade my SSD storage space. I know it comes with 1TB NVME but I don’t know much about SSD storage so I’m wondering if the G706 has a second slot for another NVME and if so, which NVME product would you recommend?  0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Comments TSMichaelB admin June 2 Welcome to the forum, @NCDetroit. The G706 does support an additional M.2 NVMe SSD, however it can be a little tricky to get to. The available slot is located under your graphics card, underneath an M.2 heatsink labeled "M.2 Armor". I've provided an image for reference below. You will need to remove your graphics card to access this heatsink, then use a precision screwdriver to remove the two screws holding the heatsink in-place. From there, you can add any M.2 NVMe SSD of your choosing. My personal recommendation would be: https://www.microcenter.com/product/600422/inland-premium-1tb-ssd-3d-nand-m2-2280-pcie-nvme-30-x4-internal-solid-state-drive. It has a quality controller and has an endurance rating of 600TBW, meaning you can completely fill and wipe the 1TB drive 600 times on average before the drive needs replaced. It also comes with a 3 year warranty and can be replaced at your local Micro Center store instead of having to ship it off to a manufacturer for a replacement.  If you have any further questions, please let us know! 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter NCDetroit ✭ June 2 Thank you for your response. Does the G706 only support 3.0 or does it also support 4.0 x4?  0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter TSTonyV admin June 3 The motherboard in the G706 is an ASRock X570 Pro4, which does support PCIe 4.0. You can find detailed specifications here: https://www.asrock.com/MB/AMD/X570%20Pro4/index.asp#Specification 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter NCDetroit ✭ June 3 Thank you for all your help. Once I install the Chip, is there anything I need to do for the PC to recognize the chip for storage?  0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter TS_BryantA admin June 11 @NCDetroit Good morning! I apologize for the delay and thank you for your patience. If you've yet to find the answer to your question, here is a posting created regarding making sure your PC recognizes your new storage.  https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/3289/how-to-initialize-and-format-a-newly-installed-secondary-drive-in-windows-10 If you have any additional questions please let us know. Stay safe and have a great day! 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Sign In or Register to comment. Community Article My first pc build. — Micro Center My first pc build. Emre ✭ November 5 edited November 6 in Help Choosing Parts This is my first build ever. I just made this PC build as a template for the future. I am very new into the space. The Nvidia 2060 is a placeholder for the (hopefully) upcoming 3060 that's supposed to be around the same price. There is a mousepad and a keyboard in the build. I would like any advice, negative or positive. I am also thinking of using this monitor:  https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08GYFQD6L/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?smid=A1ZAP482IIETZ&psc=1    https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=bcf66843-896b-49e2-bf66-51d006500b50 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Comments SteveT ✭ November 5 If you are buying a GPU as a placeholder than I would recommend going with an EVGA unit. EVGA has a 90 day step up program. You can step up to a better GPU within those 90 days, ship your old EVGA back and only pay the difference between your old and new unit.  1 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Emre ✭ November 5 No, what I meant by that is that I'm not going to actually buy the 2060. It's just there because it has a relatively close price to the projected 3060 price. But thanks for the comment! 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Emre ✭ November 5 edited November 6 , 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter LandShark admin November 5 I like this build. You've got what you need to play some fun games. For recommendations, I'd suggest another storage device. If you can find budget for it, I'd recommend an SSD. Probably 1TB. If that's a bit too much for your budget, a 1-2TB HDD would still be good to have. 500GB isn't a lot of storage for games these days. Most games are somewhere between 60GB and 120GB so that 500GB will be used very quickly. 1 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Emre ✭ November 5 LandShark, would you recommend andy SSD with NVMe and PCle 3.0 around or under the $100 range? 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter LandShark admin November 5 @Emre Sure, There are many options around that price range. Here's a TLC option for you https://www.microcenter.com/product/622290/wd-blue-sn550-1tb-3d-tlc-nand-pcie-gen-3-x4-nvme-m2-2280-internal-ssd 1 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Emre ✭ November 6 Thanks a lot! I never knew there was a big microcenter community. 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter LandShark admin November 6 You're quite welcome! We're glad to have you with us! 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Sign In or Register to comment. Community Article Hard Drive Overhaul — Micro Center Hard Drive Overhaul DallasWhovian ✭ June 19 in Help Choosing Parts I am needing to replace my hard drive, as after 8 years, it is making clicking noises, indicating that it is not doing so well. It has been operating as a gaming computer, with a 1 TB Hard Drive, 7200 RPM. I need to know how important the RPMs are to this whole thing, as it has been a long time since I built the computer, and forgot a few things on how important certain specs are. I would prefer a 4 TB hard drive. This is because I want the space in case something unexpected comes up in the future. I have a Seagate, but I am not sure they are as good now as they were then.  I also want a SSD Drive to be added as well. This would be to allow for faster bootup times, plus for a handful of games that run better on the SSD. I'm not sure of any what specs I would want on the SSD though. 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Comments TSPhillipT admin June 19 Hello @DallasWhovian, welcome to the Micro Center Community! I have moved this thread to a more relevant section. 7200RPM is considered the standard for a hard drive and is the recommended RPM for it.  The higher the RPM, the faster the disc inside the hard drive will spin and the faster it is.  Something like this is what I would recommend; https://www.microcenter.com/product/415204/wd-black-performance-4tb-7200rpm-sata-iii-6gb-s-35-internal-hard-drive.   For SSDs, there are a lot of options to go for, you have the choice of M.2 or SATA SSDs.  This article has a very good breakdown on the types of SSDs and what the specs for them means; https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/2969/how-to-choose-your-parts-part-6-ssds-and-hard-drives.   0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter DallasWhovian ✭ June 21 Is the Seagate Equivalent roughly the same quality or better? 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter TSTonyV admin June 22 It should be about the same in terms of quality. There was a period of time a few years ago where Seagate had a string of some bad drives in the higher storage capacities, but as far as I'm aware those are pretty much fixed and there haven't been any major issues for a while.  0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter DallasWhovian ✭ June 25 Also, what is an M.2 SSD? 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter TSTonyV admin June 25 M.2 SSDs are a newer style of SSD that have become pretty popular. They slot directly into your motherboard, as opposed to plugging in with a cable, like this one:  https://www.microcenter.com/product/600422/inland-premium-1tb-ssd-3d-nand-m2-2280-pcie-nvme-30-x4-internal-solid-state-drive 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Sign In or Register to comment. Community Article Tron - Micro Center Build — Micro Center Tron - Micro Center Build System admin April 9 edited April 9 in Your Completed Builds Tron - Micro Center Build Hey looking for some advice on this build. So the name does not have anything to do with this build. I'm trying to make a build that will be powerful enough to allow me to run my podcast and game. Now I'm not looking to play games like sekiro or Read the full story here 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Comments GuyWylie ✭ April 9 I would lose the a320 %100 as it has almost no upgrade path at all and the Gigabyte b450m DS3H isn't much more. 4gb of RAM will not be enough because the intergrated graphics can use 2gb, plus dual channel is so much better, and 8gb is considered the bare minimum. Without a discrete GPU you could save on the PSU and go as low as 400w with no problems. Could probably find a case for $40 as well. Maybe do a 120gb SSD for under $25 and add a 1tb HHD later for storage. And remember that you can install windows for free with a download directly from Microsoft that will create a USB install drive. It's legal and has 99% functionality and a water mark in the lower left corner of the monitor. Research Tech Yes City on YouTube and use his link to buy a license key when you can. Or run Linux if you know how to use it. Good luck, I hope this helps. 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter TheITDad ✭✭ April 9 I agree with GuyWylie on what you should change. The motherboard is basically a no go at this point, has zero upgrade potential so best to go with a b450. Also you need at least 8gb of ram to get started. So here is how I built it out and you can possibly search around for a better deal on a power supply because like Guy said for this build a 400 watt ps will handle everything nicely. And just keep an eye out for a good spinning drive for when you have 40-50 to get some more storage asap. Configure Your PC: https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=5046e6cf-4f90-411c-b697-87457ea60a9a CPU: (1) AMD Ryzen 3 2200G Quad Core AM4 Boxed Processor with Wraith Stealth Cooler ($69.99 EACH) Motherboard: (1) MSI B450M PRO-M2 MAX AMD mATX AM4 Motherboard ($74.99 EACH) RAM: (1) Crucial Ballistix Gaming 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 PC4-19200 CL16 Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit BL2K4G24C16U4B - Black ($37.99 EACH) Case: (1) Thermaltake Versa H17 mATX Mini Tower Computer Case - Black ($44.99 EACH) Power Supply: (1) Thermaltake Smart Series 500 Watt 80 Plus ATX Non-Modular Power Supply ($44.99 EACH) 2.5" SSD: (1) Inland Professional 240GB SSD 3D TLC NAND SATA III 6GB/s 2.5" Internal Solid State Drive (240G) ($31.99 EACH) Total: $304.94 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Sign In or Register to comment. Community Article Specs on XPS 8930 Dell Desktop — Micro Center Specs on XPS 8930 Dell Desktop La_Red ✭ May 16 in Sales I'm looking to purchase this desktop  SKU: 969147 Mfr Part #:XPS8930-7357BLK UPC:884116317357 I'm trying to figure out whether it has an M2 slot and whether it has dual or single channel memory. I have been trying to get the store on the phone with no success, and I can't find it in the specs provided online anywhere.  Does anyone know? 0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Answers BubbleMax MN ✭ May 16 @La_Red From what I'm going to guess this is not M.2 compatible. As these tend to have a pre like 2017 MB's that are mostly green are going to generally be one gen to old for a M.2  TLDR if you want M.2 you will need most likely a MB upgrade.  As to the Ram from what I"m seeing of YT reviews of an equivalent build. Most of the MB's in these PC's have dual channel RAM(These if they have to can also run just one stick of RAM.) The only problem is they are LIMITED however to just two Memory sticks.  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ In my honest opinion there are FAR better PC's that even you could PC game on for 800 dollars. And still get all the stuff you wanted as well get RGB. For what you would be spending on this pc. The PC your looking at is like scaping the bottom of the bucket.  Plus an i7-9700 is feels awkwardly thrown into this build to just inflate the price. Not to mention any effort to upgrade that build your suggesting would be a nightmare.  https://www.microcenter.com/product/617115/powerspec-b731-desktop-computer < ~ This one is what I'd invest in as if you intend to use it for graphic design or modeling in VR. Or use it to game its Not only going to be more easy but its also the case will have MORE airflow and easier upgradeability. As there aren't giant HDD racks and etc in the way.  Also you could use that like 100$ or so to get a nice external 1TB SSD And have about almost 1.5 times the space.  0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter BubbleMax MN ✭ May 16 BubbleMax said: @La_Red From what I'm going to guess this is not M.2 compatible. As these tend to have a pre like 2017 MB's that are mostly green are going to generally be one gen to old for a M.2  TLDR if you want M.2 you will need most likely a MB upgrade.  As to the Ram from what I"m seeing of YT reviews of an equivalent build. Most of the MB's in these PC's have dual channel RAM(These if they have to can also run just one stick of RAM.) The only problem is they are LIMITED however to just two Memory sticks.  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ In my honest opinion there are FAR better PC's that even you could PC game on for 800 dollars. And still get all the stuff you wanted as well get RGB. For what you would be spending on this pc. The PC your looking at is like scaping the bottom of the bucket.  Plus an i7-9700 is feels awkwardly thrown into this build to just inflate the price. Not to mention any effort to upgrade that build your suggesting would be a nightmare.  https://www.microcenter.com/product/617115/powerspec-b731-desktop-computer < ~ This one is what I'd invest in as if you intend to use it for graphic design or modeling in VR. Or use it to game its Not only going to be more easy but its also the case will have MORE airflow and easier upgradeability. As there aren't giant HDD racks and etc in the way.  Also you could use that like 100$ or so to get a nice external 1TB SSD And have about almost 1.5 times the space.  PS: With the PC I'm suggesting it would also be easy to just swap out and in if and when you want to add more to it.  0 · Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Sign In or Register to comment.