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Community Article Micro Center's Guide for Live Streaming Equipment - Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Micro Center's Guide for Live Streaming Equipment - Micro Center Written by PhillipT  Hello! This is a breakdown of streaming setups at three different tiers: Beginner, Intermediate, and Pro. It can be very confusing trying to keep track of all the different kinds of equipment used for streaming and what pieces are even necessary. I will go into detail for things that I would consider required, and things that I would consider an accessory and may not be needed at all.   I highly advise that if you are just starting off streaming to look within the Beginner and Intermediate setups and getting comfortable with the equipment there. Streaming is a big commitment and starting off with Pro equipment at the beginning can be a waste of money if you don't stream frequently. When you begin livestreaming and have a solid grasp at it (and hopefully some regular viewers), I would then consider upgrading the equipment you have. When upgrading your setup, you do not need to do it all at once. It's absolutely okay to upgrade your equipment one piece at a time. Upgrading equipment can even be great content for a stream title. “New Webcam Stream!” or “New Stream Setup” usually draws wandering eyes.  This guide will not go into detail on what internal hardware your computer needs to stream. This guide will focus on peripherals and streaming equipment. Different games will require different recommended hardware to stream and it’s possible that you may not even be streaming games. This guide is aimed for those who already have a computer that can play and stream their desired game(s) without any performance issues. If you are looking to stream podcasts, interviews or content creation, the computer doesn’t need to be very powerful. Keep in mind, a big part of streaming is having a good UPLOAD speed from your internet service provider.  This guide will assume every stream setup will use at least a webcam/camera and a microphone. You can obviously stream without either of these, but many streams use both.  REQUIRED EQUIPMENT AT ALL PRICE POINTS Broadcasting Software is required to stream at all price points. Without a program to broadcast with, you have no way of sending your video feed to your livestreaming platform. A popular program for this is OBS Studio. It is a free program that streamers use to stream to websites like Twitch and YouTube. Another popular pick is Streamlabs OBS, which combines Streamlabs with OBS Studio. Streamlabs is a tool for streamers to manage notifications and chat tools as well as providing other useful features for streamers. We have a setup guide for Streamlabs OBS at: https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/7211/how-to-use-streamlabs-obs-slobs MICRO CENTER'S STREAMING STUDIO BUILDER Similar to PCPartPicker, we have a system on our website called Streaming Studio where you can pick parts out for your streaming setup. The system uses the stock in your local store, and once complete, you can place it as a big pickup order! It will break down equipment and accessories for streaming into sections where you pick the item that you want. We also have preset setups for the Beginner, Intermediate, and Pro categories so you have a starting point to work off of, and of course you can edit the presets and change them to fit your preferences/budget. Lastly, you can select Wide Open and start with a blank slate and fill in the parts that you want!   BEGINNER STREAMING SETUP So you're looking to start a stream up for the first time? There are definitely a few options for budget streaming. Some people may not even need to buy additional equipment! Beginning with this sort of hardware may help you decide whether or not you'll want to stream long term or broadcast every once in a while. To jump start your audience, telling your friends or family would be a good first step! The equipment here is generally acceptable quality, completing the job of letting viewers see you and hear you.  Laptops: Most laptops have a built-in webcam and an integrated microphone! Assuming your laptop can handle streaming and playing games, you don’t really need to get any additional equipment if you are looking to stream for a budget.  Webcams: There are a lot of options for budget webcams, just note that they aren’t usually going to be high definition and they usually have low frame rates. They still will get the job done and your viewers will be able to see you. Segue USB 1080p High Definition Web Camera Manhattan 1080p USB Webcam j5create USB HD WebCam Microphone: What is nice here is that webcams usually have a built-in microphone! Although not the greatest quality, they again still perform for what you need them to. If you have a pair of headphones that have a microphone built in, those should work as well. For the beginning tier, I'd recommend getting a gaming headset. These generally have a quality microphone built-in. If you notice the microphone start to distort or hear background noise, adjusting the noise gate in your broadcasting software should usually remedy this. Logitech H111 Stereo Headset HyperX Cloud Stinger Gaming Headset Corsair HS60 Pro Surround Gaming Headset INTERMEDIATE STREAMING SETUP Maybe you started streaming with a budget setup and think it's time to upgrade. You could also be someone who has decided to start with some nicer equipment to give your viewers a better experience. The equipment here will give new viewers and strangers a better perception of the stream and I recommend getting equipment here if you want to try getting return viewers that are strangers. Friends are more forgiving and generally watch streams even with issues, whereas strangers may not be so kind.   Webcams: We are now looking for higher quality webcams. Ones that have a higher resolution, ideally 1080p or higher. Webcams here also have a nicer frame rate and you won’t look like a blur when moving.  Logitech C922 Pro Stream Webcam Logitech StreamCam Plus Logitech Brio 4K Ultra USB Microphone: Have you been to those streams or have those friends whose microphone just pick up everything in a distorted way? People talking in the background, loud clinks and clangs, and even the breathing of the person? We are starting to use external microphones here! These are all standalone USB Microphones with higher audio quality than integrated microphones you'll find in headphones, headsets and webcams. You can consider using Wind Screens/Pop Filters if you find your audio having loud hisses or pops. Boom Arms are also recommended to pair with your microphones, or even required if your microphone does not come with a stand. If you are using a USB microphone, you may want to consider switching to actual headphones rather than a headset since headphones usually have better audio quality. Not so much a streaming improvement but a quality of life improvement.   Blue Microphones Snowball USB Condenser Microphone Blue Microphones Yeti Nano USB Condenser Microphone Blue Microphones Yeti USB Condenser Microphone HyperX QuadCast USB Condenser Microphone w/ Mount PRO STREAMING SETUP Now we're getting into the heavy duty setups, and I only recommend these types of setups if you are going to be very serious about streaming. This equipment is really for those that already have a captive audience where a streaming career is a possibility or is already happening. While the equipment here is very high quality, it requires multiple parts and is not a simple plug-and play setup. DSLR Cameras: Let’s face it, even the best webcam is just too small to facilitate the quality a DSLR Camera can have. Whether it be a better field of vision, better focusing, better lighting controls, DSLR Cameras will almost always be superior. Keep in mind, DSLR Cameras were not designed for streaming and the camera you pick will need to be able to stay powered without the use of a battery, as well as provide a clean HDMI output (no icons, no framing, no words). You will also need a capture card to receive the HDMI output from the camera into your PC. Lastly, you will also need a mount for these cameras. The DSLR Cameras listed below will work, but you will need to get the power supply/dummy battery elsewhere as Micro Center does not supply these. You can also find a list of DSLR Cameras that work for streaming here. Canon EOS Rebel T7i DSLR Camera Requires dummy battery Canon EOS M200 Content Creator Kit See details below Canon EOS M50 Mirrorless Camera Requires dummy battery Note: Canon EOS M200 is powered by a DC Power Adapter. Requires Compact Power Adapter CA-PS700 with DC-E12 DC Coupler for Constant Power XLR Microphones: Even higher quality than USB microphones, XLR microphones capture a larger range of sounds. Most USB Microphones start distorting when players yell into the microphone, or have a hard time differentiating peaks when speaking softly. I highly recommend thoroughly researching XLR Microphones if you are planning to get one. Some microphones are better at picking up high pitched voices, some perform better with singing or yelling. Research goes a long way here, finding the perfect microphone for your voice can make your stream’s audio feel super natural and crisp. Keep in mind, you are going to need a boom arm for XLR microphones, and most either come with a wind/screen or pop filter.   Blue Microphones Spark SL XLR Condenser Microphone Audio-Technica AT4040 XLR Condenser Microphone Shure SM7B Vocal Dynamic Microphone Micro Center fun fact: This mic was used to record Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” Audio Interface: XLR Microphones do lack a USB connection, so you will need to use an audio interface to turn the analog signal from the microphone to a digital one. These are commonly called a DAC (Digital-to-Analog Converter). XLR microphones also have a low and quiet audio output, so you will usually need a PreAmplifier (Pre-Amp). This is where the Audio Interface comes in, with a DAC and Pre-Amp built together, they let you connect your XLR microphone to your computer. Keep in mind, some microphones may need their own Pre-Amp like the Shure SM7B, which is commonly paired with the Cloudlifter PreAmp. Audio interfaces also include a bunch of adjustment options for your XLR microphone so you can fine-tune the way you sound. You may also want to consider using high-end headphones here as well, as they work extremely well with Audio Mixers.   Focusrite Scarlett Solo Audio Interface Doesn’t have a Pre-Amp Shure MVI Digital Audio Interface Behringer XENYX Q1202USB 12 Input Mixer USB/Audio Interface Zoom LiveTrak L-8  STREAMING ACCESSORIES There are a lot of accessories that can be extremely useful for your stream. Some are optional, some may be required depending on your overall setup.  Capture Cards: This may be required depending on what content you are streaming. If you plan on streaming a game console, or using a DSLR Camera to stream, you'll need one. If you are planning to stream content directly from your computer screen, you will not need a capture card.  Elgato Cam Link 4K USB Elgato Game Capture HD60 Pro Audio Extractor:  These devices take an incoming HDMI signal and split it into separate HDMI and Audio signals. Some capture cards may require you to split the audio from your HDMI input to get audio. You can also use this to feed your games audio into an audio mixer for adjustments on the game audio or putting the game audio on a different feed for your computer.  Sescom - SES-AE1001 HDMI Audio Extractor Boom Arm:  If you plan on using a USB or XLR Microphone, you should look towards using a boom arm to mount your microphone. Some microphones do not come with stands, so it will be required to mount your microphone. This helps with field of view, as some stands have an issue with blocking the screen. It is also great to move your microphone as you change your posture throughout the stream. Neewer Microphone Boom Scissor Arm Stand Samson Technologies Microphone Boom Arm  Stream Deck: An efficiency accessory for streamers. It’s a pad with buttons that lets you program macros to each button. Streamers use this for playing certain songs when something happens, transitions to different scenes/layouts, or opening programs. There is a lot that can be done that can make your stream more entertaining, although this is definitely a quality-of-life upgrade and not required.  Elgato Stream Deck Green Screen: Another accessory that is not required for streaming, but it can lead to fun and entertaining content for your viewers. This also allows more options for setting up your layout for your stream because you are not as restricted with a background on your webcam. Keep in mind, you will need to use a broadcast software that can work with green screens like OBS Studio.  Savage Chroma Green Travel Backdrop Kit Elgato Green Screen w/ Collapsible Stand Lighting Stands: Definitely not required, but it’s a very good way of increasing the quality of a webcam. Good lighting coming from the direction of your webcam can dramatically change the way your webcam captures you and it will almost always look nicer.  Savage Edge Lit LED Light Mini Savage Luminous Pro LED Video Light Elgato Key Light After going through everything, please stop by our Streamer Studio Builder to pick out the parts that you would like to add to your streaming setup!   © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2021 Powered By Vanilla Community Article A Guide for Live Streaming Equipment 2020 — 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 A Guide for Live Streaming Equipment 2020 TSPhillipT admin April 2020 edited June 5 in Reviews & Buying Guides Hello! Thank you for stopping by the Micro Center Community! This is a breakdown of streaming setups at three different tiers: Beginner, Intermediate, and Pro. It can be very confusing trying to keep track of all the different kinds of equipment used for streaming and what pieces are even necessary.  I will go into detail for things that I would consider required, and things that I would consider an accessory and may not be needed at all.  I highly advise that if you are just starting off streaming to look within the Beginner and Intermediate setups and getting comfortable with the equipment there.  Streaming is a big commitment and starting off with Pro equipment at the beginning can be a waste of money if you don't stream frequently.  When you begin livestreaming and have a solid grasp at it (and hopefully some regular viewers), I would then consider upgrading the equipment you have.  When upgrading your setup, you do not need to do it all at once.  It's absolutely okay to upgrade your equipment one piece at a time.  Upgrading equipment can even be great content for a stream title.  “New Webcam Stream!” or “New Stream Setup” usually draws wandering eyes.  This guide will not go into detail on what internal hardware your computer needs to stream.  This guide will focus on peripherals and streaming equipment.  Different games will require different recommended hardware to stream and it’s possible that you may not even be streaming games.  This guide is aimed for those who already have a computer that can play and stream their desired game(s) without any performance issues. If you are looking to stream podcasts, interviews or content creation, the computer doesn’t need to be very powerful.  Keep in mind, a big part of streaming is having a good UPLOAD speed from your internet service provider.  This guide will assume every stream setup will use at least a webcam/camera and a microphone.  You can obviously stream without either of these, but many streams use both.    REQUIRED EQUIPMENT AT ALL PRICE POINTS Broadcasting Software is required to stream at all price points.  Without a program to broadcast with, you have no way of sending your video feed to your livestreaming platform.  A popular program for this is OBS Studio.  It is a free program that streamers use to stream to websites like Twitch and Youtube.  Another popular pick is Streamlabs OBS, which combines Streamlabs with OBS Studio.  Streamlabs is a tool for streamers to manage notifications and chat tools as well as providing other useful features for streamers. MICRO CENTER'S STREAMING STUDIO Similar to PCPartPicker, we have a system on our website called Streaming Studio where you can pick parts out for your streaming setup.  The system uses the stock in your local store, and once complete, you can place it as a big pickup order!  It will break down equipment and accessories for streaming into sections where you pick the item that you want.  We also have preset setups for the Beginner, Intermediate, and Pro categories so you have a starting point to work off of, and of course you can edit the presets and change them to fit your preferences/budget.  Lastly, you can select Wide Open and start with a blank slate and fill in the parts that you want!   BEGINNER STREAMING SETUP So you're looking to start a stream up for the first time?  There are definitely a few options for budget streaming.  Some people may not even need to buy additional equipment!  Beginning with this sort of hardware may help you decide whether or not you'll want to stream long term or broadcast every once in a while.  To jump start your audience, telling your friends or family would be a good first step!  The equipment here is generally acceptable quality, completing the job of letting viewers see you and hear you.  Laptops: Most laptops have a built-in webcam and an integrated microphone!  Assuming your laptop can handle streaming and playing games, you don’t really need to get any additional equipment if you are looking to stream for a budget.  Webcams: There are a lot of options for budget webcams, just note that they aren’t usually going to be high definition and they usually have low frame rates.  They still will get the job done and your viewers will be able to see you. Segue USB 1080p High Definition Web Camera Manhattan 1080p USB Webcam j5create USB HD WebCam         Microphone: What is nice here is that webcams usually have a built-in microphone!  Although not the greatest quality, they again still perform for what you need them to.  If you have a pair of headphones that have a microphone built in, those should work as well.  For the beginning tier, I'd recommend getting a gaming headset.  These generally have a quality microphone built-in.  If you notice the microphone start to distort or hear background noise, adjusting the noise gate in your broadcasting software should usually remedy this. Logitech H111 Stereo Headset HyperX Cloud Stinger Gaming Headset Corsair HS60 Pro Surround Gaming Headset   INTERMEDIATE STREAMING SETUP Maybe you started streaming with a budget setup and think it's time to upgrade.  You could also be someone who has decided to start with some nicer equipment to give your viewers a better experience.  The equipment here will give new viewers and strangers a better perception of the stream and I recommend getting equipment here if you want to try getting return viewers that are strangers.  Friends are more forgiving and generally watch streams even with issues, whereas strangers may not be so kind.   Webcams: We are now looking for higher quality webcams.  Ones that have a higher resolution, ideally 1080p or higher. Webcams here also have a nicer frame rate and you won’t look like a blur when moving.  Logitech C922 Pro Stream Webcam Logitech StreamCam Plus Logitech Brio 4K Ultra     USB Microphone:  Have you been to those streams or have those friends whose microphone just pick up everything in a distorted way?  People talking in the background, loud clinks and clangs, and even the breathing of the person?  We are starting to use external microphones here!  These are all standalone USB Microphones with higher audio quality than integrated microphones you'll find in headphones, headsets and webcams.  You can consider using Wind Screens/Pop Filters if you find your audio having loud hisses or pops.  Boom Arms are also recommended to pair with your microphones, or even required if your microphone does not come with a stand.  If you are using a USB microphone, you may want to consider switching to actual headphones rather than a headset since headphones usually have better audio quality.  Not so much a streaming improvement but a quality of life improvement.   Blue Microphones Snowball USB Condenser Microphone Blue Microphones Yeti Nano USB Condenser Microphone Blue Microphones Yeti USB Condenser Microphone HyperX QuadCast USB Condenser Microphone w/ Mount PRO STREAMING SETUP Now we're getting into the heavy duty setups, and I only recommend these types of setups if you are going to be very serious about streaming.  This equipment is really for those that already have a captive audience where a streaming career is a possibility or is already happening. While the equipment here is very high quality, it requires multiple parts and is not a simple plug-and play setup. DSLR Cameras:  Let’s face it, even the best webcam is just too small to facilitate the quality a DSLR Camera can have.  Whether it be a better field of vision, better focusing, better lighting controls, DSLR Cameras will almost always be superior.  Keep in mind, DSLR Cameras were not designed for streaming and the camera you pick will need to be able to stay powered without the use of a battery, as well as provide a clean HDMI output (no icons, no framing, no words).  You will also need a capture card to receive the HDMI output from the camera into your PC.  Lastly, you will also need a mount for these cameras.  The DSLR Cameras listed below will work, but you will need to get the power supply/dummy battery elsewhere as Micro Center does not supply these.  You can also find a list of DSLR Cameras that work for streaming here. Canon EOS Rebel T7i DSLR Camera Canon EOS M200 Content Creator Kit Canon EOS M50 Mirrorless Camera Requires dummy battery See details below Requires dummy battery Note: Canon EOS M200 is powered by a DC Power Adapter.  Requires Compact Power Adapter CA-PS700 with DC-E12 DC Coupler for Constant Power XLR Microphones:  Even higher quality than USB microphones, XLR microphones capture a larger range of sounds.  Most USB Microphones start distorting when players yell into the microphone, or have a hard time differentiating peaks when speaking softly.  I highly recommend thoroughly researching XLR Microphones if you are planning to get one.  Some microphones are better at picking up high pitched voices, some perform better with singing or yelling.  Research goes a long way here, finding the perfect microphone for your voice can make your stream’s audio feel super natural and crisp.  Keep in mind, you are going to need a boom arm for XLR microphones, and most either come with a wind/screen or pop filter.   Blue Microphones Spark SL XLR Condenser Microphone Audio-Technica AT4040 XLR Condenser Microphone Shure SM7B Vocal Dynamic Microphone Fun fact: This mic was used to record Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” Audio Interface: XLR Microphones do lack a USB connection, so you will need to use an audio interface to turn the analog signal from the microphone to a digital one.  These are commonly called a DAC (Digital-to-Analog Converter).  Some XLR microphones may have a low and quiet audio output, so you will usually need a PreAmplifier (Pre-Amp).  This is where the Audio Interface comes in, with a DAC and Pre-Amp built together, they let you connect your XLR microphone to your computer.  Keep in mind, some microphones may need their own Pre-Amp like the Shure SM7B, which is commonly paired with the Cloudlifter PreAmp.  Audio interfaces also include a bunch of adjustment options for your XLR microphone so you can fine-tune the way you sound.  You may also want to consider using high-end headphones here as well, as they work extremely well with Audio Mixers.   Focusrite Scarlett Solo Audio Interface Shure MVI Digital Audio Interface Behringer XENYX Q1202USB 12 Input Mixer Doesn’t have a Pre-Amp USB/Audio Interface Zoom LiveTrak L-8  STREAMING ACCESSORIES There are a lot of accessories that can be extremely useful for your stream.  Some are optional, some may be required depending on your overall setup.    Capture Cards: This may be required depending on what content you are streaming.  If you plan on streaming a game console, or using a DSLR Camera to stream, you'll need one.  If you are planning to stream content directly from your computer screen, you will not need a capture card.  Elgato Cam Link 4K USB Elgato Game Capture HD60 Pro Audio Extractor:  These devices take an incoming HDMI signal and split it into separate HDMI and Audio signals.  Some capture cards may require you to split the audio from your HDMI input to get audio.  You can also use this to feed your games audio into an audio mixer for adjustments on the game audio or putting the game audio on a different feed for your computer.  Sescom - SES-AE1001 HDMI Audio Extractor Boom Arm:  If you plan on using a USB or XLR Microphone, you should look towards using a boom arm to mount your microphone.  Some microphones do not come with stands, so it will be required to mount your microphone.  This helps with field of view, as some stands have an issue with blocking the screen.  It is also great to move your microphone as you change your posture throughout the stream. Neewer Microphone Boom  Scissor Arm Stand Samson Technologies  Microphone Boom Arm  Stream Deck: An efficiency accessory for streamers.  It’s a pad with buttons that lets you program macros to each button.  Streamers use this for playing certain songs when something happens, transitions to different scenes/layouts, or opening programs.  There is a lot that can be done that can make your stream more entertaining, although this is definitely a quality-of-life upgrade and not required.  Elgato Stream Deck Green Screen: Another accessory that is not required for streaming, but it can lead to fun and entertaining content for your viewers.  This also allows more options for setting up your layout for your stream because you are not as restricted with a background on your webcam.  Keep in mind, you will need to use a broadcast software that can work with green screens like OBS Studio.  Savage Chroma Green Travel Backdrop Kit Elgato Green Screen w/ Collapsible Stand Lighting Stands: Definitely not required, but it’s a very good way of increasing the quality of a webcam.  Good lighting coming from the direction of your webcam can dramatically change the way your webcam captures you and it will almost always look nicer.  Savage Edge Lit LED Light Mini Savage Luminous Pro LED Video Light Elgato Key Light If you have any questions or inquiries about anything in this article or if you'd like to share your current stream setup and wish list, please post them below!  I will try to answer them as soon as I am able to.  I will also be trying to keep this article up to date, especially when new things for streaming come out.  After going through everything, please stop by our Streamer Studio Builder to pick out the parts that you would like to add to your streaming setup!   Change Log: 7/28/20: Updated recommendations 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Leave a Comment Rich Text Editor. 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Background: I was going heavy into the next console generation on team Xbox, but with Halo's delayed release, I thought to instead take a crack at build a computer that could do a darn good job of running the upcoming 1st party titles at 120Hz for my Samsung 4K 120Hz Freesync television. I have an HP z27 monitor as well which I use for work as well, but I envision gaming quite a bit on the television too. The new HDMI 2.1 port on the Ampere cards makes me salivate. I have definitely been an Intel guys my entire life, in fact, I don't believe I have ever owned a pc with an AMD chip. but it's hard to ignore the value you get with Ryzen. So please, please if I made any huge missteps in my part choices, sound off on me. Goals:  - white/gray/black theme  - 4k 120fps gaming  - twitch streaming  - youtube content creation capability  - Add-in a custom water loop later on, but I want to wait for a little more funds & the next gen EK blocks to come available Budget: $2000-$2500 Parts: [$290] Ryzen 3700x (looked like a decent gaming package that could handle streaming simultaneously) [$180] MSI MAG B550 tomahawk (Nice white/gray/black theme to match my case, while giving a decent platform with PCIe gen4 for the new geforce cards and an nvme) [$143] G.SKILL TridentZ Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) 3200MHz (I was having trouble finding memz that the msi board supported that had a higher clock than 3200, also this memory matches the white/grey theme)) [$700] RTX 3080 FE (If I can get my hands on one of them) [$140] Lian Li 011 Dynamic White (What a sexy beast, and has some great options for watercooling configurations) [$140] EVGA SuperNova G5 750W Modular PSU (man it's hard to fiund a PSU, but I saw this bad boy on Amazon and I had to have it) [$206] 6x Corsair LL White RGB fans 120mm (from what I found, these are some solid fans, and really the best ones if you needed a white fan) [$75] Corsair Commander Pro Fan controller [$12] Corsair RGB hub [$0] 256 GB Samsung 840 Pro Sata SSD (has this guy lying around from an old build) [$0] 1 TB Inland Professional SATA SSD (has this guy lying around from an old build) [$209] DROP CTRL TKL Mechanical Keyboard (Just bought it, love it) [$0] Logitech G500 gaming mouse (has this guy lying around from an old build) [$0] Windows 10 Pro (have a key from a previous build) All added up puts me around $2250 after tax. Future Upgrades: nvme gen 4 ssd 144hz 4k monitor custom water cooling loop for gpu/cpu/vrm? 3 more case fans? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7K All Categories 1K The Blog 33 What's Trending 167 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 16 3D Printers 10 Maker 16 PC Build Guides 96 Reviews & Buying Guides 34 Build Showcase 17 Contests 39 Past Contests 1K The Community 1.7K General Discussion 106 New Members 127 Consumer Tech 42 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 78 Software 4 Audio/Visual 13 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 26 3D Printing 53 Retro Arcade/Gaming 86 All Other Tech 1.3K Store Information and Policy 51 Off Topic 6 Community Ideas & Feedback 113 Your Completed Builds 2.7K Build-Your-Own PC 1.7K Help Choosing Parts 225 Graphics Cards 172 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 62 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 16 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 10 All Other Parts 22 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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Im new at this. — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › Help Choosing Parts Help me with this build. Im new at this. EstebanM ✭ October 2020 edited October 2020 in Help Choosing Parts Hello everyone, I am currently trying to build a whole complete PC build + Peripherals. Trying to spend atleast $1,000 but I know that's tough, so I will say the most I really would like to spend is $1,500. Would like something decent right now with a nice upgrade path for the future. One thing I would really like to say is that I will be building two exact builds , one for me and for a friend that will use the PC for the same reason. And also that I will likely try and buy my parts during black froday sales or holiday sales in general. I want to build a PC mainly for Gaming and Programming/Coding for now. Games I would run are Minecraft, Rainbow 6 Siege , Apex Legends, Runescape, Forza, PUBG, COD. I am coming from console and trying to switch to PC. Want to be able to ay 1080p gaming with no issues or atleast normal settinga with no issues. For Programming/Coding , i am pretty sure that a good gaming PC will probably be good enough for running many programs at once. Trying to get into game devolpement. In general, I will be running a lot of programs at once, while having many applications run in the background too. I dont know anything about builds but after a couple of days of research , this is what Ive came up with. Please if there is anything I messed up or can inprove on, please let me know. Thanks. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=6c685ad3-8e1b-42a1-b1d2-4f51cbaa6de1 Peripherals I am looking into. Please add any recommandations. I will probably buy these in person to see how I actually like them instead of online shopping. Keyboard: G.SKILL KM360 Professional Tenkeyless Mechanical Keyboard, Cherry MX Red, ABS Dual Injection Keycap, (White) Mouse: Glorious Model O (Model O, Matte White) Moniter: Pixio PXC243 24 inch 144Hz FreeSync FHD 1800R Curved Full HD 1920x1080 Premier Esports Gaming Monitor 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TSPhillipT admin October 2020 Hello @EstebanM The build looks good!  I have no real issues on this, love all the Corsair.  I'm a big corsair fan myself.  I see you went with the White Aesthetic for your Corsair Build, there are White Corsair PSUs that come with White Cables as well; https://www.microcenter.com/product/607743/corsair-rm750x-750-watt-80-plus-gold-atx-fully-modular-power-supply---white.  I don't have any complaints, the build is also pretty good for upgrading in the future as well.   0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook EstebanM ✭ October 2020 @TSPhillipT Thanks Man! I thought i would mess up somewhere. I know i want a Ryzen 5 3600 , but don't know which GPU to pair it up with. I picked the 2060 just because of the post you guys made but didnt know if it was a good choice. Would you have chosen another gpu or should I stick to the 2060? Also, how could I upgrade this in the future? Is my system future proof for now? Also, I was looking for these "Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory"  but in White. I know you guys have these in black but what about white? I wanted these instead of the Crucial but i just couldn't find the Corsairs. Theres probably no difference in performance but I just wanted to stick to all Corsair lol. And thanks for that PSU suggestion, more expensive but it matches lmao, So ill probably buy that too.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSPhillipT admin October 2020 @EstebanM AH I didn't see you had Crucial ones in.  I thought there were the Corsair Vengeance RGB in White since it looked similar!  We do carry them! https://www.microcenter.com/product/508046/corsair-vengeance-rgb-pro-16gb-(2-x-8gb)-ddr4-3200-pc4-25600-cl16-dual-channel-desktop-memory-kit-16gx4m2c320c16w---white Lastly, there is a White Corsair Keyboard aswell; https://www.microcenter.com/product/508800/corsair-k70-rgb-mk2-se-mechanical-gaming-keyboard---cherry-mx-speed  In regards to the GPU, it depends on the resolution you are playing at, and I think at 1080p which should be the minimum resolution, a 2060 Super or 2070 Super would be that decent future proof unless you end up going to a higher resolution.   0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook EstebanM ✭ October 2020 @TSPhillipT Thanks for the help man, really appreciate it. Now I know what to look for when I go to the store.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7K All Categories 1K The Blog 33 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 1.7K General Discussion 106 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 225 Graphics Cards 172 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 62 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 16 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 10 All Other Parts 22 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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Below is the link to the build: https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=df872b94-62a2-4303-ac53-dca2bcca2831 Questions are, The Alder Lake processors all say they are limited availability and to buy in store. I'd like to order online and have them build it for pick up at the store. Is this doable? How do I bypass the "sorry items not in stock" error related to the "limited availability" tag? Or is this something that would require calling ahead of time to confirm there is an i7-12700k available and then bringing the list on paper in? Trying to save an extra hour plus car trip by not having to go twice, if possible. Obviously the whole build is not possible if the 12th gen isn't available. I hummed and hawed on a few of these items. I'd like an opinion on the motherboard choices as I'm less familiar with them. I just wanted one that was DDR5 compliant and had adequate NVMe 4.0 support for the 980 Pro. Originally had an Elite AX listed here but it was labelled as DDR4. Is the Master overkill to an alternative I missed? Similarly I'm not familiar with the 5000D. I added fans as I believe the case only comes with 2. Is this unnecessary with a galahad on the front? I added a Windows 11 DVD as the operating system. Will MicroCenter be able to flash the bios and install this operating system without an optical drive? I assume they can just use the DVD windows key to install via USB? Would really like input on how best to go about building an Alder Lake with the PC Builder. Also the Live Chat function seems to be broken 🙂 Thanks, 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments Crowek ✭ November 20 My alternative and first pass was this build linked below. I made this because I was unsure about the availability of the 12th gen and ability to order for pick up in store. Would like feedback on these options + the questions above. The person who would be doing the pick up is less familiar with these so I want to make sure everything is covered prior to committing versus a prebuilt (hence the question about extra trips as well). https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=115dd6a5-0158-4d9e-998a-70b4833ade65 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook magarity ✭ November 20 edited November 20 I'm planning to get a 5000D in white and from what I figure the two black fans that come with it totally wreck the look of the white case. So yeah, I would say that 3 pack of white fans is a good choice but you can use the black ones if you don't care about the appearance. I say give the black ones to a friend or keep them in a box for just in case you need a replacement. The fans on the AIO will blow in and then it relies on pressure to get the warmed air out the back and top (if there are no other fans). This will work "ok-ish" but honestly it does help to have fan power to push out. Fortunately the output fans can make a huge difference while only running like 50% or less, so they provide benefit while being nice and quiet. PS - You don't need to go LED fans for the output ones of course. Any white housing ones will look right and do the job. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7K All Categories 1K The Blog 33 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 1.7K General Discussion 106 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 225 Graphics Cards 172 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 62 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 16 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 10 All Other Parts 22 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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I just like having an able-bodied home work station Read the full story here 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments SoySauce24K ✭ November 20 I like the white claw in the background lol 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7K All Categories 1K The Blog 33 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 1.7K General Discussion 106 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 225 Graphics Cards 172 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 62 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 16 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 10 All Other Parts 22 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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It’s a budget offering that punches above its weight class in several areas. It also has several optional add-ons that you can purchase separately, and we’ll discuss those below. Use these links to jump to your preferred section: Tech Specs Who it’s for Premium Looks Airflow Modularity Summary Lancool II Product Page 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments LandShark admin October 2020 edited October 2020 Tech Specs Model: LANCOOL II – X LANCOOL II -W Color: BLACK / WHITE Dimensions: (D) 478 X (W) 229 X (H) 494 Motherboard: E-ATX/ATX (width: under 280mm)/M-ATX/ITX PSU: 210mm Materials: 0.8mm SGCC (Exterior, MB tray, and most of the interior) 4.0mm tempered glass (both sides) Fan Support: Front (multi-way fan/radiator bracket): 3 X 120mm or 2 X 140mm Above PSU Chamber: 2 X 120mm Top: 2 X 120/140mm Rear: 1 X 120mm Radiator: Front (multi-way fan/radiator bracket): 1 X 360/280/240mm Top: 1 X 240mm (aligned to the left) VGA Length: 384mm CPU Clearance: 176mm Drive: Behind MB Tray: 2 X 2.5″ SSD Hard Drive Cage: 3 X 3.5″ HDD/2.5″ SSD Behind the Right-side Shroud Panel: 2 X 2.5″ SSD Slot 7 I/O Ports: 2 X LED Control Buttons (M & C) 1 X TRRS AUDIO 2 X USB 3.0 1 X USB 3.1 TYPEC (Optional) Dust Filters: 1 x Top (magnetic), 1 x Front Panel (magnetic), 1 x Bottom (tray) Included Fans: 3 X 120mm (Front, Top, Rear) 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin October 2020 edited October 2020 Who is it for? Touted as “the ultimate chassis for beginners and enthusiasts alike,” Lancool II is a full tower that supports a wide choice of motherboard selections, from ITX to eATX. It also has room enough for water cooling, supporting up to a 360mm radiator in the front of the case or up to 240mm if it’s top-mounted. All that to say, it truly is a case for just about anyone interested in building a PC. With the recent release of the 3000 series GPUs from NVIDIA, we’ve seen some very large GPUs that require quite a lot of space. The Lancool II can support graphics cards up to 384mm in length, which is more than enough room to fit any of the video cards that I’ve seen so far. The largest card that we carry currently is the Gigabyte GeForce RTX 3090, which is 320.04mm (12.60in.) in length, still within the 384mm limit of the Lancool II. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin October 2020 edited October 2020 Premium Looks The tempered glass side doors give this case a seamless look since there are no visible latches or screws on the side or front of the case; everything looks like it’s sealed tightly from the inside. The magnetic closing mechanisms for all four doors provide a firm hold on each door, allowing for quick toolless entry. However, it does require that you open the bottom door before you can open the glass side panel.   Image courtesy Lian Li Another great feature of this case is the cover plates can hide all the cables running behind your motherboard to your power supply. Since the doors on both sides of this case are transparent, neatly hiding the wires can be critical, or at the very least, convenient. Another great feature here is the partitioned lower half of the case, which separates the PSU from the rest of the case, offering more ways to hide any messy cables. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin October 2020 edited October 2020 Airflow The Lancool II has two great-looking mesh intakes in the front and two RGB addressable LED strips behind it, providing a stylish look while giving your build fresh air. It also has a ventilation panel at the top of the case that has a mesh cover. Additionally, the side vent just below the glass side panel does allow air intake specifically for your GPU. If you’re interested in a case with different airflow options, we’d recommend the Lancool II Mesh as it offers a honeycomb mesh design at the front and bottom left of the case. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin October 2020 edited October 2020 Modularity We’ve talked a bit about it already, but the Lancool II offers a wide variety of options for you, based on your needs and how you want to set up your build. ⦁    The removable two-way cable management bar allows you to conceal the motherboard cables. The standard mode (as it’s shipped) allows for motherboards up to eATX. If you’re using an eATX motherboard, you’ll need to flip its orientation. ⦁    The multi-way bracket revolutionizes your notion of fan/radiator installation by offering four installation options to fit your needs best. The Lancool II has several optional modules that can be purchased as well. USB 3.1 (Gen 2 Type-C) Cable  USB Type-C cable made exclusive for the LANCOOL Vertical GPU Kit Lancool II-1X Vertical Graphics Card Holder for Lancool II With PCI-E Riser Cable   Hot-swappable Back Plate This Hot-swappable hard drive backplate for Lancool II allows you to remove and replace the three hard drives in the bottom drive cage without unplugging any cables.   Side Diffused LEDs Strip Side diffused LEDs strip exclusive for Lancool II. The LED strip fluoresces beautifully from between the flip side panels. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin October 2020 edited October 2020 Summary All in all, I feel like Lian Li accomplished what they set out to do. They’ve created an excellent foundation for you to build your new PC. It looks great and fits your needs at almost every level. The Lancool II comes in black or white. With that, I feel that Lancool II is a great choice for your next PC. For a limited time, we’re offering a fantastic bundle deal. 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Categories 7K All Categories 1K The Blog 33 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 1.7K General Discussion 106 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 225 Graphics Cards 172 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 62 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 16 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 10 All Other Parts 22 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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Cool design behind me that changes colors depending on how well the meeting is going. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ralish Dallas, TX ✭ April 10 I will put the hexagon nano leaf on my college dorm room wall. I don't have a gaming den yet (coz I'm broke). But this will be the perfect start to my dream gaming set up. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook bcavin43 ✭ April 10 I do not have one now, but I have been thinking about getting on, it would be nice to win instead. I would be putting it in the family room since there is where i spend most of my time. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook alee ✭ April 10 I'd use these to have a background that matches what I'm watching. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Boricuasteel ✭ April 10 Set up my living room nicely  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook David_H ✭ April 10 edited April 10 Man if I could buy these I would. I have heard great things about them and it would be a nice addition to my home setup. I dont even have true rgb in my setup asides from two 5 dollar rgb strips I bought at walmart.  And they would also light up the corner where I have my setup in, especially looking good at night time. Thank you for considering me. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Lonely1 ✭ April 10 I just built my first pc! Looking down at it I thought to myself, "now I am a real man." Pray, caneth one consider thyself a man without more RGB?! I think not good sir, I think not." So please consider me for this ty! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook PaintballAce42 ✭ April 10 You know, I've spent half my childhood in wonder as I watched Twitch/Mixer streamers stream the things that they love to do. The whole time I always wondered how they got their setups to look so aesthetically pleasing. Now, being in the prime age and position to try and start my streaming career, I realize that one of the biggest and easiest ways these streamers manage to create such amazingly creative, cool, and custom backgrounds is through the unique geometric Nanoleaf RGB panels. I could not even begin to imagine the amount of depth, creativity, and overall character these boujee lights could help me to add to my current setup. For my home, I want to be able to take new friends and distant family through my gaming den and have them ask me (without me even bringing up the lights at all) where they could buy "those really cool lights;" and I think that this Nanoleaf set would be the perfect baby-step to turning my dream into my reality. Thanks for your consideration!☺️ 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Orest ✭ April 10 I just now made two DIY Ambilights (would 100% recommend to anyone else, it increases immersion and makes any movie better) and I’ve always dreamt of having a set of nanoleafs and this would fit perfectly above the Ambilight. Good luck to everyone and have a wonderful day 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook moonley ✭ April 10 Ok. so. my bf is set up in the game room and my set up is in the living room, BUT we just moved here and haven’t gotten proper lighting- the only light is from my LianLi o11 Dynamic Mini white set up (and perifs obviously) but i need more light more RGB more FPS pls. i mUST out-RGB my bf. all the nanoleafs. pik me. tanks.   0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook PaulS ✭ April 10 I would decorate the wall above my computer desk. Decoration while working from home by day - perfect gaming mood light by night! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Darkqu33n1983 ✭ April 10 I would like up my life of gaming with an amazing design above my computer and try to tie everything together with my living room and gaming room with used to be my dinning room. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Supermill ✭ April 10 I want to add them to my Arcade! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook korbath ✭ April 10 This would look great in my home office! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Vladar ✭ April 10 I would actually give it to my son and daughter so they could dress their room up. I know they would be excited. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Abraham_r ✭ April 10 I would love to setup the nanoleafs in my room right behind my setup. I would make it a joker theme. The only decoration I have is a joker poster and the nanoleafs would be the best option to take the space on my room wall as it is really empty. Thx for the opportunity  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Eliud12 ✭ April 10 My set up idea is to have some leds under my table or behind my 42" tv, other thing that i want is to make a shape that represents me behind of my chair. Nanoleaps can help me acomplish this. GL to everyone 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook The_og10 ✭ April 10 I would love do make a cool design with these on my wall. I currently have a starters gaming set up with a curved Dell monitor and a basic table. This would be a huge upgrade for me. I would put them on the wall some height above the monitor. My dream set up is having these lights, a custom pc, a standing desk and my Dell curved monitor.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook BenSokol ✭ April 10 Id set them up behind me as an accent for work teams meetings and general accent lighting for my living room. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Rajh ✭ April 10 Most people see this as a great way to light up their gaming rigs, I have a gaming rig too, but I also have a 11 year sister with a passion in electronics. I could try to win these for myself, but I would definitely give it to my sister. This is not only to satisfy her with just rgb lights. This gives her a chance to understand how this actually works and makes her pursue her passion in electronics even more. She always wanted to invent something new and I am sure something like these creative looking rgb lights will make her think with a different mindset. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Rinati75 ✭ April 10 I not only need this, I want it. It would help me complete the look of the home office/game room since our home was broken into and the thief made a huge mess as he looted our home. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Nite_Gyrl ✭ April 10 Wow! I would love to get my hands on one of these!! I would like to create a beautiful mural like piece above my bed! I’m an art student that loves tech and being able to create a light up piece that also doubles as room lights is awesome! My room doesn’t have any curling lights so I’ve been using a lamp that lights up only like 75% of the room.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook glaura4 ✭ April 10 I would give my 13 year old the coolest room makeover ever!!!  She has outgrown her “little girl” room and these would give her a teenager room she will never forget!  Not to mention the coolest hangout for her and her friends   0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook rockstar ✭ April 10 I have never seen these lights before.  This is my first time reading about them and I think it sounds fantastic.  We are redoing our home office and living room with accent led lighting but we only have strip lights because I didn't know about these!  These would absolutely be a complete game changer.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Charlee0327 ✭ April 10 I would put the nanoleafs above my desk and make a cool design out of them. My dream gaming den would have a big desk with at least 3 monitors, a PlayStation, Xbox, and custom PC with a lot of RGB. I would have a couch on one wall and a big tv on the opposite wall so I can play split screen with friends and play Wii Sports. The wall opposite of my desk will have shelves full of physical copies of games, each column will have a different company (PlayStation, Nintendo, Xbox, etc) and have the funko pops and figures from their games. I’ll have LED lights under my desk and behind my shelves to make it look like it bleeding light. The room will be all white and black to match my desk theme.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Charlee0327 ✭ April 10 I would put the nanoleafs above my desk and make a cool design out of them. My dream gaming den would have a big desk with at least 3 monitors, a PlayStation, Xbox, and custom PC with a lot of RGB. I would have a couch on one wall and a big tv on the opposite wall so I can play split screen with friends and play Wii Sports. The wall opposite of my desk will have shelves full of physical copies of games, each column will have a different company (PlayStation, Nintendo, Xbox, etc) and have the funko pops and figures from their games. I’ll have LED lights under my desk and behind my shelves to make it look like it bleeding light. The room will be all white and black to match my desk theme.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook lymanamyl ✭ April 10 I'd put them up in my bedroom just for some mood lighting. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Enrico1123 ✭ April 10 I would love to have them to brighten up my basement gaming set up. My RGB gaming pc seems out of place with no RGB anywhere else in the room. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Pick420 ✭ April 10 I have two recessed lights in my man cave, unfortunately they get a bit warm. My eyes are also very sensitive to brighter lights. I'd like to win these because it would be great for relaxing 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Moriapa ✭ April 10 Been looking at picking up a nano leaf kit for ages. Would love to have one to really lighten up the mood of my new gaming room! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook «12345» Leave a Comment Rich Text Editor. To edit a paragraph's style, hit tab to get to the paragraph menu. From there you will be able to pick one style. Nothing defaults to paragraph. An inline formatting menu will show up when you select text. Hit tab to get into that menu. Some elements, such as rich link embeds, images, loading indicators, and error messages may get inserted into the editor. You may navigate to these using the arrow keys inside of the editor and delete them with the delete or backspace key. Comment As ... 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The build is a Ryzen 5 3600, with GeForce GTX 1660 Super, a 1tb M.2 Inland SSD, 16gb of Vengeance RGB Pro DDR4-3600, Asus B450F ROG Strix, and CX650M 650 Watt 80 Plus Bronze PSU. It started when my daughter was playing Roblox, just a sudden and full shutdown, no warning or glitching. I replicated it playing Skyrim on Steam, then just poking around on the PC. I booted to Bios, reset the RAM to "auto" (I had set it to 3600, that's the only tweaking I had done). Then I tried Windows diagnostic and HCIMemTest and it shutdown during both. I loaded bios and was about to boot to MemTest86, and it shutdown before I could even edit the bios. Both cpu temps and voltages seem to be within a normal range. I'm not sure what else I should check at this point. Buy some new RAM and test? Any advice? Thanks in advance!! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TSMikeW admin July 2020 Please clarify what it's doing? Is it shutting down and staying off then you have to turn it on? Power or heat. Is it rebooting itself? Intermittent power loss most likely in this case. Sounds like it's the former. And doing that with the windows memory diagnostics which run outside the OS really narrows it down. Check your temps, they're unlikely the issue. At that point you've got to look at the power supply or the motherboard. Swap the power supply first. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook jessefive ✭ July 2020 Thanks. I just got done breadboarding it, just CPU, gpu, motherboard, and 1 stick of RAM, and it did the same thing, even sooner. Instant shutdown, no warning and no restart. Now it won't even get to bios. Seems like it's either PSU or board, right? I don't have a spare of either to test, so it looks like I need to go back to the store 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMikeW admin July 2020 Yes, probably the board at that point. You can check the PSU by shorting it on with a paper clip or a jumper if your PSU included one. If it'll power on, seems unlikely you wouldn't get a brief moment of power, to indicate a short or a rapid shutdown. I would do that if you're comfortable, if it powers on, board seems more likely to me. If you're not, stay with the plan of starting with the power supply, just because it's easier and faster to swap. As more background, a system shutting itself down without a power failure, is the system attempting to protect itself. It's either seeing a temp that's in the shutdown range, or it's seeing a voltage that's outside the limits of the specifications on a certain rail. This is usually about +/- 10%. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook jessefive ✭ July 2020 When it shuts down, I can see that the mobo is still getting power via an rgb light. However neither the case switch or the 2pin bridge will restart it until I turn the PSU off then on again. So I suspect the PSU is at least working. I'm not sure if that really narrows it down though.  I tried to monitor both temps and voltage when it was on, and neither seemed that far off. I might just return and replace both. The local store isn't very close to me, so I'm trying to minimize trips 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMikeW admin July 2020 That's understandable, and no it doesn't. You have standby power. Reseating the 24 pin or discharging the PSU will work to power it back on. That's just in an indication that the device powered it off and it's going to retain that until it's discharged. The board in this case. It's one or the other, swapping both makes sense if it's a long drive. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7K All Categories 1K The Blog 33 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 1.7K General Discussion 106 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 225 Graphics Cards 172 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 62 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 16 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 10 All Other Parts 22 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? See other custom PC builds and get some ideas for what can be done View Build Showcase View builds by: AMD Processors Intel Processors RTX 3090 RTX 3080 RTX 2080 Ti RTX 2080 Super RTX 2070 Super RTX 2070 RTX 2060 Super Radeon RX 5700XT Radeon RX 5700 Air Cooled Liquid Cooled SAME DAY CUSTOM BUILD SERVICE If You Can Dream it, We Can Build it. 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Monitor is an AOC 27” 1440p.  Used for gaming, mostly Apex Legends), light video editing and streaming video. I would love a better keyboard, and my monitor could use some upsizing.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook NathanB ✭ August 2020 I use them for work mainly, but also some light gaming, F1 2020, FIFA, Warzone etc. My favourite bit of kit is my Acer Monitor, 27inch, 140hz and 1ms response time make it amazing for gaming. I've got a relatively cheap mouse and keyboard that was bought from Amazon, which disconnect randomly, so could really do with an upgrade! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook OmnicronOG ✭ August 2020 Well, here it is. I've practically been living at this desk since the entire pandemic started. What started as my gaming/streaming setup has become my workstation and starting next week my "back to school" station. For everything that I do, comfort and functionality is key -- a massive HyperX mousepad, a Logitech MX Master 2, the Razer Huntsman keyboard, Alienware 25 monitors, a comfortable set of Logitech G Pro headphones for Zoom calls, and even an Echo Show 5 to keep me on schedule.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook RealJustinCase ✭ August 2020 Playing Fall Guys & WoW! Love my HyperX but KBM def need an upgrade lol 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AintTheBabyGap ✭ August 2020 1. 2. I use this setup mainly just for gaming and chilling with the friends, but i also do stream a couple days out of the week during my free time just for the added fun. 3.My Favorite peripheral would have to be my yeti mic. It sounds amazing and i absolutely love the customization options it has. I would love to upgrade my headset i currently use the hyper x cloud 2s, but i would love to try the new wireless Logitech headset that was just released. My other upgrade would have to be my mousepad because i would like a full sized mouse and keyboard mat. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook ralv ✭ August 2020 This is my Gaming setup.  I have a Reddragon k552 keyboard, a Reddragon M601 mouse, an xbox one controller and a fifine microphone, I use a very small mouse pad and a 144hz monitor this is all mounted on a night table.I use my setpup for Valorant, Fall guys & Fortnite. I definitely need a desk more than anything my keyboard is also starting to fail & my microphone is horrible at picking up my voice. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to participate in this giveaway. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook gabesaan ✭ August 2020 Heres my setup that I use for gaming and school work. My Peripherals are Headset: Logitech G332 - My best friend got me these for my birthday Keyboard: Logitech G Pro Keyboard - Had this keyboard since 2018 when I upgraded from a Coolermaster membrane keyboard. Mouse: Logitech G402 & G305 - I got the g402 mouse after my old mouse stopped working. Later I wanted a wireless mouse, so I picked up the g305. Now I switch between the two Mouspad: Havit Mousepad - I had a small mousepad just for my mouse but my friend had this mousepad lying around and he let me have it My favourite peripheral would have to be the Logitech G Pro keyboard. It's a big difference from what my last keyboard felt like. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Devin_Brimer ✭ August 2020 Keyboard: Logitech G610 Mouse: Logitech G502 Used for Gaming and GameDev My G502 is my favorite peripheral, and my upgrade wish-list is that amazing custom DrLupo KB/M/Pad combo! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook CrispyBunny ✭ August 2020 Keyboard: K70 LUX Mouse: Logitech G502 Mouspad: MM300 Corsair I use them for playing Escape from Tarkov and Fortnite. Favourite is the new G502, its my fav because i have been having a nightmare. In the last 3 months i have had to return 4 DIFFERENT brand new mice to Corsair as the scroll wheels keep snapping internally and not working, one lasted as little as 2 weeks. Im very brand loyal and have slight OCD so love all my things to match but at the moment they dont. I cant replace the keyboard and mouse mat right now so this prize would be perfect for me. PLUS i have no friends and have to play Tarkov (Hence the paper note with the list of best ammo types lmao) so i need all the help i can get and Lupos gear might just make me able to finish my last 3 challenges for Kappa. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Kraftyboi ✭ August 2020 Here is my setup! it took me about 1.5 years to save up for everything. I am a huge sucker for any logitech products as you can see. I use this for both gaming and work. My mouse (G403) and keyboard(g pro) are my favorite parts of my setup. I’m looking to upgrade my mouse as the g403 cord is a huge issue for me. I love showing and explaining my setup to people because I am very proud of it. This was the result of hard work and dedication! I look forward to collecting more logitech products in the future! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Intric8_Midas ✭ August 2020 edited August 2020 Hey, my peripherals consists of my Orbweaver Chroma (I wore down my thumbstick direction fo W-keying😅), a generic cloth mouse pad for LOL and my Rival 600 both of which I got after I got an upgrade in my laptop (first time over 60hz) which I had to wait a long time for. My favourite would have to be my keyboard it's served me well up to this point, with the mouse helping my aim a lot. I've been using both for playing a variety of games and graphics design and more recently video editing. IMG_20200824_183529.jpg 3.6M IMG_20200824_183326.jpg 4.3M 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook savagebori ✭ August 2020 Razer mouse and Keyboard - Endless Gaming Asus monitors - To see DrLupo in HD  PS4- More Gaming! Steelseries Artic 7 - To hear DrLupo's angelic voice (LUL) Hoping to win to upgrade to what I've always wanted LG. Good Luck Have Fun!!!! To all! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook KobeProvost ✭ August 2020 My current peripherals are: Mouse: Logitech G403 Keyboard: HyperX Alloy Origins Core TKL Mousepad: Logitech G840 XL I use my setup for a constant mix of gaming, video editing, and music production. Lot of time at home means lots of time honing these skills and I've really found out I have a stronger passion for gaming than I even realized. My favorite peripheral would have to be my mouse. It get's the job done and is very responsive. Helps me drop 20-30 bombs in Warzone all thanks to Logitech. If I could upgrade anything it would be my mouse to either a wireless G703 or the wireless G Pro and my keyboard to the G Pro. I recently got the wireless G Pro X headset and I absolutely love so I've been very interested in trying out more of Logitech's wireless gaming hardware and of course I want to switch my keyboard so I can have Logitech everything. Makes things look cleaner. Thanks for checking out my setup and good luck to everyone else with their entries! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook cenarir ✭ August 2020 Keyboard: Ducky One 2 Mini Pure White Mouse: Logitech Wireless Mouse G305 Headset: Alienware Wireless Gaming Headset AW988 I use my setup for streaming and playing games. My favorite would be the Ducky One 2 Mini keyboard. It is the perfect size and feels great.  My upgrade wishlist would be for a better wireless mouse and the G Pro Wireless would be perfect. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AkaAzzy ✭ August 2020 edited August 2020 I play on a Xbox I play keyboard and mouse on my Xbox and I have the ReDragon k552 for keyboard and Hyperx Pulsefire FPS pro for mouse and I have the Hyperx mousepad it’s size medium and I play on a tv and I really need a new mouse my mouse is always lagging and the mouse wheel doesn’t work I would really want to upgrade my mouse.My favorite part of setup is my keyboard it is so clicky and the rgb are so bright.Im grinding to become a Professional Esport Gamer.Im really thankful for this opportunity. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook CrispyWaffles ✭ August 2020 Pretty basic set up.  I mainly use for gaming, however I also use as typical home computer.  Plus my work laptop off to the side, which shares the old HP monitor from a Windows XP computer.  Keyboard is an E-Element Z-88 RGB mechanical brown switch.  Its on the cheaper side, but it gets the job done.  My mouse is a very cheap Bluetooth one that's 6 years old, but gets the job done for now.  Headset is the HyperX Cloud Alpha S, and I absolutely love these.  They are super comfy with surround sound, which was a must for me, and the quality for games is fantastic, as well as music.  Headset is definitely my favorite peripheral. I would love to get a top of the line wireless mouse.  Was looking at HyperX or Razer based on the cost, but Logi G Pro mouse would be amazing.  Would get a sizeable mouse pad to compliment as well.  Mine is just one I had lying around.  I'll get another monitor down the road, just saving for other things at the moment. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook pinayprincessa ✭ August 2020 Hi i am pinayprincessa ,i am full time content creator, partner at twitch and this is my set up for streaming , i am a big fan of drlupo because of how genuine he is and passionate about helping people in need, been watching him for years,Also the little drlupo is in front of my pc on the left. my favorite is my new pc, some parts are from micro center near me. i can stream smoothly now without frame drops and higher fps in call of duty. AMD Ryzen 9 3900XT 3.8 GHz 12-Core Processor •Asus PRIME X570-PRO ATX AM4 Motherboard •Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 32 GB (4 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 •Samsung 970 Evo 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive •Seagate Barracuda Compute 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive •Asus GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 8 GB STRIX GAMING OC Video Card •Corsair RM (2019) 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply •Asus ROG STRIX LC 360 RGB White 80.95 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler •Cooler Master MasterBox TD500 Mesh White w/ Controller ATX Mid Tower Case My wish list: Logitech G Pro Wireless Gaming Mouse Logitech G Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Logitech G G840 XL Gaming Mouse Pad 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Serafin ✭ August 2020 edited August 2020 SO first of all this is my first ever, first ever build from Tustin micro center in which they are so helpful , first ever keyboard and mouse and everything as over the last past 2 years I been using a party table and then put over a blanket so it would at least not look horrible so yeah that's my battle station I made over the summer.  I use this for gaming fortnite and doing homework and online classes I am using a huntsman mini and viper mini which are every great for the size but would like a wireless so the cable won't disturb my productivity. My favorite is the keyboard I never had a mechanical keyboard and would be nice to own another one and share to my brother. The most favorite out of my set up is my first desk, a lot I can do! Other then that I always had everything I needed to succeed even just owning my party table to get the highest GPA in school and going to the library to use their computers! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook MrTin10 Texas ✭ August 2020 Peripherals: Logitech G613 Wireless- Great mechanical keyboard for coding & gaming. Logitech G604 Wireless- Just picked this up & is by far my favorite mouse. Creative Pebble V2- Needed some nice speakers that fit under the monitor & these were perfect for that job. Razer Serien X- I use this for gaming & streaming. Razer Kiyo- Recently picked this up at my local Walmart for a good deal. I use it for my zoom classes & streaming. Dell UltraSharp U2719D- Awesome 27" monitor for 60Hz 1440p gaming. Sebrant 3.0 USB Hub- I love the idea of having switches to turn my peripherals on & off. My favorite peripheral is the mouse! It fits my hand so perfect and I love the features of it. My upgrade wishlist is a new gaming monitor with a higher refresh rate and HDR. Something like 144 Hz 1440p gaming monitor would make my setup so much better. I also like the Logitech G915 Keyboard because of the RGB but it is too expensive for me. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Coltonj13 ✭ August 2020 I pretty recently got my setup but could not be happier, I absolutely love it. I purchased it to play games like Valorant, EFT, Warzone, and many others. But mostly, I watch Lupo at any and all times of the day. It consists of a Logitech G512 Carbon, Logitech Pro Wireless mouse, 24” acer monitor, and Logitech G432 headset. My favorite new addition is my Nanoleaf Light Panels behind my setup. I am beyond blessed and lucky to have what I have but why not enter in this giveaway. Good luck to everyone (: 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Lechautu ✭ August 2020 Logitech G935: with the 50mm drivers, it is the best wireless headset I have ever seen. Logitech G915: a fancy wireless aluminum low-profile mechanical keyboard Logitech G903 + Powerplay: wireless mouse that never needed  to be charged Logitech G560: powerful speaker for a small room 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook ENZAK ✭ August 2020 edited August 2020 So I'm a small streamer / gamer / game dev student at "HOWEST : The Level", and mainly stream fps games or some relaxing stuff with chat. My mic is the Shure SM7B as I was talked into investing into some quality audio equipment, I kinda regret it because it was a big part of my budget at the time and couldn't buy a camera for a while after this. (I got the Sony A5100 now though) I also used to own a G Pro Wireless myself but the mouse wheel started rubbing against the mouse buttons, so I decided to test the Razer Viper and then I got myself a mouse bungee from Glorious. Already missing that wireless feeling btw! For my monitor and mouse pad I've always used BENQ's XL2546 and Zowie GSR, I like them and never decided to change, especially the mousepad because I can just put it in the washing machine like once a month, no problems, and it gives you that clean fresh mousepad feel! And then lastly my keyboard is the Steelseries Apex Pro with the customisable actuation switches, a nice touch but not necessary in my opinion. My favourite peripherals are probably my headset and the Logitech GPW I owned in the past, I've never had problems with it and it fits my hand perfectly! The main reason I'd love to win this is because it's all from one brand meaning I don't need to install 3 different softwares like Steelseries Engine, Synapse 3, Logitech G Hub, etc. I've also been thinking of buying a new GPW so that could save me some money. And ofcourse it looks really clean and professional. It's just one nice package and the colours will fit perfectly with my background! #WaitingForCyberpunk2077 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook ENZAK ✭ August 2020 edited August 2020 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Brispy ✭ August 2020 My headset is the Logitech g pro x wireless, my keyboard is the glorious gmmk tkl and my mouse is the viper ultimate! I wish I could upgrade my mouse and keyboard to the Logitech g pro series due to the great experience I had with my new headset! My favorite peripherals are mouse and keyboards but my top peripheral right now is the Logitech headset it’s changed my gaming audio experience forever!  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LB3 Marietta, GA ✭ August 2020 edited August 2020 My current battle station peripherals are used for work, productivity and gaming. They are the Logitech G110 keyboard, Logitech G9x mouse, Logitech G35 headset and Logitech G440 mousepad. My favorite peripheral is the Logitech G35 headset. It has great, detailed audio for FPS games like Counter Strike with great sound dampening to drown out background noise and a top quality microphone. My wishlist upgrades are the Logitech G703 Wireless gaming mouse, Logitech Powerplay charging system, Logitech G733 wireless headset and Logitech G613 wireless gaming keyboard. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook nikcole07 ✭ August 2020 keyboard- Logitech K120 mouse- zelotes t-90 headset- SADES Spirit Wolf I use my set up for playing games, streaming, and (now, due to COVID) I'm homeschooling my son. My favorite peripheral is my keyboard. It's not overly complicated and it works with no problems. If I could upgrade it would my headset. It doesn't fit very well and the volume buttons on it are in a very inconvenient spot so I'm accidentally hitting the mute button all of the time. If I could, I would upgrade my mouse. It's just all right; it was a hand me down from my husband.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook JDoucet ✭ August 2020 edited August 2020 I use my setup for ultra-competitive gaming sessions. It composes of the following: A WD easy store external harddrive, a cutting-edge Logitech M510, the best mouse-pad I could find (for 4 dollars at OfficeDepot) and a pair of Beats noise-cancelling headphones. I also use a ultra-sleek gaming chair I saved off the street and cleaned up/"refurbished". For real now, I use it for work and for playing anything from GW2 to Destiny 2 and am saving up for a monitor and computer that I can dedicate to gaming. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Dagbar ✭ August 2020 My setup is used for streaming on twitch (Dag_bar) and kicking some zoomer butt on some COD:warzone or some RP in GTA. I don't do bad for being a grandpa and can always use some new equipment to add to the setup   0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook phikai ✭ August 2020 This is my office and gaming (console) setup, but with new PC parts on the way it's time to start switching some things up. I love my Yeti Mic and Logitech Camera in this setup as they're great for both gaming/streaming and work. The upgrade wish list is a keyboard and mouse to go with the new gaming rig. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook codesbyme ✭ August 2020 I use this setup every day from gaming, job hunting, previous school work, and watching streamers. My favorite peripheral is my 144hz monitor. I used to have a tv that I used and it hindered my gaming playstyle and put me at a disadvantage. For example R6. My upgrade wishlist is a new motherboard, AMD Ryzen 9, and a 2080ti. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook «123» 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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SpaceGuy ✭ March 19 edited March 19 in Help Choosing Parts Configure Your PC: https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=2aa61b4b-d454-421c-a441-a8c8b5371573 CPU: (1) AMD Ryzen 5 5600X Vermeer 3.7GHz 6-Core AM4 Boxed Processor with Wraith Stealth Cooler ($299.99 EACH) Motherboard: (1) ASUS B550-F ROG Strix Gaming (WiFi) AMD AM4 ATX Motherboard ($209.99 EACH) RAM: (1) G.Skill Ripjaws V 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3600 PC4-28800 CL16 Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit F4-3600C16D-16GVKC - Black ($104.99 EACH) Case: (1) Lian Li 205 Tempered Glass ATX Computer Case - White ($69.99 EACH) Power Supply: (1) EVGA 750 BQ 750 Watt 80 Plus Bronze Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 EACH) Video Card: (1) EVGA NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 XC Gaming Dual-Fan 12GB GDDR6 PCIe 4.0 Graphics Card ($389.99 EACH) M.2 SSD: (1) Samsung 970 EVO SSD 1TB (MZ-V7E1T0BW) - M.2 NVMe  Interface PCIe 3.0 x4 Internal Solid State Drive with V-NAND 3 bit MLC Technology, 2280 ($129.99 EACH) Total: $1,304.93 Generated by Micro Center https://www.microcenter.com (3/19/2021 8:15:44 AM) Thoughts on my PC build? Budget: $1500, though I’d prefer not to go much higher than where I’m at right now. Usecase: some gaming (RTX Minecraft and Flight Sim 2020, maybe some VR in the future). I also want it for general purpose video editing, rendering, and AI. I’m also going to mine to get some of the cost back. Any suggestions? Also I might buy a 2nd GPU sometime in the future (maybe a 3070/80) and have the 3060 as the background processing card. Would this mobo suit that? P.S. I already have the video card. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments LandShark admin March 19 Hey @SpaceGuy I like this build! It'll perform the tasks that you mentioned quite well while still giving you some room for updates down the road. If you're looking to add another GPU in the future, I'd probably recommend a larger PSU, the recommend PSU for a 3080 is a 750W PSU, adding another GPU would exceed that recommendation, so I'd say an 850W PSU would give you enough headroom with the rest of the parts in your system. Let me know if you have any other questions or concerns. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook SpaceGuy ✭ March 19 Thanks for the tips! 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Community Article #MicroCenterMadness Build Showcase - Share Your Build and Win a Micro Center Prize Pack! — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › Contests › Past Contests #MicroCenterMadness Build Showcase - Share Your Build and Win a Micro Center Prize Pack! SeanM admin March 8 edited April 5 in Past Contests Join us for #MicroCenterMadness all throughout the month of March! We're accepting all challengers to the Build Showcase over the next few weeks to compete for a Micro Center prize pack, stuffed with goodies and gift cards. We have two prize packs to give away, one given out randomly and one to be fought for in the Build Bracket! After the entry period ends, the Micro Center forum team will be selecting our top eight builds based on the following criteria: ·        Photo quality ·        Quality of description of the post ·        Quality of cable management ·        Uniqueness of build or theme ·        How the PC fits into the full setup And from there, its up to the forum to decide the winner! We’ll be randomly seeding each build for head-to-head voting until only one remains: our #MicroCenterMadness winner! Doom by Kevin Xo How to Enter Simply submit your build to the build showcase with #MicroCenterMadness in the title before March 26th to be entered! If you’ve recently submitted to build showcase, you’re still eligible: just update your submission to include #MicroCenterMadness and you’ll be entered. On March 29th we’ll be randomly drawing one builder to win a Micro Center prize pack AND announcing the first round of voting! For a bonus entry into the random drawing, come back and post a link to your build in the comments (and maybe hype it up a little… some positive buzz never hurt your bracket chances)! Voting will run in waves from March 29th 12:01pm EST to April 8th 12:01pm EST. The winner of the second Micro Center Prize Pack will be notified on April 8th. Quick steps to enter (see terms and conditions for full contest rules): ·        Join the Micro Center community ·        Submit your custom-built PC to the PC Build Showcase with #MicroCenterMadness in the title (see instructions below)   How to submit your custom build to the PC Build Showcase Step 1. Sign in to fill out the build submission form Step 2. Fill out the build category, name (be sure to include #MicroCenterMadness!), favorite feature, and description. Include details about the process, what you use your PC for, things you would change, etc.  Step 3. Add a few glamour shots of your completed build   Step 4. Fill in your parts used Note: You can manually add archived or custom parts. In the example below, I've added an Intel i7-7700K by typing in the "Select CPU" field. Since the part is not listed I then selected "Add Intel Core i7" as seen below in red.   Once you've added your part, you can adjust the price to correctly list what you paid. Step 5.  Select "Save", then select "Publish" to submit your build for approval. Bonus Step: Come back and post a link to your build in the comments for a bonus entry for the random giveaway! Good luck! See attached contest terms and conditions. Contest submission window: 3/8/21 – 3/26/21 Contest voting window: 3/29/21 – 4/7/21  One randomly selected winner will receive a Micro Center prize pack valued at $200.97. One voted winner will receive a Micro Center prize pack valued at $469.96. Micro Center Madness TC.pdf 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook «12» Comments MrSpicyV ✭ March 9 edited March 9 Built this just after release on 5/7/19. I waited for a year and a half from when I really should have upgraded to get Ryzen 3000 and Radeon Navi. When I saw the 5700 XT Anniversary Edition announced, I decided then and there that I would build my PC around that aesthetic. Also had to use a hack saw on this build. Not the best photographer, but hopefully it shows the love and care I put into this build. https://www.microcenter.com/buildpost/6866/amd-50th-anniversary-build-microcentermadness edit: Can't believe I forgot to mention that after missing the 5/7 drop and the first restock for the 3900X, I drove from Chicago to the St. Louis Microcenter to get my hands on one. It felt good to finally put it together. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook SeanM admin March 9 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/29128#Comment_29128 I really like the burnt orange colors - gives it almost a western feeling! 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Viro ✭ March 11 Been wanting to show off my build. Came out better than I originally thought.  https://www.microcenter.com/buildpost/6881/v-mk-8 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook SeanM admin March 11 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/29189#Comment_29189 A great build - the purples and greens are a nice touch! Be sure to add #MicroCenterMadness in your build title to enter! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Artistz101 ✭ March 17 Just uploaded my build this morning and showing off some of my work. build this pc last year and reorganize everything recently, each month has it own theme but i left it on the rainbow mode since alot of people i know like the color mix. https://www.microcenter.com/buildpost/7010/terror-storm-microcentermadness 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Harvey ✭ March 18 I've been wanting an all white ROG's build, and I dreamt of it for 3 years. I did it! So proud to own this! Thank you Micro Center for most of the parts <3 https://www.microcenter.com/buildpost/6925/microcentermadness-white-rog 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook EMS32687 ✭ March 20 I was a PC noob and I had to make my first build special, especially after everyone looked down on me for being a counsel player well guess who has the last laugh hahaha https://www.microcenter.com/buildpost/7102/darth-maul?preview=yes 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin March 20 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/29806#Comment_29806 Doesn't look like your link is working and be sure to add #MicroCenterMadness in your build title to enter! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Christian_Agama ✭ March 22 Here is my PC "Stealth" I hope to stream on Twitch and make funny videos I can upload to YouTube. I hope I'm able to change lives and make people happy by watching me even if it is only a single person I made smile that whole day I want to make people happy and kick a laugh out of them at least once. I hope to eventually one day give back to my fans and do amazing things like a 12-hour charity stream! I'm aiming big and I'm aiming strong and with my hard work and dedication, I will make my dreams come true and change lives. I wish the best of luck to everyone, have fun and take care! -Thank You Build: https://www.microcenter.com/buildpost/7110/stealth--microcentermadness 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Jules ✭ March 22 Thanks for doing this microcenter! Heres my entry hope yall love it as much as I do. I wanted to ensure not only my pc build was dope and clean of cables but that my entire setup fit my pc theme as well!  https://www.microcenter.com/buildpost/6033/sith-trooper-build 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Badcopyinc ✭ March 22 edited March 25 My brother told me I should post my build here. https://www.microcenter.com/buildpost/7139/storm-shadow-microcentermadness 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook SpeedyPotato ✭ March 22 edited March 23 Added my build to the showcases!(err, whenever it gets approved) https://www.microcenter.com/buildpost/7142/transparent-lcd-side-panel-matx-build-microcentermadness! I think this is one of the few, if only, mATX builds I've found on the net with a transparent side panel LCD. Fun fact, I recently broke the whole mod when cleaning out the system and had to make it all again from scratch. Oops! Video for the weebs: https://youtu.be/Gvi6ufwCQR0 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook magarity ✭ March 24 edited March 24 I just finished putting "The Sign of the Times" together yesterday and leak testing overnight. So far so good but when you spot the sign, you'll know why I named it that and why it technically still isn't finished. Can I get any pity points from the judges?? 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Rawdilz Harrisburg pa ✭ March 24 My first custom water cooled pc. https://www.microcenter.com/buildpost/7141/rawdilz-bam-microcentermadness 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook SeanM admin March 24 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/30077#Comment_30077 Maybe not pity points, but you definitely got the forum team laughing! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin March 25 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/30077#Comment_30077 I love it, best of luck turning that paper GPU into a real one :) 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook k1k3_93 ✭ March 25 edited March 26 First ever build! Not the flashiest but gets the job done! Once my build is validated I will make sure to post the link which shows greater details of my components. https://www.microcenter.com/buildpost/7197/microcentermadness-itz_whatz_on_the_inside 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AJ925 ✭ March 26 Definitely was worth all the effort https://www.microcenter.com/buildpost/7187/microcentermadness!-quarantine-build 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Jjr279 ✭ March 26 Here’s the link to mine, FFVII themed build complete with Lifestream iCue effect. I think it’s neat  https://www.microcenter.com/buildpost/7182/ff-vii---Lifestream 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Rawdilz Harrisburg pa ✭ March 26 edited March 26 @Jjr279 I just started playing ff7 on ps5 and it looks very pretty. I never played it before but always heard great things. The game is actually free this month on ps plus. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook JPSHRACER ✭ March 26 Here is my Micro Center build from November 2020! It was an availability focused build. It turned out to be camouflage part white and black components. It is an awesome computer! https://www.microcenter.com/buildpost/5314/jpshracer-infinity-custom-built-2020 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Zacravity ✭ March 27 edited March 27 I hope I'm not too late, but I probably am, anyway here's my mess. https://www.microcenter.com/buildpost/7233/the-placeholder?preview=yes https://www.userbenchmark.com/UserRun/41396281 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Leefront ✭ March 28 edited March 28 Hey, hopefully I am not to late for the bonus giveaway, didn't see about that part till today (No worries, I still submitted it on the form ahead of the due date). Anyways this is my first PC Build that I built a few weeks ago. https://www.microcenter.com/buildpost/7079/the-pc-without-graphics-%7C-microcentermadness 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Christian_Agama ✭ March 29 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/30316#Comment_30316 Great budget build looks amazing enjoy it! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Christian_Agama ✭ March 29 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/30259#Comment_30259 Looks really good! great cpu choice! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Christian_Agama ✭ March 29 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/30242#Comment_30242 I Like the dual monitor set up and i really like the cable extensions on your pc they look great! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Christian_Agama ✭ March 29 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/30220#Comment_30220 I really like your build i recommend upgrading the GPU once you can unless you're not doing anything that needs a good GPU but enjoy it looks great! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Christian_Agama ✭ March 29 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/30086#Comment_30086 This build is just crazy good looks amazing the theme is awesome and all the matching colors make this pc look 10/10 and I'm pretty sure performs 10/10 probably the best pc build I've seen in a while! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Christian_Agama ✭ March 29 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/30077#Comment_30077 I really love these types of builds there unique and hard to build it that's why there so impressive to me not only that but the fact your water-cooled it makes it 10x's better looks amazing and I hope ur able to get a good GPU once the inflation is over. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Christian_Agama ✭ March 29 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/29982#Comment_29982 I Really like the cyberpunk theme and the white color theme looks great and i really like your RAM not many people use it but I personlly like it. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook «12» This discussion has been closed. 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This is what i selected. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=287a2de8-a6db-4145-87f0-719ae344ba71 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Christiansalas ✭ December 2020 https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=7d2c9585-698b-42ec-89bf-782a91ca42ee I am Currently working on building a Flight Simulator PC for my dad as that is his dream. My mom currently has COVID and he has been taking care of her non stop. We are both staying home from work and without this pay I probably will not be able to get him it anytime soon . He is the most amazing guy and has always been by my side no matter what. I have already purchased his graphics card so the $1000 gift card will be perfect to finish the build and get him some peripherals! My dad deserves the world because he always puts everyone before himself this would be absolutely perfect for him. Thank you for your time!  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Dr_Stern ✭ December 2020 Hi all, here's my build. The purpose of my build is to upgrade my scientific computing capabilities. My work focuses on image analysis and single cell tracking. So a nice GPU, and plenty of RAM can really help speed up my research. Current setup is an old fx 8350 with 8gb! This build would definitely be a step up  https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder-amd.aspx?load=fce8ff7a-227c-40b4-8a32-1ad1cc762264 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Namsative ✭ December 2020 https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder-amd.aspx?load=1ad108f6-3a02-4e66-8cb8-eab148f4cb86 My build came out too $4587.82 for this contest. This is pretty much the exact machine I'm looking too build. I may decide to go up the the Ryzen 3900xt for a bit more once all is said and done. It's been a while since I have built a new gaming PC, 15yrs to be exact, so I cannot bring nothing from my old build that I last used for gaming in 2012.  I was planning to go Intel until the latest Gen3 Ryzen processors dropped and that changed everything. I put in plenty of storage in this build with some fast ssd's to take advantage of upcoming games and a large platter hdd for cold storage of files and photos etc.  Right now is not the best time for a build due to lack of choice for parts. Demand outstrips supply at the moment. This would be a great start to my build though.  Good luck all and happy holidays.  Nams 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Gameymammal ✭ December 2020 Basically put together as close as I could get to a dream build with room for expansion. Plenty of power and cooling for quiet, cool gaming. Thank you guys for putting on this cool contest! https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=c306dc8b-4b05-4058-8173-e14effe4a06c 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Locke ✭ December 2020 edited December 2020 https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=bc7a4e03-b5aa-4e39-adc1-9de827201aaa It's been just short of a decade now since I built my last PC. It's been upgraded a little over time (a 1080 mainly) and it's still chugging along but it's really showing it's age and I'd really love to start anew. I'd love the case in this build maybe if I won the 1000 I might even go with it but, even as cool as it is, more than likely I'd get a different one, otherwise, this is basically what I want for my next build. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook ALScheid ✭ December 2020 https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=b6b98c45-8e25-4831-b49e-009a85ac144d Here is my custom build/update. My husband and I are both teachers and we recently built computers to better fit the virtual teaching model. Not sure of what I was getting into, I went the conservative route in building for Google platform usage. Now seeing the importance of video editing for lesson engagement, I'd love to upgrade to make my teaching more powerful. Kids are so savvy and are used to strong edits in their youTube and other content platforms.  I think these items might do the trick! (Or they might not...I'm always eager to learn from the staff at Microcenter and take advice/suggestions    0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook techdaddy ✭ December 2020 https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder-amd.aspx?load=5f2410a3-db84-41d9-9b7e-cdb48f839f16 I chose this build because I like the idea of power and portability. I've come to the realization after many years that mid to full tower cases have just too much room! I can do without all of the wasted space. Plus, I like the challange of cable management and performance on a smaller case!  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook skooby ✭ December 2020 https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=9b086ab8-f6a6-47e8-869b-47e28a982f38 THE ULTIMATE GAMING MACHINE Ryzen 5950X - 16 cores of awesome gaming power. X570 Taichi - One of the best motherboards - great for extreme overclocking. Ballistix Gaming RGB 32GB - Great set of rgb ram - 32GB will handle any game thrown at it. Lian Li - PC-O11 Dynamic RGB Razer Edition - Dankest case, perfect for the ULTIMATE GAMER. Seasonic Prime Ultra 850 Watt Power Supply - TITANIUM GRADE power supply, only the best for my system. GeForce RTX 3090 TUF Gaming Overclocked Triple-Fan 24GB Graphics Card - 3090, top of the food chain. Samsung - 980 PRO 1TB SSD PCIe Gen 4 - No loading screens for the ULTIMATE GAMING MACHINE. Samsung - 860 EVO 2TB SSD - 2TB of extra SSD storage, for the "other" games. WD Black Performance 4TB - Just a little extra storage for some other things . Lian Li Galahad 360mm RGB Water Cooling Kit - Just the thing for overclocking that 5950X, also goes with the case. Lian Li UNI FAN 120mm Case Fan 3 Pack - Brings the computer alive with cool air. LG 27GN950-B.AUS 27" 4K 144Hz Monitor - This Rig is MADE for 4k gaming, so this 4k 144hz monitor is perfect. The rest of the peripherals are just my personal preference. With this machine one could become the ULTIMATE GAMER! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Staznak ✭ December 2020 This is what I would build today.  Ideally I would get one of the new GPUs, but I will be waiting like a lot of people.   Ideally I would do a 3950x or even a 5900 or 5950x, but you have to draw the line somewhere.   Microcenter, I wish I had one of your stores close(r) to me.  You're 8 hours away (round trip) and worth every mile.   https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder-intel.aspx?load=ce1b826b-99a3-4616-a49f-dd0cdc099951 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Killahkoala09 ✭ December 2020 Really wanting to do a new build up for the wife, She does photography on the side and could use a major upgrade to her PC. The 5900x plus 3070 would run circles around what she is using now which takes what feels like forever to upload and run batch editing. Only thing I wish I could do different would be more of a full solid white build, but due to these times parts are limited everywhere https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder-amd.aspx?load=652841b0-f83b-438e-8dfe-4e631c279ad0 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Joe2512 ✭ December 2020 Old parts are in desperate need of replacement. Would be fun to build and play this with my son. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=1619804f-4099-484b-802f-14ef8fec1bdb 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Lilyanna ✭ December 2020 https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=64f54e83-6846-4478-ade9-5a379a1224e7 I want a build that can play higher end games, VR, and stream seamlessly.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Reis_Asher ✭ December 2020 I chose this build because I'd like to play Cyberpunk 2077 at its best! https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=c1b04bc6-26dd-460f-b0c0-b273fbc82c5c 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook dryden ✭ December 2020 https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=73a0ad0f-7fe8-470e-a0d1-da5e96c76ea1 I chose this build because it highlights the Ryzen 9 5950X as well as the RX6900XT.  Great for multitasking  as well as gaming performance.  This build should last many, many years.  Thanks! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Lance ✭ December 2020 https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx#selector_84 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TheGrandFinale2001 Georgia ✭ December 2020 https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=bf9d11d6-6de9-45f7-a62d-b8a9496ff175 I always like to dream big and so if I'm asked to create my dream PC why wouldn't you go all out.  I've never been modest when it comes to computers so this contest is a great way to express what I would really want.  I also really enjoy MSI motherboards so the chance at actually getting the best they offer would be fantastic!! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook «1…10111213141516» This discussion has been closed. 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My paste seemed to offer a slightly lower initial temperature, but faster rise. I have not been stressing the unit and it did not rise to critical temperatures, but I'm concerned about the fast rise with virtually no rise in the Kraken X63 coolant temperature. The unit will idle at about 30°C and quickly run up to 40-45°C. If I go back to idle, the temperature will slowly recede to the idle temperature. I decided to remount again and I noticed a very slight scar on the cooler. On investigation I noticed that there is a small ridge on the top edge of the processor heat sink. It's not very visible, but I can feel it with a fingernail on about three sides. My cooling paste is a little less viscus than the factory paste and may not have filled the gap as well. Has anyone else noticed the ridge? I'm debating how I might remove the ridge without creating a larger issue. I'd really like to mount the processor in a dud socket in order to protect the pins from bending and keep any metal particles from flowing into the pin farm or motherboard. Rather than filing or sanding the edge, I may be able to simply to roll the edge with a blunt tool, thus avoiding any particle creation. Comments? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TSTDavey admin March 29 Hello @Builder and thanks for posting on the Microcenter Community Forum. Describe the Scar on the cooler or attach an image. Also on the ridge, share an image of this as well as to what your are mulling on removing from the cooler. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Builder ✭ March 29 edited March 29 White edge is the ridge. Similar issue along most of the adjacent two sides. What you are seeing is a reflection off of the raised edge. Here you can see the edge impression. Probably I could repair this with a pencil eraser. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTDavey admin March 30 @Builder looks like a heat sink stain from too much pressure when installed. What cpu cooler do you have and was it purchased from Microcenter? We need to compare your cooler as the picture with the red lines looks as if the 3 edges are chipped. But we need to know your cooler and so we can cross reference its design. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Builder ✭ March 30 Cooler is NZXT KRAKEN X63. Unfortunately the cooler was not purchased from Microcenter, but the remainder of the system is from Microcenter. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMichaelB admin March 30 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/30361#Comment_30361 Greetings, What you are actually seeing here is a CPU IHS that is a bit concave while your cooler is machined to be more towards the flatter side. AMD CPU's are commonly concave while their coolers are slightly convex to offer a proper mating surface. Anyone that has ever used a stock AMD cooler and had the dread of pulling their cooler off without "breaking the seal" knows the fear of pulling their processor out of the socket due to how strong this mating surface vacuum can be. The scratching you are seeing won't impact performance at all as thermal paste is designed to fill the micro-gaps and surface imperfections between the mating surfaces of your heatsink/AIO and CPU IHS, but you'll likely still experience higher thermals for a different reason entirely. The Ryzen 7 5800X is a single CCD CPU, meaning there is only one core complex die on the CPU substrate: The image above is a delidded 5600X (destroyed, but still illustrates my point). The die on the top left corner is the CCD die where your CPU cores reside. The larger die towards the bottom center is the IO die, where your memory controller and PCIe lanes reside. Your AIO cooler's fin array, the fin stack that defines the surface area and cooling potential of your AIO, is centralized, meaning the cooling is focused on the center of the CPU. Since most of the heat of your processor is generated on the corner, AIO's are often less efficient for cooling AMD's single CCD processors. Der8auer, a renowned overclocked, managed to drop temperatures by 7C simply by creating a bracket to offset the location of his AIO back on Ryzen 3000: https://www.tomshardware.com/news/new-amd-ryzen-3000-overclocking-mounting-brackets-debut-for-just-dollar33 That said, the idle temps you are seeing are not a cause for concern. You are going to see higher idle temps on Ryzen because Ryzen's turbo algorithm is very aggressive during low-current "idle" workloads. When current drops below 20A, you typically see voltage values spike above 1.48-1.52V and turbo clocks of over 4.8ghz or more depending on power/thermal overhead. These will cause higher reported thermals during idle workloads, but should not be seen as a bad thing. As long as your processor is remaining cooler during your typical workloads (preferably under 80-85C for extended periods), you'll be fine. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Builder ✭ March 30 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/30368#Comment_30368 There is no stain. That large, irregular white area is an artifact of my cross lighting scheme used to highlight the raised edge. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Builder ✭ March 30 TSMichaelB, Thanks for your comment. In your opinion, that slight "rim" highlighted in my image is normal. I'd be more comfortable if the rim was consistent around the perimeter. Admittedly, this is simply a "fingernail" test and not definitive. I have not yet stressed the CPU, I'm still kicking tires and have not seen anything approaching 80°C. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMichaelB admin March 30 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/30405#Comment_30405 It's normal, as these IHS's are stamped. My 5950X has the exact same lip: Mine also did the exact same marring to my Noctua D15 cooler. (Don't have a picture of this now, but I can snap one when I get off work). If you look very closely on mine, you'll notice every single corner has those lips. This is because the IHS is concave, the center of it dips inward while the corners raise outward. You can't see it well from this image, but the entire bottom part of my CPU has a full lip as well, while the rest does not. If you are worried about this, you can lap your CPU using a flat glass surface and some sand paper, but know that this will absolutely void your warranty. Also be mindful that polishing and lapping are not the same thing. Lapping is done to achieve a flat surface, while polishing can be achieved without a surface being flat. People often incorrectly lap CPU's to a mirror finish and end up with worse temperatures because the CPU isn't really flat. If you do lap your CPU, you also have to be careful and make sure the heatsink or water block is also flat. If it isn't, it will need to be lapped as well. This is especially tricky for AIO blocks as they don't have much material that is available for removal, and removing too much runs the risk of leaks. I'd say if you are not having thermal issues and it's running fine, that it isn't much of a concern. If you are worried about the finish on your cooler, it would be easier to polish the surface to remove the imperfection, but it won't have any impact on your actual cooling performance. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Builder ✭ March 30 edited March 30 Thanks. I'm not worried about the AIO scratches, they are mild and at the perimeter of a couple corners. And, I don't need a lapping chore at this point. 'Scratches' in general are a misnomer because we think of them as removing material. Actually they are mostly displacements. Using a mud or oatmeal analogy, dragging a finger through the mud will create a depression and might remove a little, but it pushes up material around the margins. Overall, I was surprised by how quickly the CPU temperature rose and wondered if I had poor thermal contact. I suppose that my temperature reporting program, the NZXT utility, is misleading me. As indicated by the AIO scratches and paste spread, I obviously had contact. While I didn't observe my paste running all over, I may have used a little more than necessary. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Builder ✭ March 30 edited March 30 I see various schemes for applying the paste. Some suggest a pea in the center, the document packed with my paste suggested an 'X' pattern, some suggest spreading the pea with a spatula. I used an 'X' and no spatula. On removal of the AIO, the paste was uniformly distributed over the CPU footprint. I'll note that the AIO factory applied paste did not flow to fill the CPU footprint. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMichaelB admin March 30 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/30413#Comment_30413 I personally subscribe to the "pea sized dot" method and let the mounting pressure of my cooler perform the spreading. It's yet to fail me, and I've never seen any difference in performance vs manually spreading. My problem with manually spreading is my preferred thermal paste (Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut) is extremely viscous and difficult to spread, so attempting to spread it results in excess paste being wasted as it doesn't spread all that well with their included spatula. As long as you have enough paste to cover the microscopic gaps of air, you'll be fine. With an AIO, you might need to press down on the cooler a bit after you tighten the mounting screws to make sure it spreads properly, as they typically don't have a lot of mounting pressure like your tower air coolers or custom water blocks would. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Builder ✭ March 30 Interesting. Now I used the 'pea' and the idle temperature can be just a couple degrees above the water temperature, but the spikes are higher and faster up and down. I'll see spikes up to about 60°C. There was a W10 update and an NZXT update today. Perhaps these change the rhythm. Anyway I'm using Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut too. I took the liberty of rolling those CPU edges a little. I didn't fully remove them, but the high points are reduced. The CPU cap is harder than I expected. I had been expecting soft aluminum. Thanks for your comments. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMichaelB admin March 31 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/30429#Comment_30429 The IHS is actually nickel-plated copper, which might explain why the material felt a little different than anticipated. Glad to hear you were able to smooth those edges out, I didn't bother once I got my water block attached. So far, thermals are fine on my end. The spikes in thermals sound normal, especially factoring in AMD's Precision Boost Overdrive and it's behavior with low-current, high-voltage at lower loads. Oddly enough, if you put your CPU under a heavy multi-core load, you'll likely see lower, more stable temps than what you'll see under a lighter, single-threaded load. 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I would love to be able to make the design look like the face of a cat! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Mhollins21 ✭ April 14 I’d put these in my office to make my working at home more interesting! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Amol007 ✭ April 14 Always wanted to have a nice play where I could just relax and watch movies but led strip lights are very limited as to what they can do and look odd when they’re off. This would be such a nice piece and would make any set up look so so cool!  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Kvandermeer ✭ April 14 I just built a new PC with RGB and so these Nanoleaf lights would look great in my office with my new PC! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook extremenet ✭ April 14 I would set these up on the wall in my home office, so I don't have to stare at a blank grey wall. I'm hoping to build a new gaming rig to put in that area too, so I can RGB it all up. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Gianni ✭ April 14 I would really love to win to really add to the roof of the current setup shown above and make an insane galaxy looking roof!   0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Feralpaw ✭ April 14 I'd love to decorate the wall by my PC with these. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Gwen ✭ April 14 I want to make my office setup very crisp with geometric detailing (using the nanoleaf sets) and add a pop of color to accent my white and wooden computer and desk combination! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook SeveronJ ✭ April 14 I love VR and so does my 7 year old daughter. I think it would be awesome to extend the VR experience into the real world for my daughter to feel like she is there when watching me play or me watching her. I also love to stream and I'm experimenting with different setups and think it could be really cool if you could somehow sell that vibe visually as well. Good luck to everyone on the competition and thank you to Nanoleaf and Micro Center for running the competition! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook DrVibes ✭ April 14 In all honesty, I'd really just like to make my stream logo out of them. I've been looking to get a set for a while but I'm in nursing school so money has been tight and rgb may increase gaming performance, but is bad for test grades 🤣 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook mollywho ✭ April 15 I have a very dark corner of my living room that could use some light :) 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook DonaTarte ✭ April 15 I’ve built a new standing desk and needing something to make my streaming background really pop 😊💫 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook G1521 ✭ April 15 I would like to set up my basement with some more lighting that appeals to the eye better. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Zenno ✭ April 17 edited April 17 I'd def find my own logo to arrange the panels in. It'll be set up above and behind my chair so I can double it as light whenever I'm gaming during degenerate hours... It'll def make streaming more enjoyable! Thanks for the chance! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LadyRavenPaws1 ✭ April 17 Would love to win some of these to go with my brand new build!!! I have my gaming setup in my living room and we only have one large window in there. These would really light up my space! I have RGB lights around my desk and my PC itself has lots of RGB. These would just complete the whole setup!  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LittleAdorable ✭ April 17 I was at your Columbus location recently to buy some goodies for my gaming setup! Nanoleaf would be a fantastic and add to my vibe! ^-^ 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Mario2641 ✭ April 17 I have a really small room so some nano leafs would lighten it up really nicely! I would probably put them above my computer monitor so it would fit the gamer aesthetic and make my setup look a lot cooler.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Killasurg89 ✭ April 17 I've always wanted a Nanoleaf kit to add to my gaming/ streaming room setup! I would love to win a Nanoleaf kit to add more rgb to my room! Thanks for the opportunity! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Sazuki ✭ April 17 Set the lights up behind me so every time I get a kill I can spam a wave of red across the lights. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook MrKiraCHU ✭ April 17 A nice light set up with a huge arrow pointing to where my gpu will eventually go (QUEST IN PROGRESS)  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook SITH_Zs Nebraska ✭ April 17 Honestly, I’d just put my initials on the wall. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook sweetbee52 ✭ April 17 I would put them up in my computer room that is decked out in a steampunk theme. Haven't figured out how to blend them in yet. But if I win you bet I will. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook hublosophy ✭ April 18 I totally need this in my game room. I have some anime posters as decoration but other than that it's very bland. I would love to light my room with some lights! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Dakota95 ✭ April 18 These would be so cool in my office!! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Lowerthanlows ✭ April 18 I would love to have a set of Nanoleaf lights in my office room because I need some energy in my room.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook DEggleton ✭ April 18 They'd make great accents for my gaming area! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Storm ✭ April 18 Tri-Force!!! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook carpiodediemo ✭ April 18 This would be so perfect for my stream room. I've always wanted to have a set of Nanoleaf panels. I would love to win this.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook cleverlysteven ✭ April 18 I just moved and this would be a nice decoration to my house. It would lighten my house and bring great energy.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Riduku ✭ April 18 The nanoleafs would add a wonderful backlight to my setup and help illuminate the posters in my new apartment! I'm liking the setup on the third picture and am thinking of imitating the waterfall effect. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook «12345» Leave a Comment Rich Text Editor. To edit a paragraph's style, hit tab to get to the paragraph menu. From there you will be able to pick one style. Nothing defaults to paragraph. An inline formatting menu will show up when you select text. Hit tab to get into that menu. Some elements, such as rich link embeds, images, loading indicators, and error messages may get inserted into the editor. You may navigate to these using the arrow keys inside of the editor and delete them with the delete or backspace key. Comment As ... 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Bill_R ✭ September 2020 in New Members Well, my 11yo & 10yo and I just put together our first budget gaming pc.  We started watching YouTube to even find out where to start, Jay and Kyle, thank you.  I would say thanks to Linus, but I didn't have a $10,000 budget.  So, I asked friends and family looking to see if a diamond in the rough PC was in a closet somewhere that I could harvest some parts from, it didn't really work out, but I now have 4+ disassembled old PCs in the garage.  We learned about the parts a got some familiarity with them.  So, this is a really long post that will eventually ask where I should upgrade first.  This is the warning I feel should come with PC building.  It is an exciting and addicting hobby.  I sold an old Xbox 360, my MTG cards (it wasn't that many) and all the books for an paper and pencil RPG ( The One Ring, it is awesome but very different from D&D).  With all that my budget was set.   MB: MSI A-320M PRO (new $67) CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 3200 (new $90) RAM: Gskill RipJaw 16g.....2x8g 2400hz  (used for $40) Blue GPU: MSI GeForce GTX 1050 ti (used  $120, added after about two months of using the onboard vega graphics) SSD: Silicon power 128g boot drive (new $25) HDD: Seagate 7200 1 TB (harvested) PSU: 720W cheap off brand, no certification (harvested) with blue LED Case: Rosewill Nautilus (used but NIB for $30) Optical drive: Sony who knows... (harvested) and added a couple more blue LED fans and done.  Games we play: Ghost of a Tale, Styx: Master of Shadows, 7 Days to Die, Baldur's Gate EE, Exanima, Kerbal Space Program and some other indie games.  We will be getting Minecraft, Fortnite, and I am looking forward to Baldur's Gate 3.  They also want to start learning to program their own games.. Ideas? Please let us know where we should upgrade first?  I have my thoughts but would like some insight from you all.  Thanks so much. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TSTonyV admin September 2020 I think the first order of business would be getting a decent PSU. I would absolutely not trust an off or no-name brand with no certifications or indications of quality. The PSU is the heart of your system and if the PSU goes, it will very likely damage other components as well.  I'm not very familiar with most of the games you listed, but I'm pretty sure the 1050ti is probably fine to run most of those at 1080p, so I'd probably look at some other areas first. A larger SSD to store games on for better loading times for example, that'd probably be one of the first things I look at. Or, you could look at upgrading the CPU to something like a Ryzen 3 3300X and pairing it with a better board/faster memory.  1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Bill_R ✭ September 2020 Thanks so much.  I see what you are saying.  Fixing the foundation before the sheet rock.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin September 2020 Yeah, if there's one thing you should absolutely not cheap out on, it's the PSU. You don't need a super ultra expensive 1500W 80+ Platinum PSU, but getting something that's at least reputable goes a long way.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Felicity near Tustin ✭ September 2020 don't bother with an optical drive, it's 2020 >PSU: 720W cheap off brand, no certification (harvested) with blue LED is 100% the most egregious error in this list. I've had very few parts feel dangerous; I had a PSU catch fire and melt the cable. The memory you're getting is a decent deal except that you want faster memory for ryzen (afaik). You may be able to get 20 series GPUs soon here for under $300... watch out for those. I know I'll be selling my 2070s for pretty cheap if I can get my hands on a 3080 right away. it won't pair with that cpu very well though even if you did find a good one. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin September 2020 Felicity said: The memory you're getting is a decent deal except that you want faster memory for ryzen (afaik). This is correct, really for any CPU. Faster memory can have some very noticeable performance benefits. Ryzen does scale well with memory speed, up to about DDR4-3600. Intel also scales with memory, though it's not exactly the same.  1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Bill_R ✭ September 2020 Yeah, I knew the optical drive was not needed, but have a ton of old cds to rip to library.  Buying a new PSU is a priority.  Thanks. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook wrench_bender ✭ November 2020 Good luck finding a ryzen 3300x, I've been searching and only found "not available" or "back order". A good alternative, imo, a 3600 or 2600. How ever you go, enjoy the time with your boys. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Bill_R ✭ November 2020 Well, just a little update.  I have a Thermaltake 600w 80+ white and got some Corsair Vengeance 3200 ram 2x8.  My 11yo daughter installed the ram and helped cable manage the new PSU.   What is crazy, is I was wondering if something was up with my boot drive, because it was taking too long to boot up.  I was worried.  New PSU and problem is gone.  So, that was a total waste of $ and now has to go into the recycling bin.  Gave old ram to my bro who was running same ram but only had 1 x 8.  Plays the old and indie games we like well.  Remember Spore, it was on sale on steam, my kids love it.  Sadly I think we are about to buy another version of Minecraft.   0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook SimiusV New York ✭ January 10 Bill_R said: They also want to start learning to program their own games.. Ideas? @Bill_R I know I'm pretty late now, but There are a few pretty good options there. Scratch is something I've seen done with kids at work and they seem pretty into it. I've also seen Blocky and Code.org, but they don't look as nice imo. We also do Lego Mindstorms, but that requires a bit of a buy in, and its more for robotics. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Bill_R ✭ January 15 SimiusV said: Bill_R said: They also want to start learning to program their own games.. Ideas? @Bill_R I know I'm pretty late now, but There are a few pretty good options there. Scratch is something I've seen done with kids at work and they seem pretty into it. I've also seen Blocky and Code.org, but they don't look as nice imo. We also do Lego Mindstorms, but that requires a bit of a buy in, and its more for robotics. Hey, thanks!  I am looking at them now. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook DezygnHer ✭ January 18 We had a less than a GOOD experience Saturday evening 1.16.21 with one of the staff members in the Wayne/Radnor, PA store. Who, what, when, where, and how do we report the details.  It would be preferred to speak with someone about this negative situation rather than type it all here.     Thanks  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin January 18 DezygnHer said: We had a less than a GOOD experience Saturday evening 1.16.21 with one of the staff members in the Wayne/Radnor, PA store. Who, what, when, where, and how do we report the details.  It would be preferred to speak with someone about this negative situation rather than type it all here.     Thanks  Greetings. We would like to hear about this, we have sent you an email for further assistance.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Paul_2 ✭ January 29 edited January 29 For what it's worth, the super cheap power supplies of only a 300W-400W that you get with the case for $40, at Microcenter, have worked incredibly well for (30+) basic office builds (ALWAYS Gigabyte UD, i5 with integrated graphics, 8Gb and a single SSD). My general philosophy for non dedicated GPU builds, is to go REALLY cheap, so the PSU is the weakest link and destroys itself quickly before it can take other stuff out, or for anything with a GPU a REALLY nice one so it just never dies.  It's the high wattage middle of the road where you have the most problems (budget gaming with gpu).  They don't die quickly enough, but they do die slowly, and in that time you start getting issues to your connected devices. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7K All Categories 1K The Blog 33 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 1.7K General Discussion 106 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 225 Graphics Cards 172 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 62 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 16 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 10 All Other Parts 22 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2021 Powered By Vanilla Community Article New PC Build Help — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › Help Choosing Parts New PC Build Help gms2257 ✭ August 2020 edited August 2020 in Help Choosing Parts I'm working on a new build and have some questions. I went through the 7 part series on the site on how to choose parts and changed some things around from another configuration I was working on. I tried calling the store a few times today but the hold queue was full. I was thinking of going in but I ran out of time. Here's the build.  https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder-amd.aspx?load=9663e30f-b83c-4201-a1d6-e92d64a583e4 Here's some background on what I will be using the machine for. I'm a full-time day trader and I put very heavy loads on my machine with multiple trading platforms, running other multiple programs, and a screen capture recording my screens during market hours. I’m a very heavy multitasker and put heavy loads on my machine. I will NOT be using this PC for any gaming. It’s strictly a work PC for heavy multitasking and day trading. The trading programs I use are Think or Swim, Scanz, Stocks To Trade, and Etrade Pro.  I was informed today by a tech at Think or Swim (one of the main trading platforms I use) to use this link below in choosing a graphic card. He said to choose from the upper blue/green area since the platform is very demanding. So I chose the GeForce RTX 2070 but not sure if I made the best choice. https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/digitalfoundry-2019-09-27-gpu-power-ladder-all-graphics-cards-tested Monitors I currently have: Two Acer S271 HL monitors https://www.cnet.com/products/acer-s271hl-led-monitor-full-hd-1080p-27/  One  40 Inch MU6290 4K TV https://www.samsung.com/us/televisions-home-theater/tvs/uhd-tvs/40-class-mu6290-4k-uhd-tv-un40mu6290fxza/.  I'm not currently using the MU6290 4K TV but may want to in the future. There's also slight possibility I may decided to get another MU6290 4K. If I do buy another one then the setup will be: One Acer S271 HL monitor https://www.cnet.com/products/acer-s271hl-led-monitor-full-hd-1080p-27/  Two 40 Inch MU6290 4K TV https://www.samsung.com/us/televisions-home-theater/tvs/uhd-tvs/40-class-mu6290-4k-uhd-tv-un40mu6290fxza/.  The questions I have are: 1. Processor: Is the AMD 3900 overkill for what I need and if it is does it make sense for the future? 2. Video Card: Is the GeForce RTX 2070 a good choice? Does it seem like overkill for my use? 3. Motherboard: Is the motherboard a good choice? I think it has wifi which I don't need but someone from another forum recommended it. I'm lost on this. 4. RAM: Does the 64GB of RAM make sense? Originally I was going to get 32GB but since Think or Swim is such a resource hog and it's recommended to put the settings to half your RAM. Theoretically it should only use what it needs. Are there any other benefits to having 64GB of RAM for my use? 5. GPU: I ordered the Seasonic 850 GPU today but received an email that it was out of stock so the order was replaced with Corsair RM850x 850 Watt 80 Plus Gold ATX Fully Modular Power Supply. Is that a good choice? 6. SSD Drive: I was told to get the NVMe M.2 drive for the main drive. I keep the bulk of my files on the D drive to keep the C drive clean basically with just programs and what's in my documents folder. That's why I chose two 500GB NVMe M.2 drives vs 1TB so that I could do that. Does this make sense and does it even matter anymore? In other words is there a benefit to doing this for performance or other reasons or should I just go with 1TB  500GB NVMe M.2 drive? Can I even have 2 NVMe M.2 drives? Will it affect anything performance wise? 7. Sata 3 Drives I chose 2 8TB Internal Drives for storage and backups. Will both these drives fit in the case and connect to the motherboard since I already have the two NVMe M.2 drives? 8. Case: Is this fractal design a good choice? Many recommended it. 9. Are the five P12 Fluid Dynamic Bearing 120mm Case Fans a good choice? 10. Is the Reaver CC-1101 CPU Cooler a good choice? Is this a good idea to have? 11. Any other thoughts or recommendations? If you've gotten this far you're probably exhausted so thanks so much for taking the time to read it. This build is very important to me since I daytrade for a living and I also need a powerful machine for all the multitasking I do. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TSPhillipT admin August 2020 Hello @gms2257 I have moved your thread to a more suitable category.   I disagree with the tech that you spoke with earlier in regards to picking the proper Video Card.  Unless you are doing in depth Stock Analysis and are grinding data and logarithms, you don't need a high end Video Card.  The link the tech provided you was for benchmarking Video Cards playing games at a 1440p Resolution.  This doesn't reflect any actual performance gains while using multiple stock trading applications. The main thing you will want to make sure your video card has are ports that match your monitors/TVs.  I see you are looking at using monitors/TVs that have HDMI as their main connection... most video cards will rarely have 3 HDMI Slots.  It's more common for Video Cards to have DisplayPorts rather than HDMI ports.  You are likely to use an adapter that converts DisplayPort to HDMI, just make sure you get a good adapter that promotes 4K Resolution.   Going into answering each question now; 1.) The 3900X is a great processor for stock trading.  It boasts a high amount of cores and threads that will assist with multitasking the multiple stock trading programs you have as well as computing calculations with high clock speeds.  It leaves room for extra multitasking and futureproofing as well. 2.) Video card question was answered above mainly.  2070 will work of course, but it is definitely not needed unless you are more into stock analyzing and number crunching.  You can definitely go to a lower model of graphics card, like an Nvidia 1650 or 1660. 3.) Your motherboard is like the skeleton for the build, and it's the base.  Your motherboard doesn't have a large impact in performance, it just decides what parts you can use on it.  After picking your processor and RAM that work with the motherboard and their Chipset, you begin looking at things like integrated WiFi/Bluetooth or 10GB Lan Ports, or other small changes with the motherboard.  There is very little differences between motherboards besides additional features as listed above.  I think the motherboard you picked is fine. 4.) 64Gb is what I would recommend when it comes to heavy multitasking.  I am unsure why would you limit your RAM to half, I would let it eat up more RAM if it allows for faster loading and storage of data sets.  The benefit for more RAM is the ability to store more data in higher speed storage temporarily, including large data sets for stock trading.  They also allow for more multitasking.   5.) Your PSU (Power Supply Unit) is fine and doesn't have major changes between brand.  The 80+ Standard shows efficiencies for the Power Supply, with the higher rating, the less your computer affects your electricity bill.  You can go to a lower wattage if you change to a weaker Video Card. 6.) There isn't a very large benefit in having 2 M.2 Drives.  The biggest benefit is the ability to Write and Read from the second drive very very very fast.  This mainly applies to video editing, where you can grab large 4K-8K Files from a second drive and write/save your video back onto the secondary drive.  In my opinion, I would just do the 1 500GB M.2 SSD and have the 2 8TB Drives on the side.  7.) Curious, does Stock Trading take up that much storage?  I'm not sure on the storage side of this.  For back ups, I understand however you can usually do a 2TB or 4TB drive for back up and still have more than enough storage generally.  You will receive wires/cords to connect and power the Hard Drives.   8.) Fractal Design is a great case brand, especially the Meshify C.  Very good airflow and keeps things inside nice and cool.   9.) These are solid Fans, no issues with them.  You may need to get a Fan Hub or Fan Splitters as there are enough Fan Headers on the motherboard to connect all these Fans.   10.) It's a good cooler, however it's more commonly used in ITX Builds.  ITX means a very cramp and small build since it is a low profile cooler.  Your processor does come with it's own CPU Cooler and it's what I would recommend using rather than another Air Cooler.   0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook gms2257 ✭ August 2020 Thank you @TSPhillipT so much for all this info. I updated the build to your suggestions and have a question regarding the memory. Hopefully I can have this wrapped up soon and have it built at microcenter today or tomorrow. Here's the new build. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder-amd.aspx?load=d16d4afe-90fe-4bdd-a43d-9fa1c20bbc64 The only thing missing from the build is the cooler which I ordered from Amazon and will have today.  https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00C9FLSLY/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I've read and heard so many conflicting things about this and I'm not sure what to do. I doubt I'll ever need more than 64GB but some say it's better to leave 2 slots open for a less expensive upgrade just in case.  It's also $60 less to get 2 sticks of 32GB vs 4 16GB but I'm mostly concerned about performance and if it will make a difference with the motherboard or anything else. Here's both options and the motherboard. Thank you. https://www.microcenter.com/product/623520/gskill-ripjaws-v-64gb-(2-x-32gb)-ddr4-3600-pc4-28800-cl18-dual-channel-desktop-memory-kit-f4-3600c18d-64gvk---black https://www.microcenter.com/quickViewConfigurator2020/625143/gigabyte-b550-aorus-pro-ac-amd-am4-atx-motherboard Thank you again for your help! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSPhillipT admin August 2020 Build looks good!   I recommend going with the 2 sticks of 32GB.  The benefits for going with 4x RAM sticks are if your system supports Quad Channel RAM which your motherboard does not support, you would be getting the same speeds as the 2 sticks of 32GB.   0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook gms2257 ✭ August 2020 @TSPhillipT Thank you! Sorry just one more question to finalize is the motherboard. Do you think the Gigabyte B550 AORUS Pro AC AMD AM4 ATX Motherboard or ASUS X570-Pro Prime AMD AM4 ATX Motherboard is better for my use?  Again I'm getting a lot of different info and not sure which to buy. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin August 2020 The primary difference between the two boards is that the X570-Pro Prime has all PCIe 4.0 slots, whereas the B550 Aorus Pro has one and the rest are PCIe 3.0 instead. The X570 also has two USB 3.1 Gen1 headers internally where the B550 only has one. However the B550 does come with WiFi built in.  Unless you have specific needs for those extra features on the X570, then there's no practical difference between. They'll perform the same. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook gms2257 ✭ August 2020 Ok great thanks. I was reading on a custom trading computer site that's been in business over 10 years that doesn't use anything other than Asus because of reliability they said and just about every part in this build they use and I got multiple confirmations from different places including you that the parts look good. So I just wanted to make sure I wasn't missing something in the motherboard especially since everything is connecting to it. I see that the B550 was released this year vs last year for the x570 so I guess the newer technology is an advantage too. As far as the thing you mentioned with the differences I'm guessing they probably won't matter to me. Maybe the extra 4.0 PCIE slots if I wanted to add another video card or something (not even sure what) would make a slight difference but maybe not even noticeable to me.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin August 2020 B550 and X570 are built on the same kind of technology actually, the X570 just released first is all. B550 is kind of the "budget" option compared to X570. It lacks a few of the features X570 has but those features don't make a difference for most users, like PCIe 4.0. On that note, PCIe 4.0 likely won't make any significant performance differences for you either, even in the future since what you're doing doesn't really rely on PCIe bandwidth. Unless you're planning on using PCIe 4.0 M.2 drives and doing a LOT of high-capacity data transfer across those lanes at some point.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook gms2257 ✭ August 2020 edited August 2020 Thanks for that info. That helps me understand better. I don't plan on doing what you're doing with M.2 Drives. That actually brings up another point. I was originally going to go with 2 M.2 Drives (in question #6) but I decided against it because there seemed to be an issue with having 2 of the M.2  I was told it's better to have just one because of less PCIe chatter. Someone else told me it's better to have 1TB anyway because when the drive starts to fill up it becomes slower. The reason I was going to have a 2nd was because I was told many years ago it's better to have all data on a data d drive to keep the c drive clean. So that's what I've been doing since 2004. Now I'm wondering if I can get an additional 2.5 SSD to use as a  data D drive in this setup  (not the M.2 but a 2.5 SSD) to to keep the C drive 1TB M.2 cleaner Is it beneficial to to keep the 1TB M.2 cleaner and have a 2.5 SSD drive for a data D drive? Or am I just overthinking this whole thing and not even matter anymore to keep the C drive clean these days?  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook gms2257 ✭ August 2020 edited August 2020 I just went and found what someone told me so if I didn't explain it correctly reading below should. Again, I 'm mainly concerned with causing more issues by introducing a 2.5 SSD data D drive and if it doesn't even matter. "SSDs increase in performance by size, and decrease in performance when they get closer to full. So a 1TB Evo will outperform the 500GB Evo. Less PCIe chatter with a single fast nVME is also preferable to multiple drives if you don't need to." "You can manually map the various profile folders to other locations easily (desktop, documents, downloads, music, pictures, and video folders). I usually do this for people with smaller SSDs. For you I'd probably recommend a mix, setting only download, music, and video to remap to \Profile\etc for example. This means anything that goes into those folders doesn't have to be manually moved off your SSD after the fact, it's just seamless. But your documents and any desktop items you're working with are stored on the SSD for max performance. And leaving open nVME slots is optimal for later expansions." "I would recommend going with an x570 motherboard if you're going to be running 2x Samsung 970. Fyi, the B550 aorus pro uses the pcie x4 electrical slot bandwidth for the 2nd m2 drive, so you won't be able to use that slot for much if you go with that board." 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook gms2257 ✭ August 2020 "I would recommend going with an x570 motherboard if you're going to be running 2x Samsung 970. Fyi, the B550 aorus pro uses the pcie x4 electrical slot bandwidth for the 2nd m2 drive, so you won't be able to use that slot for much if you go with that board." 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin August 2020 edited August 2020 I'd say if you can get the same thing with one part that you'd otherwise get with two, then there's no reason to buy the multiple parts. You save some space to leave room open for future expansion. I would only go with multiple drives if I specifically wanted to look for some kind of RAID setup or simply because I was running out of storage on my existing drives and needed to add more. Or if I wanted to have a dedicated drive for backup purposes.  Running an extra 2.5" SATA drive won't negatively effect your performance on an NVMe drive.  I don't know enough about the wiring/PCIe setup on these boards to make a comment about the lanes or operating in x4 mode vs not, but it doesn't hurt to have features you don't use. Better to have it and not use it than to need it and not have it.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook gms2257 ✭ August 2020 Ok that makes things easier for me thanks. I'm just going to stick with the 1TB M.2. I guess the days of keeping data on a 2nd D drive to keep the c drive clean to perform better are gone. Also, all my backups are going on the 8tb drives so I was only going to use the 2.5 Sata for storing the files I work on most, which I'll probably benefit from having on the M.2 performance wise. Thanks for all your help. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin August 2020 You're welcome! 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