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Community Article Start over or move hardware? — 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 Start over or move hardware? circatee Atlanta ✭ August 2020 in Help Choosing Parts I currently have a PowerSpec G702, with an ASRock B450 Pro 4, motherboard. I cannot stand the standard cables from the power supply (the million and one colours!). Trying to think of solutions. A few ideas spring to mind, but wanted opinions... 1. Replace the power supply with a fully modular one and keep the current case. 2 Do the above and buy a newer case, something like an NZXT or similar. Considering it is a lot of work to replace the power supply (cable management), seems best to just purchase a new case, and move all the hardware (excluding the power supply) over, no? What would you do?  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TSPhillipT admin August 2020 edited August 2020 Hello @MrTee_Cup The easiest solution is using Cable Extenders.  You just stuff the current cables back under the PSU Shroud and use braided Cable Extenders to look nicer.  Something like this; https://www.microcenter.com/product/470650/cablemod-6--2-pin-extension-cable. This is what I would do. If you are interested in a new case, you can still do the extension cables as a cheaper alternative.  These do not plug directly into the PSU, they just extend it and look nice.   1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook circatee Atlanta ✭ August 2020 I bought the cables from the link below, earlier today and installed them. However, halfway through the process, I noticed that there are no SSD power cables. And, I need two. For now, I have merely attached the motherboard and graphics card. With the sheer volume of extra cable, I am seriously wondering if I am better off replacing my power supply with a fully modular unit. Thus, having all the same colour cables. Decisions, decisions. Ideas and suggestions are welcomed...  https://www.microcenter.com/product/470650/cablemod-6--2-pin-extension-cable 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 8K All Categories 1.2K The Blog 63 What's Trending 15 Past News and Updates 185 How to & Technical Guides 13 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking 2 Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 20 3D Printers 20 Maker 32 PC Build Guides 120 Reviews & Buying Guides 55 Build Showcase 27 Contests 48 Past Contests 1.6K The Community 1.9K General Discussion 105 New Members 248 Consumer Tech 68 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 100 Software 8 Audio/Visual 27 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 33 3D Printing 69 Retro Arcade/Gaming 92 All Other Tech 1.6K Store Information and Policy 78 Off Topic 16 Community Ideas & Feedback 120 Your Completed Builds 2.9K Build-Your-Own PC 1.9K Help Choosing Parts 251 Graphics Cards 200 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 73 Cases and Power Supplies 23 Air and Liquid Cooling 26 Monitors and Displays 34 Peripherals 19 All Other Parts 28 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? See other custom PC builds and get some ideas for what can be done View Build Showcase View builds by: AMD Processors Intel Processors RTX 3090 RTX 3080 RTX 2080 Ti RTX 2080 Super RTX 2070 Super RTX 2070 RTX 2060 Super Radeon RX 5700XT Radeon RX 5700 Air Cooled Liquid Cooled SAME DAY CUSTOM BUILD SERVICE If You Can Dream it, We Can Build it. 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I don't know what I'm looking for so can someone help please.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TSTonyV admin June 2020 With the way that case is designed, you can't really avoid the GPU being pressed up against the glass. The GPU mounting points on the back of the case are just too close. Ideally if you're planning on liquid cooling your GPU then it doesn't really matter, but if you were going to stick with a normal air cooled GPU you'll run into your GPU running pretty hot and likely thermal throttling performance.  1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook xStorm33 ✭ June 2020 Ok is there a case similar to mine that will do better?  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSPhillipT admin June 2020 Unfortunately, most ATX cases have an issue with vertical mounting when it comes to air cooled GPUs.  If you are looking to vertically mount your GPU and it isn't a liquid cooled one, you would look at really large eATX cases or very special ATX cases.  It will also depend on how thick  your GPU is as well, with some 2 slot or 2.5 slot GPUs can still get close to the glass on these larger cases.   0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook xStorm33 ✭ June 2020 its a  Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11 GB AORUS XTREME Video Card  so idk how many that will take but is there another case I could get that would be good for vertical mounting? and still have the rgb fans and the icue control? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSPhillipT admin June 2020 The best Corsair Case I can think of that can do a vertical mount fine is the giant Corsair Obsidian 1000D.  I personally use the Corsair 500D and that is already one of the bigger Corsair Cases and I considered vertical mounting and went away from it when I noticed the GPU getting close to the glass.   0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook xStorm33 ✭ June 2020 edited June 2020 what is another case I can get that still uses that icue? or is corsair the only one who uses it? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSKyleH admin June 2020 xStorm33 said: what is another case I can get that still uses that icue? or is corsair the only one who uses it? iCue is a corsair program so their cases are the only ones that incorporate the features. However they do offer rgb controllers that work with iCue software so if you decide to go with a different case you can use a rgb controller to keep the control of the colors to the iCue software. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook xStorm33 ✭ June 2020 ohhh ok also I saw https://cablemod.com/product/cablemod-vertical-pci-e-bracket-2-x-displayport-black/ would this keep it cooler and off the glass so I can play? would this be ok? also am i able to top mount my rad in this case? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook xStorm33 ✭ June 2020 ohhh ok also I saw https://cablemod.com/product/cablemod-vertical-pci-e-bracket-2-x-displayport-black/ would this keep it cooler and off the glass so I can play? Also can I top mount my gpu in this build? https://pcpartpicker.com/user/xStorm33/saved/JwsNP6  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 8K All Categories 1.2K The Blog 63 What's Trending 15 Past News and Updates 185 How to & Technical Guides 13 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking 2 Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 20 3D Printers 20 Maker 32 PC Build Guides 120 Reviews & Buying Guides 55 Build Showcase 27 Contests 48 Past Contests 1.6K The Community 1.9K General Discussion 105 New Members 248 Consumer Tech 68 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 100 Software 8 Audio/Visual 27 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 33 3D Printing 69 Retro Arcade/Gaming 92 All Other Tech 1.6K Store Information and Policy 78 Off Topic 17 Community Ideas & Feedback 120 Your Completed Builds 2.9K Build-Your-Own PC 1.9K Help Choosing Parts 251 Graphics Cards 200 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 73 Cases and Power Supplies 23 Air and Liquid Cooling 26 Monitors and Displays 34 Peripherals 19 All Other Parts 29 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article Custom Cables — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › Cases and Power Supplies Custom Cables joeymcjoeysalot ✭ August 2020 edited June 2021 in Cases and Power Supplies So I have a Powerspec 850 modular power supply, and I'm looking at custom cables. Most kits have a compatibility list, but none of them list powerspec models. is there a more mainstream brand I can compare apples to apples with to ensure compatibility? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments joeymcjoeysalot ✭ August 2020 Alternatively if anyone has had success with any aftermarket custom cables (not extensions) that work with https://www.microcenter.com/product/611997/850_Watt_80_Plus_Gold_ATX_Fully_Modular_Power_Supply I would be happy to know which ones. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSPhillipT admin August 2020 Hello @joeymcjoeysalot The best cable that will work with the PowerSpec power supplies are the extension cables.  You would still use the default PowerSpec cables, but rather than plugging them into the motherboard, you plug them into an extender and the extender will plug into the motherboard.   The issue is that the part of the cable that plugs into the Power Supply is proprietary and you need specific cables for them and PowerSpec isn't as popular of a brand for CableMod and similar companies making full on modular cables.   1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 8K All Categories 1.2K The Blog 63 What's Trending 15 Past News and Updates 185 How to & Technical Guides 13 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking 2 Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 20 3D Printers 20 Maker 32 PC Build Guides 120 Reviews & Buying Guides 55 Build Showcase 27 Contests 48 Past Contests 1.6K The Community 1.9K General Discussion 105 New Members 248 Consumer Tech 68 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 100 Software 8 Audio/Visual 27 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 33 3D Printing 69 Retro Arcade/Gaming 92 All Other Tech 1.6K Store Information and Policy 78 Off Topic 16 Community Ideas & Feedback 120 Your Completed Builds 2.9K Build-Your-Own PC 1.9K Help Choosing Parts 251 Graphics Cards 200 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 73 Cases and Power Supplies 23 Air and Liquid Cooling 26 Monitors and Displays 34 Peripherals 19 All Other Parts 28 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? See other custom PC builds and get some ideas for what can be done View Build Showcase View builds by: AMD Processors Intel Processors RTX 3090 RTX 3080 RTX 2080 Ti RTX 2080 Super RTX 2070 Super RTX 2070 RTX 2060 Super Radeon RX 5700XT Radeon RX 5700 Air Cooled Liquid Cooled SAME DAY CUSTOM BUILD SERVICE If You Can Dream it, We Can Build it. Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article 3080 psu amount — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › General Discussion 3080 psu amount Pierce ✭ December 2020 in General Discussion hello, i am wondering if 600w will be enough for a 3080. I have an Intel-17 9700k, 64 GB of ram, an atx mobo, 512 ssd, and a 2tb hard drive.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments Ian admin December 2020 Pierce said: hello, i am wondering if 600w will be enough for a 3080. I have an Intel-17 9700k, 64 GB of ram, an atx mobo, 512 ssd, and a 2tb hard drive.  Greetings. NVIDIA recommends at least a 750W power supply for those cards. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook StormSniper_ ✭ December 2020 I DEFINITELY don't think that will be enough. Nvidia's PSU Requirement is just the line for the first time. Also, will a 9700k, that thing draws power A LOT. I think the Corsair RM 850 is the best option, because it is the best value for money. If you want more stylistic, Asus has a one with a screen on it and uses cablemod cables, which are a good brand. You have SATA Storage, meaning that it also will draw power like heck. Also, 64 gigs of ram are overkill unless you use a threadripper system. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 8K All Categories 1.2K The Blog 63 What's Trending 15 Past News and Updates 185 How to & Technical Guides 13 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking 2 Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 20 3D Printers 20 Maker 32 PC Build Guides 120 Reviews & Buying Guides 55 Build Showcase 27 Contests 48 Past Contests 1.6K The Community 1.9K General Discussion 105 New Members 248 Consumer Tech 68 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 100 Software 8 Audio/Visual 27 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 33 3D Printing 69 Retro Arcade/Gaming 92 All Other Tech 1.6K Store Information and Policy 78 Off Topic 16 Community Ideas & Feedback 120 Your Completed Builds 2.9K Build-Your-Own PC 1.9K Help Choosing Parts 251 Graphics Cards 200 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 73 Cases and Power Supplies 23 Air and Liquid Cooling 26 Monitors and Displays 34 Peripherals 19 All Other Parts 28 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? See other custom PC builds and get some ideas for what can be done View Build Showcase View builds by: AMD Processors Intel Processors RTX 3090 RTX 3080 RTX 2080 Ti RTX 2080 Super RTX 2070 Super RTX 2070 RTX 2060 Super Radeon RX 5700XT Radeon RX 5700 Air Cooled Liquid Cooled SAME DAY CUSTOM BUILD SERVICE If You Can Dream it, We Can Build it. Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article Need Help Choosing Parts — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › Help Choosing Parts Need Help Choosing Parts Curtis3 ✭ April 2021 in Help Choosing Parts I put this parts list together and am looking for some advice. I don't know too much about pcs but this is what I picked   https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=d4463160-f5c3-4d7a-90f3-451aa10701f8 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments Ian admin April 2021 Greetings. What is the intended use of the PC and your overall budget? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook EMi_Comps ✭ April 2021 edited April 2021 Ok. R5-5600X (Good choice. Price to IPC is good) MSI AMD B550 Motherboard (great match for the chip for middle to lower elite gaming) Remember the load new bios, once you finish build. 3x 4-pin system fan connectors (remove the case fan that come with the case.) 16GB - DDR4-3200 CL16 Ram (sweet spot for gaming and production) NZXT Case.. solid, good air flow. ROG Power Supply... 650 Watt... Will work for single card system. (would recommend you find a 750 Watt, for future video cards) PNY Quadro P620 2GB GDDR5, This card is not for gaming, but will work due to the lack of silicon right now... Just a chance, ask your store for a transfer from another store for the AMD Power Color RX 550 4GB... Video ram is double, but same speed. This should increase FPS in game. Crucial MX500 1TB.. Would switch to NVME drive, for faster access. but solid choice of drives. The Inland Premium 1TB is 2 dollars cheaper, and faster than the MX500. Seagate Barracuda 2TB.. Solid, keep it no matter what else you change, Personally own 4 of these... 3 in my server. Thermaltake UX200 Cooler, You might have a case fitting issue... with the NZXT Case. Double check the height with the board and case, our you may not be able to close the side panel. Good thing that the chip comes with a cooler... unless you plan to over clock, this cooler is not needed. Add the 44.99 back to your video card budget... Windows 10 Home... Solid... Linux support for this board and chip is good as well. Lian Li Case fans... 3 for 99.99 (3 pack) or 3 x 3 for 29.99 (sku: 126052) (1 per pack) .save 10 bucks and buy the individual fans. CableMod RGB Strip - The set you have listed is compatible with Gigabyte RGB Fusion, supported directly on the motherboard. So You can still use it, but addressing may be an issue. since the FANS are RGB, I would drop these all together. The MSI is not supported for direct control. Hope this help answer some questions. Last thing, I would recommend is you look into a prebuilt unit with similar pricing, to your build, you might be able to get a GTX 1660, or 20 series card right now, for the same price.. Granted the future upgrades can be limited, but if gaming is what you want, it could be the better way to go. NOTE: DO NOT GET MICROSOFT WINDOWS "S" Edition. this can only use software from the Microsoft Store. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 8K All Categories 1.2K The Blog 63 What's Trending 15 Past News and Updates 185 How to & Technical Guides 13 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking 2 Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 20 3D Printers 20 Maker 32 PC Build Guides 120 Reviews & Buying Guides 55 Build Showcase 27 Contests 48 Past Contests 1.6K The Community 1.9K General Discussion 105 New Members 248 Consumer Tech 68 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 100 Software 8 Audio/Visual 27 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 33 3D Printing 69 Retro Arcade/Gaming 92 All Other Tech 1.6K Store Information and Policy 78 Off Topic 17 Community Ideas & Feedback 120 Your Completed Builds 2.9K Build-Your-Own PC 1.9K Help Choosing Parts 251 Graphics Cards 200 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 73 Cases and Power Supplies 23 Air and Liquid Cooling 26 Monitors and Displays 34 Peripherals 19 All Other Parts 29 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? See other custom PC builds and get some ideas for what can be done View Build Showcase View builds by: AMD Processors Intel Processors RTX 3090 RTX 3080 RTX 2080 Ti RTX 2080 Super RTX 2070 Super RTX 2070 RTX 2060 Super Radeon RX 5700XT Radeon RX 5700 Air Cooled Liquid Cooled SAME DAY CUSTOM BUILD SERVICE If You Can Dream it, We Can Build it. Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article [CLOSED] Beat Our Build and Enter to Win a $500 gift card! - Page 14 — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › Contests › Past Contests [CLOSED] Beat Our Build and Enter to Win a $500 gift card! «1…891011121314» Comments Cartier ✭ June 2021 Had to match the color theme of my PS5. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=22624733-cff2-4f5c-b74f-ddebc9461779 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Yuyu_S ✭ June 2021 This PC was built with a $1000 budget in mind, and although I did go a bit above the budget it still works just fine. I chose the 11th gen i5 because it surpasses the 6 core Ryzen 5 3600 at a lower price. The RTX 3060 was a no-brainer because it's a great card at a reasonable price (that is of course if you can even get it at a reasonable price). A 256 GB M.2 SSD will be good for boot times, and the 2 TB HDD will be a great drive for storing games and files. The Lian Li - Lancool 215 case is a great case that provides good airflow, with 3 included fans (2 are RGB for extra performance) and it comes at a very respectable price. For RAM, 16 GB of Crucial Ballistix at 3200 MHz will suffice for gaming and productivity (and the RGB is a nice bonus for getting better FPS). The power supply is a PowerSpec 650 watt, and it'll be more than enough for this PC. And lastly, for the CPU cooler, I went with a CoolerMaster - Hyper 212, since it's great for keeping CPU temps low and stable without breaking the bank. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=4f36513f-3fc5-4905-9a3f-427c892fa128 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook miguelanjel93 ✭ June 2021 https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=7568611b-6874-45b3-b6b0-95fd333b9d46 I'd say I made a pretty standard build. Now the hard part is getting a graphics card. :0 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook JERnetican ✭ June 2021 I'm giving the contest a shot. CPU: As much as I heard AMD is better as a well-rounded performer (and as much as 5000 series CPUs are finally showing up in stores), I'm sticking with an 11700K because it still has compatibility down pat as well as integrated graphics. Motherboard: The motherboard's the motherboard. I just went with one that had the compatibility plus plenty of features. RAM: 32 GB's not as overkill as it used to be. Time to step it up a bit. (Besides the comedy, you'll need plenty of RAM for Google Chrome alone, let alone multitasking.) Case: No options with ODD mounts, which is a shame considering I grew up rural. (Never forget your roots.) But this'll do. PSU: 750 W 80+ Gold. Not a bad choice. It's not overboard on power efficiency or capacity, but again. It'll do. Video card: I didn't bother touching this one. One day we'll get back to the promised land, but for now... Storage: This was tricky. I was contemplating a NVMe boot/SSD bulk storage solution, but after my last PC had an SSD with bad sectors... 1 TB of PCIe storage should be fine for the moment. And I went back to basics for the storage drive, picking a WD Black HDD. Heatsink: Some people are less worried about using an AIO water cooler, but I don't want the management of an extra point of failure. With a cooler like this, you won't be leaving that much performance on the table. Monitor: I didn't include keyboard and mouse because if you have a good one, there's no point. But I would like to try that VRR that people keep telling me about. Case fans: Call me a fool, call me maybe, but I don't think the maglev-bearing case fans are a gimmick. I got two pairs because why not replace all of them? I don't even really care about RGB. UPS: Don't underestimate this beauty. APC has saved me many times over during blackouts but also brownouts or weird energy fluctuations. Other scenarios make this thing a lifesaver in other ways (e.g. flashing a BIOS). I don't know what you want. I just went for something crazy but in (mostly) the right ways. It doesn't 'sparkle' but it's functional and it'll hold. (So long as you don't get bad sectors on the SSD. Again.) https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=38e104a1-5e11-469e-95b5-a1ec508f7cd4 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook umifashioninc_123 ✭ June 2021 I chose a CPU with integrated graphics because it screams entry level and the build has a power supply that can handle a GPU upgrade in the future, and while the motherboard isn't exactly the most high end, I chose it because 2.6 gigahertz is enough for new pc builders. This build is very good for its price to performance ratio, and is a great build for entry level gamers getting ready to ditch the console and join PC gaming. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=d8841fcc-dd1c-43df-8aeb-23bb887917c2 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook donotread ✭ June 2021 For my cpu, I went with the i5 10400 because it has the best overclocked single-core hyperthreaded idle 14nm 64 bit virtualized AES enabled dual channel boosted ipc rating among cpus that are named i5 10400.  I chose the Z590 Aorus as my motherboard, since I have an unlimited budget and why not go with the most expensive option? Next I went with 8gb of ram to keep costs down. I chose a cpu cooler that is incompatible with lga 1200 just so I can make the pro assembly person’s life slightly worse. Next comes storage. The ideal storage device is in fact not an ssd, but a hard drive. The reason is simple. See, an ssd is solid. It has no moving parts. In contrast, a hard drive spins. At 12 volts, a hard drive spins at 7200 rpm. But how fast does it spin at, say, 120 volts? We can use some leds from the maker section as half wave rectifiers to push power directly from the wall into the hard drive, making it 10 times as fast! As well, this setup has added benefits: Your opponent can't tell the difference between the tap-tap of footsteps and the tap-tap of your hard drive disintegrating itself. For the graphics card, I went with a 6900xt. Nice. When it comes to cases, I was disappointed that my choice was not listed on microcenter's website. The worst part is that they had it on display in store! I couldn't find the name, but it was big and had a large window on the front. The great thing about the window is that it swings right open! No need to unscrew it. When I tried opening it, what surprised me was how cold it was. It was nearly 30 degrees cooler than ambient. The weirdest thing is that they filled it with drinks? Those aren't pc parts, but I guess it's a free country. I asked one of the employees how much it costs, and she told me that I couldn't buy it. How sad. Isn't the point of a store to sell inventory? I don't understand your oversight, microcenter. In my list, you may notice that I included 25 fans. The focus of these fans is not in fact airflow, but noise. See, the best way to gain an advantage over your competitor is to intimidate them. I've calculated that if one of these fans was overvolted to 120 volts, just like the hard drive, it would produce about 75 decibels. 25 of these fans would add up to around 90 decibels, which is louder than a lawnmower. Additionally, not only would you blow your opponent's ear drums, but you'd also quite literally blow them away! I chose a 1600 watt power supply because I’ll need a 12v rail the size of the moon to power all those overvolted fans. On my way out, I’d be sure to pick up some of that silvery condiment they have in syringes. I hope someone finds my pc guide helpful. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=704a48dc-2f9a-449c-b315-6fb6ce4fac34 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Shwanz13 ✭ June 2021 Not sure if there was a price point that I completely went over...but nothing beats a white Corsair build. Clean, integrated RGB with the Ryzen 9 and ROG 3080 to back it. Not only has great appeal but not lacking in performance whatsoever. Dual NVME for possible RAID configuration and AIO cooling for lower fan noise. Good Luck to ALL!!! I see some great builds!! https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=baa14e9a-4b61-463c-bb07-9284fc9cc65e 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook HydrohydroxicAcid ✭ June 2021 I took the base and ended up removing everything by the end. It's better because it's something that if I had insane amounts of money I'd buy. Totally impractical if you have a thing called a "budget" but if you just wanted to go wild I'd tell you to buy this. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=cd61865c-bd53-4ce0-80d6-7ac3b4419814 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook abdulus ✭ June 2021 This is my first ever build. Watched tutorials and did lots of research, I wanted to build something that would good to use it on video editing , : https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=e5683757-f129-46bb-bf2e-2012bb27fe30 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Jimmy2x ✭ June 2021 edited June 2021 I put this one together trying to keep the cost on the lower side while making something very capable. I built one of these very similar for some testing here and was extremely surprised at how well it performed, so much that I ended up keeping it as my 2nd machine. Has PCIE 4 support, WIFI, and is a good base for expansion. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=dcbcdac2-d9fa-4568-ab61-2b50f9ba1c02 5600x - Fantastic CPU, especially when properly set up via curve optimizer. For gaming and daily tasks it rivals my 8 core 3000 series cpus at a lesser cost EVGA CLC 240 - No frills AIO, they're fantastic pieces. Quiet, cool well, EVGA support is great if ever needed. If you don't like the fans and have the money down the line--just swap them out. For the price it's a fantastic unit. TUF B550M - great no frills mobo w/ wifi, it just works well without many complaints Ballistix 3200 - If you're not overclocking RAM for benchmarks and just want something that works w/ XMP/DOCP out of the box--this is it. Set it and forget it. Also easily overclocks upwards of 3600mhz should you wish to. If I don't need highly tunable RAM for benching then this is my go-to. Meshify C - Decent looking case w/ good layout and airflow EVGA 3060 - It gets overshadowed by the 3060ti, 3070, etc. but the reality is--this is A LOT of card for the cost. I was extremely surprised at the performance vs. retail price, power draw, size, and heat. Runs quiet, runs cool, and does amazing w/ 1440p titles. This and the 5600x at 1080p will destroy anything you throw at it. Inland NVME - Anyone who doesn't have top tier speed requirements and isn't buying these Inland drives is missing out. They're amazing for the price/performance ratio and work extremely well. I started off using them for bench builds and have since upgraded many of my drives with the Inland drives. There's virtually no discernable difference in day to day performance over much more expensive drives of the same capacity. Arctic P12 Case Fan 5 pack - If you'e never used these you're missing out on one of the best kept secrets for budget performance case fans. Great quality, great CFM output, insanely quiet. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook mjhespe ✭ June 2021 My dream is make a powerful Gaming SFF PC. I think this would be a dream come true. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=26708869-52d7-49aa-b72e-4ab79ba42ddb 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook ParallelAxisTheorem ✭ June 2021 Whenever I choose parts for a new computer, I always pay attention to upgradability. I need to make sure that I only have to upgrade a few parts rather than build an entirely new PC from scratch whenever my current build becomes obsolete. That’s why I chose to make upgradability a main factor in this build, but I also tried to make it relatively budget-friendly, low-power, quiet (I learned how important this part is after my first build), and super sleek! For the CPU, I decided to go for the good ol’ Ryzen 5 3600. It’s a budget-friendly CPU that comes with a commendable CPU cooler by itself and has definitely stood the test of time. I paired it with a nice MSI motherboard with good reviews and functionality that should be able to handle higher-end Ryzen chips too. For the memory, even though a dual-channel kit would support more bandwidth, I decided to go for a single 16GB stick to maximize upgradability in case the computer’s owner wants to expand up to 64GB down the road. I decided to keep the rest of the parts similar to what Micro Center’s original build had, but I did change a few things just to keep the theme of upgradability in mind. First of all, I upgraded the power supply to a cheap and efficient 700W Thermaltake PSU that should be able to handle beefy GPUs and CPUs and whatever else the owner wants to throw at it. I also changed the case to a Lian Li Lancool 215, which is pretty comparable to the 205 from the original build, but can fit a bigger motherboard, has better thermals, and looks a lot sleeker in my opinion, all while coming at a cheaper price. So, in general, I believe this build is better than Micro Center’s in a variety of ways, but especially in terms of upgradability. And don’t worry, I didn’t forget to make sure this thing has RGB that’ll blind everyone within a two mile radius once turned on. Thanks for reading! https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=d0374f87-ac6e-4749-af8a-64181cfdc942 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook SuperC ✭ June 2021 Made it an ITX with the NR200p, swapped to a NVMe drive, and just made it a little better. Solid little build here that looks great, performs great, and has room to grow when we can buy better GPUs again later. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=8aadf80d-ec47-487e-adfb-99675cc58bc0 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook SpeedAtNight ✭ June 2021 Took the build you guys had made and turned it into something smaller for my wife who wants to game with me but not have such a large tower on her desk! Hoping to pick something up like this in the future. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=1d79d418-0456-4706-81d2-60848df82eb4 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ben_K ✭ June 2021 edited June 2021 I assembled a powerful, upper mid-range configuration that would be ideal for 1080/1440 gaming. With a mix of parts that I have experience with as well as some of the latest and greatest, this machine would strike the balance of value, upgradability and performance. The build. Ryzen 5600X—Plenty of capability with a reasonable temperature and core count along with all the benefits of Zen 3. MSI B550—Personally have this board and find it to be a great value. Plenty or ports, expansion and features for the price. Features like PCIE 4.0, WiFi 6 and Gen. 4 M.2 are future facing. Trident Z 32GB RAM 3600—Quality RAM with the speed to match the needs of Ryzen. Plus a simple touch of well diffused RGB. Lancool II Mesh—Great ventilation, modular, robust and well designed. Gamers Nexus says it all. Seasonic 750 80+ Gold—High quality PSU to deliver clean, efficient power. Fully modular for cable management and ease of expansion. MSI RTX 3070 Gaming X—The MSI Gaming X series consistently delivers quality cooling solutions and the 3070 is plenty capable for 1080/1440 gaming. Samsung 500GB 2.5"—An inexpensive, modest addition of quality storage. Samsung 1TB M.2 NVMe—Main storage with the benefits of M.2 with acceptable read and write speeds. Seagate 2TB HDD—Accessory storage for things like images and non-intensive resources. Noctua NH-U12S—I would go for the Chromax version of this for the theme of the build. A quality air cooler that doesn't pose the risks of an AIO with similar cooling capability. CableMod White Extensions—A finishing touch for overall aesthetic of the build. Using white as an accent as the other RGB elements would be adjusted to white as well. This would be a substantially more powerful system than the starter build outlined in the original link. The Lian Li Lancool 205 was a good option but the innovation of the Lancool II Mesh make it an easy upgrade. A fully modular, reliable Seasonic PSU helps cable management and aesthetics while also delivering clean, efficient power with the 80+ Gold rating. Upgrading the ASUS GTX 1650 to an MSI RTX 3070 Gaming X is a massive leap in performance along with the introduction of raytracing. The additional VRAM on the 3070 would be a great benefit in the ever-increasing demand of current games and the Gaming X cooling solution would help the cards performance and longevity. The Samsung 870 EVO is a great choice and one that I personally have although I would opt for an M.2 as the main storage for the additional performance boost and ease of installation. I would however include the 500GB 870 EVO as an accessory storage. Hope you like the build! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook claxtastic ✭ June 2021 I love the Lancool II but prefer the black version. From there, I just went all black + RGB. I've never had such a cohesive build like this, it's something I'd like to build some day. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=bfc4056f-d54c-4163-ac6b-98b0ac544a55 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook lenny91021 ✭ June 2021 Casual Build for a Casual Gamer like me. Not too high end and not too low budget. Juuuusssttt riggghtt https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=c81908f9-270a-4a4a-97a8-84eeea165d57 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Liqo ✭ June 2021 I think my build is pretty valid for someone just starting in the pc industry. This build is under $1200. You might think it is a bit pricy but there is future proofing. Get a pc that will last a while instead of getting something bad then have to buy a new pc. The pc can still work until you get the graphics card. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=3a735233-53a8-4366-a5cd-619bf7b65ca1 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AppleandaPC ✭ June 2021 https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=141311b8-f49c-46d8-b1b8-84fd2012c9db Okay, Since this was a fantasy build using the parts that were available. I decided to build the Dark Superpowered Ultra. I picked the components with a idea of working for drawing , gaming and some overclocking. I would need as much storage possible to store various artwork, pictures, family videos and games without worrying about space. I understand that most people would choose either a 3090 or even the 3080 but since the 3090 was not among the chosen components I went with the GPU, that in this fantasy world of choices, I would like to use. Now, air flow would be paramount to keeping the case and components cool, that is why I went with the Corsair 5000D airflow in black. At first I was going to make the build a blackout build but then I realized that I would also like to have the option to add a little RGB if my budding daughter artist would like to turn on for the extra FPS and performance. From what I've been told is what RGB does. I added a Seasonic PSU with the right amount of power and dependability necessary for my build to not be overworked and go out in a blaze of glory. No Superpowered Ultra machine should go out that way. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook GC580 ✭ June 2021 https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=e8e4009a-13b0-4a6e-a210-8ea8b1e3f29c Ideal Workstation/ *Mini* Gaming rig Mid budget with a out of stock GPU :( 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook BigPope ✭ June 2021 I went with this selection with looking at what I will be upgrading to in the future and I can dig it!! It's a quirky little case, but it has spunk and I know what all parts will fit. I went with 32GB of ram for future proofing...and on the off chance you need more than 2 Chrome tabs open 🤦‍♂️ I've enjoyed AMD's 8 core 7 series (currently running the 2700x) and the new 5800x looks sweet! And...you know....gotta have some extra RBG in there because its pretty!!! It's nowhere near a budget build, but it'll last and most importantly...it's fun! https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=6217d856-310f-4f4a-888c-1f21d08d48c5 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook «1…891011121314» This discussion has been closed. 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No frills build with mid to high tier hardware for the current generation. Great for those who just wants a plain but professional-looking box with white LED to illuminate its components. 5900X for streaming and rendering, a high-tier X570 motherboard to complement the CPU, 32GB of RAM in 16GBx2 configuration with a speed of 3600Mhz and a CAS Latency of 16. Fractal's Define R6 for it's simple industrial design and its equipped with 4 USB ports, dedicated ports for mic and headphones and a USB-C port. Seasonic's PRIME 750 Titanium for the PSU. EVGA's XC3 RTX 3080 for it's simplistic cooler design, the capability of 1440p, 4K and low frametime VR gameplay. Samsung's 860 EVO 2TB SATA SSD to be used as a game library storage for faster loading times. 1TB WD Black SN750 for the operating system and apps. NZXT's Z73 to keep the CPU cool, boost higher and for longer. White LED strip to light up the interior. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook At365 ✭ December 2020 It's a nice surprise that this is being done for the holidays. I've been planning to make Ryzen build for my sister this summer. The parts here would be for her school work and the gaming that she does. This should last for a while until graduation. Fingers crossed!  https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=d5b68931-83f8-4587-ba32-2179c1b31177 2 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook ChloeCyma ✭ December 2020 https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=c9e90aeb-8408-461b-beac-fd94fdc26214 The first thing that popped out of my head was "OMG". I know that building a PC is rather costly but I didn't even realize that it actually is lol. I saw the thread and decided to just give myself a chance to build my own PC so that I can join my bf (or rather disturb him) whenever he's playing his games. It'd be so funny if I actually got one for myself after this haha. Anyway, wish everyone stay healthy, and stay inside for games during this pandemic 2 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Inefficient ✭ December 2020 https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=29aa6f3d-d73f-4125-9935-1d8a4026a537 I build this because I want a giftcard 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Sky_Hunter ✭ December 2020 edited December 2020 https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=9a690480-961c-4256-94b1-22fc217b82c9 This would be a nice upgrade from my current Ryzen 5 3600 and 1060 build. Would love to try some VR and RayTracing. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook JacksonM2000 ✭ December 2020 The build for the contest very budget and all blacked out no rgb crap https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=f29538f6-ef60-4104-bcbc-ceb8af71984a 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Waffler Cleveland, OH ✭ December 2020 I wanted to build something small yet mighty to leave a small footprint on the desk but a whopper of a punch for gaming! Hence, I present Tiny Whopper! https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder-amd.aspx?load=ca62a233-dd4f-476b-99c9-ca87b6d5b3de 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook hattrik21 ✭ December 2020 I just picked as close to the components in which I would purchase if I were to build a new PC for myself. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=b80c6b51-d0bf-43da-9dc9-29d2c97382e1 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Pilada ✭ December 2020 https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=c7a15555-fcde-48a9-893c-3c3accc0b5f5 This is somewhat simple but yet a beast. This gaming rig would be able to play, stream, and do whatever you want on this PC. I would love to have something like this because I love to stream on twitch and play games. I have been playing games for almost 8 years nows. If i would get something like this, I would give my current pc which is not very good to my dad so he can play with me. My dad is at home a lot because he struggles with mental health so it is hard for him to go back to work. I would love to play with my dad all day long and just have fun and laugh. Thanks 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Xylith1280 ✭ December 2020 edited December 2020 https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=6dc2b96a-4805-4962-a2e3-4a4a4db9604f I will start if by saying this build is my dream. Constantly pushing for the days that I will see this in my hands. So I tend to stick with msi products as they have never let me down. I specifically went with intel bcause their oc capabilities have always been top notch while maintaining excellent temps and if im pushing for extra frames this would be perfect. The 3080 oc would be perfect along with the g-sync monitor I've chosen for games and graphic designing. The corsair case along with the Vengenace rgb ram and the water cooling aio have always been personal favorites, so in my dream build this case, ram, and aio is apart of it. The red mouse and keyboard combo along with red extensions cables replicates my intense firey desire to acquire this build. I went specifically with nvme ssd memory they are lot faster and use less power than your typical ssd sata drives. I chose an 850w power supply to make sure that I maintain the power I need when Overclocking, if needed. Anyways, enough about this. I hope you guys will find my entry one of the more intriguing choices and chose me to be your sponsor for this amazing prize and also in turn making a hard working man's dream come true. Thank you for this opportunity Microcenter. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Myld_X ✭ December 2020 My last build was 6years ago when VR was just starting to take off. Now I'm looking forward to upgrading the whole setup for my new place! https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder-intel.aspx?load=4e3ec9a7-d2e2-4022-b083-c06f52a3be6c 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook SamuelDay ✭ December 2020 edited December 2020 https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=2a14417f-7b23-4c19-8d1d-677b7b72002d I've begun to purchase parts for this build, and I intend on using it primarily for media consumption, a bit of online school, and some gaming at 1080p. I mostly will be playing on my homebrew Minecraft server, which I created out of an old Optiplex machine I bought for like 30 bucks. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook wyncg ✭ December 2020 Happy Holiday! https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=1786d417-101b-4628-879e-b7b3a788318d I am trying to build my first ever gaming pc. Learned a lot about different parts and what all those specs mean. Hope everything ends up working well haha. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook jasonopolis ✭ December 2020 https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder-amd.aspx?load=3ac4dfbb-af7c-498d-9203-e9cb31289cd2 Would love to build my first gaming PC ever, since helping my cousins out as a kid -- a reasonable mid-tier gaming/rendering build that's relatively compact but still with decent cooling! 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Sangwoo ✭ December 2020 https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=df2e059b-b470-4ec0-abab-915428586fc3 I choose this build, this built was my project of this year. I already have all parts except RTX3080. I really want this build for my work and my hobby which is game and youtube. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Christian_Orozco ✭ December 2020 This is the build I chose to make (excluding Windows 10 and peripherals). I will primarily be using this PC for school work and to game, and maybe start streaming or YouTube. I chose the Ryzen 5 3600 as it is a good 6 core processor for both gaming and streaming. The Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 will go great with this cpu for gaming, as it will get good frame rates on medium to high settings on almost any game. I chose 2*8 3200 mhz ram as 16gb is pretty much the minimum for gaming/intensive workloads. A 650 watt power supply will be good enough for this build. Because I game in my room and the wifi box is in the living room downstairs, I decided to go with a b550m motherboard with wifi. The case I chose looks like it is good for air flow as it comes with four included fans, as well as a lot of USB ports and audio ports. Finally I chose to go with a 1tb ssd as there will be plenty of space for games, software, and other things. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=4c62e2c4-9956-459a-b0f7-0835329d67f7 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook JPSHRACER ✭✭ December 2020 I went to Micro Center November 2020 to build a new custom built gaming and workstation computer. However, I was not able to purchase all the parts I wanted. Certain parts were out of stock. Other parts were out of my budget. This is my wish list and dream list of my custom built gaming computer. The AMD Ryzen 5900X is my choice for a fast multicore processor and they made upgrades with the memory arrangement with AMD 4th Generation Ryzen. The Corsair 64 GB 3200Mhz offers enough Random Access Memory (RAM) for years to come. The EVGA GeForce RTX 3060 TI, 3070 or 3080 offers enough graphical performance for modern day video games also for years to come. The Corsair Power Supply 850 Watt provides enough power to drive the gaming components. The Samsung EVO 2TB Non Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) Solid State offers blazing fast speeds for the operating system and my most important video games. The SanDisk 4TB Solid State (SSD) offers enough storage for my documents, photos, games and more. It is still the more affordable mass storage. The NZXT H510 Elite has the most case fans and they are RGB. Plus, it had the front panel and side panel tempered glass displaying everything. The Elgato 4K60 capture card offers capturing my Xbox One X screenshots and videos as a hobby to post to Twitter and YouTube. The Viewsonic XG2530 25 inch 1080p 240hz offers the 1080p experience I know however it increases the frame limit to 240 frames per second potential. I wish the Viewsonic XG2760 27 inch 1440p 165hz Nvidia G-Sync monitor was still available at Micro Center. That means for games like PlanetSide 2 and MechWarrior Online that I will have the most possible frames in my online multiplayer games! As Nvidia marketing states “More Frames Win Games” and I agree totally! I also play the Watch Dogs franchise including Watch Dogs, Watch Dogs 2 and coming someday to Steam Watch Dogs Legion. Antigraviator and Pacer (formerly Formula Fusion) are my favorite futuristic racing games. Battlefield Bad Company 2, Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Need for Speed Hot Pursuit, Need for Speed (2015), Need for Speed Heat and The Sims 4 are some of my favorite Electronic Arts titles that I play on my new custom built gaming computer.   I was extremely happy with my purchasing experience at Micro Center for the build I was actually able to build with AMD Ryzen 3900X, ASUS X570 Hero Non-WiFi, Corsair 64GB 3200Mhz, Samsung 500GB NVMe, SanDisk 2TB SSD, Corsair 750 Watt White PSU, Elgato 4K60 Pro and NZXT H510 Elite White. Thank you to all the Micro Center employees that helped me with my purchase. The Micro Center Build Service for assembling it. I cannot wait to go back again in the future!   If I won the $1000 gift card I would upgrade to both a Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 and Viewsonic XG2530 25 inch monitor 240 frames per second. The monitor would be the most important for currently upgrading my new custom built gaming computer with the ability to see more frames with my MSI GeForce RTX 2060. It is a first generation RTX card and was the only one available the night I was building and assembling the setup. Happy custom built gaming computer building everyone! https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=5993a67c-e14f-4033-814d-d92345ce5671 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LeoFeld ✭ December 2020 https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=e5d9c833-806a-4518-8f2d-442dc400fbb2 I have never built a PC before, but I have recently gotten to a place where I think I can finally give it a go. I have been gaming on a laptop for about four years now with a GTX 1060 and I7 7700k. It has been reliable and given me good experiences with most games thus far. However, I would love to build a PC like the one I put together in the Custom PC Builder. I understand something like this realistically is way out of my budget, but I think I can still put together a great "future proof" machine, especially if I manage to get any of the contest prizes.  -Leo 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Pokemas ✭ December 2020 edited December 2020 I chose this build as it would be my dream build. The only thing missing from this build is a RTX 3060 Ti due to high demand. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder-intel.aspx?load=f37f50d4-a20e-4f70-875b-7145a04f6b67 I wish everyone the best of luck. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook JoeyTheAsian ✭ December 2020 https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=8131902b-1358-4a5b-b82f-511ed62a090a White Christmas The definitive white build to end all white builds. This build is called white christmas because every component has been painstakingly selected to be as white as possible and run as cool as possible in the theme of a bright snowy christmas morning. The Lian LI O11D XL White case was selected due to its white painted inner chassis and spectacular glass greenhouse, perfect for a build like this that one would want to flaunt like a piece of expensive modern furniture. It features a 5950x paired with the new ROG STRIX AIO cooler white edition. One of the few AIO white coolers on the market made by ASUS ROG, nothing less. The GPU is a GIGABYTE 3080 VISION. Since the 3080 Vision was not available in the PC builder, I chose its very close sister the 3080 EAGLE which shares similar parts, specs, and design cues. It also claims the title of the only white RTX 3000 series card available, and has an absolutely gorgeous minimalist cooler design that matches the motherboard. As for the motherboard, there is only one minimalist white am4 motherboard on the market. That's the Gigabyte B550 VISION. The breathtaking minimalist design does not grab the attention of your eye away from the main attractions of the build, the CPU and GPU while offering uncompromising board features. Of course for a white build you have to go with the crucial ballistix white RGB sticks. 64gb of it. When uncompromising performance is important the crucial sticks provide unmatched value due to their excellent overclocking potential. A close second choice is the corsair Vengeance white RGB ram which is rated out of the box for even higher memory speeds. And now for a component that few have ever been able to get in white until very recently: the newly launched ASUS ROG STRIX 750w PSU white edition. Featuring even white PSU cables! Although you will never see this part of the build inside the lian li 011D where the PSU is behind the motherboard, you can sleep well at night knowing that every nook and cranny has been color matched. But just to add a little bit more spice to the build, I've also decided to throw in the Lian Li Strimer RGB PSU cables!  To add the finishing touches to the tower, I selected 6 corsair sickleflow 120 RGB white edition fans to add even more RGB flare while providing excellent intake air flow. And finally I selected the cablemod 600mm rgb led strip kit for more ambient case lighting. But of course matching all the tower components isn't quite enough, we also need to get all the peripherals! It features the Samsung G9 ultrawide which features a stunning white back. As for the Keyboard & mouse, I have selected the Logitech G915 and G305 wireless keyboard and mouse to maintain the minimalist white theme. But wait, there's more. Why not get white audio peripherals while we're at it!? For this I've selected the ASUS ROG gaming headphones in white as well as the Kanto-Living YU2 speakers for uncompromising Hi-fi audio while also matching the theme. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Berfs1 ✭ December 2020 https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=12e3242c-49ba-43a8-8893-f812302e6c9a I made this PC list for streaming and video editing, and while the stuff may seem "overkill", this is a dream PC. This PC list is made for actual workstation usage, hence why I have an odd combination of CPU and GPU, because this has (mostly) all the parts it needs, nothing that it doesn't. CPU: I intentionally chose a 3970X as I would use this as a dedicated streaming/editing PC. The 3970X has 32 cores and 64 threads, which maxes out the limits of Windows. Yes you could get a 3990X and disable HT just to get around that limitation, but that just means you have a lot higher power consumption and only barely more performance, NTM it is double the price. I would use this for x264 encoding for streaming, and this would be a killer CPU for video editing as well! CPU Cooler: Enermax Liqtech II 360 TR4 is one of the only AIOs specifically designed for TR4, and can actually handle 500W+ of heat output that the 3970X, when overclocked, will produce. Therefore, this is one of the only AIOs that would even be advisable for Threadrippers. Thermal Compound: I have used IC Diamond numerous times, it has been my go-to thermal compound since it is one of the best compounds out there, and it allows for extremely low idle temperatures, as well as low heat transfer rate acceleration, so temperatures don't spike nearly as high as typical thermal compounds. Motherboard: I chose the Asus Zenith Extreme II really because it is 300$, and the only difference between this and the Alpha version is the 90A power stages (the original has 70A, which is still plentiful for the 3970X). Also, it has an incredible selection of I/O ports, as well as a lot of possible PCIe lane configurations. Memory: I chose 2 kits of 4x16GB 3600 MHz CL18 Ripjaws V RAM since I would need the capacity (total 128GB) and the high bandwidth for video editing. Also, it does NOT have RGB, which is a plus for me because I am not aiming for RGB everything, just subtle RGB accents here and there. Case: The Thermaltake View 51 looks amazing, and can handle a 360mm radiator in the top, but mainly I am choosing this for the overall aesthetics this case provides. Graphics Card: The RTX 3060 Ti because, it wasn't that much more than an RTX 2060; I only needed the minimum GPU with tensor cores (for NVIDIA broadcast and other AI functions), and while the 2060 is cheaper, RTX 3060 Ti would be the more sensible out of the two since it is only like 50$ more but has much better performance. Storage: The SN850 1TB would be for the boot drive and since it is PCIe 4.0, I would be able to feasibly use part of it as a page-file since video editing can take a bunch of memory. The 860 Evo 4TB was chosen because it has the DRAM cache, and I would use this mainly as the editing drive. And the 10TB WD Purple was chosen because it is a CMR drive, and I would use that for recording and storing finished videos. Because this particular hard drive has CMR, and not the gruesome SMR (which will drop your transfer speeds to like 15MBps, which is unacceptable for my use), it can actually handle a whopping 250MBps+ of sustained transfer rates! Power Supply: The Corsair RM850 is one of the best power supplies Micro Center offers (at least the one I had selected), and while I would have liked to see a 1000W or 1200W option, the 850W actually should be fine since I only put a 3060 Ti and not something super power heavy. My calculations show that this system can take a peak power draw of ~950W, but that estimate is mainly for what power supply to choose, and an 850W will be perfectly fine for this system. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook charlesg2 ✭ December 2020 just wanting to upgrade from what i have,  https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=20f628c0-ffec-4f65-b595-e6d9753ccaf4 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook 360noscopeoogabooga_ ✭ December 2020 edited December 2020 https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=cb5404de-3315-4daf-9b72-c47fbe8eca6d Balls to the walls, best workstation for the highest price. Only for people who are famous, rich, lucky. I dunno, they said dream pc without a price range sooo... Ryzen Threadripper 3990X, Evga RTX 3090, 8x16 Dominator Corsair, Asus Zenith II extreme,  all custom water-cooled.   EDIT: it glitched so this is the actual one https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=1748542a-c65b-4b8c-9c7b-3790ce059e26 also they dont have 1,300 watt power supplies.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook MicroCenterOfficial admin December 2020 Some of y'all are dreaming BIG and I love it! I think $15,000 is the most expensive build I've seen so far, and that's the definition of a dream PC. But also, respect for all the legit builds. There's some really cool ideas floating around if you're looking to start working on a new PC! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook SuitedWolf ✭ December 2020 https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=f5fb1c9d-3227-4092-b659-fb600b2af899 I chose this combination as it would likely be decent for my goals. I want to work towards a PC around this spec to be able to use it for 3D rendering and also be able to play some more intense games. This budget is still fairly high for me, but I'm working towards it. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Deaner1121 ✭ December 2020 https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=e6bd2144-1508-4d5b-8245-50bb6f5a6286 These are the parts I would really like to have in my pc. I chose these parts for vr gaming and 1440p normal pc gaming. I also edit videos so I put 32 gbs of ram. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Oliveman ✭ December 2020 https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=c055611d-f52d-49a4-b588-16c96e5a028d I would like to use the money to upgrade my current PC, its not too flashy but definetly good for what I like to play ) 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook opv23 ✭ December 2020 I chose this pc because it was a good pc for gaming/ video editing and it would be a good Christmas present for my sister. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=392cf18d-c46a-47b2-a050-5e72c35fa23f 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook JoelM ✭ December 2020 I actually put together this parts list for my Dad! Him and my Mom have had a really hard year financially and the never complain, and they remain generous through it all. I would love to bless him this Christmas! He's a big gamer, but his current computer is like 10 years old.. I actually bought him Red Dead Redemption 2 for his birthday, but he has to play it in 800 x 600 to even run it well. So this would be huge for him. Thanks for considering! https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=1d96d20b-e2f5-4e72-b691-ace4efa0ab0d 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook «1234567…16» This discussion has been closed. 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We couldn't get the drive to be recognized, so we took it out and checked the jumper pins and connections, but nothing. After playing with different settings, we gave up on it and my dad decided to ask a friend for help. He knew this guy from a Ham radio club and I think he was an engineer, so my father had the utmost confidence in him. Well, he was wrong. The guy was fiddling with the drives with the power on, and had them hanging loose off the IDE cable, as my dad would say furiously in reference to this event for years after, "LIKE A BUNCH OF FISH!". He knew it was sketch, but for some reason he was compelled to not back seat drive and say anything.  Our working drive's board shorted out with a pop and smoke. To add insult to injury, the guy was aloof and just said "Oh well, it happens". My dad was irate, to the point where he never talked to this guy ever again.  Turns out the motherboard only supported up to 10GB drives, and we got it going with one of those.      0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook afreecaFreek ✭ January 2021 My first desktop computer was a gift for starting college - running an AMD FX 8320 and Nvidia 750Ti. My friends had just called me up to play some competitive CSGO matchmaking while I had recently gotten into a multiplayer Civ V game. Not wanting to leave the Civ game I decided to try to play both games at the same time having utter faith that my computer would be able to handle  both games at the same time. After about two rounds into the CSGO match, I heard a pop, smelled burning, and saw some smoke waft out of the top of my PC case. My CPU/Mobo completely gave out due to overheating and some capacitors blowing, and I ended up upgrading to the i7 6700K berating myself the entire time rebuilding the computer. Never have I ever left a Civ game open while playing a different game since then. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Norton January 2021 Horror for me is the stupid ones. Like years ago when I sent a customer motherboard for replacement with a M2 SSD still attached to it... No data loss since it was a cache SSD, but I paid a new one out of pocket. But nothing beats the good old taking our new build apart because it does not turn on, but it's only the PSU switch set to 220V. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook JPSHRACER ✭✭ January 2021 My computer horror story is of the first time I was building my first custom built computer. I was having a family friend help me with the installation. We got all the way to turning it on. He decided to use the wall outlet. I plugged in a surge protector. The surge protector light was red and said the outlet was not properly grounded. He said "that it did not matter". He turned on the computer, it spun up and then immediately shutdown. That was the last of that motherboard. I had the board Return Merchandize Authorization process and decided to go with a different motherboard company. My parents had an electrician come out and fixed the outlet afterwards. It would be several more months before I would get the computer rebuilt. I went to a computer tech support store to have them build the custom built computer. However, I got the custom built using the new motherboard up and running in the end. 😇 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Zvalen812_ January 2021 My story was very hectic. A couple years ago I was making my first gaming pc. We had turned the computer on its side on our low height table where we were working. We had first static shocked our first cpu, so we got another. Then when it was time for the motherboard we noticed that the deal we got was too good to be true, we got used 4gb DDR3 RAM instead of a 16gb DDR4 stick. So we had to return it, and while we were waiting for our real stick, we decided to set up our water cooling device. While doing that, our thermal paste dot was way bigger than a pea, so we had to restart. While we were grabbing paper towels to clean it up, the family dog decided it was a good idea to chew the power supply cords and poop on the ssd that was right outside of the case, luckily it was still in the original package so it was not a big deal. We ordered new psu cords. While trying to put on the water cooling block, we lost a screw for it, but we had a back up. Terrible first time building (:, but I have had the computer for more than 2 years now and it is still running well. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook ccantera January 2021 This last Christmas I got a new case, motherboard, and CPU fan. I took everything out of my old case and was left with my old motherboard with the CPU and stock cooler on it. I take off the stock cooler but the CPU comes off with it and is stuck on the cooler. I searched online to see how to take off the CPU without damaging it and used dental floss to try and remove it. While doing that my hand slipped and it resulted in several bent CPU pins. I thought it was over for me but I saw you can try to straighten them and I tried but that only resulted in a broken CPU pin. I expected my Christmas to be me playing Cyberpunk 2077 all day but it instead I ended up with a broken CPU. I had to wake up early the next day to go Micro Center to buy a new CPU. Probably the worst Christmas I've had. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook BeastJvalen9654 January 2021 I have made 2 PCs over the past like 8-10 years, and both of them had some problems. The first one was when I was a beginner, barely knew what to buy and how to build it. I ended up buying my fans and GPU through eBay. When I got them, the fans were broken and the fan on the GPU was not working and the GPU started smoking as soon as I tried to start it. These were some of the first parts I bought so it was not a strong start. Otherwise, the first build went smoothly and I didn't have much difficulty building it. The second build was much more recent and it involved way more problems throughout the short life it lived. The purchasing process went much smoother, it was during assembly that the first problem occurred. I had my baby nephew over at the time, I stepped away for a moment and when I came back, the CPU pins were bent because he chewed on it after thinking it was a toy. I got a new CPU and finished the building process smoothly. After it was built, a friend was over and spilled a drink on the top of the box, which then dripped right onto the fans and ports of the case and shorted it out. I didn't know this happened until the next day when I went to start it up, but it was too late.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Shea_ ✭ January 2021 Five years of playing on a budget gaming laptop throughout college, I finally gathered enough frustration with the freezes and enough money to dedicate myself to building a new laptop. I consulted my more dedicated gaming friends for advice and we picked out the parts together. Albeit a bit naïve at the start, I quickly realized that those five years only led up to disappointment, with no GPU's in sight. A pandemic, a climb in the value of bitcoins, and a never ending army of scalpers all plagued my dream. A tragic ending of a PC never built, but definitely a horror story. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook MCLover ✭ January 2021 I spent $700 to build my first PC in Nov 2019. I just realized that I've spent $1,000 more to upgrade parts like better CPU, GPU, RGB RAM, PSU... Guys, stay away. This is a dangerous and horrifying hobby. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook ScientiaDomini January 2021 This all started with a friend gifting me an old i5 8400 and a mobo along with it. I had a pretty old 6th gen processor at the time and he happened to be upgrading his PC. He decided to gift his old stuff to me so I went to work upgrading my current rig with the new mobo and cpu. Started putting everything together and I realized I didn't have a cooler. I made a trip to the nearest PC supply store and purchased the cheapest bequiet tower cooler I could find. Standard intel stock mounting system. Easy enough right? Somehow I managed to mangle all of the plastic pins that hold the cooler to the motherboard before I could get it secured on the motherboard. I was distraught. How in the world am I going to use this new cpu without a cooler? So I did what any logical man would do and I grabbed my nearest discarded intel stock cooler out of the miscellaneous parts bin, took it to my workbench where I'm rebuilding my pc, and cannibalized the pins from the intel cooler to reuse in the tower cooler I just purchased. After struggling with the pins for 20-30min and battling more bent plastic (you'd think that removing intel's pushpins out of the cooler would be easy right? wrong.) I managed to get the cooler to stay on the motherboard without any of the pins miraculously popping out of their hole and ruining the mounting pressure of the cpu. Its a wonder I didn't bend the socket pins during all of this.... 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Suzukii ✭ January 2021 edited January 2021 So here is my horror story at attempting to build my own PC after 5 long years of no builds. The quick version.  I returned everything due to a frustrating experience at the store and the lack of, new, unopened ND unavailable 5950X CPU's. To continue It's a moot point now since I've already returned the CPU to the store and got a refund for it along with a refund for everything else I had purchased to put a new system together, minus the new ATX enclosure and 3070 GPU.  I had to return the CPU and everything else associated with a new build because no one at the store knows or are not at liberty to forward the information as to when the next batch will be coming in, and I definitely don't know if I would have been getting a 5950X CPU in the near future with the way things are with the lack of inventory, and I didn't want to get stuck with faulty hardware that I could not return should anything else be defective. A bit of my background experience: I'm 50 years old and have been in the I.T. industry since the 90's holding an A-Plus, Network+, CCNA and the MCSE certifications for over 15+ years (and have been building my own PC's for 20+ years).  I mention this just to give one a glimpse and a bit of insight.  In telling  this I'm not professing, by no means, nor do I wish to give anyone the idea that I am some kind of a know-it-all.  I'm just a bit seasoned in the build your own PC arena. I've learned a lesson in making future purchases and making returns of any items back to Microcenter.  After being a 15-20+ years, long and loyal customer, the treatment I received and suffered at the store this past Monday evening which I feel was undeserving and unwarranted.   It all started when at first, within a couple of days of making the CPU purchase, along with everything else required to get a new PC up and running, I took the questionable 5950X CPU back to the Paterson store since I couldn't get it to work.  However using the same hardware I could get a 3950X CPU working in the same mobo hardware.  The store staff and a manager had the audacity to tell me at the store that they were going to charge me $40 to inspect and test the CPU I had just purchased in the store less than 48 hours ago to verify if it's functionality while telling me that I had to wait 1 1/2 weeks because of the backlog. This all started because I was so excited about having gotten my hands on an AMD 5950X CPU that upon purchasing it I had neglected to look at the CPU's packaging when I paid for it at the register. Because I was in a bit of a  bereavement state, due to a recent loss hours earlier, and waiting almost 3 hours on a line in 26 degree (Fahrenheit) weather,  I didn't get to the CPU sitting in the Microcenter shopping bag for 24 hours after the purchase, only to find out that the packaging which the CPU comes in, the hard plastic clam shell, had already been cracked open, and had no external seal to break in the 1st place, prior to my purchasing it. In my excitement I said what the hell, and decided to try the CPU anyway. After trying for almost 3 or 4 days, I returned with the processor to the store and they basically looked at me like I was some sort of a guilty criminal with something to hide upon producing the CPU.   Normally I was asked by the cashier why I was returning CPU, after almost 1 minute later, of the register cashier pulling the CPU out of its plastic packaging bare handed, with no antistatic protection gear.   When I was asked by the cashier  as to what was wrong with it, I proceeded to explain how I received the CPU in the 1st place and a minute later he waved a manager over and now there were 2 people at the store register scrutinising the CPU.  Now the two gentlemen  were feverishly scrutinising the CPU,  as if though all of a sudden they were CPU Engineers with microscopes for eyes, handling the CPU with their bare hands and, again, no antistatic protective gear.  They proceeded to tell me that the CPU had a couple of bent/misaligned pins of which I could not see with my bare eyes, nor with my reading glasses on.  The glances and distrusting looks that I was receiving from each of them for about 2 minutes, were unnerving and I had to keep my composure before I told them what was really going through my mind.  Finally, the manager stated he would take it back, but he didn't hold back on giving me a lecture and a warning, as if speaking down to a miscreant child.  He stated he would make an exception, "this one time for me", in accepting the return. The possible next time I go to purchase anything at Microcenter I will make sure it is not an open item of any kind. The customer service I received that day was unwarranted, undeserving and unprofessional   I am sure that someone could scrutinise the video of the event this past Monday evening, between 7pm and 8pm, of them hovering over the processor when I returned it and study my body language to see how uncomfortable they made me, a long time, loyal, frequently returning customer.  After this experience I will not make Microcenter my 1st choice for purchasing tech enthusiast high-end items  Instead I will make my future purchases more frequent online 1st.   Well, one less person to get onto the wee hour lines waiting for that hard to get opportunity to score a great piece enthusiast item.   Sad as to how far this store,  in Paterson, has fallen.  Really sorry for the long rant. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook MNPolarbear January 2021 I think the worst building nightmare I ever had to deal with was when a friend was trying to do someone else a favor trying to save them money by doing a home built PC for them.  As he was new to building PCs, he did not know about how CPUs are keyed when inserting them into the motherboard.  As such he inserts the CPU the wrong way and manages to bend a few pins on it trying to clamp it into place.  This was on a LGA socket 478 CPU.  I grabbed his lighted magnifying glass, the smallest precision screw driver and the smallest needle nose pliers he had.  With a little patience I was able to bend the few bent pins back in place so the CPU would drop into the socket properly and he wouldn't need to replace the CPU.  Talk about a sigh of relief when the PC posts and we can start installing the OS. 2 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Suzukii ✭ January 2021 edited January 2021 I wish that had been my case before returning the 5950X CPU I waited for on a 3+ hour line last week in Paterson.  It was DOA and it drove me nuts.  Please to anyone reading this: Do NOT ACCEPT ANY CPU'S or OPEN RAM from the store unless they can test it right there in front of you otherwise suffer the experience I was given by the store staff upon trying to return the item.  And by no means should one have to pay for the item in question to be tested if the item in question is 14 days or less from the purchase date.MNPolarbear said: I think the worst building nightmare I ever had to deal with was when a friend was trying to do someone else a favor trying to save them money by doing a home built PC for them.  As he was new to building PCs, he did not know about how CPUs are keyed when inserting them into the motherboard.  As such he inserts the CPU the wrong way and manages to bend a few pins on it trying to clamp it into place.  This was on a LGA socket 478 CPU.  I grabbed his lighted magnifying glass, the smallest precision screw driver and the smallest needle nose pliers he had.  With a little patience I was able to bend the few bent pins back in place so the CPU would drop into the socket properly and he wouldn't need to replace the CPU.  Talk about a sigh of relief when the PC posts and we can start installing the OS. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Brik January 2021 My first PC build was a B50 Phenom II and I had NO IDEA what I was idea. I put everything together and couldn't figure out how to turn it on. I saw a post about putting a penny on the two posts for the power switch but I ended up putting the penny to the CMOS Clear switch and somehow ended up burned up the BIOS. Had to RMA the motherboard after hours of working on it and there wasn't a giant catalog of youtube tutorials or diagnostic tools online 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Coconuts January 2021 On my first build I plugged the HDMI cable into the mobo instead of the graphics card and felt despair when nothing displayed on screen. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Kayaker ✭ January 2021 This was way back in the 20th century.   Had just upgraded a computer for a sweet lady and I was proud.  Pride and inexperience led me to confidently connect the 2.5 inch floppy drive to its power connector as the final piece in this upgrade.  Only I inserted it backwards.  Didn't realize it until the power supply popped and fizzed on first fireup.  I felt really bad for my customer as the 'young tech hotshot' screwed up and knocked her computer out of use for several days.  Hardware today is much more idiot proof as connectors can only go in one way.  1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook hiddenGamer28 ✭ January 2021 The computer I am using now is actually a friend built hand me down I got a few years ago when my pre-built dell died.  I've had it for about 5 years and it uses an i7-870 so that should tell you how old it is in general.  I've replaced some computer components before but have never really built a computer, but during the quarantine I discovered build guides on YouTube and was excited to build a computer myself.  I am out of work so I can't afford a whole new computer, but as I was watching the videos I started to notice little things about my computer that I could fix.  The main things I saw were; there was no cable management, the cpu cooler was mounted facing straight up rather than with the air flow, and the rear fan would stop moving and required me to physically spin the blades to start it up again.  I started with the fan and replaced that pretty easily.  There was another fan in the front that had never worked and it turns out it was never plugged into the header.  I downloaded the mobo manual to find the front header and fixed that too.  I tried to do the cable management but the case was so old and there was no room to work so I asked for a new case for Xmas.  I figured it would be easy enough to just switch the cases but it took way longer than I expected. The first problem I ran into was that one of the screws wouldn't unscrew from the motherboard.  In fact, when I unscrewed it, it pulled out the riser from the case itself.  Luckily it still fit into the new case even with the other screw so that ended up turning out ok.  It took way longer than I thought it would, but I managed to get everything done in about 2 hours and went to turn it on and............nothing. No post, no screen, no error, nothing.  It would run and all the fans would turn on, but nothing would appear on the screen.  I had to hard shutdown by holding down the power button, but a couple seconds later it would always restart.  I ended up having to pull the power to get it to stay off so I could work on it.  I pulled out the ram and put it back in (one stick didn't go in all the way so the mobo yelled at me for that).  I pulled out my graphics card and put it back in.  I redid all the wires for the front panel, I checked all the screws, I checked all the wire connections, I took out and reinstalled the PSU.  Nothing worked.  After 3 hours trying to get it to post, I was about to give up.  I decided to go back to the old case to see if there was anything I missed.  I gave it a good shake and a teeny tiny little piece of beige plastic fell out from behind one of the panels.  I went to google and looked up pictures of my motherboard and compared those to the manual and it was the bios config jumper.  At this point I was extremely upset because I broke off a very important piece of the motherboard and I wasn't sure if it could even be fixed. But while I was reading the manual I noticed that there were 3 pins the jumper plugged into.  I looked at the motherboard and there were 3 pins still.  It was at this point I realized it just slides onto the pins.  I placed it on and it started right away.  At this point I thought about the 3 hours I had just wasted because of this tiny piece of plastic.   tldr: on my first computer build the mobo bios config jumper fell off in the old case and it took me 3 hours to figure that out. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Darkle_Gray January 2021 The Story begins the day before college classes are slated to start. I have my trusty Dell prebuilt XPS from the 2010 vintage and saw that Windows 10 needed to update. I allowed it to reset and waited...and waited...and waited. It rebooted, then nothing. Then rebooted again. Insert infinite regress boot cycle. I take a coffee break, hoping it magically fixes itself, but woe unto me, it does not. Now, I need a computer, and the only place I can think of to look for one is Micro Center. I brave the wild crowds and wander the store, and find myself in the prebuilt and monitor side, where I end up with a refurbished HP prebuilt. Why not? less work and I can get up and running. Think again. I get it home, fire it up, and look inside. No way I can use this. Non-upgradeable without an immense amount of work and money. So back to the store I go, with the resolve to go with my original idea of finally building my very first pc, from the ground up. I've repaired and replaced plenty of components in my time but never built one from the start. I have a Powerspec 750 watt power supply, Samsung Evo SSD and a 4TB spinning rust,  and a GTX 780 from my recently befuddled Dell, along with 2 Acer XV240Y monitors for the cause. With this in mind, I proceed to gather the needed items, with a Ryzen processor, open box MSI B450 motherboard, Ram, and a Lian Li case. Got my prizes home, and cleared the desk. Open the motherboard, and find...the backplate was missing, and also refused to show any signs of life. So... back to the store. Perusing the open box motherboards again, I find an ASUS ROG B450 motherboard that not only works but offers me so much more for now and in the future.  And after all that work, extra trips to and from my local Micro Center, and the headaches of building my first bespoke computer I now have a pretty decent rig, with a mid-range mobo, Ryzen 5 3600, and a ton of potential for the future for upgrades. In particular, a much more modern RTX or RX video card, a VR rig, more memory, and an NVME drive. If you made it this far, thank you for reading this, and I am genuinely excited to have been able to do this. It's something I've been wanting to do for a long time, and it feels great to accomplish this and bring it into reality.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook EmmaB ✭ January 2021 edited January 2021 During my first and only build I put the CPU in without lifting the retention arm and continued to tighten the cooler on top of it. I had been trying for a solid 10 minutes to get the CPU to fit properly and finally thought I had done it.  I had no idea what I had done and ended up going to a computer shop to find my mistake.  Luckily none of the pins were bent but I spent about 50$ for them to find and fix it.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook zeigan January 2021 Years ago I learned the hard way the damage static electricity can do on a processor. And why it's never a good idea to hand straighten bent pins on one carelessly. They just snapped right off.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AndrewC January 2021 I don't have any serious horror stories from building pc's, but on my first build we could not get the pc to post. It was mine and my brother's first build and we finally found out that the pc was not plugged into the monitor. This frustrated us because we just could not figure out what was wrong. Finally we found the unplugged cord and fixed the problem. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook MattNemesis ✭ January 2021 edited January 2021 Funny story/unfortunate stories, but the pc build went fine, I was driving back from microcenter to my parents house to pick up some tools to ultimately build my bros new pc at my townhome, AMD FX-6100, 2x 4GB DDR3 1600 ram sticks, EVGA GTX 560, ASUS AM3+ M5A97 motherboard, Thermaltake V3 Black edition case, kingwin 120mm blue led case fans, Hyper 212 EVO cooler. On my way back to my place I had all the pc parts in the front passengers seat buckled up nice and safe. The motherboard box fell off the seat to the passengers side leg room area. I reached down to grab it to make sure it was ok while driving, I veered right just a little bit, on my parents street not to the point of hitting the pavement, but one of the houses mailboxes was tilted a little bit too much into the street, to which my passengers side mirror hit it and ripped off and did damage all down the side of my car, around 3600 dollars in damage and a mailbox replacement lol.  Also did a build for a friend at his house and was finishing up to make sure the Windows install went ok and it booted (he was going to install the drivers, (he got all the parts from microcenter the previous day), my reward was a 6 pack of beer. Upon leaving and driving home, 2 cars in front of me braked really hard to try to avoid an animal but ran over an Opossum anyway,  the person in front of me braked, I braked and avoided hitting the person, the person behind me rear-ended me at 45 mph and I poped in my seat lifting my foot off the brake (manual car) and physics made hit the person in front of me, completely totaling my car. The car was a Dodge Dart 6-speed turbo edition. If I stayed to install the drivers on the pc I would have avoided the situation lol. Coming home from microcenter recently to try to get a new GPU with no luck, a pickup truck in front of me veered to avoid a piece of aluminum on the highway, he kicked it up and it hit the front of my car and glancing off the passangers side of the hood, did some damage and ended up get a flat tire yesterday because of it also lol. Not begging to get this GPU, but I cant deny the facts lol, gl to all! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Suzukii ✭ January 2021 MattNemesis said: Funny story/unfortunate stories, but the pc build went fine, I was driving back from microcenter to my parents house to pick up some tools to ultimately build my bros new pc at my townhome, AMD FX-6100, 2x 4GB DDR3 1600 ram sticks, EVGA GTX 560, ASUS AM3+ M5A97 motherboard, Thermaltake V3 Black edition case, kingwin 120mm blue led case fans, Hyper 212 EVO cooler. On my way back to my place I had all the pc parts in the front passengers seat buckled up nice and safe. The motherboard box fell off the seat to the passengers side leg room area. I reached down to grab it to make sure it was ok while driving, I veered right just a little bit, on my parents street not to the point of hitting the pavement, but one of the houses mailboxes was tilted a little bit too much into the street, to which my passengers side mirror hit it and ripped off and did damage all down the side of my car, around 3600 dollars in damage and a mailbox replacement lol.  Also did a build for a friend at his house and was finishing up, (he got all the parts from microcenter the previous day), my reward was a 6 pack of beer. Upon leaving and driving home, 2 cars in front of me braked really hard to try to avoid an animal but ran over an Opossum anyway,  the person in front of me braked, I braked and avoided hitting the person, the person behind me rear-ended me at 45 mph and I poped in my seat lifting my foot off the brake (manual car) and physics made hit the person in front of me, completely totaling my car. The car was a Dodge Dart 6 speed turbo edition. Unfortunate loss but for PC building all worth it. Def. unfortunate events for you. If I were you I'd stop drinking and building.PC's or at least have a designated PC equipment handler on speed dial. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook MattNemesis ✭ January 2021 edited January 2021 Suzukii said: MattNemesis said: Funny story/unfortunate stories, but the pc build went fine, I was driving back from microcenter to my parents house to pick up some tools to ultimately build my bros new pc at my townhome, AMD FX-6100, 2x 4GB DDR3 1600 ram sticks, EVGA GTX 560, ASUS AM3+ M5A97 motherboard, Thermaltake V3 Black edition case, kingwin 120mm blue led case fans, Hyper 212 EVO cooler. On my way back to my place I had all the pc parts in the front passengers seat buckled up nice and safe. The motherboard box fell off the seat to the passengers side leg room area. I reached down to grab it to make sure it was ok while driving, I veered right just a little bit, on my parents street not to the point of hitting the pavement, but one of the houses mailboxes was tilted a little bit too much into the street, to which my passengers side mirror hit it and ripped off and did damage all down the side of my car, around 3600 dollars in damage and a mailbox replacement lol.  Also did a build for a friend at his house and was finishing up, (he got all the parts from microcenter the previous day), my reward was a 6 pack of beer. Upon leaving and driving home, 2 cars in front of me braked really hard to try to avoid an animal but ran over an Opossum anyway,  the person in front of me braked, I braked and avoided hitting the person, the person behind me rear-ended me at 45 mph and I poped in my seat lifting my foot off the brake (manual car) and physics made hit the person in front of me, completely totaling my car. The car was a Dodge Dart 6 speed turbo edition. Unfortunate loss but for PC building all worth it. Def. unfortunate events for you. If I were you I'd stop drinking and building.PC's or at least have a designated PC equipment handler on speed dial. Lol, didn't drink any of it until I got home of course because my car got totaled, the cop laughed at me because I was taking a 6 pack of unopened beer out of the trunk (at least it opened before it got towed and the beer wasn't damaged lol). Luckily everyone was ok in that ordeal, the person that rear-ended me, his car was totaled also.  1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Abdel ✭ January 2021 I m hear to learn how to build computers  thank you 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook someguynamedmatt ✭ January 2021 edited January 2021 I've been building PC's now since around 1997 as a hobby. I have two specific horror stories. 1) Around 2000 the AMD thunderbird core processors came out and I wanted a new 750MHz computer, complete with 512MB of RAM. WHOA what speed (cue doge meme). The board I had gotten was a Biostar mATX board that had a built in graphics card. Extremely rare chipset, too, that if you ever lost the driver floppy, you were toast. I did. Went to reload WIN98 and 640x480 graphics FTL. A friend of mine lent me an ATI Rago Pro 32MB to test out. I plugged it in, booted up to a wonderful BSOD over and over again. Suddenly smelled smoke coming from the PC. Turns out the power supply was a puny 200w unit that barely took care of combo I had in there, and the video card drew just enough current and voltage through the MOBO that it wrecked my system. This was before the days of DVRM and AVRM and all the other acronyms for voltage and amperage signals that help clean up the power. CPU survived, but the PSU, HDD, MOBO and my pci modem all died. Went to a computer show the next week, repurchased what was needed and had a new rig with a 400w PSU. 2) I've NEVER done a watercooling or other exotic cooling solution and decided that 2015 was the year to do one. Intel 4790K, EVGA SLI 970's, Gigabyte Z97 MOBO. Alphacool GPU waterblocks, EK CPU block, 120mm and 360mm radiators with an Eheim pump. Took me nearly a week to fully customize and assemble into an OLD Antec P120w. I made sure every fitting was clamped and leak tested for 48 hours, just to be safe. Fast forward two weeks. I'm sitting at my desk looking at my bay mounted reservoir and realize that the water level has dropped. Significantly. It's a dual bay reservoir and the pump is external, so volume in the reservoir is maxed out. It's got to be at least 500ml that has gone missing. So I take a look inside and see nothing, no drips, no dye anywhere. I go to refill it, and that's when the leak reveals itself. The fitting, although screwed in, had somehow backed out of the upper 970 waterblock. The water had been dripping onto the lower GPU and traveled along the hot backplate, then traversing back under the backplate, dropping onto the PCB. Tried to dry it all out, only to find the damage had already been done. The GPU had somehow kept going despite the damage, but although I had cleaned it up, it was time for that GPU to say farewell. Sure enough the regulators were cooked. After ripping all of it out, redoing everything, I went to power it up, and another unseen leak above the PSU, this time, dripped right into it. SEVERAL large pops later, I was ordering a new corsair 1100w. Ever since then when it's maintenance time, I triple check everything, run a spare external PSU just for the pump before ever plugging anything in. Although I loved building the PC, I don't know that I will ever do another watercooling build, especially when the efficiency level of components continues to improve. BTW, this rig is still my home daily rig. Looking forward to running a 3070 in it one day. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Thomaschio ✭ January 2021 My build nightmare is a long one..... Initially my build was great, worked fine. The nightmare comes in with the intervention on my son who was 2 and a half at the time. This child poured an entire cup of juice in the top of my computer when I was at work. At first I tried cleaning everything off with alcohol. At first, it seemed like the only part that actually bought it was the motherboard, I thought I was lucky. One hundred dollars and 3 hours of drive time to Microcenter is getting off easy considering the circumstances. After rebuilding my computer and reinstalling everything it booted up. I was extremely happy, until 3 hours later when my GPU decided to pick up a heavier smoking habit than mine. Next paycheck, 3 more hours of driving and 400 dollars later I get a new gpu. At the time it wasn't a terrible thing, I was able to get a nice upgrade. Everything booted up fine it was working marvelously until i started to game. The over current protection started tripping. As anyone still reading this would guess it, another 3 hour drive to get a power supply. Fast forward a week and several memory errors later. I make another 3 hour drive because the RAM did not survive the juice unscathed. Thanks to my son, i now realize it is possible to put more miles than dollars into a computer. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook afernandez28 January 2021 Unfortunately my PC Build Horror Story is still taking place as we speak! Scammed out of Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Graphics Card on Ebay Since the middle of last summer in 2020 I have been slowly accumulating all the parts on my custom build list for my very first PC build, but the only remaining part I need would be the 3070 Graphics card that I've been searching for day in and day out! Now we all know the industry shortage on these graphics cards and the overwhelming demand causing a severe supply shortage, but what makes it worse is the bots and scalpers that have these take the limited supply of graphics cards only to resell for a much higher price leaving those who actually need the card without one ! While searching online for any available supply I figured I would entertain the idea of looking at some of the scalper prices on Ebay, but boy was that a mistake! I found a Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 graphics card (the one I wanted for my build) which was still asking for more than the stock price ($500), but it was about $100 less than what others wanted for it ($700 instead of $800). Knowing how fast any available graphics cards are taken, I knew I needed to act fast if I wanted a shot at obtaining one! The rush of adrenaline pushed me to taking out my card and buying it with no hesitation, but this is where it all went wrong...I misread the description of the item and bought A PICTURE OF THE GRAPHICS CARD FOR $700!!! Now I know this is entirely my fault for acting too quick without throughly looking through the details, but after searching for months I have grown anxious and jumped at the first opportunity! So now here I am needing only the graphics card to finish my first ever PC build, but I am sitting with just a picture of it and not the real thing out of $700 on top of that...hopefully my luck can change with this contest! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Karter Ohio ✭ January 2021 I’ve had 3 build story’s. The first one was with my first and second pc builds, I was building my pc and my grandparents office pc, and when I went to download windows 10 onto a thumb drive from my old windows 7 computer I couldn’t get my computer to recognize the drive, so for the next 11 hours I tried to get it to work. On top of that I couldn’t get a display output from my gpu, so I eventually took my old computers dvd drive, connected the sata cable from it into my motherboard and the power supply from my grandparents build because my psu hadn’t come yet, and used the windows 10 installation dvd that was for their parts, an old nvidia 9300 from my moms 10 year old pc so I could get display output and was finally able to get windows 10 installed on both computers. Was able to build their computer no problems but my pc wasn’t so fortunate... after I built my computer and had it connected to the tv for a couple days ( I hadn’t bought my computer monitor yet ) I went out of town for 2 weeks. When I got home I  moved the pc into my room, hooked everything up pressed the power button... and Nothing, that started 2 weeks of trouble shooting. At first I thought it was a bad 24 pin eps connector, because when the evga power supply works it has a solid green light in the back. And when that cable was unplugged the light came on instead of flashing, so I got one sent to me under warranty ( props to EVGA for great customer support ) the new cable arrived and still nothing. That’s when I started to panic a little bit 😅, and when I was putting in the new eps cable my cablemod 24 pin extension cable broke as well another return 🙄 but Amazon was pretty good about it so that was no problem. Over the next couple days me and my dad tried to figure out what was wrong. We narrowed it down to a grounding issue so one night I took the whole computer apart set the stuff on the box and it finally worked. I spent the next 5 hours taking a nail file and sanding the paint off the back of the motherboard screws reassembling the computer and it STILL didn’t work, so I replugged in every cable that I thought was important, and nothing, I decided to check the fans and rgb... turns out a backwards rgb cable kept my pc from running for almost 3 weeks.                The second story is one of my friends builds, I had been helping him pick out parts for the past several weeks. When he got all the parts he had another one of his friends help him build the computer, a day later he video calls me asking him to help him configure his hard drive (because it wasn’t showing up in bios or anything ) turns out when his friend was building his pc, in the rats nest of cable management, he forgot to plug in sata power to the hard drive, an easy fix but kind of funny.           And the last story. Just recently I helped a friend of mine with  his first pc build, and I walked him through it over several video calls. There was some confusion in the end with his gpu. First was he didn’t have the gpu screws out of the pcie slot cover so the gpu was just wedged in the case, the fingers on the back of the gpu weren’t even in the slots either, just a couple degrees from breaking the pcb and destroying the gpu entirely, so when I told him to remove the screws from the back of the gpu slot cover he thought that  I meant the gpu backplate and took that off accidentally, after he got it assembled it wouldn’t post, and the gpu fans wouldn’t spin meaning it wasn’t getting power, so after about 2 hours of unplugging and replugging cables and stuff in, we called it a night, the next day he de- and re-assembled the computer and it finally worked. But I’ve had some “fun” troubleshooting computers now. But I still love it and can’t wait to see what the next generations of pcs can do 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Waffler Cleveland, OH ✭ January 2021 My horror story is actually the whole reason why I got into the PC building hobby. It was back in 1999, I had bought a Dell computer for myself for gaming and such. One day, I ran into BSOD. At the time, I was pretty clueless about computers, so I called Dell Tech Support. First, a little background about me before I go on to give you better context of my experience. I'm completely deaf in my left ear and severely hard-of-hearing in my right ear, in which I wear a hearing aid. I can speak on the phone and, most of the time, get by OK. Not this time...read on. I get a guy with a heavy accent and speaking somewhat broken English. For a guy like me with hearing loss, this was a bad omen. I kindly asked if I could be transferred to someone who could speak more clearly and, frankly, a more American cadence. I want to emphasize that this ISN'T prejudice at work but the laws of physics (sound) and my ears' inability to process sound. As a result, much of what is said to me either sounds like underwater noise or different words (I'm a walking homonym dictionary). Of course, the guy was doing his best to be kind and offer his help, despite my repeated and desperate pleas to transfer me. (Side note, I had called a few times prior to this with similar results and gave up on trying to get lucky with someone who could speak better for me). Resigned, I explained my problem and, to his credit, did the best he could to walk me through diagnosing and solving. The entire call took FOUR hours, with him sometimes literally spelling words out for me (and even his LETTERS sounded like other letters to me!). We eventually resolved the problem, but after that, I swore I was never going to call tech support again and just learn it on my own. That's how I figured out how easy PC building is when I installed more RAM for the first time. I give a lot of credit to that guy for being patient with me, but my patience ran out several times. If only more businesses back then were more sensitive to needs like mine like they are now (better late than never, I suppose), but then I'd never have gotten into PC building! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook «1…45678910» This discussion has been closed. 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