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Community Article Does the Microcenter warranty cover overclocking? — 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 › New Members Does the Microcenter warranty cover overclocking? Rhartung84 Laguna Niguel, California ✭ January 4 in New Members I am brand new at new computers and am learning the trials and tribulations of updated computer technology. A question that reoccurs in my mind follows. I am wondering if I can overclock my processor, and in the event that something happens to my processor during its use can I use the warranty? There is no detailed information about this written in the Micro Center warranty information like Intel explains in their warranty coverage specifications. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Best Answers TSMichaelB admin January 5 Accepted Answer https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/39081#Comment_39081 You're very welcome, and I wish you a fantastic 2022 as well! Another important thing to consider is that our warranties are only typically voided if damage occurs as a result of the modification. Lets use a pre-built system as an example. For this example, we will assume you overclocked your CPU and loaded your memory XMP profile (also considered an overclock). If you buy a protection plan on this system and your SSD fails, we wouldn't void the system warranty simply because you overclocked your processor and memory, the failure would have to be related to your modification in order for us to consider that a voided warranty. Now if your PSU failed after overclocking your components, this would be considered something that would be related to overclocking as an increase in clock speeds/voltages can result in increased stress on the PSU. This would be found under 14T: Damage resulting from unauthorized repair; software virus; or electrical wiring and connections; damage caused during delivery or removal, improper installation, or setup including, but not limited to packing, unpacking or assembly, user facilitated minor adjustments and settings outlined in the product’s owner’s manual, external antenna or local reception problems, inaccessible products or parts, negligence, misuse or abuse whether willful or not. Repair of resolution (pixels) failure must match the factory minimum standards before an authorized repair occurs. As always, if you have questions, always check with your sales rep as they are informed of our warranty terms and will know how to assist you should you have any concerns. We are also here to help on the community forum as well, so definitely let us know. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMichaelB admin January 6 Accepted Answer https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/39093#Comment_39093 So this is a tricky subject, given how memory works. You are correct in that your processor is rated to run at 3200Mhz for memory, however this isn't exactly the case with modern DDR4 XMP profiles. You have two different types of 3200Mhz. You have the JEDEC defined standards and the XMP overclocks. JEDEC standards are defined by a council of companies that all mutually agree on specifications that their products can operate at and they design them to meet these specifications. XMP overclocking often pushes beyond these standards for more performance. Here is a list of JEDEC DDR4 standards: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DDR4_SDRAM#JEDEC_standard_DDR4_module. If you look on the right hand side of that link, you will see the various DDR4 JEDEC standards and their primary timings. Common primary timings include: 3200 20-20-20, 3200 22-22-22, and 3200 24-24-24. It is important to note that these JEDEC DDR4 profiles must operate at 1.2V. Intel defines their memory controller limitations to these standards. You can find their memory controller specifications for your 11th gen processors here: https://cdrdv2.intel.com/v1/dl/getContent/634648. Details outlined in Section 2.1. In the image above, you can see the 1.2V they are specifying. In this image above, you can see they are defining their support for CAS Latency 22, meaning they are using the JEDEC 3200 22-22-22 standard. Your XMP profiles on the other hand, can run much tighter timings such as 3200 CL14, with a DRAM voltage of 1.35V or higher. This will offer a significant improvement in latency performance, but does put additional stress on your CPU's memory controller and may result in system instability. Since these values operate outside of the Intel official specifications, they are not guaranteed to work like the JEDEC standard is. To answer your question as to whether an XMP overclock would void a CPU warranty in the event of damage, the answer is yes. HOWEVER, I have been overclocking memory for over a decade now and have never killed a CPU doing it. That is not to say it is impossible, as certainly too much VCCIO/VCCSA voltage can do so, it is not something that you'll likely ever encounter by simply loading an XMP profile. Just ensure that when you load XMP, it isn't trying to set absurdly high voltages. When you load an XMP, your motherboard BIOS will tell you all of the changes it plans to commit. If you need help finding out which voltage values are too high, I am sure there are guides on this forum that can answer that, or I can answer that myself. Either way, as long as you do not damage your product as a result of overclocking, your warranty will remain intact. That G Skill kit of yours should be perfectly safe to use with your processor, so load that XMP and enjoy that performance boost! 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Answers TSMichaelB admin January 5 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/10380/does-the-microcenter-warranty-cover-overclocking Greetings and welcome to the forum. Unfortunately our warranties do not cover overclocking, as that would void the warranty under the following: Misuse, abuse, reconfiguration of equipment or improper movement of the equipment. Any utilization of equipment that is inconsistent with either the design of the equipment or the way the manufacturer intended the equipment to be used. This would be under section 14E: https://60a99bedadae98078522-a9b6cded92292ef3bace063619038eb1.ssl.cf2.rackcdn.com/documents_MCCESTC09.13State.pdf Intel may design some of their processors to be overclockable, but their standard product warranty does not cover overclocking and our protection plans are designed around the operation of equipment for their standard use. We do not offer an overclocking-specific warranty at this time. Now being an overclocker myself, I've been in the same boat of trying to learn how to OC without risking damage to expensive parts. My recommendation would be to buy a cheap unlocked platform such as the i3 K processors or older generation processors (the Pentium G3258 was cheap and really good for learning how to overclock) and begin your journey on those. The core concepts of overclocking has remained the same across most generations of Intel CPU's, with few things changing in the memory overclocking area and the addition of per-core adjustments being introduced in later generations. I would also strongly urge looking up video tutorials and online guides of overclocking tailored to your specific processor family. Understanding how others are running their voltages/clock speeds can give you an idea of what may be feasible, and what may be too extreme. Hopefully this helped, and if you have any questions, please let us know. Also know that you can always ask overclocking questions here, we happen to be enthusiasts along with the rest of our customers so while it may void your warranty, we can always help you operate within "safe" voltages and current limitations for long term use. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Rhartung84 Laguna Niguel, California ✭ January 5 Thank you for the fact-based information on this subject. I have asked Technical support multiple times, and a few say you can overclock and the warranty will not void, while others say that Microcenter does not cover damage to processors if the processor has been overclocked. Same in the store, I overheard someone saying "We cover overclocking in the warranty," on two separate occasions, and possibly more than twice. This discussion will help many inquiries about warranties and overclocking. Micorcenter is an easier solution than intel's warranty mail in exchange. Very awesome, and thank you so much. I hope you have a great 2022! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Rhartung84 Laguna Niguel, California ✭ January 6 Michael B. Thank you for the perfect insight! I would never have thought of it unless the problem happened, or had to desperately search for this information without such a specific answer. You are very considerate of technology people's "must-know" needs concerning potential PC disasters. Which brings me to the need to know if the XMP clocking RAM at a processor's specification voids a warranty? For example, I have an i7-11700 2.5GHz " locked processor, and I have an F4-3200C16D-16GVKB 16GB (8x2) G.Skill Ripjaw 3200MHz RAM kit. The RAM specification for my processor is 3200MHz and I have to use XMP 2.0 to enable the refresh rate of the memory. Is this going to void the warranty? I have heard multiple yeses and nos. Intel confirmed that as long as the RAM is functioning within Intel specifications then I am okay. Do you know the truth? Also, which brings to question if the possessor warranty is void after clocking RAM in my motherboard at 3600 or above would void the processor warranty? I personally know it would, but if you can confirm I would be grateful. Thank you again. I will post your answer to this question in a separate thread/discussion, so everyone knows the right answer too. It is a difficult consequence to justify when such an investment is destroyed by fraught research. Respectfully, Robert H. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Rhartung84 Laguna Niguel, California ✭ January 7 edited January 7 Michael B., Gosh, I don't know how to say thank you. I am sincerely impressed by your consideration of my questions. I have the most awesome PDF of my processor, and will study it a lot. I am taking a Mike Meyers A+ certification class to become a certified Technician. This PDF talks about all the details that underline the reasons for taking the class, and thought I would never find the right curriculum to explain what I am looking for. I am grateful you are helpful. Glad to meet you, and thank you again Michael B. I will let you know if I have any more questions. Respectfully, Robert H. P.S. May I post your comment in a new discussion titled "XMP Overclocking and How It Affects Warranties?" P.S.S. FYI, I feel like I have a real motherboard instead of a boring board with shiny pieces of metal and interface plugs. Awesome research. Thank you again! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMichaelB admin January 7 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/39112#Comment_39112 Greetings, I am happy to have been able to answer your questions. You can certainly re-post any of the information we provide, it always helps to get this information out there to those that may need it. Often times, these finer details can get lost in a lot of the legal-speak, so it never hurts to have additional clarification. 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And with it comes the question of which one you should buy. One of the reasons the CPU choice is so important is that it determines your build’s platform and overall direction. For example, if you are building around one of AMD's latest generation Ryzen 5000 series processors, you are likely looking to mate it with an X570 or B550 motherboard and perhaps a PCIe 4.0 SSD. Likewise, if you have chosen an Intel processor for your build, you will need to select a compatible motherboard with your desired features. So, which CPU should you buy? That is a loaded question, and there is no single answer. CPUs are not a one-size-fits-all component. Chipset, upgrade path, cores, architecture—they all play a role in what is best for your particular build. How Many CPU Cores Do I Need? A long time ago, clock speed was king, and like the speedometer on a car, the higher the clock speed, the faster the chip. These days it is not so cut and dry. Clockspeed still matters, but so do core and thread counts. Cores and threads are like arms and hands—imagine how much more efficient you could be with certain tasks if you had more than just two each. The same concept applies to CPUs. How many do you need? If your primary use is surfing the web and firing off emails, a dual-core chip will get the job done; it’s just not very fast. For an entry-level PC, I recommend going with four cores. Most modern four-core CPUs will serve just fine in a general-purpose PC and can even play games when matched with a discrete GPU. For a mid-range gaming PC or light content creation, you should be looking at six or eight cores, depending on your budget. Six to eight cores are also ideal for casual streaming. And for a high-end gaming PC, more intense video editing and encoding workloads, and professional streaming, go with as many cores as you can afford. Now let's go over some of the different options. AMD Ryzen 5000 Series If you are a gamer, the best CPUs for gaming right now also happen to be the newest ones from AMD. Based on its Zen 3 architecture, the Ryzen 5000 series combines strong single-threaded performance with up to 16 cores and 32 threads for multi-threaded workloads, making them suitable for nearly any task, gaming or otherwise. Here are the options: Ryzen 9 5950X (16 cores / 32 threads, 3.4GHz to 4.9GHz, 64MB L3 cache): $799.99 Ryzen 9 5900X (12 cores / 24 threads, 3.7GHz to 4.8GHz, 64MB L3 cache): $549.99 Ryzen 7 5800X (8 cores / 16 threads, 3.8GHz to 4.7GHz, 32MB L3 cache): $449.99 Ryzen 5 5600X (6 cores / 12 threads, 3.6GHz to 4.6GHz, 32MB L3 cache): $299.99 Ironically, the least expensive of the bunch—Ryzen 5 5600X—is also the only one to come with a bundled CPU air cooler, AMD's Wraith Stealth. If purchasing one of the other three, you will need an alternative cooling solution purchased separately, be it an all-in-one liquid cooler like Corsair's H115i XT or air cooler like Cooler Master's Hyper 212 RGB. Zen 3 is a significant upgrade over Zen 2, with AMD touting a 19 percent uptick in IPC (instructions per clock) performance. That essentially means that clock for clock and core for core, Zen 3 is 19 percent faster than Zen 2. Real-world performance can be more or less, depending on the workload. In gaming, however, Zen 3 shines. Source: AMD In AMD's testing, the Ryzen 9 5900X is up to 50 percent faster in games than the previous generation Ryzen 9 3900XT, both 12-core/24-thread CPUs. That is a best-case scenario, and a bit of an outlier, though overall, Zen 3 is a significant upgrade over the previous generation. All four of the Ryzen 5000 series processors are suitable for gaming, not just the Ryzen 9 5900X. The higher up you go, the better the performance, though the real benefit of going for more cores/threads is doing things like streaming and content creation.   If you're looking to build a higher-end PC, a good match for any of these chips is a motherboard based on AMD's X570 chipset. Or if you want to save a few bucks, the B550 chipset is nearly as good but more affordable. Some potential options: Asus X570-Pro Prime: $249.99 MSI X570 MPG Gaming Edge WiFi: $214.99 Gigabyte B550 Aorus Elite: $159.99 ASRock B550 Phantom Gaming 4: $114.99 Intel 10th Gen Comet Lake Series While the Ryzen 5000 series is the new kid on the block, Intel's 10th Gen Core Comet Lake processors are great for gaming and content creation. Intel has been optimizing its 14-nanometer manufacturing node for several years now, and so Comet Lake is more of an architectural refinement over Coffee Lake. However, Intel did change the socket for Comet Lake (LGA 1200), so if you are upgrading an existing build, you will need a new motherboard as well. That said, here are some of the higher-end Comet Lake options for gaming, streaming, and content creation: Core i9-10900K (10 cores / 20 threads, 3.7GHz to 5.3GHz, 20MB L3 cache): $529.99 Core i9-10850K (10 cores / 20 threads, 3.6GHz to 5.2GHz, 20MB L3 cache): $419.99 Core i9-10900 (10 cores / 20 threads, 2.8GHz to 5.2GHz, 20MB L3 cache): $399.99 Core i7-10700K (8 cores / 16 threads, 3.8GHz to 5.1GHz, 16MB L3 cache): $339.99 Core i7-10700 (8 cores / 16 threads, 2.9GHz to 4.8GHz, 16MB L3 cache): $319.99 Core i5-10600K (6 cores / 12 threads, 4.1GHz to 4.8GHz, 12MB L3 cache) $249.99 All of these are strong performers. And technically, while the Core i9-10900K is the best Intel CPU for consumers, the Core i9-10850K offers more bang for the buck, getting you near the same performance for around $100 less. Also, the same rule here applies with regards to streaming—the more cores, the better. If that is your goal, a Core i9-10900 or higher is the best option. You can stream with fewer cores, but I would suggest going no lower than six: the more cores, the less chance of occasional choppiness. Also, note that any Intel processor with a "K" designation like the Core i7-10700K has an unlocked multiplier. Unlocked multiplier comes in handy for overclocking if that is something you are interested in doing. If you are not looking to push the envelope, there are more affordable options that are great for 1080p gaming and general-purpose computing. Pair either of these with an entry-level or mid-range graphics card, and you'll have yourself a respectable gaming box. Core i5-10400 (6 cores / 12 threads, 2.9GHz to 4.3GHz, 12MB L3 cache): $149.99 Core i3-10100 (4 cores / 8 threads, 3.6GHz to 4.3GHz, 6MB L3 cache): $99.99 You could probably get away with some casual Twitch streaming with the Core i5-10400, but for the most part, these are for more budget-oriented builds. Here are some motherboard options at different price points: EVGA Z490 FTW WiFi: $329.99 Asus Z490-E ROG Strix Gaming: $299.99 MSI Z490 MAG Tomahawk: $189.99 Gigabyte B460-M DS3H Ultra Durable: $79.99 Finding Value in Older Generation CPUs Up to this point, I've mainly focused on the latest CPU architectures from AMD and Intel, with an emphasis on higher-end processors. But whether you're looking to build a modest gaming PC or a general-purpose workhouse on a more stringent budget, you have options. It was only a short while ago when previous generation CPUs like Zen 2 (Ryzen 3000 series) and Coffee Lake (9th Gen) were the top chips. And today? They are still capable hardware options. Both have their advantages. One reason to build around Zen 2 is the chipset. Both X570 and B550 support the latest technologies, and namely PCIe 4.0. This mostly matters if you plan to install a blazing fast PCIe 4.0 SSD, some of which can reach data transfer speeds of 7,000MB/s. To that end, one of the best bang-for-buck options is the Ryzen 5 3600 for $249.99. The 3600 is an excellent mid-range chip with six cores, 12 threads, a 3.6GHz base clock, 4.2GHz max boost clock, and 32MB of L3 cache. Some other notable options from within the Zen 2 family: Ryzen 7 3800XT (8 cores / 16 threads, 3.9GHz to 4.7GHz, 32MB L3 cache): $349.99 Ryzen 7 3800X (8 cores / 16 threads, 3.9GHz to 4.5GHz, 32MB L3 cache): $339.99 Ryzen 7 3700X (8 cores / 16 threads, 3.6GHz to 4.4GHz, 32MB L3 cache): $299.99 Ryzen 7 3600XT (6 cores / 12 threads, 3.8GHz to 4.5GHz, 32MB L3 cache): $269.99 Ryzen 5 3600X (6 cores / 12 threads, 3.8GHz to 4.4GHz, 32MB L3 cache): $259.99 On the other hand, Intel has not yet embraced PCIe 4.0 on the desktop (that will come when Rocket Lake arrives next year), but PCIe 3.0 SSDs are still plenty fast, so it's not a huge deal. Additionally, Intel's 9th Gen Core processors are very fast performing chips for gaming, media chores, encoding, and just about anything you throw at them. Some options worth considering: Core i9-9900K (8 cores / 16 threads, 3.6GHz to 5GHz, 16MB L3 cache): $299.99 Core i7-9700K (8 cores / 8 threads, 3.6GHz to 4.9GHz, 12MB L3 cache): $199.99 Core i5-9600K (6 cores / 6 threads, 3.7GHz to 4.6GHz, 9MB L3 cache): $149.99 Core i5-9400 (6 cores / 6 threads, 2.9GHz to 4.1GHz, 9MB L3 cache): $139.99 You can save a bit of money by going with an older generation CPU, whether it's an AMD or Intel chip. It's all about deciding what your budget is and then looking at your options. Check out our PC Builder tool when you're ready to start building your PC with one of these new CPUs. By: Paul Lilly 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Leave a Comment Rich Text Editor. To edit a paragraph's style, hit tab to get to the paragraph menu. From there you will be able to pick one style. Nothing defaults to paragraph. An inline formatting menu will show up when you select text. Hit tab to get into that menu. 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Woohoo.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook GeminiOp ✭ November 2021 I’m going to be at Tustin waiting in line to hopefully grab a couple Noctua Fans, UH-9s, some 8gb Ram and a new monitor (:! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook NuNu ✭ November 2021 I’m hoping to finally get a 3060 at MSRP! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook VeritableHero ✭ November 2021 Depends on if I get the gift card or not. 😄 Would love a new case, an M.2 drive, and preferably a start on a new budget PC for my son.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook zakzak123 ✭ November 2021 Going to spend some quality time with the in-laws, working remotely, but most importantly staking out a new OLED. Wife and I are ready to pounce on a 65" TV 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook kidlarge ✭ November 2021 I was planning to upgrade my storage with a WD_Black SN750. If I got a gift card I’d probably also upgrade my monitor, not sure what with, but anything better than 1080p 60hz would be an upgrade for sure. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Karhalis ✭ November 2021 Unfortunately, I will be at work, although I do hope to get me a good present: ASUS X570-I ROG Strix Mini ITX mainboard for a SFF build I want to do. Then I can retire my i7-8700k based system to media server duties. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook BenSokol ✭ November 2021 Might be picking up a few components for a raspberry pi project and/or a new SSD. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook THEFEEJ77 ✭ November 2021 I am really really looking forward to going to tustin with my dad because I convinced him to build his own PC after I got all my parts at microcenter, we plan on going and getting a Ryzen 7 5800x and a Asus motherboard! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Babyedd123 ✭ November 2021 edited November 2021 I'm looking to buy a 3D printer with a large format in one risen printer at the Houston Texas store 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TrungN101 ✭ November 2021 I plan to build my dad a PC since he has been working on an HP Laptop but it can’t handle all this work load. He got me my pc and now I want to pay him back with a better device. Hopefully I get the $500 gift card 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook RLe9 ✭ November 2021 I'll probably look to buy a new monitor. 60 hertz is standard, but I've really wanted to try a higher refresh rate like the 144 hertz ones. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook nanoflower ✭ November 2021 If things go well I would like to pick up some extra RAM (16GB of DDR4) and some sort of table for e-reading. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook tobiasmar ✭ November 2021 I'll be getting a new headset - looking namely at a Corsair HS80, Virtuoso, or HyperX Cloud Flight - and, if I can actually find one in stock, an RTX 3060ti or 3070 GPU. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook drphilio ✭ November 2021 if i win ima get myself some parts to upgrade my computer. maybe a ssd idk.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook sandra2000 ✭ November 2021 I will be picking up a few computer parts from Microcenter this black friday  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Milinc ✭ November 2021 I'd like to pick up some upgrades to peripherals and streaming gear like a new mic arm and green screen. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook DarkDogg ✭ November 2021 I am hoping to double up my RGB Corsair RAM on Black Friday, and possibly get a new gaming mouse. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Fluid818 Santa Clarita CA ✭ November 2021 I plan to buy my first gaming pc this Black Friday  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook KevlarLombax ✭ November 2021 I’m not sure what I’m gonna get.. I know I need to get a brand new Laptop for college next year. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Admiral_Burrito ✭ November 2021 Hopefully a 5800x if its in stock 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook uarober32 ✭ November 2021 I hope to snag a PS5 and maybe a new TV! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook GP813 ✭ November 2021 At the new Micro Center in Tustin I'd be on the lookout for a 12700k, Z690 mobo, some Trident Z5 ddr5 memory, and a not insanely priced 3080 GPU along with a 2tb SSD from WD or Samsung. Hopefully it will all be in stock to put together my first new rig in over 10 years. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Mr_Rogers ✭ November 2021 Ssd for ps5 if they're on sale.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook clevelumbus ✭ November 2021 I’ll be shopping online because my kids’ school isn’t open that day, bless their hearts 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook «1234567…18» This discussion has been closed. 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Community Article High-End VS Budget: What Motherboard Is Right For Me? — 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 › PC Build Guides High-End VS Budget: What Motherboard Is Right For Me? SeanM admin December 2021 edited December 2021 in PC Build Guides Many PC builders, new and old alike, unfortunately don’t give much thought to their motherboards. So much so that one common piece of advice you’ll see online is to “buy the cheapest one you can find that supports your components.” This is ill-advised, in our opinion. The motherboard doesn’t exactly comprise the heart and brain of your build – that would be the CPU and the GPU – but it can be considered something akin to your computer’s skeletal and circulatory systems (to strain the human anatomy analogy a bit further), providing support for your components and delivering power and data to them. Motherboards run a wide gamut in terms of pricing, though, ranging from around $50 to $60 on the low end with premium boards inching towards the $1,000 mark. With such a wide selection to choose from, it’s important to know what you actually need for your planned build, what you’re getting with your money, and how to find the best motherboard for your planned setup. There’s a lot that goes into motherboard design, but this shouldn’t be an arduous decision-making process once you’ve got a few basic concepts nailed down. We’re here to help you get started with our in-depth motherboard buying guide that lays out the primary differences between high-end and budget mobos, what features and build qualities to consider (and whether you need these or not), and what you can expect to get for your money. What is the difference between high-end and budget motherboards? Most modern motherboards offer the same basic support for the latest CPUs, GPUs, and RAM, as well as other essentials like hard drives and SSDs. The main differences between high-end and budget motherboards are going to boil down to build quality, longevity, power management, thermal performance, and more advanced hardware compatibility that goes beyond standard stuff like CPU sockets. More specifically, you’ll need to consider what and how many slots and ports your motherboard requires for the various components you’ve chosen for your build, what features (such as overclocking support) you want to have, and how many years of use you’d like to get out of your board before replacing it or doing a new build. Even cheap motherboards such as the highly-rated ASUS B460M-A Prime provides the basics such as SATA ports and multiple USB ports, but don’t get caught off guard assuming that the budget mobo you bought has every feature. For example: WiFi. Not all motherboards come WiFi enabled, meaning you’d have to purchase an adaptor to use Wifi. Keep an eye on fan header counts as well, as many inexpensive motherboards only have two. That means that you can only install two cooling fans (which is frankly not enough, especially for a gaming system) unless you buy splitter cables. You might buy the cheapest mobo you find that’s compatible with your main hardware components only to find that, because you have to pick up WiFi adaptors, fan header splitters, or other cables, you’re spending more money than you would have if you started with a more expensive board. High-end motherboards not only have more slots and ports for various components but also offer increased support for more powerful components (RAM speeds are a prime example). A budget motherboard may only support memory speeds up to 3200 MHz, for example, whereas a better one may support up to 1 GHz memory speeds. PCIe 4.0 support is also found primarily in higher-end boards, as many inexpensive motherboards do not support this fourth-gen data rate standard. These features may be overkill for you, though; you need to decide what components you plan to use and tailor your motherboard choice to your build accordingly. RAM slots, USB ports, HDMI and DisplayPort connections, PCIe slots, even multiple GPU sockets – all of these and more are a consideration when choosing a motherboard. Know what you need before you buy. This also applies to things like expansion slots – a high-end motherboard should provide the builder with more sockets for extra components such as sound cards, memory sticks, M.2 SSDs, and network adapters (such as internal WiFi or Bluetooth adapters), among other add-ons you might want. But it’s not just hardware that separates a high-end motherboard from a cheap one. Enthusiast-tier boards generally feature more improved firmware “under the hood,” so to speak, which offers more options and settings for overclocking and other tweaks. The higher quality of the board’s components, improved power management, and better thermals also allow for more flexibility for this sort of performance tweaking. The firmware installed on premium motherboards often also includes things such as a backup BIOS, advanced diagnostic readouts, and more customization and user-end configuration options overall. Do I need a high-end motherboard for my build? This really depends on your build. It makes little sense to place a budget $50 motherboard inside a $2,000 enthusiast-level gaming build, just as it makes no sense to blow half of your budget on your motherboard if you’re building a $600-$800 desktop for work and basic gaming. Scale your motherboard to your build. Although considering hardware compatibility limits your choices a bit, much of this decision-making process will be done for you once you’ve decided which primary components you’re going to use. That has more to do with just your budget, of course – you need to make sure that your motherboard supports all of the hardware you plan to install, and that it fits inside whatever case you want to house your build. You’re probably not planning your system around your motherboard, after all, and mobo selection isn’t the first step to building a PC. The first components people usually choose when planning a build are the CPU and GPU, followed by a case (or at least a case form factor). If you’re making a gaming PC, for example, the heart of your build is going to be your graphics card which is going to be paired with a good processor and backed up by a sufficient amount of high-speed RAM. In this case, you’ll want to choose a mobo from one of the many gaming motherboards on the market, of which there are plenty, such as the ASUS X570 TUF Gaming Plus. You probably also have some general idea of what case size and form factors you prefer, and you’ll need a motherboard that works with that as well. Once you’ve settled on those primary build components (and other initial considerations, such as how much RAM and what sort of cooling configuration you plan to install), you can start looking at motherboards and determine how much you want or need to spend. As we mentioned, much of this will be done for you, as the components, case, and cooling setup you plan to use narrows down your search criteria a bit. Is a budget motherboard good enough, or will it fail? You generally get what you pay for when it comes to motherboards (that’s much the case with most PC components), but that’s not to say that there aren’t some good budget motherboards out there that can meet your needs without draining your wallet. As we said, it makes no sense to shell out $300 or more for a motherboard if you’re building a sub-$1,000 PC. If you’ve handled a variety of motherboards before, then you’ve probably noticed that more expensive ones tend to be on the heavier side. That has more to do with just durability, adding more support to some of a motherboard’s more fragile parts. A mobo with a thicker circuit board can hold larger, thicker electrical traces that power your PC’s components. This also allows for increased component lifespan as well as for the implementation of more advanced, more efficient, and more complex technologies. This also provides some future-proofing when the time comes for you to install some upgraded components down the line, as standards are always improving (and demands increasing) as hardware gets more powerful. High-end motherboards are typically subjected to more rigorous testing and built to a higher quality standard, so if longevity is a concern, spending a bit more on a good board is worth it – the old adage “buy cheap, buy twice” rings true with PC parts. Components such as individual circuits and chokes are of higher quality (and typically more numerous, delivering more power to primary components and doing it more efficiently) on premium motherboards, and the board itself should sport improved thermals. You’ll often see things such as built-in heatsinks for better cooling on these nicer models like the Gigabyte Z590 AORUS ULTRA.  It’s only natural that higher-end PC builds require higher-end motherboards. These high-end motherboards offer better support and broader compatibility with high-end CPUs and GPUs, which are larger (especially graphics cards) and have more demanding power requirements and thermal output than more basic components. Even if a cheaper motherboard is compatible with your other hardware on paper, it might not be a good fit if it’s prone to failure under thermal stress or isn’t sturdy enough to support the bulk and weight of the latest GPUs. Having said that, many inexpensive and mid-range motherboards can still offer a lot of bang for your buck (such as being able to perform decent, if basic, overclocks, for example), so don’t think you’re forced to shell out a small fortune. You might be surprised what you can get for your money nowadays. If you’re on a budget, though, then your primary concern should be reliability. Always read user reviews and see what other experienced builders are saying about this or that particular model. At the end of the day, it’s your PC build and it’s your money. Only you can decide which features you need, which you want but can live without, and which bells and whistles are totally unnecessary for you, and hopefully our guide helped to point you in the right direction. If you want even more motherboard comparisons, check out the video we put together with our friends over at Linus Tech Tips! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvyQXkFUe3E More from the Micro Center Community: Looking for more information about Building a PC? We’ve got PC Build Guides as well as articles on How to Choose Parts for you Custom PC Build, Product Reviews, and Part Comparisons. And if you can’t find what you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to post a new discussion and the Community will be happy to help! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments Yingdong ✭ December 2021 And as addon, when you don't know what you need, it's always good to go with performance boards like msi mortar/asus tuf b series, the mobo that can make the most out of it, ports and vrm closer to high end z/x boards while not breaking the bank. But for sure, there are going to be less or none rgb elements build in the boards. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Leave a Comment Rich Text Editor. To edit a paragraph's style, hit tab to get to the paragraph menu. From there you will be able to pick one style. Nothing defaults to paragraph. An inline formatting menu will show up when you select text. Hit tab to get into that menu. Some elements, such as rich link embeds, images, loading indicators, and error messages may get inserted into the editor. 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I already own a mouse and keyboard but have no monitor. Also, regarding the CPU; I have friends who swear by AMD and some who say Intel is the only/best option. Thoughts? Thanks in advance! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Best Answer TSMichaelB admin February 2020 Accepted Answer Welcome to the forum Yamero77. $1500-$1800 is a very solid budget, even if we are partitioning some of that budget for a monitor. Here are a few options for you. Option 1: https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=71366aae-3656-44a5-8ea2-e4d470d21184 This option is going to be what I would recommend at the top end of your budget. It will get you an 8 core, 16 thread Intel Core i9 9900K which is currently the best gaming CPU available on the market. It's definitely far more expensive than some of the comparable AMD offerings, but if you did not want to compromise on high core count and clock speed, this is the best choice. It also includes 16GB of DDR4 3600mhz C16 memory, a 750W fully modular gold rated PSU, a 1TB NVMe SSD, a 240mm closed loop liquid cooler, an RTX 2070 graphics card and a Dell S2417DG, a 24 inch 1440p 165hz G-Sync display that will pair absolutely perfect with the rest of the component selection. After the $20 bundle discount, this will cost around $1810 before taxes and does not include the cost of an OS. Option 2: https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=505d04dc-9f2d-4abc-b525-f79bab000679 This option is going to be the budget option. It will provide the high refresh rate, high graphical settings that you requested for the lowest price. This will save you the most money now, but may require upgrading sooner as more graphically demanding games launch. The CPU is a fair bit slower than the 9900K, but for 1440P gaming, it doesn't matter all to much as the graphics card will matter more at this resolution. This gives you 6 cores, 12 threads, 12GB of DDR4 3600mhz memory, a 650W bronze PSU, an RTX 2060 KO graphics card, a 1TB NVMe SSD, and the same Dell 24 inch 165hz G-Sync monitor. The total price of this system is $1274 after the $20 bundle, but does not include taxes or the cost of an OS. Option 3: https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=1923163c-96c4-4a39-804e-e99a2e273077 This is going to be my personal recommendation. It will grant you the most price:performance of the 3 builds and should last you for quite some time. It's extremely similar to build 1, except we swapped the 9900K down to a 9700K. We still get 8 cores at a very high clock speed, we just save $130 by doing away with the Hyperthreading feature. If you are not streaming while gaming or rendering videos while multi-tasking, you will not miss this feature. The $130 savings also allowed us to move up to an RTX 2070 Super, which should give you an extra 20% faster graphics card for even higher framerates in more demanding titles, all while landing right in the middle of your budget at $1650 after the $20 bundle discount. Once again, this does not include taxes or the cost of an OS. To answer the question about which processor is better, it's honestly subjective. AMD is in a really good spot right now because they offer very similar gaming performance to Intel, while offering much better multi-threaded performance for a lower price. With that being said, Intel still has the best gaming oriented processors on the market. If gaming is your goal and you do not want to compromise on performance, Intel is still the best option. It all boils down to how you plan on using your system. I would say if you do more than gaming, or find yourself multi-tasking while gaming, go with AMD's Ryzen 3000 series. If you are just gaming and want the highest framerates possible, go with Intel's 9th generation processors. 6 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Answers yamero77 ✭ February 2020 Thanks so much Michael for taking the time to put these together so quickly. You've provided some great options here and I think the third build is definitely closest to my personal needs. I have colleagues who swear by both AMD and Intel so your more agnostic and preferential explanation really helped me out! If you or anyone else that happens to see this has any tips or anything else for me, I'd greatly appreciate it! Thanks again! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMichaelB admin February 2020 You're very welcome Yamero. The biggest tip I can recommend would be to make sure that you enable Nvidia's G-Sync technology. It's going to be instrumental in making sure your gaming experience is extremely smooth, free of jittering and tearing. Here is a quick article on how to do so: https://www.microcenter.com/tech_center/article/10907/how-to-enable-nvidia-g-sync. Lastly, if you do decide to get that Dell monitor, tweak the color settings a little bit. While they are already pretty good out of the box, the panel looks phenomenal when properly tuned. For my panel, the best colors were achieved when setting red at 96, green at 99, and leaving blue at 100. Gamma is going to be subjective, but I like my panels dark since I often game in a dark room. I run my gamma at 0.83 and brightness at 13%, but this is going to be up to your personal preference. One last recommendation. The LanCool II chassis comes with a spot to add a USB Type C port. It requires a cable to add and attach to a motherboard. If you need that cable, it can be found here: https://www.microcenter.com/product/616604/lian-li-600mm-usb-31-(gen-2-type-c)-cable-for-lancool-ii---black. 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The Devarajas is as sturdy as it comes with responsive brown-switch keys and a sleek aesthetic that will blend in with any desk for work and gaming. What makes the Devarajas different from a standard keyboard? If you’re unfamiliar with mechanical keyboards, you might be wondering what makes them different from the everyday keyboard you’ve been using, and what are brown switches? Mechanical keyboards tend to be studier than membrane keyboards, both in build quality and in how long they will last. The mechanical switches that give mechanical keyboards their name are rated for approximately four-to-ten times as many keypresses as your standard membrane keyboard. Mechanical keyboards are designed to last longer and feel better, thanks to mechanical switches, than the standard membrane keyboard. When you type on a membrane keyboard, you’re pushing a rubber membrane dome onto a circuit board. Mechanical keyboards feature keys elevated from the circuit board that operates with a spring and a switch to tell the computer what key was pressed, allowing for quicker responses, higher accuracy, and a more satisfying press. There are a wide variety of switch types, but we’ll be focusing on the MX brown switches found in the Devarajas. MX brown switches are sort of a half-way point between gaming and work. They don’t have the “click” commonly associated with mechanical keyboards (that tends to be reserved for blue and green switches), but they do still have tactile feedback, letting you know when you’ve actually pressed a key and haven’t just tapped it. For mechanical keyboards with brown switches, that feedback comes in the form of a bump around halfway through a full keypress and is clearly felt in the Devarajas. How it Looks The first thing you’ll notice opening the Devaraja is its weight. The Devarajas is an incredibly solid keyboard, supported by a black steel aluminum frame with no give or bend. That steel aluminum frame gives it a sleek, minimal look that accentuates the matte-black keys over the frame, especially with the raised keys lifting away for easy cleaning. The Devarajas is a full-size mechanical keyboard, including a number pad, but, unlike a lot of gaming keyboards, it doesn’t extend past the size of your average keyboard. With the addition of the FN, or function key, the Devarajas puts the F-row on double duty, serving as both the F-keys and media keys, including volume, playback control, and app buttons. It wastes no space, keeping everything compact, with just enough breathing room to make sure it still feels good to use. Of course, no gaming keyboard is complete without customizable RGB backlighting and, thanks to the reflective steel alloy and raised keys, it looks great. Even at its brightest, the lighting never overpowers, instead of creating a cloud of reflected light for your keys to sit on. Or, if you’re a fan of rainbow effects, the Devarajas comes with a suite of pre-programmed color profiles to make lights dance across your mechanical keyboard or react with every keystroke. The FN key can even adjust your RGB backlighting on the fly, no need to open the app. How it feels Each key is lightly textured and concave, creating just enough of a grip that there’s no danger of finger slips while keeping movement fluid and easy for both gaming and work. There is definitely some height to the keys, but actuation time, the amount of time needed for a keypress to register, is still short and snappy thanks to its MX brown switches. The Devarajas’ MX brown switches are, as with all brown switches, quiet and tactile. There’s a small amount of feedback about a quarter of the way through a keypress, just enough to know you’re using brown-switch keys. While the switches themselves are quiet, the keyboard does have a bit of snap to it when fully pressing a key, giving it a satisfying “typing” sound. The switches are a bit heavy as well, so if have a habit of resting your fingers on your keyboard, you’re probably not going to accidentally type ‘dddddddddddddddddddddddd’ in the middle of an important email or walk yourself off a cliff in Warzone. After typing on the Devarajas for several days, I can safely say it's incredibly comfortable to use. The keyboard layout is tight, but there's still enough room between keys that I never found myself hitting multiple keys with a single stroke. It has a great response time, and I never saw a dropped input, both contributing to a great gaming experience. Like most mechanical keyboards, the keycaps are easily removed for deep cleaning both the keys themselves as well as the keyboard should you spill anything. Unlike most mechanical keyboards, the Devarajas comes with a switch puller as well as a test selection of MX red, blue, and black switches. To really customize this keyboard, you could swap out the "W" and "S" with blue switches, making it very clear where your hand is on the keyboard. This is usually an advanced modification, and a recommended one if you're a gamer, but Redragon makes it easy. Download the Devarajas App! The Devarajas app is minimal, clean, and easy to use. It offers multiple profiles, so if you're one to regularly switch your RGB backlighting, you can set up a few options ahead of time. It also offers macro options though, unlike other gaming keyboards, without designated macro keys. You may want to sacrifice some of your number pad keys to utilize this macro functionality. Final Verdict: There's not a lot bad to say about the Deverajas K556-RK. While it is a budget mechanical keyboard, there's nothing about it that feels budget. The MX brown switches are satisfying to use, the chassis is incredibly well built and won't bend, even under stress. The app is certainly simple, but it shines for it, opting away from vast confusing settings for simple, easy-to-use RGB backlighting and macros. And a gaming mechanical keyboard with a number pad that isn't oversized is always a nice find. If you’re looking for a budget brown-switch mechanical keyboard, you’d be hard-pressed to do better than Redragon’s Devarajas K5556-RK. A sleek, solidly-built chassis and wide utility make the $54.99 price tag an easy recommendation. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Leave a Comment Rich Text Editor. To edit a paragraph's style, hit tab to get to the paragraph menu. From there you will be able to pick one style. Nothing defaults to paragraph. An inline formatting menu will show up when you select text. Hit tab to get into that menu. 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I just built a new computer with parts from Microcenter.  My motherboard is the ASRock B550M Pro4: https://www.microcenter.com/product/625305/asrock-b550m-pro4-amd-am4-matx-motherboard It supports 7.1 surround sound, according to the product page, and 5.1 surround sound as well according to the motherboard manual: https://download.asrock.com/Manual/B550M Pro4.pdf But how do I configure it? I tried to test it with two mismatched pairs of speakers (before I go buy a full 5.1 system).  I plugged the two sets of speakers into the green and blue audio jacks on the motherboard.  I then went into the Win10 Sound Settings > Sound Control Panel > Speakers > Configure, and selected "Quadraphonic".  When I "Test" the speakers in this menu I can hear sound from all 4 speakers, front and rear.  But I cannot hear sound from the "rear" speakers when I play audio from any other source, including YouTube videos that are meants to test 5.1 surround sound. What can I do to make surround sound work? Thanks for your help. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Answers TSTonyV admin August 2020 In the sound control panel, go into properties > spatial sound. There's a dropdown menu you can use to enable spatial sound settings. If you select the Dolby option it will prompt you to download the Dolby app from the Microsoft Store, you should also have a Windows Sonic option. Try those first and see if that gets it working.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook ADS ✭ August 2020 Thanks for your suggestion. I only see two options there, under Properties > Spatial Sound: "Off" and "Windows Sonic for Headphones".  Should there be a Dolby option?  How would I get a Dolby option to appear there? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin August 2020 I was always under the impression that Dolby would usually show up there, but I guess it might not always be? Have you made sure to download the audio drivers from ASRock's website for your motherboard?  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook ADS ✭ August 2020 I previously installed the audio driver from ASRock's website for my motherboard.  I just reinstalled the driver, and there was no change.  The available Spatial Sound settings are still "Off" and "Windows Sonic for Headphones."   Are there other options that I may need to change in order to get more options here? For example, under the Advanced tab I changed the sample rate and bit depth, according to the suggestion of a forum.  It was originally "24 bit, 48000 Hz (Studio Quality)" by default; I changed it to "24 bit, 96000 Hz (Studio Quality)."  This had no effect either. To reiterate: I am hearing sound from all 4 speakers, but only when I use the Win10 "Test" function.  I haven't heard sound from the rear speakers in any other context. Thanks for any further suggestions you have! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AlexS admin August 2020 ADS said: I previously installed the audio driver from ASRock's website for my motherboard.  I just reinstalled the driver, and there was no change.  The available Spatial Sound settings are still "Off" and "Windows Sonic for Headphones."   Are there other options that I may need to change in order to get more options here? For example, under the Advanced tab I changed the sample rate and bit depth, according to the suggestion of a forum.  It was originally "24 bit, 48000 Hz (Studio Quality)" by default; I changed it to "24 bit, 96000 Hz (Studio Quality)."  This had no effect either. To reiterate: I am hearing sound from all 4 speakers, but only when I use the Win10 "Test" function.  I haven't heard sound from the rear speakers in any other context. Thanks for any further suggestions you have! I was looking into this motherboard and I do see it uses RealTek Audio.  Do you happen to have the RealTek Audio Manager installed?  The easiest way to access it if you go to the hidden icons and check for the red speaker icon.  From there, you may be able to see if you can tap into the rear speakers if available. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook ADS ✭ August 2020 As far as I can tell, I don't have RealTek Audio Manager. If you would like me to test something in RealTek Audio Console, please tell me where I can obtain it (somewhere on RealTek's website?), and please tell me what I should test. In the meantime, I do have RealTek Audio Console, per this screenshot: If I press the "Play" button (the one positioned in the middle of the speakers) to test the speakers, I get sound from each of the 4 speakers sequentially.  This works, much as the Win10 Sound Configuration Test worked. (I mentioned my Win10 test in my original post.) The problem is that I don't *usually* hear anything from the rear speakers under non-test conditions.  There is one exception to that so far. I went to this Youtube link: and downloaded the linked "original file": https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4nYAKUiVpepY1NuQW5ER3l3SXc/edit When I play this file in VLC, I do hear sound from the rear speakers.  This is still a "test" of sorts, but at least it's driven by a real media file through VLC, rather than a component of Win10 or RealTek Audio Console. Perhaps there is a misunderstanding on my part.  Under what conditions should sound actually be played from the rear speakers?  I assumed that if I configured the audio driver for Quadraphonic or 5.1 sound then it (the driver) would automatically convert stereo sound (played via any program, like VLC, Winamp, etc.) into "emulated" Quadraphonic or "emulated" 5.1 sound, to play *something* from the rear speakers.  Is this not the case?  Should I only expect sound from the rear speakers when the original audio was encoded with 5.1 sound? Thanks for your continued help. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin August 2020 Most music is played in stereo, as well as YouTube videos. DVDs/movies or other TV streaming like Netflix will aalso typically be in surround. This sounds like it's probably an issue with the source media just not supporting surround.  That said, Dolby Atmos and Windows Sonic are supposed to simulate surround sound as far as I understand them. Do you have that Windows Sonic setting currently enabled? 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Just show us what you’re printing! #InlandPrints We’re feeling the giving spirit this holiday season, but we also want to see what you’ve got on your 3D printer. So, share a photo of what you’re currently 3D printing (or just finished) in the comments below, and we’ll randomly select one user to win a $200 Micro Center gift card as well as their choice of two spools of Inland Filament (exclusions apply). Need filament to enter? Check out our Amazon store page for tons of filament with Amazon Prime delivery! Looking for ideas? We put together a great 3D Printing for the Holidays idea guide. We’d love to see them come to life in the comments! How to enter (see terms and conditions for full contest rules): ·        Join the Micro Center Community ·        Post a photo of your most recent (or current) 3D print – Community Guidelines apply. ·        That’s it! We can't wait to see your 3D Prints! Good luck! See attached contest terms and conditions. Contest submission window:  12/13/2021-11:59 AM EST 12/20/2021 One 1st place winner will receive a $200 Micro Center gift card and two spools of Inland filament. 3D Print Contest Terms and Conditions.pdf 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook «12» Comments amarcucci ✭ December 2021 Currently in the process of sanding and painting it! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Mrivera1978 ✭ December 2021 All printed on inland material, a small nerf gun 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Delring ✭ December 2021 Last thing printed before we moved. Still don't have the printer lab setup yet ☹️ 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Physnuc ✭ December 2021 edited December 2021 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook robinsena ✭ December 2021 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Rild99 ✭ December 2021 Printed nosecone and painted. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Exalchion ✭ December 2021 I print a lot of Nerf blasters. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Artistz101 ✭ December 2021 I made i made custom fan grills for my pc fans. Black lagoon and magelo box 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Zuus ✭ December 2021 A USBcase2.zip few prints with Inland PETG 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook strifeltd ✭ December 2021 Mario Inspired Tree Topper *<(' . '<) 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Adangsaskatchewan ✭ December 2021 Really loving the Inland green, it's perfect for verdant forests! These are tiles for Terraforming Mars, a fantastic strategic boardgame where you colonize the red planet.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook RandomDave ✭ December 2021 edited December 2021 When your model kit has a broken part, just design your own and print it. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Motoslave ✭ December 2021 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook helloITdept ✭ December 2021 Printed this Grammy for a musician friend's birthday! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook RA1ZR ✭ December 2021 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin December 2021 edited December 2021 A couple of user's posts in this thread have got caught by our spam filter, we apologize for any difficulty posting! Sorry if your post gets caught by our filter, we will approve it as soon as we catch it. We love to see all your submissions! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LaunchLab ✭ December 2021 I make ramps for tiny skateboards. I ONLY use inland PLA+. Once I found the inland stuff it was game over that's all I trust these days! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AcesOverEights ✭ December 2021 Almost done with a 3Dsets Rancher. Need to wire up the electronics, and create a new hood to clear the engine/heatsink, in Fusion 360. Then its ready to run! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Eose ✭ December 2021 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook CarlosR ✭ December 2021 I’ve finally finished my clone trooper armor so many hours of printing and so many rolls of filament!  It’s not 100% accurate but I’ll progress on it over time. Next project A mandalorian! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Corvus ✭ December 2021 Finished up printing and now moving over to paint!  Chun Li, swimsuit (Street Fighter) 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Albertoa76 ✭ December 2021 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Albertoa76 ✭ December 2021 https://vm.tiktok.com/ZM8cgs99W/ 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook clutz2000 ✭ December 2021 I currently have Ender 3 Pro. Trying to design print myself a large volume 3D print to print larger items. Winning would give me ability to purchase parts that I need to finish it. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Albertoa76 ✭ December 2021 I also designed and printed these deftones pieces for my house and as a gift for a friend  I made these multicolor keychains and filled with resin for family members 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Albertoa76 ✭ December 2021 Here is a Keychain with the resin  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Sam_A ✭ December 2021 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Logrus3D ✭ December 2021 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook auctions ✭ December 2021 Everyone is making amazing things and I am over here with my toothpaste gadget to push the paste up :) 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook MrQ1221 ✭ December 2021 I have been making some Christmas gifts this past week. 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Submit your PC featuring an NVIDA GeForce graphics card for a chance to win a $500 gift card. Submit your entries between October 5th and October 31st and then vote for your favorite between November 3rd and November 9th! We'll select the top 5 based on the following criteria. Photo quality Quality of description of the post Quality of cable management Uniqueness of build or theme How the PC fits into the full setup We will announce the top 5 on 11/3 and comment in this thread with a link to vote for your favorite! Voting will close on 11/9 at 9am EST. The winner will be contacted that week $500 gift card prize How to enter (see terms and conditions for full contest rules): Join the Micro Center community Submit your custom built PC to the PC Build Showcase (see instructions below) To qualify as an entry for this contest, the build must include an NVIDIA GeForce graphics card (any generation) Once your PC build showcase post is approved (please allow 24-48 hours) post a comment in this thread with a link to your post How to submit your custom build to the PC Build Showcase Step 1. Sign in to fill out the build submission form Step 2. Fill out the build category, name, favorite feature, and description. Include details about the process, what you use your PC for, things you would change, etc. Step 3. Add a few glamour shots of your completed build Step 4. Fill in your parts used Note: You can manually add archived or custom parts. In the example below, I've added an Intel i7-7700K by typing in the "Select CPU" field. Since the part is not listed I then selected "Add Intel Core i7" as seen below in red. Once you've added your part, you can adjust the price to correctly list what you paid. Step 5.  Select "Save", then select "Publish" to submit your build for approval We can't wait to see your NVIDIA GeForce Builds! Thanks to NVIDIA for working with us on this contest! Good luck! Browse NVIDIA GeForce Graphics Cards See attached contest terms and conditions. Contest submission window: 10/5/20 - 10/31/20 Contest voting window: 11/3/20 - 11/9/20  The  winner will win a $500 Micro Center gift card.  NVIDIA GeForce PC Build Showcase Contest.pdf 401.9K 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook «12» Comments Dragkhan ✭ October 2020 edited October 2020 See below comment 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Dragkhan ✭ October 2020 edited October 2020 Here's my entry.  "Pink Flow" build - https://www.microcenter.com/buildpost/3838/pink-flow---pink-theme-gaming-pc-build,-sleeper-machine-super-powerful! GPU is EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Super FTW3 Ultra, Overclocked 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Spencer ✭ October 2020 Here's my setup, not crazy expensive but I'm happy with it! https://www.microcenter.com/buildpost/3902/colortheory GPU is a Gigabyte GTX 1070 Founders Edition. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Andy2 ✭ October 2020 edited October 2020 @Spencer, Not Crazy expensive, has 3 monitors and a nice gaming Pc XD 2 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook BlazerBuddy ✭ October 2020 edited October 2020 Here’s my Pc, It may not be the most expensive Pc, and not the nicest of the pcs, but it sure game nicely and I love it!! It is called “Dark Knight”, hope you all like it. Link- https://www.microcenter.com/buildpost/3499/dark-knight--little-bit-of-rgb-is-great,-to-much-and-your-blind-) 4 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Iden ✭ October 2020 edited October 2020 @BlazerBuddy Wow!! I just checked out your build and I love how much enthusiasm you have with it. It really seems like you did the best you could with what you had, it really helps me get away from all those multi thousand dollar builds and shows just how much you can do without breaking the bank a lot!!!. Great Job!!! 2 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Andy2 ✭ October 2020 edited October 2020 @BlazerBuddy Your Build looks great and I bet you have a great chance of winning if you can make it to the top 5, but what camera did you use?? Some of the pictures you posted look a little hazy. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook BlazerBuddy ✭ October 2020 edited October 2020 Andy2 said: @BlazerBuddy Your Build looks great and I bet you have a great chance of winning if you can make it to the top 5, but what camera did you use?? Some of the pictures you posted look a little hazy. Thank you!! I used my dads old iPad camera so the pictures won’t look the best, sorry for that. The pictures look pretty good to me, but I can see some hazyness in the photos. I hope it doesn’t hurt my chances of winning since one of the criteria's was to have good looking pictures. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook BlazerBuddy ✭ October 2020 edited October 2020 . 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Spencer ✭ October 2020 BlazerBuddy said: Andy2 said: @BlazerBuddy Your Build looks great and I bet you have a great chance of winning if you can make it to the top 5, but what camera did you use?? Some of the pictures you posted look a little hazy. Thank you!!, I used my dads old iPad camera so the pictures won’t look the best, sorry for that. The pictures look pretty good to me, but I can see some hazy ness in the photos. I hope it doesn’t hurt my chances of winning since one of the criteria's was to have good looking pictures. It looks like all images have a bit of graininess to them, so I don't think it'll pose too much of an issue when voting on builds. I took my build photos on a DSLR and the website only accepted low-resolution JPG images so mine don't look great either. Best of luck to you! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Andy2 ✭ October 2020 edited October 2020 BlazerBuddy said: Andy2 said: @BlazerBuddy Your Build looks great and I bet you have a great chance of winning if you can make it to the top 5, but what camera did you use?? Some of the pictures you posted look a little hazy. Thank you!!, I used my dads old iPad camera so the pictures won’t look the best, sorry for that. The pictures look pretty good to me, but I can see some hazy ness in the photos. I hope it doesn’t hurt my chances of winning since one of the criteria's was to have good looking pictures. It probably won’t hurt the chances a lot, the pictures still look great. The only hurt in chances is the lack of rgb, all the other giveaway, the top 5 and the winner all have a good theme and have lots of rgb. I haven’t seen a winner that hasn’t had tons of rgb with them. You have a decent theme going, but the lack of rgb may hurt your chances. Either way your build looks great and I like it!!  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook BlazerBuddy ✭ October 2020 @Spencer Why Thank you, goodluck to you to!! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Benjamin_Lindeen ✭ October 2020 Good luck to all, some of your builds were inspiring to say the least. https://www.microcenter.com/buildpost/3925/lockdown-sanity-protector?preview=yes 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook BlazerBuddy ✭ October 2020 edited October 2020 Andy2 said: BlazerBuddy said: Andy2 said: @BlazerBuddy Your Build looks great and I bet you have a great chance of winning if you can make it to the top 5, but what camera did you use?? Some of the pictures you posted look a little hazy. Thank you!!, I used my dads old iPad camera so the pictures won’t look the best, sorry for that. The pictures look pretty good to me, but I can see some hazy ness in the photos. I hope it doesn’t hurt my chances of winning since one of the criteria's was to have good looking pictures. It probably won’t hurt the chances a lot, the pictures still look great. The only hurt in chances is the lack of rgb, all the other giveaway, the top 5 and the winner all have a good theme and have lots of rgb. I haven’t seen a winner that hasn’t had tons of rgb with them. You have a decent theme going, but the lack of rgb may hurt your chances. Either way your build looks great and I like it!!  Oof. Well no matter if I win or lose, at least I will get to see some cool builds!! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Chris1 ✭ October 2020 edited October 2020 BlazerBuddy said: Andy2 said: BlazerBuddy said: Andy2 said: @BlazerBuddy Your Build looks great and I bet you have a great chance of winning if you can make it to the top 5, but what camera did you use?? Some of the pictures you posted look a little hazy. Thank you!!, I used my dads old iPad camera so the pictures won’t look the best, sorry for that. The pictures look pretty good to me, but I can see some hazy ness in the photos. I hope it doesn’t hurt my chances of winning since one of the criteria's was to have good looking pictures. It probably won’t hurt the chances a lot, the pictures still look great. The only hurt in chances is the lack of rgb, all the other giveaway, the top 5 and the winner all have a good theme and have lots of rgb. I haven’t seen a winner that hasn’t had tons of rgb with them. You have a decent theme going, but the lack of rgb may hurt your chances. Either way your build looks great and I like it!!  Oof. Well no matter if I win or lose, at least I will get to see some cool builds!! I agree, it would be nice to see a lower end pc win the 500$ Instead of a high end pc. After all, giving someone who has a multi thousand dollar pc wouldn’t be as rewarding as giving someone who only has a $700 or $800 computer. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Chris1 ✭ October 2020 edited October 2020 Chris1 said: BlazerBuddy said: Andy2 said: BlazerBuddy said: Andy2 said: @BlazerBuddy Your Build looks great and I bet you have a great chance of winning if you can make it to the top 5, but what camera did you use?? Some of the pictures you posted look a little hazy. Thank you!!, I used my dads old iPad camera so the pictures won’t look the best, sorry for that. The pictures look pretty good to me, but I can see some hazy ness in the photos. I hope it doesn’t hurt my chances of winning since one of the criteria's was to have good looking pictures. It probably won’t hurt the chances a lot, the pictures still look great. The only hurt in chances is the lack of rgb, all the other giveaway, the top 5 and the winner all have a good theme and have lots of rgb. I haven’t seen a winner that hasn’t had tons of rgb with them. You have a decent theme going, but the lack of rgb may hurt your chances. Either way your build looks great and I like it!!  Oof. Well no matter if I win or lose, at least I will get to see some cool builds!!  It would be nice to see a lower end pc win the 500$ Instead of a high end pc after all. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook FlameChucks76 ✭ October 2020 Here's mine fellas: https://www.microcenter.com/buildpost/3880/upendo---15-years-in-the-making-(upendo-=-love-in-swahili) 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Christian_Agama ✭ October 2020 Here Is My Build "White Panther": https://www.microcenter.com/buildpost/3975/white-panther I've put a lot of work and dedication to my build and hope to keep improving it and upgrading it. The name "White Panther" is because of the black and white theme I went with. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Deaner1121 ✭ October 2020 Here is my build which I decided to call "Green Thunder" https://www.microcenter.com/buildpost/3981/my-cool-pc-(the-card-is-a-zotac-1070-founders) 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook ausboss ✭ October 2020 Here's my SFF build:  https://www.microcenter.com/buildpost/4004/sirius-loops-box 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook HandsomeMumbler ✭ October 2020 My Water Hashira build, my first ever attempt at hard tube water cooling  https://www.microcenter.com/buildpost/4058/water-hashira-(demon-slayer)?preview=yes 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Juliann6 ✭ October 2020 "City Spectrum Build" - Juliann https://www.microcenter.com/buildpost/4033/city-spectrum-build Graphics Card - EVGA RTX 3080 FTW Edition 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Mikityuk ✭ October 2020 My First Build! https://www.microcenter.com/buildpost/4027/my-first-build! GTX 1080 SLI 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Gixxer ✭ October 2020 Here's my build. https://www.microcenter.com/buildpost/4057/ryan's-green-pc 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook OrignalGreywolf Wylie ✭ October 2020 Got my build waiting to be reviewed before I can post the link but I will give a little tidbit of info on it real quick. I have been out of the building for over 16 years as I have been playing on the xbox since Nov 2003 and I decided to get back in last spring and built my system and I have had fun building again. It is an AMD /Nvidia setup with a custom loop(which I have always wanted to do but never too the plunge). Hope it gets reviewed so I can share it with all of you. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook OrignalGreywolf Wylie ✭ October 2020 I have called my PC red Dawn because I usually run the red light s with the blood red fluid and the case is black. Let me know what you think and anything you would add or change on the setup. Would love to hear some ideas on it. https://www.microcenter.com/buildpost/4096/red-dawn 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook nm23 ✭ October 2020 Hi all, here is my build. I am coming from a 3rd gen i7 3770k, paired with a R9 290x. It's been long overdue to upgrade and the timing couldn't be any better. I know that there was new tech coming out but I couldn't wait any longer. I call this build, Yuki. Pleaase enjoy. https://www.microcenter.com/buildpost/4170/yuki To qualify, I have an EVGA RTX 2060 KO Ultra which I plan to step up to a RTX 3070 when it comes out. For now, this build is awesome! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ean ✭ October 2020 Iden said: @BlazerBuddy Wow!! I just checked out your build and I love how much enthusiasm you have with it. It really seems like you did the best you could with what you had, it really helps me get away from all those multi thousand dollar builds and shows just how much you can do without breaking the bank a lot!!!. Great Job!!! Agreed, it would be nice to see some sub $1000 Pcs in the top 5 this time around😀. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Godsey ✭ October 2020 Hi all - This is my first PC build after making the full switch from an iMac and Mac Pro: https://www.microcenter.com/buildpost/4235/professional-video-editing I'm a videographer with the State Department and needed a workstation that is powerful AND portable. Since my primary workflow is in Premiere I decided to go with the Ryzen 9 3950X paired with an RTX 2060 Super SC Ultra 8gb. Since I usually travel for work (pre-COVID) I also needed something portable. Hence choosing the Sliger SM580. At 15.8 liters it's pretty compact and easy to transport when I need my workstation mobile. Cinebench score is 10562 ! Thanks to 1Usmus CTR 1.1.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook KadirO ✭ October 2020 https://www.microcenter.com/buildpost/4308/first-build-ever?preview=yes 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook «12» This discussion has been closed. 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He’s been asking for a Lighting upgrade for his bday and I’m wondering if I should get him a water cooling kit. Or if anyone recommends any other sort of colourful lighting upgrades. We built his PC last year for his birthday and now looking to add upgrades for his birthday this year (Thursday). Current PC build:  -Crucial 240GB BX500 2.5 SSD -AMD Ryzen 5 2600 processor  -Vega 56 Red Dragon graphics card -SEAGATE 2TB BARRACUDA 3.5" HD -COOLMAST MASTERLIQUID ML120R RGB Fans -CORSAIR CXM 650W 80+B SM PSU  -GIGABYTE B450 AORUS PRO WIFI motherboard  -COOLMAST MASTERBOX LITE5 case 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TSPhillipT admin May 2020 Hello @5ZFamily, welcome to the Micro Center Community! There are definitely different ways to add lighting to your build!  You can do internal LED Strips like Corsair's Lightning Node Pro.  I use these ones personally since my entire build is all Corsair so everything is synced.. but it was also super easy to install and set up.  Each strip uses magnets and attaches straight to the case itself.  Another option would be external LED strips like Kingwin's Flexible LED strips.  Adding these around the desk or on the back of your monitor and it makes for some great ambiance.  I would advise against the Corsair external strips here, as I use them and although they look great, getting them setup and mounted was pretty frustrating.. and they still sorta fall.   I would be careful with picking up a watercooling kit, you need to make sure the kit you have supports the gear and socket.  It will also require maintenance compared to an AIO like your current setup.    0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook 5ZFamily ✭ May 2020 Thank you!  Looking into the lights now. We are updating our wifi from 100/100 to 950/950, so we are hopeful that it’ll help with the glitching.  I’m not sure if the computer is overheating, because of the way he uses it, because the SSD had to be replaced.  Is there anything to add to help keep it on the cooler side? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSPhillipT admin May 2020 I would double check if the computer is overheating first by running a program that can monitor CPU temps.  Something like Open Hardware Monitor will work.  If you are seeing high temps, something like 85-90 degrees Celcius, I would consider doing a reapplication of thermal paste before upgrading the cooler completely.  What kind of games or activities are being done that causes the glitchiness?  Cause a 120mm AIO should be fine for the 2600 assuming it's running non-overclocked.   0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook 5ZFamily ✭ May 2020 What’s the difference between the Corsair Commander Pro and the Lighting node pro? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook 5ZFamily ✭ May 2020 And then the corsair iCue LS100 Smart lighting Strip? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSPhillipT admin May 2020 I am the Corsair expert on our staff, I can definitely help you out.   The main difference between the Commander Pro and the Lightning Node Pro is that the Commander Pro has added features.  It's actually the Lightning Node Pro and a Fan Hub and a Thermal Sensor all in one device.  It then plugs via USB into your motherboard and can all be controlled/monitored via Corsair's iCUE.  The Lightning Node Pro will only power RGB and make RGB controllable.  It just won't control fan speeds or monitor temperatures.  The Lightning Node Pro however, will come with 4 LED magnetized strips, the Commander Pro just comes with the Commander Pro.   The LS100 are the new external LED lights that are made mainly to be placed on the back of a monitor.  They illuminate great and work with the iCUE software however I found using the magnetic stickers to mount it difficult and frustrating to set up.   If you want to control any Corsair RGB Fans or LEDs and getting them synced with other Corsair products, you will need to use either a Commander Pro or Lightning Node Pro. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook 5ZFamily ✭ May 2020 I bought the commander pro, which looks like it’s mainly the controller, but I think I need to go back and buy the lightning node as well, for the additional lights? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSPhillipT admin May 2020 @5ZFamily Did you purchase Corsair RGB Fans to pair with your Commander Pro?  If not, it doesn't really do much by itself since it is also a Lightning Node Pro and a Fan Hub built in one.  If you only plan on doing the LED Strips, you only really need the Lightning Node Pro as it will come with everything you need to get it the LED Strips to be controlled by software.  The Commander Pro shines when you are running Corsair RGB Fans as it provides 6 Fan Headers and can control the Fan speeds.   Both the Commander Pro and the Lightning Node Pro allow you to control the RGB Fans/LED Strips, the Commander Pro just lets you add more Fans and control their speeds through the iCUE Software.   0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook 5ZFamily ✭ May 2020 Are the Corsair rgb fans better/nicer looking than what I currently have (coolermaster)? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSPhillipT admin May 2020 They offer a lot more control and the nicer ones have a lot more RGBs inside.  A lot of people will say the LL120s are some of the best RGB fans out there since it has two rings of RGB, 12 individual lights on the outer ring, and 4 lights in the middle section for a total of 16.  Each can be adjusted in iCUE as well.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSPhillipT admin May 2020 I made this and I hope this helps with wiring concerns if you have any.   Black Lines = Connections for the LED Strips Red Lines = RGB Connections for the RGB for the Fans Green Lines = Fan Connections for the Fans The LED Strips will plug directly into either the Lightning Node Pro or Commander Pro The RGB Fans NEED to plug into Corsairs RGB Fan Hub (Which comes with any multi pack of Corsair Fans) and then that can also either go into the Lightning Node Pro or the Commander Pro.   The Fans can also directly plug into the Commander Pro for powering the actual Fan and controlling the speed.   If you only want the LED Strips and to make them controllable, I would recommend returning the Commander Pro and just getting the Lightning Node Pro kit.  If you plan on getting Corsair Fans, depending on how many Fan Headers are on your motherboard, you may want to keep your Commander Pro.  Keep in mind, the Triple Packs for Corsair Fans will also come with a Lightning Node Pro to control the RGB, you just want to make sure you have enough Fan Headers on the motherboard if you do not have the Commander Pro.   0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.3K All Categories 1.1K The Blog 43 What's Trending 170 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 17 3D Printers 12 Maker 20 PC Build Guides 100 Reviews & Buying Guides 40 Build Showcase 21 Contests 42 Past Contests 1.3K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 97 New Members 170 Consumer Tech 51 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 87 Software 4 Audio/Visual 17 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 27 3D Printing 60 Retro Arcade/Gaming 87 All Other Tech 1.4K Store Information and Policy 56 Off Topic 8 Community Ideas & Feedback 116 Your Completed Builds 2.8K Build-Your-Own PC 1.8K Help Choosing Parts 244 Graphics Cards 184 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 65 Cases and Power Supplies 20 Air and Liquid Cooling 17 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 13 All Other Parts 25 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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However, setting up these new devices can be a bit tricky. We’re here to help with a simple guide explaining how to set up a Google Home device, as well as some common commands that you can give to your new Google Assistant. Table of Contents How do I Connect My Google Home Device to WiFi? How to link Smart Bulbs to My Google Home Device? What are Common Phrases for Use with My Google Home Device? Troubleshooting My Google Home Device 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments SeanM admin January 2021 edited January 2021 How do I connect my Google Home device to WiFi? Google has a few devices that you can connect and control your Smart Home. Today, we’re going to be going over how to connect the Google Home Hub, Google Home Mini, Google Nest Mini, Google Nest, and Google Home Max. The steps below will guide you through setting up for each of these! What you’ll need to get connected is the following: The Google Home device you want to set up A phone or tablet A Google account Access to a secure WiFi network Once you have these things, plug in your Google Home device. When the device lights up and plays a chime, you’re ready to move to the next step. Download the Google Home app to your phone or your tablet. The app can be found on both the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. Once you have downloaded the Google Home app, make sure that your Bluetooth is turned on. Open the app and choose a Google account to connect to and select "Get started" Once your app is looking for devices, you’re ready for the next step. Choose the Google Home device that you would like to connect. After you select the device, you should hear a brief sound from your device. Confirm that you have heard the sound, and then move to the next step. If you cannot find your device or it does not chime, please follow our troubleshooting steps here. Make sure to connect your device to the same secure Wi-Fi network you are using on your phone or tablet. Then, in the Google Home app, select the network to which you want to connect your Google Home. When you see “Connect” in the Google Home app, proceed to the next step. You can also set up Voice Match so that the Google Assistant can better recognize your voice: turn on personal results so that your results are customized with your connected apps, and select which music apps Google Assistant can play. You’re all set! If you have had any issue with these steps, check our troubleshooting steps here, or comment down below with the troubles you might be having. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook SeanM admin January 2021 edited January 2021 How to link Smart bulbs to my Google Home device? Use the Google Home app to connect smart lights with Google Home devices. After opening the app, select the + icon on the top left and then “Set up device.” You should see two options for you to choose from. If you have C Lights by GE, the top selection, is for you. If you have other compatible smart lights choose the bottom selection, Works with Google Assistant.  When using C lights by GE, you’ll be able to use the Google Home app directly to control them. When using “Works with Google Assistant” smart bulbs, you’ll need to set up your lights with the bulb maker’s standard instructions. You may need to set up a bridge or a hub if you haven’t. Plug in and turn on the bulb in the same room as your Google Home device. Open the Google Home app and then select the + icon on the top left, and then “Set up device.” Followed by Works with Google. From here you’ll need to find your bulb maker’s logo and follow the steps to complete the setup.  You may be required to sign in to your bulb makers app to complete the setup. The app will guide you through the rest of the steps. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook SeanM admin January 2021 edited January 2021 What are common phrases for use with my Google Home device? There are many common phrases and commands that you can give to your Google Home device. To interact with your Google Home device, you’ll need to start by saying “Hey Google” or “OK Google” followed by the command or question you have. Don't hesitate to try any commands that you can think of, as Google is always adding new commands and ways to interact with your Google Home! Since we’ve discussed adding Smart Lights to your Google Home, here are a few commands you can use to control your lights: Google has a library of other commands and questions listed on their help page here. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook SeanM admin January 2021 edited January 2021 Troubleshooting: I can't find my Google Home device First, make sure: You're using the most recent version of the Google Home app. The speaker or display is plugged in and powered on.  You can tell that Google Home, Google Nest Mini (2nd gen), Google Home Mini (1st gen), Google Home Max, or Google Nest Audio is powered on and in setup mode when the white LED lights are blinking. You are in the same room as the device. If you're using an iOS device, turn on Bluetooth                         1) On the home screen, tap Settings and then Bluetooth.                         2) Make sure the slider is On (toggled to the right and green).                         3) Close Settings and return to the Google Home app. If you're using an Android device, turn on Location Services.                         1) On your Android device, tap Settings.                         2) Tap Security & Location and then Location and then Use location and then return to the home screen.                         3) Tap Settings and then Apps & notifications and then Google Home app and then Permissions.                         4)  Next to "Location," make sure the slider is On (toggled to the right and blue). If you still can't find your Google Home device, try: Rebooting your speaker or display                         1) Disconnect then reconnect the power cable from your speaker or display. Force close and reopen the Google Home app  Connecting to your device from your phone or tablet's Wi-Fi settings                          1) Open the Wi-Fi settings on your mobile device.                          2) Check the list of available Wi-Fi networks and look for an available network such as "GoogleHome1234"                           3) If you can successfully connect to the Google Nest or Home SSID (network name) in your Wi-Fi settings,                                            open the Google Home app and then set up the device again. Use different supported mobile device to set up your Google Home device. Move  your Google Home device to a different room. There may be interference or a weak signal. Perform a factory reset on your Google Home device. On your mobile device or tablet, turn Wi-Fi off and then back on. Reopen the Google Home app and try to set it up again. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook SeanM admin January 2021 edited January 2021 The Google Home adds a ton of convenience and ease to your home with the ability to play music, turn on the lights, or hear the weather forecast. We hope that these instructions were helpful to you and that you could fully set up your new Google Home! If you have any questions or concerns about setting up your new devices, please comment below and let us know. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.3K All Categories 1.1K The Blog 43 What's Trending 170 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 17 3D Printers 12 Maker 20 PC Build Guides 100 Reviews & Buying Guides 40 Build Showcase 21 Contests 42 Past Contests 1.3K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 97 New Members 170 Consumer Tech 51 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 87 Software 4 Audio/Visual 17 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 27 3D Printing 60 Retro Arcade/Gaming 87 All Other Tech 1.4K Store Information and Policy 56 Off Topic 8 Community Ideas & Feedback 116 Your Completed Builds 2.8K Build-Your-Own PC 1.8K Help Choosing Parts 244 Graphics Cards 184 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 65 Cases and Power Supplies 20 Air and Liquid Cooling 17 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 13 All Other Parts 25 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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For the record, I will never be able to afford this setup. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=b1272064-c03b-4d5c-9220-a63351fcbe7c 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AngryOrchard ✭ May 2021 edited May 2021 https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=8a5d547b-1eb1-495a-b2dd-105b91fa4e95 Full on Team Red build including red and black cables / accessories wherever possible. Some parts are RGB but if I were to make this build I would use red color only on a day to day basis. I maxed out everything I could think of that I can possibly do with a PC. This is for gaming to the max, and some streaming. Also, I want to run some heavy code or compiling or big data mining so I made sure to go with plenty of RAM and storage. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook bishop2lockett ✭ May 2021 https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder-amd.aspx?load=01dd8b62-29df-4fdf-b569-f00c4e918770 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook HouseKaza ✭ May 2021 https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder-amd.aspx?load=96fb6be5-b18a-4981-a029-e0a27ad3d7a2 I want to build this but a lot of parts are out of stock. Not to mention tarrifs are through the roof 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Shrewdon ✭ May 2021 I used the new Ryzen 5 5600x as it is a great blend of performance and cost, along with the 3060 Ti. I added a decent amount of RGB, because it is a requirement in all PC builds. Would be a great gaming PC without spending too much money on insane things like 32 cores and 64 threads for your CPU. And the price is only a hundred dollars above $1500. All around just a great gaming PC as long as you can get a 3060 Ti. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=08e9dc41-778d-40f4-b868-87908120a534 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Mango8 ✭ May 2021 https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder-intel.aspx?load=7fba0b5c-5631-450a-9b32-c4f32fa91630 This build is a bang for the buck build I chose the Ryzen 5 3600 because of the performance, low power draw, and price. The Asrock B450 Pro4 because it has everything we would need and for a good price. The 1650 because it still performs fine enough and the stock is a little better I chose the rest of the components because of the price and the performance. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Nate_17 ✭ May 2021 Just a little something to use while we wait outside of Microcenter to buy a gpu. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder-amd.aspx?load=25929bae-fcf4-4abd-8b4d-2163e27a5833 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Seamus ✭ May 2021 edited May 2021 My computer lags a lot when I play the Forza Horizon series (right now the 3rd version of the series) and I'm looking for a pc that handle that iteration, the 4th iteration, and all the iterations to come, and also to be able to record it at the same framerate as what I'm seeing it https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=193172f4-3cd0-45ed-86c3-8857a02cba2a 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook hurstie16 ✭ May 2021 https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=7aabed93-48b1-4d65-9653-bed0d58b75a0 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Cypher1235 ✭ May 2021 This is more or less my personal rig. Some of my parts are older like the case (800D) and psu (HX1050) and couldn't find them in the picker so I substituted an equivalent part. Yes I know the Ram is mismatched but I got lucky and the team group Ram overclocks to 3600mhz. Unfortunately it didn't play as well with the gskill but is running stable at 3533mhz. And it's better because between microcenter open box offers, black Friday deals, and older parts the price to performance far out paces the ltt pc. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=9105f06d-79e3-4043-b2dd-85386f177b04 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook tony6399 ✭ May 2021 edited May 2021 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/8541/beat-our-build-and-enter-to-win-a-500-gift-card https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/8541/beat-our-build-and-enter-to-win-a-500-gift-card I believe my pc last for 5 to 10 years and also play all game and pc build more airflow by cooling pc make CPU or GPU last longer lifespan https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=2d3efe78-6d5d-40a4-9b91-a73a44c87092 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook FluffyPillow ✭ May 2021 This would be my Setup to upgrade form a gtx 970 and 3800x with some very mismatched parts. Had fun looking at parts and just trying to go for the part that would suit me most. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=46726d6a-bc1b-4b73-8221-0aea35b2c006 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook csz08 ✭ May 2021 I built the computer this way because the RTX 3090 has the highest performance of any RTX card ever (even the titan, i believe) so two of them must be better (even tho only a handful of games support it) And threadripper, its just obvious, 64 cores, 128 threads its a beast. Heres the link and good luck to everyone else! https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=bcfad7f9-7d9f-4a7c-83bf-fb8191f71c83 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook EnzoHaramis7 ✭ May 2021 I made a pc that no one needs but can run max shaders in Minecraft https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=5b60670b-19e9-4377-b94c-2802dc6367c1 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook PUgrad_05 ✭ May 2021 https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=dbaed859-8bd1-4101-8ca1-cd40f9c2fb94 I chose these parts because I would want a main system, but I am also big on having a VM that I could run windows 7 and play some old games. I want something that would have more than enough horsepower to get the job done and would last for SEVERAL YEARS! 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LordArcadius ✭ May 2021 edited May 2021 I built based on the idea of a reasonable, high-powered budget; with production and gaming performance in mind. RAM - 16GB of RAM is plenty for most modern processes and games, and the 3600mh, CL 16 kit is sufficiently fast for the Ryzen family of chips. 3600 speed also plays well with the 1800mh stable max for Ryzen's infinity fabric. It's easy enough to add another 16GB kit later on if you find you really need 32GB. CPU - The R7 5800x is a good balance between high performance and price. While I would love the afford the R9 CPU of the same family (and the R5 5600x is probably the better value) the extra 2 cores/4 threads of the R7 should be sufficient for anything short of really serious production tasks. Power Supply - Seasonic is very trustworthy, and the fact that they include a tester end cap with each unit allows you to easily see if your power supply is good before hooking up all of the essentials. 850 Watts might be a little overkill for something like the RX 6700, but the extra headroom is good for future upgrades. And the price difference between the 850W and the 750W makes the 850 a no-brainer. SSDs - I figured a smaller, faster drive for the OS and any other speed-critical apps (hence the 500GB 980 pro) and a slower, much bigger 2TB for games and other storage (WD Black) made way more sense than a single, high capacity drive. Motherboard - The Crosshair VIII Dark Hero is probably a bit overkill, and if I needed to bring the budget down I'd look for something in the $300 range (like an Aorus Master). But one of the $200 boards didn't seem right for a chip as powerful as the R7 5800x. Case - I like the Lancool II Mesh; I've built in this particular case before, and it was a pleasure to do so; so I figured it was a good choice again. And the case looks (and is) quite good as airflow-based cases go. CPU cooler - The Corsair H115i Elite is a decent enough AIO for the price, and since the case doesn't fit a 360 on the top, a 280 seemed to make the most sense. A good air cooler might be enough for non-overclocking use, but I really wasn't feeling any of the ones available through the parts picker. I figure it on the top (exhaust) with the front 3 fans and one more (hence the SP120) in the rear as intake. OS - Most folks don't need the added features 10 pro includes, so home (on a USB drive for easier install) is a no-brainer. Monitor - I'm perfectly content with 1080p for gaming, and found with my current laptop that 144hz is a good sweet spot between 120hz ones and 165/240/etc (probably only really helpful for professional gamers). LG generally makes good monitors, and the color accuracy on this one is very nice. I personally am happy with a 24-inch monitor (27 is a little too wide for my liking). https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=a072dff0-b221-4e8d-996e-58036c0c4b90 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook lymanamyl ✭ May 2021 https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=c052d65c-ff7c-418e-a5ab-4ceccb592a88 This is my build. Going with the Ryzen 9 5900X since that seems to be great value, CL14 RAM, and that lovely RTX 3080. I like the look of the Meshify S2 and it has great airflow. Going with full Noctua cooling since I don't want to deal with watercooling. Most of the accessories are what I'm using now, except for that ridiculous mouse pad, lovely high refresh rate monitor, and a UPS. Sadly they don't have the Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 speakers which I've always wanted. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook ASK47 ✭ May 2021 https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=240b8f73-01e3-4fa1-b151-0e14626edfa8 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Tam86 ✭ May 2021 A build for your grandfather or grandmother who want a computer 4 core APU from AMD with 500GB SSD and 500W power supply(for future upgrade like add a GPU) Logitech Keyboard mouse combo and Asus 27 inch monitor with speaker $700+ for whole system include windows, monitor, keyboard and mouse If you have a old windows key, monitor, keyboard and mouse no longer need , you may only pay 500$ or less for the PC  Motherboard always have open box, If you are luck, able to find other open box hardware. You can save even more. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder-amd.aspx?load=6b6fcab1-503f-4398-8d07-1eabe7dd1e5e 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook uyhkgkl ✭ May 2021 $600 for something you can use now without a graphics card. If you plan for a graphics card a better PSU may be needed. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=da43066b-faad-4da4-97dc-f43fb7464eb4 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Colonel_Frosting ✭ May 2021 For this build, I largely just tried to emulate my current setup while adding what I would upgrade to. The case, CPU cooler, storage solution, and PSU are all as close as I could get with the current selection of parts to what I presently have in my rig. Though my RAM is slower, 2400Mhz, still a pair of 2x8GB kits though, and my PSU is a weird Corsair AX 850, still fully modular and all but supposedly for ""professional"" applications? Got it used for a good price so I don't much care but it's definitely not standard, and my boot drive (a 250 GB Samsung SATA SSD) is definitely not the same as the one listed for sale nowadays, and I couldn't find anything analogous to my 2TB Western Digital Black HDD I use for most games, so I just tossed in the Seagate. Things I would want to upgrade would be my CPU, Motherboard, and GPU. Presently I have a secondhand 9900k on an NZXT motherboard, but for the common video editing/rendering workloads I do on top of gaming, I would definitely not mind the bump up to a 5950x given how much of a beast it would be for all my current work applications, and I have a friend who can easily score me one for $600 + shipping. The motherboard is something I would not ordinarily spend so much money on, but due to the fact that AM4 seems like it's here to stay for another generation or two and I'll just be able to upgrade the Motherboard software to upgrade to a new chip, I feel it would be a good investment. Not to mention the fact that I could nick a Gigabyte X570 Xtreme or Master for well below MSRP off Ebay for basically new condition, box and all. I've seen Xtremes go for ~$600 and Masters in the $300s. GPU is a weird one for me, presently I run a pair of 1080Tis (which, again, I got for quite a good price, from the same person I bought my current CPU and Motherboard from) but I've been severely lusting after the Titan V for some time now due to its absolutely killer compute which has it pretty strongly in a class of its own even with Quadros a generation ahead of it, and given that I think it'd be absolutely perfect to edit, render and game with. Not to mention its pure weirdness, and being the only 'gaming' card on the Volta architecture, is quite the draw. Sure I could get a Titan RTX or a Quadro RTX (or even maybe one of the new Ampere ones) for a similar price tag, but it just wouldn't be the same. Not to mention I've gone without RTX this long, and I still really don't mind not having it for awhile longer. The fact that the Titan V isn't SLI capable doesn't bug me much either, given that I'm a bit over the whole dual-GPU thing after rocking the 1080 Tis for a little while and seeing the lackluster support and use on top of Nvidia's gradual pulling of the plug in recent years. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=70780cd2-5105-44e1-95b4-6bc6b7dcf306 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Jack22891 ✭ May 2021 https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder-intel.aspx?load=583bf884-a83d-421c-a3ea-b26ab87bac08 I am going to explain my choices for this build. I went for a (mostly) white pc themed build because RGB looks better on white. Originally I was going to go with an Intel i9 10900K to pair with my two GPUs because haha, Team Red, Blue, and Green machine epic, but logically, a $120 price difference (including mobo choice) was not worth a roughly 3% boost in gaming compared to my pick of an AMD Ryzen 7 5800X. I went with a Gigabyte motherboard primarily match the brand with both GPUs. It has an OK IO selection, and I have not many things to connect with, so it's fine for me. Memory is pretty self-explanatory. 32GB of DDR4-3600 CL16 Trident Z Neo. Very good RAM modules. The case choice is one that I have been wanting for a while, the Cooler Master TD500 Mesh. Great Airflow with a mesh filter, why wouldn't I want it. The power supply may be a bit under par for the GPUs, but it was the only white PSU available at a high wattage. Asus ROG STRIX 850 Watt PSU has that white aesthetic I want, and as long as I don't push my GPUs to the limit, it all should be fine. 80+ Gold efficiency too. The GPU cards were picked to have a Red, Blue, Green team machine in mind, but with logical choice on the CPU pick, both GPUs can still serve very good purposes on their own, and if I wanted, could use them to run virtual machines. I chose a Samsung 980 Pro 2TB SSD as a boot drive for those fast boot times, a house for downloaded material, and for any games that would otherwise take a long time to load, like Gmod or GTA. A Seagate Skyhawk 8TB drive will house the huge game files. It can hold my Steam library, Epic Games library, Windows Store library. Noctua Cooler was chosen because, well, great performance, great sound level, and Windows 10 OS. Peripherals were chosen with the white theme in mind, so I went with Glorious PC Full-Size keyboard, and Model O mouse. an Asus ROG STRIX Sheath Pink XL mouse pad was also chosen for the white aesthetic Corsair Case Fans were also thrown onto the list because why not. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook retroracer ✭ May 2021 i think I might blow my house up https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=60f32a8a-2509-44c1-aa5f-90774708bd02 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook VilainousKnight ✭ May 2021 I designed this build specifically for people who might be over compensating for something or for these of you who just can't find any good core components in theses trying times. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=f2e0a504-f1c1-4920-9827-31814129503d 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Goul ✭ May 2021 Here is a computer that bill gates wouldn't be able to afford, but the real parts are stuff I would love to have, all the monitors no one could use! Just 3 would be HARD overkill https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=0fd8f3ba-829a-4242-a6b5-89ad6f45771b 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook lolcat ✭ May 2021 I made the undoubtedly best computer: an i3 processor to handle all of your needs inside of a $2000 desk case with all the lighting anyone will ever need. If the framerates are looking low, it doesn't matter because of how good it is going to look. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=5675e113-96ea-4b51-8437-48d7a8300f6b 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TheCrusher ✭ May 2021 I put together a mini-ITX build, because a couple of years ago I put together an ATX system at Micro Center that's doing great (Z390 Aorus Pro, 9900k, etc. almost everything bought at Micro Center. So my goal here was to instead build a similar powerful but smaller system to use for gaming and video streaming on the new giant TV we haven't bought yet. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=2f0b2ebd-e385-4e40-99ca-98a8f7552d8a 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Brady615 ✭ May 2021 I picked all of the parts I could ever Dream of Having but could never be able to afford and made sure I could do anything I would ever need to do with my PC in the Process. I also chose parts that my Oldest Brother and I always talked about getting some day and he unfortunately was shot and killed pretty much a year ago exactly. I also chose all the RGB I could because that is what he would have done!! I know I'm not going to win because I am just not that lucky of a person. I try and help people out whenever I can and it seems like I should have all the good Karma in the World but nothing really ever goes my way. I've been hit rough in the past year from the Pandemic and just life in General. Here's to me just hoping!! https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=88a59640-796f-4cd7-8861-fb7ade12d583 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook failsafe65 ✭ May 2021 I didn't really try to keep it cheap, but for what it is I think it turned out pretty good. It should be able to handle most things except Flight Simulator 2020 at max settings. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=e1f616f1-cd3e-4244-a942-b8f75fcc2cdf 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Elemekura ✭ May 2021 Everything that fits. Just put someone together. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=b8a77597-f287-4ae6-9bea-f0c59fc12657 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook «1…6789101112…14» This discussion has been closed. 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I've always wanted a pretty good computer that can run pretty much any game. I was want to be able to record myself playing and maybe be able to stream. I also do not have to worry about running out of storage with this pc I built, since I selected a 2TB Samsung SSD. I'm really looking forward to upgrading my current pc, and this $500 is exactly how much I want to be able to upgrade it. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook okxry ✭ August 2021 here's my gaming computer / streaming pc https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=5b8f96a4-32e8-44b1-8d48-496947d455b8 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin August 2021 edited August 2021 As a friendly reminder to any entries, please ensure your posts include the correct link as shown in our first post for this contest! Copy the link from the share box on the right-hand side: 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook JDubZ ✭ August 2021 Hey Micro Center 👋! I am currently trying to build my own pc. I am 12 years old and I am working a job this summer to build my pc I currently already have my CPU GPU RAM and my Motherboard that I bought from your store. If I won this $500 my pc would be fully paid off and I would not be in debt. I am excited to see the outcome!      https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=9629e9a0-2cd0-4fe9-b7b0-5bceb3f0490f 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Joost ✭ August 2021 This parts are the parts of my dream list. I really like to watch videos and setups with stuff like that. With this build I can play games and streaming at the same time and have some fun! I can also do a lot of work for school and a little bit gaming in meantime. Enjoy! https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=99884861-9b02-4076-8827-6965dfac2c24 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Joost ✭ August 2021 This parts are the parts of my dream list. I really like to watch videos and setups with stuff like that. With this build I can play games and streaming at the same time and have some fun! I can also do a lot of work for school and a little bit gaming in meantime. Enjoy! https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=99884861-9b02-4076-8827-6965dfac2c24 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook KaoticAce ✭ August 2021 I want a System that can handle VR & Streaming so I can get online with some old friends. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=690aa67c-604f-44f5-86ec-53e4014a7eeb 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook PCBuilder ✭ August 2021 I really wish there was a micro center in my country... I could spend hours in there looking at all the various PC parts with a high prices; micro center still the best store 👍 https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=442c374c-19d2-4f55-95b4-abdf5c05ab21 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Vincent03 ✭ August 2021 Hello Micro Center, I'm beginning my first year of college at the University of Oklahoma and I'm planning to go into the field of Mechanical Engineering. I'm in no need to for a powerhouse of a computer, because I wouldn't use it to its full compacity. However, I would get a system that can run fairly demanding games to enjoy in my free time, while being able to do multitasking jobs for school work. Thanks for supporting the community, you guys at Micro Center are amazing! -Friendly Student from Oklahoma :) https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=4e51a205-93d3-43d7-bd70-a467cb55e9e3 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Luques_L 516 vandalia ave 3p ✭ August 2021 my birthday is coming up right before school but my mom does not have enough money to celebrate it and I was really hoping that I can win this. the pc That I am on is from my dad (that passed ) and I would use the GPU that was on his pc on the pc that ill make if I win this. On his pc, it has an old i3 and a gtx 1080 with fans that barely work. I will use the gtx 1080 in honor of my father. But since ill be going to school I will need a pc that will at least be able to do my online homework without it shutting off. and if I did decide to upgrade my GPU I would hang my dad's 1080 so I can remember him. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=6a30a8ee-d4bf-450a-805e-9d070078552e 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Swayam ✭ August 2021 My parents are really in a bit of a struggle and I really want this pc but they cannot afford it. So if I win then I can get this pc. Also, I really need it for school and gaming. Here is the link: https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=ac2c2134-63d1-4b7c-8bcc-23820f97a183 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Maskutti ✭ August 2021 I have a decent PC, but I would want to get better components and have a smaller form factor. This is the PC I would want: https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=76aa5ee1-5001-4a00-a1c9-78425a8c3f90 It has a Ryzen 5600x and a RTX 3060 TI in a small form factor case. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook John_11 ✭ August 2021 This is going to be my first PC build for, School, Coding, Art, and Gaming :) I hope this is the one, thank you! https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder-amd.aspx?load=7b5b0170-5e77-4b74-8be5-787d2a547270 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook juliancho ✭ August 2021 Why not dream? to be fair this build is too much for anyone but dreaming and building this on the website is for free :) good luck to everyone. love you all🙃🖥️🖱️ https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=79aa8e5e-3168-4409-b2f3-58a6e9dd980d 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Sean_Dalton6111 ✭ August 2021 I am just starting high school and i need a computer that can multitask so I can get all my schoolwork done. I also want to be able to game with friends and stream at the same time Andy have no problems. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx#selector_84 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Bruce32 ✭ August 2021 Need to down size for school and to update my pc https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder-intel.aspx?load=ea8c534e-15f5-4510-b6ff-3d62cc24810f 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook IsmailQamar ✭ August 2021 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/8902/back-to-school-with-micro-center-win-a-500-micro-center-gift-card I was going to build my first pc for gaming, coding, content creation, and streaming, but prices went up drastically so I wasn't able to. This is the PC I plan on building once I get enough money, and this gift card will finally be able to let me achieve my pc dreams! :) https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=0b2a6a91-27c6-46c9-b38d-8d5e32e3515f 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook lookingforicecream ✭ August 2021 https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=b8d29e20-80cc-480a-9baa-b21fdc95947d This year I'll be back to school as a teacher, teaching software & game development, and I want a build powerful enough to let my students learn from the best games and to build their own games. I chose a powerful CPU to handle lots of excel processing and game engines, along with a mid-tier graphics card. The way we play games is the same process with which we learn new concepts and skills in school. I want to use this gamified approach to get students interested in a career in technology and engineering. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Angelmarquezthe1 ✭ August 2021 edited August 2021 . 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook HoneyStarBits ✭ August 2021 https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=fce26b2a-6896-4d69-a28c-8e7224d8d9e5 This would be my first gaming pc build, and having an extra bit of money to spend on the system would mean the world to me, as I could finally afford to build and use this gaming pc without worrying about the cost, and scraping the money together to actually be able to afford it in the first place. I would use this primarily for gaming with my friends without lots of lag hurting the gaming experience, along with using this pc to help get me through the first year of HighSchool. Right now I have a laptop that can barely run discord while I try to play games with my friends. This pc would be such a great improvement, and it would mean the world to me. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Angelmarquezthe1 ✭ August 2021 Im new to building a PC so i don't know what parts are good with what but im trying https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=de9bb8e0-d44d-48b3-ab0e-68149140a338 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Unrevoked ✭ August 2021 I always wanted a gaming pc since 3 years and I wanted to build one but since COVID but I couldn’t build one my self. I saw this back to school thing I want to try to win so here’s my build I wanted to build🙂 https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder-amd.aspx?load=376cb097-69ed-4798-b7be-b379eb507fb6 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Aqrste ✭ August 2021 edited August 2021 This is my PC Builder list. I would want this Pc to help me out in my senior year. This Pc or any Pc would really help me in my classes since I take college classes during high school. This Pc would also be good to distract me after my homework session with the ability to play some video games. Shout out to Austin Evans. He is why I entered this give away https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=d447df74-8564-43bb-9714-60d4b67002f4 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Robss0728 ✭ August 2021 https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=7de52e95-18e8-4434-8c85-ecd861778fa3. I want to build a pc that will last a long time while I start to stream and play games with my son and teach him how to build computers , maybe even hand this down to my youngest son when he's old enough to play 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Cj_flexxx ✭ August 2021 I want a new computer to help with streaming, video editing, and most importantly playing games. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=4a4bf580-efad-4859-949a-ffafc2f38f11 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Cj_flexxx ✭ August 2021 I always have wanted a powerhouse pc and this one can help with video editing, streaming, and most importantly playing games. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=4a4bf580-efad-4859-949a-ffafc2f38f11 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Zach1470 ✭ August 2021 I need a computer to game and to do my school work, My dad said i could get a Pc for christmas and would be great to have $500 gift card to get better parts with so i can game with my friends and do zoom calls. I also want to learn to code so could also learn on there too. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder-intel.aspx?load=03aa194a-b6f7-4f63-ba0d-5bc05693ffe1 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook 100_Sir ✭ August 2021 Mainly a work PC (and games obviously) . Will be doing some deep learning which require plenty of video memory and system ram. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=576d82ac-947e-49ae-9907-e60fa2eb9621 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook ArmourDuck ✭ August 2021 I wanted a high powered pc to take my cad workload, as well as being able to game. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Nico_Brooks ✭ August 2021 edited August 2021 Hi! First, I would like to say thank you for this great opportunity. I don’t currently have a gaming pc, but I would like a powerhouse for 3d graphic design, CAD, VR, modeling, and engineering projects which I am all passionate about. I recently got my first scholarship to the University of Cincinnati. I am only a rising 9th grader. If you would like, I can attach my resume etc. I think I could greatly benefit from this, and it would accelerate my learning and career. Thanks again! https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=e7fdcc9b-d4aa-4c1a-9963-633790e2d265 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook «1…10111213141516» This discussion has been closed. 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I though I knew more than I did until I recently started my networking classes, and understand I have alot... I mean alot to learn. That being said I am in an unhealthy marriage with Apple, and my imac that I was running parallels went down and its the only device i can access windows and apparently my education providers and Windows have been in a healthy 25 year relationship, never been happier. So Long story short, with my new knowledge and evaluation of my current situation which will inevitably only grow more tech demanding with time, I concluded the only logical thing to do was to buy a mac pro with endless capabilities for the future and powerful enough for today. So with my student discount the refurbished machine I need is roughly 10K.... OKAY APPLE, sure thing boss... I was about to pull the trigger. The nI was like F* thank, I got friends, I live in cali, I know at least 3 residents of Silicon Valley that have done their own build, Im smart, Im good with my hands, and my pockets will certainly thank me. So now Im like building" this machine with minimal knowledge, and have no clue if I A.most probably out did myself and B. have to be missing some stuff... I know there has to be some wires in this process, but I dont remember being prompted to get the necessary wires. Power source, no wires. hat being said, Is there a was to get macOS on my build? I mean I know there is a way, is there a non infringing on proprietary rights? Any ways, here is my work load for the present Running many processes at one, photo shop, imovie, streaming movies and music, uploading to you tube, running software for school like SQL Server, Parallels virtual desktop to access windows and windows apps, Power Points, online seminars plethora of Microsoft word docs, Pictures out the wazuu, storing important documents, browsing typically on three at once (safari ,Firefox, chrome). And no, I dont game, im not a gamer just a RAM abuser. For the future (relatively near) I want to build a computer that is built for software development. Or at least prepped to become. So my imac is old... but has 16GB RAM 1TB storage 1 intel i5 processor 4 cores 256KB L2 cache 4MB L3 cache running at 2.7 GHz .... not even ok, activity monitor says my CPU usage is maxed out at just about all times. I deally I want seamless transitions through the Adobe suite and Microsoft suite. I want to format keynotes to enhance my imovies, and do green screen edits. My shot in the dark was I need at least 64GB of memory, but ts cheap so why not go for the gusto and get that 256 or at least 128 (see Im an over killer, probably dont even need it) 2TB storage, I figure I only need an 18 core processor but it doesn't really seem like something u can "add on" to and i dont want to spend on 18 now just to need 24 in a year and its only a couple hundred difference if that made since (I could be wrong). I am assuming a graphics card will help with my seamless transitions when running Photoshop but literally have no idea which one... Any insight would be more that appreciated! My First Build.pdf 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments MightyD ✭ March 2021 Ok, we've got one thing wrong with this build. WHAT THE HECK IS THAT PUNY GRAPHICS CARD. You're buying a 3970X. You need at least an RTX 3080 or else that PC is probably not even going to turn on my man. I recommend 3 graphics cards: RTX 3080, RTX 3090, Quadro 5000 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin March 2021 Hey @AmberEve Welcome to the community! I've got a couple of questions for you when it comes to this build, but first, I'll try to answer yours. :) I hope I don't miss any, but if I do, yell at me and please ask again. I'm happy to answer any questions you might have. Q. Can I use macOS on a non-Apple system? A. Most times, no. It is possible to build a Hackintosh, but this isn't something we condone or offer. Often times it is fairly tricky to get them to work and you are limited in the parts you can select. Q. More RAM Overkill? A. This depends on the tasks that you have for your RAM. If you're creating VMs or Virtual Machines, you will be allocating cores and RAM to those VMs. So you'll want some to spare. My questions for you are in reference to your choice of a Threadripper CPU. I'd recommend going with a 5950X instead of the Threadripper. Unless you have a known need for the additional cores, the 5950X is known to offer better performance in the Adobe Suite and Microsoft Office suite due to the IPC increase in the newer generation processor. If you are doing video production, I'd recommend a slightly higher-tier GPU, but if you're just doing photo work, I think the 1660 Super would fit your work. If you're looking for the most recent release, I'd recommend going with a 3060. I've created a build with the changes that I'd recommend, let me know if you have questions about this! https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=c02112c0-1cc1-48ab-9768-1a97a753d473 It seemed like you'd been going with ASUS as a brand, so I tried to match that for you here. You could definitely change these parts out for a different brand if you prefer. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AmberEve ✭ March 2021 so I will be doing some video editing but not to much, and running SQL servers and streaming and adobe suite and Microsoft suite. I am a programming and software development student so a little website creating in html css (thus far) microsft SQL server and Access (thus far) photoshop is a personal preference I do for fun in my own time, I own and operate a music publishing company so lots of streaming up loading and doing business on tune core, HFA affiliate, and minor video edits, mostly just uploads to youtube, but storing the hard copies in storage disk/SDD ASCAP up loads, copy rights, writing papers, making power points. I really love my apple, but its just not conducive to most projects school related. I am not a gamer, I went with the higher CPU because I felt like you cannot add on to upgrade, you have to just buy new, so why spend 500 now then 1500/2000 in a year or so when I am full fledge programming. Not only do I spend more in the long run, but now I have a 500 CPU on my hands rendered uselss, seems like with the CPU u may as well go for the gusto if you know you will adventually be needing it. At least that was my understanding of CPU, correct me if I am wrong. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AmberEve ✭ March 2021 @MightyD I am a girl my man, and I am not a gamer, and I don't know what I am doing lol. Those cards are expensive... I am trying to put my money where I need it most! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AmberEve ✭ March 2021 @LandShark Also, what about wires? or are those all included in the power supply? And I get free widows OS through school 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AmberEve ✭ March 2021 @LandShark I also want to make sure my build is built to be a work in progress that over time becomes better and better, so even if I don't plan on having the best of everything now, I want to be capable of becoming that by adding on as I advance in my programming skills. For example even if i only plan on filling 4 RAM slots, I still want the option of 8 available so I can add as I go, but I want that with everything! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin March 2021 I am sorry for the delay in response. For better recommendations on the CPU, can we get a better idea of what software programs you'd be using for these tasks? That will help us better understand to make recommendations. As for the power supply, yes all the connections should be there. The only additional thing you'd need is a SATA data cable for any 2,5" or 3.5" hard drives which would run from the drive to the motherboard. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.3K All Categories 1.1K The Blog 43 What's Trending 170 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 17 3D Printers 12 Maker 20 PC Build Guides 100 Reviews & Buying Guides 40 Build Showcase 21 Contests 42 Past Contests 1.3K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 97 New Members 170 Consumer Tech 51 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 87 Software 4 Audio/Visual 17 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 27 3D Printing 60 Retro Arcade/Gaming 87 All Other Tech 1.4K Store Information and Policy 56 Off Topic 8 Community Ideas & Feedback 116 Your Completed Builds 2.8K Build-Your-Own PC 1.8K Help Choosing Parts 244 Graphics Cards 184 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 65 Cases and Power Supplies 20 Air and Liquid Cooling 17 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 13 All Other Parts 25 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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Virtual machines allow you to use the operating system in whatever way you want without putting your computer in harms way. Basically, its a second computer being run inside your physical computer. If you are curious about and want to try using Linux but are concerned with the risks of dual-booting, then a virtual machine is the way to go. We'll walk you through the entire process of setting your own virtual machine in a free program called Oracle VM VirtualBox.  Even though this guide is only showing you how to install Linux in VirtualBox, there are many other operating systems you can install as well. Even older Windows operating systems like Windows XP or Vista can be installed on a virtual machine. As long as you have the Disc Image file or ISO file then you can install it.  Please note: The overall performance of the virtual machine will depend on your PC's hardware. You will want to have at least 8 GB of RAM and a Dual-Core CPU for it to run without any issues. If you happen to experience any poor performance when running the VM, I recommend using Lubuntu as it is a very lightweight version of Linux. It was designed for slower PCs so it will run a lot smoother if your PC is not very fast. Download the Linux ISO You can download a Linux ISO from a variety of websites. A few we recommend and trust are: Ubuntu - One of the most popular flavors of Linux with great long term support. Linux Mint - My personal favorite flavor of Linux. It has the Windows 10 feel but with the power of Linux. Oracle - Another very popular flavor of Linux. It is commonly used for Linux servers. Lubuntu - If you have a slower PC or maybe you want to try to install Linux on a Windows XP system, this would run a bit smoother. If you do not already have the ISO file for Linux, you will want to download it using one of the links above. You are welcome to search online for other flavors, just be careful when downloading files from unknown sites. If you are using a different Linux ISO then just skip to the next step - Download and Install VirtualBox. For this guide, I will be using Linux Mint. Once you are at Linux Mint click on either ‘Download’ button You'll be given the option of Cinnamon, MATE, or Xfce. These are the different versions of this operating system. The difference between them is fairly simple: Cinnamon = Most modern version, contains most features for a desktop MATE = Slightly faster and slightly more stable, less features Xfce = very lightweight desktop, extremely stable. Least amount of features If you just want to use the standard desktop feel with all the features then I recommend using Cinnamon. That is what I will be using in this guide.  Click on the version you want to use to download it.  On the next page, click on the GigeNET link After clicking on that, the ISO file should start downloading. Unless you changed the download location for this, you should find it in your Downloads folder.  Remember where you save this as we will need it in a moment. If the download did not start on its own, I recommend either clicking the back button and trying again or just closing the browser and starting back from the 1st step. Download and Install VirtualBox Go to https://www.oracle.com/virtualization/technologies/vm/downloads/virtualbox-downloads.html to download VirtualBox. Once there, click on ‘Windows Installer’ The file should start downloading automatically. Once it is finished, you will need to open or run the download.  This will open the Installation Wizard. Once open, click Next The next screen will ask you what features you want to install and where you want the program installed. For a first installation, you do not have to change anything on this screen. Just click Next. You will be given more install options after that. You can choose where you would like to place your launcher, or just click Next. It will have to install the networking feature, which will disconnect you from the internet for a moment. Click Yes. Now click Install. Once it is finished installing, open VirtualBox and continue following the steps below. Setting up VirtualBox Now that you have VirtualBox installed, you can now start setting up your Linux virtual machine.  Click New near the top of the window. In the ‘Name’ box type: Linux Mint This should automatically change the ‘Type’ to Linux and the ‘Version’ to Ubuntu (64-bit). If for some reason it does not change, make sure you change them by clicking on the dropdown. Don’t worry about changing the location of the machine folder. Once everything is correct, click Next Next it will ask you how much RAM you want to allocate to the virtual machine. Although you can use what VirtualBox recommends, it would be better to use 25% of the total RAM you have installed in the PC.  For our virtual machine, we used a PC with 8192 MB of RAM. We'll use 2048 MB for this VM even though VirtualBox only recommends 1024 MB, just to ensure that everything runs smoothly. This is something that can be changed at any time if you need to allocate more or less RAM later on. Next you will need to create a virtual hard drive. This is where all of the data will be stored for the virtual machine. Click Create to start this process. Next it will ask what type of virtual hard disk you want to create. VirtualBox will automatically select the best type of virtual machine for your system, so just click Next. Now it will ask how you want the data to be stored. Choose ‘Dynamically Allocated’ then click Next. You now have to set the total size of the virtual hard drive and the location where it is saved on your PC. Don’t worry about the file location, just leave that as is.  For the storage size you could use as little as 15 GB, but we recommend using at least 25 GB to give you a little room to work with.  Once you have entered the desired amount, click Create. It should take you back to the home screen after that. We still need to do a few more things before we can start the virtual machine.  Right-Click the VM listed and click Settings. Click Storage on the left side, then click the Disc icon where it says ‘Empty’. After that is highlighted, click the Disc icon toward the right side. Then click Choose a disk file. Now select the Linux ISO file we downloaded earlier. This next step will let you choose the network or internet settings of the virtual machine. To keep your home network and your actual PC fully protected from the virtual machine, uncheck the ‘Enable Network Adapter’ box. Then click OK. If you want to allow the virtual machine to connect to the internet, you can do this by enabling the adapter and selecting "Bridged Adapter" in the ‘Attached to’ dropdown. You can see I am using WiFi, so I select my Wireless LAN adapter. Once you have everything set correctly, click OK. Now you can start the virtual machine by clicking the green arrow. Once you start the VM, it will ask you to choose a disk to boot from. Click the dropdown arrow and click on the Linux Mint ISO. When you click inside of the VM, you will likely get this pop-up asking if you want to capture the mouse. You’ll need to press the host key to use your mouse outside of the VM again, so make sure you remember what it is set to. It will be displayed on this pop-up. Check the box to not show this message again, then click Capture. Once you have selected the Linux Mint ISO, click Start. You have now set up the virtual machine and booted from your Linux ISO. Now we can start installing Linux and setting up your user account. Installing Linux Make sure you click inside of the virtual machine window in order to control it. Use the arrow keys on your keyboard to select start Linux Mint then click hit Enter. Double-click Install Linux Mint on the desktop. Select the keyboard layout you will be using. Then click Continue. I recommend checking this box to install multimedia codecs so you don’t have to worry about it later. Then click Continue. Check the box next to ‘Erase disk and install Linux Mint’, then click Install Now. Don’t worry, this is not the actual hard drive of your PC that will be erased. It is erasing the virtual drive we created earlier in VirtualBox. It will ask you to confirm the partition tables. Click Continue. Select your time zone: Type in your name and a password here. You can choose either ‘require my password to login’ or ‘login automatically’. Then click Continue and let Linux install After the install is finished, restart your virtual machine. Click the Start button on the bottom left corner, then click the power icon. Then click Restart. Installing Guest Additions Guest Additions are just additional drivers and software that are needed to improve the overall performance and functionality of the virtual machine. This can include features such as mouse integration, video support, shared folders, and even something as simple as time synchronization. After the reboot, sign in using the password you created. Next, we will be installing guest additions from VirtualBox. At the top of the Window, click Devices, then hover the mouse over Optical Drives, then click Remove disk from Virtual Drive. If this is not clickable, that's okay - skip the next step. If you get this pop-up click ‘Force Unmount’ Now, click on devices, the click ‘Insert Guest Additions CD Image…’ When you get this pop-up, Click Run Because you are installing a program, Linux requires you to enter your password. Once you have entered it, click Authenticate. Let the Guest Additions Install. Wait until you see ‘Press Return to close this window’ to close the terminal. Then restart the VM one more time. After the VM reboots, the last step is to save the machine in its current state. This is similar to a restore point in Windows but better. It will allow you to easily go back to the time you saved the machine state in the event you encounter any problems. At the top of the Window, click Machine then click "Take Snapshot..." Enter a name for the Snapshot. Then click OK. If you ever need to restore your Snapshot, click on the Options icon on the Virtual Machine, then click Snapshots. Then click on the Snapshot, then click Restore at the top. Click Restore again. Then save the new snapshot. You can name it whatever you like: Now you can just click Start and the snapshot will be restored. You are now finished with installing and setting up your VM. Feel free to play around with it and see what it can do. Even if you are using it without any internet there is still a lot you can do. I recommend looking at all of the pre-installed utilities and admin tools just to compare them to Windows. You may also want to look up some basic Linux commands, as you can do a lot from terminal. Remember you don’t have to worry about harming your PC by entering the wrong command since you are in a Virtual Machine with no internet. If by chance you happen to crash your Virtual Machine - which I may have done more than a few times - you can load the snapshot you saved or just create a new one. You could also install a different flavor of Linux in another VM to see the differences and find one that you like best.  Written by TS_JosephF © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article Raspberry Pi Basics — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › What's Trending Raspberry Pi Basics NickBiederman admin December 2020 edited January 21 in What's Trending Updated 1/21/22 Setting up a Raspberry Pi often involves several basic processes that are the same for every project. This post is meant to serve as a beginner’s guide to some of those processes so you can reference it while working on your project.  Flashing an OS with the Raspberry Pi Imager Flashing an operating system to your SD card is one of the most basic tasks when setting up a Raspberry Pi. While you can buy SD cards with an operating system or NOOBS pre-installed, it’s cheaper to start with a blank card and flashing the OS yourself opens up a wide range of specialized operating systems. Some of my favorites include Octopi and Volumio. Start by downloading the Raspberry Pi imager from the Raspberry Pi website and installing it on your computer. You’ll need administrator access to install and run the program. If you plan to use a specialized image like those listed above, download and save the image file from the publisher as well. After installing the imager, plug your microSD card into the computer (you may need a card reader, like this two in one version) and launch the imager. Click “Choose OS”.   Next, you’ll need to decide if you want to use a default OS (like Raspbian or Retropie) or not. If you want to use a default OS, simply click the name of the OS in the window. If you’re using a different image, scroll to the bottom and click “Use Custom”. This will open a file explorer you’ll use to navigate to the image you downloaded earlier. Select the image and click “Open”. n this case, I selected "MasterAtariNoobs.img". Next, click “Choose SD card” and select the appropriate drive in the pop up window. Make sure you don’t select the wrong drive as the drive will be erased. Finally, click “Write”. The imager will go through a writing phase then a verify phase. Once this is done, the card is ejected and you’re good to go. Setting up Wi-Fi and SSH for “Headless” systems Not all projects are conducive to a keyboard, mouse, and monitor. Sometimes it’s better to access your pi via SSH. This is easy if you have an ethernet connection available, but can be problematic if you need to use Wi-Fi. Thankfully, there’s a method for configuring Wi-Fi before even booting your pi. First, we’ll enable SSH. Plug your SD card into your computer and navigate to the drive labeled “Boot”. Create a file names “ssh” with no file extension and save it here. The file should be empty and not have a file extension like “.txt”. You can use any text editor to create an empty .txt file and save it to the boot drive. You can then rename the file to remove the file extension. If you’re using Ethernet, you can now eject the card from your PC and boot your Pi. You’ll be able to access it from a terminal using “ssh [email protected]”, where is the IP address assigned your pi. If you’re on Windows, you can use Putty or WSL to connect via SSH. It's important to change your password after enabling SSH. This can be done with Raspi Config, described in the next comment. Connecting Wi-Fi is similar to enabling .ssh. Create a .txt file named “wpa_supplicant.conf” with the following content:

ctrl_interface=DIR=/var/run/wpa_supplicant GROUP=netdev

update_config=1

country=US

network={

    ssid="

  psk=""

  key_mgmt=WPA-PSK

}

Replace and with your network name and network password, but leave the quotation marks. Save the file to the root of your boot (just like the ssh file). Next time you boot your Pi it will automatically connect to your Wi-Fi network. This will work for almost all home networks in America. If you’re in another country change “US” after “country=” to the 2 letter code for your country. If you use something other than WPA-PSK for network security you’ll need to change the key_mgmt as well. Very few people use a different management scheme, so it's unlikely you'll need to worry about changing key_mgmt. These files are provided in the “ssh_and_wifi.zip” at the bottom of this post. Configuring SSH, cameras, SPI, and other I/O Raspi-config is a very powerful tool for changing settings on your Pi. To access raspi-config, you’ll need to connect a monitor and mouse or SSH into your Pi (see the above comment for more info on SSH). Next, run “sudo raspi-config” from the terminal. This will open the following window:   Navigation is done using the up and down arrows to scroll through options, enter to select an option, the right arrow to move from “select” to “finish”. From here you can change all kind of hardware settings. Full documentation is available on Raspberry Pi’s website. Some particularly useful options include the display options, “Expand File System” under “Advanced Options”, and “Wireless LAN” under “System Options”. You can also change your password under “System Options”. This is very important if you have SSH enabled.  After making the changes you need to make, use the right arrow to highlight at the bottom of the screen. Press enter to exit the utility and reboot your pi with the command “sudo reboot” Backing Up Your Installation - Windows Having an extra copy of your image can be useful in case an SD card fails or you need to duplicate an installation. For Windows, I like to use Win32 Disk Imager. After downloading and installing the program, connect your Micro SD card to the computer (I like to use this two in one card reader) and launch the program. Click the file icon next to the field “Image Name”. This will open a file explorer. Navigate to the location you want to save the image and enter the file name in the field at the bottom. In my case, I’m creating “example.img” on my desktop. Make sure you don't choose the same location and name as another image our you'll overwrite it. Ensure the correct card is elected in the “Device” field (circled in red). Check the box next to “Read Only Allocated Partitions” (circled in green), then click “Read” (circled in blue). The program will read your file system to the file you selected and create a file that can be written to a new SD card as a custom image using the Raspberry Pi imager. Backing Up Your Installation - macOS, Raspbian, and Linux Backing up a Raspberry Pi installation on a *nix operating system like Linux, Raspbian, or macOS doesn’t require any third-party tools. We’ll use dd, which reads an input file one block at a time and writes it to an output file. The dd command is very simple, but it’s critical to ensure you choose the correct input and output files. If you specify the wrong files you can easily overwrite important files and potentially damage your system. The method described below will work for any Linux, macOS, or other *nix system. I took the screenshots on an Ubuntu computer. On other operating systems things might look a little different. The general form of dd is dd if= inputFile of= outputFile. We’ll use our SD card as the input file, so we need to determine the name of our SD card. Plug your SD card into your computer and open a terminal window. Run the following command and enter your password if prompted: sudo fdisk -l This will give you a whole long list of drives connected to your computer like the one below. We’re only worried about the last block which lists portable drives like SD cards and USB drives. You should see something like this after running fdisk. I know the card I plugged in is 64gb, so I’m looking for a drive with roughly that capacity. /dev/sdb has a size of 58gb, which is pretty close. That’s my SD card. You’ll notice there’s two devices called sdb1 and sdb1. These are partitions of the same drive. Next, I’ll run dd to copy the SD card to an image file. This is the command I used: sudo dd if=/dev/sdb of=~/OctoPi.img You’ll notice I used /dev/sdb for my input file rather than specifying sdb1 or sdb2. This will copy everything from both partitions of the SD card to an image file named OctoPi.img in my home directory. It will look like nothing is happening, but just let it run. This process can take time for large images. After the process is complete run ls -l in the directory you wrote the image file to. This will show a list of all the files along with their size, which will allow you to verify the image was copied successfully.   Ls -l lists all the files in a directory along with their size, making it easy to verify the process completed properly.   That’s all you need to do to backup a Raspberry Pi on a *nix system. You can write this .img file to another card the same size or larger using the Raspberry Pi imager as described in earlier in this post.  Looking for more information about Raspberry Pi? 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Community Article High-End Gaming Build, Near Complete — 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 High-End Gaming Build, Near Complete Noli ✭ January 2021 in Help Choosing Parts Hi there, thanks in advance for the advice! I’ve never built a pc before and as a software person only I’ve always been really embarrassed by my relative lack of hardware knowledge, which has kept me from taking the plunge to my own pc. Having said that, I’ve put a decent amount of time into trying to put together my dream high-end gaming pc which I’m finally ready to buy. Here’s a link to (most of) my build so far: https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=d6684a88-12ee-4d71-b49e-9325dcf5f8ba A few small addendums: (1) I have a few other parts that I’m currently interested in which I did not see listed. I’m happy to hear about any suggested changes on any part, including those I could not find listed at MC. For memory: G.Skill Trident Z RGB 32 GB (2x16 GB) DDR4-3600 CL16. For power: Corsair RMx 1000 W 80+ Gold Fully Modular ATX. On the memory, I’ll admit it’s mostly aesthetic as I see MC carrying a similar model in black/white rather than plain black. Other than that, the linked MC part list is what I’m currently looking at. The only things I’ve locked in so far are the CPU and GPU (both already purchased at MC, the latter of the two just this morning—thanks!). So, the first question is just generally any thoughts on the build? (2) So, the case. I’ll admit, I really like the look of the case I included in my list. However, I’ve come to understand that the cases with front glass paneling especially can have poor thermals. As this is going to be a high performance build, I’m worried that I’ll be choking my system. Is the liquid cooling with the ML fans (and additional fans, bringing the count up to 6) going to be enough to offset this, or is this case just a bad idea? Two other alternatives I’ve considered are the Lian Li o11 Dynamic (swapping out the 280 AIO for the 360 AIO and adding in additional QL fans for a total of the 9 permitted in the case), or maybe going mesh with something like the Corsair 4000D airflow. But, I think it should be clear my knowledge here is really low and I need some advice.  What kind of cooling and air flow does a build like mine really necessitate? Thoughts on the 3 options I gave? Any other cases I should be considering instead? (3) I haven’t decided on the specific model yet but I’m looking to hook this up to 2 4K 144hz monitors. Problem is, in a perfect world I’d be able to use the peripherals (2 monitors, keyboard, mouse) to switch between the gaming pc and my workstation (Lenovo thinkpad dock). I know KVMs are a thing but (a) they seem kind of unreliable and I’m not going to tank my build for this and (b) I haven’t seen one yet that can handle 2 4K 144hz monitors. Any KVMs that fit the bill here, or any other solutions you might have? My solution has to be hardware and not software due to security concerns on my work laptop. (4) What miscellaneous parts that (as a newbie) I’m not considering will I need? I’m strongly considering having MC do this build so I just want to make sure I have all the cables and miscellany. As an example, I learned that some Corsair fans have control hub components sold separately which can be used for certain fan control functions? I would have never known this if I hadn’t randomly come across this, so I know there must be other things I’m not aware of. I really, really appreciate any and all advice you may have as I finish making these purchases! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TSTDavey admin January 2021 Hello @Noli thanks for posting on the Microcenter Community Forum. What type of games will you be playing on this custom build PC? Will you be doing any content creation or video editing? You want to pick your parts for your build based on what the PC will be used for. We think what you have a is a good start to the parts you've chosen. You'll need to choose your RAM. The G.skills Trident would be a good selection. 16gb of ram would be good to start off with or you go up to 32gb, up to you. Depending on the games you play (ex., fortnite, COD, League of Legends, etc.), 32gb may be overkill. The 1000w PSU should work. Don't worry about the tempered glass, it does not effect pc air flow.  You want to look at what what Heat Sink you want to get for the 5900x. If you get it from Microcenter the CPU doesn't come with a cpu cooler/heatsink. You can chose to go with a AM4 (5900x cpu socket type) cooler or a AM4 water cooler. Again I don't know what games you play, but if its fortnite or COD or Cyberpunk, you can just go with a AM4 cooler such as the Noctua NH-C14S. Cyberpunk only requires 16gb of ram for their Ultra setting at 4K. But you can also choose a liquid cooling heatsink/cpu cooler like the NZXT Kraken X53. Again its your chose, but you'd be fine with the Noctua NH-C14S. Unfortunately we do not have any KVM's that support dual 4k Monitors. But you may be able to find something online from Newegg or Amazon. Below is a google link for your search. Does this reply answer all your questions? Link: (Google KVM Search) https://www.google.com/search?source=hp&ei=5wz1X6_5G52F9PwP7IOc2A0&q=kvm+that+supports+dual+monitors+4k&oq=kvm+that+supports+dual+monitors+4k&gs_lcp=CgZwc3ktYWIQAzIICCEQFhAdEB46DgguELEDEMcBEKMCEJMCOgsILhCxAxDHARCjAjoFCC4QsQM6CAguEMcBEKMCOgIIADoICC4QsQMQgwE6BQgAELEDOggIABCxAxDJAzoICAAQsQMQgwE6BQgAEMkDOgYIABAWEB46CAgAEBYQChAeOgkIABDJAxAWEB5QrwFYpSNgjiVoAHAAeACAAVWIAbwKkgECMjCYAQCgAQGqAQdnd3Mtd2l6&sclient=psy-ab&ved=0ahUKEwjviJvhjobuAhWdAp0JHewBB9sQ4dUDCAk&uact=5  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Noli ✭ January 2021 Thanks for your response! I really appreciate the advice. On the type of games I’m hoping to play: I expect to be playing resource intensive games like Cyberpunk, Death Stranding, the new Assassin’s Creed, etc. I also want the latitude to be able to play other games in the future that are similarly resource intensive. On RAM: Sorry, I think this got lost in my (admittedly long) post, but I was thinking of going with the G.Skill Trident Z RGB 32 GB (2x16 GB) DDR4-3600 CL16. I’m assuming that would work okay? On the case: Really? That’s great! I keep hearing that cases like that have terrible thermal performance and I know the 5900x should put off a lot of heat, so just want to make sure I’m not cooking my pc. On the cooler: I was anticipating using an AIO liquid cooler, but let me know if you disagree based on the performance needs I mentioned above. In the linked build I went with a Corsair honestly just because I wanted the fans to match, but I guess I’m not married to that choice. E.g., for the Corsair 4000X case I think I’d go with the iCUE H115i Elite Capellix (280) Liquid CPU Cooler. So, (a) is that choice okay, or do you think a different liquid cooler makes more sense and (b) if I indeed use one of these AIO coolers just confirming this case choice is fine from a thermal perspective. This is really my only hangup before buying the remaining parts, so would love this final mark of approval before I purchase and hand it over to you guys to build! Thanks again for your help. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin January 2021 This looks like it'll be an amazing system @Noli! I'm a bit green with envy. 😁 RAM: Yes, the G.Skill Memory you mentioned will work with this system! Ryzen CPUs love high-speed memory and 3600 speed is great! Case: The goal of fans in cases is to pull or push the air through and create airflow patterns that are conducive to good air temperatures around the important parts, like the CPU cooler or the GPU. As long as cool air is available to the case a glass side panel will not have much effect on the performance of the case and its cooling. I'd suggest going with the most aesthetically pleasing case you can find that works with your parts! Cooler: Yes, the cooler you mentioned does make sense! The 4000X supports many radiator sizes(listed below) so the 280mm H115i would be a great fit.  1 x 280 mm Front Internal 1 x 120 mm Rear Internal 1 x 240 mm Top Internal 1 x 280 mm Top Internal 1 x 360 mm Front Internal I think I was able to answer all your questions but let me know if I didn't respond to everything! I'd be happy to talk further about this! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Noli ✭ January 2021 Awesome! I finally took the plunge and bought the remaining parts. Thanks very much for all your help. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin January 2021 You're quite welcome! We'd love to see your build! 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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 remember when I started streaming for the first time a few years ago and had many questions on how to start and what to do. When I was getting started, I learned a lot from a collection of guides online and my own experiences; this article should cover much of the setup and questions regarding setting up your stream! If you're just looking for help setting up Stream Labs OBS, or SLOBS, we have a great getting-started guide as well! This is my setup, primarily for streaming phone games, and I’ve included the build list here.  Streaming Hardware and Equipment What Kind of Computer do I Need to Stream? One of the first questions new streamers ask is, “what kind of computer will I need to stream?” However, there’s no one definitive answer to this question, as it is all based on the content you are streaming. Are you looking to stream the latest release of Call of Duty? Then you may want to look into high-end gaming computers. Are you looking to stream yourself reacting to the latest game trailer? Then you’ll be able to make do with a more budget-friendly build.  Dual Monitors are Amazing The one thing I do highly recommend when it comes to streaming, getting a second monitor. A second monitor will let you monitor/interact with your chat, see notifications and offer extra flexibility while the other monitor is busy with the content you’re streaming. It doesn’t even need to be an expensive gaming monitor, as the point of this second monitor is just to display information regarding your stream. For more information on setting up a second screen with your setup, please visit our article; Dual Monitor Setups for Laptops (and Desktops).  Photo courtesy of Mistax Streaming Accessories There are A LOT of accessories to use or not use when it comes to streaming. Some are must-haves, such as a microphone, a headset, and even a webcam, while others can wait until you’re further into streaming, such as Green Screens, Ring Lights, and StreamDecks. For a more in-depth break-down, we have a separate article regarding Streaming Equipment. Getting started doesn’t require many additional accessories, but you may want to look into more and better equipment as your streaming journey continues. One thing you may need at the beginning, however, is a capture card. A capture card is a tool that allows your computer to receive the output of another device, such as a game console. If you have plans on streaming using a game console, you will need a capture card for it to interact with your streaming software. Capture cards can also be used with high-end DSLR Cameras, turning them into webcams for your stream. They can also be used for dual PC streaming, using a second computer to split the work of streaming from just one computer.    Dual PC Streaming Setup No matter how good your computer is, you will see a drop in your games’ performance while you are streaming. The performance drop may not be significant, but your streaming software needs to use some of your computer’s resources to send your stream out, or “encode,” to the streaming platform of your choice. A two-computer streaming setup separates this process from your main computer, freeing up resources. Essentially, your main PC has become a console, linked to your streaming PC via a capture card. While streaming with a two-PC setup, you will not see a drop in your primary PC performance. Having two PCs could be a more cost-effective option than a full upgrade to your gaming PC, as the dedicated streaming PCs are relatively inexpensive to build. The specs for your streaming PC can be light since its only job is to encode. It just needs to have a visual output and a capture card inside. Here is a streaming PC build I made for around $600, including the El Gato HD60 Capture Card. Remember that you will need a keyboard, mouse, and monitor for the second PC, but it is worth considering if you are looking to make streaming a profession. An example of a Dual PC Setup using one PC for encoding and the other for the actual game.  Photo courtesy of Err0h Streaming PC Specs Gaming PC Specs StreamLabs OBS vs. OBS At the moment, there are two popular options of streaming software, both free and readily available online: OBS and the modified version by StreamLabs, StreamLabsOBS (SLOBS). There are benefits and downsides to both software.  Ease of Use SLOBS is the combination of OBS and the StreamLabs utility, meaning everything you need to stream is available in one package, including easy-to-use widgets to improve your stream. Widgets like Chatbox or Alerts are easy to setup through SLOBS.  You will have to add these to OBS and require additional steps to set up.   Resources and Strain on the System One of the main issues with SLOBS is the higher system strain it puts on a computer. Because it comes with so much pre-installed, it can draw more power and resources from your computer. If you see performance issues using SLOBS, switching to the less resource-intensive OBS could be a solution for some performance gain. Customizability Excluding the widgets, OBS is open-source and easily adjustable. There are tons of OBS plugins to use to enhance your stream, such as audio monitors, transition managers, countdown timers, and more. SLOBS, however, is managed by StreamLabs and does not allow the use of plugins. Updates OBS will always receive their updates first. SLOBS will receive the update as well but on a delay. How long that delay varies from update to update. Monetization  SLOBS has some of it’s extra features like certain overlays, custom widgets, multi-streaming to different websites all locked behind a premium membership of 12$ per month.  While OBS doesn’t have these features either, some dislike SLOBS monetization and a few pop ups that can come up recommending it.   Recommendation for Starting Streaming If you are starting off streaming, I recommend going to SLOBS. It’s ease-of-use greatly outweighs everything else if you are looking to quickly get your stream going. However, once you feel comfortable with setting up streams, I would recommend transitioning to OBS.OBS can do (almost) everything StreamLabsOBS can do but offers a broader range of customization. If you do switch to OBS, you will need to add the utilities that StreamLabs or StreamElements can provide, such as Alerts, Chatboxes, etc.  These are usually done through a Browser Source to their respective link.   Here are links to both StreamLabs and StreamElements YouTube Channel as they both have great video resources when it comes to using their resources for your stream.  Advice for First Time Streamers Low Viewer Count It’s ok for your first streams to be small. Not everyone hits it big immediately, and streaming is becoming more and more popular, which means more streamers for viewers to pick from. It’s common for new streams to be 0-4 people. But, regardless of your viewer count, treat every stream as if it’s your opportunity to make it big. Viewers stay when you are interacting with them and your chat! Have some topics or discussions ready for your stream before you start. Think about what you did today or earlier in the week. Stories are great for viewers and the streamer to connect.  DMCA and You One of the biggest worries of streamers right now is the Digital Millennium Copyright Act or DMCA. The DMCA prohibits streams from using unlicensed music, ranging from songs played while streaming to in-game music. Getting a DMCA strike often means nothing more than getting your stream muted, but multiple DMCA strikes can result in your account getting banned and potential legal action. If you feel like a song you are listening to is DMCA claimable, or that YouTube video you are reacting to has a copyright song, I recommend skipping the song or muting the video. There are free-use libraries for music that are DMCA-Free and can safely be played on your stream. Growing Your Stream Stream whatever game you want to stream; there is no need to force yourself to play a game. It can be nice to try out a new game but don’t force yourself to play if you aren’t enjoying it. Viewers watching you play games to get frustrated will leave when you are enjoying a game.  Look for a community! Join other small streamers who are streaming the same game and get to know them. Getting to know the other streamers within the community for your main game is an excellent way of gaining an audience and can benefit both you and your new community. You will get bad viewers; it’s bound to happen. Whether it be bots or just people who are out to ruin someone’s day, simply time them out or ban them and move on with your day.  Setting a schedule for your stream is helpful and lets your viewers know when you are usually going live so that they can plan to come back.  If you are on Twitch, be sure to enable FrankerFaceZ and BetterTwitchTV emotes for your chatbox. These are additional emotes that your chat can use and you can manage on their respective website. When ending your stream, be sure to host other streamers in the same community! They will give your channel a shoutout as a sign of good manners. Also, be sure to inform your audience of the next time you go live and a plan for that stream! 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That's because the case is nearly identical to the previous rendition. You know what they say, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”  The full backlit keyboard is also an attractive feature and provides ample lighting in dark areas.   Looking at the outside of the laptop, I noticed a healthy amount of ports suited towards a gaming laptop. Ethernet port, multiple video ports, USB-C, and more.  The ASUS ROG nor the MSI Laptop I’ve recently had possession of had nowhere near this sort of capacity. The build feels quite sturdy and the display itself doesn’t feel too flimsy either.    For the remainder of the review, please use the shortcuts below to jump to whichever section you prefer. Hardware Specifications Internals Externals 0% Bloatware Final Thoughts 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments AlexS admin June 2020 Hardware Specifications Internals Peripherals External Ports & Features 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AlexS admin June 2020 edited June 2020 Internals      The MAINGEAR Vector 2 essentially upgrades many of its components to its newer rendition. Below I’ve listed the comparison of major hardware components between the Vector and Vector 2.       Yes, you’ve read that correctly.  The VECTOR 2 uses the desktop variant of the RTX 2060 versus it’s less-powerful, mobile counterpart.  This makes a big difference in performance as the goal of playing TRIPLE AAA titles on higher settings is reachable.   An upgrade to the RAM from DDR4-2666 to DDR4-2933 makes a nice jump as well, with an open slot available if you wish to add another stick of RAM.  The last major upgrade would be the doubling of storage.  The 1TB NVMe SSD removes that worry of having to add and remove games occasionally and the VECTOR 2 also includes a second M.2 slot for adding even more storage.   You also see a processor upgrade to 10th Gen Intel with the i7-10750H 6-core processor. Speakers      The speakers output a nice clear sound at high volume.  It’s pretty clear with very minimal distortion which I enjoy.  While this attribute is sufficient for most games and videos, a gaming headset will be recommended if you need more directional audio. Fans      Underneath the mesh cage house two 5V, 2.25A fans that efficiently expel heat from the device.  Air flow can be felt strongly from the two vents on the side and the two vents in the rear. Like most gaming laptops, this does produce a hefty amount of noise under load but only under load.  The NODE control center also allows a FAN BOOST option to help cool the internals even more.  On idle or light use (office application, browsing the web) you’ll hear little to no fan noise. Battery      Gaming laptops are notorious for draining the battery, even when using light applications.  Nvidia ® Optimus helps relieve this issue.  The VECTOR 2 comes with a 4-cell 15.4V 4100mAh battery that can touch 5-6 hours with light use on Battery Saver mode.  Light gaming will see a 1-2 hours on battery life. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AlexS admin June 2020 edited June 2020 Externals Beneath the center of the display is a 720p VGA webcam with LED indicator and to the right of this, a microphone.  The most noise from a visual standpoint will be the side and rear portions of the laptop.  On both sides towards the rear, you’ll have a ribbed design for airflow.  On the back, you’ll also find additional ventilation to keep the VECTOR 2 nice and cool.   On the bottom of the unit, you’ll see some of the internals of the laptop that are covered by a sturdy mesh cage.  I absolutely love this design as you’re maximizing the amount of airflow to come through the bottom of the laptop without compromising the sturdiness of the chassis.  The Display The VECTOR 2 comes with a 15.6” Full HD, non-touchscreen display with a 144hz refresh rate.  As a former Counter-strike enthusiast, this instantly gave me good vibes and almost made me want to jump back into that game when I was playing a few rounds.  The colors are great and the picture is smooth all around.  The max brightness for this unit can touch towards 300 nits.   F1 2019 also performed quite well as driving at 195MPH+ speeds in a Mercedes F1 car looks surprisingly okay on the 15.6” display.  The clean and crisp display is definitely a pro for this gaming laptop. The Keyboard The VECTOR 2 comes with a full chiclet style RGB keyboard.  The keys work well for a touch typist and for hunt-and-peckers, the backlighting can help with locating keys with ease.  The NODE Control Software allows you to easily change the colors of the keyboard to your liking.   Touchpad The VECTOR 2’s Synaptics touchpad has a good size and has solid functionality for the laptop.  A green LED is placed in the upper left hand corner that can be double tapped to enable or disable the touchpad.   Two finger functionality is actually quite smooth in case you need to zoom in or out on a web page or document.  However, unless you’re playing RIOT Games’ Teamfight Tactics, or solitaire, plug in an external mouse.  Actually, do that anyways.   I/O Ports MAINGEAR gifts us a plethora of ports to choose from and for that, we thank them.  I do wish the USB-C port was display-enabled but the two mini-DisplayPort and HDMI output will do the job for most users.   There’s a USB 2.0 port included as well which I’m sure a decision was made for this port to be included.  Placement of all ports are pretty optimal as well.  Shouldn’t cause too much interference with heat exhaust coming out from the ventilation.  Networking For wireless and Bluetooth capabilities, the VECTOR 2 comes with an Intel 9462NGW wireless/Bluetooth card.  It meets the 802.11AC standard with Bluetooth 5.0 so your wireless needs should be covered. Also included is an RJ45 port for gamers who prefer a hardwired connection. The Chassis Going over the case, you have a very sleek, yet simple design. A matte black surface covers the case with the iconic MAINGEAR logo centered on top.  Upon opening the laptop, you reveal the full RGB chiclet style keyboard, two nicely placed buttons for Power and Performance Mode and LEDs to signify Power, Battery, and CAPS Lock.   1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AlexS admin June 2020 0% Bloatware      So when it comes to the advertised 0% BLOATWARE by MAINGEAR...it’s true.  The VECTOR 2 comes with a clean installation of Windows 10, its NODE Control Center and that’s it.  Definitely a pro in my book.  The NODE Control Center is also really easy to use.  From monitoring temps/fan control to changing the colors of your RGB Backlit keyboard, the software is there and very convenient.  The software is also linked to the Performance Mode button I mentioned earlier, so you can cycle it from Office, Gaming, or Turbo modes with the single press of the button.  More on the software here 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AlexS admin June 2020 Final Thoughts     The MAINGEAR Vector 2 would be a nice addition to anyone’s gaming arsenal.  The battery life is surprisingly lengthy with normal applications such as Office or web browsers.   MAINGEAR’s decision to use the desktop variant of the RTX 2060 pays off with great performance.  The 144hz panel just makes everything better.  The Vector 2 is truly a sleek option for on-the-go gaming.        If you're coming from the desktop world and still would like to get an affordable mechanical keyboard and mouse to bring along, I'd recommend the Inland MK-S RGB Gaming Keyboard (Ten-Keyless) and Inland GM76 Gaming Mouse.  Very affordable options with great quality for some intense gaming.   Thanks for reading and stay tuned for the next review! 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Amallycat ✭ September 2020 I just got this laptop and it doesn't stay connected to the 5ghz network well. It constantly slows down, or drops off and says it can't find the DNS etc.. It works fine with my 2.4ghz. HOWEVER all other laptops and devices work fine on 5ghz. Only this laptop which is 3 days old is having issues with it. What gives? Router is good. All other devices have no issues. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSPhillipT admin September 2020 Hello @Amallycat Have you tried updating your network drivers for your laptop or uninstalling and reinstalling those drivers?  If those do not work, I also recommend trying a Winsock Reset; here is a guide to some Network Troubleshooting  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Kandore January 2021 I had the same issue with my wifi, but this fixed it. https://help.maingear.com/article/70-wi-fi-fix-for-element-2020-and-vector-2020 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin January 2021 Kandore said: I had the same issue with my wifi, but this fixed it. https://help.maingear.com/article/70-wi-fi-fix-for-element-2020-and-vector-2020 Good information here! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Leave a Comment Rich Text Editor. To edit a paragraph's style, hit tab to get to the paragraph menu. From there you will be able to pick one style. Nothing defaults to paragraph. 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