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Community Article RealTek Audio Install Help! — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › General Discussion RealTek Audio Install Help! incrediblepulk ✭ August 2020 in General Discussion I recently built my PC and I do not have the RealTek audio manager installed. All my previous computers have had it and this one doesn't. Not sure if this is the cause to my issue which is static constantly in my headphones (they work on every other computer I have tried). I have ASUS TUF x570 Motherboard. Not sure if I didn't properly plug in a wire or what is going on. Saddening to have built a PC and not use it yet because the audio quality is so bad, please help! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TSPhillipT admin August 2020 Hello @incrediblepulk I feel like I recently answered this exact issue yesterday on a different support method...  anyways!  Here is a link to the downloads for the drivers for the motherboard.  You can find the Realtek Audio here; https://www.asus.com/us/Motherboards/TUF-GAMING-X570-PLUS-WI-FI/HelpDesk_Download/ 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 6.7K All Categories 1K The Blog 34 What's Trending 164 How to & Technical Guides 10 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 15 3D Printers 9 Maker 15 PC Build Guides 81 Reviews & Buying Guides 27 Build Showcase 13 Contests 35 Past Contests 821 The Community 1.7K General Discussion 105 New Members 87 Consumer Tech 27 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 75 Software 2 Audio/Visual 12 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 23 3D Printing 49 Retro Arcade/Gaming 80 All Other Tech 1.2K Store Information and Policy 49 Off Topic 5 Community Ideas & Feedback 111 Your Completed Builds 2.6K Build-Your-Own PC 1.7K Help Choosing Parts 220 Graphics Cards 161 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 61 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 13 Monitors and Displays 29 Peripherals 9 All Other Parts 21 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? See other custom PC builds and get some ideas for what can be done View Build Showcase View builds by: AMD Processors Intel Processors RTX 3090 RTX 3080 RTX 2080 Ti RTX 2080 Super RTX 2070 Super RTX 2070 RTX 2060 Super Radeon RX 5700XT Radeon RX 5700 Air Cooled Liquid Cooled SAME DAY CUSTOM BUILD SERVICE If You Can Dream it, We Can Build it. Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2021 Powered By Vanilla Community Article Roccat Elo 7.1 Air Problems — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › General Discussion Roccat Elo 7.1 Air Problems WutToWrite ✭ April 16 edited June 3 in General Discussion I had bought this headset around a week ago and it's been nothing but issues and the support team won't even answer/contact me for anything I've asked. I have the metal rattling around in my headset, everytime I turn on my PC the wireless transmitter doesn't want to connect to my headset, there is static every 5 min randomly from the headset, and my friends had told me that my mic randomly lags and cut out randomly. Is there any way I can replace or return them? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments Ian admin April 16 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/8340/roccat-elo-7-1-air-problems Greetings. If the item is defective/not working, please bring it in and we can assist you.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook WutToWrite ✭ April 16 Alright, I'll bring it in the next time I can. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin April 16 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/31257#Comment_31257 Yes, please bring it back in within 30 days of purchase and we can assist you. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 6.7K All Categories 1K The Blog 34 What's Trending 164 How to & Technical Guides 10 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 15 3D Printers 9 Maker 15 PC Build Guides 81 Reviews & Buying Guides 27 Build Showcase 13 Contests 35 Past Contests 819 The Community 1.7K General Discussion 105 New Members 86 Consumer Tech 26 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 75 Software 2 Audio/Visual 12 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 23 3D Printing 49 Retro Arcade/Gaming 80 All Other Tech 1.2K Store Information and Policy 49 Off Topic 5 Community Ideas & Feedback 111 Your Completed Builds 2.6K Build-Your-Own PC 1.7K Help Choosing Parts 220 Graphics Cards 161 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 61 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 13 Monitors and Displays 29 Peripherals 9 All Other Parts 21 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? See other custom PC builds and get some ideas for what can be done View Build Showcase View builds by: AMD Processors Intel Processors RTX 3090 RTX 3080 RTX 2080 Ti RTX 2080 Super RTX 2070 Super RTX 2070 RTX 2060 Super Radeon RX 5700XT Radeon RX 5700 Air Cooled Liquid Cooled SAME DAY CUSTOM BUILD SERVICE If You Can Dream it, We Can Build it. Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2021 Powered By Vanilla Community Article Lian Li Uni Fans — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › General Discussion Lian Li Uni Fans Stevej417 ✭ October 2020 edited June 7 in General Discussion Is it normal for Microcenter to sell things for over MSRP?  These fans cost 24.99 and 79.99 but MC is selling them for 29.99 and 99.99 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TSMichaelB admin October 2020 Stevej417 said: Is it normal for Microcenter to sell things for over MSRP?  These fans cost 24.99 and 79.99 but MC is selling them for 29.99 and 99.99 Our pricing is typically very competitive compared to what you'd find online, however there may be a few instances where our pricing might be a little higher, though that has been pretty rare in my experience. I've been struggling to find these fans available on any competing website, and I couldn't find the MSRP listed on Lian Li's official webpage, but if you do find a cheaper price online, we can always take a look at it and see if it's something we can match. Pricing aside, those are definitely some clean looking fans with decent static pressure. Nice to see more variety in case fans that provide decent pressure AND airflow. I've been looking to upgrade from my Corsair ML140's for quite some time now, so I'll be keeping an eye out for some 140mm versions of these. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 6.7K All Categories 1K The Blog 34 What's Trending 164 How to & Technical Guides 10 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 15 3D Printers 9 Maker 15 PC Build Guides 81 Reviews & Buying Guides 27 Build Showcase 13 Contests 35 Past Contests 821 The Community 1.7K General Discussion 105 New Members 87 Consumer Tech 27 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 75 Software 2 Audio/Visual 12 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 23 3D Printing 49 Retro Arcade/Gaming 80 All Other Tech 1.2K Store Information and Policy 49 Off Topic 5 Community Ideas & Feedback 111 Your Completed Builds 2.6K Build-Your-Own PC 1.7K Help Choosing Parts 220 Graphics Cards 161 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 61 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 13 Monitors and Displays 29 Peripherals 9 All Other Parts 21 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? See other custom PC builds and get some ideas for what can be done View Build Showcase View builds by: AMD Processors Intel Processors RTX 3090 RTX 3080 RTX 2080 Ti RTX 2080 Super RTX 2070 Super RTX 2070 RTX 2060 Super Radeon RX 5700XT Radeon RX 5700 Air Cooled Liquid Cooled SAME DAY CUSTOM BUILD SERVICE If You Can Dream it, We Can Build it. Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2021 Powered By Vanilla Community Article POWERSPEC G706 emanating loud buzzing noise — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › General Discussion POWERSPEC G706 emanating loud buzzing noise raymond ✭ June 2020 edited June 2020 in General Discussion Hello, I can't use my microphone because it picks up a buzzing coming from the computer. It's very annoying even without affecting the use of a microphone. Anyway to fix this? Is it the fans hitting against a wire or something? Thank you 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TSTonyV admin June 2020 Have you tried plugging in the microphone to both the front and back of your computer? Things like this can be caused by the ports. I'd also test another microphone, if you have one, just to be safe.  I would also disconnect any other peripherals you have and see if it goes away. Not too long ago I believe somebody made a post here on the forum where they were getting static/feedback when listening to their headphones, but it was weirdly being caused by their webcam being plugged in.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook raymond ✭ June 2020 Thanks for your response! I'll try the back port, it's very possible that's the issue. The ports they're in now are right next to the giant fans on the tower's ceiling. This headset is pretty old , which could also be the issue. Hopefully this works 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin June 2020 Hope so! Let us know if you have any other questions.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 6.7K All Categories 1K The Blog 34 What's Trending 164 How to & Technical Guides 10 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 15 3D Printers 9 Maker 15 PC Build Guides 81 Reviews & Buying Guides 27 Build Showcase 13 Contests 35 Past Contests 821 The Community 1.7K General Discussion 105 New Members 87 Consumer Tech 27 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 75 Software 2 Audio/Visual 12 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 23 3D Printing 49 Retro Arcade/Gaming 80 All Other Tech 1.2K Store Information and Policy 49 Off Topic 5 Community Ideas & Feedback 111 Your Completed Builds 2.6K Build-Your-Own PC 1.7K Help Choosing Parts 220 Graphics Cards 161 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 61 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 13 Monitors and Displays 29 Peripherals 9 All Other Parts 21 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? See other custom PC builds and get some ideas for what can be done View Build Showcase View builds by: AMD Processors Intel Processors RTX 3090 RTX 3080 RTX 2080 Ti RTX 2080 Super RTX 2070 Super RTX 2070 RTX 2060 Super Radeon RX 5700XT Radeon RX 5700 Air Cooled Liquid Cooled SAME DAY CUSTOM BUILD SERVICE If You Can Dream it, We Can Build it. Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2021 Powered By Vanilla Community Article PowerSpec G509, how do I disable fan lights? — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › General Discussion PowerSpec G509, how do I disable fan lights? Bison_Dele ✭ August 31 in General Discussion Hello, figured out to disable MOBO lights, but just can't figure out how to permanently turn off fan lights. I'd prefer to have all lights off all the time. Any help would be greatly appreciated! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Answers JohnDaBeardWilliford Mayfield Store Associate August 31 If you disabled the MOBO lights in the Aura settings you will do that for the fans in the same place. Our demo was set to sync the LED strips (actually the fans) and the MOBO. I just slid the button to "Off" on the right hand side of the window and everything was turned off at that point. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Bison_Dele ✭ August 31 For whatever reason it isn't working for me. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Bison_Dele ✭ August 31 When i turn it off on Aura the fan lights remain red in color and on. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Bison_Dele ✭ August 31 Under Aura the motehrboard is greyed out, the add strip is clickable, though. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMikeW admin September 1 @Bison_Dele Try this. Set your color to static - single color and lower the brightness to zero. Should achieve the desired effect. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook JohnDaBeardWilliford Mayfield Store Associate September 4 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/35718#Comment_35718 Click on the strip and see if the button to turn it off is available. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 6.7K All Categories 1K The Blog 34 What's Trending 164 How to & Technical Guides 10 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 15 3D Printers 9 Maker 15 PC Build Guides 81 Reviews & Buying Guides 27 Build Showcase 13 Contests 35 Past Contests 821 The Community 1.7K General Discussion 105 New Members 87 Consumer Tech 27 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 75 Software 2 Audio/Visual 12 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 23 3D Printing 49 Retro Arcade/Gaming 80 All Other Tech 1.2K Store Information and Policy 49 Off Topic 5 Community Ideas & Feedback 111 Your Completed Builds 2.6K Build-Your-Own PC 1.7K Help Choosing Parts 220 Graphics Cards 161 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 61 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 13 Monitors and Displays 29 Peripherals 9 All Other Parts 21 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? See other custom PC builds and get some ideas for what can be done View Build Showcase View builds by: AMD Processors Intel Processors RTX 3090 RTX 3080 RTX 2080 Ti RTX 2080 Super RTX 2070 Super RTX 2070 RTX 2060 Super Radeon RX 5700XT Radeon RX 5700 Air Cooled Liquid Cooled SAME DAY CUSTOM BUILD SERVICE If You Can Dream it, We Can Build it. Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2021 Powered By Vanilla Community Article Spring Cleaning: How to Clean Every Screen in Your House — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › How to & Technical Guides › Computer Hardware Spring Cleaning: How to Clean Every Screen in Your House SeanM admin May 19 edited August 18 in Computer Hardware Modern devices of all sorts sport larger, more detailed displays than ever before. But if you want to make the most of your big screen TV, your iPad, MacBook, smartphone, and desktop monitor, you need to keep the screen clean. Ditch the dust, swipe away the smudges, and sanitize the stains with these handy tips on how to clean TV screens, laptop screens, and more. A word of warning before we begin, however. There are many glass cleaning and general cleaning products which may seem like a good fit for electronics too: they are not. Modern devices, especially touch screens, are designed with a very careful balance of materials, and the harsh chemicals in some cleaning sprays can permanently damage them or mar the display. The best way to clean TV screens and other devices is to use a combination of lint-free microfiber cloths and proper cleaning fluids. You can also leverage air dusters and soft-bristled brushes to remove particularly stubborn dirt, dust, and debris that's caught in the bezels of the display. Here are some cleaning tips for every screen in your home so they look as good as new. Find all your screen-cleaning tools at microcenter.com How to Clean TV Screens As the biggest screen in your home, it's often more obvious that your TV screen needs cleaning before any others. Before you begin, make sure to turn your TV off at the wall and ideally, remove the plug to be sure. Make sure to leave it for 15-minutes to cool down (especially if it's an older Plasma TV). The best way to clean TV screens is when they're cold, as a warm display can lead to streaks when the cleaning solution evaporates. It might seem simple, but knowing how to clean TV screens properly when they're dusty is important. Don't just use any old paper towels, or anything with paper in it, in fact. The fibers can make small scratches in the sensitive displays of modern TVs. The best way to clean a TV screen is with a microfiber cloth. Take the cloth and gently wipe the screen in a single direction, up to down, left to right – the direction doesn't matter, but be consistent, so that you don't just move the dust around. You can use an air duster to clean the dust from hard-to-reach places, but don't spray it directly at the screen and only spray in short one-second bursts so that condensation doesn't form under the cold spray. If you need to remove stains or splash marks from food or drink, you'll need to use something a little stronger. Don't be tempted to use general cleaning sprays designed for windows or other glass surfaces. Instead, opt for bespoke electronic wipes or cleaning solutions – spray a small amount onto a microfiber cloth (never directly on the screen). They'll safely remove oily marks and will help avoid excess dust build-up in the future. Wipe over the stain in small circular motions, with only light pressure. If it doesn't come away in one go, wait for the screen to dry then try again. Don't be tempted to press harder, as you can damage the display. When you're finished cleaning your screen, let any cleaning solution dry before turning it back on. How to Clean a MacBook Screen The method for how to clean a MacBook screen is much the same as for any laptop, tablet, or flat-screen TV. Microfiber cloths, or bespoke cleaning display cleaning wipes with anti-static protection and no alcohol or ammonia, are a must. They ensure that the screen is cleaned safely without scratches or smears. If you use a cleaning gel or spray, make sure to apply it to the microfiber cloth, not the screen itself. Only a small amount is necessary – don't' saturate the cloth or you risk leaving streaks on the screen after cleaning As with the guide on how to clean TV screens, make sure that the MacBook is switched off and unplugged from the charger before cleaning. It's also a good idea to let it cool down first. Wipe away dust in straight, uniform strokes across the screen, and use gentle circular motions to remove any stains or splash marks. How to Clean a Computer Screen  Desktop computer monitors are just slightly bigger versions of laptop displays, so the same method for how to clean a MacBook screen will work just fine on a computer monitor. Grab a lint-free microfiber cloth and brush across the surface of the screen in long, straight strokes to remove any dust. Some may get stuck around the bezel at the edge of the screen. To remove it, either use an air duster, or you can use a specially formulated duster brush with soft bristles. For stains, streaks, or fluid marks, you'll need to use a cleaning solution specially formulated for use with sensitive displays. Spray the solution onto the microfiber cloth once or twice (never on the screen directly) and then use gentle pressure and a small circular motion to remove the mark. Let it dry afterward, and if any marks are left, repeat the process with a clean portion of the cloth. Alternatively, one use screen cleaning wipes can be the best way to clean a computer monitor. You can simply remove one from the pack and wipe down your screen without the need for any additional spray. How to Clean an iPad Screen Apple iPads, Android tablets, and touchscreen Windows devices don't use a particularly different screen technology from other electronics, but where they do differ is the amount of interaction you have with them. Since you're touching them all day every day, they tend to build up grease, fingerprints, and potentially bacteria and viruses more than devices where your input is a keyboard, mouse, or touchpad. That doesn't mean you have to clean them any differently, but you should definitely clean them more often. Here's how to clean an iPad screen to make sure it stays clear, bright, and germ-free. As with cleaning other electronics, the best way to clean an iPad screen is with a microfiber cloth. Apple iPad screens are oil repellent, so everyday grease from fingers can come away easily enough with a dry wipe. If, however, you find that your iPad is particularly dirty, or its repellent effects have diminished over time, you can augment your microfiber cloth's cleaning ability with an anti-static cleaning fluid. You can buy those items individually, or opt for an all-in-one screen cleaning kit that comes with its own microfiber cloth and cleaning solution, as well as its own handy storage solution. Spray a little cleaning solution onto the microfiber cloth, then wipe down your iPad screen in one direction. If you need to pay particular attention to any marks, stains, or grime, perform gentle, circular motions with the cloth. If it doesn't come away the first time, don't press harder. Let it dry, then start again with another spray of the cleaning fluid. It will come away eventually. As an alternative, you can use screen-cleaning wipes that are ammonia and alcohol-free. They can be great if you find yourself wondering how to clean an iPad screen on the go, because you don't need to carry a bottle of cleaning fluid with you. Display wipes are a compact way to always be able to clean your screen without worrying about leaving streaks after you're done. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments evfossum01 USA-Colorado ✭ May 21 Dang, this is helpful. I have marks all over my screens. Especially my ipad. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 6.7K All Categories 1K The Blog 34 What's Trending 164 How to & Technical Guides 10 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 15 3D Printers 9 Maker 15 PC Build Guides 81 Reviews & Buying Guides 27 Build Showcase 13 Contests 35 Past Contests 821 The Community 1.7K General Discussion 105 New Members 87 Consumer Tech 27 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 75 Software 2 Audio/Visual 12 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 23 3D Printing 49 Retro Arcade/Gaming 80 All Other Tech 1.2K Store Information and Policy 49 Off Topic 5 Community Ideas & Feedback 111 Your Completed Builds 2.6K Build-Your-Own PC 1.7K Help Choosing Parts 220 Graphics Cards 161 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 61 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 13 Monitors and Displays 29 Peripherals 9 All Other Parts 21 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? See other custom PC builds and get some ideas for what can be done View Build Showcase View builds by: AMD Processors Intel Processors RTX 3090 RTX 3080 RTX 2080 Ti RTX 2080 Super RTX 2070 Super RTX 2070 RTX 2060 Super Radeon RX 5700XT Radeon RX 5700 Air Cooled Liquid Cooled SAME DAY CUSTOM BUILD SERVICE If You Can Dream it, We Can Build it. Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2021 Powered By Vanilla Community Article How to Build a Gaming PC — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › PC Build Guides How to Build a Gaming PC LandShark admin October 2020 edited December 2020 in PC Build Guides Written by TSTonyV Hello! Welcome to the Micro Center Community. Many of you out there come to us asking about building your PC and, from experience, I can tell you it's one of the most fun and satisfying things I've learned how to do. If you're interested in building a computer, first check our guide on How to Choose Parts for Your Custom Computer Build.  Once you have your parts together, today's guide will help you through the assembly. Contents Preparing the motherboard Install the CPU Install the RAM Install CPU cooler/backplate Out-of-box POST test Final Assembly Getting started Building a PC is not very difficult. I like to call it electronic legos: as long as you can follow instructions and have a Phillips head screwdriver, you shouldn't run into any problems. There are a few things I want to make sure I go over before you start assembling it though: Build on a flat surface, ideally with a lot of space to make it easy to keep track of everything.  Ensure you're building on a non-conductive surface like a wood tabletop to avoid static discharge and possibly shorting something.  Ensure you don't have any static buildup by either wearing an anti-static bracelet or touching your hand to some other metal object.  Be careful! PC components can be delicate, and if you drop something or force something the wrong way, you can damage them and make them unusable. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments LandShark admin October 2020 edited May 14 Preparing the motherboard The first thing to do is prep your motherboard for installation before you put it inside your case. If you install the board before putting anything else on it, it can be challenging to work with, so we advise installing as much as we can onto the board beforehand as it makes everything easier. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin October 2020 edited May 14 Install the CPU Lift up the retention lever/bracket Lining up the arrow on the socket with the CPU will ensure it is oriented correctly. Drop the CPU into the socket. Don't force it; it should drop in with no resistance. If using an AMD processor, make sure there are no bent pins before installing it. Intel CPUs do not have pins, but the same principle applies. It should just drop into the socket with no resistance.  Lower the retention lever/bracket to secure the CPU in place. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin October 2020 edited May 14 Install the RAM Undo the clip on the RAM sockets. Check your motherboard manual for the correct slots to install your RAM (typically slots 2 and 4). Installing RAM in the wrong slots can sometimes result in performance issues.  Check that the notch in the RAM module is lined up with the slot, press down evenly on both sides until you hear the modules fully click into the socket. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin October 2020 edited May 14 Install CPU cooler/backplate Unless the CPU cooler gets in the way of plugging in any other cables, I would recommend installing this out of the box as well.  CPU coolers will come with backplates to install depending on the CPU socket on your motherboard. Check the installation guide to see which backplate to use and how to install it. Make sure your CPU cooler comes with thermal paste. Most have some pre-applied, some may require you to buy thermal paste separately and apply.  If applying your thermal paste, a pea-sized drop is typically sufficient. Too much thermal paste will cause it to leak out the sides and, in worst-case scenarios, damage something or hinder thermal performance. If you use too little, you won’t have sufficient coverage and will hinder thermal performance.  The cooler’s mounting pressure should be sufficient to spread the thermal paste; you can also spread the paste using a tool like the Thermal  Grizzly Spatula or something like an old credit card. Make sure it’s spread thin and consistent across the whole CPU. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin October 2020 edited May 14 Out-of-box POST test An out-of-box POST test (also called “breadboarding”) means testing your components to make sure your system boots before you assemble it in your case. This step isn’t required, but we always recommend it because it allows you to make sure your components are all working without dealing with the hassle of disassembling your whole PC should something go wrong.  To do this, make sure at least your RAM, CPU, CPU cooler, and PSU hooked up. If your processor does not have integrated graphics, your GPU is also required. Plug in a monitor to your GPU or motherboard as usual.  Reminder: make sure you are doing this on a non-conductive surface. If you boot the system and it’s on a conductive surface, you can short your components and damage them. Please do NOT put it on top of the anti-static bag that the motherboard and components often are stored in. A wooden tabletop or a flat piece of cardboard are both appropriate.  Once the 24-pin motherboard power, 8-pin CPU power, and 6/6+2-pin PCIe connectors for your GPU are connected, you need to jump the power switch pins on the motherboard’s front-panel header. To do this, take your screwdriver and gently touch the metal end to both power switch pins on the front-panel header. Check your motherboard manual if you're not sure which pins to use; there will be a section with a diagram showing the pin layout. Make sure your PSU is on by setting the switch on the back to the "I" position.  Once you jump the board, if the parts are assembled correctly, and none of them are defective, the fans and lights should come on, and you should get something displaying on your monitor. Either the BIOS or perhaps an error message like “no boot device detected.” 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin October 2020 edited May 14 Final Assembly Once you’ve established that your components work in the out-of-box POST test, it’s time to put it together!  I always recommend doing a little planning before actually assembling the system. Look at your case and try to get an idea of how you want to route the cables. Figure out which components should go in first, and which should go in last. For example, if your GPU will make it hard to get to the SATA ports on your board and you have a hard drive to install, plug in the hard drive first and save the GPU for later. Keep the system lying down to make it easier to plug things in. Install the PSU This is always my first step since the PSU is separate from the other components. It also allows you to route the cables before installing anything else.  If you have a modular PSU, figure out which power cable you will need and put them in first before installing it (CPU, motherboard, GPU power cables, etc.) Make sure PSU is oriented in the right direction so the screws on the back line up correctly. The fan will usually be on the bottom. Route the cables to where you think they'll work best so you can just plug them in and not worry about having to navigate them around other parts. Installing the motherboard Make sure you install the motherboard standoffs in your case. Some cases have standoffs pre-installed; some require you to put them in yourself.  There should be an I/O shield that fits into the back of your case to help cover your motherboard’s rear ports; install this before installing the motherboard. Some motherboards do have a built-in I/O shield. If you've already installed your CPU cooler, you may want to take the fans off while leaving the heatsink itself installed, so you have a little more room to work. When installing your motherboard, install the screws one at a time in a diagonal/star pattern: each corner first, next any in between, and do not fully tighten them down until they’re all in place. It will help you avoid any screws not lining up correctly.  Plug in other components The next step is plugging in any other components that you need, mainly your drives. M.2 SSDs are installed directly onto the motherboard. HDDs/SSDs will have individual bays for installation. If using a SATA HDD/SSD or other SATA device, make sure both the power and data cables are plugged in. If you are using an AIO liquid cooler, this would be the time to install it.  Plug-in fans/cables Your CPU fan will typically plug in on the top-right corner of your motherboard. Case fan headers can be located in various spots on your motherboard; check your motherboard manual if you’re having trouble finding them. They should all be labelled. Front-panel cables and front-panel USB cables will also need to be plugged in. Check your motherboard manual for the front-panel header layout to make sure you plug each cable onto the right pins. Plug in your CPU/motherboard power cables. Installing the GPU The GPU is pretty easy to install. Just slot it into the motherboard, then screw the bracket in on the back. We recommend installing the GPU in the top slot, so it’s operating in PCIe x16 mode; this helps avoid any potential slight performance loss. Some motherboards will allow other GPU slots to work in PCIe x16 mode if used, but that’s not always the case. Plug in the 6 and 6+2 PCIe power cables as your GPU needs. Conclusion After you have plugged in your GPU and components, plug in your power supply, flip that switch to I, plug in your monitor, and try turning your system on! If you did everything correctly and your components are all in good working order, your system should display the BIOS or a similar message on your monitor. Once your build has passed its POST, you'll want to install an operating system! We've created a helpful guide on How to Perform a Clean Install Windows just for you! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook MC_LeKisha ✭ October 2020 I built my first computer 3 years ago (with help) and it was so much fun and easy! Im ready to build a second one AND upgrade my older one. Thanks for the information! This is very helpful and will share with future builders! 3 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Angelo987 ✭ October 2020 can you show me how to build a water cooled pc and what to buy 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AlexS admin October 2020 Angelo987 said: can you show me how to build a water cooled pc and what to buy We are planning on more build guides in the future that focus on AIO closed loop systems and eventually open loop!  A closed loop system build for an All-In-One cooler like the Corsair iCUE H100i can pretty much follow this gaming PC build guide but you would want to install the cooler after the motherboard it set into the case.  Other water cooling kits can be found here 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook REALLYO78 ✭ November 2020 I am looking to replace my graphic card and need some recommendations. My system is a windows 10 pro 64 bit. Dell optiplex 7010 intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3470 CPU @3.20GHz (4 CPUs) memory 8192MP RAM  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin November 2020 edited November 2020 Hello @REALLYO78 It looks like the 7010 is a small form factor case. Meaning that it would only be compatible with a low profile GPU. Here's a list of our low profile GPUs https://www.microcenter.com/search/search_results.aspx?N=4294966937+4294820886&sortby=match What kind of work load did you have in mind for the GPU that you'd like to purchase? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LaxDude ✭ November 2020 Hi, I just got a Corsair iCUE H100i AIO and it did not fit when I tried to mount the radiator at the top of the case. Is it ok to mount the radiator to the front of the case? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LaxDude ✭ November 2020 If it's not what should I do? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin November 2020 Hey @LaxDude What case are you building in? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LaxDude ✭ November 2020 I have a digital storm lynx case  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin November 2020 Hmm. I'm not directly familiar with this case, however, from what I can see of it online, it looks like you should be able to mount the H100i on the top or in the front of the case with no issue. Is the H100i not able to fit because of your motherboard? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LaxDude ✭ November 2020 Yes, and the radiator ends up hitting the cpu power connector and the ram.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin November 2020 I see. They show the case fitting a 240mm radiator on top, though it could be a different configuration. It still should support a 240mm radiator in the front as well. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LaxDude ✭ November 2020 Ok, if I have fans already mounted to the front should I just use those, or should I replace them with the fans that come with the radiator. Or should I use both in the the front? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin November 2020 I wouldn't recommend doubling your fans. The fans in the front of the case should work with your radiator, however, different fans have different performance. It might be worth comparing the fans to see if noise or CFM is drastically different on one set vs. the other. Typically, there shouldnt be any issues with using the fans that are already working well in your case. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LaxDude ✭ November 2020 Ok thank you 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LaxDude ✭ November 2020 Also should I use the pre-applied thermal paste? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin November 2020 Yeah, that'll work just fine! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LaxDude ✭ November 2020 I just want to double check, should the tube side of the radiator be up or down? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook yxng_ad ✭ November 2020 i need help picking out parts for my pc build my budget is around 1100$-1200$ 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook yxng_ad ✭ November 2020 any recommendations? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin November 2020 LaxDude said: I just want to double check, should the tube side of the radiator be up or down? The side of the radiator where the tubes connect should be at the bottom, and the pump should be mounted in a position where it is slightly lower than the top of the radiator, where air is captured. yxng_ad said: i need help picking out parts for my pc build my budget is around 1100$-1200$ What kind of build were you looking for?  Are you planning to game? Work from home? Other tasks? If you're gaming, what kind of games are you looking to play? Also, does your budget need to include your accessories? Mouse, Keyboard, Monitor? If you have a monitor already, what monitor is it? We can use this info to give you better recommendations 😊 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook PendragonGames ✭ December 2020 I need advice when it comes to my first PC build, I need something that can handle VR and content creation, and something that's hefty enough to handle large volume modpacks and such. I have SOME idea of a parts list, but I don't want to have to deal with bottlenecks, not to mention any physical restrictions with the build. Help me, please! And as for the price, I'd like to keep it around 1k.  Mobo: MSI B450 Gaming Plus MAX CPU: Ryzen 5 3600 GPU: Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER Memory: Crucial Ballistix 2x8GB DDR4-3600 Cooler: be quiet! Pure Rock Slim 35.14 Storage: Western Digital Blue SN550 1TB M.2-2280 Case: Lian Li LANCOOL 205 Mid Tower Case PSU: Corsair CXM 550 W 80+ Bronze Also, sorry if this wasn't the correct place to ask all of this 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin December 2020 PendragonGames said: I need advice when it comes to my first PC build, I need something that can handle VR and content creation, and something that's hefty enough to handle large volume modpacks and such. I have SOME idea of a parts list, but I don't want to have to deal with bottlenecks, not to mention any physical restrictions with the build. Help me, please! And as for the price, I'd like to keep it around 1k.  Mobo: MSI B450 Gaming Plus MAX CPU: Ryzen 5 3600 GPU: Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER Memory: Crucial Ballistix 2x8GB DDR4-3600 Cooler: be quiet! Pure Rock Slim 35.14 Storage: Western Digital Blue SN550 1TB M.2-2280 Case: Lian Li LANCOOL 205 Mid Tower Case PSU: Corsair CXM 550 W 80+ Bronze Also, sorry if this wasn't the correct place to ask all of this This seems solid all-around at the budget you're looking for. A couple things you could potentially do would be to ditch the aftermarket CPU cooler and use the stock one included with the 3600 (it's just barely enough) and maybe go with a slightly cheaper motherboard to free up a little bit of cost and try to stretch up your budget on the GPU, but I'd only do that if that would allow you to go from the 1660 Super to an RTX 2060 or RX 5600XT (cost increase for a 1660ti isn't really worth it IMO).  As for "bottlenecks," that's ultimately going to depend how heavy your workload is. VR can be very GPU heavy if I recall and you'll probably always have room for improvement there. Depending on the type of content creation you're doing CPU, RAM and GPU will all have big impacts on your workflow.  Don't be too fixated on the idea of bottlenecks because there's always going to be something faster, bigger, or newer. At the budget you listed you've made good choices so I'd be happy with that and remember, you can always upgrade in the future if you need.  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. Some elements, such as rich link embeds, images, loading indicators, and error messages may get inserted into the editor. 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Since new it has run hot. 80c-95c but has not had any issues otherwise. One of the fans is starting to go, so I figured it was a good time to replace them with better fans and add some where possible. I'm just trying to find out what size fans fit, and if its it's possible to add some to the top (or elsewhere) and what size those would be . Unfortunately tech support wasnt able to help. Thanks! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TSMichaelB admin April 2020 edited April 2020 Welcome to the forum, Leverlution. The G428's 767C chassis supports 2 120mm fans by default. One in the front, one in the rear. While the top has perforated mesh to allow for some air intake/exhaust, it lacks the required cutouts for mounting fans. The side panel does have two additional 120mm fan mounts, but you need to be careful with the cable routing when sliding the panel on and off, as well as clearance with the Hyper 212 Evo heatsink and GPU. For the most part, you shouldn't run into any clearance issues if you added standard thickness 120mm fans (25mm). As for recommendations, anything rated for raw airflow would be better than fans rated for static pressure. There isn't much obstruction, so the airflow would be better in general for this chassis design. I personally enjoy the Corsair Maglev fans as well as their AF120's, but I've also heard good things about Coolermaster's Masterfan series. Noctua makes some of the best fans around, but unfortunately they are often sold out due to their very high demand. They are also very pricey as they are an enthusiast grade fan. I've provided scans of the installation manual below should you need them. 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It has gotten progressively worse - reboots more frequently. We are trying to figure out what is causing this. There is never a Windows 10 message indicating that the Operating System encountered an error. We don't think it is the graphics card temperature at it gets to 82-83 C under test and the PC doesn't shut off. Thinking it could be a faulty reset switch or the cpu chip temp hitting some limit. Maybe the 600W power supply is failing? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TSMikeW admin June 2020 We're sorry to hear about the issues with your system and we'll provide all that advice and assistance that we can here. If you're just experiencing a restart, no BSOD. System comes back on by itself, this sounds like an intermittent power interruption. You're going to work that from it's source. I would test another outlet/surge protector first. Then I would replace the power cord if it's possible. Next is the power supply, this is where it gets tough. It's intermittent, if you test it, it'll pass. Could be the motherboard. Reset switch is possible. I've only seen it happen once, and it was actually a damaged section of cable. Couldn't figure out why the system was restarting until I realized it was when someone either ran a vacuum near it or brushed up against it with a coat with a lining that builds up a static charge.. Easy enough to test though. On the F_PANEL, you'll four connectors. Top left is usually split into two, that's PLED. To the right is the power switch. Below the powers witch is the reset switch. To the left is the HDD LED. You can pull it off and leave it unplugged. Bottom row, 3rd and 4th pin from the left. Regarding temps, if you hit a shutdown temp on the CPU, it'll shut off, it will not restart on its own. With the GPU it'll become unstable, it may cause the display driver to crash and the card would become unresponsive, you'd get a black screen, but the system would stay on. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 6.7K All Categories 1K The Blog 34 What's Trending 164 How to & Technical Guides 10 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 15 3D Printers 9 Maker 15 PC Build Guides 81 Reviews & Buying Guides 27 Build Showcase 13 Contests 35 Past Contests 823 The Community 1.7K General Discussion 105 New Members 87 Consumer Tech 27 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 75 Software 2 Audio/Visual 12 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 23 3D Printing 49 Retro Arcade/Gaming 80 All Other Tech 1.2K Store Information and Policy 49 Off Topic 5 Community Ideas & Feedback 111 Your Completed Builds 2.6K Build-Your-Own PC 1.7K Help Choosing Parts 220 Graphics Cards 161 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 61 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 13 Monitors and Displays 29 Peripherals 9 All Other Parts 21 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2021 Powered By Vanilla Community Article MicroCenter, you are so frustrating! — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › General Discussion › New Members MicroCenter, you are so frustrating! hyteck9 ✭ October 2020 edited October 2020 in New Members I hate that my first post on this forum is negative, as Microcenter overall has been a positive place for me.  BUT...  I live on a small farm out in the country.  Farm life is super busy all the time, and driving in to town is an event that takes planning.  I finally got a few free hours tonight (Sunday evening) to put my new PC together from the parts I got from MicroCenter in town about 10 days ago (did I mention I am busy?).  Guess what? I open the bags and the new motherboard I bought, is not new at all, its USED!  The board's static bag was all wrinkly and not sealed, and there are thermalpaste fingerprints all over the socket lid.   GGGRRRRRRHHhHhahHH!!  I have to assume the worst, this board has probably been cooked by a careless overclocker, and so I won't even try installing it.   Look, I know MicroCenter will take care of me and replace it with a new one, but this is not the first time!  I have bought hard drives that have had the WRONG drive in the box  (like 250MB drive in a 2TB box).  I have bought scratched up CPU coolers that had clearly been mounted before.  Now I have to make a special trip back and forth to the store for this mobo.  PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, clearly mark returned items as OPEN BOX and sell them at a reasonable discount.  Certainly DO NOT pull used items for an online store pickup order that is paying the top dollar price for a new item like you just did to me.  I am so mad.  You are closed right now, or I would already be in my pickup heading your way.   SOOOOooo  Frustrating. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments LandShark admin October 2020 @hyteck9 So sorry to hear about your experience here! I appreciate you sharing your experience with us as it allows us the opportunity to improve! If a motherboard has been returned we issue the item an Open Box or clearance label, which is a large yellow sticker that contains information about the return or Open Box. I'd like to look into this on your behalf to see what happened here. Could you please send me a direct message with your purchase reference number? 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I'm being told otherwise in this subreddit. CX48 is now on sale at microcenter for $999 : OLED_Gaming (reddit.com) I made the purchase in the Chicago location. What can I do? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TSTDavey admin May 2 Hello @BhipBookies and thanks for posting on the Microcenter Community Forum. We're not sure where the store rep information on the reddit link is coming from, but unfortunately the screen protection warranty does not cover burn-ins. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook BhipBookies ✭ May 2 Does every Microcenter across the U.S. function the same with Warranties? Seems odd that some people are being told that Burn-in is covered. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMichaelB admin May 3 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/31852#Comment_31852 We do. Warranty terms are publicly available and should not differ per store. That said, managers are always able to make exceptions on an individual basis at their discretion, so it's possible that you may see instances of this occurring every now and then. The page for our Screen Protection plan can be found here: https://www.microcenter.com/site/customer-support/protection-plans/screen-protection-tv.aspx The specific terms are located on that very page and lead to the following document: https://60a99bedadae98078522-a9b6cded92292ef3bace063619038eb1.ssl.cf2.rackcdn.com/documents_MCCESTC09.13State.pdf The specific part to pay attention to would be Section 14, subsection S: Television or personal computer monitor screen imperfections, including ‘burn in’ or burned CRT phosphor, caused by video games, prolonged display of one or more signal(s), or other abuse. All display products that are used in an application that requires continuous and/or business operation unless additional coverage is purchased. When it comes to OLED's and their organic nature, burn-in or image retention is unfortunately a downside of the technology and is an inherit side effect of the design. There are plenty of modern technologies in-place to help prevent burn-in or image retention from occurring, so it's less common, but it's definitely still possible. I've owned an LG B9 OLED TV for almost 2 years now and have not seen even the slightest bit of burn-in or image retention, and I used it as a PC monitor for the first 8 months and still use it for viewing Twitch content with static UI's on-screen. I hope this helps clarify your question. Make sure you enjoy that LG CX, it's definitely the best gaming TV on the market right now hands down. Perfect contrast ratio, 120hz refresh rate, G-Sync support, 4K with HDMI 2.1, hard to find anything that comes close until MicroLED becomes mainstream in a few years. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 6.7K All Categories 1K The Blog 36 What's Trending 164 How to & Technical Guides 10 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 15 3D Printers 9 Maker 15 PC Build Guides 81 Reviews & Buying Guides 27 Build Showcase 13 Contests 35 Past Contests 823 The Community 1.7K General Discussion 105 New Members 87 Consumer Tech 27 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 75 Software 2 Audio/Visual 12 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 23 3D Printing 49 Retro Arcade/Gaming 80 All Other Tech 1.2K Store Information and Policy 49 Off Topic 5 Community Ideas & Feedback 111 Your Completed Builds 2.6K Build-Your-Own PC 1.7K Help Choosing Parts 220 Graphics Cards 161 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 61 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 13 Monitors and Displays 29 Peripherals 9 All Other Parts 21 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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Any better suggestions? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Best Answers Ian admin September 7 Accepted Answer Hello! A Corsair H60 or H80 would be compatible, honestly with a 11900K I'd recommend a 240mm cooler, but a 120mm should be feasible without overclocking or light overclocking but you'd want to monitor temps. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook magarity ✭ September 7 Accepted Answer The air coolers are efficient enough these days that the 120mm AIO liquid coolers aren't really worth it. Can your case simply no way support a 240mm cooler? The general rule is a segment of 120mm per 100 watts and the i9 is over 100 at 125W. So a 120 will probably keep it running but you will wonder why you spent so much on it only to get air cooling temps. I think you will be unhappy with a 120mm's cooling performance, really. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Answers Sinister Michigan ✭ September 7 Most definitely depending on if you are not overclocking, the https://www.microcenter.com/product/634043/thermaltake-th120-argb-sync-120mm-aio-water-cooling-kit is also a valid option. Corsair also has there 3 year warranty from the manufacturer! I would try it out , if you don't get expected results return the product and try what ever your micro center has in stock! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Taphead ✭ September 14 Well, I am being cautiously optimistic and went with the H60. CPU is running in the high 30s at idle, occasionally pokes into low 40s running Win11 with all drivers and basic office apps, internet, etc. So far so good though I'm sure more cooling would be more better, though I'm pretty much maxed out on space; I could fit another static pressure fan on the backside of the radiator but that's about all I can do without modding the case. Still have a little cable cleanup to do but here's the situation. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook magarity ✭ September 14 That does indeed look like the best you can do with that case. Tilt it towards its back (careful of the cords in the back) and let it run a minute to get any bubbles from the pump to go into the top of the radiator. Bubbles in the pump are bad. Is there any way you could fit the radiator in the back or top spot so the pump is not the highest point? After a year some fluid will evaporate out and you want the bubbles to naturally float upwards to somewhere that is not the pump. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Taphead ✭ October 1 Okay, finally migrated workflows to the new system and having installed some more demanding applications including games, all main components (VRM, motherboard, GPU, etc) seem to top out around 55C with the CPU topping out around 60C. Higher than I would like, but still well within safe parameters. 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Skill 3200 CL16 16GB Memory Asus Strix 1070Ti Seagate Firecuda 500GB SSHD Seagate Barracuda Computing 2TB HDD My problem: Boots up fine, went into Bios, only thing I did was enable XMP for the RAM, didn't touch anything else. Everything on my computer should work, but I really haven't been able to do much because 1. Apparently I don't have wifi according to my Device Manager. 2. The ethernet doesn't even work. all I get is "Ethernet" doesn't have a valid IP configuration.  I looked on the MSI website to grab a Bios update, and did that, nothing happened. I also followed some online suggestions to reset tcp/ip and dns cache and all of that winsock stuff. I've been working on this for 5 days, and I can't find any actual useful information. All the internet searches that turn up are like "Reset your IP", and it sounds so stupid, because I wouldn't call myself bad at tech, but all the pages that've been posted make it sound like the person searching all this information is stupid. Anyone have any idea what the problem is? I've done stuff like uninstalling the driver for ethernet and scanning for hardware changes, but that didnt fix it. I tried to put in a static ip address in the IPv4 protocol thing with DNS as well, didn't do anything.  I also don't know what to do about the wifi. Cause I have the wifi AC hardware thing on the back, but the motherboard just can't read it for some reason or whatever. I can't get the wifi thing to show up, and I don't want to accidentally touch the wrong thing under the "Other devices". 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Best Answer TSPhillipT admin August 2020 Accepted Answer Hello @Andrew_Lee0521 Have you downloaded the Drivers from the motherboard's website?  Can you try downloading the LAN Drivers from a different computer with internet access and adding them to your flashdrive?  Then put the flashdrive into your current build and install those LAN Drivers?  Once installed, visit the website again and add the other drivers.   https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/support/MPG-Z490-GAMING-EDGE-WIFI#down-driver&Win10 64 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Answers circatee Atlanta ✭ August 2020 This sounds very, similar to my issue. For the LAN, were you connecting directly to the router? If so, try it via a switch. I have an ASUS B550-F, just purchased earlier this week. When the LAN is connected directly to the router, there are no lights on the LAN, and it does not work. But, wait for it; connect it to a switch, and the LAN works. ASUS suggest an RMA.  Regardless, I wonder if your issue is similar to mine... 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Andrew_Lee0521 ✭ August 2020 TSPhillipT said: Hello @Andrew_Lee0521 Have you downloaded the Drivers from the motherboard's website?  Can you try downloading the LAN Drivers from a different computer with internet access and adding them to your flashdrive?  Then put the flashdrive into your current build and install those LAN Drivers?  Once installed, visit the website again and add the other drivers.   https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/support/MPG-Z490-GAMING-EDGE-WIFI#down-driver&Win10 64 Turns out it was just this. I hate google searching for tech related stuff.... every single search was useless.... Thanks a bunch dude LOL, everything fixed itself when I downloaded the updated driver. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 6.7K All Categories 1K The Blog 34 What's Trending 164 How to & Technical Guides 10 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 15 3D Printers 9 Maker 15 PC Build Guides 81 Reviews & Buying Guides 27 Build Showcase 13 Contests 35 Past Contests 821 The Community 1.7K General Discussion 105 New Members 87 Consumer Tech 27 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 75 Software 2 Audio/Visual 12 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 23 3D Printing 49 Retro Arcade/Gaming 80 All Other Tech 1.2K Store Information and Policy 49 Off Topic 5 Community Ideas & Feedback 111 Your Completed Builds 2.6K Build-Your-Own PC 1.7K Help Choosing Parts 220 Graphics Cards 161 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 61 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 13 Monitors and Displays 29 Peripherals 9 All Other Parts 21 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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Whether you're a first-time builder or experienced, it's not uncommon to run into some snags or miss something minor in your build. This guide should cover all the basics.  Always start with having read and understood all of the manufacturer guides before attempting to build your computer. If you run into problems along the way, manufacturer documentation is a great source of information that is specific to that product. Make sure your power supply switch is turned to the proper setting in the ON position. It should be set to the line, not the circle. If you have a video card, check that your monitor is plugged directly into it and not into the motherboard video ports. When a video card is installed, the motherboard ports should be disabled by default, and you need to use the ones on the card. The video card ports are normally located below the audio ports, towards the bottom of an upright case. Verify the monitor is set to the correct input based on the cable you're using: HDMI, VGA, etc... and make sure you're using only one video cable for your monitor.  Test your monitor with another device or test another monitor with the computer to eliminate your monitor as the source of the problem.  Make sure both your 24-pin motherboard power cable and your 4+4 pin CPU power cable are plugged in. The CPU power is located on the top-left corner of the motherboard, the motherboard power is located on the right side.  Verify that your RAM is fully seated in the socket. When installing the RAM, you should hear it click into place when it's seated properly. If you are using more than one stick, check that they are installed in the correct slots according to your motherboard user manual. Try booting with a single stick of RAM at a time to see if this makes a difference. Try each stick in different slots to narrow down whether it might be an individual stick or a slot on the motherboard. Confirm that your video card is seated properly and the 6 pin or 6+2 pin PCIe power connectors are plugged in properly from your power supply (if your video card has those power connections). If your CPU has integrated graphics, try booting without the video card installed and using your motherboard video ports instead to see if it's a GPU related issue. Check and make sure that your front panel connector cables are plugged into the correct pins on the front panel header on your motherboard. Different boards may have different pin layouts, so make sure to check your user manual. It should have a diagram showing which pins are which. If they appear to be correct and it still will not power on, unplug the front panel cables and try jumping the power switch pins on your motherboard by gently touching the metal end of a screwdriver to the pins. Confirm that your CPU fan cable is plugged in. If the primary CPU fan header is not occupied, most motherboards will not boot. This applies even on motherboards that have a separate header for a water pump on a liquid cooler. Check that there is no thermal paste running down the sides or underneath the CPU. You only need a small amount of thermal paste to cover your whole CPU when installing a new cooler, and if paste gets into the socket, it can cause issues. Confirm that your CPU is lined up correctly in the socket. Look for tabs or an arrow that matches your motherboard, showing you which corner lines up where so that the CPU is in the correct position. Does your motherboard have any error code or debug LEDs that are lighting up? Some motherboards will have lights that can indicate if it is detecting an error with one of your components. This can potentially indicate a hardware problem. Try unplugging and replugging that component and make sure it is snug in its socket. Clear your CMOS. This can be done either by removing the button cell battery on the board while the power cable is unplugged from the back of the PSU or by using the clear CMOS jumper on your motherboard. Instructions are in your motherboard user manual on where to find the jumper. Check for any bent pins on your processor or in the CPU socket on the motherboard.  Confirm that your motherboard standoff screws were installed properly. These screw directly into your case and sit under the board to mount it. Some cases come with preinstalled motherboard standoffs - if one is in a place that does not line up with a corresponding hole on the motherboard, a short could happen. If no standoffs are available, your motherboard will make contact with the case where it shouldn't. Also, make sure that there are no wires or loose screws, or objects underneath the motherboard. Does your motherboard require a BIOS update for your processor? If your CPU is newer than your motherboard, the BIOS may need to be updated first to make them compatible with each other. An older processor that is compatible may be required to update it to the correct version. Some motherboards have a feature that allows you to update the BIOS without needing a CPU installed.  Is your RAM compatible? Most RAM is compatible with most motherboards if it has the right socket and the motherboard supports the capacity of the module that is installed, but in rare cases, you can have an issue. Your motherboard manufacturer will have a QVL (Qualified Vendor List) of RAM that they have tested to be compatible on the support page for your motherboard. If your RAM is not on the list and you rule out other potential issues, try switching to a set that is. Check if your motherboard might be shorting out inside the case. Take the motherboard out and put it on a flat insulated surface such as cardboard or wood (your motherboard box is a good option). Do NOT put your motherboard on the anti-static bag or anything else that could conduct electricity - this can cause a short and ruin your components. Install your CPU, RAM, and video card if you have one, then hook up your power supply and try to get it to boot by jumping the power switch pins on your board. This is called breadboarding. If it boots up while you have it breadboarded, your case could be making contact with the board somewhere it should not be and shorting it out. Finally, if troubleshooting does not identify the problem and corresponding solution, you may require assistance offered by the Micro Center In Store Service Department. © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2021 Powered By Vanilla Community Article What is the most important peripheral for your PC? — 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 What is the most important peripheral for your PC? SeanM admin January 6 edited June 16 in General Discussion Everyone has a favorite PC peripheral; they love their mouse, their keyboard, their monitor. But what's the one peripheral you can't live without? The one that pulls your whole build together, or the one that just makes the computer work? Can you get by without a mouse? Speakers? A keyboard? What's that crucial piece to your PC? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments mmiller2 admin January 8 #TeamDualMonitors  3 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook djohnson2 admin January 8 mmiller2 said: #TeamDualMonitors  #TeamUltraWide 2 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook cgum admin January 8 edited January 8 If it doesn't have RGB, it isn't on my desk. 3 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook mmiller2 admin January 8 djohnson2 said: mmiller2 said: #TeamDualMonitors  #TeamUltraWide There are two types of people in this world  1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook MC_LeKisha ✭ January 8 Its the RGB and the CLICKING for me boo!!!! YAASSSSSS! I got to hear that fast clicking noise and watch those lights! And the mouse has to match!!! BOOM!!! 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin January 8 It's the monitor. More specifically like a 49" ultrawide monitor. Ultrawide is love, ultrawide is life.  2 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Full_Medical Ohio ✭ January 8 My favorite peripheral would be my headset. It's my portal to the outside word. It's how I communicate and listen to music. I'd say it's a must-have for anyone looking to spend time with friends online!  3 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AndrewHorton OH admin January 8 Full_Medical said: My favorite peripheral would be my headset. It's my portal to the outside word. It's how I communicate and listen to music. I'd say it's a must-have for anyone looking to spend time with friends online!  Good audio is essential to me! Nice headphones are a must have.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook pdegan2814 ✭ January 8 For me, I'd have to say it's probably my mouse. Whether I'm using my gaming PC, my personal laptop or my work laptop, I'm usually working on the computer for an extended period of time, and an uncomfortable mouse makes my hand hurt after a while. I avoid wireless mice when possible, because I never remember to keep them charged. And a lot of "gaming" mice have WAY too many buttons for my taste. Thankfully, the Corsair M65 series has been perfect for me. I can use it for extended periods without my hand cramping up, it has just enough buttons, and the price is reasonable. I've got three different generations of M65 spread across my computers, and I'll likely be getting another one soon. As for the lighting, I'm not really fan of RGB, I don't want my computers looking like they belong at a rave. Any RGB peripherals or components I have usually just get set to a static white. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook pdegan2814 ✭ January 8 #TeamUltraWide I looooove my Ultrawide for normal computer use, especially my online D&D playing. For gaming, it's hit or miss. Granted, I am usually not playing the newest releases. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook APMCCE ✭ January 8 My gpu, first thing I bought for myself honestly and excited to use instead of the igpu that was in my pc. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook SimiusV New York ✭ January 10 I need a good mouse. Currently using a cheapo keyboard and headset haha. I dislike RGB stuff so that really cleans up my choices. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AlexS admin January 11 Monitor for sure.  1440p @ 165hz has been so sweet.   0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TS_EmileC admin February 9 It's gotta be the monitors and the headset for me. I need to see in 1440p or 4K and hear quality sound through my Astro headset. It's so good it can pick up sign language. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Paul_2 ✭ February 20 I'd have to say multiple monitors. I happen to like good peripherals all around, but I can tolerate a lousy keyboard or mouse if I'm working on someone else's computer, but I absolutely hate using a single monitor, or a laptop monitor. I like screen real estate! My least important would be a headset. I'm usually playing most games without audio, because I often have TV or movies going on another monitor. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 6.7K All Categories 1K The Blog 34 What's Trending 164 How to & Technical Guides 10 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 15 3D Printers 9 Maker 15 PC Build Guides 81 Reviews & Buying Guides 27 Build Showcase 13 Contests 35 Past Contests 821 The Community 1.7K General Discussion 105 New Members 87 Consumer Tech 27 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 75 Software 2 Audio/Visual 12 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 23 3D Printing 49 Retro Arcade/Gaming 80 All Other Tech 1.2K Store Information and Policy 49 Off Topic 5 Community Ideas & Feedback 111 Your Completed Builds 2.6K Build-Your-Own PC 1.7K Help Choosing Parts 220 Graphics Cards 161 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 61 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 13 Monitors and Displays 29 Peripherals 9 All Other Parts 21 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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I've turned off the setting to allow the cpu to manage the power to device in power settings and allow the usb to turn off. In the device manager, the sd card isn't listed to update driver. Thoughts? Chris 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TSMichaelB admin April 2020 Welcome to the forum, Chris. I am sorry to hear you are having issues with your SD card reader/USB 2.0 port on your PowerSpec B660. Do you recall if there were any recent Windows updates performed on the system or any recent hardware changes that coincide with the SD card/front USB 2.0 port not working? Are you able to see the SD card reader in device manager after selecting "Show Hidden Devices" under the View tab? If there were any recent updates, I would recommend rolling back to see if functionality is restored. If you've performed any hardware upgrades, double check to make sure none of the front panel IO cables were unplugged during the process. If you see the SD card reader/USB controller in device manager, right click and uninstall the device then reboot the system. Lastly, unplug the power cable from the system and hold the power button down on the chassis for 60 seconds. This will discharge any power remaining in your capacitors and can resolve a myriad of issues that may be impacting your system. If none of this works, I would recommend bringing the system in to your local Micro Center store when it's convenient and our techs can assess the situation in-depth to determine the issue. If you have any questions, please let us know! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Stork ✭ April 2020 I can't recall any updates that caused this to change. I first noticed this a year ago but during home isolation, I'd figure now is as good a time as any to figure it out. It's odd to me that it's the sd card, the USB 2.0 next to it and the two on the bottom front while the ports on the back and the two 3.0 upfront work fine. No sd card in the device manager or under hidden devices. No hardware upgrades (I did add ram but this was after) but I will open it up and double-check again. I will try discharging the static. I've downloaded the drivers recommended by "Driver Easy" as well as manually updating via device manager but since it's not showing in the list I assumed it was all for nothing. Chris 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin April 2020 You can redownload drivers for our Powerspec systems from our website here: https://www.mctsol.com/powerspec/newpsdrivers.php The SD card reader and the USB 2.0 port next to it actually share the same cable internally, which would explain why it's also not working. In Device Manager the SD Card reader should show as "Generic - Multiple Reader USB Device" under Disk Drives.  If you can see that device listed, try uninstalling and reinstalling it just to be safe, but if it's not showing there at all, try redownloading and installing the motherboard drivers from the page I linked. If that doesn't fix it, we could be looking at a hardware issue.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Shmeve ✭ March 1 So I'm having this same issue but it is with all the ports on the front including the 3.0 ports.  I tried reinstalling all the motherboard drivers but they still aren't working and they don't seem to be showing up in the Device Manager either.   I'm pretty positive it is not a hardware issue considering this is a repeat issue of another person's post.  The only thing of note I did was wipe the hard drive partitions fully before reinstalling a fresh copy of Windows 10.  Any ideas? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin March 1 edited March 1 Hello @Shmeve Sorry to hear you're having difficulty with this. I've got a couple of things that you could try to fix this issue. Method 1: I suggest you physically unplug and then plug in the SD card reader and front port connections. Then run the hardware device troubleshooter and check if it helps. Follow the below steps: 1.       Type troubleshooting in the search bar.  2.      Select Troubleshooting. 3.      Select View all on the top left corner. 4.      Click on Hardware and Devices. 5.      Follow the on-screen instructions to run the troubleshooter. If the issue persists then follow the below method. Method 2: Follow the below steps to uninstall the Universal Serial Bus controllers driver: 1.      Press Windows + R keys on the Keyboard.  2.      Type devmgmt.msc in the Open text box.  3.      Expand Universal Serial bus controllers from the window.  4.      Right- click on the drivers and select Uninstall.  5.      Click on OK on Confirm device uninstall prompt. 6.      Restart the computer, the drivers will get automatically installed on your Windows 10. Let us know if this solves the issue for you. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Shmeve ✭ March 1 Awesome I will give it a shot! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 6.7K All Categories 1K The Blog 36 What's Trending 164 How to & Technical Guides 10 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 15 3D Printers 9 Maker 15 PC Build Guides 81 Reviews & Buying Guides 27 Build Showcase 13 Contests 35 Past Contests 823 The Community 1.7K General Discussion 105 New Members 87 Consumer Tech 27 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 75 Software 2 Audio/Visual 12 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 23 3D Printing 49 Retro Arcade/Gaming 80 All Other Tech 1.2K Store Information and Policy 49 Off Topic 5 Community Ideas & Feedback 111 Your Completed Builds 2.6K Build-Your-Own PC 1.7K Help Choosing Parts 220 Graphics Cards 161 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 61 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 13 Monitors and Displays 29 Peripherals 9 All Other Parts 21 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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Also, struggling to find a graphics card that fits within my budget, so if you think I should trade out some for some cheaper parts to be able to fit the Graphics Card then please tell me. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments LandShark admin February 8 Hello @MiYUKi What do you have planned for this build? Based on the information you've shared so far, I'd recommend a few changes and I've included them in this build. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=5ecfe319-a0ca-41fd-ac73-d6997e7a725e Please let me know if you have any questions. I'd be happy to offer more recommendations once I know what you plan to use it for! 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook MiYUKi ✭ February 9 edited February 9 Thanks for the help! Much appreciated! I plan on using this build for gaming and for work, I have a Oculus Quest too and plan on using my PC for VR as well. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin February 9 You're quite welcome! I'd have to say that this is a great build for all of those tasks. While my recommendation is a bit above your minimum for your budget, I see that it's still within it. I think it's a great build for all the tasks that you mentioned and with the 10700k and the 3060 ti, you'll be able to get 100+ fps in many titles at 1080p with max settings and even some at 1440p. The 3060 ti is an impressive card for the price. Please let me know if you have any other questions! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook MiYUKi ✭ February 9 edited February 9 I think I'll stick with this build! Thanks again for the help, though one thing I'd like to figure out, how well do you think titles like Metro Exodus or Assassin's Creed Unity will run on this? I'm trying to figure out how much this build can handle before slowing down its FPS. Ah, and should I consider Case Fans? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin February 9 Happy to help! Yeah, this would run well with those titles. Even at 4k, this build should manage Metro Exodus with around 50fps on max settings. I'd expect AC: Unity to get around 65 fps at 4k. Because of this, you could expect higher fps in 2k and much higher in 1080p. As I mentioned, it's a pretty great build! As for case fans, since the case comes with fans I'd say that would be an aesthetic choice. I don't think it's required, but it may offer a small improvement to your thermals if you were to add more. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook MiYUKi ✭ February 9 edited February 9 Just ran into a problem though, from what I've read, the H510i case won't be able to fit the kraken x63 280mm Water Cooling system, but some people I see still use the 280mm in the H510i, so I'm super confused, and I don't know what I should do. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin February 9 I'm not seeing any info about the x63 not fitting, and I do see that the case lists it does support two 140mm front fans. However, if it is a concern for you, I'd recommend going with the x53 https://www.microcenter.com/product/618678/nzxt-kraken-x53-240mm-rgb-water-cooling-kit It's slightly smaller but still offers the great performance of an AIO! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook MiYUKi ✭ February 9 I thought about changing to the x53, though I now that I did check back on it, like you said, it does supports two 140mm front fans, so I think I'll stick with the x63. Of course, I've also heard problems regarding the Cam software but if anything were to happen, I'll ask around. Lastly, is there anything you think that I should know before going for this build? This is my first time handling water cooling. Fortunately, NZXT has a warranty in case the water system were to leak or be faulty. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin February 9 Most closed-loop systems or AIO coolers are quite robust and will not leak unless there is a serious issue with the AIO. Just be sure that there is not a kink or severe bend in the tubing. Otherwise, as long as you know how to build a regular system I would say that you're all set! Please let us know if you have any questions! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook MiYUKi ✭ February 9 Something just dawned on me, do I need to install the AIO Water Cooler when breadboarding? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin February 9 Do you mean when you're out of case testing? I'd recommend that you always have a cooler on the CPU while it is in use. I would use caution anytime you are adding parts to ensure you are working in a static-free environment. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook MiYUKi ✭ February 10 edited February 10 I'm having a really, REALLY tough time trying to find the EVGA GeForce RTX 3060 TI Graphics Card online and in retail stores. They're all sold out. Where should I check to see if its in stock? Edit: I thought about trying to find an Nvidia RTX 3060 Ti, reading that they'll likely be in stock late this month. Thought I might try my luck with that. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin February 10 Most likely they are out of stock at this time, but I'd always recommend checking our website! https://www.microcenter.com/search/search_results.aspx?Ntk=all&sortby=pricelow&N=4294966937+4294808776&myStore=false Unfortunately, they are sold out pretty much everywhere. There is a huge demand for most GPUs right now, and the manufacturers can't keep up with said demand. Hopefully, that is true! It would be great to have more inventory sooner than later. I'd love to see more RTX and RX builds! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook MiYUKi ✭ February 10 No luck... Every single one I've looked at, even the one's over my budget, are all sold out. I'm going to keep an eye for any of them if they restock. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin February 10 Best of luck to you! Hopefully we'll have some in the near future! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 6.7K All Categories 1K The Blog 34 What's Trending 164 How to & Technical Guides 10 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 15 3D Printers 9 Maker 15 PC Build Guides 81 Reviews & Buying Guides 27 Build Showcase 13 Contests 35 Past Contests 823 The Community 1.7K General Discussion 105 New Members 87 Consumer Tech 27 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 75 Software 2 Audio/Visual 12 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 23 3D Printing 49 Retro Arcade/Gaming 80 All Other Tech 1.2K Store Information and Policy 49 Off Topic 5 Community Ideas & Feedback 111 Your Completed Builds 2.6K Build-Your-Own PC 1.7K Help Choosing Parts 220 Graphics Cards 161 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 61 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 13 Monitors and Displays 29 Peripherals 9 All Other Parts 21 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2021 Powered By Vanilla Community Article [Tech Article] How to Troubleshoot a Newly Built PC that will not POST/Boot/Power on — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › What's Trending [Tech Article] How to Troubleshoot a Newly Built PC that will not POST/Boot/Power on TSTonyV admin April 2020 edited August 30 in What's Trending In this guide we'll go over the general troubleshooting steps to go through if you have a newly built PC that won't power on/boot/POST. Whether you're a first-time builder or experienced,  it's not uncommon to run into some snags or miss something minor in your build. This guide should cover all the basics.  Always begin with having read and understood all of the manufacturer guides before attempting to build your computer. If you run into problems along the way, manufacturer documentation is a great source of information that is specific to that product. Check to be sure your power supply switch is turned to the proper setting in the ON position. It should be set to the line, not the circle. If you have a video card, check to be sure your monitor is plugged directly into it and not into the motherboard video ports. The dedicated video card ports are normally located below the audio ports, towards the bottom of an upright case. Verify the monitor is set to the proper input based on your connection type: HDMI, VGA, etc... Make sure you're using only one video cable for your monitor.  Test your monitor with another device or test another monitor with the computer to eliminate your monitor as the source of the problem.  Check to be sure both your 24-pin motherboard power cable and your 4+4 pin CPU power cable are plugged in. The CPU power is located on the top-left corner of the motherboard, the motherboard power is located on the right side.  Verify that your RAM is seated properly. If you are using more than one stick, verify that they are installed in the correct slots according to your motherboard user manual. Try booting with a single stick of RAM at a time to see if this makes a difference. Try each stick in different slots to narrow down whether it might be an individual stick or a slot on the motherboard. Confirm that your video card is seated properly and the 6 pin or 6+2 pin PCIe power connectors are plugged in properly from your power supply if the video card requires them. If your CPU has integrated graphics, try booting without the video card installed on the board and using your motherboard video ports instead of the card to see if this makes a difference. Check to make sure that your front panel connector cables are connected properly to the pins on your front panel header on your motherboard. Different boards may have different pin layouts so make to check your user manual. If they appear to be correct and it still will not power on, try jumping the power switch pins on your motherboard by gently touching the two of them together with the metal end of a screwdriver - this will verify if it's an issue with the case/front panel cables or not.  Confirm that your CPU fan cable is plugged in. If the primary CPU Fan header is not occupied, most motherboards will not boot. This applies even on motherboards with a dedicated water pump connection. Check to be sure there is no thermal paste running down the sides or underneath the CPU. You only need a small amount of thermal paste to cover your whole CPU when installing a new cooler. Confirm that your CPU is lined up correctly in the socket. Look for tabs or an arrow that matches to your motherboard showing you which corner lines up where so that the CPU is in the correct position. Does your motherboard have any error code or debug LEDs that are lighting up? Some motherboards will have lights that can indicate if it is detecting an error with one of your components. This can potentially indicate a hardware problem. Try unplugging and replugging that component and make sure it is snug in its socket. Clear your CMOS. This can be done either by removing the button cell battery on the board while the power cable is unplugged from the back or by using the clear CMOS jumper on your motherboard. Instructions are in your motherboard user manual on where to find the jumper. Check for any bent pins on your processor or in the CPU socket on the motherboard.  Confirm that your motherboard standoff screws were installed properly. These screw directly into your case and sit under the board to mount it. Some cases come with preinstalled motherboard standoffs - if one is in a place that does not line up with a corresponding hole on the motherboard a short could happen. If no standoffs are available your motherboard will make contact with the case where it shouldn't.  Also make sure that there are no wires or loose screws or objects underneath the motherboard. Does your motherboard require a BIOS update for your processor? If your CPU is newer than your motherboard, the BIOS may need to be updated first to make them compatible with each other. An older processor that is compatible may need to be used to update it to the correct version. Some motherboards have a feature that allows you to update the BIOS without needing a CPU installed.  Is your RAM compatible with your motherboard? Most RAM is compatible with most motherboards if it has the right socket and the motherboard supports the capacity of the module that is installed, but in rare cases you can have an issue. Your motherboard manufacturer will have a QVL (Qualified Vendor List) of RAM that they have tested to be compatible on the support page for your motherboard. If your RAM is not on the list, try switching to a set that is. Check if your motherboard might be shorting out inside the case. Take the motherboard out and put it on a flat insulated surface such as cardboard or wood (your motherboard box is a good option). Do NOT put your motherboard on an anti-static bag or anything else that could conduct electricity - this can ruin your components. Install your CPU, RAM, and video card if you have one, then hook up your power supply and try to get it to boot by jumping the power switch pins on your board. This is called breadboarding. If it boots up while you have it breadboarded, your case could be making contact with the board somewhere it should not be and shorting it out. Finally, if troubleshooting does not identify the problem and corresponding solution, you may require assistance offered by the Micro Center In Store Service Department. 3 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments Boom68 ✭ August 2 I found the solution to my MOB not posting! In step #5, my CPU power cable was not installed. Although I had asked the question with tech support, "Does the MOB supply power to the CPU?", which wasn't a discriptive enough question; that individual could not figure the problem out. My CPU fans were working (separately connected to power on the MOB ASUS B550-F) and I sent him four pictures as well; in the end the tech assumed the CPU power cable was installed. But that is okay because I am 71 yrs old and having fun with my very first build process. When I am asked what am I doing in my retierment , I say "well I am "ALMOSTAGAMER", which leaves most people with a blank stare. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin August 3 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/34714#Comment_34714 I am glad to hear this article helped! Enjoy your PC! 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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The answer is Open Broadcast Software, or OBS, a program that will capture footage from your computer and display that online. The most common is Open Broadcast Software, for which the platform is named, and StreamLabs OBS (SLOBS). Streamlabs OBS is a modified version of OBS with StreamLabs functionality baked in, and because of that, making the setup is similar. However, Streamlabs adds several tools and enhancements to make it easier for new-comers to use. So, if you’re looking to get into streaming, we recommend starting with SLOBS.  Now, let’s break down how to do that. How to Connect SLOBS to Twitch, YouTube, and Facebook How to Setup StreamLabs OBS: 1) Upon launch, you will be prompted to connect to the account of one of three platforms: Twitch, Youtube, and Facebook. If you’re looking to get started quickly, link an account here. If you would like to manually set up your connection/Stream Key, you can also click Skip and jump to step 3.  2) After you connect your account, you will be prompted to either go with a Starter or Prime plan for Streamlabs OBS. Prime offers additional features and more customizability for the cost of $12 a month.  3) You will then be prompted with either Import from OBS or Start Fresh. Select Start Fresh unless you already have OBS settings saved.  4) It will then look for a webcam and a microphone automatically. Check your settings to make sure they are picking up the correct microphone and webcam. You can also skip this step for any reason, including missing equipment. 5) SLOBS will then ask you to pick a Theme for your stream. You can select one of the six here or skip this step. Themes are preset designs for your stream and a good start if you wanted to set up some fancy overlays.  Creating Your Scene Next, with your account connected now, we need to set up our SLOBS to capture the game and our voice.  First, a clarification: there are Scenes and Sources. Scenes are preset formats of sources, and sources are what your stream will use and display. Each scene will keep its sources, and you can change your scenes based on the activity you are doing on your stream, and it will change the sources to the preset settings for that scene.  Example: You design your first scene to be your “gaming” scene, positioning your webcam in the bottom right, a chat window in the top left, and a game, or source, occupying the rest of the space. After an hour, you decide it’s time to take a quick 10-minute break. You can change your scenes to a static intermission screen. When you return, all you need to do is return to the original scene, and everything will be as you left it.  Now to create your first scene. We’ll be making a gaming scene, but this works for most streaming content. 1) First, rename the default scene to the content you’ll be streaming, or whatever name you will remember. For my example, we will be streaming the party game Jackbox Party Box 5. Right-click the Scene that is towards the bottom and select Rename. You can also click the + sign to create a new scene and name it whichever name you will remember. 2) Next, we will add a source so that your game will show up, click the + sign in the Sources section, then select 3) In the next screen, you will want to select Game Capture, then Add Source, and name the Game Capture. I highly recommend being somewhat detailed as you may be adding similar sources.  4) Next, we will need to specify which window it should capture, so we will change the Mode from Auto to Capture Specific Window. 5) After selecting Capture specific window, we will then go to the Window option and pick the window we would like to stream. You will need to have the program already running to choose it from the dropdown. 6) Now, the game should be showing in your preview window. 7) Next, add your audio input if it didn’t automatically add earlier. Click on the + in the Sources section, similar to what we did for the Game Capture. This time, select Audio Input Capture.  8) Next is to name it; we will call it Microphone. You don’t need to be as detailed as your video sources, as Audio Input Sources aren’t added often. 9) Then, select the microphone you intend to use. 10) With your Microphone and Game Capture setup, you could go live right now! To go live, click on Go Live in the bottom right. SLOBS will ask you to name your stream and select which game you are playing. Once you’ve chosen your game and given your stream a creative title, hit confirm, and you’ll be streaming to the world! Keep in mind, though, this is just the minimum needed, and you will likely continue to build out your SLOBS set-up with additional scenes and streaming accessories. Here are other Sources that are commonly added. Sources will be displayed through a layer system, with sources displaying over those on the bottom. Image - This is putting an image onto the layout. You can use this as a background or for any other reason. A lot of creative use for this one. Image Slide Show - More commonly used for Introduction, Break/Pause, or Ending Scenes, it cycles through pictures. Display Capture - Used for displaying everything on your monitor. The easiest way to set up something to show. HOWEVER, as it captures the entire screen and all windows on that screen, it is easy to accidentally reveal sensitive information. Game Capture - Used to capture games. We recommend using “Specific Window” mode. You can switch it to auto if you would like, but you may accidentally stream something other than the intended window. Audio Input Capture - Used to capture sounds, mainly microphones. Media Source - Use GIFs, Videos, or specific sound clips. They are mainly used to open and close out streams. Text (GDI+) - Adds text to the scene. Many cool tricks can be done here, as you can have the text read from a document. It can be as basic as typing “BRB 15 Minutes” on the screen or having your music info reader for the music you are playing.  Window Capture - Shows specific Windows, mainly used for browsers or other non-gaming Windows. A great alternative to display capture if you are concerned about showing sensitive material. Video Capture Device - Used to display Webcams and Capture Cards. How to use StreamLabs, StreamElements, or Widgets on SLOBS What are StreamLabs and StreamElements? The best way to describe them is as “stream enhancers.” They add key elements to your stream that are not part of your base streaming software, such as notifications, chatbox, donation goals, etc. The most commonly used of these enhancers are notifications, as it is great to have your stream know when you received a follow, subscription or donation.  Since we are using StreamLabs OBS, you will notice Widgets as an option for your Sources.  These include popular use sources like Alertbox and Chatbox.  For SLOBS, it’s as easy as adding them as a source.  If you plan on switching to OBS later, you will most likely need to use StreamLabs or StreamElements as a stream enhancer and add those Widgets manually.  There are also Widgets that do not come with SLOBS that you will need to add manually as a browser source.   Here are links to both StreamLabs and StreamElements YouTube Channel as they both have great video guides when it comes to using their resources for your stream.  What a StreamLabs OBS Scene/Source Can Look Like After adding Sources and creating additional Scenes, my SLOBS looked something like this. I created a scene for the main game I am playing with an AFK Scene as an intermission since I can randomly get pulled away from my stream. Also, I created a Browser React scene to show my browser and a larger view of my webcam for reactions. Adjusting Your Stream Settings After your first stream, or maybe you want the correct settings before your first stream, you can adjust some stream settings. An example is software vs. hardware encoding, or lowering your stream’s quality to watch viewers with worse internet. The default is generally ok, but you will want to adjust them later, and I recommend giving Tony’s guide on Streaming Software a read as he goes into more details on settings for your stream. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 6.7K All Categories 1K The Blog 34 What's Trending 164 How to & Technical Guides 10 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 15 3D Printers 9 Maker 15 PC Build Guides 81 Reviews & Buying Guides 27 Build Showcase 13 Contests 35 Past Contests 821 The Community 1.7K General Discussion 105 New Members 87 Consumer Tech 27 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 75 Software 2 Audio/Visual 12 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 23 3D Printing 49 Retro Arcade/Gaming 80 All Other Tech 1.2K Store Information and Policy 49 Off Topic 5 Community Ideas & Feedback 111 Your Completed Builds 2.6K Build-Your-Own PC 1.7K Help Choosing Parts 220 Graphics Cards 161 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 61 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 13 Monitors and Displays 29 Peripherals 9 All Other Parts 21 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? See other custom PC builds and get some ideas for what can be done View Build Showcase View builds by: AMD Processors Intel Processors RTX 3090 RTX 3080 RTX 2080 Ti RTX 2080 Super RTX 2070 Super RTX 2070 RTX 2060 Super Radeon RX 5700XT Radeon RX 5700 Air Cooled Liquid Cooled SAME DAY CUSTOM BUILD SERVICE If You Can Dream it, We Can Build it. 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The Platinum Collection is a great place to start if you’re buying a new prebuilt gaming PC, workstation, homework laptop, or anything in between. Everything in it is platinum quality through and through. That goes doubly so the Asus Platinum Collection computers. Asus TUF Gaming A15 Gaming laptops used to be one of the most expensive ways to play your favorite games and came with mid-tier performance, lots of bulk, and poor battery life. That’s no longer the case and nowhere is that clearer than in the Asus TUF Gaming A15. The heart of this machine is its AMD Ryzen 7 5800H processor, which packs eight cores with support for 16 simultaneous threads. It’s an absolute powerhouse of a modern processor and it’s great to see such a capable chip in a more modest gaming laptop. It ensures that whether you’re playing your favorite Esports games at high frame rates, or editing together clips of your best killshots, you’ll have all the power you need from the CPU. AMD Ryzen CPUs love plenty of fast memory, which is why this Asus TUF gaming laptop comes packing 16GB of 3200MHz DDR4 RAM. Together with the 512GB of high-speed SSD storage and this laptop will boot fast, load games even quicker, and remain snappy, no matter what you’re doing. When it comes to delivering those gaming frames, a fantastic addition is the new Nvidia RTX 3050 Ti. This is an entry-level gaming GPU (although the Ti variant is notably more capable than the non-Ti version) that isn’t available on desktops just yet, but it’s a great little mobile chip. It outperforms its predecessors in the Nvidia GTX 16-series and comes with support for some of the most exciting new gaming features in recent years. In terms of raw performance, it’s about as capable as a mobile RTX 2060, which makes sense considering the way generational performance jumps work. What I particularly love about the RTX 3050 Ti, though, is it finally brings deep learning super sampling (DLSS) to the masses. Where before now, the RTX 2060, and in this generation, RTX 3060, were the two most accessible cards for anyone wanting to use DLSS, Nvidia never had a more budget-minded card with that feature in mind; despite the fact that lower-budget gaming stands to benefit the most from that dynamic upscaling. With DLSS support, there are heaps of games that the RTX 3050 Ti can play at good frame rates, even when their raw rasterization performance wouldn’t be able to keep up. Throw in support for entry-level ray tracing, and it’s a great little GPU that is super affordable at a time where gaming graphics cards and laptops are much more expensive than they should be. To take full advantage of all that lovely power in this portable gaming PC, the Asus TUF A15 comes packing a 15.6-inch 1080p screen with a high refresh rate of 144Hz. 1080P is a great resolution for an Asus gaming laptop of this size, and with support for high frame rates, it can make your games look buttery smooth. It can even give you a slight competitive advantage over your enemies by reducing input lag, too. From the outside, the TUF A15 eschews some of the over-the-top gaming stylings you’ll see from some Republic of Gamers (ROG) laptops, or Asus’ Zephyrus range, and almost has a slight militaristic look to it. Its uniform black paint job is understated, a bit classy, and though the RGB lighting of the keyboard can give this Asus gaming laptop a little flash if you want it, the TUF A15 is designed to be a powerful workhorse of a gaming machine, not a flagship eye-catcher. That said, if you want to give it a little more flair, Asus includes a stack of ROG-inspired stickers so you can deck out your laptop how you like once you’ve gotten it out the box. The standard paint job backs up the slightly bulky frame of this laptop, which isn’t enormous like gaming laptops of old, but it’s not the svelte chassis you’ll see in more expensive Asus gaming laptops. That light bloat isn’t because this laptop is made of military-grade metal either, so don’t expect it to survive harsh environments or drops – but there’s enough heft there that you needn’t fear it being jostle inside a backpack or when traveling. It’s TUF, after all. The real reason that this laptop is a bit of a chunky one, is because it needs all the space for cooling and its absolutely ridiculous battery. At 90-watt hours, this is the kind of battery you’d find in much higher-end devices and it’s starting to test the boundaries of what you’re legally allowed to fly with. It means that this laptop can last a long time when gaming, even with its relatively powerful hardware. Some tests have seen it last close to 12 hours when watching 1080p video too, so even if you’re not gaming you can get a lot of life out of this laptop. Another benefit of a thicker frame is that there are a host of handy ports to take advantage of. Unlike some laptops out there, this Asus TUF gaming laptop enjoys three USB-A 3.2 Gen 1 ports, a single USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 port, an HDMI out, Gigabit Ethernet connector, and a headphone jack. On the wireless front, it supports the latest generation of Wi-Fi 6 for high-speed internet and network connectivity, and Bluetooth 5.1 support makes it easier than ever to attach wireless accessories and peripherals. The only real weakness of the A15 is that with all of its high-powered hardware, it can get a little warm, which means the fans can get a bit noisy at times. Since you’ll almost certainly be gaming in headphones, though, you’re unlikely to notice it. There might be some AAA games that you can’t play at the highest of settings, as the 3050 Ti is more modest than some new generation GPUs, but for the price, you get a lot of bang for your buck. Asus TUF Gaming A17 If you like the look of the Asus TUF Gaming A15, but just wish it was that bit bigger, then you’re in luck. The Micro Center Platinum Collection also plays host to the A17, a 17-inch version of the same laptop with everything that makes the A15 great, but with a bigger display to enjoy your games on. You get all of the same great hardware inside, including the AMD Ryzen 7 5800H eight-core CPU, the 16GB of high-speed memory, half a terabyte of SSD storage, and the Nvidia RTX 3050 Ti graphics chip -- more than enough to deliver high frame rates in Esports and more taxing games. The display might be almost two inches bigger, but it still looks great at 1080p with decent pixel density, and it can still hit 144Hz too, so movements and in-game action retains that same silky smooth, responsive feel. Despite the noticeably bigger display, though, the Asus TUF Gaming A17 is actually only just over an inch and a half wider and weighs just 0.7 of a pound more than the A15. Neither laptop is ultra-portable, but around that 5-6 pound mark, I wouldn’t expect anyone to have much trouble lugging them about in a backpack for a few hours if needed. But what about price? How much does all that extra screen space cost you? Just $100. If I was the kind of gamer who liked the option of moving my gaming PC around but wanted to play in pretty static locations, I’d give a lot of thought to whether the Asus TUF Gaming A17 might be the better laptop for me. Want more information on the Asus TUF line? Check out the Toasty Bros' review! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsO0ADBRncc Want more information on the Platinum Collection? Check out our breakdown over here. And if you're looking for more fantastic computers, be sure to check out our Platinum Collection, or visit us in person for even more options! 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. 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