What do I need to build a PC?
A little bit of time, patience, and a Phillips head screwdriver are all you really need to build a PC. While it may seem a little daunting at first if you’re a first-time builder, if you think you can finish a puzzle, then you can build your own PC. There are a lot of great guides available online, especially video guides on YouTube. The Micro Center Community is also a great source of knowledge as our experienced technical support monitor and respond to questions.
How do I figure out which parts to get?
We actually have an in-depth guide on choosing your PC parts! This guide will cover all the necessary parts to build a PC and what to look for when buying them. Start with which CPU and GPU you want, then work your way out from there, and of course if you have any questions, feel free to ask us on the Micro Center Community!
Can I share my build online and get feedback?
Yes, once you’ve picked the PC parts, you can save it and then share it on reddit, the Help Choosing Parts forum in the Micro Center Community or any other forum to get other people’s feedback. You can share the URL or the list of parts in various formats: HTML, text, markdown, etc.
Can someone at Micro Center give me advice on picking parts?
Our sales associates know how to build computers. They have spec’d out thousands of custom PC builds for business, working from home, video production, streaming and gaming. They have extensive experience with fitment and compatibility across all types of cases, cooling solutions and lighting options. Visit one of our 25 stores and one of our associates will be happy to help.
What if I don’t see a part I want in the Custom PC Builder?
Our online tool checks availability specifically at your local store. If a part you want isn’t showing up in the list of products, it may be out of stock, so you can click on the option to show all products, or it may not be a product we carry.
Why can’t I select certain parts?
Some of the fields will not be available until you select other parts first, e.g. you cannot select RAM until you select a motherboard.
How do I know my pc parts will work together?
The Custom PC Builder tool automatically tries to filter out parts that would be incompatible with any you’ve already selected. We always recommend you do a little research and double check just to be safe.
Can Micro Center help me build a PC?
If you’re not sure what you want or would just prefer working with somebody directly, our in-store sales associates are happy to help you pick out parts for your custom PC. After you build a pc online using our tool, our highly trained technicians can assemble it for you for an added fee. Details on pricing and what’s included in each tier of build can be found here: https://www.microcenter.com/site/service/instore-service-complete-build.aspx
How do I place my order?
Once you’ve selected the parts in the Custom PC Builder tool, you can click “add to cart” to automatically place everything in the cart. You can then reserve your parts for in-store pickup by going through the checkout process online. Our store associates will locate the items and set them to the side to be picked up within 3 days.