I just built a new box at the begining of the month and MicroCenter was my go to also. I had been watching off and on and things just sort of lined up. I knew what I wanted before going in so I didn’t have a whole lot of interaction with the staff. The one guy who helped me almost steered me wrong though I wanted a 1 TB Intel 660 NVME for storage and he tried to tell me it only came in SATA, luckily I got it worked out and got the one I wanted. They run a lot of sales so it’s just a matter of watching for whats on sale.
I did end up splitting my purchases some what I got my GPU from Newegg and RAM from Rakuten. All based on pricing.
I’m pretty happy with the build it was right at $950 until I added another case fan and 1 TB ADATA SATA SSD for another $115.
For comparison this was my build, I got most everything on sale so you kind have to watch for that if it matters to you to save every penny. BTW, for some ridiculous reason I RGB’d the living shit out of this thing. I can’t explain why it just happened ;-)
$200 Ryzen 2700 (MC) It would have probably been smarter to get the 2600X for the clock boost since this is mostly a gaming box but it was only $30 less and thought the more cores and OC potential was worth it.
$50 Aorus (Gigabyte) B450 M -M-ATX, (MC) I wanted a more “portable” PC since I often move it between rooms. MATX really limits your AM4 board options. This one seemed to have most of what I wanted and since Microcenter has a lot of bundle deals it was $30 off with the CPU. The main thing I wish it had was a 2nd M2 slot.
$80 Adata XPG Spectrix D41 16 GB 3000 RGB ram (Rakuten) -MOAR RGBs
$95 PSU Thermaltake 750 Gold modular (MC)…Even MORE RGBs…Even worse you can’t barely see the damn thing in my case…poor planning
$150 Case Corsair Crystal 280X RGB (MC)-This was my most wasteful, I could have bought a lot cheaper case but this one really caught my eye and I fixated on it. I do love it, it’s pretty sweet.
$105 Intel 660 1 TB NVME (MC)
$25 Extra 120LL RGB fan for case (the case came with 2 120LL and a Corsair RGB controller) -(Amazon)
$270 Gigabyte Vega 56 (Newegg) The most controversial part of my build. I had every intention to go RTX or maybe a 1660 TI but they had this awesome price with a sweet 3 game bundle of Resident Evil 2, DMC 5 and Division 2. I wanted to build a strong 1440 box and that fit the bill for cheap. This card has extremely shitty reviews on Newegg and Amazon but good “pro” reviews. I upped my PSU to make sure I could dedicate power to this beast and was hopeful the issues reported were mostly “user error” so far so good it’s been solid and I’ve got a nice Undervolt/Overclock going on. Even better I thought I didn’t care about Division 2 but it’s a blast. I’ve spent a lot more time playing it than expected. I got another copy from the CPU that I was able to give my son so lots of freebies.
So right at $975 plus tax. I then promptly filled my NVME with downloaded games and bought an Adata 960 GB SATA SSD. Now both are about full ;-)
So far it’s been great. Easy build, (knock on wood) it went together in one night and fired right up. Win 10 loaded in like 10 minutes it was amazing.