SFF Gaming PC

If you are in the market for a new PC, the term SFF may have popped up in your search for information. SFF or “Small Form Factor” PC’s are compact systems designed to fit into tight spaces or offer levels of portability not found in typical full-sized desktop gaming computers. The compact nature of SFF PC’s can be very enticing, but they usually come with some tradeoffs. SFF PC Components When building one of these systems, a little more time and effort must be spent selecting the components due to the space constraints. While there is no compatibility rule book…

Liquid Cooled Gaming PC

When looking for a gaming PC, you typically have two options. Air Cooling or Liquid Cooling. There are some advantages to both, however high-end system typically stick with liquid cooling for its superior performance and flexibility. Pros & Cons of Liquid Cooled Gaming PCs You may be trying to make a final decision on what type of cooling system you want to go with for your new gaming PC. Let’s look at some of the pros and cons of liquid coolers. Pros of Liquid Cooling Temperatures High end liquid cooling systems typically offer the best thermal performance of any mainstream…

Build Your Own Gaming Laptop

Build Your Own Gaming Laptop There are tons of options available online if you are looking to build gaming PC, but what if you are in the market for a gaming laptop? There aren’t a ton of DIY gaming laptop options out there. You could pick up a laptop shell, then try to piece together parts from around the internet. Or you could grab a kit and build a Raspberry PI based laptop to play old emulators games. Both options will result in a clunky, unpolished system that most likely won’t even be close to what you were will need…

Dual PC Streaming Guide

It’s no secret that game streaming is huge business these days, with tons of streamers trying to set themselves apart from the competition to show off their talents and build their audiences. One great way to do that is with a dual PC streaming set up – essentially using two separate PCs, one for gaming and the other for broadcasting. The process to configure this type of setup can be a little tricky, so we’ve put together this handy guide in conjunction with Khaljiit, one of the hottest streamers going these days, to make it simple. Why Dual PC Streaming…

Build a Computer Online

Build a Computer Online

Build a Computer Online With current RAM and GPU pricing, it is often impractical to build a PC yourself. You may think that having a custom PC built for you online would be difficult. Luckily Velocity Micro can help simplify the process. There are a few things that you should consider when looking to build a computer online. What are you planning on using your system for? What components do you need? What is your price range? There many different types of PC’s that can be built to handle a wide variety of tasks. Some common PC types Include: Gaming…

X299 vs Z370 Chipset – Which is best?

Intel currently offers two different chipsets targeting enthusiasts – X299 and Z370. If you’re in the market for a new custom PC based on Intel’s platforms, whether it be a DIY build or prebuilt system like one of ours, one of the first decisions to make is which of those chipsets is right for you. Read on to learn more about X299 vs Z370. Socket/Supported Processors The primary difference when comparing X299 vs Z370 is the socket and the processors they support. X299 uses the LGA 2066 socket which supports Intel’s Core X Series processors (previously known as Skylake-X and…

Spectre and Meltdown Exploits – How are you affected?

Much has been made in the press around the Spectre and Meltdown bugs specific to the CPU in the past week. There is quite a bit of overblown sensationalist information floating around regarding these and other exploits, so we thought it important to briefly discuss how this may affect current and future PC purchases. These bugs are only viable under certain circumstances within specific environments.  To be clear, neither of these exploits are hardware flaws – they are exploits in attempts to read theoretically protected memory.  This does not mean that anyone can read your hard drive or other areas outside of…

How important is RAM speed?

We’re often asked questions about RAM speed, what we recommend, and how important it is for certain applications like gaming. The answer is a little more complicated than simply higher number = better. So what is it exactly and how important is RAM speed? Read on to learn more. What is RAM speed? To start, RAM speed is a bit of a misnomer, so let’s first clarify some terms. How fast your system RAM performs is actually dependent on several factors which include the frequency, bandwidth, total number of channels, quantity, dual data rate (DDR), latency, and even the speed/gen…

NVMe vs. M.2 vs. SATA – What’s the Difference?

One of the bigger breakthroughs for PC hardware in modern memory has been the solid state drive. And with data transfer speeds many multiples of traditional 7200 RPM and even 10,000 RPM drives, it’s easy to see why. Not only are boot and shut down speeds much faster with SSDs, but all aspects of the system are sped up as well. We highly recommend them. But what about NVMe SSDs, how do they differ from standard SATA drives? And do all M.2 drives classify as NVMe? Read on while we break down the differences between NVMe vs. M.2 vs. SATA.…

Black Friday 2017 PC Deals

Our annual Black Friday Sales event is back again, this year running now through 11/27. It’s by far our biggest sale of the year, meaning if you’ve been waiting for just the right time to pull the trigger on your next custom desktop or laptop, this is it. It’s time to treat yourself by getting some powerful hardware under the tree this year. Deals include: Our biggest instant coupons of the year – Up to $400 off Free Ground Shipping Free software and gaming bundles. Up to $350 value. Free LED lighting upgrades on select systems Free upgrade to 2-year warranty…