Water Cooling Your PC

If you are building a custom PC or upgrading the cooling on an older system you have several options when it comes to cooling. While air coolers are the most popular type of CPU and GPU coolers due to simplicity and price, liquid cooling is extremely popular in the high-end PC market. There are several advantages to going with liquid cooling. Advantages of Liquid Cooling: Improved Temperatures When Overclocking Improved System Stability Improved System Acoustics at Load System Aesthetics Now let’s look at the main types of liquid cooling systems you will find. AIO Liquid Cooling (All in One) AIO,…

Advantages of Custom PC Builds

The custom PC market has heated up in recent years. Sales of Custom PC components have shot up dramatically with consumers opting to build their own systems rather then go for pre-built computers. There are several reasons for this increase including… Increased Component Compatibility: Manufacturers have simplified PC component installation in recent years. Availability/Selection: When shopping for PC components in the past, you may have had only a handful of high end parts to choose from. Now there are seemingly endless high-quality options, for cases, RAM, hard drives, fans, GPUs, CPUs, and cooling. Pricing: Building a computer is more affordable…

Gaming Computer Towers

When looking for a gaming computer or computer parts, picking out the right tower can be difficult at times. There are tons of options and form factors available, but what is best option for you? Choosing a Gaming Tower The first thing to consider when looking for a gaming computer tower is how powerful you need your PC to be. Larger cases can accommodate more powerful systems and cooling. Gaming Tower Options by Sizes: ATX Super Tower ATX Full Tower ATX Mid Tower MicroATX Tower Mini-ITX Super Towers: ATX Super Tower cases are designed to accommodate ultra high-end liquid cooled…

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…

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…

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.…