Micro Center Community Year In Review - The Best Guides of 2021

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This year, we put out a ton of great guides, reviews, benchmarks, and previews (and we have even more planned for 2022!). But, rather than go through them one-by-one, we thought we'd highlight some of our absolute favorites.

These are the articles that offer the most help, saw the most interest, or are just plain good from 2021!

How to Choose Parts for Your Custom Computer Build

We gave our How to Choose Your PC Parts guide a 2021 overhaul, updating the whole guide with new parts, all the while streamlining the process to be as easy to understand as possible. Rather than have the guide be a step-by-step process, we set it up so you can bounce around to exactly what you need. Already know your processor? Great! Jump straight to cases or graphics cards or anything else.

We even break down common questions, naming conventions, and price ranges, making this the ultimate PC part guide.

The Definitive Micro Computer Buying Guide

If you're in the mood for something a bit smaller than a full-size PC, we also created a guide for all those micro computer styles out there. Covering top-of-the-line Raspberry Pis to Arduino boards and everything in-between, we can help you find the perfect board for your build.

If you're looking for ideas, we've got those as well, with each board getting an explainer and a showcase of what they can do!

Getting Started with 3D Printing

3D printing continues to explode in popularity as it gets easier and cheaper to start. It can still be intimidating to just jump in, however, and that's where we come in. Not sure what type of printer you want? We've got that covered. Worried about the small stuff with 3D printing? Check. Overwhelmed by the range of filament types? We'll make it simple for you.

Whether you just got a 3D printer or are just thinking about it, this guide has you covered with all the basics.

Micro Center’s Computer and Technology Acronym Guide

It doesn't matter how long you've been working with computers, there are constantly new acronyms and terms being created. So we put as many as we could think of in one place. from AI to XMP, we've got 40+ definitions and counting!

And, we're constantly adding more too, so be sure to keep your eyes on it!

How to Create a Retro Game Console With Raspberry Pi

We put out a few projects for Raspberry Pi this year, but none quite as exciting as this. If you're a classic gamer, you know how annoying it can be to constantly switch consoles, cartridges, and even plugs. So don't! Build yourself a classic games machine out of Raspberry Pi and never pull out a coax cable again!

What do you all think? Did you have a favorite article we missed? Let us know in the comments!

And be sure to come back Friday for our final Year-In-Review piece all about... you!

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