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Old processor setup on new motherboard

My desktop computer has Intel® Core™2 Quad Processor Q9550 on DP35DP motherboard which supports only up to 8 GB RAM. Computer is working fine but I am hitting limit of 8 GB RAM and want to increase ...
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Building a micro computer [on hold]

I am looking to build a mini pc. I plan to install Ubuntu on it. I do however plan to have Windows 7 on it also, The first part of my question is should I dual-boot or have a VM on Ubuntu? If I ...
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DDR4 build worth it?

I am in the market to buy a new build PC, I am hesitating between a mid-range DDR3, or a more expensive DDR4 system. I read on several gamer sites that the DDR4 was not yet worth the expense, and ...
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Computer fully restarts with no POST under any significant load

Specs: i5 3570k GTX 670 Corsair HX750 PSU I built my desktop a few years back and it has worked like a charm up until the past week. Whenever I try to play any game, besides non-intensive stuff like ...
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How do you use an XMC network card?

In relation to this question, how exactly does an XMC card attach to another card? I'm trying to build a machine for a work project and I don't know a lot about hardware. I understand that XMC cards ...
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What kind of board does an XMC network card fit in?

I'm looking at 10GbE network cards, and most of what I find are XMC format, like the XPort3300 (just an example). I'm trying to understand how these cards fit on a board. I'm very new to low-level ...
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identifying custom half-built computer [closed]

We were recently cleaning through an old storage unit when I came across what appears to be a half-built server. I don't see any stickers or identifying information. The case is a 'superfox' (there ...
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Is there any detriment to using an AMD processor alongside an Nvidia GPU?

Every single sales person or computer "expert" I have encountered has advised against doing a combo like this but I have bought a GTX 560 and an AMD FX-6100 and they worked fine for 5 years so far. Is ...
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Computer crashing at random

I've been having a "small-ish" issue where my computer randomly shuts down. Be it in the middle of a game or work etc, even on idle, it just crashes and reboots. no BSOD or anything. One minute it's ...
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What converts binary code/machine code to electrical signals and how? [closed]

I went through lots of blogs and posts but could not exactly figure out how the machine code is converted to electrical signals? Any software program is compiled to machine code which is nothing but ...
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BSOD's when gaming. Freshly built PC, windows 8.1

Here are text files of the analysis I got from the Windows debugger: https://www.mediafire.com/folder/m2cxget7qsop6/Dump_text I just built a pc and I get a lot of different BSOD's when starting up ...
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Unable to reboot my newly built PC

I built a new PC but I realized from even before installing Windows 7 that my PC does not reboot pushing the "reset" button on the case. I managed to install an OS by hard booting it. Now this PC is ...
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Getting a new PC built and I have some questions [closed]

In a couple of weeks I will get a new PC built and I wanted to ask if I could re-use some of the old components in the new one, since I'm on a 600- 650 euro budget. The old parts were regulary cleaned ...
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Is liquid cooling necessary for high CPU performance over extended periods?

I'm planning on building a system for high CPU and memory performance. Graphics performance is not a major concern, as I do not plan to use it for gaming. I noticed that liquid cooling seems to have ...
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Is it possible to run Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 G1 gaming on ASRock 870 extreme3 r2.0? [closed]

I want to build my first gaming PC and I just want to be sure if the following composition is good. Do you also think that I need a better power supply ? CPU--> amd phenom II x4 965 black edition ...
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What is the risk of reusing my PSU? [closed]

Four years ago I built a desktop. A few days ago this desktop died (for non-PSU related reasons) and I've decided to build a new one. I would like to save $100 and reuse my old PSU, but I'm not sure ...
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Gateway computer doesn't provide enough room to add a new harddrive

I opened my Gateway PC (Gateway DX4860-EF22P) to add a hard drive, but I was surprised to discover that the manufacturer did not provide enough room to put the new hard drive. As you can see in the ...
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What is the minimum spacing between memory slots on the motherboard?

I'm planning to purchase the motherboard GIGABYTE G1.Sniper B5 along with a pair of pair of (2 x (2 x Sticks) = 4 Sticks) DDR3 memory CMY16GX3M2A1600C9. I found the dimensions of the memory stick ...
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How can I replace a broken M.2 SSD mounting standoff for my motherboard?

I just bought an ASUS Z97M Plus motherboard. It has an M.2 socket. Here's a pic of the socket: I want to install this M.2 SATA drive: The drive is held in the socket by a screw in a standoff, ...
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After upgrading PC, my computer boots up inconsistently

I'm currently using the computer that's having the problem. I've been on it for hours, and works AMAZINGLY; gaming, browsing, everything. The problem is, when I turn it off(whether it be "shut down" ...
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“Memory Is Not Detected” on ASRock Z87 OC Formula/ac

I have a "ASRock Z87 OC Forumla/ac" motherboard that will not recognize my memory. Here are the memory specs that the board supports: 4x240 pin DDR3 ...
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Does Intel QX6700 work asus p5g41-m motherboard? [closed]

Does Intel QX6700 work Asus p5g41-m motherboard?
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What might be causing my video card to do this?

A picture is worth a thousand words. This happened about 3 weeks ago and I have tried updating the BIOS, Drivers, ect.. 3DMark video playback was just as bad. Would a failing or under powered Power ...
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Can I uninstall Windows 8.1 from my current computer and put it onto a new motherboard? [duplicate]

I recently started looking into parts to build a new PC from scratch and was wondering about the operating system. I bought a full version of Windows 8.1 and installed it onto my current computer ...
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Custom Built PC gets momentary power and immediately shuts down

I built a custom pc with these parts: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/G66QMp It turns on for a moment, giving enough time for energy to get to the cpu fan, but not enough to make it go a full rotation. I ...
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Installing 4 memory modules in a dual-socket server motherboard with 16 memory slots

I have a server board with two Xeon E5-2600 v3 processors and 16 memory slots. I ordered two quad-channel memory kits, but only one of them has arrived, so I only have four memory modules. Which slots ...
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How to make use of an extra RAM slot? [duplicate]

My computer already has 4 GB of RAM, and cannot make use of more than about 3 GB, but there is an extra slot still available for another chip. Is there any other kind of chip that can be put there in ...
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Is it OK to have an exhaust fan directly above the intake fan for the CPU heatsink?

I've been assembling a custom PC, and was wondering if it's OK to have an exhaust fan directly above the intake fan for my heatsink. This is how my system is laid out
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SSD or CD in Lowest SATA address in a new computer build?

I'm building my first computer. One website says to connect the CD to the lowest SATA interface, so that the BIOS will recognize it, and allow Windows to be loaded on the HDD. But I want to load ...
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Why is a pin missing on 2x12 PSU cables?

I just noticed that finally entry model PSUs are now giving 2x12 power leads rather than needing to use a 2x10 in addition to a snap on 2x2. For the first time I actually looked at one and I thought ...
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Newly built PC occasionally won't boot

I recently built my first PC, and occasionally when I try to boot it up, it doesn't boot - the fans spin, the lights come on, but nothing happens on the screen. But not always - sometimes it boots ...
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Changing hard drive from dead computer

I have a Windows Vista Basic with intel processor that died with an extremely important file on it and I'm changing to a Windows Vista premium that uses AMD. I have understood that as I have a ...
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Periodic FPS drops in games, regardless of graphis card

When I play recent 3D games (Battlefield 3 & 4, Tomb Raider, Saints Row 3 & 4, etc.) I experience periodic FPS drops, e.g. in Battlefield 3 from the average of around 70-80 fps to 20-30 fps; ...
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How Do I Test a CPU?

I've been trying to repair a friends computer. It's been a trial and error process. Starting with the least expensive fixes. The original problem is that the system would not power up. The PSU Fan ...
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Can I build a slimline/low-profile PC that will fit high-end graphics cards?

At first I was thinking to do this with some specialized motherboard form factor that uses a riser board so the video cards are parallel to the motherboard. However, it seems that no one really does ...
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Troubleshooting Hardware with limited resources

I have a newly built computer which won't post, output video, or even beep despite the installed speaker. The case fans and CPU / GPU fans start up and continue, and the hard drive seems to soon up. ...
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Is it possible to combine fanless, flex-form and a power output more than 300 Watt in a ATX PSU? [closed]

For the construction of an embedded System I look for a fanless ATX Power Supply that is build in flex form-factor and has a power output more than 300 Watt. On the Internet I found a few power ...
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New Build PC - blue screens (BSOD) during OS (Win7) install attempts

A recent PSU failure prompted a more wide spread upgrade of my desktop. This is a new build with a couple of older components. New build specs: Motherboard: Asus Z87-Pro CPU: Intel i3-4130 ...
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What's the risk of ESD damage moving an already built PC?

I am aware of the risks of ESD damage when building a PC. But what about moving an already built PC (where all the components are installed in a closed PC case)? I want to take a PC, pop it into a ...
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DDR2-DDR3 Co-mingle?

I built a custom PC and installed 8gb ddr3 RAM to it, I also have a older desktop with 2gb DDR2 RAM in it and was thinking about putting that ram inside my new PC alongside my 8gbs DDR3, the ...
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Do I need a video card?

I plan on building a computer with Intel Xeon E3 1231v3 which has no GPU: Graphics Specifications Processor Graphics: None on a Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD5H motherboard which has an onboard ...
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Will GIGABYTE motherboards BLACK EDITION be more wear out? [closed]

Will GIGABYTE motherboards BLACK EDITION be more wear out than its "ordinary version"? For instances, GA-Z97X-UD5H (rev. 1.1) vs. GA-Z97X-UD5H-BK (rev. 1.1) - BLACK EDITION. As their specifications ...
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What is the different between a CPU with or without the GPU?

This may be a dumb question. But this is definitely a quick n easy question for those who know it :) When I choose to buy a CPU with No GPU, such as some of the Intel Xeon CPUs, what should I bear in ...
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New build, motherboard shows code 18 then 78

Mother Board:Maximus VII Hero RAM: Trident 8GB(2x) GPU: ASUS DirectCU II CPU: Intel i7 4990k Power Supply: EVGA Supernova 1200W (Don't know what I'm forgetting, I know I am though.) So I just built a ...
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How to clean/what to do about getting liquid form of compressed air cleaner on computer equipment?

I'm a little worried. I was using some compressed air cleaner (to be specific, Office Depot® Brand Cleaning Duster) to try to blow the dust off some dusty parts of my computer. The instructions are ...
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Windows 7 “No partition found” for my SSD drive

I've got quite a problem with my computer. I just built it today and all the parts are working, but when I select my SSD as boot drive in the Windows installer, it says "The system could not create a ...
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Is it safe to power on a motherboard outside of its case?

I have a new motherboard which needs a BIOS update to support a new CPU. Thankfully I have an old (compatible) CPU handy. My plan is to install the old CPU, update the BIOS, then install the new ...
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CPU overheating on startup

I just built a new PC, and on startup in the bios it already shows my CPU overheating at 190 degrees. Can anyone explain what is happening? I have 4 fans, 2 in and 2 out. This is literally the first ...
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Bay Speaker Panel Installation

I purchased a bay speaker panel that has a molex connector and a sound connector. Do I need to run the sound connector through my tower and somehow out the back into the IO panel? Or is there supposed ...
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To where on the motherboard (Asus Z87 Pro) do I connect the `+P LED` and `-P LED` wires?

I am connecting my tower (HAF 922) to my motherboard (asus z87 pro) and have a problem with these two 1x1 pins that I believe turn on and off the red LED on the front fan of the tower. My problem is ...