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How are super computers built? [closed]

I only know about assembling a computer from individual parts like motherboard, cpu, ram, graphics card etc., I heard there are supercomputers(SC) containing hundreds of processors working together ...
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What is Hard Drive Cache?

I'm pretty new to the computer building world and I'd like to know what hard drive cache exactly is and what it exactly does.
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Is it possible to install a fingerprint reader in a thinkpad T520 that didn't come with one?

I have a Lenovo T520 but I didn't order it with a fingerprinter reader. I was wondering if it is possible to purchase the finger printer reader separately (like this one: ebay link, and install it ...
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Is my budget gaming pc any good? [closed]

Hi this will be my first build and I was wondering is it an ok build. I have a budget of £320. Here's the build CPU - AMD Athlon X4 860K 3.7GHz Quad-Core Processor CPU Cooler - Cooler Master Hyper ...
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aerocool v3x no front fan case screw holes

Hey guys I have an Aerocool V3X case with preinstalled rear fan and I can install 2 side fans and one front fan. I went to install the front fan but there are no screw holes! There is a "mesh" but no ...
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DIY Powerline adapters - can they be made? [closed]

Given the cost of existing powerline adapters, I am curious as to how complex they really are, could they be made from a selection of components and some knowledge? Do they absolutely require ...
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Minimum PSU requirement for my build [closed]

I am trying to build a new system. Here is my summary Processor : i5-4690 Motherboard : ASRock H97M Pro4 RAM : G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 GPU : ASUS GeForce GTX 750 Ti OC-2GD5 ...
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CPU Fan direction Cooler Master K280, GA-990FXA-UD3, AMD FX-8320, Cooler Master T4 Heatsink

I'm building my first computer, and this is what I have: Case: Cooler Master K280 Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 R5 CPU: AMD FX-8320 8-core Heatsink: Cooler Master T4 Hyper Extra fan: ...
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Fan Connections for Cooler Master K280 vs Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 R5

I'm mounting my first computer and I'm confused about how to connect the case's front fan to the motherboard. This is what I have: Case: Cooler Master K280 Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 R5 ...
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Motherboard not providing output or giving beeps

This is an email I sent to the ASRock motherboard company's support email address. My motherboard will power my heatsink fan, my led's, the powerbutton, and even my SSD. I am getting no output from ...
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Custom PC won't boot

Recently replaced PSU and now pressing the power button gives less than a second of light, as well as psu and cpu fans spinning ~ one revolution before stopping again. Have tried clearing CMOS, all ...
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Finger-friendly solution/adapter to connect front panel cables to motherboard pins?

Desktop mainboards typically have pins to connect cables from the case, such as for the power button, the reset button, LEDs, etc. From all the various desktop builds I've had, I remember this always ...
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New PC will not power on [closed]

I just finished a new build and nothing happens when I try to power it on (no lights on motherboard, no fans, nothing). I checked the power supply and it works just fine. The specs are: PSU: 430 ...
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Conflicting answers regarding system compability + refurbished laptop + 32/64 bit

I've used SecurAble, system information and Regedit process to determine if I can install a 64-bit OS with my current configuration. SecurAble says it's expandable, but the other two say it's a x86 ...
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When I turn on my PC,why it spins for a second then restart automatically? (when I unplug and plug in back the power cable)

I have recently built a custom PC, it works (I think) very well other than the issue below. Since I just built it, I was still playing around with that (changing fan positions, adding new fans, etc.. ...
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Would 650w PSU be enough for GTX 970 & GTX 960 sli?

Title says it all. My specs(Currently): i7 Quad Core 4790 3.6GHz Asus Z97-E Mobo (Supports SLI) 16GB HyperX Fury RAM (2x 8GB) NVIDIA Geforce GTX 970 4GB 1TB Hard drive Corsair H55 Water Cooler ...
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Can I ground/discharge myself with an iMac, or with cookware, or any metal in the house/office?

I am building my computer later. I want to know if touching an iMac or a steel cookware would be the same as touching a bare metal part of the computer case. I'm asking because my case is fully ...
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Computer was working and now won't turn on

Until recently my Windows 7 desktop computer was working fine. A few days ago I turned it off to install some Windows updates and now it won't turn on. This problem has happened in the past but ...
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Upgrading my Graphics card. Is it compatible with my current build?

I've decided upgrading my graphics card seems way overdue but I'm not very clued up as to what makes a graphics card compatible or not. My current specs: Intel i5-2400 - 3.1Ghz Motherboard - ...
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New build PC with display issue, sometimes load but most times it doesn't when powering up

I have an issue with a system I've built recently. It was going fine for a month or so. Recently the display has been on and off. I haven't added any new components. My PC powers up with every fans ...
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Specs for a portable server [closed]

My question: I would like to buy or build a small, portable server to serve a web application to a very small number of users (as in a dozen or less), as well as some file server functions. Cloud ...
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Will my graphics card fit in my case?

I am building my first PC soon and I was wondering if a GTX 960 Windforce will fit in an NZXT Source 210 Elite case with a 3.5" HDD, a 2.5" SSD, and an optical drive installed. I have already ...
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Opening an external HDD

I have an external hard drive (WD MyBook Studio 2TB). Preety nice, but right now I am planning to build myself a pc. Can I possibly open it, take the 2x1TB drives and put them in the case of the ...
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Centralize and optimize hardware resources: an idea [closed]

My girlfriend's brother (B) wants to build a new PC (he already has a monitor) and has asked me for help. My girlfriend (G) has an old-ass 2005 all-in-one desktop which she thinks she will change ...
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Customize windows, then restore first time setup

How would you go about customizing windows 7 (installing drivers etc.) then deleting the user account used to customize it, and finally restoring the first time setup as if the OS were just installed? ...
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Where do in-memory databases load their data into?

When talking about in-memory databases do terms like in-memory main memory random access memory (RAM) etc. describe the same component? Wikipedia describes it as in-memory, but I also found ...
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Unable To Install Windows [closed]

I have just built my first PC, and have encountered a problem. I am at the UEFI firmware screen for my ASUS Z97A motherboard. I want to install windows. My problem is that I do not have a CD drive. ...
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How to remove circular screws for 5” drive bay? Are they rivets?

I have a system I built and I’m trying to remove the 5” drive bay I don’t use so I can install a 360mm radiator. However, the screws are circular… Are these even safe to remove? Are they rivets ...
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Maximum recommended cpu wattage in a 1u chassis?

I'm building a workstation for home use. I really want to use a 1u chassis. I'm worried about heat though. Is there a recommended maximum cpu wattage for 1u chassis, when not being liquid cooled, or ...
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Motherboard not recieving power completely

Yesterday I recieved all the parts to assemble my new gaming pc. But as soon as I got the bare parts together to perform a post test it seemed that the 20+4 pin connector socket on the motherboard ...
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Where are the power switch pins?

I’m custom building a PC. I’m using an MSI Z97 PC Mate motherboard. The big power supply is an EVGA 430W. It’s all plugged in, and I hit the switch but it doesn’t do anything. Both JPWR 1 and 2 are ...
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Suddenly drop in FPS

I built a computer for my cousin some months back. Last week he started getting around 50 fps CS:GO. Given the graphics card is an NVIDIA Geforce GTX 960, it used to run it around 250-300 fps. I ...
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Windows 8.1 re-boot loop and BIOS accessing

I fell into a big problem of my Samsung laptop (the 7 series ). I have use dual operating systems, Linux and Windows 8.1. After two years use, the windows system got really slow, so I decided to ...
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How to best determine what parts of a broken laptop are salvageable? [closed]

My Toshiba Satellite P850-00E has been broken for almost a year now. The problem, as far as I know, is the motherboard. Apparently due to overheating. But my question is: what is the best option for ...
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Can not properly install Windows

Posting this on behalf of my friend who has come to me and we've spent the past day trying to figure out what's wrong, but nothing's working so far. I've listed most of the specs at the bottom, but ...
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Computer Stuck on Loading screen [closed]

I was watching a movie on my PC (motherboard ASRock conroe945PL-Glan). The movie froze and the colors changed. I tried to restart the PC and now it is stuck on windows loading logo, and then ...
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Is my recently acquired GPU broken?

A little more than a week ago, I acquired an ASUS Strix GTX970 4GB OC. I've been noticing alot of sporadic stuttering whilst playing games and I'm kind of puzzled to what it could be. Very ...
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New Kaveri build freezes in bios and windows (memtest ok)

I just finished building my pc: CPU: A8-7650k RAM: GSKILL 8gb 2400mhz (2×4gb) MB: Gigabyte F2a88xm-d3h (rev 3.1) PSU: an old one Whenever I go into Bios after max 1 minute the pc freezes. Before ...
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New motherboard, hard drive and SSD, Windows 8.1 won't install and is boot looping

First let me start by thanking those who take their time to help me on this one, it's not going to be easy to solve this. I've been trying to fix this for 4 months on a daily basis, and I'm at my wits ...
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Does PSU Wattage Matter

My PC uses Intel Core i7 4790K, Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970, G.Skill 16 GB RipjawsX (DDR3), Intel SSD 120 GB, 1TB Hard Drive, ASUS Z97-C (Motherboard), Corsair Carbide Spec 01 and for the power Corsair ...
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New Computer Build Won't boot with RAM in the 3rd slot

At first when I built the machine, all 4 slots were filled with the same RAM. I know for sure the RAM is compatible with the motherboard. The computer did not boot, and it would power-cycle. I got it ...
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PC won't turn on

My new PC broke down completely yesterday. This was my first ever PC build, I installed the components myself, but I couldn't figure out the wiring/cables so I went off to a tech-guy for help. He put ...
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My computer is very slow and it was recently formatted

I noticed that my computer was very slow since it was formatted last time, six months ago. Meaning, when I opened some application (like office, or the internet), it took a lot of time sometimes for ...
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Surge Protecter's Grounded Light Turning Off

I've got a new PC setup in a new apartment (built before 1980s), however the surge protector I have is doing some funny things. Any help would be appreciated. When I plug the surge protector into a ...
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Is it ok to use a Haswell CPU with old power supply?

I will buy a i7 4790k, and I want to know if I might encountered any problem using it with a old 250W power supply. I'm planing to get a new power supply also, but only when a I got my video card. ...
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Brand new computer fails to boot, powers on and off immediately, despite running fine while installing OS

I've exhausted Google search in attempt to solve my issue, and I'm fairly confident there's no single solution but I'd like to get some brand new ideas. The specs: ASUS X99 Sabertooth 8x8GB G.Skill ...
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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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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 ...