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DDR4 ram, how fast is too fast?

What is the point of getting 3600MHz DDR4 ram if the best Intel 2011-3 processor (6950X) has a memory spec of 2400/2133MHz and some of the best mobo's for that processor only support up to 3000MHz? ...
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Installing an rm750i PSU to an Asus z170 Deluxe motherboard

I have just bought a new PSU from Corsair, the rm750i. I am afraid I might have connected the PSU in a wrong way. The user manual for the PSU is very vague and did not help. So my question here is ...
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Is it okay to have a PCI-e back panel missing from the case?

This is the first computer I've ever built, and coming from a mentality of "never read the manuals ever", I obviously made a few mistakes along the way. One of these mistakes was installing the ...
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LGA1156 Cooler compatability

Are coolers that are compatible with LGA socket 1356 / 1366 / 2011 / 2011-3 also compatible with LGA1156? I cant find an answer to that though picture from motherboards see similar and I suppose new ...
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DDR4 RAM speed compatibility

I am building a new gaming/production computer this year and I have found some components that I want to add to the system. This is the list of components so far: CPU: Intel Core i7 6700K GPU: Asus ...
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Building an eGPU from scratch for a MacBook Air

So I purchased a MacBook Air Early 2014 model last year, and have realised that my current setup is absolutely useless for playing graphically intensive games if I expect to get over 27fps on low. I ...
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Can a MasterAir Cooler 8 fit in a Cooler Master Elite 110? [closed]

I'm currently building a PC and about to finalize my purchase--components all listed below. As far as I know, all of the components are compatible with each other. I've already got a standard 3.5" WD ...
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New built PC won't boot - is a part dead?

I bought a Biostar TA-970 plus motherboard, an AMD FX-8350 CPU, 2x8DDR3 1600 RAM blocks, an EVGA Geforce GT740 graphics adapter. When I power on it all seems to run (fans, lights) and no error beeps, ...
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Windows 8.1 to Windows 10

I've recently started building a new computer from scratch and I was wondering if there was a way around the $100 drop on a windows 10 operating system. I have a free copy of windows 8.1 from ...
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What's wrong with the i7 6700k and asus z170 pro gaming?

Hi i'm recently building a new rig. Since my old pc died after 7 years. So i thought, my time as come. Here's my build CPU - i7 6700k mobo: asus z170 pro gaming RAM: g skill 2x8gb @3000 mhz (checked ...
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Caught in crash loop trying to install Windows or Ubuntu

I recently built a PC with the following components: Board: Asus Z170-A ATX LGA1151 CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0 GHz CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX (...
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Did I damage any components?

Background I'm new to assembling my own computer and I hit a snag. I mounted my motherboard (without the CPU installed) onto my case and attached the PSU cables onto it. I figured I can test out the ...
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How to make sure whether my laptop is running on 'Intel 6th Generation' processor or any other ordinary processor?

I just bought a Lenovo laptop from an authorized multi-brand retail outlet. I specifically asked the shop representative that I want a laptop which runs on any of the 'Intel 6th Generation' processor....
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Computer restarts every 5 seconds after beeping sounds

Me and my brother where building a computer with these parts: Crucial BX200 Corsair CX-M Series CX450M Crucial Cooler Master N200 Gigabyte GA-H110M-S2H Intel Core i5-6400 / 2.7 GHz As far as we ...
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multiple motherboards dead on first boot?

So this all started when a few days ago I got my oculus rift and as I was plugging the USBs into the back of my computer my computer just shuts off, couldn't turn it on anymore, pressing power button ...
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First build: mobo lights up, but no CPU fan or monitor activity

I am having trouble booting up my first PC build. It uses compatible suggestions from Logical Increments, which include the following: Case: Cooler Master Trooper (Rev. 2) Motherboard: ASUS Z170 PRO ...
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How to add additional SSDs on Corsair 780T case [duplicate]

I am new to PC building. I have recently completed a build using a Corsair 780T case. It only has 3 slots for SSDs. What is the best solution for installing additional SSds? Can you get replacement ...
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Booting my PC takes a couple of tries

I have just built a new PC. It works, but sometimes when I boot or reboot my system, it shuts down before I even get a video signal, and then it starts up again. This process sometimes repeats itself ...
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Does anybody know what this Apevia X-Cruiser front panel 2 pin connector is for?

This 2 pin connector is coming from the front panel of my computer case. I have no idea what it does or where it's supposed to go. EDIT 1: More Information and Pictures 1. Here are the traced ...
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What is my power supply rating?

I've been searching on the internet for ages and I can't seem to find out what this power supply is rated at, anyone good at reading labels?
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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 soon....
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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 ...