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Intel Rapid Storage / Smart Response SSD caching issue

Background Recently built my own PC. It works! Almost. It's been a while since getting into the guts of these things, so I'm familiar but may be missing something simple. FYI, I don't care about ...
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DDR4 ram, how fast is too fast? [on hold]

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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Split internal USB pinouts - is it possible?

I've currently got a situation in my PC where I have 3 devices that connect to the motherboard via the onboard USB pinouts. The problem is, I only have two sets of USB pinouts on my motherboard. ...
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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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Computer turns on and off very quickly, then nothing, then works?

The strange nature of this problem is what is stumping me. I built my computer about 7 months ago using all new parts off of Newegg (not a kit or anything). One day, I wake up and turn on my computer....
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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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Where can I connect this USB 3.0 cord?

My motherboard has 2 USB 3.o slots in the back, where the usual slots go, but the tower also supports 1 or 2 USB 3.0 ports in the front, above the DVD drive. So, there is a cord coming out of those ...
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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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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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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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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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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 CPU....
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Remove Intel Push Pins

Intel's pushpins are awful. I'm trying to install a screw mount, but I need to remove the push pins that are on my heatsink. How do I remove them? Am I supposed to cut them? If so, how?
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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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Is more memory in a graphic card always better? [closed]

I'm building a new PC and was looking at the graphic cards here are the 2: http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=43_557_559&item_id=039765 http://www.canadacomputers.com/...
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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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Building my own computer [closed]

I'm planning to build my own computer. I do not have enough cash to buy all components I need in one go. I want to ask, if I buy motherboard which is compatible with i7 processor (any) and compatible ...
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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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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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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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Why is my screen not turning on after building a new computer?

All the BIOS beeps are solid, everything is looking good. I have built computers in the past and everything looks solid with this installation. Is there something that I need to do to get my screen ...
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Smart card driven membership and door entry system

I'm looking at putting in a smart card driven system at my local sports club (which doesn't have oodles of money), and since they're willing to pay for hardware, and I'm willing to do the technical ...
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Two SATA 2TB drives in RAID-1 configuration; only one 6.0gb/s port open

Here's the scenario: I am building a computer that will act as a network storage device for local networked users, and a source code repository and backup device for remote users. The machine will ...
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Building a machine: can I flash BIOS without a processor?

My media server is giving up the ghost after a few good years and I'm prepping to build a new one. I'm looking at the Shuttle SN78SH7 barebones box with a AMD Phenom II processor. Compatible sockets, ...
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BIOS only seeing 4 of 6 cores

So, I'm trying to put together a PC. I have an AMD 1090T (6 cores), and a gigabyte UD5 motherboard (the 890FX one). When I go to "Advanced BIOS Features", it only shows cores 2, 3, 4, 5. Where are the ...
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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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AMD vs Intel. What is the real difference? [closed]

I am prepared for this question to be closed. If that happens...so be it. I am not looking to start a flame war as I have a real question that I have researched and not found any satisfactory answer ...
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Where to find new Micro-BTX (uBTX) motherboards? Or should I just replace the box?

OK, so I'm guessing that it's dead. It's not my machine, and the owner is on a very fixed (IE, none) income. I'm generous, but I'm not that generous, since I already gave him what (at the time) was a ...
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Please help me with my PC build [closed]

This is my current build: (Larger version) Could you please review it? I have also been told that the socket on the motherboard I've chosen is not adequate for the CPU I've selected, and also that ...
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Connecting PowerSW and Reset SW

I am trying to build my first NAS and need help to connect the power SW and the Reset SW. This is an ASRock B85m Pro4 montherboard. The attached image is what I found in the manual. I put the numbers ...
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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 3000+(OC)/2933(OC)/2800(OC)/2400(OC)/2133(OC)/...
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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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Promiscuous Network Card and PCI [closed]

What PCI NIC supports Promiscuous?? I' having a hard time looking for one , I'm planning to set it up in a Lenovo Think Centre hardware
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Should I disable CPU fan error message and how?

I have just completed my first "build" consisting of: ASUS P8Z77-V-Deluxe motherboard, Intel i7-3770 processor, Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO CPU cooler. Each time I boot the computer, the ...
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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 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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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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Can my Motherboard handle this Graphics card?

I found this mother board online (Gigabyte GA-Z87X-SLI) and this graphics card (Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 4GB PhysX CUDA). The graphics card has 4GB GDDR5 SDRAM. So this is the actual problem: The ...