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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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Advice on my pc build and components needed [on hold]

my previous question was taken off the site because I was apparently "seeking hardware shopping recommendations". How? I've copied and pasted the original message below, not once did I ask for anyone ...
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Need advice on PC build [on hold]

I'm about to build a PC for the first time. Before I ask my question, here are the specs (I haven't bought them yet): Corsair 760t White Case Asus Z170 Pro Gamer Motherboard Intel i7-6700K ...
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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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Computer Stuck on Loading screen [on hold]

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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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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Building Motherboards: CPU compatibility

I have an Acer predator ag7750-u3222 which comes stock with Intel's Core i7-930 Processor. I have an Core i7-3770 processor available. How do you check compatibility with processors and ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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HD movies stutter

I just put together a new system build in the hopes that all of my daily tasks would run smoothly and without any hiccups. Unfortunately I am still seeing some sound and sometimes video stuttering ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What are PCI and PCI Express slots used for?

I'm comparing different Micro-ATX motherboards for a home server build and I was wondering what I would use PCI and PCI Express slots for? Are these used for hard-drives, GPUs, RAID controllers, RAM ...
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New computer build won't POST

I'm in the process of building my first PC and I've run into a situation where the computer won't post. I've spent about a week trying to diagnose the failing hardware component and I'm about to throw ...
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Very high-pitched noise when computer does something intense?

"Intense" is the best word I can use to describe it because I'm not sure what it is, whether it's RAM, GPU or CPU. If I pan the camera in unity: A high pitched noise issues from the computer. The ...
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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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Is building a computer chassis out of pure LEGO dangerous?

I have been looking and reading about creating a computer chassi out of pure LEGO parts (Ive seen a bunch of cool projects on the web that has done that), but then I stumbled upon this Reddit thread: ...
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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