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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 ...
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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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First bootup, do I have to do any BIOS changes?`

Just built my computer, do I have to perform any bios changes at ALL? keep in mind I am a total newbie! I have a gigabyte ex58 ud4p, i7 920.
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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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How to build my own single-board computer?

For fun, I would like to build my own single-board computer which I can later program. I know there are already many development kits out there, sold by companies such as Altera and Xilinx, but I want ...
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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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Fitting a Motherboard into a Computer Case

I'm interested in building my own computer. I saw a motherboard and CPU that I want to buy from Tiger Direct. My question is has to do with computer cases and motherboards. Are all motherboards ...
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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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2.5“ SSD in a 3.5” desktop drive bay normal?

I'm a little out of touch with modern desktop builds, but I recently built a new machine anyway. I want to pick up a SSD for my I/O intensive apps (EverQuest 2 and Flash CS4 mostly), but I'm having ...
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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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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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New PC build with one long and two short beeps

I built my first PC, and I get a 1 long and 2 short beeps which I believe is RAM. MB: ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 AMD3+ R CPU: AMD 6 CORE FX 6300 3.5G 8m R PSU: EVGA 100-B1-0500-KR R 500B 500W Bronze HDD: 1T ...
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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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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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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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System beeps continuously if both RAM sticks inserted

I have two sticks of OCZ 2GB PC2 9600 RAM. When I attempt to boot with both sticks inserted, I am met with a continuous string of system beeps (and no bootup). The system boots fine when only one ...
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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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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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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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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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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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What should a person know before assembling their first computer?

For people who are setting out to build a computer for the first time, there's a lot of information on this site about how to choose an appropriate set of components. But after searching for a while, ...
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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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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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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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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 ...