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How does a USB external graphics card work?

I am interested in extending my multi-monitor setup, but I was wondering if anyone could shed a light on how external USB graphics cards work? I have extensively searched but have not found an ...
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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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Selling Build - Separate vs. Bundle(s) [closed]

The idea of switching to a system76 laptop running Ubuntu Gnome rather than my current hackintosh desktop build crossed my mind. Any ideas on how to sell this for best price? Bundle items together? ...
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How do I tell what component is preventing my computer from booting for the first time?

This is the build: Intel Core i3-4130T Haswell MSI H81M-P33 LGA 1150 Intel H81 CORSAIR CX series CX430 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE ADATA XPG V1.0 series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 ...
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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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Setting up a PC for the Kids

I recently finished building a new PC from scratch; and then I decided to treat myself to a new widescreen monitor. I'm left with a bit of a conundrum with what to do with my old box. I'm ...
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Installing Corsair H110 closed loop cooler: screws not long enough?

I'm installing a Corsair H110 water cooler onto an LGA2011 mount. I've assembled the retention ring using the shorter LGA2011 screws specified in the manual, but when I attempt to mount the pump head ...
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CPU overheating on startup

I just built a new PC, and on startup in the bios it already shows my CPU overheating at 190 degrees. Can anyone explain what is happening? I have 4 fans, 2 in and 2 out. This is literally the first ...
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Bay Speaker Panel Installation

I purchased a bay speaker panel that has a molex connector and a sound connector. Do I need to run the sound connector through my tower and somehow out the back into the IO panel? Or is there supposed ...
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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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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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Which computer components become legacy the quickest? [closed]

I'm planning on building a new computer, but money is sort of tight. I follow a few websites and occasionally find incredibly good deals on components. So, I'm considering slowly acquiring the parts ...
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Buzzing noise coming from inside my computer while playing games

I just finished building my PC like a week ago. I just noticed there is a faint buzzing noise while playing a game (the noise also comes out from my speakers). I tried to pinpoint the noise and turns ...
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Preferred bearing type for a CPU fan

I've been doing some research into my first computer build and have come to a cross-roads when choosing my CPU fan. I have been told of various bearing types such as ball, sleeve, rifle, magnetic and ...
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What can cause my PC's voltages to be off?

I have recently started experiencing very strange issues on my self-built PC system. Although the system is still very speedy, it's very fluctuating now. This is most notable when using graphically ...
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What size power supply would I need for a computer with these specifications?

I'm building a computer with the following specifications, but I'm not sure if my 430-watt power supply is sufficient. AMD Phenom x4 9600 Gigabyte MotherboardGA-MA785GM-US2H 4 gigs of OCZ 1 ...
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How many amperes and watts do I need for this setup?

I'm trouble calculating how many amperes I need for this setup. I know I need around 500-600W, but my current PSU is 600W but only has 14A on the +12V rail and I don't know if it can run this new ...
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New PC build, PSU Wattage confusion

I am building a new PC to use as a home media server. My computer parts have arrived (apart from the CPU) and I intend to build next week. I'm having some problems figuring out whether or not the ...
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Reliability of 4 SSD in RAID 0 -vs.-SSD Boot+5440 HDD - in laptop

Question: What are the benefits of SDD RAID 0 over SDD boot with 5400 HDD? Goal: Decision between internal storage options Needs: Ability to seamlessly use multiple graphics and coding programs ...
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Does old pci devices harm my new computer?

I have an old device that can be used also as a recorder (pci device with an output of 480p) called "KWorld Plus TV Analog Lite PCI" and has these requirements: Intel Pentium IV 2.0 GHz or ...
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How do I know if a motherboard's onboard audio will be compatible with games?

I'm planning on building a PC in the next couple of weeks. Currently I'm thinking that for my motherboard I'll buy an ASUS Maximus VI Gene with SupremeFX, but I'm worried that I'll need a sound card ...
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Temperature and airflow in a large empty case

My brother is looking into building a home computer and has asked my opinion on the components he's picked out. One concern that I've had is that he has chosen a Full ATX Tower, but the rest of the ...
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Five year old unopened boxed CPU – is the stock thermal compound still good?

I have obtained an unopened, sealed, boxed CPU dating back to 2009. It’s an Intel Core 2 Duo E8600 with heatsink + thermal compound pre-applied. Is the stock thermal compound still OK to use after ...
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Fan twitches and LEDs blink when computer is plugged in

I just finished assembling a desktop for the first time. The specs are: Gigabyte GA-H55M-S2H motherboard Core i3 530 CPU 4 GB DDR3 RAM 1 TB SATA hard drive 500 Watt PSU As soon as I plug in the ...
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Some computer has TPM, is it in the motherboard?

I want to buy high end computer with TPM. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trusted_Platform_Module Where is this TPM chip put? In CPU? In mother board?
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RAM decision for laptop

These are my two options: Option 1: Number of sticks: 1 Number of RAM on each stick: 4GB MHz on each stick: 799 MHz Option 2: Number of sticks: 2 Number of RAM on each stick: ...
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Corsair H80i With Intel core i7 4770K?

Is the Corsair H80i cpu cooler compatible with Intel Core i7 4770K? On the product page of the Corsair H80i it says that it supports Intel™ LGA 1155, 1156, 1366, and 2011. The Intel core i7 4770K is ...
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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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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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Homebuilt system won't power off on shutdown, then won't POST within ~10 minutes of shutdown

I have a homebuilt system that has been giving me headaches on and off for the better part of a year. Whenever I try to shutdown, sleep or reboot (from Windows or BIOS), the system will appear to ...
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Keep getting electrified by computer power plug

I recently built a desktop computer, however whenever I move it to a different room for instance, and I accidentally touch the plug pins (UK), I get a quite significant electric shock. Is this a fault ...
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Desktop PC with External Hard Drive only

Is it possible feasible to assemble a desktop PC that only uses an external hard drive (i.e. with no separate internal hard drive) ? The idea is to be able to carry my data with me all the time ...
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After building first computer, powering on works for only 2 seconds until it switches on and off infinitely

I have built my own pc, with z87x - UD4H / i5 4670k / 770 GTX. I installed the CPU / stock fan / connected it to the MOBO. Connected the 24 pin power supply Connected the GPU / Ram / Sonar DX audio ...
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Purpose of this IDE cable's attachment box? Is it safe to remove it?

I've got an IDE (PATA) cable which has a small black box attached to it via cable: The box features a set of Molex power connectors and a small connector labeled H.D.D. LED, just like those which ...
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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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Do I really need quad-core or 6-core processor for small office data server? [closed]

I am building a computer that will serve as a networked data storage server for a small office. It will not be used by a human on day-to-day basis like a traditional machine. It will not be doing any ...
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Computer shut down while playing a game

Fourth edit: I removed my graphic card. I installed Intel HD Graphics 4000 driver and then I did a test (graphics test). There is a similar sound like the one of my graphic card: ...
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Where do you put your optical disc drive? [closed]

My case has three places the OD drive could go, where do you prefer your drive? Currently my drive is in the bottom slot because that is all the longer my SATA cable allows for, but I was just ...
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Custom Build - SSD for OS and Raid 1/0 HDDs for Everything Else? [closed]

In a few months, I will be building a custom desktop computer. The purposes of this computer will be playing Minecraft, recording HD video, editing HD video (and ofc compressing/rendering it), and ...
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PCIe Video Card has a connector on top

I have an 8500GT XFX 512MB Video card(like the picture) and I noticed that it had an interesting looking connector at the top of it. At first I didn't really take it into much though, until the other ...
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Can I build a laptop from scratch?

I've been looking at this as the same approach as building a desktop computer from scratch but I've never really come across the core things. Can I buy a laptop "case"? Can I buy a motherboard/PSU ...
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New Gaming PC not responsive as fast as supposed to [closed]

I build my Gaming PC for around 1000$. Quad core, 8 gb ram. And its not very fast/ responsive. My 6 years old dell is more responsive than it. For instance: openning the software Google Chrome takes ...
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Should drivers be installed manually or via external applications?

I've recently built my first computer and found the task of getting the drivers to be extremely tedious, time consuming and sometimes a little tricky. In some cases there are multiple options to ...
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Can I install Windows from a USB stick to a USB stick?

I am building a Windows 7 system without a CD/DVD drive or hard drive. I followed one of the many tutorials for creating a bootable installation USB stick, but I couldn't find one for installing to ...
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How to burn-in a home built pc running centOS?

I have built my first PC from components yesterday I have installed CentOS 6.5 on it as this will be my ZFS home based server. How do I burn-in a home built PC on linux? Is there some live CD ISO ...
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fresh install of windows 7 sp1, original dvd, hang on starting windows, before logo animation

new build; asus z87-a intel i5-4670K intel ssd 180g 530 western digital black 2t LG CH12NS3012X BD-ROM msi geforce 760 antec high current gamer 750W Kingston KHX1600C9D3B1K2/8GX 8GB Kit Noctua NH-D14 ...
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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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How does cpu interpet op codes

I want to build a very simple computer from ICs but have a question. When it reseves the op code does the cpu use hard coded xnor gates to "decode" the op code or is there some other magic going on?
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How to consider power supply when building a PC?

I've looked at multiple PSU calculators online and they've all given me a range around 600-800 Watts, most being closer to 800 W. However, I've looked at multiple forums that talk about how ...
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Most efficient use of my SSD and new/old hard drives

To begin with, here are my computer's current specifications: -Windows 8 Pro, 64 bits -Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 -Processor: AMD FX-8150 Zambezi 3.6GHz Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop ...