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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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CPU recommendation [closed]

I have to build a PC to use a desktop application (a WPF one). Then, in this PC I will have to run a SQL Server 2008 R2 instance, host a WCF services project via IIS, run Reporting Services Server and ...
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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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New Build, asrock h87,-itx no video output

Im building a system with a asrock h87m-itx, 8gb gskill ddr3 1600, and a intel g3220 lga 1150 i put it together and it powers up but there is no video output. I tried hdmi and dvi. ive also checked ...
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New system build off/on issue

I just built a new system with the following specs. The problem I'm having is when I do a reset or turn the computer on it exhibits behaviors I think are not normal but I'm not sure since its a UEFI ...
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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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Is PSU voltage ripple something to worry about?

I'm currently putting together my first computer and I've had my eye on a Fractal Design Newton R3. From all of the reviews I've read this PSU comes out shining with the exception of voltage ripple on ...
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RAM Specifications / HDD specs / System Compatibility?

couple of questions: I have recently acquired 8 older sticks of RAM, quite small individually... Pcm 256MB Pc-2100 (2 of these) D3 - 256 MB DDR - 400MHz - CL3 256MB DDR PC3200 256 MB, DDR, 400MHz, ...
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MSI 970A-G43 with FX-6300 and MSI HD 7850 won't POST or display anything or make any noise

This is my build: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/269CL I have connected everything, and even reseated the graphics card and the ram after the first time it failed, but my motherboard won't POST or display ...
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Would a laptop be up to the task of running a server? [closed]

I'm looking to upgrade my main Windows tower to a more mobile solution, but the problem is I run highly CPU intensive server and development software on it. The processes can some times run for days ...
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What type of RAM can I use to upgrade my system?

My machine certainly isn't the newest one. It can handle most current games when I turn down the settings to medium/low. Core specs are (according to SiSoft Sandra): CPU: Intel i5-2500 RAM: 4GB of ...
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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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Powerful mini ATX gaming PC and extreme low power hungry download server in ONE

I want to build a really powerful gaming machine with some kind of a media server streaming full HD contents to the whole room and TV, but at the same time, a "magical button" which turns this power ...
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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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How should I prioritize specs for a Linux Kernel development workstation/system? [closed]

I'm working on a Linux Kernel development project (specifically OpenEmbedded/Yocto Project) in which kernel and embedded software compilation is the primary task and my laptop with a dual-core Core ...
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How to debug pc hard locking

I've got a custom built PC from early 2011, and I'm running into an issue that I'm not sure how to debug. Every few days the following will occur (in order): Screen goes black (if i'm playing music ...
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Does it matter where I plug my power buttons and LED's into my motherboard?

I found the System Panel Header, now I just need to plug em' in.
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Control 2 fans as if they are 1?

I'm currently planning out my first PC build and have come to an unusual problem. As part of my build I decided to include an LCD screen-type fan controller, [this one] ...
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What computer spec would be good video editing [closed]

I wanna buy a computer to use it as website/graphic design also a little video editing (After Effects). I still not sure about choosing between laptop or desktop. So what spec would do the job for ...
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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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Boot loop before POST

I built a new computer two months ago: Motherboard: ASUS H87-Pro Processor: i5-4570 Memory: Vengeance LP - 2x 4 Go - PC12800 - 1600 MHz - CL9 - CML8GX3M2A1600C9 in slots A2 and B2. Case: Advance ...
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How to setup grid/clutster computers?

We have 3 labs and each lab have 30 computers having different OS's on them windows, Ubuntu mostly, so i was thinking if i can connect them using grid computing, so we can use them for our research ...
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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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Computer starts up two seconds after shutdown

My Gigabyte GA EP41T UD3L restarts after shutdown, even when no HDD is connected. I tried to change the CPU RAM RAM slot graphics card with HDD without HDD with DVD-ROM power button restart button ...
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Newly built system wont boot

I am having a problem with assembling a new desktop, this is not new to me but the problem is. When I turn it on all I get is a black screen, other than displaying in the bottom is the number 99 I ...
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Computer will not turn on without the wires being pulled towards the power supply

I'm fixing a computer and what appears to be gaffer tape is holding the power supply wires together that connect to the motherboard. When the wires are pushed towards the power supply (the upper left ...
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How unsafe is not tighing screws diagonally?

Image example: When I first installed my Hyper 212 Evo I didn't follow the instructions closely, and did not do the above. The machine seems to runs fine but I'm paranoid I damaged the 3770K in ...
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What features should I look for when building a Virtual Machine Host? [closed]

I'm planning on building a new PC and as I will be using it mainly for Virtual Machines. I would like information on what components should be focused on the most. I know RAM will need to be higher ...
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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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Case fan blades spin in reverse

I just purchased an off-the-shelf 92mm case fan, plugged into the 4-pin sysfan header, and noticed right away after powering-up that the air flow is reversed – from outside to inside the case. My old ...
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ASUS HD 7770 graphics card. Power supply issues

Here is the power supply socket on my graphics card: And here is the corresponding connector on my PSU: All seems well, but the manual seems to be saying that the supply connector needs to have ...
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How do PC fans know how fast to spin?

Building my first PC tomorrow, and one thing is confusing me. How do the fans know how fast to spin? The CPU fan is connected to the motherboard's 4pin cpu_fan socket, so I can understand how it can ...
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HAF cooler master case. Audio confusion

The front io panel features audio in and out, however, I can't find the relevant cables for my motherboard. There is this HD audio connection, however. Does this audio connection plug into my ...
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Mounting motherboard but power led not ligting up

I have bought a motherboard and I mounted it on my case. I connected all the wires that is Power switch, Reset switch, HDD LED but the problem is when connecting power LED and ground. The power LED ...
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Thermal paste on stock cooler and CPU

I'm building a relatively high-end PC without any overclocking. I have a stock CPU cooler with my Intel Xeon E3-1230V. I understand the stock CPU cooler comes with thermal paste pre-applied (three ...
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Case front fan blocks HDD bays

I'm building a new computer with a friend at the moment, but we've installed the front fan and discovered that it blocks access to all of the 3.5" bays. Any devices we put there stick way out for the ...
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Small space between Cooler and GPU - how to secure components

I'm curious about how to secure my desktop computer setup. I recently bought an Thermalright Macho CPU Cooler and a Gigabyte 7870 OC Windforce. ...
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Is buying 3 cheap graphics cards better than a single high end card?

I am thinking of building my own desktop computer, and I was wondering whether buying 2 or 3 low end graphics cards and running them in SLI would be faster than buying 1 high end graphics card. If ...
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Move Windows 2008 to VM best practice

I need to move a Windows 2008 to VM to consolidate the hardware. The goal is not to circumvent license, but to retain all the files and settings on that computer in one shot (the old PC will not run ...