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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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Where to find 200mm case fans with 4-pins M/B connectors? And does it make any sense to use them?

I'm using this case for my high-end computer. It can accommodate two 200mm larger fans at the front (in) and top (out) and two 120mm smaller fans at the bottom (in) and rear (out). Unlike the one ...
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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 ...
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How to select memory for motherboard when building a new machine? [duplicate]

I am building a new PC. What resources do I use to ensure the ram I select is compatible with the motherboard I am selecting? Currently, this is what I know. The motherboard accepts a type of ram, ...
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What Power Supply Unit (PSU) is needed for 16GB RAM and Graphic card upgrade [duplicate]

I am planning to upgrade my computer case- A new graphic card and RAM to 16 GB. PC Config : Processor : Intel Core i3 2nd Gen Motherboard : Intel Desktop board DH61WW RAM: 4GB (upgrading to 16GB) ...
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If I combine a PCIe x16 graphics card and a PCIe x4 hardware RAID, does the graphics card get 16 lanes?

I'm planning to install a graphics card which can utilise 16 PCIe lanes and a RAID controller which supports PCIe x4. The Ivy Bridge CPUs are all specified as supporting either one x16 or two x8 ...
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Remove heatsink to add CPU

So I added the heatsink/fan assembly to the Z77 mPower motherboard without ever adding the i7 CPU. *facepalm* How can I remove this assembly to insert the CPU? It has some plastic snap pieces that I ...
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Is Biostar's CPU Savior preventing my homebuilt PC from booting? [closed]

My 11-year old daughter and I built her first PC today, but now that all the components are in place, the machine will only turn on for a second then it turns off right away. Possibly Relevant Specs: ...
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Do high-end video cards consume more power during regular PC usage?

For things like coding and web browsing, does a high-end GPU (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti) consume more power than a low/mid-range GPU (NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT)? The reason I ask is because the 9800 ...
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Will a pedestal motherboard fit into a(ny) regular case?

I am looking to build a dual CPU workstation with a "long" graphics adapter and eight or more 3.5 inch drives. The problem is finding a chassis. Last time, I had to build a case out of wood to fit a ...
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Should I use plastic/insulating washers when attaching a motherboard to the case?

I'm screwing in a motherboard, around the screw holes in the motherboard there is a white painted circle and inside that circle are what look like eight pieces of solder. Do I need to put ...
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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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Burned motherboard component

I got a desktop computer assembled with the following specs: 2x 4 GB DDR3 Intel Core i7-2600 CPU, 3.4 GHz LGA 1155 8 MB Cache Intel DH67 BL Media Series motherboard, LGA 1155, 4 slot eSATA, HDMI, ...
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GPU causes black screen on boot (new build)

Making my first build from scratch. I've managed to boot to bios just fine with everything except GPU plugged in, but when I plug in my GFX card, suddenly, black screen. I've tried both onboard and ...
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Not filling all RAM slots - will it make the machine volatile?

I have done some searching and I have not found a straight forward answer to my problem. As all the questions I came over searching were concerning using only two RAM slots with not more than 4GB of ...
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Mounting another hard drive to a HP Envy h8-1414?

I've got an HP Envy h8-1414 with two hard drives already installed in it. I have a third drive I need to use to store backups on and I can't find any places where I can jam another harddrive in ...
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HDD thumping noise [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Hard drive making a weird noise My 2TB Western Digital Caviar Green is making this thumping noise. The thumps repeat about every 2 seconds and occasionally go away ...
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Building a pc to learn Linux — Anything to watch out for besides hardware compatibility issues?

I will need a new computer pretty soon, and am planning on building a dual-boot Windows/Linux box for weekend programming and play. Unfortunately, this will be my first time building a pc from the ...
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Partitions, symlinks, mounting as folders and performance

I'm going to have a 128-GB SSD which will contain Windows 8 and most applications, and a 1-TB hard drive which will contain most of the rest (large games, documents, select frequently overwritten ...
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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 ...
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How can I figure out which PC component is faulty when the PC won't even start?

Me and my brother purchased and built a custom budget computer for our little brother for Christmas. It has been running fine for about a week, but last night it would no longer start. When the power ...
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Odd HDD issue, should I be worried?

Ok, so I get my build up and running on Friday and everything was working great. I have two drives, a 256GB SDD connected via SATA 3(which is the boot drive.) and a 1 TB 7200RPM connected via SATA 2. ...
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Issue with a computer I built

I just built a new computer and I'm having an issue and want to know if this is CPU or Motherboard. The hardware is: ASUS P8Z77-V PRO Intel i7 3770k Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO Heat Sink Antec 750 ...