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Installing Windows 8 pro on a built PC

I'm planning on building my own PC with the help of a friend, and after reading through this article, it seems that I need to purchase a System Builder licence. Does this mean that I should not buy ...
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how to use multiple RAM chips with different timings and voltages

Last thanksgiving, I built a computer using this RAM. I have decided to upgrade to 8GB, so I just bought this. As you can see, the 2 kits have different timings, voltages, and CLs. Is it possible ...
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How do I know which hardware components are compatible when building a computer?

I am trying to setup my own new computer. I haven't done this before and hence needed guidance from all here. I can google out the results for steps to follow for setting up my machine, but I do not ...
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explanation of RAM specs, and what do I need for a Gaming rig [closed]

I am looking into upgrading my custom built PC's RAM. I use the machine mostly for gaming, but I don't really know a ton about RAM, so I wanted to ask a few questions. The research I've done tells ...
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how to check if my power supply can handle additional components [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Check if PC has sufficient power for all components I built a computer last year, and have added a few new components to it since I did. When I first bought the unit, ...
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Reasons for a computer refusing to turn on for a moment of time

Had a bit of a scare the yesterday. Was going to install a new hard drive, which I figured was simple enough. Plugged it in and turned on the computer. The computer turned on... for a about a ...
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New Computer won't boot up

I brought new components and put a computer together. I installed Windows 7 (32-bit) and everything was working as it should. However my case came with two USB3 front ports I could not connect ...
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What's the difference between these Asus socket 1155 motherboards? [closed]

I've looked on Asus's website, but they don't make it easy to understand what the differences are, and there's so many models to choose from! It's all spiel, and endless specs. How is anybody supposed ...
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Is the case big enough? [closed]

Another first build question. Will this case CoolerMaster RC-942-KKN1 fit this motherboard Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD5
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Graphic card not screwed to chassis/cabinet

I recently brought an AMD Radeon HD 6450 1gb (sapphire) graphic card but while installing this graphic card to pci x16 expansion slot(motherboard D102GGC2), the cabinet/chassis was causing problems. ...
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How to install Windows with no CD drive boot option in BIOS?

I have a new computer which I built from scratch and I am trying to install a copy of Windows Vista on it. I am able to get to the BIOS and change the boot options which are as follows.. -Built-in ...
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Is an integrated graphics core needed? [closed]

I am building my first desktop and before I order the parts I need to know if an integrated graphics core is needed in a CPU if I am going to use a high end graphics card attached through an expansion ...
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Will an e-ATX motherboard fit in a large ATX form factor case?

Is it possible (without drilling any holes or anything) to fit an e-ATX motherboard into a large computer case whose form factors are only ATX and micro-ATX? The case itself should have enough space ...
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New build won't boot [closed]

GA-970A-DS3 Gigabyte Motherboard AMP3+ socket FX4100 processor. This is a new build and won't boot. 550w PSU. CPU fan starts but shuts down immediately. All the pins seem to be fine and it is plugged ...
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what could I do with a power mac g5 2005? [closed]

I've been offered a apple power mac g5 2005. I was just wondering if I could upgrade the machine to a decent standard. I..e upgrade the operating system, maybe up the processing power. The ...
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What would cause this complete system freeze?

So I recently build a gaming computer using high quality components. It's running great, except for one small problem: it completely freezes on a completely sporadic basis. Sometimes it will run all ...
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How to wire chassis fans to controller

This is my first build and i'm using a case with 7 built-in fans. I want to wire them to a controller, but they all have LED's.There is also a button on the case that shuts off the LED's as well as ...
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What factors should I consider when building a virtual machine host?

I want to construct a server that will be used to host virtual machines. These virtual machines would play different roles, like: Database server JBoss application server Eclipse development ...
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Moving abroad: Can I use my computer overseas if I change the power supply unit (PSU) to one from that country?

Details I expect to move abroad soon. My current desktop computer was custom made in Japan.I was hoping to use it in Australia. I read somewhere that it is as simple as changing the power supply unit ...
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No video after taking laptop apart

I have a Compaq CQ60-215DX that I just took apart to clean out the heatsink (there was piles of dust and dirt) After putting it back together, and feeling proud that I managed to get it back together, ...
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Why don't I see anything on screen (external build)?

I'm building a computer for the first time, and I have the mobo outside the case and have it connected to a monitor. I have the powersupply, cpu+fan, and ram hooked up to the motherboard. Specs: i5 ...
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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 powers up, fans spin but then slows to almost silent and wont display

Apologies if this is a duplicate question. I have built a new computer, and all cables appear to be in the correct place. It powers up, the fans spin, there is a single short beep (like what you ...
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How can I cool my computer with oil? [closed]

I have a computer outside its case. All the components are attached and working properly, the problem is that fans don't seem to provide good enough cooling when demanding programs such as high end ...
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Micro ATX = Stock Heatsink and RAM are touching

I recently bought a micro atx mother board and have run into a problem. The stock amd CPU heatsink sits so close to the ram that they are actually touching. I assume that this will cause future ...
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Can the AMD Phenom II x64 965 handle 1600 MHz RAM? [closed]

Not sure on what to do; should I get 1333 MHz or 1600 MHz?
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Building a workstation computer for Image processing? [closed]

I am taking a gigapixel image my goal is 50gigapixel and shooting is almost done , i am doing some research to build a workstation so i can stitch images together , my questions is ! Could u suggest ...
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Where can I find power consumption information for computer parts?

Where can I find out how much power "Computer Part of the Day" uses? It's easy to do a search and find out that a system built with the part du jour uses X watts under load and Y watts when idle but I ...
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Where can I connect this USB 3.0 cord?

My motherboard has 2 USB 3.o slots in the back, where the usual slots go, but the tower also supports 1 or 2 USB 3.0 ports in the front, above the DVD drive. So, there is a cord coming out of those ...
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How much force is required to push the CPU tab back down?

I'm building my PC, and I am installing the CPU right now. I have all the sides flush, and the triangle is in the bottom left corner like it says, but I am having a little bit of trouble getting the ...
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Power supply switch like stays off motherboard light turns on

I bought a computer at the thrift store yesterday. The computer powered on without any error beeps. Getting it back to the house determined that the CD and hard drive needed to be changed. Put in a ...
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AMD Phenom II X4 965 crossfire motherboard

I am trying to build a cheap mining rig. I wanted to use the AMD Phenom II X4 965 (HDZ965FBGMBOX) processor as it got very good reviews and benchmarks, and is inexpensive. However, I am having trouble ...
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Finding the model of an old computer i used to own?

This might sounds ridiculous, but I need some help finding the model of an old computer i used to own. I know what the computer looks like. It was made by Packard Bell, but i can't find hardly any ...
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Hard drive not detected after installing the Operating System

After I failed to install SUSE Linux 10.0, I want to go back to the windows operating system again. but when I want to install windows, my hard drive is not detected, whereas in the BIOS in the ...
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How to plug power/reset buttons from case to motherboard leads?

I have a motherboard I salvaged from a pre-assembled computer. Except now I'm trying to use it in my own custom build. The problem is, this motherboard doesn't have any documentation because it was ...
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How to read and understand CPU specs? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I read Intel CPU specs? So I'm building myself a computer, and I know all the components and where they go, but I have no idea how to read and compare CPU ...
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Swapped cases, nw PC won't boot

I got a new case recently so I disassembled my working build and then transfered it to the new case. But now when the power button is pressed the all the fans (CPU, GPU) spin at full speed and the ...
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Router + file server build [closed]

I am trying to build an always-on router + file server system that will serve as a (wired) router and as a file server that I will access from my two Windows (7/XP) machines. I am not worried about ...
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Should I connect my case fan to a pwr_fan or chassis_fan header?

My ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 motherboard has the following fans: 2 x Chassis Fan connector(s) (1 x 4-pin, 1 x 3-pin) 2 x Power Fan connector(s) (3-pin) The fan cable connector has three pins (and it ...
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ESD considerations of an open-air/wood and plexiglas case

I am going to build a computer soon, and instead of buying a pre-built case I am planning to build my own case; either closed and built with wood and plexiglas, or open and built with just wood. My ...
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Failing hard drive, want to replace with SSD

I have a hard drive that appears to be failing. It is a normal SATA based hard disk that I am looking to replace with a Solid State Drive but I have a few questions. I have a motherboard that is a ...
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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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Does Radeon HD3000 onboard graphic work with any CPU?

When I buy a barebone with "Integrated ATI Radeon HD3000", do these onboard graphics work with every CPU? I am asking because I want to build a backup server, and I want to use an older, not so ...
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Building a PC, advice on SSD/Hybrid Hard Drives

I am looking at building a new PC, it's mainly for office (graphics heavy) use and programming. Looking for good performance with opening and closing programs and files as well as a fast boot. I ...
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Antistatic mat alternative

I'm going to replace the psu and graphics card for a computer, and I don't particularly want an antistatic wristband (I'll just slap a radiator), but when I'm opening it, what shall I put it on that ...
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building a media pc from scrap parts [closed]

I am wanting to build a media pc from some old parts and i have a few questions as well. My goals for the media center pc: blue ray 1080p watch youtube and other internet video work with my ...
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Dual channel the same in CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9 or 4 CMZ4GX3M1A1600C9?

I'm trying to decide between buying a 16GB (CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9) kit or 4 individual 4GB modules (CMZ4GX3M1A1600C9). For some reason the place I'm getting them from (not newegg) its cheaper to buy the ...
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Video Card is not being recognized

This is a newly built computer tower So far i have checked the device manager, which does not show my video card, i have tried another video card, which didn't show up either, BIOS SATA mode is on ...
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My newly built tower is not recognizing the fact that there is a video card in it

The onboard video works so that i can explore the problem, but so far, i can't find the video card in the device manager, and i don't have any options for the PCI-E or the GPU, in the BIOS unless im ...
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Why are so few SSD 3.5 inches? [closed]

I was looking around for a cheaper SSD on Newegg and the time I'm writing this they have almost 300 2.5-inch SSD but only 12 3.5-inch ones, 9 of which are sold out. Why are there so few 3.5-inch SSD? ...