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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 ...
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How should I construct my own hard drive enclosure?

I recently replaced my laptop HDD with an SSD. It came with a handy transfer cable which lets me easily connect the old "naked" HDD to my laptop via USB. Now that I have switched over to the SSD, I ...
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No VGA signal - Could it be an issue with the case?

I am building a computer. First attempt there was no video signal. To cut a long story short, I swapped the motherboard (which tested ok at the shop) but when I installed it in the case, there was no ...
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Why do manufacturers not show all hardware power usage? [closed]

I find it slightly more difficult to build a computer when I do not know how much power is needed for a component. When selecting a power supply for a computer, it is difficult to know how large of ...
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Computer turns on and off very quickly, then nothing, then works?

The strange nature of this problem is what is stumping me. I built my computer about 7 months ago using all new parts off of Newegg (not a kit or anything). One day, I wake up and turn on my ...
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How to look for better hardware for my computer?

I have Iball Designer PC (model No not confirmed) and that have motherboard ...
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Do I need a 3 pin to 4 pin adapter for my motherboard fan connectors?

I'm buying new fans for my machine right now, and it seems that everyone prefers using 3-pin fans over 4-pin fans these days. If my motherboard has 4-pin fan connectors, do I need to use all 4 pins or ...
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Can I daisy chain two chassis fans together?

I have two 120mm fans in the front of my machine and I'd like to connect them as chassis fans, but I'd like them to share the same 4 pin connector on my motherboard so that they both scale up and down ...
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Is there anything essential to check before powering on a self-built PC for the first time?

I've just put together a computer for the first time. I've found plenty of info online that covered the construction, but now I'm ready - I think - to power it up I'm wondering if there are any checks ...
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New build won't POST, no video/beeps

Specs: Motherboard: MSI 760GM-P23 FX Integrated graphics (on MoBo) CPU: AMD Athlon II x4 640 RAM: GeIL Pristine 4GB DDR3 Case/PSU: TOPOWER TP-4107BB-400 Is not POSTing, no video output, ...
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Grey screen of death?

I built my computer in July of this year and have had no problems with it until about a month ago. Generally I leave my pc on overnight. (It goes to "sleep"). But sometimes I'll wake up in the morning ...
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Are there any computers that could fit inside a standard North American power outlet box?

I would like to be able to put a computer in the wall. With decent-performing boards as small as the Raspberry Pi, has anyone ever attempted to put one inside of a power box? If so, which ones and how ...
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Adding a 2x2GB RAM kit to a different 2x2GB kit - will performance be hurt?

I currently have a 2x2GB RAM kit with the following specs (link): DDR3 1600MHz 7-8-7-20 latency I want to buy another set, but I couldn't find the exact model anymore. So, I'm thinking of getting ...
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AMD Socket FM1 A8 3870 3.0Ghz ASUS F1A75-M LE

I am building a new computer for my wife and plan on using an: AMD socket FM1 A8 3870 3.0Ghz quad core processor ASUS f1a75-M LE motherboard Corsair xms3 8gb 1600 memory (2x4) Western Digital Caviar ...
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Is the following combination of components valid to function as a desktop computer? [closed]

Could someone with more PC building experience than me tell me whether these PC components can cooperate fully as a self-made PC? Processor: Intel Core i5-3570K Video card: Asus Radeon HD 7870 ...
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New Western Digital Black HD not being detected by Windows

I added a new HD to my PC, but it isn't being detected by Windows 8. I've checked the cables and it does appear in the BIOS. It isn't listed in the Disk Management in Windows, though. I don't think ...
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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

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 ...