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How do I attain safe temperatures for my new i7-2600 non-k?

I'm apparently having some cooling problems. I recently moved from a Core 2 Quad Q6600 on a P5K with 4GB and a Asus ATI 5770 running Windows XPsp2 Pro, to an i7-2600 non-k on a P8P67 (latest BIOS) ...
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Automated graphics card recommender? [closed]

Crucial have a tool that when you run it, it suggests the correct memory for you and gives you options based on price and performance. is there anything similar to this for graphics cards?
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compatibility with modern motherboards? (ATX 12V vs EPS 12V)

I have the Seasonic S12-600 in my current PC, which I'm thinking of upgrading from its ageing s939 Athlon CPU to a Core i5-based system. My question is whether or not my PSU is compatible with modern ...
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Using front panel jacks with a sound card

I have a relatively modern computer system, in which I have installed an ancient PCI sound card which I recovered from a defunct system. Despite being over ten years old, the sound card is still ...
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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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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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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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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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Hard drive temps too high?

I have 3 hard drives inside my Antec Sonata III 500 case. I have 1 Seagate 7200.10 250GB hard drive, a Samsung F3 1GB drive, and a 500GB seagate 7200.10 hard drive. All 7200rpm I have an external 2GB ...
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Cases with backward air flow?

I would like find other cases that have backward air flow like the LIAN LI PC-A05. I will be putting this box in a place where the household A/C is blowing from the back of the case to the front. My ...
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Which factors are most important when considering performance aspects of a motherboard?

I like to build my own desktop PCs, and I happen to know that I've got a rockin' processor and graphics card both, so my system definitely has some punch to it. I also know that I didn't get the best ...
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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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What to look for when purchasing a computer case? [closed]

I'm only beginning to learn more about my computer's hardware, and would like to know what should I consider when buying a case? It will be 70% work (website development), 25% browsing the web and 5% ...
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New computer build does not start [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: building a new pc - no display, no beeps I just built a new computer with a new (empty) harddisk. When I turn it on, the monitor is black (no signals), and there is no ...
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Can I install OS's on a secondary hard drive?

I'm going to build a new PC and thinking about getting a small 64GB SSD and then a 2TB hard drive. I want to run Hackintosh, Windows 7, and maybe Ubuntu on the SSD but I'm also thinking about FreeBSD ...
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Use CDs that came with hardware or download drivers from Manufacterers website?

I am in the process of building a computer and wondered if I should just use the drivers that shipped with the hardware or if it would be worth the effort to go to the manufacturers websites and ...
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computer build for extreme tabbed browsing

I'm interested in building or buying a task-specific computer for my brother. His requirements are ridiculously simple: the machine has to be able to wait in hundreds of web-based virtual waiting ...
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Changing motherboard under a Ubuntu box

I would like to buy a new computer for my old home server, so the only things that remain are the HDDs. I know that under WinXP you can't do this, because the HAL will have problems and it'll ...
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My Motherboard has 3 display outputs. Can I use 3 Screens?

I am just building my first computer (going to instal linux, probably Ubuntu). I have been a Mac boy for the last four years so I am feeling somewhat confused. I am thinking about getting this ...
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Grounding Yourself Before/While You Are Building A Computer

What are the best methods for grounding yourself while you are building a computer? I've heard some methods but I'm not sure how they work/if they work at all. Touching a plugged in, off PSU Metal ...
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Buying MoBo, should I get SATA III and USB3 or plan on using an expansion card if I ever need them?

I am working on building a midgrade computer. (Looking to net around 1K including OS Win7Pro.) My questions is this: Should I invest in a more expensive MoBo that has USB 3 and SATA III support ...
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Power/HDD/LED wire for motherboard - are they standard these days?

I'm not sure what it's called - the set of wires that connect the power button, LED, HDD activity indicator lights - to the motherboard. My question is, are they standard these days? Meaning, if 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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Can I insert a SATA II (3Gb/s) drive into a SATA 6Gb/s slot?

The general form of this question is "Can a SATA II SSD plug into a SATA 6Gb/s port on a motherboard?" I am looking into building a PC, but I would like to get an SSD for my OS and some programs that ...
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will a 600W PSU power the following?

I was wondering if a 600W PSU (power supply unit) is good enough to run the following: Core i3 2 medium quality video cards 2 or 3 hard drives 4GB ram
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Can I use old thermal paste?

I have some Arctic Silver 5 thermal paste from about 2 years ago. It looks ok, but I want to know if it's still ok to use. Does thermal paste 'go bad'? It's been in a drawer away from light.
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sata cable with a clip

What's the difference between a sata cable that does have a clip and one that does not have that clip? The cable with a clip:
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Upgrading a computer with a BTX form-factor motherboard

It's about time for me to upgrade my desktop and finally move into the world of true multi-core computing (the Pentium 4 with Hyperthreading I have now just isn't cutting it anymore). The ...
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Do I need a video card?

I plan on building a computer with Intel Xeon E3 1231v3 which has no GPU: Graphics Specifications Processor Graphics: None on a Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD5H motherboard which has an onboard ...
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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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Is there such a thing as a PCI-e low profile gigabit NIC?

I can't seem to find one anywhere. 1. Is there a reason for this? I would think most modern computers are both getting smaller and getting more moved over to PCI-e so that seems odd. 2. Does anyone ...
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Fitting Corsair H60 into NZXT m59

I'm building a desktop for the first time with the NZXT m59 case and I'm trying to install a Corsair H60 liquid cooler. It appears to be already set up and everything so all I need to do is attach ...
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Tool to get installed components on a PC

Can anyone suggest some good tools that generate a report of all installed components in a PC? Ideally one that is easy to use. I need to upgrade my father's computer but won't have access to it ...
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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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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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Mounting LGA1366 Xeon w3680 on a motherboard

I am putting a home server/workstation together and am having a hard time mounting a Xeon W3680 onto a Supermicro MBD-X8DTH-6F-O board. Its the first time in a good 10 years that I assemble a machine ...
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PSU power cable length, and will my graphics card fit in my case? [closed]

I've decided to build a computer, this will be the first computer that I've built but I've done lots of research and have a list of parts which I will be ordering. I asked for someone to check my ...
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Motherboard for a Dual Quad Core i7 processor? [closed]

I was wondering if there are motherboards that support two i7 Quad core processors (total 8 core support) with 32GB RAM. I was looking for it on the Dell website but could not find it. Any suggestions ...
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Power supply in custom computer

I am building a new computer and would like to double check on the power supply. I am using Building a PC, Part VI: Rebuilding as a guideline, updating parts to newer ones available, but am staying ...
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Video card temps too high?

I have a XFX GT 240 1GB DDR5 video card with idle temps around 40C and load temps at 60C+. Are these too high? Should I be concerned?
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Automatically testing all parts of a new computer

What would be the best way to run tests on all parts of a new computer after first putting it together? I'd want to test the RAM, the CPU and the hard disks. (I assume there's nothing else worth ...
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Can I build or test a computer without a case?

I am in the process of building a really nice new PC right now. It's going to have a nice Lian Li case with the internals powder coated black and all the wires will be sleeved. So my problem is I am ...
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Why would only the cpu fan not spin and no video displayed?

I just built a new computer and when I first powered it on I got a continuous beeping which according to the manual means a power failure. After moving the voltage switch to the left a little I was ...
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How to make the front mic and headphone ports work

I have tower casing and my front ports for mic and audio do not work. I'm guessing there must be a wire that I'll have to connect inside the casing to make it work. Can you direct me to an online ...
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What parts I need to assemble my own computer?

I want to assemble my own computer. I think I need the following parts, correct me if I am wrong. CPU cabinet Power supply -- 500 watt Motherboard Processor RAM Hard disc And then Monitor ...
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Building a machine: can I flash BIOS without a processor?

My media server is giving up the ghost after a few good years and I'm prepping to build a new one. I'm looking at the Shuttle SN78SH7 barebones box with a AMD Phenom II processor. Compatible sockets, ...
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Phenom II X2 troubleshooting help

I don't know what else to do. This is my second processor in box that hasn't worked. The first was RMA'd back to AMD and was confirmed bad by AMD. Processor: AMD Phenom II X2 HDZ550WFGIBOX ...
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How do I tell which components survived after a power supply failure?

A couple days ago I booted up Left 4 Dead, but then heard a pop and my computer turned off. It smelled like dead electronics so I unplugged the computer. I figured it was a power supply failure, so I ...
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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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Burn-in testing a pc [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the best computer “burn-in” or stability testing software? I've just built a new HTPC and need to make sure it'll cope with playing all my different ...