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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? ...
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Is it possible to build a NAS enclosure?

Can one assemble a Network Attached Storage solution without the need to integrate a other computer components; to just have an enclosure powering multiple disk drives with a USB/Ethernet port routing ...
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RAM boot issues for a P8P67

I'm in the middle of my first computer build and have hit a brick wall. Having assembles (and re-assembled) all of the components, I'm still getting a POST error (a long beep followed by two short ...
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Lowest cost device with HDMI, web browser, and WiFi [closed]

How can I get a device that can run a web browser connected to a TV? Price is a priority. So the computer like device should have WiFi, be able to run a browser like Chrome or Firefox, and have an ...
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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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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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What things should I need consider when buying a motherboard? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I know which hardware to buy to meet my needs? What things should I consider when buying a motherboard? I have several old hard drives that I would like to add ...
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What could cause slow SSD performance?

I recently upgraded my Windows XP (!) computer to a single Crucial M4 SSD. The system is running very fast and without problem, but running HD Tune Pro (and CrystalDisk) revealed that sequential read ...
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Computer starts without pressing the power button

When I open the switch of the power supply, the Computer automatically starts up and then in three seconds automatically shuts down. I have tried shutting down windows properly but this unusual ...
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Windows Install Error

So recently I messed around with some of the internals of my PC just to get the cable management looking better. It worked, however I had one problem: I seated in my HD audio cable wrong, so I ...
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New computer build won't POST

I'm in the process of building my first PC and I've run into a situation where the computer won't post. I've spent about a week trying to diagnose the failing hardware component and I'm about to throw ...
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Will restarting the computer a lot (about 10 times in 2 minutes) damage the motherboard?

I was just curious if there are consequences for doing this and what they would be for the mobo, or any other internal component.
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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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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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Adding Wake on LAN (WOL) to a custom built computer

I built my computer a few years ago, before I new about WOL. I want to get that feature now, but I don't know which part I need to get that feature. What should I get to add that functionality to my ...
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In a new PC build, we get no post beep, but monitor asks for boot device

In a dry-run hookup we don't have anything hooked up to any audio outputs, but on the connected monitor we get a message asking for us to select a boot device. Does this mean that as far as we've ...