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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 ...
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Why is my ethernet port not working correctly?

I recently built a computer using the components listed below. I have installed and verified Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. I inserted the motherboard driver disk and installed all the drivers. My ...
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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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Intel SRT / RST gives “no boot device” error after two reboots

Background Per this thread on SuperUser, I've done the following in setting up a new system: Installed components Updated motherboard firmware Ensured SSD firmware was up to date Created a RAID1 ...
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Intel Rapid Storage / Smart Response SSD caching issue

Background Recently built my own PC. It works! Almost. It's been a while since getting into the guts of these things, so I'm familiar but may be missing something simple. FYI, I don't care about ...
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moving secondary hard drive to another computer build

Say I'm using a secondary hard drive on one computer build and I just built another computer with different motherboard, different CPU, and same OS. Can I move my secondary hard drive from my old PC ...
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How do I choose hardware for a gaming machine, and which components are the most important ones? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I know what hardware to buy to meet my needs? I am looking into building a gaming computer from scratch. I have a certain knowledge of what I will need, but I ...
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Built a new PC. Not sure what is breaking what

Just built a new system with the following problem components: Corsair 650w PSU Gigabyte Super OC GTX 560 ASUS P8Z68-VPRo motherboard I turned the machine on first without installing ...
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Are super computers made with just cache technology?

I was reading about memory hierarchy and I read that you can built a computer with just cache but it wouldn't be cost effective. I was wonderig if super computers are made with only cache technology?
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Please help me with my PC build [closed]

This is my current build: (Larger version) Could you please review it? I have also been told that the socket on the motherboard I've chosen is not adequate for the CPU I've selected, and also that ...
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What is this cord called and how can I extend it?

I built a server recently, and the only hitch was that one of the cords running from my case to the motherboard was only just long enough. It is under strain, pulling at the connection point and ...
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What is a motherboard nut setter?

I'm building a PC, and with the case I have something called a Nut setter, I only have one of these but I'm not sure what it is used for. Could you explain what I could possibly need this tool for?
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How to manufacture a computer from scratch? [closed]

I would like to learn to the smallest details how modern (x86) computer works. Let say I have all resources, time, people, facotry - everything I need to build modern computer except knowledge. This ...
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Is more memory in a graphic card always better? [closed]

I'm building a new PC and was looking at the graphic cards here are the 2: http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=43_557_559&item_id=039765 ...
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Random freezes and boot issues with new MSI P67A-GD65

I'm trying to put together my new build, which consists of the MSI P67A-GD65, 16GB Crucial DDR3 PC3-16000 RAM, Intel i7 2600K and Crucial M4 256GB SSD My previous hardware that I'm reusing includes a ...
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Building a computer - No boot up? [closed]

I just build my computer, with an SSD and HDD. We turned the power switch on and the only thing that happens is two power lights in the motherboard turn on - nothing else at all. What could cause ...
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Intel i7 2600 or i5 2500 for development machines? [closed]

I'm pricing machines that will be primarily used for C# development using Visual Studio, and can't see a reason to pay $200 more for an Intel 2600 vs. a 2500. You gain 100MHz, 2MB of cache, and HT ...
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Using a hinge to make a monitor work like a laptop's screen [closed]

I want to use a hinge to make my monitor work like a laptop's screen and cover the keyboard when not in use. Has anyone here implemented something like that? On a side note, do you think monitor's ...
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Are these PC hardware components a sane PC build? Will these PC component work good together? It's for a new PC [closed]

CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-980 Processor RAM: Corsair Vengeance™ DDR3 1600MHz 12GB CL9 MB: ASUS Rampage III Extreme, Socket-1366 Disks: 2 x Western Digital Caviar® Black 750GB GPU: XFX Radeon HD 6950 ...
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What adapter is needed to run a 1.8-inch notebook SSD in a desktop machine?

I'm looking to upgrade a Lenovo ThinkPad X300 with a new SSD drive, to double its storage capacity. I would like to take the old drive, which is a 1.8 inch SSD SATA drive, and use it in a desktop ...
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Crackling sound when closing 1155 socket

I am fairly new to assembling PCs but this time I decided to assemble it all by myself. I'm trying to install my CPU in socket 1155 on my Asus motherboard and while I'm closing the socket, there is 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 ...
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Which motherboard sizes will fit my case? [closed]

I'm looking to upgrade my PC, it's about 4 years old now and was brought as a custom build from ebay, and came with a gnarly case I'd like to keep. I currently have a ASUS P5n SLI with a NVIDIA ...