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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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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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When I turn on my PC,why it spins for a second then restart automatically? (when I unplug and plug in back the power cable)

I have recently built a custom PC, it works (I think) very well other than the issue below. Since I just built it, I was still playing around with that (changing fan positions, adding new fans, etc.. ...
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How do I tell what component is preventing my computer from booting for the first time?

This is the build: Intel Core i3-4130T Haswell MSI H81M-P33 LGA 1150 Intel H81 CORSAIR CX series CX430 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE ADATA XPG V1.0 series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 ...
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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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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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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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HD audio for Nvidia cards

I have an Nvidia videocard (GTX275) and it has a connector for "HD Audio". Where should I connect this on my board and why should I connect this? What is the benefit?
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BIOS only seeing 4 of 6 cores

So, I'm trying to put together a PC. I have an AMD 1090T (6 cores), and a gigabyte UD5 motherboard (the 890FX one). When I go to "Advanced BIOS Features", it only shows cores 2, 3, 4, 5. Where are the ...
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Computer Upgrade

I have a problem: when I am playing games, my computer freezes and displays a blue screen. I suspect it has something to do with the hard drive which was repaired by Seagate Technicians via warranty ...
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Resources for overclocking-friendly hardware

Is there a website that maintains a list of hardware that can be overclocked easily with good performance and reliability? I mostly want this for using with graphics-intensive programs such as AutoCAD ...
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How to remove circular screws for 5” drive bay? Are they rivets?

I have a system I built and I’m trying to remove the 5” drive bay I don’t use so I can install a 360mm radiator. However, the screws are circular… Are these even safe to remove? Are they rivets ...
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Computer shut down while playing a game

Fourth edit: I removed my graphic card. I installed Intel HD Graphics 4000 driver and then I did a test (graphics test). There is a similar sound like the one of my graphic card: ...
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Connecting PowerSW and Reset SW

I am trying to build my first NAS and need help to connect the power SW and the Reset SW. This is an ASRock B85m Pro4 montherboard. The attached image is what I found in the manual. I put the numbers ...
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How to debug pc hard locking

I've got a custom built PC from early 2011, and I'm running into an issue that I'm not sure how to debug. Every few days the following will occur (in order): Screen goes black (if i'm playing music ...
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ASUS HD 7770 graphics card. Power supply issues

Here is the power supply socket on my graphics card: And here is the corresponding connector on my PSU: All seems well, but the manual seems to be saying that the supply connector needs to have ...
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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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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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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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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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What do I need to know when building a Video Editing Workstation?

I want a new workstation with some super duper hardware. I'm planning for this to be a purpose-built video editing station, and I don't know quite where to start! What should I look for when building ...
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Does my motherboard support dual-core processors?

Hi there! I'm very confused about my motherboard (ConRoe945PL-GLAN) It's manual says, that i can use only some kind of ConRoe processors. But some pages on internet says that i can plug in almost ...
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Smart card driven membership and door entry system

I'm looking at putting in a smart card driven system at my local sports club (which doesn't have oodles of money), and since they're willing to pay for hardware, and I'm willing to do the technical ...
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Finger-friendly solution/adapter to connect front panel cables to motherboard pins?

Desktop mainboards typically have pins to connect cables from the case, such as for the power button, the reset button, LEDs, etc. From all the various desktop builds I've had, I remember this always ...
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Surge Protecter's Grounded Light Turning Off

I've got a new PC setup in a new apartment (built before 1980s), however the surge protector I have is doing some funny things. Any help would be appreciated. When I plug the surge protector into a ...
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Brand new computer fails to boot, powers on and off immediately, despite running fine while installing OS

I've exhausted Google search in attempt to solve my issue, and I'm fairly confident there's no single solution but I'd like to get some brand new ideas. The specs: ASUS X99 Sabertooth 8x8GB G.Skill ...
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BSOD's when gaming. Freshly built PC, windows 8.1

Here are text files of the analysis I got from the Windows debugger: https://www.mediafire.com/folder/m2cxget7qsop6/Dump_text I just built a pc and I get a lot of different BSOD's when starting up ...
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Is it possible to combine fanless, flex-form and a power output more than 300 Watt in a ATX PSU? [closed]

For the construction of an embedded System I look for a fanless ATX Power Supply that is build in flex form-factor and has a power output more than 300 Watt. On the Internet I found a few power ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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First bootup, do I have to do any BIOS changes?`

Just built my computer, do I have to perform any bios changes at ALL? keep in mind I am a total newbie! I have a gigabyte ex58 ud4p, i7 920.
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building a new pc - no display, no beeps

Building a new pc using this motherboard: GA-MA785GMT-UD2H and a 500W power supply (1 x 20 pin & 1 x 4 pin connectors). The CPU fan, hard drive and power supply all spin up but no display on the ...
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Server Hardware on the Desktop

When I rebuild my desktop, I'm thinking of using server hardware instead of desktop hardware. I want to do this so I can easily add a lot of ECC memory (~20GB), and possibly more than one processor. ...
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Troubleshooting new computer: shuts down instantly

everybody. I just built my own computer. This is the second time that I have done so, but last time I did so with a friend that was more knowledgeable than I am. The computer is built and everything ...
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AM2+/DDR2 or AM3/DDR3 for a new build?

I'll be upgrading my aging E6600 conroe system soon, and the new Athlon Propus 620 quad core has caught my eye, as has the unlockable Phenom II x2 550. A quad core for $100 isnt bad, no matter how ...
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Building computer: Casing for peripheral sockets is a pain?

I have a casing the covers the spacing between the peripheral socket which is standard to have when you buy a motherboard. My problem with these covers is that they have spokes that pushes the ...
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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 ...