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Newly built system wont boot

I am having a problem with assembling a new desktop, this is not new to me but the problem is. When I turn it on all I get is a black screen, other than displaying in the bottom is the number 99 I ...
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What's the best way to spray paint the inside of my case?

I was just wanting to spray my case black and someone told me that if the inside is not "grounded" something could quite possibly short out and/or fry. Just wondering if this is true and what type of ...
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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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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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Does a power supply draw its rated watts all the time?

I'm really confused when it comes to power supplies. I'm looking at a 650 Watt, bronze rated power supply. Does this mean that it is constantly drawing 650 Watts? Or is that how many it pulls in an ...
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Computer will not turn on without the wires being pulled towards the power supply

I'm fixing a computer and what appears to be gaffer tape is holding the power supply wires together that connect to the motherboard. When the wires are pushed towards the power supply (the upper left ...
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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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How safe is building a computer yourself?

I'm interested in getting a new desktop computer soon, and I'm wondering whether I should build it or buy it. I'm very good with software, but I don't have much experience with hardware (recently, I ...
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What features should I look for when building a Virtual Machine Host? [closed]

I'm planning on building a new PC and as I will be using it mainly for Virtual Machines. I would like information on what components should be focused on the most. I know RAM will need to be higher ...
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My Computer hangs for a few minutes just after startup, and then is fine

So I just built myself a reasonably beefy computer, and I installed Windows 7 on it. However, I start the machine up each morning and within a few minutes, the computer will semi hang. That is the ...
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Video adapter problem on new motherboard

Something bad happened to my PC several days ago. I wasn't near my PC, so I have no idea about what happened it was just halted. When I tried to boot it was entering infinite loops of a few seconds ...
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Case fan blades spin in reverse

I just purchased an off-the-shelf 92mm case fan, plugged into the 4-pin sysfan header, and noticed right away after powering-up that the air flow is reversed – from outside to inside the case. My old ...
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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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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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How do PC fans know how fast to spin?

Building my first PC tomorrow, and one thing is confusing me. How do the fans know how fast to spin? The CPU fan is connected to the motherboard's 4pin cpu_fan socket, so I can understand how it can ...
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HAF cooler master case. Audio confusion

The front io panel features audio in and out, however, I can't find the relevant cables for my motherboard. There is this HD audio connection, however. Does this audio connection plug into my ...
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Mounting motherboard but power led not ligting up

I have bought a motherboard and I mounted it on my case. I connected all the wires that is Power switch, Reset switch, HDD LED but the problem is when connecting power LED and ground. The power LED ...
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Thermal paste on stock cooler and CPU

I'm building a relatively high-end PC without any overclocking. I have a stock CPU cooler with my Intel Xeon E3-1230V. I understand the stock CPU cooler comes with thermal paste pre-applied (three ...
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Case front fan blocks HDD bays

I'm building a new computer with a friend at the moment, but we've installed the front fan and discovered that it blocks access to all of the 3.5" bays. Any devices we put there stick way out for the ...
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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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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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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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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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How can I test if my hard drive is installed/working before installing an OS?

I'm have a Raptor 10K 300gb drive. I built my system, and I can't seem to hear the drive at all! I'm trying to install Windows 7, but it complains about some CD Rom driver in the beginning of the ...
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What is a good surface material for testbenching a computer?

It appears it will be a while before the case for my new PC will be available, but I will have all the other parts. Therefore, I will likely run it without a case for a while (hopefully not long). ...
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Small space between Cooler and GPU - how to secure components

I'm curious about how to secure my desktop computer setup. I recently bought an Thermalright Macho CPU Cooler and a Gigabyte 7870 OC Windforce. http://www.thermalright.com/html/products/cpu_cooler/...
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Is buying 3 cheap graphics cards better than a single high end card?

I am thinking of building my own desktop computer, and I was wondering whether buying 2 or 3 low end graphics cards and running them in SLI would be faster than buying 1 high end graphics card. If ...
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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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If I combine a PCIe x16 graphics card and a PCIe x4 hardware RAID, does the graphics card get 16 lanes?

I'm planning to install a graphics card which can utilise 16 PCIe lanes and a RAID controller which supports PCIe x4. The Ivy Bridge CPUs are all specified as supporting either one x16 or two x8 ...
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Why does my computer freeze and make a terrible buzzing noise every once in a while?

Twice now my computer has frozen, accompanied by a terrible, angry, buzzing/beeping noise through the speakers. It is my first build, and as such I'm not really educated enough to even make a guess ...
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Move Windows 2008 to VM best practice

I need to move a Windows 2008 to VM to consolidate the hardware. The goal is not to circumvent license, but to retain all the files and settings on that computer in one shot (the old PC will not run ...
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How to select memory for motherboard when building a new machine? [duplicate]

I am building a new PC. What resources do I use to ensure the ram I select is compatible with the motherboard I am selecting? Currently, this is what I know. The motherboard accepts a type of ram, ...
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What Power Supply Unit (PSU) is needed for 16GB RAM and Graphic card upgrade [duplicate]

I am planning to upgrade my computer case- A new graphic card and RAM to 16 GB. PC Config : Processor : Intel Core i3 2nd Gen Motherboard : Intel Desktop board DH61WW RAM: 4GB (upgrading to 16GB) ...
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Remove heatsink to add CPU

So I added the heatsink/fan assembly to the Z77 mPower motherboard without ever adding the i7 CPU. *facepalm* How can I remove this assembly to insert the CPU? It has some plastic snap pieces that I ...
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Do high-end video cards consume more power during regular PC usage?

For things like coding and web browsing, does a high-end GPU (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti) consume more power than a low/mid-range GPU (NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT)? The reason I ask is because the 9800 ...
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Will a pedestal motherboard fit into a(ny) regular case?

I am looking to build a dual CPU workstation with a "long" graphics adapter and eight or more 3.5 inch drives. The problem is finding a chassis. Last time, I had to build a case out of wood to fit a ...
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Getting new computer case. How to remove COA label

I am getting a new Case for my custom build but I already put the COA sticker on the side of my old case. Does anyone have any recommendations how to remove it without destroying it? I thought about ...
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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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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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My graphics card is running very hot; should I do anything?

My Radeon 5870 is running near 90°C while not doing anything. I have dusted it, but it made no difference. What, if anything, should I do?
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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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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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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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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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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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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 couldn'...
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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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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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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 ...