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Build pc with 6 dvi outputs?

I am trying to build a pc with 6 dvi outputs, I have already built a machine that does this using a radeon hd 4850x2 graphics card, but unfortunately it seems that this is unvailable to buy from ...
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Issue with a computer I built

I just built a new computer and I'm having an issue and want to know if this is CPU or Motherboard. The hardware is: ASUS P8Z77-V PRO Intel i7 3770k Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO Heat Sink Antec 750 ...
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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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No VGA signal - Could it be an issue with the case?

I am building a computer. First attempt there was no video signal. To cut a long story short, I swapped the motherboard (which tested ok at the shop) but when I installed it in the case, there was no ...
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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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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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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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How to look for better hardware for my computer?

I have Iball Designer PC (model No not confirmed) and that have motherboard ...
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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 ...
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Can I daisy chain two chassis fans together?

I have two 120mm fans in the front of my machine and I'd like to connect them as chassis fans, but I'd like them to share the same 4 pin connector on my motherboard so that they both scale up and down ...
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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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Computer turns on for a split second and then shut down

I searched all over google for the answers for this and most of them read that the PSU is at fault but i did the paper clip test where you connect the green wire to one of the black wires (ref: ...
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Grey screen of death?

I built my computer in July of this year and have had no problems with it until about a month ago. Generally I leave my pc on overnight. (It goes to "sleep"). But sometimes I'll wake up in the morning ...
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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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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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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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Adding a 2x2GB RAM kit to a different 2x2GB kit - will performance be hurt?

I currently have a 2x2GB RAM kit with the following specs (link): DDR3 1600MHz 7-8-7-20 latency I want to buy another set, but I couldn't find the exact model anymore. So, I'm thinking of getting ...
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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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Three-letter acronyms (TLAs) [closed]

I'm a developer and know a good number of TLAs, but is there a definitive place to look for computer TLAs? I have wanted to build a computer from parts, but come mainly from a computer software ...
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Is the following combination of components valid to function as a desktop computer? [closed]

Could someone with more PC building experience than me tell me whether these PC components can cooperate fully as a self-made PC? Processor: Intel Core i5-3570K Video card: Asus Radeon HD 7870 ...
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Installing Windows 8 pro on a built PC

I'm planning on building my own PC with the help of a friend, and after reading through this article, it seems that I need to purchase a System Builder licence. Does this mean that I should not buy ...
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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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How do I know which hardware components are compatible when building a computer?

I am trying to setup my own new computer. I haven't done this before and hence needed guidance from all here. I can google out the results for steps to follow for setting up my machine, but I do not ...
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New build won't boot [closed]

GA-970A-DS3 Gigabyte Motherboard AMP3+ socket FX4100 processor. This is a new build and won't boot. 550w PSU. CPU fan starts but shuts down immediately. All the pins seem to be fine and it is plugged ...
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how to use multiple RAM chips with different timings and voltages

Last thanksgiving, I built a computer using this RAM. I have decided to upgrade to 8GB, so I just bought this. As you can see, the 2 kits have different timings, voltages, and CLs. Is it possible ...
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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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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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how to check if my power supply can handle additional components [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Check if PC has sufficient power for all components I built a computer last year, and have added a few new components to it since I did. When I first bought the unit, ...
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New Computer won't boot up

I brought new components and put a computer together. I installed Windows 7 (32-bit) and everything was working as it should. However my case came with two USB3 front ports I could not connect ...
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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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What's the difference between these Asus socket 1155 motherboards? [closed]

I've looked on Asus's website, but they don't make it easy to understand what the differences are, and there's so many models to choose from! It's all spiel, and endless specs. How is anybody supposed ...
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Is the case big enough? [closed]

Another first build question. Will this case CoolerMaster RC-942-KKN1 fit this motherboard Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD5
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How to build my own single-board computer?

For fun, I would like to build my own single-board computer which I can later program. I know there are already many development kits out there, sold by companies such as Altera and Xilinx, but I want ...
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How to install Windows with no CD drive boot option in BIOS?

I have a new computer which I built from scratch and I am trying to install a copy of Windows Vista on it. I am able to get to the BIOS and change the boot options which are as follows.. -Built-in ...
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Is an integrated graphics core needed? [closed]

I am building my first desktop and before I order the parts I need to know if an integrated graphics core is needed in a CPU if I am going to use a high end graphics card attached through an expansion ...
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Can I use a 3 Gbit/s SATA hard drive with a 6 Gbit/s SATA port?

As you may have heard, Intel identified an issue with the P67 chipset in a recent press release which caused a loss of data over time with the 3 Gbit/s SATA ports. I recently built a Sandy Bridge ...
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what could I do with a power mac g5 2005? [closed]

I've been offered a apple power mac g5 2005. I was just wondering if I could upgrade the machine to a decent standard. I..e upgrade the operating system, maybe up the processing power. The ...
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Will an e-ATX motherboard fit in a large ATX form factor case?

Is it possible (without drilling any holes or anything) to fit an e-ATX motherboard into a large computer case whose form factors are only ATX and micro-ATX? The case itself should have enough space ...
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Internal/External SATA drive for backup - 5900 RPM OK?

I'm building a new computer over the summer. I'm fairly competent in computer hardware, and am thus building the computer from scratch. I have everything planned out, but I was wondering about a ...
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RAID 0 performance gains?

I'm building a new computer over the summer. I'm fairly competent in computer hardware, and am thus building the computer from scratch. I have everything planned out, but I was wondering about RAID. ...
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Use RAID for desktop computer?

I'm building a new computer over the summer. I'm fairly competent in computer hardware, and am thus building the computer from scratch. I have everything planned out, but I was wondering if I should ...
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What should a person know before assembling their first computer?

For people who are setting out to build a computer for the first time, there's a lot of information on this site about how to choose an appropriate set of components. But after searching for a while, ...
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Any Detailed Tutorials/Information on Building a Desktop Computer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Resources for building computers Are there any tutorials or information on building a desktop computer? I am planning to build one to accommodate my need for a faster ...
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For A New Computer w/o a OS, Can I Install It Through A USB DVD Reader?

My budget's short on my computer build and the DVD burner couldn't make it. There's no pre-installed OS on it so I have to do this on my own. Can I use a USB DVD burner to install the OS? Would this ...
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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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3x 50" TVs and one mini computer

What would be the best way to go about hooking up 3 TVs (if you could recommend some) to a mini PC that would be behind one of the TVs. I have not purchased any equipment yet, just looking for ...
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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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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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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?