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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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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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What is a normal/safe temperature for an i7 2600K CPU? [closed]

I just completed my first build, and while I was finagling around in the BIOS I noticed, with some concern, that my CPU was sitting around 60 °C. Even when I set the maximum temperature to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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downsides to running RAID on unmatched drives?

I've got some generic RAID controller built into my motherboard and I want to build either a RAID 5 or RAID 0+1 array. What are the disadvantages of running unmatched drives? Like 4 different brand ...
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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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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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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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How do I replace the harddrive in a Toshiba NB200?

I just bought a Toshiba NB200 netbook and I also ordered some SSD drives from Crucial, one of which is going to go into that new device. I expected there to be an easily accessible hdd bay, but there ...
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What parts I need to assemble my own computer?

I want to assemble my own computer. I think I need the following parts, correct me if I am wrong. CPU cabinet Power supply -- 500 watt Motherboard Processor RAM Hard disc And then Monitor ...
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Will Intel® Desktop Board D975XBX2 fit inside Thermaltake Armor+ Case

I have this motherboard Intel® Desktop Board D975XBX2 CPU Quad Core I want to Buy Thermaltake Armor+ case With powerSupply Aerocool E85-700 Will those three work because i have put components from ...
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Can I use old thermal paste?

I have some Arctic Silver 5 thermal paste from about 2 years ago. It looks ok, but I want to know if it's still ok to use. Does thermal paste 'go bad'? It's been in a drawer away from light.
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Case fan connectors

I've built around 5 systems in my entire life. I've attached every chassis fan (case fan) on the 4-pin MOLEX connector ever since. I've noticed that there is a 3-pin connector there, but assumed that ...
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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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Optical audio drive connector and SPDIF

I have two questions about these audio connectors: My DVD-RW combo drive is not connected to the 4-pin Optical audio drive header on my motherboard. Why am I still being able to play Audio cds? Why ...
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How do we assemble a computer properly?

As a follow-up question for advice when buying a computer, I would like to get another thing clear: How do we assemble a computer properly? In what order do I need to put the hardware I bought into ...
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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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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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HD movies stutter

I just put together a new system build in the hopes that all of my daily tasks would run smoothly and without any hiccups. Unfortunately I am still seeing some sound and sometimes video stuttering ...
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How to build a keyboard

I have not found an ideal keyboard. Therefore I would like to attempt to build my own. I have a rough idea of how I would like it to work. It wouldn't be anything like a conventional keyboard. It ...
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Why is my computer displaying the wrong graphics card model?

I built a PC that runs Windows 7 64-bit. Everything seemed fine initially, but Device Management lists my graphics card as a Radeon HD 4800 series. I have an HD 5870. What's wrong/how can I make my ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Tool to get installed components on a PC

Can anyone suggest some good tools that generate a report of all installed components in a PC? Ideally one that is easy to use. I need to upgrade my father's computer but won't have access to it ...
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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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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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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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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 ...