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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 ...
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Is 4 pin 12v connector necessary in my motherboard?

I am building my new PC. I am really a newbie at this. Currently I have SIEMENS D1107 motherboard. I want to replace it with HP P4SD motherboard. But there is a one problem. The new motherboard has 4 ...
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Do I need liquid cooling?

I'm building a computer mainly for gaming and developing games. It's going to be a three screen system with two GeForce GTX 460's and a quad-core i7. The newegg wattage calculator says I need around ...
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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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New computer build does not start [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: building a new pc - no display, no beeps I just built a new computer with a new (empty) harddisk. When I turn it on, the monitor is black (no signals), and there is no ...
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Laptop solid state hdd in deskop possible

I've got an extra 2.5 inch 16GB SSD hard-drive. Not very big but I thought it would be perfect for my dad's PC. He's always complaining about it being slow. The processor is already a fast AMD CPU ...
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Setting up PC for illiterate business person

I have been tasked with constructing a business PC for an individual who is not just computer illiterate, but unable to read and write very well in his native language. What he currently has is a ...
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Term used for a motherboard without integrated audio or video

I'm trying to look for motherboards without any bells and whistles (audio and video) in order to build an Audio Production workstation. Is there any special keyword I can use in my research that ...
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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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Computer power supply issues

I am trying to fix a friends computer. He said there was an issue with this powersupply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817170017&cm_re=logisys-_-17-170-017-_-Product I ...
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Can I install OS's on a secondary hard drive?

I'm going to build a new PC and thinking about getting a small 64GB SSD and then a 2TB hard drive. I want to run Hackintosh, Windows 7, and maybe Ubuntu on the SSD but I'm also thinking about FreeBSD ...
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How do I attain safe temperatures for my new i7-2600 non-k?

I'm apparently having some cooling problems. I recently moved from a Core 2 Quad Q6600 on a P5K with 4GB and a Asus ATI 5770 running Windows XPsp2 Pro, to an i7-2600 non-k on a P8P67 (latest BIOS) ...
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My Motherboard has 3 display outputs. Can I use 3 Screens?

I am just building my first computer (going to instal linux, probably Ubuntu). I have been a Mac boy for the last four years so I am feeling somewhat confused. I am thinking about getting this ...
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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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Performance bottleneck [closed]

I have an older computer. Athlon X2 6400+ processor, 4GB DDR2, nVidia 9500 GT, 750GB Samsung HDD. I have money to upgrade something, but not the whole computer. How can I find out, the motherboard, ...
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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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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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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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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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Why are there so few computer cases that put the PSU at the front? [closed]

I am going to buy a new computer but I am having difficulty choosing the right case. It will be put in a place similar to this one: where the back is closed, making the PSU not suitable to be ...
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Hardware configuration and setup, SLI, dual monitors, noise and cooling

I can't find an answer to a couple of seemingly simple questions. They are closely related though so I'll ask them all here. They are partially gaming related, but I've posted them here instead of ...
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I bought a motherboard that supports DDR3 RAM

I bought this ASUS Sabertooth X58 motherboard from http://msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=7301 But I'm not sure what DDR3 RAM to buy. I haven't built a PC from scratch in about 3 years, and I'm ...
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Do errors in Memtest86+ definitively mean something is wrong with my RAM?

I recently built a new computer for somebody. Everything seemed fine at first, but when I went to install the OS (tried both Windows XP and Windows 7), both installers would fail. XP failed with a ...
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How can I determine whether a given SSD and motherboard are compatible?

How can I determine whether a given SSD and motherboard are compatible? For example, I have an OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTX50G 2.5" 50GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive and a GIGABYTE ...
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Computer hobby and more? [closed]

I have been a fulltime student recently working on graduate work to complete a graduate degree. While continuing my studies I have maintained my computer hobby. However, recently my computer hobby has ...
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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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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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New PC build crashes in Windows 7 64-bit

Having a bit of an issue here. Basically I just built a new PC with the following components: Windows 7 64-bit AMD Phenom II X4 955 GIGABYTE GA-880GM-D2H Kingston HyperX T1 Series ...
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Suggestions for a substitute I/O shield panel for Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3L motherboard?

I have a Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3L motherboard which is missing the I/O shield panel. While I'm not sure that I actually need the I/O shield, a part of me is still wondering how I might go about hacking ...
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Returning a laptop with a SSD, what measures should I take to clean the drive?

I read this lifehacker article with regards to easily recoverable data on SSD post-formatting. What do you guys recommend? Edit: Returning for a sale return. Sorry should of included that ...
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What factors should be taken into consideration by someone building a custom PC?

I've been a laptop-only user for almost a decade now, but I'm thinking of building myself a desktop soon so I can have more power. While doing some preliminary research, I came across the old-ish SU ...
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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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Can I place an 8x PCIe 2.0 Promise EX8760T into the 16x PCIe 2.0 slot on my Asus P7H55-M/CSM? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Will a PCI Express x1 TV tuner work on a PCI Express x16 slot ? The Promise card has a PCIe 2.0 8X interface, and the motherboard has a single PCIe 2.0 16x slot. My ...
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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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Comp turn on but doesnt beep and I get nothing on the monitor

My dad and I have been building a computer from scratch. The problem is that: 1) Computer turns on, the fans and lights go on, but we're not getting any beeps. 2) The monitor says, 'Auxiliary power ...
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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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Why does my computer hesitate to turn on?

I just built my first computer, but every time I hit the power button everything goes on like it was starting up, then everything turns off for about 3 seconds, and then it turns on and stays on. Is ...
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IDE Light Not Showing HD Access

The IDE light on my computer blinks when the CD is accessed but not when there's hard drive activity. Isn't the light supposed to come on with any activity on the IDE channels?
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Would I see benefit if my RAM is faster than my processor's FSB?

I always thought processor's FSB was the limit of how fast the RAM could be. However, while configuring a Lenovo laptop, I see options for RAM that's faster than the CPU's FSB CPU = Intel® Core™ ...
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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 These Parts compatible? [closed]

I have never assembled a PC before, although I have taken an old one apart and replaced a few parts in others here and there so I have (very) limited experience. I have been looking to make a pc and ...
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System beeps continuously if both RAM sticks inserted

I have two sticks of OCZ 2GB PC2 9600 RAM. When I attempt to boot with both sticks inserted, I am met with a continuous string of system beeps (and no bootup). The system boots fine when only one ...
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Can a Double-Density Floppy drive be swapped out for a High-Density drive?

I'm trying to fix the floppy drive in my Roland MC-500. The floppy drive inside is a Matsushita DDF3-1 which doesn't seem to be in production anymore. The DDF3-2 is still available, however it is an ...
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Computer only boots when CMOS set to Clear

I just put this computer together yesterday, and I finally had to go to bed last night. The computer only boots when it the clear cmos jumper is set to clear. This is really strange. I have tried to ...
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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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New Power Supply Seems Very Loud

I just purchased a new 550W power supply for my PC. It's a dual fan one and it seems really loud to me. Typically asking, are there ways to controlling a Power Supply's fan? Say like, slowing it ...
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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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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 ...