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What Hardware is in your Box? [on hold]

I've recently gotten interested in the art of Building Computers. I was wondering if people could post their specs and hardware. This is just to see what different people use and what hardware is ...
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Fan twitches and LEDs blink when computer is plugged in

I just finished assembling a desktop for the first time. The specs are: Gigabyte GA-H55M-S2H motherboard Core i3 530 CPU 4 GB DDR3 RAM 1 TB SATA hard drive 500 Watt PSU As soon as I plug in the ...
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Some computer has TPM, is it in the motherboard?

I want to buy high end computer with TPM. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trusted_Platform_Module Where is this TPM chip put? In CPU? In mother board?
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RAM decision for laptop

These are my two options: Option 1: Number of sticks: 1 Number of RAM on each stick: 4GB MHz on each stick: 799 MHz Option 2: Number of sticks: 2 Number of RAM on each stick: ...
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Corsair H80i With Intel core i7 4770K?

Is the Corsair H80i cpu cooler compatible with Intel Core i7 4770K? On the product page of the Corsair H80i it says that it supports Intel™ LGA 1155, 1156, 1366, and 2011. The Intel core i7 4770K is ...
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Can my Motherboard handle this Graphics card?

I found this mother board online (Gigabyte GA-Z87X-SLI) and this graphics card (Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 4GB PhysX CUDA). The graphics card has 4GB GDDR5 SDRAM. So this is the actual problem: The ...
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Is building a computer chassis out of pure LEGO dangerous?

I have been looking and reading about creating a computer chassi out of pure LEGO parts (Ive seen a bunch of cool projects on the web that has done that), but then I stumbled upon this Reddit thread: ...
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Homebuilt system won't power off on shutdown, then won't POST within ~10 minutes of shutdown

I have a homebuilt system that has been giving me headaches on and off for the better part of a year. Whenever I try to shutdown, sleep or reboot (from Windows or BIOS), the system will appear to ...
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New PC build, PSU Wattage confusion

I am building a new PC to use as a home media server. My computer parts have arrived (apart from the CPU) and I intend to build next week. I'm having some problems figuring out whether or not the ...
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Keep getting electrified by computer power plug

I recently built a desktop computer, however whenever I move it to a different room for instance, and I accidentally touch the plug pins (UK), I get a quite significant electric shock. Is this a fault ...
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Desktop PC with External Hard Drive only

Is it possible feasible to assemble a desktop PC that only uses an external hard drive (i.e. with no separate internal hard drive) ? The idea is to be able to carry my data with me all the time ...
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After building first computer, powering on works for only 2 seconds until it switches on and off infinitely

I have built my own pc, with z87x - UD4H / i5 4670k / 770 GTX. I installed the CPU / stock fan / connected it to the MOBO. Connected the 24 pin power supply Connected the GPU / Ram / Sonar DX audio ...
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Purpose of this IDE cable's attachment box? Is it safe to remove it?

I've got an IDE (PATA) cable which has a small black box attached to it via cable: The box features a set of Molex power connectors and a small connector labeled H.D.D. LED, just like those which ...
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Two SATA 2TB drives in RAID-1 configuration; only one 6.0gb/s port open

Here's the scenario: I am building a computer that will act as a network storage device for local networked users, and a source code repository and backup device for remote users. The machine will ...
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Do I really need quad-core or 6-core processor for small office data server? [closed]

I am building a computer that will serve as a networked data storage server for a small office. It will not be used by a human on day-to-day basis like a traditional machine. It will not be doing any ...
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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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Buzzing noise coming from inside my computer while playing games

I just finished building my PC like a week ago. I just noticed there is a faint buzzing noise while playing a game (the noise also comes out from my speakers). I tried to pinpoint the noise and turns ...
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Where do you put your optical disc drive? [closed]

My case has three places the OD drive could go, where do you prefer your drive? Currently my drive is in the bottom slot because that is all the longer my SATA cable allows for, but I was just ...
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Custom Build - SSD for OS and Raid 1/0 HDDs for Everything Else? [closed]

In a few months, I will be building a custom desktop computer. The purposes of this computer will be playing Minecraft, recording HD video, editing HD video (and ofc compressing/rendering it), and ...
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PCIe Video Card has a connector on top

I have an 8500GT XFX 512MB Video card(like the picture) and I noticed that it had an interesting looking connector at the top of it. At first I didn't really take it into much though, until the other ...
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Can I build a laptop from scratch?

I've been looking at this as the same approach as building a desktop computer from scratch but I've never really come across the core things. Can I buy a laptop "case"? Can I buy a motherboard/PSU ...
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New PC build with one long and two short beeps

I built my first PC, and I get a 1 long and 2 short beeps which I believe is RAM. MB: ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 AMD3+ R CPU: AMD 6 CORE FX 6300 3.5G 8m R PSU: EVGA 100-B1-0500-KR R 500B 500W Bronze HDD: 1T ...
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New Gaming PC not responsive as fast as supposed to [closed]

I build my Gaming PC for around 1000$. Quad core, 8 gb ram. And its not very fast/ responsive. My 6 years old dell is more responsive than it. For instance: openning the software Google Chrome takes ...
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Should drivers be installed manually or via external applications?

I've recently built my first computer and found the task of getting the drivers to be extremely tedious, time consuming and sometimes a little tricky. In some cases there are multiple options to ...
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Can I install Windows from a USB stick to a USB stick?

I am building a Windows 7 system without a CD/DVD drive or hard drive. I followed one of the many tutorials for creating a bootable installation USB stick, but I couldn't find one for installing to ...
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How many ampers and watts do I need for this setup?

I'm trouble calculating how many ampers I need for this setup. I know I need around 500-600W, but my current PSU is 600W but only has 14A on the +12V rail and I don't know if it can run this new ...
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How to burn-in a home built pc running centOS?

I have built my first PC from components yesterday I have installed CentOS 6.5 on it as this will be my ZFS home based server. How do I burn-in a home built PC on linux? Is there some live CD ISO ...
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fresh install of windows 7 sp1, original dvd, hang on starting windows, before logo animation

new build; asus z87-a intel i5-4670K intel ssd 180g 530 western digital black 2t LG CH12NS3012X BD-ROM msi geforce 760 antec high current gamer 750W Kingston KHX1600C9D3B1K2/8GX 8GB Kit Noctua NH-D14 ...
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Should I disable CPU fan error message and how?

I have just completed my first "build" consisting of: ASUS P8Z77-V-Deluxe motherboard, Intel i7-3770 processor, Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO CPU cooler. Each time I boot the computer, the ...
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How does cpu interpet op codes

I want to build a very simple computer from ICs but have a question. When it reseves the op code does the cpu use hard coded xnor gates to "decode" the op code or is there some other magic going on?
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How to consider power supply when building a PC?

I've looked at multiple PSU calculators online and they've all given me a range around 600-800 Watts, most being closer to 800 W. However, I've looked at multiple forums that talk about how ...
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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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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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CPU recommendation [closed]

I have to build a PC to use a desktop application (a WPF one). Then, in this PC I will have to run a SQL Server 2008 R2 instance, host a WCF services project via IIS, run Reporting Services Server and ...
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New Build, asrock h87,-itx no video output

Im building a system with a asrock h87m-itx, 8gb gskill ddr3 1600, and a intel g3220 lga 1150 i put it together and it powers up but there is no video output. I tried hdmi and dvi. ive also checked ...
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New system build off/on issue

I just built a new system with the following specs. The problem I'm having is when I do a reset or turn the computer on it exhibits behaviors I think are not normal but I'm not sure since its a UEFI ...
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How to setup grid/clutster computers?

We have 3 labs and each lab have 30 computers having different OS's on them windows, Ubuntu mostly, so i was thinking if i can connect them using grid computing, so we can use them for our research ...
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Boot loop before POST

I built a new computer two months ago: Motherboard: ASUS H87-Pro Processor: i5-4570 Memory: Vengeance LP - 2x 4 Go - PC12800 - 1600 MHz - CL9 - CML8GX3M2A1600C9 in slots A2 and B2. Case: Advance ...
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Is PSU voltage ripple something to worry about?

I'm currently putting together my first computer and I've had my eye on a Fractal Design Newton R3. From all of the reviews I've read this PSU comes out shining with the exception of voltage ripple on ...
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Building my own computer [closed]

I'm planning to build my own computer. I do not have enough cash to buy all components I need in one go. I want to ask, if I buy motherboard which is compatible with i7 processor (any) and compatible ...
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MSI 970A-G43 with FX-6300 and MSI HD 7850 won't POST or display anything or make any noise

This is my build: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/269CL I have connected everything, and even reseated the graphics card and the ram after the first time it failed, but my motherboard won't POST or display ...
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RAM Specifications / HDD specs / System Compatibility?

couple of questions: I have recently acquired 8 older sticks of RAM, quite small individually... Pcm 256MB Pc-2100 (2 of these) D3 - 256 MB DDR - 400MHz - CL3 256MB DDR PC3200 256 MB, DDR, 400MHz, ...
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Would a laptop be up to the task of running a server? [closed]

I'm looking to upgrade my main Windows tower to a more mobile solution, but the problem is I run highly CPU intensive server and development software on it. The processes can some times run for days ...
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What type of RAM can I use to upgrade my system?

My machine certainly isn't the newest one. It can handle most current games when I turn down the settings to medium/low. Core specs are (according to SiSoft Sandra): CPU: Intel i5-2500 RAM: 4GB of ...
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Where to find 200mm case fans with 4-pins M/B connectors? And does it make any sense to use them?

I'm using this case for my high-end computer. It can accommodate two 200mm larger fans at the front (in) and top (out) and two 120mm smaller fans at the bottom (in) and rear (out). Unlike the one ...
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How does a USB external graphics card work?

I am interested in extending my multi-monitor setup, but I was wondering if anyone could shed a light on how external USB graphics cards work? I have extensively searched but have not found an ...
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How unsafe is not tighing screws diagonally?

Image example: When I first installed my Hyper 212 Evo I didn't follow the instructions closely, and did not do the above. The machine seems to runs fine but I'm paranoid I damaged the 3770K in ...
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How should I prioritize specs for a Linux Kernel development workstation/system? [closed]

I'm working on a Linux Kernel development project (specifically OpenEmbedded/Yocto Project) in which kernel and embedded software compilation is the primary task and my laptop with a dual-core Core ...
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Powerful mini ATX gaming PC and extreme low power hungry download server in ONE

I want to build a really powerful gaming machine with some kind of a media server streaming full HD contents to the whole room and TV, but at the same time, a "magical button" which turns this power ...
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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 ...