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multiple motherboards dead on first boot?

So this all started when a few days ago I got my oculus rift and as I was plugging the USBs into the back of my computer my computer just shuts off, couldn't turn it on anymore, pressing power button ...
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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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First build: mobo lights up, but no CPU fan or monitor activity

I am having trouble booting up my first PC build. It uses compatible suggestions from Logical Increments, which include the following: Case: Cooler Master Trooper (Rev. 2) Motherboard: ASUS Z170 PRO ...
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Does anybody know what this Apevia X-Cruiser front panel 2 pin connector is for?

This 2 pin connector is coming from the front panel of my computer case. I have no idea what it does or where it's supposed to go. EDIT 1: More Information and Pictures 1. Here are the traced ...
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How to add additional SSDs on Corsair 780T case [duplicate]

I am new to PC building. I have recently completed a build using a Corsair 780T case. It only has 3 slots for SSDs. What is the best solution for installing additional SSds? Can you get replacement ...
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How can I replace a broken M.2 SSD mounting standoff for my motherboard?

I just bought an ASUS Z97M Plus motherboard. It has an M.2 socket. Here's a pic of the socket: I want to install this M.2 SATA drive: The drive is held in the socket by a screw in a standoff, ...
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Is it safe to power on a motherboard outside of its case?

I have a new motherboard which needs a BIOS update to support a new CPU. Thankfully I have an old (compatible) CPU handy. My plan is to install the old CPU, update the BIOS, then install the new ...
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Remove Intel Push Pins

Intel's pushpins are awful. I'm trying to install a screw mount, but I need to remove the push pins that are on my heatsink. How do I remove them? Am I supposed to cut them? If so, how?
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Booting my PC takes a couple of tries

I have just built a new PC. It works, but sometimes when I boot or reboot my system, it shuts down before I even get a video signal, and then it starts up again. This process sometimes repeats itself ...
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Is more memory in a graphic card always better? [closed]

I'm building a new PC and was looking at the graphic cards here are the 2: http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=43_557_559&item_id=039765 ...
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Installing 4 memory modules in a dual-socket server motherboard with 16 memory slots

I have a server board with two Xeon E5-2600 v3 processors and 16 memory slots. I ordered two quad-channel memory kits, but only one of them has arrived, so I only have four memory modules. Which slots ...
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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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Is it possible to run Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 G1 gaming on ASRock 870 extreme3 r2.0? [closed]

I want to build my first gaming PC and I just want to be sure if the following composition is good. Do you also think that I need a better power supply ? CPU--> amd phenom II x4 965 black edition ...
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Suddenly drop in FPS

I built a computer for my cousin some months back. Last week he started getting around 50 fps CS:GO. Given the graphics card is an NVIDIA Geforce GTX 960, it used to run it around 250-300 fps. I ...
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Would 650w PSU be enough for GTX 970 & GTX 960 sli?

Title says it all. My specs(Currently): i7 Quad Core 4790 3.6GHz Asus Z97-E Mobo (Supports SLI) 16GB HyperX Fury RAM (2x 8GB) NVIDIA Geforce GTX 970 4GB 1TB Hard drive Corsair H55 Water Cooler ...
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Why is my screen not turning on after building a new computer?

All the BIOS beeps are solid, everything is looking good. I have built computers in the past and everything looks solid with this installation. Is there something that I need to do to get my screen ...
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Smart card driven membership and door entry system

I'm looking at putting in a smart card driven system at my local sports club (which doesn't have oodles of money), and since they're willing to pay for hardware, and I'm willing to do the technical ...
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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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Building a machine: can I flash BIOS without a processor?

My media server is giving up the ghost after a few good years and I'm prepping to build a new one. I'm looking at the Shuttle SN78SH7 barebones box with a AMD Phenom II processor. Compatible sockets, ...
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BIOS only seeing 4 of 6 cores

So, I'm trying to put together a PC. I have an AMD 1090T (6 cores), and a gigabyte UD5 motherboard (the 890FX one). When I go to "Advanced BIOS Features", it only shows cores 2, 3, 4, 5. Where are the ...
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New Kaveri build freezes in bios and windows (memtest ok)

I just finished building my pc: CPU: A8-7650k RAM: GSKILL 8gb 2400mhz (2×4gb) MB: Gigabyte F2a88xm-d3h (rev 3.1) PSU: an old one Whenever I go into Bios after max 1 minute the pc freezes. Before ...
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AMD vs Intel. What is the real difference? [closed]

I am prepared for this question to be closed. If that happens...so be it. I am not looking to start a flame war as I have a real question that I have researched and not found any satisfactory answer ...
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Where to find new Micro-BTX (uBTX) motherboards? Or should I just replace the box?

OK, so I'm guessing that it's dead. It's not my machine, and the owner is on a very fixed (IE, none) income. I'm generous, but I'm not that generous, since I already gave him what (at the time) was a ...
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Please help me with my PC build [closed]

This is my current build: (Larger version) Could you please review it? I have also been told that the socket on the motherboard I've chosen is not adequate for the CPU I've selected, and also that ...
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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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“Memory Is Not Detected” on ASRock Z87 OC Formula/ac

I have a "ASRock Z87 OC Forumla/ac" motherboard that will not recognize my memory. Here are the memory specs that the board supports: 4x240 pin DDR3 ...
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What is my power supply rating?

I've been searching on the internet for ages and I can't seem to find out what this power supply is rated at, anyone good at reading labels?
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Promiscuous Network Card and PCI [closed]

What PCI NIC supports Promiscuous?? I' having a hard time looking for one , I'm planning to set it up in a Lenovo Think Centre hardware
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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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Is it possible to install a fingerprint reader in a thinkpad T520 that didn't come with one?

I have a Lenovo T520 but I didn't order it with a fingerprinter reader. I was wondering if it is possible to purchase the finger printer reader separately (like this one: ebay link, and install it ...
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Is there any detriment to using an AMD processor alongside an Nvidia GPU?

Every single sales person or computer "expert" I have encountered has advised against doing a combo like this but I have bought a GTX 560 and an AMD FX-6100 and they worked fine for 5 years so far. Is ...
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aerocool v3x no front fan case screw holes

Hey guys I have an Aerocool V3X case with preinstalled rear fan and I can install 2 side fans and one front fan. I went to install the front fan but there are no screw holes! There is a "mesh" but no ...
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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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Will GIGABYTE motherboards BLACK EDITION be more wear out? [closed]

Will GIGABYTE motherboards BLACK EDITION be more wear out than its "ordinary version"? For instances, GA-Z97X-UD5H (rev. 1.1) vs. GA-Z97X-UD5H-BK (rev. 1.1) - BLACK EDITION. As their specifications ...
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First bootup, do I have to do any BIOS changes?`

Just built my computer, do I have to perform any bios changes at ALL? keep in mind I am a total newbie! I have a gigabyte ex58 ud4p, i7 920.
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Do I need a video card?

I plan on building a computer with Intel Xeon E3 1231v3 which has no GPU: Graphics Specifications Processor Graphics: None on a Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD5H motherboard which has an onboard ...
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Is it OK to have an exhaust fan directly above the intake fan for the CPU heatsink?

I've been assembling a custom PC, and was wondering if it's OK to have an exhaust fan directly above the intake fan for my heatsink. This is how my system is laid out
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Is my budget gaming pc any good? [closed]

Hi this will be my first build and I was wondering is it an ok build. I have a budget of £320. Here's the build CPU - AMD Athlon X4 860K 3.7GHz Quad-Core Processor CPU Cooler - Cooler Master Hyper ...
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DIY Powerline adapters - can they be made? [closed]

Given the cost of existing powerline adapters, I am curious as to how complex they really are, could they be made from a selection of components and some knowledge? Do they absolutely require ...
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Minimum PSU requirement for my build [closed]

I am trying to build a new system. Here is my summary Processor : i5-4690 Motherboard : ASRock H97M Pro4 RAM : G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 GPU : ASUS GeForce GTX 750 Ti OC-2GD5 ...
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Fan Connections for Cooler Master K280 vs Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 R5

I'm mounting my first computer and I'm confused about how to connect the case's front fan to the motherboard. This is what I have: Case: Cooler Master K280 Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 R5 ...
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CPU Fan direction Cooler Master K280, GA-990FXA-UD3, AMD FX-8320, Cooler Master T4 Heatsink

I'm building my first computer, and this is what I have: Case: Cooler Master K280 Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 R5 CPU: AMD FX-8320 8-core Heatsink: Cooler Master T4 Hyper Extra fan: ...
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Motherboard not providing output or giving beeps

This is an email I sent to the ASRock motherboard company's support email address. My motherboard will power my heatsink fan, my led's, the powerbutton, and even my SSD. I am getting no output from ...
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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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Custom PC won't boot

Recently replaced PSU and now pressing the power button gives less than a second of light, as well as psu and cpu fans spinning ~ one revolution before stopping again. Have tried clearing CMOS, all ...
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Finger-friendly solution/adapter to connect front panel cables to motherboard pins?

Desktop mainboards typically have pins to connect cables from the case, such as for the power button, the reset button, LEDs, etc. From all the various desktop builds I've had, I remember this always ...
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New PC will not power on [closed]

I just finished a new build and nothing happens when I try to power it on (no lights on motherboard, no fans, nothing). I checked the power supply and it works just fine. The specs are: PSU: 430 ...
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Conflicting answers regarding system compability + refurbished laptop + 32/64 bit

I've used SecurAble, system information and Regedit process to determine if I can install a 64-bit OS with my current configuration. SecurAble says it's expandable, but the other two say it's a x86 ...
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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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When I turn on my PC,why it spins for a second then restart automatically? (when I unplug and plug in back the power cable)

I have recently built a custom PC, it works (I think) very well other than the issue below. Since I just built it, I was still playing around with that (changing fan positions, adding new fans, etc.. ...