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DDR4 build worth it?

I am in the market to buy a new build PC, I am hesitating between a mid-range DDR3, or a more expensive DDR4 system. I read on several gamer sites that the DDR4 was not yet worth the expense, and ...
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To where on the motherboard (Asus Z87 Pro) do I connect the `+P LED` and `-P LED` wires?

I am connecting my tower (HAF 922) to my motherboard (asus z87 pro) and have a problem with these two 1x1 pins that I believe turn on and off the red LED on the front fan of the tower. My problem is ...
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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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how to build the right hosting computer [closed]

I am currently trying to build a computer that can host: have remote access on it, so that multiple computers can access the computer and log into a software called AgVance which is similar to ...
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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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Computer fully restarts with no POST under any significant load

Specs: i5 3570k GTX 670 Corsair HX750 PSU I built my desktop a few years back and it has worked like a charm up until the past week. Whenever I try to play any game, besides non-intensive stuff like ...
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computer custom build - newegg/global/uk - why so much cheaper? [closed]

I have chosen my build and I was looking for cheapest valid sources. But why is newegg so cheap? for example, my gpu - msi gtx 970 - is £211 on newegg but aprox £270 on most other sources. My case, ...
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How do you use an XMC network card?

In relation to this question, how exactly does an XMC card attach to another card? I'm trying to build a machine for a work project and I don't know a lot about hardware. I understand that XMC cards ...
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What kind of board does an XMC network card fit in?

I'm looking at 10GbE network cards, and most of what I find are XMC format, like the XPort3300 (just an example). I'm trying to understand how these cards fit on a board. I'm very new to low-level ...
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identifying custom half-built computer [closed]

We were recently cleaning through an old storage unit when I came across what appears to be a half-built server. I don't see any stickers or identifying information. The case is a 'superfox' (there ...
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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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Computer crashing at random

I've been having a "small-ish" issue where my computer randomly shuts down. Be it in the middle of a game or work etc, even on idle, it just crashes and reboots. no BSOD or anything. One minute it's ...
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What converts binary code/machine code to electrical signals and how? [closed]

I went through lots of blogs and posts but could not exactly figure out how the machine code is converted to electrical signals? Any software program is compiled to machine code which is nothing but ...
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BSOD's when gaming. Freshly built PC, windows 8.1

Here are text files of the analysis I got from the Windows debugger: https://www.mediafire.com/folder/m2cxget7qsop6/Dump_text I just built a pc and I get a lot of different BSOD's when starting up ...
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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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Unable to reboot my newly built PC

I built a new PC but I realized from even before installing Windows 7 that my PC does not reboot pushing the "reset" button on the case. I managed to install an OS by hard booting it. Now this PC is ...
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Is liquid cooling necessary for high CPU performance over extended periods?

I'm planning on building a system for high CPU and memory performance. Graphics performance is not a major concern, as I do not plan to use it for gaming. I noticed that liquid cooling seems to have ...
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Getting a new PC built and I have some questions [closed]

In a couple of weeks I will get a new PC built and I wanted to ask if I could re-use some of the old components in the new one, since I'm on a 600- 650 euro budget. The old parts were regulary cleaned ...
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What is the risk of reusing my PSU? [closed]

Four years ago I built a desktop. A few days ago this desktop died (for non-PSU related reasons) and I've decided to build a new one. I would like to save $100 and reuse my old PSU, but I'm not sure ...
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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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Gateway computer doesn't provide enough room to add a new harddrive

I opened my Gateway PC (Gateway DX4860-EF22P) to add a hard drive, but I was surprised to discover that the manufacturer did not provide enough room to put the new hard drive. As you can see in the ...
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What is the minimum spacing between memory slots on the motherboard?

I'm planning to purchase the motherboard GIGABYTE G1.Sniper B5 along with a pair of pair of (2 x (2 x Sticks) = 4 Sticks) DDR3 memory CMY16GX3M2A1600C9. I found the dimensions of the memory stick ...
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After upgrading PC, my computer boots up inconsistently

I'm currently using the computer that's having the problem. I've been on it for hours, and works AMAZINGLY; gaming, browsing, everything. The problem is, when I turn it off(whether it be "shut down" ...
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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 are PCI and PCI Express slots used for?

I'm comparing different Micro-ATX motherboards for a home server build and I was wondering what I would use PCI and PCI Express slots for? Are these used for hard-drives, GPUs, RAID controllers, RAM ...
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New computer build won't POST

I'm in the process of building my first PC and I've run into a situation where the computer won't post. I've spent about a week trying to diagnose the failing hardware component and I'm about to throw ...
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Very high-pitched noise when computer does something intense?

"Intense" is the best word I can use to describe it because I'm not sure what it is, whether it's RAM, GPU or CPU. If I pan the camera in unity: A high pitched noise issues from the computer. The ...
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Periodic FPS drops in games, regardless of graphis card

When I play recent 3D games (Battlefield 3 & 4, Tomb Raider, Saints Row 3 & 4, etc.) I experience periodic FPS drops, e.g. in Battlefield 3 from the average of around 70-80 fps to 20-30 fps; ...
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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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What might be causing my video card to do this?

A picture is worth a thousand words. This happened about 3 weeks ago and I have tried updating the BIOS, Drivers, ect.. 3DMark video playback was just as bad. Would a failing or under powered Power ...
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Can I uninstall Windows 8.1 from my current computer and put it onto a new motherboard? [duplicate]

I recently started looking into parts to build a new PC from scratch and was wondering about the operating system. I bought a full version of Windows 8.1 and installed it onto my current computer ...
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Custom Built PC gets momentary power and immediately shuts down

I built a custom pc with these parts: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/G66QMp It turns on for a moment, giving enough time for energy to get to the cpu fan, but not enough to make it go a full rotation. I ...
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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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How to make use of an extra RAM slot? [duplicate]

My computer already has 4 GB of RAM, and cannot make use of more than about 3 GB, but there is an extra slot still available for another chip. Is there any other kind of chip that can be put there in ...
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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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SSD or CD in Lowest SATA address in a new computer build?

I'm building my first computer. One website says to connect the CD to the lowest SATA interface, so that the BIOS will recognize it, and allow Windows to be loaded on the HDD. But I want to load ...
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Why is a pin missing on 2x12 PSU cables?

I just noticed that finally entry model PSUs are now giving 2x12 power leads rather than needing to use a 2x10 in addition to a snap on 2x2. For the first time I actually looked at one and I thought ...
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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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Newly built PC occasionally won't boot

I recently built my first PC, and occasionally when I try to boot it up, it doesn't boot - the fans spin, the lights come on, but nothing happens on the screen. But not always - sometimes it boots ...
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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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Changing hard drive from dead computer

I have a Windows Vista Basic with intel processor that died with an extremely important file on it and I'm changing to a Windows Vista premium that uses AMD. I have understood that as I have a ...
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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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Should I use plastic/insulating washers when attaching a motherboard to the case? [duplicate]

I'm screwing in a motherboard, around the screw holes in the motherboard there is a white painted circle and inside that circle are what look like eight pieces of solder. Do I need to put ...
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Hooking up my power switch/reset switch/LEDs

I'm working on building a computer (first time for me). There are several plugs that I need to connect to the motherboard (Power LED, reset switch, etc). Of the two wires, they are either: Color ...
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Troubleshooting Hardware with limited resources

I have a newly built computer which won't post, output video, or even beep despite the installed speaker. The case fans and CPU / GPU fans start up and continue, and the hard drive seems to soon up. ...
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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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Graphic card not screwed to chassis

I recently brought an AMD Radeon HD 6450 1gb (sapphire) graphic card but while installing this graphic card to pci x16 expansion slot(motherboard D102GGC2), the cabinet/chassis was causing problems. ...
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Can I build a slimline/low-profile PC that will fit high-end graphics cards?

At first I was thinking to do this with some specialized motherboard form factor that uses a riser board so the video cards are parallel to the motherboard. However, it seems that no one really does ...
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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 ...