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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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What factors should I consider when building a virtual machine host?

I want to construct a server that will be used to host virtual machines. These virtual machines would play different roles, like: Database server JBoss application server Eclipse development ...
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Newly built system wont boot

I am having a problem with assembling a new desktop, this is not new to me but the problem is. When I turn it on all I get is a black screen, other than displaying in the bottom is the number 99 I ...
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No VGA signal - Could it be an issue with the case?

I am building a computer. First attempt there was no video signal. To cut a long story short, I swapped the motherboard (which tested ok at the shop) but when I installed it in the case, there was no ...
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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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New build PC with display issue, sometimes load but most times it doesn't when powering up

I have an issue with a system I've built recently. It was going fine for a month or so. Recently the display has been on and off. I haven't added any new components. My PC powers up with every fans ...
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Is it ok to use a Haswell CPU with old power supply?

I will buy a i7 4790k, and I want to know if I might encountered any problem using it with a old 250W power supply. I'm planing to get a new power supply also, but only when a I got my video card. ...
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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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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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How do I know if a motherboard's onboard audio will be compatible with games?

I'm planning on building a PC in the next couple of weeks. Currently I'm thinking that for my motherboard I'll buy an ASUS Maximus VI Gene with SupremeFX, but I'm worried that I'll need a sound card ...
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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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Move Windows 2008 to VM best practice

I need to move a Windows 2008 to VM to consolidate the hardware. The goal is not to circumvent license, but to retain all the files and settings on that computer in one shot (the old PC will not run ...
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New Western Digital Black HD not being detected by Windows

I added a new HD to my PC, but it isn't being detected by Windows 8. I've checked the cables and it does appear in the BIOS. It isn't listed in the Disk Management in Windows, though. I don't think ...
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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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Is my recently acquired GPU broken?

A little more than a week ago, I acquired an ASUS Strix GTX970 4GB OC. I've been noticing alot of sporadic stuttering whilst playing games and I'm kind of puzzled to what it could be. Very ...
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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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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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How to wire chassis fans to controller

This is my first build and i'm using a case with 7 built-in fans. I want to wire them to a controller, but they all have LED's.There is also a button on the case that shuts off the LED's as well as ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Partitions, symlinks, mounting as folders and performance

I'm going to have a 128-GB SSD which will contain Windows 8 and most applications, and a 1-TB hard drive which will contain most of the rest (large games, documents, select frequently overwritten ...
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Windows Install Error

So recently I messed around with some of the internals of my PC just to get the cable management looking better. It worked, however I had one problem: I seated in my HD audio cable wrong, so I ...
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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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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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Will my graphics card fit in my case?

I am building my first PC soon and I was wondering if a GTX 960 Windforce will fit in an NZXT Source 210 Elite case with a 3.5" HDD, a 2.5" SSD, and an optical drive installed. I have already ...
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Opening an external HDD

I have an external hard drive (WD MyBook Studio 2TB). Preety nice, but right now I am planning to build myself a pc. Can I possibly open it, take the 2x1TB drives and put them in the case of the ...
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Where do in-memory databases load their data into?

When talking about in-memory databases do terms like in-memory main memory random access memory (RAM) etc. describe the same component? Wikipedia describes it as in-memory, but I also found ...
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Maximum recommended cpu wattage in a 1u chassis?

I'm building a workstation for home use. I really want to use a 1u chassis. I'm worried about heat though. Is there a recommended maximum cpu wattage for 1u chassis, when not being liquid cooled, or ...
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Motherboard not recieving power completely

Yesterday I recieved all the parts to assemble my new gaming pc. But as soon as I got the bare parts together to perform a post test it seemed that the 20+4 pin connector socket on the motherboard ...
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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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Windows 8.1 re-boot loop and BIOS accessing

I fell into a big problem of my Samsung laptop (the 7 series ). I have use dual operating systems, Linux and Windows 8.1. After two years use, the windows system got really slow, so I decided to ...
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Can not properly install Windows

Posting this on behalf of my friend who has come to me and we've spent the past day trying to figure out what's wrong, but nothing's working so far. I've listed most of the specs at the bottom, but ...
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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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My computer is very slow and it was recently formatted

I noticed that my computer was very slow since it was formatted last time, six months ago. Meaning, when I opened some application (like office, or the internet), it took a lot of time sometimes for ...
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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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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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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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New Build PC - blue screens (BSOD) during OS (Win7) install attempts

A recent PSU failure prompted a more wide spread upgrade of my desktop. This is a new build with a couple of older components. New build specs: Motherboard: Asus Z87-Pro CPU: Intel i3-4130 ...
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New build, motherboard shows code 18 then 78

Mother Board:Maximus VII Hero RAM: Trident 8GB(2x) GPU: ASUS DirectCU II CPU: Intel i7 4990k Power Supply: EVGA Supernova 1200W (Don't know what I'm forgetting, I know I am though.) So I just built a ...
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Windows 7 “No partition found” for my SSD drive

I've got quite a problem with my computer. I just built it today and all the parts are working, but when I select my SSD as boot drive in the Windows installer, it says "The system could not create a ...
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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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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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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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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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GPU causes black screen on boot (new build)

Making my first build from scratch. I've managed to boot to bios just fine with everything except GPU plugged in, but when I plug in my GFX card, suddenly, black screen. I've tried both onboard and ...
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Issue with a computer I built

I just built a new computer and I'm having an issue and want to know if this is CPU or Motherboard. The hardware is: ASUS P8Z77-V PRO Intel i7 3770k Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO Heat Sink Antec 750 ...