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What exactly does “(OC)” mean in products description

Note: this is not a shopping recommendation request I want to buy a nice and fast RAM and a motherboard that supports it. Lets say that I would want to take this RAM (2400MHz), and put it into this ...
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Can memory compatibility depend on the selected CPU?

Up until recently I always thought memory compatibility was completely dependent on the motherboard and the processor didn't make a difference when it came to memory compatibility. However, I was ...
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Would CL7 RAMs work with CL9 RAMs?

I have a pair of CL7 RAMs installed on my mainboard. I want to add another pair of of RAMs to my system, but since they are old, I can't find CL7 RAMs of same size and brand in the local market. The ...
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Is there a way to programmatically/universally determine the maximum RAM speed a computer supports?

Say I have a computer, standard 32 or 64-bit architecture. I can put any OS on it (*nix, Windows, etc). Is there some way for the computer to interrogate the hardware as to what the maximum RAM speed ...
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What is the difference between WD Green and WD Caviar Green when replacing a drive?

I need to replace a disk in a MyBook World Edition and it says to only use Caviar Green yet when I search for Caviar Green NewEgg comes back with just Green with Caviar in the description. I already ...
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Guidance on a Wi-Fi amplifier/signal booster [closed]

I have a D-Link DI-724U router/firewall w/removeable antenna. I am looking to improve Wi-Fi signal strength. I have seen a cadre of amplifiers and boosters out in the wild. What should I be looking ...
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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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Running two GPUs one for CUDA and one for strictly monitors

Probably a dumb question, so I have a system with a Tesla C2075, however the card only has one DVI port. Is there a way I could simply do the heavy lifting with the tesla card and use another card ...
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planning to upgrade my computer (windows 8)

I recently bought windows 8 using the upgrade offer. Now I am planning to upgrade my computer ie , change the motherboard , processor and the Ram. I would like to know if i can use the same product ...
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Is there such a thing as a USB-controllable USB relay?

I am looking for a device that connects to two USB ports on a computer: a "Control" port, and a "Data" port. Both cords go to the same device, which also has one USB "out" port (3 ports total). If a ...
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RAM for Laptop, Configuration

i've a Dell 1545 and i need to put additional RAM. The laptop normally uses DDR2-667, PC2-5300 200pin. Can i use a RAM 2GB PC2-6400 DDR2 800 SODIMM in it?
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Adding a 2x2GB RAM kit to a different 2x2GB kit - will performance be hurt?

I currently have a 2x2GB RAM kit with the following specs (link): DDR3 1600MHz 7-8-7-20 latency I want to buy another set, but I couldn't find the exact model anymore. So, I'm thinking of getting ...
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Multi-Harddrive Tower, Do I have to Worry about Overheating

I have been thinking of getting a third hard drive. Right now I have two already in my tower. The HDDs have a small compact separate 3-space bay in the bottom front of the tower. In general, should I ...
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Switching laptop motherboards

Is it possible to switch a motherboard out from one laptop and place it in with another laptop? Reason I ask is one laptop is fully broke screen wise and the other just won't turn on. So figured if I ...
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Differences between KVR16N11H/8 and KVR16N11/8 memory except for height?

I accidentally ordered KVR16N11/8 instead of KVR16N11H/8 and I'm wondering if I'm going to have compability issues with my Intel DP67DE motherboard. When searching for compatible RAM on Kingstons ...
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Is there desktop motherboard that supports notebook hardware?

Is there desktop motherboard that supports notebook hardware? I have notebook HP Pavilion dv7-1160er without accumulator, that can not hardly use graphic card because it too hot and system can go to ...
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How can I use a desktop like a laptop [closed]

I am not looking for a remote control application. I need a new computer. Typically I buy desktop-replacement laptops and use them in the exact same location (my couch). I would like to save $ and ...
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PCIe Generation 3.0 graphic board running on old mainboard Generation 2.0 or earlier?

my problem comes out of the following: I'm owning a 'MSI P45 Neo 3' Mainboard. The 100% type I haven't checked yet, I'm about to do it as soon as possible. For sure is that it's already about four ...
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How can I identify a hardware product?

How can I identify different hardware components (hard drive, cpu, gpu, etc). Based on it's manufacturer. For example, Nvidia Geforce GTX 580, several manufacturers, all differently priced, some may ...
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Microsoft Natural keyboard breaks Xbox 360 controller with some games

I have a Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 and a standard Xbox 360 controller. I'm running Windows 7 Professional 64-bit. When I plug in the keyboard, Windows automatically installs some ...
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Is it possible to compose a computer out of components separately bought from different companies? [closed]

And is there some web-sites to help me do so? I want to do this because I've heard that to buy components and make a complete computer out of them is much cheaper than to buy a brand computer.
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Can I extend my total RAM by buying more, and what kind do I need to buy

I currently have 4 GB total RAM and I would like to get some more, to bring it to a total of 8 GB. Is it possible to simply buy another 4 GB and bring it to 8? If so, what kind should I be buying? ...
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What happens when I combine different types of RAM?

My current RAM is 2GB and I upgraded it to 6 GB. I bought a 4GB upgrade, but apparently they are of different types: My original one is 2GB PC-8500 and the upgrade is 4GB PC-10600. Is there any ...
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Choosing A Power Supply [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Power Supply Capacity Formula How can I check if my system needs more PSU power? I'm not sure if it's OK or not to ask a hardware question here. If not please let me ...
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What is a Intel LPC Interface Controller.

Intel LPC Interface Controller, What does LPC stand for? for what is this interface used?
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Is my Graphics Card slowing the entire system down?

OK, so I have just put together a new machine, using all new shiney parts except my graphics card, which I thought would be man enough given that I'm not using this a gaming machine at all. The ...
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Hardware assisted virtualization on acer aspire 5935g

I would like to make hardware assisted virtualization work on my acer aspire 5935g. But my current configuration has Intel core 2 duo p7450 which doesnt support intel VT technology. I'm wondering ...
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Use 2 Hdds in one pc as 2 different computers?

I want to have 2 totally different computers in one pc. I would like this to happen maybe with dual boot? I dont want the files from the one HDD to be accessible to the other because the one HDD might ...
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Desktop computer for GIS and home networking use specifications [closed]

I'm in the market for a new pc/laptop. Portability is not an issue for me, so I'm leaning more towards a desktop, since it will be easier to upgrade specific components at a later stage. The problem ...
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Connecting PSW to motherboard ON/OFF pins

I want to know is it possible to connect this PSW 2 pin connector to my motherboard: my motherboard ( if yes please tell me where to plug it in )
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Insert a GPS module to my ThinkPad , possible?

Is it possible to insert a micro GPS module into my laptop , which is a ThinkPad X220 ? Something that like BIOS clock , that can power itself without external source. (Just some thought , but if ...
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Do the Intel X79 Chipset and 2nd Generate Core i7 Processors support VT-d?

EDIT: I have an Intel DX79TO board tested working with VT-d passthrough to VMware ESXi5. I've used multiple Core i7 38xx processors, and they have all worked so far. I know that there were rumors ...
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Intel i7-870 running on Mini-ITX-PC adviseable?

I need the Intel i7-870 for a machine, mainly used for programming Java, Flash CS5, etc. I would love to make a small form factor and silent machine but wonder if it is possible and adviseable. ...
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I have a Windows 7 desktop and an OSX laptop. My keyboard, mouse, monitor are plugged into desktop. Can I switch them for use with the laptop?

As the question states, I would like a way to quickly switch (from software) between my laptop and desktop. The laptop is a Snow Leopard macbook, and the desktop is a Windows 7 machine. How can I ...
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Will my LAN card slow down system performance?

I have ASUS P5Q3 Deluxe mobo, having 1 GeForce 9800 on PCIe 16x, 1 Xi-Fi Audio on PICe 1x. Would like to install PCIe 1x USB 3.0 card in mobo PCIe 1x slot, but unfortunately the other 1x slot is ...
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Can two users both control a third machine simultaneously using Synergy?

I've been a Synergy user for some time now, as I use a PC on the left side of my Mac. My girlfriend and I both have our desks on each side of the other, and we'd like to know if it were possible for ...
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Hardware/IO Bottlenecks

Taking the following issues in the count, what would be the descending order from greatest to least of bottlenecks in a computer system? Network I/O Disk I/O RAM I/O Graphics I/O Processing I/O ...
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Is it possible to connect a Netgear EVA8000 to a VGA monitor?

I have this Netgear EVA8000 http://kbserver.netgear.com/datasheets/enus_ds_eva8000_20070130.pdf It has a few video outputs: HDMI RCA component video output S-Video port SCART connector Is it ...
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What is the relationship between manufacturers barebones and performace? [closed]

Assuming that I could choose between two similar machines(same processor, memories, chipset and HDDs) but different barebones manufacturers, such as Acer or Asus, could I check for another ...
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Will Shuttle 500W PSU work with non Shuttle motherboard?

Is it possible to run a system with Shuttle PSU and non Shuttle motherboard?
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To place a Kill A Watt meter between the PSU and UPS or between the UPS and Wall Outlet?

Are you supposed to place a Kill A Watt meter between the PSU and UPS like so: PSU--Kill A Watt--UPS--Wall Outlet? or are you supposed to place a Kill A Watt meter after the UPS like so: ...
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Asus p7p55-m will not pick the extra 4G of memory

So here's the problem: I've got this Asus p7p55-m motherboard that was originally purchased with 4Gs of memory and it all worked well until I wanted to drop extra memory in it (KVR1333D3N9K2 model). ...
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How do you know if a certain task will be handled by the Hardware or the OS? [closed]

In a lot of the readings I've been assigned in my classes, computer systems have been described to use a combination of the underlying hardware plus the OS to process a certain request or a task. But ...
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Is there a reliable IDE to SATA converter?

I got a cheap PATA to SATA converter on eBay because my box doesn't have any SATA ports left for the SATA Blu-ray writer I recently purchased. It only half works, which of course is worse than a ...
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Is it worth to get a SATA-3 controller to max my SSD out?

I have an OCZ Agility 3 on a Gygabyte GA-P55-UD5 (it only has native SATA-2 support, not SATA-3). I have to admit performance is already interesting but should be half of total possibilities. I've ...
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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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Windows 7 64 bit on Intel Core 2 Duo T5800

I have an Intel Core 2 Duo T5800 processor in my old laptop. The specs on Intel says it is 64 bit. I remember my vendor telling me it is a 32 bit laptop and I have 32 bit Windows 7 installed. How can ...
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How to know which RAM I can/should buy for my PC?

I have a relatively old PC (5 years or more) which has only 1GB of RAM. I'm running on Windows 7 and unfortunately it doesn't like being so senile... I have a Gigabyte mother board but I have no ...
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Using same Monitor/Keyboard/Mouse on Laptop and Desktop

I have the following: An HCL beanstalk desktop HP 6910 laptop HP docking station TFT monitor Keyboard Mouse How do I connect all these so that I can use the same monitor, keyboard and mouse?
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build a Linux server with “server” or “desktop” hardware?

I am Looking to build a Linux home server box from the ground up for my family and I. Id like the server to support file sharing, media streaming, print, virtualization, and remote desktop services. I ...