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What hardware combination should I consider for a 20TB file server? [closed]

I want to build a file server for my home media. The server will only be used to serve files to my Media PC. Essentially all it needs to do is be able to expose around 20TB of shared folders. I don't ...
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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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Can you have PC3L and PC3 RAM together?

I have a pair of DDR3 SODIMM RAM modules in my laptop, and I want to replace the 2GB for a 4GB that is compatible. So far I haven't been able to find an exact match but I found a very similar with a ...
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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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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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Will it be useful to keep my old video card in my computer?

I currently have a GeForce GTS 250 in my computer, I am replacing it with a GTX 770 (it's a big upgrade). Is there any reason to keep the GTS 250 in my computer in the second PCI Express 16x slot? I ...
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Upgrading from 2GB to 8GB RAM

I have a TOSHIBA Satellite Laptop which has 2GB RAM and an Intel Core 2 Duo CPU, T5750 2GHz. I am considering buying an additional 8GB RAM for the machine. I have little knowledge about hardware and ...
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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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How can I safely remove my laptop's entire lid?

Short version: son uses laptop. Laptop is mysteriously broken. Something got badly crushed in the lid. After replacing both the LCD and inverter card I'm ready to declare the display defunct. ...
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How does FaceBook build servers with 12+ hard drives

From The FB Blog: ... is deployed on top of commodity storage blades. The typical hardware configuration of a 2U storage blade is – 2 x quad-core CPUs 16GB – 32GB memory hardware raid ...
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If I combine a PCIe x16 graphics card and a PCIe x4 hardware RAID, does the graphics card get 16 lanes?

I'm planning to install a graphics card which can utilise 16 PCIe lanes and a RAID controller which supports PCIe x4. The Ivy Bridge CPUs are all specified as supporting either one x16 or two x8 ...
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Database integration with …well with sound beep or light? [closed]

Perhaps this post major editing : I work for company which sells services online. I would like to build some kind of software bridge/integration tool which would integrate our Oracle database with ...
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Can I use a 3.5'' hard drive on a notebook with a psu and a sata-e-sata cable?

I have a spare 3.5" HDD at home and I want to use it on my notebook. My notebook have a e-sata port and I have a sata-e-sata cable, if I use the e-sata cable with a computer psu, can I use it on my ...
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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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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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How important is to have matching speed of RAM? [duplicate]

I have a 4GB DDR3 800Mhz recently I installed another 4GB. It turns out it's DDR3 667MHz. Does it really matter I should own both rams 800MHz? Slot1 shows recent RAM installation. ALSO I don't ...
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RAM. What is interleaved memory?

I want to mix some RAM sticks: Actually I have 2 DDR3 sticks x2 GB (on slots 1,3 to work in Dual Channel - an they are working, if believe to CPU-Z tool). I want to put in other 2 slots (2nd and 4th) ...
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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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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: PSU--UPS--...
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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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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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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 ...
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Do TPM modules only work for motherboards of the same vendor?

Most types of desktop computer parts are agnostic of the vendor. For example, you can use a DDR RAM from any vendor on a motherboard from any vendor, as long as they have the same standards. If I ...
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Can I Use Two Different Speeds of RAM in One Laptop? [duplicate]

I've recently bought a new laptop with 8GB of RAM in it. It has 4 slots inside so I want to put the RAM from my old laptop in it as well. However, they have different frequencies. So if I put the old ...
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How does Triple Channel memory differ from Single or Dual?

I'm trying to understand the PHYSICAL difference on the motherboard when it comes to single, dual, triple and quad channel memory. I have a mobo that has 4 black memory slots, each one contains 4GB ...
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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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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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Converting a 9 pin connector to a “normal” usb?

I bought a little drive from a flea market which is able to read various memory cards. I was interested because in my job I need from time to time to read such devices for various reasons (data ...
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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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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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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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Getting up to speed on modern PC construction

The last time I built a PC the tricky parts were knowing the difference between ISA, VLB, and PCI cards; juggling IRQs; and getting IDE master/slave right. Now I'm helping my stepson build a gaming PC ...
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Why to choose a “proper” workstation over good ultrabook? [closed]

I'm considering buying new laptop and the performance is very important to me (I'm a programmer and I'm processing 2D and 3D graphics, simulations, etc). I travel sometimes, so the weight, screen ...
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Different USB device behaviour on two machines

I have DVR which connected to PC via mini-USB cable. When I connect it to my home PC, DVR turns on, Windows makes the "recognize device" sound and then DVR turns off. If I connect DVR to my laptop, ...
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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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Plugging in a GPU into a PCI slot via a PCI-e to PCI converter: is it possible?

First of all, this is for a GPGPU project so I only need a very small amount of bandwidth. The bandwidth for PCI and PCI-e 1x slots are several orders of magnitude more than I need. Some people have ...
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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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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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Can you use all memory sockets in a server motherboard if you only have 1 CPU?

Basically on a motherboard like H8DME-2, can you use all memory sockets if you have only 1 CPU installed? Or are each memory "section" per CPU? (not sure what they are called)
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How to select memory for motherboard when building a new machine? [duplicate]

I am building a new PC. What resources do I use to ensure the ram I select is compatible with the motherboard I am selecting? Currently, this is what I know. The motherboard accepts a type of ram, ...
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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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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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Seamlessly switching between integrated graphics (e.g. Intel 5xx) and graphics card (GTX 980)?

Usually, a home PC capable of gaming would be quite power hungry when turned on, such that you wouldn't also want to leave it on when you were not around. And that graphics card would also be ...
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Which components are on the motherboard of a Acer V3-571G laptop?

I have an Acer V3-571G, which is in warranty service right now and is about to have its motherboard changed. I am curious to know which components are integrated into the motherboard, so I would know ...
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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 parameters(...
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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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Replace non-IPS screen with IPS one [closed]

Is it possible to replace a non-IPS led-backlit screen with an IPS one, on a laptop? Assuming the connector, screen size and resolution are the same. Edit: Since you found the question too broad, ...
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Is there a way to provide mouse/kbd input from one computer into another computer via USB cable

Okay, I have read the question and answers on this thread: How to send keystrokes from one computer to another by USB? but it is almost 3 years old and there might be a more commercially or ...
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Compatibility of RAM modules [closed]

I have an old computer with 3 RAM modules with 1GB each, as follows: Type: DDR2 Size: 1024 MBytes Manufacturer: Kingston Max bandwith: PC2-6400 (400 MHz) Reference number: KTC1G-UDIMM Now I ...