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Custom build PC hangs sometimes without any logs

My custom built PC hangs sometimes (intermittently) without any logs. Unfortunately, when it freezes, the keyboard and mouse become unresponsive, requiring a forceful power off. Here is the ...
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Would any grounding be necessary through the motherboard standoffs in a wooden PC case?

I've built quite a few PCs over the years but always using premade cases. I now have a laser engraver and am interested in making a custom case out of wood. When I started in computers, back when we ...
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Metric screw size for 3.5" HDD [duplicate]

Hey all I am looking to purchase some screws from Amazon for my 3.5" HDDs. Issue being is that the nice ones are all M[x.x] a.k.a. Metric. I know the size of a HDD screw is 6-32x1/4 but I need to ...
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The computer turns on but there is no display: VGA debug light on

I am building a computer, here is the component list: AMD Ryzen 5 5600X 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor MSI MAG B550 TOMAHAWK MAX WIFI ATX AM4 Motherboard Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-...
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Can this M.2 SSD suddenly fail with moved/damaged capacitor?

Few days ago I built a new PC and of course I had to do something wrong. In this case I rotated the in-board M.2 plastic lock in the opposite direction and was wondering why it doesn't sit well. After ...
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New motherboard no LED / no response: What can be done?

I'm struggling to get my son’s PC working again. The motherboard is a Gigabyte H410M H V2 (rev 1.7). Okay, so a new GPU required a new PSU which required a new motherboard which required a new casing, ...
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New PC Build crashes frequently, sometimes doesn't boot at all

I've build a computer from entirely new parts, with the exception of the power supply unit. The new system should draw around 510 Watts at maximum performance, while the PUS is rated for 550W. However,...
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can I Mix t force vulcan z and delta ram?

I have T force Vulcan Z RAM 8GB 3200mhz I couldn't find the same RAM... So I bought T force Delta RGB 16GB 3200mhz but I'm worried that they might don't work together
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How do I connect this RGB controller?

I have a RGB controller that came with my PC case. It's SATA powered and has 6, 4-pin slots for fans and strips and 1, 4 pin at the top labeled MB. I assume I can plug that in to the RGB Header on my ...
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What motherboard can support dual RTX 4090 GPUs? [closed]

I am trying to build a deep learning PC using the following parts: 2x MSI Suprim X RTX 4090 graphic card 1x Intel core i9 14900K CPU 4x 48GB DDR5 RAM (most likely G.Skill or Corsair @ 5600MT~6000MT) ...
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Cleared CMOS and now Windows won't load

I just built a new PC with the following parts. Intel Core i9-13900KF MSI Gaming Radeon RX 6800 ASUS ROG Strix B760-F G.SKILL Trident Z5 DDR5 RAM 64GB (2x32GB) SAMSUNG 870 QVO SATA III SSD 8TB When ...
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Will the CPU become unusable if left without power for an extended period of time?

I bought an Intel CPU, but it seems it will take some time for the other components to arrive. My question is, if the CPU just stays in the box and is left unpowered, will it become unusable? The CPU ...
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Does faster RAM, in a slower system, produce lower than marked, CL timings?

I own a computer that has a maximum RAM speed of 2400MHz (DDR4) Would a faster 2933MHz RAM module operate with lower CL timings because of the slower bus or would it maintain its marked timings? If ...
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New build, BIOS crashing, can't install Windows nor Linux

First time builder. Experiencing inconsistent symptoms, lost as to what to do. This is what I have experienced: Most commonly (around 4/5 attempts or more): power is on, the motherboard is stuck ...
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Is there a M.2 NVME extension cable? (+ considerations on using them)

I am looking for an NVME extension cable, because there is hardware position conflict, and I would like to avoid using hacky solutions such as taping my NVME SSD on a surface I'm not too sure would be ...
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Windows installation issues on new PC

I’ve just built a new PC and I’m trying to install windows. The only other working machine I have to hand is a Macbook running OSX so I used this method to create the installation USB: https://www....
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What can I do to get my docking station to connect to my desktop over USB-C? [duplicate]

Goal / Problem I am looking to connect a new docking station to my home desktop. Unfortunately, when I connect my dock's cable to the USB-C port on my desktop, nothing appears on the screen connected ...
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Kingston RAM and Gigabyte Motherboard compatibility

To start with, I would like to apologize if it is a dumb question. I am assembling for the first time in my life a pc of my own piece by piece, and for this reason, I often get confused and afraid of ...
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4pin CPU connectors on HP Omen 45L

I'm replacing PSU in my Omen HP 45L and having an issue figuring out what the two 4pin power connectors are on the motherboard. The new PSU is modular (MSI MPG A1000G) and doesn't come with 4pin cable ...
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Combining Minimum Requirements_CPU and Memory

I'm in the process of figuring out how to build a VM to use the minimum necessary resources to run what I need it to run and I'm trying to understand how to combine system requirements. It seems to me ...
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Does a laptop antenna need to be marked as 6Ghz to work with a Wifi 6 card?

My Situation I bought a new Wi-Fi card for my laptop. The card has Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5. I need to also replace the old 1x1 antenna with a 2x2 antenna. However, I can't seem to find any internal ...
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New Ubuntu PC Build gets stuck on boot up

I'm just after installing Ubuntu 22.04.1 on my new PC. That all went fine and at the end of installation it prompted me to restart the system, so I clicked restart. But as the system was rebooting, it ...
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Why does any RAM I put in my PC read as bad?

I've been building computers for 15+ years and this one has been 10x more trouble than anything I've ever seen. I'm on my 2nd motherboard now, and 3rd set of RAM, and I can't get a booting system. I'...
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Why won't my custom build PC boot?

I built a new PC for the first time in a while. Everything seemed to go well. It boots to bios and everything seems good. But when I try and actually boot off a bootable Windows or Linux USB drive (...
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EVGA GTX 1080 Ti Fan Controls Malfunctioning (Precision X1)

I was looking for some help regarding my GTX 1080 Ti's software fan controls. Using EVGA Precision X1, I normally only get 1 or 2 fan sliders. I have the EVGA GTX 1080 Ti FTW3, three fan model. First, ...
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Can not plugging in my 4 pin for my CPU affect audio?

I plugged in my 8pin connection for my CPU but didn't have the proper adapter for the 4pin so I just left it unplugged my pc works but the sound has dropped an octave and slowed.
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How do I set up Windows 11 on a new desktop system using a Bluetooth keyboard?

I am building a new desktop PC with Windows 11, and my intention is to use a Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard with it, through a Bluetooth USB dongle. I will have a wired mouse available since I have a ...
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Logitech Wireless mk270r : Convert into Wired Keyboard

Is it possible to make Logitech Wireless mk270r into a Wired Keyboard? Does any accessory or USB cable exist to convert it? https://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Wireless-mk270r-Keyboard-Mouse/dp/B00CEQEGPI/...
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I accidentally inserted RAM while PC was booting up! Worst case scenario?

I'm afraid I have made a grave mistake. I was just finishing up my new PC build with some pretty pricey components when I had made a simple, yet gut-wrenching mistake. I was under the presumption that ...
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How does a motherboard become an open circuit after shutdown of PC/laptop?

When I press power switch in my laptop the pins get connected and therefore it makes a close circuit for power supply. But when I shutdown my laptop how the pins get disconnected? How the does laptop ...
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my computer got slower but I don't know why

I've been having an issue for more than a year now and I can't figure it out. The issue is that, at first my computer started to crash sometimes when I was playing video games. Then, one day it ...
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How do I troubleshoot my new graphics card?

I just got this nvidia 3060 gtx video card to replace my old ATI radeon 5870 and this asus rampage ii extreme motherboard. The motherboard is quite old and I was hoping to put in the new graphics card ...
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Why do motherboards have oddball internal connections for USB to the front panel? [closed]

This is something that's bugged me for many years. Everytime I go to build a new PC, I notice that the internal connection for USB is different than the external connection. I.e., USB 2.0 is just a ...
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Is it safe to use the PSU from a Sun Ultra 45 to build a modern system?

HI,I want to modify sun ultra 45 to fit modern computer components I really like sun ultra 45 Hope the case relive in my life
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Is there any benefit to multiple M.2 SSD drives for Audio/Video Production (hobbyist/pro-sumer) level)?

I found this previous related question was a bit too general to receive good answers: Multiple vs. Single M.2 NVMe SSD I would like to ask more specifically about multiple M.2 drives in A/V ...
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Infuriating issue with OS install on new motherboard

This is the 4th “build” I’ve done and so far has been the most infuriating. CPU: R5 3600 -> R7 5800X. Motherboard: Asrock B450M Steel Legend -> B550M Steel Legend. I also added another M.2 SSD, ...
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Fans on motherbaord and chassis not spinning after replacing power supply

Fans in the motherboard doesn't spin after replacing the psu. The old one doesn't work so I replace it with a new ones (forgot model name) of 240v. the small led in the motherboard shines but the cpu ...
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Is it practically possible to shorten computer Bits?

A couple of days ago, I came up with an idea to shorten bits. First (for 7-digit bit-data, e.g. "1000000"), if the second number of "1000000" is "0", make it "x"...
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Can use these 3 8-pin connectors for my 3090?

I have an EVGA RTX 3090, and it has three 8-pin connectors to power it. On my PSU, it looks like it has enough connectors, but they are grouped weird, so I don't know if I can use them all. Are all ...
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Inrush current from a hard disk upsets other connected drives in a computer?

I have a lab computer I built to run VM's and that can cater for old and new hardware devices to help me with my job. It contains a fair amount of hardware, some of which doesn't need to be on all of ...
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I cannot find the place to put the HD audio cable on the motherboard

I cannot find the place to put the HD audio cable on the motherboard. I have an ASUS P7F motherboard, and I have the Cool Master MasterBox Lite 3.1 as my case. On my motherboard, I cannot find where ...
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My PC got got high Electric Power and burned my Gpu‚Cpu and motherboard

The electricity turned on/off 4 times in the building. My PC shutdown once. After a couple hours, I tried to start my PC, but it didn't start. I went to a PC hardware expert who said my: GPU (...
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Is it possible to build own customized laptop? [duplicate]

I was thinking to build my own customized laptop, but as I am from Software Engineering background, I need guidance here. Firstly, I want to ask that is building own laptop even possible? If yes, are ...
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How does 3D NAND relate to TLC/MLC/QLC?

I want to buy a SSD, but I am confused as to how 3D NAND (that is now the latest and greatest) relate to MLC, TLC and QLC ? Is there like 3D NAND TLC or 3D NAND QLC ? Or this 3D NAND completely ...
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Newly Build Computer Not Running POST

I build a computer using entirely new parts (except for the video card with I used in my old computer for about a month before deciding to upgrade everything). When I turn it on the fans run and some ...
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PSU plugs don't line up with CPU power on motherboard

My 650-watt power supply came with many connectors. There is a problem, however: on the left side of both 8-pin connectors, the arrangement is wrong (the roundish-bottomed and square pins are swapped ...
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Is it possible to get history of my computer details like RAM?

I gave my PC to an agency which repairs computers. I remember that my computer had 8GB of RAM and when get back my computer has 4GB of RAM Is it possible to retrieve a history on the size of the RAM ...
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What is the difference between CPU Retention Bracket and CPU Backplate?

For AMD-Built Computers: What is the difference between the two, their purpose and are there different types of CPU Retention Brackets and CPU Back plates? Do you always need a CPU Back plate? In what ...
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How I should select my RAM frequency?

The first thing is to say that I have searched for a question like this, but I have found only questions about custom or specific components, not a general answer. So the question is How to choose the ...
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Windows 10 Fresh Install - Driver Missing (Coming from Mac)

Coming from using a Mac and I'm trying to install Windows 10 64 bit on my new build but getting error: "A media driver your computer needs is missing" or "A required CD/DVD drive device ...
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