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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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AMD Ryzen 5900x + AsRock x570 Taichi = BSOD (pshed.dll+15b0, ntoskrnl.exe+3f71b0)

The build is: Main components: MotherBoard....................AsRock x570 Taichi CPU......................................AMD Ryzen 5900x GPU.....................................PNY NVIDIA RTX A5000 ...
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How to Hook Up 3 PSUs with mobo ATX Splitters

I want to hook up 3 PSU's to a computer for 3D rendering and I know you need those splitters so they can tell the PSU it's plugged in. If it's not obvious, the extra PSU's are for more GPUs. I know ...
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Windows sets my second monitor to be disconnected if I set my first monitor to 4k 144hz

I just got two Acer Nitro XV273K Pbmiipphzx 27" I have one plugged in using two DP cables and the other is using just one, if I set my main one to the 4k 144hz mode they both start flashing and ...
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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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PCIe 3.0 x8 in PCIe 4.0 x16 [duplicate]

Can I put PCIe 3.0 x8 in PCIe 4.0 x16 slot? for example, can I add this Network Adapter to this Bundle?
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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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Building a PC and i can't get into BIOS

I'm building a gaming PC and I connected every connector from the PSU into the motherboard such as the CPU power, motherboard power, and graphics card power, etc. And it boots up just fine. The post ...
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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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How to determine if I need to update my B550 mobo BIOS?

I am in the process of building a computer (parts here: pcpartpicker) and I am aware there is an issue with B550 motherboards not supporting AMD 5000 series CPUs out of the box. I have also heard that ...
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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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Trying to boot new windows 10, with usb drive but constantly blinking cursor in black screen

I have been reading other discussions similar to this but wasn’t helpful. I waited for a couple of hours but didn’t change. Specs: AMD 3400G MSI B450 Bazooka Max WiFi ADATA SU800 256GB 2.5 Inch SATA ...
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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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2x 4 Pin CPU cable in EATX12V

I have the be quiet! power 9 psu and the asus prime b450-plus motherboard I'm using a external graphics card and a NVME SDD so I guess it'll use 2 PCIe ports. The manual says I have to plug in a 8 pin ...
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Will this protect from ESD?

I'm going to build my first PC soon. I've read about the ESD-dilemma but there seem to be so many different answers to this, what to do and where to connect yourself. What I'm planning is to achieve ...
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New computer build, monitor not receiving signal

We just recently built a new computer, and have the following problem: When we turn the computer on, the LEDs and fans all function normally, but the monitor does not receive signal. We've tried using ...
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Connecting USB 3.1 front panel to USB 3.2 motherboard connector

My computer case, "Corsair 4000D Airflow" has a front panel with: USB 3.1 Type-C port USB 3.0 Type-A port I am considering buying the motherboard Asus Prime x299 Edition 30. But since the ...
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What are the USB plugs for motherboard headers called

I have a computer case where the motherboard plug for the front side USB ports has single pin, individual plugs for each wire in the USB cable. I would like to swap it out for the more common 9 pin ...
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System has 16GB of physical RAM but only 8GB of physical is usable?

This is what I see in system info: the resource monitor --im rendering a video right now, so the in use is higher than normal the advanced boot options My system is running Windows 10, B450 Tomahawk ...
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Too much RAM causing BSoD?

I’ve been building computers for a while now, and I was helping a buddy get his first system together. We got all the hardware in there and tried to boot it up and it blue screened a couple minutes ...
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Installing Chromium OS on newly built computer

I am wondering if I can install Chromium OS on my computer that I have just built that currently has no operating system yet. So basically, I'm wondering if Chromium OS can be installed on a computer ...
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What is this 4x1 pin connector that connects my SD card drive to my motherboard

Recently, I decided to upgrade an old HP Pavillon computer that we bought ten years ago with a new motherboard, CPU and RAM. Although the RAM has not yet arrived, I connected all the cables to their ...
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Newly assembled PC build fails to POST

I recently put together a PC, intended to be used as a x86 router running either IPFire or OPNsense, but that's not so relevant yet, since when I try to turn it on, it doesn't even get pass POST. ...
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Computer powers on but not detected by monitor

I’m new to PC building and I’ve just completed my first build I did with a friend. Upon finishing we went to boot it up and there is no beep sound, the lights turn on, and all fans spin, but after a ...
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IO shield is causing my motherboard to not align with case standoffs

I have a very quick question regarding the IO shield in my PC build. I'm a complete beginner when it comes to this, so this might be a silly question. I've recently started building a computer but I'...
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What happens if I short the motherboard's internal front audio/USB headers?

My front panel audio stopped working, so I removed the panel PCB replaced the 3.5mm audio jack with a new one. I soldered it myself, and it does not look pretty. So before I attach it to my ...
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Is BIOS a firmware or system software? [duplicate]

According to my ICT textbook, BIOS checks if the hardware is working properly and is necessary for loading up the Operating System; System software is programs that allow the hardware to work properly ...
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Run headless server without GPU on Ryzen 5 3600

I just looked up hardware components for a server I want to build. However I am not sure if I am able to boot my build with an headless operating system like Debian. Do I need a dedicated GPU for my ...
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What computer case do these 3.5" drive trays go to?

I have some leftover drive trays in my parts bin and I can't figure out which case they belong to. Does anyone recognize them? Please note that I am looking for an exact match. It's impossible to ...
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PC turns off and on sporadically 1 month after building

I built this pc about a month ago and yesterday, it suddenly started turning on and off randomly. This was not just during CPU/GPU intensive tasks, this happened once while downloading a large file. ...
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Dell optiplex 7010 won’t boot up with a green flashing piwer button

I put an gtx 1660ti into my dell optiplex 7010, and put in an add. Now the computer power button is blinking green. Does anybody know what the problem is?
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How can I diagnose motherboard issues?

It's my first time asking a question on this forum, I hope someone with experience in building PC's is able to help me here. I recently bought all the components for my first pc build. After ...
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Running a virtual GPU

So I just finished building my PC, and I decided to go for more RAM and a better CPU at the expense of not getting the best graphics card. And so my question is this: can you run a virtual graphics ...
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Will a memory module with 16-16-16 timing work correctly with one having 16-16-16-39?

I have 2x8GB memory in my PC at the moment, this model: https://www.newegg.com/ballistix-8gb-288-pin-ddr4-sdram/p/N82E16820148983 I'd like to get another 2x8GB. I was trying to find a kit which has ...
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How do I figure out which motherboard will support my PCIe needs?

I'm getting ready to build system #2 because my first go-around didn't seem to work, or I've done something wrong. I'm attempting to run a Gigabyte Radeon 5700XT GPU in the same system as a BlackMagic ...
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Using adhesive to fit FM1 cooler bracket in non standard HP motherboard?

First of all, I know this is not ideal but here's the situation.. Having built multiple systems myself, I bought a load of components second hand to teach someone else how to build a PC from scratch. ...
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PC Submerged in Mineral Oil: Operating Temps / Warm Environment

I support many PCs in a factory-type environment with very poor air quality. The air is full of salts and other chemicals that corrode everything and destroy electronics quickly. I am plagued with PC/...
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