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Is it less common and very difficult to make a 'gaming' PC using Mini/Mid Tower? [closed]

I don't know the exact terms, but online, I could only find that there are mainly 3-4 types of PC desktops. Like Mini, Mid and Full Tower PCs. I have Dell 7570 laptop with i7 processor and NVIDIA ...
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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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How to take the files from an old Win10 HDD and connect them to a new Win10 SSD? [duplicate]

I just finished a new computer build and am trying to find a way to get the files from an old hard drive. The old hard drive was from a different Windows 10 computer, and is an HDD. I want to somehow ...
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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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Custom build, previously working. No BIOS, no POST

I'll get straight to the point: I have a custom build (late 2017 components) that has treated me well for years. Like a potato, I decided to use a regular vacuum cleaner on its insides. (NEVER do this....
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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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Newly built PC: no video output after first shutoff

I am building a mini-itx desktop for daily use. Here are the specs: motherboard: ASRock Z390M-ITX/ac cpu: Intel i5 9600KF gpu: MSI GTX750Ti TwinFrozR ram: G.SKILL Ripjaws 2x8GB 3200MHz storage: ADATA ...
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How much power output can an 8-pin to 2x 6+2-pin connector output?

A common cable included in modern modular PSU's is the 8-pin to 2x 6+2 pin. However, based on reading (such as PCI-e Power - Does 6 + 2 Equal 8?) an 8-pin is effectively the same as a 6+2 pin. If that'...
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Where are the SquirrelMail Logs?

I am having problems sending mail using SquirrelMail. I asked the open source support for help and here is there response. What you need to do is look in your logs and show the error that is ...
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SATA power connection on motherboard seems to be a 6-pin male. What kind of connector is this?

I have an HP PC that is missing the power cable for the HDD. It seems that the SATA power port on the motherboard is a straight 6 pin male connection as shown below: What is the name of the connector/...
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Connect MSI Vampiric 010 to SATA 3

I have just bought a MSI Vampiric 010 case and it comes with a 15 pin male cable to connect to the data part of the SSD (the power pin to the SSD comes from the power supply). My question is, I need ...
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Wired up new computer will not show up on monitor

I tried to wire up my new computer and tried to start it - sadly there is no bios showing up on my monitor (actually, there's nothing showing up at all). When i start it and connect an mouse/keyboard ...
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Broken pin on the back of GPU normal?

I recently bought an RX 570 4GB (Armor) from Amazon and while checking out the back of it, I noticed there was a missing pin. Is this normal? Thanks https://i.stack.imgur.com/dfBcZ.jpg
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I broke the sata data port of SATA/PATA/IDE Drive to USB 2.0 Adapter Converter Cable

I bought a SATA/PATA/IDE Drive to USB 2.0 Adapter Converter Cable such as this product: Similar product on amazon However, the sata data plastic panel removed (pulled out) and the last copper pin ...
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Should I buy 16GB ram as additional slot for my 8GB ram laptop? or an 8GB?

I got a laptop with 8GB ram(ddr4) and a free slot. What would be better? one more 8GB Ram or a 16GB Ram? 8 + 8 GB = 16GB (dual-channel config) 8 + 16GB = 24GB (not sure about it) I am not sure how ...
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Can I put a discrete GPU in my laptop?

I have a Dell Precision 7740 which shipped with no discrete graphics. Although the motherboard supports inserting a discrete GPU, the installation guide says that it has no GPU power cable. If I want ...
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How to use an iMac G3 as an external monitor?

I've read that the tray-loading iMac G3's CRT display is connected to the circuit board with a simple plug. Can I unplug the CRT from the computer part and use the iMac G3 as an external monitor? How ...
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How do I set up this case cooling configuration ? (pictures)

I ordered my PC parts but the Case was the first to arrive, so I'm trying to figure things out before I get started. I'm a bit confuse regarding my case cooling configuration. My case comes with a ...
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Connecting the case fan to power

Today was my first time building the PC from the scratch. There is only one thing left and it’s getting my case fans to spin. There are two case cables currently unplugged. 1st - it is two sided 2nd ...
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single 4 pin cpu power cord in a 4+4 pin psu connector input

I have a corsair hx 1200 power supply ... my crosshair vIII hero motherboard has 2 cpu inputs on it... one 8 pin and one 4 pin... i ordered custom cables from cablemod as well... one 8 pin and one 4 ...
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Need help building my first PC

I need help deciding what goes well with what! I already have the components I wanna get but I'm not sure if it fit well or if it will perform well on games like RDR2, Assassin creed origins, GTA V, ...
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What happens on the system backend when multiple hardware utilities are installed and running?

I'm trying to research which ones I should keep and which I should clear (bloat), but examples of utilities I'm referring to would be... AI Suite 3 (ASUSTeK) AURA (ASUSTeK) AURA Service (ASUSTeK) ...

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