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Q: mother board questions

Looking to get clarification on these motherboard headers:​
HD Audio link - assume this has to do with some available add on panel to receive high def audio - though I have Klipsch speakers and have previously used the green 'line out' -- Is there a way to get high def or used the digital audio jack? Does it take a pci card?

Front Panel Receiver (input) ?

Serial - what are these typically used for if there already exists a serial connector for the older hard drives?

Back Panel CR Emitter (output) ?

IEEE1394a ?

Note:​HD LEDI is connected but with an indicator on the case front for HD LEDII as well there seems to be no board connector. Is is possible to make the connection directly to the 2nd hard drive 2-pin connector and bypass the board?

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A: mother board questions

HD LEEDII is used for a second connection to the controller. Some raid cards have this option [in fact my promise raid card has it] For you, just leave it unconnected.

IEEE1394 is firewire. With some boards they have a rear firewire connector AND one for a front of the case connection. If your case does not have this, leave it alone.

Serial ports are for old hardware that uses a serial connection. This would be something like a serial game pad, serial mouse, etc. There is no modern hardware that uses these ports so I often just disable them in the bios.

The audio link is most likely for a front panel audio. You can use this IF your case supports it.
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dazzbazz said:

Can I enable the integrated nvidia to use a 3rd monitor? I believe I can thru bios, but am nervous about bios.Click to expand...

I'm going to say no.

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I think three beeps on Intel is a memory issue. At least that what it was when I had a stick of cheap RAM crap out on me.

I'd run Memtest and go from there

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A:Swapping CPU questions

Aside from a possible BIOS update, it is simply take one out and put the other in. With the Q6600 though there shouldn't be a need in an update. You will need thermal paste when remounting the cooler. The board will configure itself once it detects which processor is running.

BTW I wouldn't worry about the FSB balance too much. I've run the Q9400 (FSB: 1333) with DDR2-800. The Q6600 (FSB: 1066) will run just fine, and double your processing performance.
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A:What AMD Processor is compatible with my mother board? And im new to this

That is an AM3 socket CPU which means it should be compatible with the Phenom II series CPU's. I looked up the board and it should still support up to a 95 watt CPU so any Phenom II X4 CPU with a 95 watt TDP would work on it.

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A:Ideas and questions for new PC - keyboard, CPU, mobo, TV among others

Here is a great place to start.

TechSpot PC Buying Guide - The Enthusiast's PC
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A:Hardware questions

Matis said:

Hello there

Didnt know where to post it so I made it under "Device Drivers".

Anyway, I want help for building my own gaming PC. I'm going to give full specs and I also add picture of the case end of this post.
THANKSClick to expand...

Hi Matis.
Welcome! And... a couple of pointers...

1) Questions about Builds should go in THIS Forum. Be sure to read the stickies at the top first.
Mailpup (Or another mod) may notice and move your inquiry for you.

2) You generally should post the same question only once and only in one place. Otherwise some of the mods and others tend to get a bit cranky.

3a) You might post an intro, here. Ravisunny2 has taken up the mantle of welcoming newcomers, and offering some helpful links on how to get the most of your Techspot Experience. This is something I used to do, and Kimsland before me. Ravisunny2's post is basically the same as I was welcomed with and which I used to welcome others.

3b) Right now, on this topic, just be a bit patient, and hope that Mailpup notices, and moves your post. Likely will happen within a few days.

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I am not going to cross post this answer to your other/duplicate post.
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A:My laptop key board is messed up

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A:Few questions regarding gaming PC build

With that budget, you can easily get an Intel based system. I think AMD is a better choice though since it leaves room for a better GPU. This is what I recommend: If you need Windows 7, I will need to downgrade some components.
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Wait, so you need help building your "secret machine"? Or upgrading your gaming rig?

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the card said it was 64 gigs (Fat32) when I looked at it on my windows 7 PC.

Next I put a song on it and it seemed to be working ok and then I tried for format the card.Click to expand...

Rule number one:- if it isn't broken then don't fix it.

The issue here is windows will not format Fat32 above 32gb, so invoking the formatter when all you needed was to delete the file was a major mistake.

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A:Audio recording questions

constant humming may be result of poor grounding. make sure you use 3-pin plug from your notebook adapter and the wall plug supports grounding. that being said, onboard aren't designed with quality in mind so it probably have some low hissing. somehow in my experience noise from desktops' onboards are way worse than laptop ones.

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Hi Todd,
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A:A few questions for GPU upgrade

1. Yes, it should be fine
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Firstly, why do you need to overclock it? I'm guessing its more because you want to, than necessity, but my thoughts are below.

I run the exact same CPU in my system 24/7 and while it might be long in the tooth compared with most systems on here, it's certainly not lacking at stock speeds as it is.

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A:P5E Lifestyle Board SoundMax to Asus P8H67

List any Problem Devices

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The mouse buttons can come in handy for things like reloading during gameplay. Hitting the mouse button with your thumb can certainly be quicker than hitting it with a finger on the keyboard.

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You can try something like this.

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Newegg - StarTech PCI Express to PCI Adapter Card Model PEX1PCI1
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A:Questions about a monitor power cord

learninmypc said:

I was given an HP flat screen Monitor yesterday with just the cord like this not THE exact PICTURE.

Amongst the other items was a power cord AC/DC Apapter that I've ONLY seen used on laptops.
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My tower is HP & I did plug it in as is BUT NOTHING. My question is,is the cord I got the power cord? TIA.Click to expand...

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A:Upgrading video card and RAM questions

With that many hours, just purchase and install a new power supply, paying close attention to the output of the +12V rail, which should be 18A or greater, and the unit shoujld be 80 Plus Certified.. Power output should be 500 Watt or greater, but the +12V is actually more important. Quality units such as PC Power and Cooling, OCZ, Cooler Master, Corsair (my choice) Enermax, ThermalTake, Antec, Blind Sentey, ESP Group, Eneermax, Ampaq, or ASUS.

Use the information on your existing memory to determine if it is DDR, DDR2, or DDR3, then order 1 GB modules... Windows XP will handle 2 GB, sometimes 2.5GB, Windows 7 should handle 4 GB.

What you should also consider is whether to replace the hard drive... after 3 years, your existing hard drive may have only another year, or less, to go before it fails. Use it as a backup now, and get a new hard drive... Western Digital Black or Seagate would be my choices.

Then buy the best video card that you can afford, based on what your motherboard website will suggest.

If you have an HP, Gateway, eMachines, Sony, Compaq, or Dell, it may be time to just replace it all by building your own.

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A:I upgraded to a i5-2500k and have questions

Ok, rather than write a tech version of War and Peace, I'd point you towards a couple of good-ish OC guides for 2500K/2600K.

A couple of points I would add. The Rosewill chassis is ok -not great. I think the fans are ~35cfm are they not (similar to Silverstone?).
The CM cooler is also in the same category. 2500K/2600K run pretty cool and at stock, but once you start pushing up Vcore the heat production does ramp accordingly. The N520 isn't a bad performer but it could be hampered by limited chassis cooling.

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[OCN overclocking guide]
[Clunk's overclocking guide]

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the Powered USB Hub is a desirable device.(*)
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A:Build/upgrade help, questions about the finer points (FSB, overclocking, etc.)

All of this information is already available online so it doesn't make sense to repeat what's available.


AMD uses HyperTransport to replace the Front-Side Bus in their Opteron, Athlon 64, Sempron 64, Turion 64, Phenom and Phenom II families of microprocessors.

In personal computers, the front-side bus (FSB) is the bus that carries data between the CPU and the northbridge.

This should explain DDR3:

What is the 1800(O.C.) and 1600(O.C.) on the motherboard?
The motherboard supports Overclocking up to those speeds.

What are the L2 and L3 Cache?
L1 is closest to the core, typically smallest and fastest. L2 is typically bigger and slower, and 'further away' (both physical, distance, and in latency). L3 is even bigger, slower and further, etc.
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I dont know but the site says that the board accepts DDR200/266/333 SDRAM.Click to expand...

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Just use three splitters.

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Bearing Type

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A:Intel desktop board DP55WB motherboard for gaming?

Pyron92 said:

So I recently had my main computer crash and break to the point I need a new computer so I figured I'd make it worth it this time.

Here's the deal: (add the www to see it)

Everything on there seems decent but I am curious about the board itself. Would the Intel Desktop Board DP55WB Motherboard be good for gaming, which I wish to use my computer mainly for. I have at most a 700 dollar budget and this seems like a nice deal for it. I plan on putting a Geforce GTX 580 graphics card in it as soon as I get the money as a little side note if it matters.Click to expand...

I'd suggest looking at the same chipset, but in either Gigabyte or Asus brands. Intel boards are fine, as much as it goes, but the BIOS is very limited as to configuration for different memory, and overclocking options. Intel really markets it's boards as mainstream items, intended for average users and businesses, they're not really aimed at the enthusiast.

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The GTX 460 would be a better pick over the HD 5770. However, the boards you're picking will not have SLI support if you want to add a second GTX 460 in the future. For a multi GPU setup it would be more sensible to pick an ATI card as the AMD chipsets support only CrossFire.

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Hi leeky,
I see 58c on your load screen-shot, but if you are hitting 68c you may want to turn the fan up as the max temp for the 8300 is 71.4c.
secondly pay no attention to the 12v reading on OCCT, it gets it wrong very often.
third, I would be careful OC'ing with a Dell OEM PSU, they are always hideously poor quality. You would do well to replace it with a decent quality power supply.
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****if you want a better reading on the rail voltages, download HWmonitor from here.
and you can check idle voltage in your BIOS.

EDIT: I just noticed you ran the Linpack not the standard OCCT CPU stability test, so its not surprising that it hit 68c. If its staying below 70c running linpack your doing well.
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Hi disczeiger,
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A:Calculating frame rates in games questions

hi Leeky,
you can use this utility to see what your running while playing, it hasa benchmark feature as well that will give you min/max/avg and record a log to your desltop. it depends on the type of game really. 30FPS is widely considered playable for semi smooth play. P(ersonally I think its at least 60FPS) for First person shooters 60fps is the goal for smooth, MMo's don't require that to play okay.The biggest issue is the minimum FPS. if it dips below 30 while you get to the 'action' portions, it gets really chunky looking. What was the "Crysis experiement" you were speaking of ?
anyway download FRAPS and you can see where your at.
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I know there are so many threads about this but I need quick answers!

1. I have two big 120 mm fans on the rear of my computer blowing air out of my computer (does that mean those are INTAKE or EXHAUST?), outside of the CPU and GPU fans that's all the fans I have

2. I am adding THREE fans, one on top, one on the bottom, and an expansion slot video card cooling fan. Since the two rear fans are blowing OUT, how should I set the top and bottom fans?

3. My video card is at the top of the expansion slots, how close to my GPU should I install the video card cooling fan?


A:Adding case fans noob questions

There are different theories regarding positive or negative case pressure.
My way of thinking is to have a negative pressure in the case so that the cool air will be drawn into the case (the cool air will actually be trying to get in there because of the very slight difference in pressure) and the hot air expelled better.
Positive pressure imo, will cause the warm air inside to possibly mill around inside the case before being evacuated.
So, the two fans on the back of your case are exhausting air, creating that negative pressure. I would put the one on the top as an exhaust also, as hot air tends to rise. I would then, if possible, put the other fan at the front of the case as an intake, so that the cooler air is drawn across the motherboard.
You can also have the one on the bottom as an intake too.
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I recently bought some parts to throw together a new budget computer but I haven t built one in a while and I realized there was some questions I couldn t answer with google Probably because I m a tard but I digress The parts I bought are as follows CPU Athlon II X Mobo Biostar A G AM Ram HD Radeon Onboard questions 4200 G-Skill x GB PowerSupply OCZ ModXStream Pro I have two questions concerning the Radeon HD graphics on the Mobo you can google the specs First I have an old Radeon X XT mb video Onboard Radeon HD 4200 questions card I can t seem to find specs for it I can compare to the onboard graphics Onboard Radeon HD 4200 questions Should I use my old video card or are the onboard Onboard Radeon HD 4200 questions graphics superior Second I will be installing Window -bit The max memory share for the graphics is mb Since Windows can t use all the gigs of ram I am installing anyways will the mb I plan on dedicating to the onboard graphics if I use it take away from what is usable by windows Or will I be able to have the whole gigs of ram available to me nbsp

A:Onboard Radeon HD 4200 questions

The discrete card would probably have the edge on the integrated graphics in raw gaming benchmarks . Here's a basic graphics hierachy chart, and your 512Mb video RAM comes out of the ~3.2Gb RAM available (or seen) by the system, and here's a review of the HD 4200 in relation to your motherboards chipset.

If you're after numbers for graphics card comparisons (or release dates etc.) then this set of tables will provide pretty much everything at a glance (be aware that some of the tables are rather large)

Good luck with the build.
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I want to put together two of the new GTX 460 video cards and using an i7-870 proc.

Any SLI mobo recommendations?

A:SLI board recommendations for the GTX 460 and i7-870

Hi Tom,
what price range are you in here?
......Hmmmmm, something tells me Chef will be here in a minute with that 4 recommendations.
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I want to turn on my PC automatically during late hours so that I can do some downloads and maintenance works on my PC automatically!!
But I cant find an option for RTC alarm enabling in this BIOS!!
Whats wrong with this Mobo?

Will any one help me?
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Every now and then I get an error, "The device 'Generic volume' cannot be stopped because a program is still accessing it", after trying to safetly remove my USB device.

No matter what I do I can not get it to say Device is ok to be Safetly Remove (or what ever it is)... - I mean I close everything that I can think of; I have tried to close a few program under the "Processes" tab of the windows task manager however some of these unsure if I she End Process so when unsure I do not. Is there anyway of knowing what these programs are?

Back to the USB device isue - will shutting off computer be good enough to unplug the USB drive? As there is always a little power in the computer on shut down.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated - thanks,

A:Questions on: safely remove hardware and Windows task manager

Look in the bottom toolbar for a tiny icon that has a green arrow pointing down to the left, and a grey image of a USB flash drive just below it.
Right click on that tiny arrow-grey box set. You will get the box "Safely Remove Hardware"
Click on that choice, and wait until you get the message on your screen that it is safe to remove the USB flash device.
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1. Will a standard Matx board fit in my Dell Optiplex case?
- This is the board I'm specifically talking about, upgrading from a Dell Dimension 2400 motherboard.
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Like would This work?

A:I want to upgrade my computer so I have some questions

As opposed to the Rosewill PSU, you would be light years better off with this Antec unit: This is the best price I've seen on this PSU this year. But, the price is only good until June 22nd, so you need to move on it quickly.

If what they're saying about 10% off with promo code is true, that comes to about 36 bucks, and that's a steal.

I don't recommend the Rosewill PSU.

I'm still uncertain about the board in your case.

The Newegg "combo offer" on the board looks like a decent deal. The G41 chipset has better onboard graphics than the G31 (GMA 4500)
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Hi I have been having problems with my hdd s circuit board on my dell d I aint sure what happen I think it Toshiba circuit HDD board was just my bad luck Anyways I was wondering if its possible of saving the HDD by switching the board with one of the same model boughten brand new off the internet Also I forgot to mention that I put a master password Bios password also applied but thats not a problem since I am able to enter my password on the hdd so no could get into it without my consent just in case it got stolen I am just wondering if that will screw anything up with the new circuit board The name and model of the hdd is Toshiba Toshiba HDD circuit board MK GAX I hope someone can give Toshiba HDD circuit board me some advice on this topic because I don t want to wast my money which ever way I go buy a new hdd or just a circuit board Please respond and thanks in advance nbsp

A:Toshiba HDD circuit board

Come on people, just don't let me hang. I need something, thoughts, ideas, and/or anything else. I just don't want to leave with nothing...
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As I can t use links I ve used the ebuyerDOTcom quickfind codes I m planning Upgrade questions to upgrade to Windows Professional from Vista Windows Ultimate Not literally upgrade I know I couldn t do that from Ultimate to Professinoal Upgrade questions and a Radeon HD from a NVIDIA GeForce GT sometime soon and I was wondering if there was anything else I should consider to update while I m at it If they don t really need to be updated and should be fine left how they are I ll leave it Its just that I read the PSU is rubbish and I think the CPU Upgrade questions is years old now So thought it might be time to upgrade Motherboard - Asus M N-E SLI PSU - EZCool ATX- JSP Watt CPU - AMD Athlon x My main concern is the PSU would something like this be a good replacement Wasn t sure with the Motherboard and CPU If it would fit would be a good replacement for my CPU PC is used for general use Gaming Photoshop I d like to try things like Streaming and using Valves Hammer Editor and other things like it so if it could handle tthose it would be nice As a for a budget around the same price as the items I linked Cheers nbsp

A:Upgrade questions

Your links didn't work. What speed is your current CPU, how much ram do you have?
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sorry if this is a repost Hi i have some questions about video cards i REALLY dont know a lot about computers when it comes to taking them apart and questions a card Video from noob adding removing hardware actually i dont know anything Im obviously a gamer and want to get a new video card to support the games i want to play I looked it up and found that i need a video card that is pci-e x Video card questions from a noob and a few other things Right now im considering getting a radeon gb hd but im confused about a few things Will the Radeon be what i need whats with the ATI sapphire ASUS Diamond radeon cards Whats the real difference between all these different prefixes to the Radeon video card I see pci-e x quot quot What is the difference between and Im running a Video card questions from a noob Emachines Et - with these following specs CPU Intel Pentium Processor E GHz MB L cache MHz FSB Operating System Genuine Windows Home Premium -bit Chipset NVIDIA GeForce Memory GB DDR dual-channel MB DDR slots total DDR slots available Hard Drive GB SATA also i have a w power supply but i plan to upgrade it to a w power supply when i get the video card Click to expand Again sorry if this has been discussed already but i really dont trust my ability in judging computer parts and really want to be careful with my money thanks nbsp

A:Video card questions from a noob

The first thing you need to tell us, SayWhaat, is your budget for the upgrade. Also, what games are you intending to play and at what resolution?
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I will be upgrading my system in july and was wondering if anyone can recomend a new cpu, motherboard and DDR3 sims. I currently have an E8500, ASUS P5N-32E, GTX275, Corsair TX650 PSU and 4gig of DDR2. I was thinking of going with the an Intel Core i7 930 2.80Ghz (Bloomfield) (Socket LGA1366). Can anyone recomend a good board around £150-180 that will fit this CPU and also some DDR3 sims?

A:New CPU, board and memory time

The Asus P6X58D-E is a great motherboard at your price point.

Are you planning on going with 6GB of DDR3 memory to utilise the CPU's triple channel memory controller? What's your budget for the memory?