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Building a computer witth a mini-ATX tower

Q: Building a computer witth a mini-ATX tower

I might be building a new computer soon, I am wondering if these parts will go well together:

Motherboard: BIOSTAR H61ML LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
tower:LIAN LI PC-A05NB Black Aluminum ATX Mini Tower Computer Case
Video card: EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1452-RX GeForce GTS 450 (Fermi) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Memory: CORSAIR 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model CMV8GX3M2A1333C9
monitor: Hanns-G HW-173ABB Black 17" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 250 cd/m2 600:1 @ 1440x900
Power Supply: Hanns-G HW-173ABB Black 17" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 250 cd/m2 600:1
Processor: Intel Core i5-2300 Sandy Bridge 2.8GHz (3.1GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52300

If any part in here is not compatible please tell me and point me in the direction of a compatible part if you can. I do need the tower everything else can be changed.

Thank you very much and have a nice day!

A: Building a computer witth a mini-ATX tower

Typo: you listed the monitor twice, once under PSU, Otherwise those parts look fine however even though it is a minitower due to the front mounted power supply that case will support a full ATX motherboard. I would personally recommend a Full ATX motherboard since they offer much more expansion. This is a good option and only costs slightly more, Although If you go with something like this you will get SATA 6gbps, USB 3.0, more memory slots, and a faster chipset.

Also Biostar motherboards are ok but far from the best try to look for boards from Gigabyte, ASUS, or MSI.

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A:Mini-Tower Close-up

That wire mass can't be good for air flow. You might want to clean it up a little.

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A:GTX550 TI in mini tower help!

No. Video cards connect directly to the motherboard. There aren't any external options, much less a way of using an internal card externally.

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A:Solved: Building my first tower

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A:Optiplex 760 Mini Tower Quadcore
Q9650 is max.  Bios update should be done BEFORE trying to change cpu.

 750 TI only fits in the TOWER and Only After Cutting the Bracket off and ONLY with Short cards with 1 fan aka 8.4 inches max.

There are no single slot cards.   If one was put in they hacked the bracket in half or removed bracket altogether.  If you remove the bracket on EVGA models you can use tin snips to CUT OFF half the bracket.  The cooling vents are blocked so you might also have to drill holes in the case to let air out.  Long Cards with 2 fans DO NOT FIT and WILL NOT EVER FIT into the Tower or any other size.

Only Short cards with Short fans Fit.

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A:Motherboard etc. 755 SFF compatible with the Mini Tower?

Yes everything would work well however from what I know your motherboard is smaller it will go in to the chassis though none of the expansion slots will align with the chassis slots as your motherboard as smaller than the chassis. I suggest you pick up a 755 MT motherboard for full compatibility and by the way these are like $50 or maybe less and you could just put all your current hardware on it (cpu, ram ,hard drive cable, etc) with no capability issues.

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A:AXC-704G-UW61 mini tower Desktop

SNID is available on BIOS too, press Del at boot and check on mainscreen.

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Optiplex 960 MT power supply upgrades

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A:Solved: Mini tower graphics Support

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You are maxed out at 8GB.

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A:Optiplex 790 Mini-Tower Dual Monitor ?

Hi Fin,
OptiPlex 790's onboard video solution supports both VGA and DisplayPort at the same time. You can connect two monitors to the computer without adding a discrete card.
Please let me know if you need further information.

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I Have Dell optiplex 745 With 3.4 Ghz Pentium D Processor with 4MB cache Memory .... Recently I wanted To Upgrade my p.c to dual core 2.6Ghz  E5300.. when i put Dual core processor into my board and truned on p.c the all lights was green and fan was running too fast and mY lcd Does Not dsplay anything .... And also My bios version is 2.6.3 .. what is the main fault in it.... kindly anyone tell me.... what should i do ???

A:Dell Optiplex 745 Mini Tower Upgrade

Hi Asfand_Munib,
Before installing a new processor, please update the BIOS to latest version from Here.
Note : Please save and close all running programs and documents and disconnect all external peripherals (printer, flash drives, external hard drives, etc) and connect the computer to a surge protector before updating the bios.
If all the lights are green and you are not receiving any beep codes from the system then it means that the processor has been installed correctly. Please check if the keyboard lights (Capslock, Numlock, etc) respond when you press the corresponding keys. Please verify the connections on rear of the system and check if they are connected firmly. Also, check if you are able to hear any windows jingle sounds after some time when you power on the system. Please share the exact model of Optiplex 745 you are using as it comes in 4 form factors viz Ultra Small Form Factor (USFF), Desktop (DT), Small Form Factor (SFF), and Mini-Tower (MT). A picture is attached below.

Please reply with the information. Will take it further from there.

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3. Is it possible to fit a gtx 1080 in there?

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A:Optiplex 3010 mini tower diagnostic lights 3 & 4

Hi ,
Thank you for writing to us ! 
To understand the cause of this issue I would ask you to try these steps and advise the result ,
*Disconnect the system from wall socket ,then press and hold the power button for about 15 - 20 secs .Then connect the system to wall socket and try to turn on the system .Here we are trying to release static charge from the system .
*Then disconnect all the peripheral components from the system and try to turn on the system .
*If the above step fails then remove all the memory modules from the system and try to turn on the system with only 1 memory module at a time .
If there are any more queries do reply to this post with system service tag sent via private message .
Hoping to hear from you soon .
Kind Regards,

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Vostro 200 Mini Tower tries to start, shuts down, then repeats until the power button is pressed to stop the cycle.
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I've disconnected power, drained residual power and reconnected the power.  The cycling continues.
I would appreciate some other suggestions on what I can try (like - why the monitor and keyboard are not receiving power from the computer).

Thank you.

A:Vostro 200 Mini Tower tries to start, shuts down, then repeats

Vostro 200 Mini Tower tries to start, shuts down, then repeats until the power button is pressed to stop the cycle.
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Video card removed and reseated
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PSU connector to MOBO reseated
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Thank you.
Are there any 'Beeps', see page 80?

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A:Need Help Updating Bios dc7800 Compact Mini Tower : ROM.CAB ...

Hi: There should be no need to update the BIOS if everything is working correctly. If you want to update the BIOS you should use the built in Flash System ROM menu in the BIOS. That is the safest and easiest way to flash the BIOS. All you need is a USB flash drive formatted with the FAT 32 file system. Download the latest BIOS update and run it. You should get an instruction page.  On that page, you want to select the F10 flash system rom option and you should see a view contents of DOS flash folder. Copy all of the files in that folder to your usb flash drive. Plug the flash drive in the usb port, reboot the PC and at the beginning of the HP welcome screen, tap the F10 key to access the BIOS. There will be a menu to Flash System ROM. Select that and it should see the BIOS update files on the usb flash drive.  Then follow the onscreen instructions to proceed with updating the BIOS.

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When I push the power button I get no change: no light in the power button, no diagnostic lights, no sounds, no fan movement. When I connect it to power the "AUX LED" light on the motherboard comes on a solid yellow/amber so the PSU is putting out something.
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<ADMIN NOTE: Service tag removed per privacy policy>
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<ADMIN NOTE: Express service code removed per privacy policy>

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My question is this: Would installing a seperate video card give me better all-around performance or would another gig of ram do the trick? And what brand/type of video card do you folks recommend?

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80 Gig WD SATA Hard Drive
Seasonic 350w PSU

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A:Video Card For Dell Vostro 200 Mini Tower

Windows will allot 50% of your ram by default, for when you need them programs. Remember, rams fastr than hard drive, and why have all that ram and not use it.

For your power supply, a nvidia 430/440 or an ati/amd 6450, maybe get away with a 6550... Seasonics are quality.

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SATA operation is set to AHCI, and I am booting into legacy with the USB.Any thoughts?  I'm wondering if maybe I have a dead memory stick.  There's no real way I can test it on another computer to see what happens.

A:Optiplex 7040 Mini Tower M.2 slot upgrade....

For Windows 10 you should have a UEFI Boot with SecureBoot Enabled. The USB should be made using the GPT partition scheme for UEFI BIOS. I hope you mean 120 GB and not 120 MB....
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Brand: Gateway
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A:Gateway LP MINI TOWER TB3 Essential 500 Desktop won't turn on.

This computer is 16 years old and came with Windows 98. It isn't worth spending time worrying about it; it is just too old and slow.
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It probably has at most 256MB of RAM.

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A:Upgrading Video Card on Dell Vostro 270 Mini Tower

The 2GB you are referring to is how much system ram is being given to the onboard Intel GPU video to use. You cannot increase that to 4GB. But you can add a discrete PCIe x16 video card. The Vostro 470 has a 300w power supply. So that will limit you as to which video card you can use. The two video cards that we shipped on this model were =
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i am using dell optiplex 780-Mini Tower. last week my pc didn't startup windows and stuck load on dell logo screen with flash light showing 1 - 4 and off LED light. also  didn't access/load boot menu, bios. i tried power on with all external devise unplugged but show same problem.
can you pls help me out. thanks in advance. 

A:dell optiplex 780-Mini Tower. flashing 1 and 4 with off power light

You ram is bad.  F2 Bios setup requires working ram.

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Hi TechSpot Forums!

I own a Dell Optiplex GX280 Mini-Tower PC, and am seriously considering buying a graphics card for it.

My question to you is, which would best be compatible with my specs?

System Specs:

Dell Inc. OptiPlex GX280
Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3
3.00 gigahertz Intel Pentium 4
2552 Megabytes Usable Installed Memory
500.10 GB HDD

Current Video Card:

Name: Intel(R) 82915G/GV/910GL Express Chipset Family
Manufacturer: Intel Corporation
DAC Type: Internal
Approx. Total Memory: 128.00 MB
Current Display Mode: 1400 x 1050 (32 bit) (60GHz)

Does installing a graphics card mean you can achieve higher resolutions on your LCD monitor? That is partly the reason I will be purchasing one.

Thanks for any info or suggestions,

~ TomHax

A:Graphics card for Dell Optiplex GX280 Mini-Tower?

Does installing a graphics card mean you can achieve higher resolutions on your LCD monitor?Click to expand...

That depends on the maximum resolution supported by your monitor.

What's your main reason to purchase the card? What's your budget?

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Hi everyone:

I was curious if anyone else experienced this issue? I have a Dell OptiPlex 7010 desktop/mini tower that I bought off the official Dell site. I configured that mini tower to have an SSD drive as the main drive, which I like very much, except one very annoying issue. Sometimes out of the blue Windows 7 will hang up, I can't click anything and the mouse starts spinning in a circle. This continues on for about half a minute and then it always comes back to life. Suddenly I start getting all my previous clicks moving windows, opening things, etc, all at once. This happened at least a dozen of times by now and I started to notice that when this happens the HDD/SSD LED on the case glows solid, which made me suspect that there's something going on with the drive itself.

Does anyone know what's going on and how to fix this?

PS. I tried contacting Dell support about this issue but they are pretty useless. I spent several hours in a chat with a guy once that eventually simply hung up on me. Then I emailed someone at Dell, for which the guy replied with instructions to run their hard drive diagnostic tool, which I did, that did not show any errors. (Note that I don't have a hard drive, it's a solid state drive.) I replied to the guy only to never hear from him again.... So I think I'm pretty much done with the Dell support

A:Dell's Optiplex 7010 mini tower SSD hang-up issue


Have you tried updated the firmware on the SSD?

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I ordered the new Optiplex 7040 minitower and its a horrible design.  I tried to open the case and they have a plastic tab that snapped off.  the spring and slide assembly inside. You can't reach the expansion bays and the case design is horrible.  It reminds me of the old style Acer PC's that ended up being throw aways.  Sending this one back right away.  Biggest flop I've seen in a new Optiplex!

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I have a Dell Vostro 230 Mini Tower, and it currently has the Intel Pentium E6500 processor. I would like to upgrade to something better, because my current processor does not meet the minimum requirements of some games I would like to play. I was wondering which processors I could upgrade to? I know that the new processor has to fit the socket on the motherboard, but I don't know how to find out what socket my current motherboard has, or even what motherboard it is.
I would also like to know, if I don't upgrade the processor, but instead get a new motherboard, can I get any motherboard, and plug it in, and will it come with a new processor, or will it have to fit my current processor? Does upgrading the motherboard make much difference to the CPU speeds if I don't actually upgrade the processor?
I am running Windows & SP3, DirectX 11, with 4GB RAM, and i also have an ATI Radeon 5670 HD Graphics Card, and a 300W power supply. 
Would I need to get a new power supply if I upgraded the motherboard or processor? 

A:Upgrade processor or motherboard on Dell Vostro 230 Mini Tower

I have mentioned list of processors which are also compatible with Vostro 230 mini tower.


Code Name


Clock Speed

Front Side Bus



12 MB

3.00 GHz

1333 MHz



12 MB

2.83 GHz

1333 MHz



4 MB

2.66 GHz

1333 MHz



4 MB

2.50 GHz

1333 MHz



6 MB

3.33 GHz

1333 MHz



6 MB

3.16 GHz

1333 MHz



6 MB

3.00 GHz

1333 MHz



3 MB

3.06 GHz

1066 MHz



3 MB

2.93 GHz

1066 MHz



2 MB

2.80 GHz

1066 MHz



2 MB

2.70 GHz

800 MHz



2 MB

2.60 GHz

800 MHz



512 KB

2.20 GHz

800 MHz

Vostro 230/230s has been tested with Intel G41 chipset (Motherboard) with ICH07 only. Motherboard and processor are two different components. I would suggest you to upgrade the processor. Please reply for further assistance. Thanks & Regards Manshu S #iworkfordell

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I'm considering buying a used Dell OptiPlex GX790 MT computer, and I'm wondering what the maximum video card length can be without having to remove the hard drive cage.

A:Used Dell OptiPlex GX790 Mini tower video card

The hard drive cage isn't the only problem.  The power supply is not standard.
So a short GTX750 TI non SC would be the max.

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Dell Optiplex 3010 Mini Tower
intel core i3 3220 3.30 Ghz
265 watt PSU
24 pin connector

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So I bought a mini tower. It did not come with a card reader. I was looking at some at a few places, then I get the credit from dell rewards and tried to find the card reader on Many Vostro 3900 come with one, so I know dell makes them. But I tried and tried but can not find them. Does anyone know what to search for? Thank you!

A:Vostro 3900 Mini Tower Multimedia card reader on

Hello Mathcat
Thanks for writing to us. 
If you are looking for an internal card reader, then we would request you to talk to part sales team on 1-866-440-3355 . 
Have a good one. 

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Hello everyone.

Can someone post a good GFX card for no mor ethne $100 for a miini tower PC such an emachine El series etc. So a low profile GFX card. My friend does some basic gaming WoW, Moonlight etc.

i know a regular card is too big. What is one of the best 100 dolalr or below gfx cards that are low profile and can fit into mini tower PCs? The slot can be the regular PCI 2.0

Thanks guys

A:Solved: Best budget Graphics card for mini tower form factor?

The biggest problem with OEM PC's is that the power supplies aren't typically up to the task of an addon card. So it's generally recommended to replace the power supply as well. With this being a mini-tower, I wouldn't be surprised if it does not use a standard sized power supply, so that is likely not an option.

If you want to simply try a new card anyway, your options will be limited by the card size. There isn't much of a selection of low profile cards. Find the latest generation chipset which fits your budget.

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I have a Dell OptiPlex GX280 mini-tower (smallest one thereis), and the original 160W power supply died a few months ago without warning. I ordered a new power supply, but accidentally ordered the wrong size (210W for one of the larger towers). I used it in the meantime until I could get the proper size (although the 210W supply wouldn’t fit in the mini case – I left it out of the case and ran the wires through the power plug hole). The computer booted up just fine with this 210W power supply. I finally got around to ordering the 160W smaller correct size, but that power supply would not boot up the computer (just got an amber flashing light). Thinking it was just faulty, I sent it back and requested a replacement. The replacement did not work either. I ordered a third replacement, and the third did not work either! So now I am back to using the 210W power supply (No. HP-U2106F3) which does not fit in the computer housing. I know these Dell OptiPlex machines are notorious for having power supply and capacitor issues. But the question is, why will the computer power on using the 210W power supply? I contacted Dell and they were of no help whatsoever. The guy told me that 160W wasn’t enough to power my machine and to order a 210W power supply correctly sized for my chassis. Gee, thanks! First of all, they don’t make 210W that fit in the mini towers, and second of all, why did it used to work just fine??? Oh, and no I have not upgraded anything (i.e., video card, etc.) which... Read more

A:Dell OptiPlex GX280 mini-tower power supply problem

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I have a Vostro 460 MT from Dell.
The Specs:
320GB HD
Stock PSU - 350W

I had a NVIDIA GT 210 card in previously which I sold and bought an R7 240 to upgrade with. When plugging in the R7 240 and booting up. I get NO VIDEO SIGNAL. NO BIOS SPLASH SCREEN etc.
NOW if I take the card out and use the onboard VGA it works fine. The NVIDIA GT 210 worked fine too.

Why does this card not work? Is there a solution to my problem?

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I have built atx desktops, but am considering a mini itx. possib ly with one of those pico power supplies, and an intel 2120t for low power. this will just be for microsoft office stuff and web browsing. I am not a gamer. I understand there is often not a case fan, and if I use a ssd I think the whole thing should be ok with just the cpu fan.

anything I need to know before getting myself into trouble?

A:Anything I should know before building first mini ITX?

not really. just make sure that everything (mobo, CPU heatsink, GPU, etc) will fit comfortably inside the case.
which case did you have in mind?

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Hello. This was the best thread of the forums i thought to post in. If not then please feel free to correct.

I am thinking of building a Mini ITX system for multimedia. Something to put under and fit to my TV via HDMI. I would not need a cd/dvd drive. I have been looking at some cases and motherboards but not settled on anything yet.

Needs to have a wireless connection to internet. Smooth video playback via hdmi. 2 USB2 or USB3 slots. This would allow Pen Drive to be accessed for photos/videos/music files. 2 to 4 gig internal hard drive and i think running Win7 or perhaps Win8 OS or perhaps Linux OS.

I think that would be about it.

Has anyone ever done anything similiar? Can anyone suggest a site that may help to do this?



A:Building an mini itx multimedia system

Take a gander here:

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I have been looking to build a PC for about 2 months, First I was sure id want to build a full tower desktop but lately I have been interested in the idea of a mini PC,

I want to use it for gaming on ultra graphics ( BF4 and Elder scrolls online when it releases) and watching movies.

What Im most worried about is the temperatures, but ive read around and it seems it shouldn't really be an issue with a good case with proper fans and a good cooling GPU,

any recommendations on parts?

I have been looking on Thermaltake Armor A30 SECC case and im waiting for nvidias price cut in November kinda, else I will probably go with one of the new AMD cards,

A:Building a mini PC for high end gaming

What is your budget for the project? Helps to have a reference point of what you'd like to spend and max you can spend.

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Hi, Currently I'm using a dual core 6850 and I'm thinking about buying a quad core. I have a PSU of 500 W as spare.

Can i replace the CPU to a Quad Core without changing the cooling system?

A:replace dual core CPU by quad core what about heatsink? in Mini Tower 755 Optiplex

These are the specs of the spare PSU. Aren't they better than the original Dell PSU?
That power supply is ATX and not EPS12V
Better is not the issue.  Dell power supplys are 80 percent efficient not 70 percent ATX.  The -5v rail is an issue as well as this may cause a motherboard fire or damage your system.  Its a dead giveaway that this is a power supply from 1990 to 2000.
What current is on which rails is not trivial. There is a single 12V RAIL on that unit and its max is 17A
EPS 12V units have multiple rails of 12V @ 18 amps each.  MAX Power on the 12V rails is 264w not 204w
That unit has a lot more on the 5V and 3.3V rails at the expense of the 12V rails and CPU 4 pin connector. So no that spare unit is not likely to work well if at all.

Recommended update or replacement is EVGA 750B1

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Ok so I just recently got a Dell optiplex GX 755 PC that has- 
*Intel core 2 quad processor 2.4 GHz
*8GB ram
*320GB hard drive (kinda small i know, i'm looking to upgrade that as well)
I'm posting this here to see if anyone knows mainly what graphics card i could get that would make my PC gaming friendly. It doesn't have to be the most amazing stellar quality card out there since iv had (some) people tell me that you cant upgrade these PCs much. But just some good quality advice on the subject and maybe a recommendation on what card brand to get as well as the specs for it. Also a recommendation for a video card would be greatly appreciated as well. Sorry for my ignorance on on the subject, i am new to the PC world. I ended up having to get this computer in a pinch because I am a small time graphics design artist and my laptop died, and I had orders coming in. I'm not looking for a quick fix to the problem so even if anyone has a solution that may take a bit or quite a few steps to get underway, the help is still greatly welcomed! I am hoping if its at all possible to make a good situation out of this and maybe build this PC to fit my needs. Thank you to anyone who can help!

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Ok so I just recently got a Dell optiplex GX 755 PC that has- 
*Intel core 2 quad processor 2.4 GHz
*8GB ram
*320GB hard drive (kinda small i know, i'm looking to upgrade that as well)
I'm posting this here to see if anyone knows mainly what graphics card i could get that would make my PC gaming friendly. It doesn't have to be the most amazing stellar quality card out there since iv had (some) people tell me that you cant upgrade these PCs much. But just some good quality advice on the subject and maybe a recommendation on what card brand to get as well as the specs for it. Also a recommendation for a video card would be greatly appreciated as well. Sorry for my ignorance on on the subject, i am new to the PC world. I ended up having to get this computer in a pinch because I am a small time graphics design artist and my laptop died, and I had orders coming in. I'm not looking for a quick fix to the problem so even if anyone has a solution that may take a bit or quite a few steps to get underway, the help is still greatly welcomed! I am hoping if its at all possible to make a good situation out of this and maybe build this PC to fit my needs. Thank you to anyone who can help :)

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Hi, I might be able to buy a second hand Optiplex mini tower and I would like to install the motherboard etc. of my Optiplex 755 SFF.

Wilt thi fit?

The idea is that with the Mini Tower I can buy a better GPU.


A:Does motherboard of Optiplex 755 SFF fit in a Dell optiplex 745 dualcore mini tower?

No it wont fit.   The board layout, number of slots etc is different.

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hi, I am going to upgrade my graphic card to ATI 5770 so I need a new power supply which has power about 550--600 watt. But the most frustrating problem is that I failed to find a proper power supply with the correct dimension.
I have an HP pavilion e9300 which uses a very wired power supply tower-150mm(W) 86(H) 140(D). But so far all the PSUs I found is the standard size --150mm(W) 86(H) 150(D) which cannot fit in my setup.

So could any PC God give me some suggestion, please??
Is any PSU with the size of my tower or can I just simply install a bigger PSU which can still successfully power up the comptuer?

Thx in adance.

A:Power supply bigger than the tower - frustrated by HP PSU tower

If the power supply will physically fit your case, it should work fine with your computer. Will the extra 10mm interfere internally with anything inside the PC?

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I need to retrieve some old info from my old tower. Is it possible to hook the old tower to the new one and use it as a big memory bank? And if so, how do I do it?

A:Hooking old tower to new tower to retrieve old programs

This TCP/IP Home Networking and File Sharing Tutorial should get you started.

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Hi, I am not sure if it is the hard drive or not making this noise when I turn the computer on. I replaced the original hard drive for this computer about 3 years ago or so. The original hard drive made clicking noises when it was on its way out. This one makes a sound I haven't heard. It does it 5 or 6 times before stopping. The computer loads with no problems. I recorded the sound. If it is the hard drive what should I do? Thanks. I uploaded the video I made of the noise on youtube. Here it is:

A:Computer tower noise

The noise is from a fan.

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I am just wondering if an official noun name has been given for the following noise? And please read this entirely before submitting your answer.
Its a noise that comes from the Computer Tower that sounds like a Geiger Counter? It can also be said to have a very fast, medium, or slow clicking or ticking sound. But the sound is best described as sounding like the noise made when a Geiger Counter detects radiation. I don't know if this sound can be heard in the most up-to-date computers of this day. But on the older ones especially it was a very prevalent sound. This sound occurs when my virus software is doing a scan. When this sound is being made, I experience a slow down of being able to open programs and etc.

Now I've gotten three answers from people who wanted to give me a solution for a problem when all I am asking is if there is a name for the noise. I have no problem. So for the people who submitted answer posts #2 and #3, please read my response in the #4 post.

Today I have edited my question in such a detailed way so there should be no confusion that I am not asking for a solution to a problem. I am asking if anyone knows if a name has been assigned for this noise. I already know why it happens.
Where it comes from - (like does it come from a speaker),
and how its produced - (like does it come from a component),
would be nice to know.

But the basic question is: What is the name of the noise called?

A:Noise from Computer Tower

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Whenever I play music on Windows Media Player or play any kinds of games on my computer something inside my computer tower will start beeping continuously until I exit the media player or the game and log off my user name on Windows XP. It doesn't affect my computer's performance in any way but the beeping is annoying and I would love for it to stop. Please help me....

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I have recently bought the following items for my new computer.

Motherboard: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe

Procesor: AMD Athlon 64 4000+ 2.4GHz San Diego

Memory:1 GB (2 pcs 512MB) DDR (400) PC-3200 Corsair w/LED Display (TWINX1024-3200XLPRO)

Video Card: eVGA GeForce 7800 GTX KO 256MB

Hard Disk :Western Digital 74 GB SATA 10K Raptor (WD740GD)

Now I need a good place to put this bad boy into. What is a good computer case/tower for cooling? What should I buy to keep this bad boy cool? CPU fan? other fans?


A:Computer Case/Tower


That is a nice system. Damn!

How about this for a case? 730

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Help, I shut my computer down the other night. I tried to turn it on yesterday, but the green light or the Gateway icon is not lit. I can hear the fan going, and a orange light that is in the shape of a battery stays lit. Please help!!!

A:Computer tower will not turn on..

Do you have another PSU that you can try in the computer?

What model # is your Gateway?

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I'll start with my current setup, which can be found attached to this post as a jpeg (Csetup.jpg). Now, what I'm wanting to do is only adding a computer tower to the router and being able to access that tower from one of the other computers(Wsetup.jpg). I guess it would be networking the hard drive through the router to be accessed by other computers on the same network. But I've been racking my brain on how to do this. I've tried remote access connections from computer to computer on the same network, but that was an unsuccessful attempt. Maybe I'm doing it wrong. I followed the explanation on how to setup the remote access. Couldn't get that to work with the computer name or the IP address of the computer. I tried doing some of the port forwarding for the host computer and even tried putting it on DMZ but nothing allowed me to access that computer through the router from other computers. Well, if anyone could offer some assistance with my dilemma it would be much appreciated.

A:Networking a computer tower

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Forgot to ask this in my last thread. Is there any difference between a mid-tower ATX case and a full-tower other than height? Thanks.

A:Mid-Tower and Full-Tower Cases

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I made a thread a while ago about my computer freezing without knowing why. I did lots of checks and ran lots of tests. I swapped my SATA cable and everything seemed to be fixed. However it is now back, the computer freezes (There is no BSOD) and then the tower beeps. It is an electronic beep.

I reset the computer by pushing the button on the front, the computer then works for a while afterwards. However it still will freeze from time to time. I am not really doing anything in particular when it crashes, sometimes it's watching a youtube video, or just looking at the news.

Additionally I don't know if it is of any use but I was away from this computer for four weeks with it being turned off, it was after this time that it seemed to start to freeze. I don't know if that is just coincidence but I know the more information I can give the better.

A:Computer freezes then tower beeps.

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I have a friend in my gaming group whose tower has experienced several crashes occasionally. It's where his computer slowly freezes up, kind of one program at a time. He says, "Something's unstable in my computer." I offered to post this for him so hopefully some answers can be found. You guys did a great job last time, it's the first place I thought of.
What happened in this particular incident is that his computer crashed at about 3:15 EST, and when he turned it back on, he thought nothing of it till he plugged in his gaming headset, (a Coolermaster Storm Sirus), and found only the Mic worked. Sometimes he heard feedback if he wiggled the place where the sound line hooked up to the computer, so he's sure the headset is just fine. He tried re-installing the drivers for sound, but nothing came of it.
I am going to have him post MiniToolBox and Speccy logs here soon so hopefully we can get this figured out.
PC Overview:

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I'm having a very similar problem, and have similar system specs including the AGP nVidia and a 5-6 y/o system. Ran great until yesterday evening, but this morning it wouldnt boot up.

A little more detail about the problem on my end:
The system's power/reset buttons do nothing. I have to unplug the tower to make it turn off.
Monitor reads being ON, but not recieving signal.

I checked my seats, all seem set well. The CPU fan and the nVidia card fan spin, and the few lights on the main board are on, but that is the only activity inside. Neither of my two drives are spinning, the cd/dvd-roms sit dormant. I've also tried restrapping the drives to at least generate a read error, to rule out/in the HDs, but still no response from the system.

I'm going to try swapping out the nVidia card with a different (though it is slightly older) Radeon to see if I can eliminate the nVidia. Update: I installed the other card, and there was less response from the system. The CPU fan activated for a few seconds then powered down. The lights on the main board stayed on.

Any help on this topic would be most appreciated!

A:have to unplug the tower to shut down computer

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I have a DELL PC, dimension 8200. At the back of the tower, there are, among other items, 4 mini plug receptacles in a horizontal row. They are color coded as follows. Green to plug in a loudspeaker output, Red to plug in a microphone input, Blue to plug in an on-line input., and Yellow, apparently for Video. Is that for Video in or Video out? After you advise me as to whether it is for sending a signal in or out, please advise me in great detail what software to use to handle the signal and how to go about accomplishing whatever can be accomplished.



A:Receptacles at back of my Computer tower

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i am building a new computer and have pretty much decided upon my specs untill i was reading the thread "power supply upgrade- need some recomendations" i used a power supply calculator to try and figure out how big of a PSU/cooling i needed in the new case (note: i know nothing about cases and have been having a hard time finding somethign i know will work). to make a long story short my specs said i needed 700w on my psu, and i dont know what type of cooling i should be using or any websites to find a tower that will work and include cooling/psu. having a few concerns about finding a tower and if i should downgrade (from quad to dual processor) because of my high PSU needs(had a hard time with exact power needs because i am not sure if my motherboard is high end, and other little things like that). anyone who can provide information as to a tower with a good enough PSU/cooling/proper number of ports, etc, can tell me how much power i actually need or recommend a tower would be great. here are my computer specs:
*gigabyte ga-p35c-ds3r motherboard (p35 intel chipset)
*intel core 2 quad q6600 2.4ghz processor
*2 dimms of 1gb ddr2 6400 dual channel RAM
*geforce 8800 gts (320 or 640mb) video card, havent decided but calc didnt change much between the 2.
*i am using my old drives for the time being, floppy drive, dvd drive, and cd+rw drive, 5400 assuming IDE harddrive and am not using any USB or other divices such as external drives.
*not sure on the fans/cooli... Read more

A:cooling, PSU, tower needed for new computer

Look at Antec cases. Not cheap but top quality and usually come with a generous PSU and decent chassis fans all in.

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I want to build a computer tower for my birthday when it comes around.
I'm asking for money only so I'll buy parts on the day or soon after.
I'm not going to have a lot to start off with, about 200 pounds.
But, if I can get one going I'll sell my Xbox and games and then I'll have more money to get parts.
I want this tower for gaming/designing/editing.
I wouldn't worry about the Graphics card too much yet, but I just want to get the basics and get it running.

Also, I've never really built a tower before so I have some questions;
1. I believe you have to wire everything up to the PSU, is this easy?
2. Is it easy putting in the motherboard and processor?
3. And all the wires, easy or not?

A:I want to build a computer tower - READ.

It's all relatively easy, but not something you just dive into.

The instructions that come with your parts will be nearly useless.

So you have to educate yourself in some other way---friends, the net, books, etc.

200 pounds is somewhere around $300 US. You won't do much for that. If you can get it up to over $500 maybe it would be worthwhile.

If you can't get up to $500 US, you are probably better off buying rather than building.

You need these parts:

Video card unless you use integrated graphics
Power supply
Fans if they don't come with the case
Hard drive or drives
DVD drive
Operating system

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Yeah about 4 months ago or so I turned on my computer and all the sudden I heard a sound I have never heard in the 4 years I have had this computer. For a minute I thought someone was cutting down a tree outside. It sounds like a chain saw. I immediately thought it was something inside the computer hitting up against something. So I opened the computer and took a look. Didn't see much out of the ordinary so shut the case. Turned the computer back on and it made that noise again. The sound eventually subsided. However this past week I noticed that sound again. Not as loud but it happens on and off now. Does this sound like a problem? How would I know what it is for sure? My computer is a Dell Dimension 8250 2.66 ghz.m 512 meg of ram with Windows XP Home edition.

A:Noise coming from computer tower!!!

If you have a video card with a fan check the decal cover over the fan hub and see if it came loose and got sucked into the fan.

I serviced a machine where this had happened and it made a hell of a noise.

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Hi my computer is a windows 7 home premium 32 bit . My friend built it for me and im not very great with computers but i usually leave my computer on. It works fine its a great system and one day when i left with my friends to go fishing it was on but when i came back the next day it was off. So i went to turn it on and it wouldn't turn on. I unplugged it , plugged it back in and made sure the outlet was working . There are two buttons near the plug one that sais 115 and 230 and another one that has A , H , D i think or A , L , D but the switch for the first one is covering the 230 and 115 is showing . I have the O, I On I i made sure but even when i click the power button nothing will start. Theres a green light on the inside thats just a solid green light. Ive read around and people say that , that means the tower is receiving power. So i dont know what it is .. i have no real smarts with computers so i wont know how to remove anything from the inside or anything but i know that the fans are working i have 3 on the computer to keep it fine. I spun them and there all still fine. But there may have been a power outage while their gone could that have caused my system to stop working !?? would love any help i can get .

A:Computer Tower Wont Turn on

I guess one thing you could try is to unplug it, hold down the power button for about 30 seconds or so, let it sit for about 15 minutes, then plug it back in and try to start it.

Quote: Originally Posted by Smartyhead

...and another one that has A , H , D i think or A , L , D .............. I have the O, I On I i made sure but even when i click the power button nothing will start....

I'm unsure what that means. Maybe if you post a pic of it...

Quote: Originally Posted by Smartyhead

...but i know that the fans are working i have 3 on the computer to keep it fine. I spun them and there all still fine. But there may have been a power outage while their gone could that have caused my system to stop working !?? would love any help i can get .

Were any of the fans spinning by themselves when the power was on?

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Hi guys,

I'm ordering a computer, but im confused about some thing.

it says

touch is the manufacturing company i assume

'Touch' computer mid tower
'Touch' computer base
Chenbro Black ATX Midtower Case

What are all these for?

Do i really need the computer mid tower, and base?

Thankyou in advance

A:Confused Computer tower/base

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Hey all,

I've recently lost the audio to my laptop and discovered that this was a hardware problem. I understand that it would be very expensive to fix the speakers, since it's integrated with all the other hardware inside. Other than the sound, the computer seems to be working fine. I'm wondering if its possible to buy a cheaper computer tower and link it to my laptop. The OS and audio devices would be run from the tower, and my laptop would be used strictly for typing and visual output, like a makeshift desktop. If this option is possible, can anyone tell me what I need to make this happen? Your help would be much appreciated. Thanks

A:Laptop/Computer Tower Option

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Why do I hear rumbling on my PC computer tower? It goes on about 85% of time.
I have windows 7 pro.

Could their be programs running in background?

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I have a Laptop and a Computer Tower but no Monitor for the Tower. I would like to use the computer as well as the laptop but without buying a new Monitor and using it separatly. Is there any way to hook the Tower up to the Laptop and be able to use the Tower through the Laptop. I have lots of cables. Example: Ethernet, USB, S-Video, and others.

A:Solved: Trying to hook up a Laptop with a Computer Tower.

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I have just redone my daughter's computer. I would like to keep the boot disk to restore it to this new state with the computer, but don't trust her family to keep up with it. I'm thinking about taping it inside the cover panel on the side that I remove to work on it. Would there be any risk to the computer or the disk if I do this? I'm thinking it might cause more heat or something.

Thanks for any advice.

A:Safe to tape CD inside computer tower?

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A:Is it ok to put computer tower vertical when it is horizontal design?

Quote: Originally Posted by h4mza

Something like this...

Yes IF the vents and exhausts are not covered. It gets shipped that way with no damage.
Ken J

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i am using my laptop to report this.cause i can't use the one with the black screen.HELP!!!!!! when it first comes on its like it tries to start but just stays black.can it be fixed or do i have to buy a new screen?(i'm not sure if its called the screen or the monitor.i just know that when i turn the tower on,there is no picture .

A:black screen after i turn my tower to my other computer on.r

If you do not see the message "No Signal" on the monitor screen, very likely it's the monitor itself which is faulty or "dead".To check if it is indeed the monitor which needs replacing, connect it to your laptop if possible (there should be a VGA port on one side of your laptop so you can connect the monitor using the same VGA cable that connects monitor to your PC). If the monitor does not work on your laptop either, you need a new monitor.However, if your tower is not starting up it won't be a faulty monitor. There is something wrong inside the tower. Get someone to check it over, maybe needs a new PSU (Power Supply Unit) which fits inside the tower.Do not rush out to buy a new monitor if the tower is not starting up as the problem will be inside the tower.message edited by phil22

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A while back, I got this P5-133 computer by Gateway with windows 95 from a friend. At the time, we had aol, but then my family switched to comcast because we got a new Dell Windows XP and we wanted to have faster internet. Currently, I have a Linksys router and 3 computers currently hooked up to it: The Dell, and 2 Compaq laptops.

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A:Solved: Hooking up a Gateway 2000 P5-133 tower computer to my network.

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hey... My computer switches on when i press the power button but no power is going to to the key board or mouse and there is no picture on the monitor........ this all started when i changed one of the settings on the F2(bios setting) and it switched off...... when i switch off the computer all fans are working all lights are working just no picture and power to mouse and key board. how do i undo what i have done. please help

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Can you see the POST screen to enter back into the BIOS? You may need to go back in with the manual for the PC and make sure everything is properly set. If you used F2 to enter the BIOS, it should work, but you will need to make sure the display setting is supported. If you disable on board video, you will need to get a stand a lone video card to make the change.

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Building a pc's quite easy. But you need a checklist of items that are needed. Do you have any parts right now like a keyboard, monitor etc that you can use or are you going to have to buy everything.

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Finally decided to start to build my new computer. I have the following parts already

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I see your going to build a high end gaming machine. What's your price range?

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Is this for gaming/video editing/general use?

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I am building a computer. Iam going to use an asus A7N8x, this board has DDR DIMM RAM capability from 3200,2700,2100 should I match the processor and RAM to 2700 or is it ok to use PC2100 RAM with an AMD 2700 or 2400 processor (this is an AMD board)

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I'd get the PC3200 DDR. Not that big a difference in price.

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Intel Core i7-4790K, XFX Radeon R9 280X, Thermaltake Commander MS/I Snow Edition (White/Black) - System Build - PCPartPicker
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A:Building a new computer, please help :)

Looks pretty darn good!

Just a few suggestions: For your primary HDD....go with an SSD then use a standard HDD for storage and what not. I'd get the WD black series 2 TB...that should be plenty for your storage needs. On the PSU I would go full modular either Gold or Platinum certified and a brand by either Seasonic, EVGA. There's some stories going around about Corsair PSU that are just junk. My buddy has one and it's given him nothing but problems. And for your GPU I'd go with an Nvidia, at least a GTX 960 and if you can swing it a 970. Way better graphics card.

Other than that, damn fine build.

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Hey, with the deals from Thanksgiving, I'm going to be building my first computer.
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Motherboard: ASUS M4A785-M Motherboard
Processor: AMD Phenom X4 9850 Quad Core Processor
CPU Fan : Thermaltake TR2-R1 CPU Fan
Graphics card: HIS H567Q1GD Radeon HD 5670 IceQ Video Card
Memory(Ram): Corsair 2048MB PC6400 DDR2 800MHz Memory (2)
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The links for the parts are:

I have a few questions. Do I need to apply thermal paste to my processor? Should I replace the CPU fan with something like.... Cool Master V8 CPU Fan (
Also, what happened to the fan for the computer in this kit bunde?

P.S. Any advice would be appreciated

Thank you for your time.

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im trying to find a decent heatsink that will fit nice with this motherboard w/o getting in the way of the ram etc and has the rite connection... i think 4 pin, does anyone have any ideas of a few decent heat sinks

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thaught illd mention that its all going in this case
found this heatsink but not sure if it will fit

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