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Q: how to paint a computer case...

i want to paint my computer green but i have no idea what kind of paint to use. it's an off-white metal case. do i need to use spray paint or hand paint? what can i do to make the surface smooth and soft? thanks!

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A: how to paint a computer case...

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Hello, and Happy New Year!

An idea just disembarked from my train of thought. I want to paint my case, preferably with some high quality, reflective and shiny automotive paint. I am not clear yet on what color I want, but I'll decide sometime...

What I need to know is exactly what paint that I want, be it acrylic enamel, or laquer or whatever. And what equipment I may need. I have two good rental places nearby that I can easily get painting supplies from. I really don't want to rent something, but I will if it offers alot better quality than anything else. And what do I need to put over the paint? Like clearcoat or something? I also want to know how much this will cost...:dead:...

Thanks.

And if the original thread was deleted by someone, please tell me why, and please refrain from deleting this one
 

A:I want to paint my case, 2.0.

Ahh here we are I get to write this long reply because the origional was deleted along with the whole thread, My father is an expert painter(for over 27 years he's been a painter) and he's helped me paint a few cases, yes you can use automotive paint on the case, and yes it can stick very well and never flake off, if applied correctly with appropriate products....bare in mind without sufficent equipment this is impossible....

Brief Overview:
To start out you have to sand it down, I'll tell you the grade of sand paper in my instructions which I'll post tomorrow hopefully, then you use automotive pre-cleaner, and clean it, then you have to apply stuff called bull-dog to all the plastic parts, it partially resoluvates the plastic so the paint will stick to it instantly, then you have to take a tack cloth and lightly rub it(its like cheese cloth, it removes excess dust) then you spray everything down with primer, a coat or two, then you get it with the tack cloth again, and then you apply the paint, yet again the tack cloth, and then you apply a poly-urathane based clear coat, high-gloss if you like, in the end there may be dust in the paint and you'll have to wet sand all the parts with dust in the clear, and buff it back up with a buffer and compound.....the best thing is to acctually be in a paint facility with a micron air filtration system so you dont get dust in the paint...
 

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I recently bought a 2nd hand 21 inch monitor that looked, well, 2nd hand.

I purchased Dk Grey "K&H" Bumper and Trim paint from the local auto shop for about $12aus, cleaned the beast with Metho, sprayed away, and it looks Brand new.

Looked so good I did my case as well, all from the one aerosol can.

Hope this helps someone.

P.S Don't spray it in an enclosed area, unless you:dead: like that sort of thing - seen BLUE VELVET anyone ???
 

A:Found good paint 4 hard plastic ie case, monitor...

how much is it?. when i turn 18 i might get some. one question though.... how did you spray your monitor without getting it in the vent holes?.
 

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I have a Dell Optiplex GX270. When I press the power button, the power button light turns amber, I hear some fans spinning, and the CD drive spinning. However, it never gets to the boot screen (or any screen). If I open the case and press the power button, however, the power button turns green and the computer works fine (loads all the way up and functions like normal). If I close the case after it has started, it continues to run fine. I'm guessing / hoping it's not the mother board or power supply that has directly gone bad... but maybe there is a connection or something? that changes from when it's closed to when it's open. I've heard of something like... the motherboard is shorting out by touching the case... but I'm not really sure where to look for that / how. Any suggestions would be appreciated! Thanks!
 

A:Solved: Computer boots fine when case is open, but won't boot when case is closed.

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hi all ,

i have a desktop

i changed my broken case to a new case like

i removed the HDD and the motherboard and the CD-rom ..etc and installed them to a new case

but when i press the switch button it works normally , and the screen display normally and there are no beeps , but after like 20 second my computer turns off automatically ! ,

what may cause this issue ?
 

A:i replaced all of my computer components from my broken case to other case

could be overheating CPU. Did you apply fresh Thermal paste to the HSF after reinstalling the motherboard? Is it tight and secure? Did you blow out all the dirt, dust and debris from the fans' fins?
 

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Apparently, XP Home has eaten one of its own. How to get Paint back?

The Gillette Family
 

A:Paint program (Programs>accessories>Paint)-Gone>How to get back?

Firedog 1 said:

Apparently, XP Home has eaten one of its own. How to get Paint back?

The Gillette FamilyClick to expand...

Go to C:\Windows\System32\mspaint
right click on icon and select create shortcut, drag to start menu, all programs, then accessories
 

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i want to change the paint in my vista to the window 7 version. is it to hard or not good to do something like that. Could it be harmful to the computer viruses or something. I read about losing data. Does it mean all your data. Probably means business letter things that are important. Should I chance it.

A:change vista paint to window 7 paint

There is your answer.

How to get it: Though you can't obtain Windows 7 Paint in Vista or XP, several similar Vista- and XP-compatible programs are even better. Regular PC World readers have seen us talk frequently of the open-source GIMP and the freeware Paint.Net, two Photoshop-caliber image editors. Either of these apps can run circles around Win 7's Paint, and neither will cost you a dime.

quoted from Windows 7 Features on a Vista or XP System | PCWorld

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how do i re-install it? Why does it do this?
 

A:MS Paint keeps dissapearing from my computer

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For some reason, whenever I open MS Paint, my computer's response slows way down. I opened Task Manager and it showed that it was using 200,000+ K of memory. Does anyone know why this is happening and how i can fix it?

Thanks.
 

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Hi.

I have a problem, and i know that this happens to alot of users, but this is kinda specifac.
My CPU usage is rocketing to 100% percent for no **** reason.
.....Okay, there are reasons; Reason being one of the reasons. I have Reason 2.5 and when i try to open a song via the file, open cmd, it FREEEEEEEZES!!!
Usualy CPU shows 100% when this happens. This also happens on a variety of other programs. Such as trying to open My Computer, Paint, and using any type of browsing thing... you know.... like when you go to set your desktop and it says brows and at the top of the brows box it says my pictures or somthing; when i click the thing saying my pictures to choose another location, it FREEEEEEEEZES!!!!

Somebody please help me? Thnx in advance

Oh yeah, I recently had Iexpolrer opening up on start up / randomly opening during windows sessions bihnd the scense taking up around 50,000 kb or so. Does that have anything to do with it?
Andy218
 

A:Help! CPU at 100% when opening My Computer, Paint and Reason!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Start > run > eventvwr.msc > copy and paste some of the recent errors
 

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The problems we're having don't sound very similar, but they all happened around the same time.

Internet explorer only works if we put in the full address, with the "http://www." and everything. If we try to leave any part of the address out, it takes several minutes and then normally tells us that the page could not be found.

Accessing the "My Computer" for the first time takes several minutes. We've had to add direct links to all of our drives in order to get any work done.

When we open up pictures, they show up in "Jasc Paint Shop Photo Album" just fine. Then we get a window that says "Server Busy. This action could not be completed because the other program is busy." It doesn't matter whether we chose "Switch to" or "Retry," the window just keeps popping up again.

In addition, our computer is no longer able to communicate with our printer, but if I remember correctly, that problem occured before the ones I've listed above. I only include it here for completeness.

I've run McAfee, at least one on-line virus scanner, and Ad-aware on this system. None have turned up any problems. I've been suspicious of the "CT*" programs, but besides some coincidental evidence, I don't really know anything.

Thank you very much!

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 9:36:32 PM, on 8/7/2005
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.0... Read more

A:JHT log - IE, My Computer, and Paint Shop problems

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This last while I have been experiencing some issues that have gotten to frustrating to do nothing about.

My computer slows down to a crawl and often time is near locked up. I can consistently repeat the results by doing the following 1. Take screen shot 2. Put it in MS Paint 3. Select what I want in MS paint and open a second ms paint to paste in for a final image 4. Keep doing screen shots with the two paint opens trying to get a final image put together. (Note: only two ms paints are open - one to display screen shot and the second to paste the selected part from the first ms paint)

I have updated my graphics driver, run Malware bytes, Spybot and did a defrag, but I cannot seem to get whatever is happening.

A second issue is that when looking at forums online text seems to be washed out until you mouse over it.

I really do appreciate your help.

Thanks,
Bill

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 945 Processor, AMD64 Family 16 Model 4 Stepping 2
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 7935 Mb
Graphics Card: Windows Live Display Driver, 6 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 715401 MB, Free - 558075 MB;
Motherboard: ASUSTeK Computer INC., M4A78T-E
Antivirus: GFI Software VIPRE, Updated and Enabled
 

A:MS Paint creating computer slowdown

If you "copy" the part from the first mspaint to the clipboard, it will stay there when you close mspaint - or it will ask you if you want to keep it on the clipboard.

I would take the screenshot, paste it into mspaint, select/copy from mspaint, then CLOSE mspaint, open it again, then paste the contents of the clipboard, and see how that reacts.

If you are still having problems, try another "paint" application.
 

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All the default programs that come with windows are gone.

I have to search for mspaint to find paint, and I have to do Windows + R C:\Windows\System32\StikyNot.exe to open sticky notes.. can someone help me out so I can find them through the windows search?

A:I reformated my computer, now I cannot find sticky notes/paint etc

  
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All the default programs that come with windows are gone.

I have to search for mspaint to find paint, and I have to do Windows + R C:\Windows\System32\StikyNot.exe to open sticky notes.. can someone help me out so I can find them through the windows search?


Windows + R StikyNot.exe works as well
Windows + R StikyNot works as well
Windows + R stikynot works as well

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Hi all,

I'm sure glad there are forums out there because I'm at a loss on this thus far.

Paint.net has an update available to 3.5.6 from 3.5.5. When I go to install the new version part of that process is uninstalling the old version. It seems to error out at this point and gives me the error 1603, however, through research I've found a way to provide more specific details by looking at the PdnMsiInstall file at it says...





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=== Logging started: 12/10/2010 17:03:47 ===
Error 1722. There is a problem with this Windows Installer package. A program run as part of the setup did not finish as expected. Contact your support personnel or package vendor. Action _8FBBBB09_39E3_48BB_9E6C_620898EF3CD9, location: C:\Program Files\Paint.NET\SetupNgen.exe, command: /delete DESKTOPSHORTCUT=1 PDNUPDATING= SKIPCLEANUP=1 "PROGRAMSGROUP=" QUEUENGEN=
=== Logging stopped: 12/10/2010 17:03:53 ===


I've tried several things that Paint.net forums suggests as well as google my butt off, but nothing seems to work.

I have tried disabling my anti-virus and firewall
repairing .net framework
uninstalling and reinstalling .net framework 4 client profile
repairing paint.net (errors out)
Making sure the 'Windows Modulur Installer' is set to manual, not disabled
re-registering msi installer
maybe some others...

Also I have found this... fatal installation error 1603 Fix - Paint.NET Forum

But I'm timid to try it out... typical instructions q... Read more

A:Error 1722 (and Paint.net Error 1603) Can't Uninstall/Update Paint.net

  
Quote: Originally Posted by pcsurgeons1


Hi all,

I'm sure glad there are forums out there because I'm at a loss on this thus far.

Paint.net has an update available to 3.5.6 from 3.5.5. When I go to install the new version part of that process is uninstalling the old version. It seems to error out at this point and gives me the error 1603, however, through research I've found a way to provide more specific details by looking at the PdnMsiInstall file at it says...





Quote:
=== Logging started: 12/10/2010 17:03:47 ===
Error 1722. There is a problem with this Windows Installer package. A program run as part of the setup did not finish as expected. Contact your support personnel or package vendor. Action _8FBBBB09_39E3_48BB_9E6C_620898EF3CD9, location: C:\Program Files\Paint.NET\SetupNgen.exe, command: /delete DESKTOPSHORTCUT=1 PDNUPDATING= SKIPCLEANUP=1 "PROGRAMSGROUP=" QUEUENGEN=
=== Logging stopped: 12/10/2010 17:03:53 ===


I've tried several things that Paint.net forums suggests as well as google my butt off, but nothing seems to work.

I have tried disabling my anti-virus and firewall
repairing .net framework
uninstalling and reinstalling .net framework 4 client profile
repairing paint.net (errors out)
Making sure the 'Windows Modulur Installer' is set to manual, not disabled
re-registering msi installer
maybe some others...

Also I have found this... fatal installation error 1603 Fi... Read more

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What replacement can I get for windows pain that has more features easy to use and maybe can make a animation.

Otherwise I need paint shop pro so I might buy it one day!


Thanks

A:A replacement for paint of help me with paint

InfranView

Link in my sig.

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Looking for suggestions for a cheap case (cheaper the better).

Must have:
front and back 120mm fan spots (doesn't need to come with fan)
at least 5x 5.25" external bays
at least 1x 3.5" external bay
Fits ATX spec

On a budget, so the cheaper the better. I'm just replacing the case, so it doesn't need to have anything in it (PSU, fans, etc), but must be able to put them there obviously. I don't have brand preferences. Name as many as you can, since it might be a problem getting them where I am...
 

A:Looking for a computer case

I found this as the cheapest with all the features you want, except it has an 80mm front fan and a 120mm rear fan. If you really need that 120mm front fan, this has it for about $7 more.
 

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Hi,

I have the following components in my PC:

GT 520 gpu
Intel i5 661 CPU
Gigabyte H55m-D2H motherboard (this is a small one, I believe it's micro ATX)
Two sticks of 4GB of RAM
ESI [email protected] audio card

I'm gonna stick with this build for a while (in fact, I don't see myself upgrading anytime soon - it runs great).

My case is big and makes a lot of noise (the fan is old...). I need a new one, and I wonder what compact cases are available for my setup. As you can see above, I do not use a gaming GPU, so I can probably make do with a thin case. The audio card isn't exactly tiny, though.

I'd appreciate any recommendations!

Thanks.
 

A:Need help getting my next computer case

This would be my pick, Excellent case IMO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139021
 

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The Antec Nine Hundred or the GIGABYTE 3D Aurora 570 case? I am planning to upgrade my cheap Raidmax case once I'm done with the vid cards and such.
 

A:Better computer case to buy?

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I have a A7N8XE-Deluxe Mobo, and I would like to get a new case for it with more fans and better airflow since I overclocked the CPU in it. I have found several ATX cases, but the back doesn't match what mine does currently. How do I get the right case with access to all the ports in the back, like my four USB and two Ethernet ports. The cases I have looked at don't have spaces for those. Do I just rip out the whole back part of the case or is there a way to find the case I need that will provide access to all my ports on the back? Thanks for help in advance.
 

A:What Case Do I Get for My Computer?

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Please tell me if I waste you peoples time. Im a fan of building computer cases.
Now I was wondering what you people would think of a cylindric case? You know, that look like a bin (or a very large coffee tin) or something. Then you put the mobo near the bottom but not too close to it, put air intakes near it and one BIG extractor fan on top of the case. No corners for heat to gather
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A:Computer case?

For home-made... if you know how to work with tools, metal, plastics, etc...

You could make one... doesn't mean it'll work any better at cooling.

There are round computers out there.
 

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I am about to build a new computer using an Asus motherboard appr 10 x 12 inches.
Since I am reluctant to install the motherboard in a vertical position I wonder if
there are cases into which I could install my motherboard horizontally.
So far I found none.

Any suggestions

Thanks

AntonABC
 

A:Computer case

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zipzoomfly sent me this.Does anyone know if this case is any good? It's a good pricehttp://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=371295 Thermaltake Mambo
 

A:Computer case???

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hi guys I have a problem with another Computer case . The monitor hp type ( W2072a ) and the computer case type ( hp pro 3330 MT ) . The problem is message appear to me like this ( no DVI signal & no VGA signal ) . every time when i tried to open my computer i show this message .One from your comunity say to me i should to discharge  the electrical charges from the computer . and I thanks him a lot about this informationbut i have another computer case the same issue won't to resolveThis computer case i opened last week and it's work successfully but this days i don't know what's the problem . maybe some dust won't to remove . this is why i want to ask your comunity to get fast solution . and this why i prefer this site . to get fast information without i lost my time searching  .So  please help me . I appreciate your efforts to help  and i'm one of our fans  Regards 

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I recently changed my computer case and after some struggles successfully moved all the hardware from my old case to the new one. It's a P4-1.7, DVD, CD, Nvidia GeForce FX 5600, Sound Blaster Audigy 2. The thing is, when I power the computer up I get no picture on my screen, so I'm wondering if it just has to do with the screen or the computer is just powering up and not actually turning on. Could someone please help me, I think it might have to do with how I connected the wiring to do with the hard drive, CD, and DVD.
 

A:Computer Case-NEED HELP

Disconnect everything except the processor, video card, memory, and floppy. Try and boot it and see if it posts with video. If it does just start adding one device at a time back
 

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I have a computer case where the on/off switch doesn't work when plugged into the motherboard. The computer is fine, I can jump the board but I need to resolve the issue with the on/off switch. it's just a PII case, no real thrills. The pins to the motherboard consist of (2) wires to the on/off switch, but the pin is (3) prong with a dummy in the middle. If you have any suggestions or need more info I'm online and watching? Thanks
 

A:Computer Case

Hi bturner
If you have the right tools you can sometimes get the pins to release from the connector and move them next to each other. If you can't get that to work you could use an exacto knife ( or sharp raser blade) and split the connector down the dummy pin. Then connect each pin separately to the motherboard connector.
 

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I am looking at now changing my computer case, preferably to either a standard ATX desktop or a HTPC Media Centre Case, however I have a slight problem in the fact that I have a Xigmatek hdt-s1283 CPU cooler, which stands rather proud at about 20cm or so.... what I was wondering is if any of you techspot frequenters know of any desktop style cases that would cater for my cooler, or if as far as it goes I am fighting a loosing battle?

Heres Hoping

GThomp
 

A:New Computer Case

The Cooler Master Elite RC-330 is a decent, inexpensive case that will easily have room for that cooler.
 

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Hello everyone, I'm looking to buy a new computer case tomorrow for my PC because I'm getting worried by all the clutter. Everything is too close for comfort. Lol. Now I've heard that the most "scary", or worrisome, thing is taking out the mobo itself because of the static and all. Um, I'm in need of some Windows 7 Jedi guidance from you guys. Tell me what you guys need so I can post my specs so you can help me out further. Thanks.

A:Computer Case help?

If you are worried about the static when you buy/order your new case pick up a 2-5 dollar static wristband. they connect to your wrist then ground to the pc

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hi guysI have a computer case when i tried to open it . The power supply turn off after 5 minutes immediately. So what is the solution for this issue . Please help Regards 

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I want to run a computer out of a plastic bin. If I lay the MoBo and powersupply on the bottom, then duct tape all of the peripherals to the side... will it run? Would it do better out of a cardboard box?
 

A:No computer case?

It should work. Depending on the type of plastic you may have static electricity so be careful. It would probably run equally as well in a cardboard box. Honestly though, why not just buy an inexpensive case? Even the cheapest case would be better than a plastic bin or a cardboard box.
 

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Hey everyone! It's jsut a quick post, but I recently finished a brand new computer build, but I am worried my case doesn't supply enough cooling, but also don't like the nosie it produces during gaming, so I am wondering if anyone knows of any good cases under 50/$60. I have looked at the powercool dominator and am wondering if it will be enough (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Powercool-D...9?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1362519059&sr=1-109).

My build is as follows:
- AMD 8350 CPU with stock heat sink/fan
- Gigabyte 7950 triple fan graphics card
- 16GB RAM
- SSD & Hard Drive (not performance, but more energy saving)
- CIT basic case modded with an additional fan on the side
- ASUS M5A99X Motherboard
- 880w PSU

Thank you for any advice! It will need to have high cooling abilities, but also quite quiet!
 

A:Computer case for $60?

- Noise from case is 95% the fault of the fans. More expensive cases provide quieter fans, but you're paying a lot more to start with anyway. Plus, you'll have to provide your own additional fans in most cases (pun not intended) anyway.
- PSU fan could be loud..?
- Cooling performance is a combination of how neat your build is (cables etc), the amount of components, the type of cooling on your devices, fans used, and airflow provided by case. This is a lot of variables, so it can be hard.
- The case you linked is a budget case. Don't expect miracles.

- My suggestion - stick with what you have, tweak the fan speeds a bit.
 

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I have an Acer Aspire X1700 (Details
It's about 2 1/2 years old now. Came with Windows Vista, I upgraded it to Windows 7. Also has a newer video card than what came with it.

Anyway, The PSU fan is getting really obnoxious, it gets really loud (more or less like a lawn mower). I have taken the thing apart and have tried every suggestion given to quiet it down, which it does for a whole week or two. This is a small form factor PC, so to even take the power supply out you have to basically take out everything else just to get to it. I have looked for replacements but they are very obsolete. It's only 220W anyway, so i'd like something a little more powerful.

What I want to do is get a larger case that I can use the same hardware is (motherboard, drives, etc) and purchase a larger power supply for that case. 220W really limits the PC. The small case holds a lot of heat even with all fans cleaned and working properly. Even just taking a CD/DVD out that was in it is very hot. I want a case with better airflow than this one.
I really am not sure what kind of case to get that will meet my needs. I don't want anything really fancy. If possible I'd like to get it off newegg.com

Any suggestions would be great.
 

A:Solved: Replacing Small Form Factor Case with bigger case / new PSU

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My friend let me have his old Cooler master 430 black elite, Im having trouble with it. My computer wont turn on, I know all my components work because they just came off my old case and they worked great. The difference between my case and this new case is the system panel cords(ie. hdd led, reset sw, power led, and power sw) are all seperate meaning there are 5 different cords compared to the one that my old case used to have one bundled up. I've looked online on how to connect these and nothing seems to work. Anyone know how to connect these cords to my intel g41 chipset?
 

A:Computer won't turn on in new case

you can get a Q-Connector or look for a diagram of your board and it will tell you what goes where. What board do you have?
 

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I am looking for a new case and PSU for my current computer and my next computer after I upgrade

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Current System Spec
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Q6600 3.0GHZ
GIGABYTE EP45-DS3R
6GB PC2 6400 800mhz (2x 2gb/2x 1gb)
Nvidia GTX 275 896mb
Asus Xonar DX soundcard
Windows 7 x64
Jeantech 1000W PSU

Operating system is on 2TB drive
++ two 1TB data drives, one 500GB drive (all sata drives)
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I will be replacing the budget 30 case I currently use and the "Jeantech 1000W PSU".

After a lot of research the best candidates in my opinion:

Coolermaster CM 690 II Advanced Case (75.33)

Corsair 750W HX modular PSU (110.11)

My concerns are whether these will be suitable for use after I upgrade. I will be investing ~1000 on my next CPU/motherboard/RAM/GPU and will be upgrading to whatever offers the best price/performance. I could upgrade now but have been advised to wait for the next generation of hardware to hit which should spawn some bargains on the current top hardware.

Considering my budget I do not want to overlook a quality case and PSU. The Coolermaster CM 690 II Advanced offers versatility with modular drive bays and the like. I don't know whether 750W will be enough though. To n... Read more

A:Looking for a replacement PSU and computer case

Excellent picks. Both of them should do fine for all your future upgrades.
 

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I have been searching for a tower case to either build or have built, a new computer.

So far, it looks like a Chemming tower would be a good choice but in the reviews, I see people saying that you need very long SATA and IDE cables. They mention 36" cables. It seems like that is a pretty long cable to be using so I thought it might be good to ask for some opinions on these cases and that cable length.

Thanks
 

A:Anyone here using a Chemming computer case?

I think 36 inch cables would be for server towers, if you are buying an ATX case then stardard length cables should be ok.
 

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Okay, I have decided that my next computer is going to be a mini-ITX. Ever since PC makers decided to embed a LAN card and sound card onto a motherboard, and put in a graphics card slot into a wee 'lil motherboard, I don't really need anything bigger.

Anyway, I set out looking to BUY a mini-ITX case, but kinda came up short. They are really REALLY small... Most of them don't even use ATX spec components. Slim optical drives, slim heatsinks, flex-ATX PSU....

So I decided to build my own mini-ITX case. Gonna be an Aluminum frame, and aluminum/fibreglass cover and front. Fibreglass because its much easier to work with (IMO), and doesn't cost a bomb (like carbon fibre).

My list of spec:
1. Fit a mini-ITX board.
2. Fit a full, tower size CPU cooler. For overclocking, and quiet operation. (which is why I started the Venomous X thread)
3. Fit full ATX sized PSU. I've set the length of this PSU to 14cm, which is the length of my current 650W Antec PSU.
4. Fit my current graphics card (GTX 260). From my proposed layout and calculations, I should be able to fit something a few cms longer.
5. Fit 2x 3.5" HDDs.
6. Fit 1x 5.25" Optical drive.
7. Fit a 120mm exhaust fan or bigger.


I did some calculations, designed a layout by researching what works and what doesn't, and came up with this sized box (excluding the front bezel): 230x200x340mm.

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A:Building a computer case

I do not see any issues in size. In fact, I have seen a shuttle system with a Core i7, 3 HDD's, and an HD5970 in it:
http://i995.photobucket.com/albums/af75/uniquepower/IMG_3256-1.jpg

If you are building an aluminum frame, I recommend using right angle pieces. They are very easy to work with, and very strong and light when you are done. Also, remember when you are making the cardboard replicas to leave space for the cables. In a cramped environment, they take up a lot more space than you might think.

Here is the worklog for an ITX HTPC I am building right now. It does not meet your specifications, but it does use a full ATX PSU, and it might be helpful for ideas, and for working with the aluminum.

http://www.thebestcasescenario.com/forum/showthread.php?p=274546
 

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Hey guys,

This is my first post, so I will try to make this as good as possible! I just built my own computer which consists of a Gigabyte P35C-DS3R motherboard, Intel Core 2 Duo 6850 Conroe (3.0Ghz 1333 FSB) 500 watt UltraXfinity power supply dual 12V rails, Ballistix ram sticks for 2GB ddr2, Seagate 250GB Sata, and Foxconn Nvidia 8800 GTX card. Both me and my friend built this computer (he is more knowledgeable so he did most of the work while I learned). We assembled everything properly and attached it to the case, plugged in every wire nescessary and it didn't boot. We double and triple checked to make sure that all the basic wires were attached properly (trust me, we really checked stuff!) and it still didn't boot, so he decided to unhook everything except for the motherboard and its power supply cable and he tried to jump the Power button leads with a screwdriver to hot wire it and it didn't turn on. At this point, we figured we had a motherboard failure, but we took it out of the case and plugged it in and it fired up right away. In fact, I am typing this message right now and it is all assembled outside of the case and it is working great! I played some games with it and it also ran fine and Power supply unit is giving enough voltage/current/wattage for everything so that isn't the problem. We are stumped and nobody else knows what is going on because many of my friends are studying to be computer engineers and they have built their own systems an... Read more

A:Problem with computer case

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I decided today to change my PC case, which I have done previously witout a hitch. However, today I bought a evil looking Demon ATX Computer Case and I can't figure out where to put the front panel wires. They are all marked oddly with "Data +1, Data -1, Gnd 1, VCC 1, etc. How do I know where they go? My motherboard book (GA-8IPE1000) does not make it very clear what I have to do to get anything to work. Any help would be appreciated. I have gone to Gigabytes homepage but really gleaned nothing there. I can't find a home page or manufacturer for the case. Thanks very much
Noiro
 

A:Demon ATX Computer Case

If you saved the receipt, you can take it back and get an easier one. Or you might be able to ask the store where you bought it for help....
 

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I have this older computer case meant for a Duron process but I have been trying to adapt it to this Palamino processer with a MSI motherboard. I cannot seem to get the air flow right. I have been reading about it. I keep getting the blue screen when I close the sides of of my computer case. I have a fan in the front, air coming in and a fan in the back, air going out. But that wasn't not enough , so I cut a hole in the side and put a 92mm fan there. I'm thinking of putting this larger 120mm fan and cut a bigger hole. I have the air going in on the sides but the case still seems to get hot, causing system instability. As long as I have the sides open, I don't have any blue screen and not any problems. I'm thinking maybe I should have the air flowing out on the sides. Any ideas?
 

A:Air flow in computer case

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I've been shopping for a case to build my system around. This one is found at CompUSA and has a 300w PS though not a name brand. I did some digging on the web and actually found a review of this case. I was wondering what some of you guys think of its specs

Case Review

Maybe some of you who have built systems would know if this type of case would make a decent build or not. I want to go with an Athlon XP1500 m/b in it. I don't know if I should buy my own PS to put in it or use the one it comes with, its a brand called Power-Win.
 

A:Good Computer Case or Not?

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Plain and simple. I am looking for a computer case, mid or full tower ATX that has at least 2 120 mm fans, window or no window, that will provide good cooling and quality for the money.

i've looked into silverstone. and i've found this case to be of...decent..quality.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163094

i'm looking to keep the price at a maximum of 135 dollars if you would please...i don't think i can afford anything better than that.

it needs good cooling because i plan on building a gaming rig with the following specs:

antec neo HE 550 watt
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817103941&Tpk=Antec+Neo+HE+550W
$99.99 + free

geforce 8800 gt pny 512mb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133205
$269.99 + $6.33

amd athlon 64 x2 6000+ 3.0 ghz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103773
159.99 + free shipping

asrock aliven mobo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157108
$54.99 + $6.33

Gskill memory 2x 1gig sticks
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231098
$54.99 free shipping
so with specs like that, you can understand why i would want it to run cool at all costs.

let the hunt begin! :3
 

A:Computer Case Hunt

Hey link, have you looked at the antec 900 case. I know it is right at your budget limit but maybe by the time you buy all your parts it may go down some. I would love this case if I could afford it.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021
 

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my friend was working today and the chick who house he was workin on got a new pc and gave him her old one so he had no use for it and gave it to me...i need to get in it to see how everything is and what not...
it says Planet systems on front case...i dunno how to open it...my last old pc u just unscrew 4 screws and case poped off....this 1 has many screws and there directly on back...i dunno if the holding the fan and stuff in place or what....any1 every dealt with one of those be4?
 

A:How do I open this computer case ?

If it's an old PC, is it a vertical or horizontal position one? I've got an old horizontal one that you had to unscew 5 or 6 screws on the back and the top and sides came off very carefully. Just make sure you don't unscrew the Power Supply screws!!!!

And since it's an old one that you just want to tinker with, at least you don't have to worry about messing anything up too bad
 

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So, I'm replacing my computer case (because my old one has no fans in it cept the one I mounted myself, and I believe i am having problems with overheating.)

So, any suggestions on a max $150 case that has decent airflow and cooling, and can fit a 9800 GTX+ card (I had problems with one case where the hard drive bay on the bottom of the front blocked it from going in cause its really long.)

If no suggestion on an actual case what are some good quality brands for cases with good cooling?

Specs on Comp:

ASUS M3A78-CM Mobo
Windows XP SP 3
Nvidia 9800 GTX +
AMD Althlon X2 Dual Core 6000+ 3.0 GHZ
4 GB of Ram (shows as 3.25)
Onboard Sound
 

A:Solved: Computer Case

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Hi,

We bought a refurbished computer for our son but when it arrived the computer case cooling fan was loose - had not been properly attached. My question is which way should the fan face when it's attached? There's a vent at the front of the case and mounting holes which it matches, but do I put it so the blades are convex or concave when mounting facing the front of computer? I was going to mount it with the convex side facing the front and my husband said it should be the opposite. He's no computer expert so I don't really trust his judgement after all the blunders he's commited with our computers. Hee hee.

Thanks,
Marianne
 

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I have a G9657MA-8EKRS2H motherboard that I would like to place in a case to build
a PC. I have several old computers & cases that I have collected in the past. For example could
I use a Dell 3000 case for this board? I have several simular Dell computers with celron processors
in them. Maybe I could salvage a case/power supply from them?
How do I choose a computer case for this mother board. What factors do I use to choose a
computer case? I guess I need to look at fan placement and venting. Form factors etc.
What do need to consider here?

Thank you,
 

A:Choosing a computer case?

Dell cases are proprietary ie they fit dell mb. Choosing a case is a VERY subjective endeavor; ie what I like may not be what you like. Here is a decent atx type case that will do the job for you.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042
This is a basic case without windows, lights, etc.

Here is a more high end case with lighted fans, etc.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...p=Cat_Computer_Cases-_-Spotlight-_-11-119-213
 

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I've about decided to upgrade to Conroe and will give my old computer to my son. Thinking I am going with the Conroe E6600 processor where I can install a good video card. I want at least 500 watts of power. Would prefer a case that already has a good power supply installed, although I will buy them separately and put them together if that is needed to get the quality I want. Quality is my primary concern. Also, I tend to stay away from the mini-ATX motherboards, preferring the standard ATX MB's. Anyone have a good experience with prebuilt case/power supply combos? Thanks for your assistance.
 

A:Recommendation for New Computer Case

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Today I found I have a filter on the front of my case that sits in front of a 120mm fan ... and it was clogged with dust ! so I took it out and cleaned it, and now my temps are down by a lot !, I'm still finding out things about this Computer

Filter



Temps

A:Computer Case Filter

Hi Ciara...Yeah...I have to clean my PC at least once a month as it does p/u quite a bit of dust. A few puffs of canned air into my PC\Laptops does wonders. I do the same to all my computers\Laptops. I think I'm going to give my hardware a cleaning...that's for the reminder...

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