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Q: Custom NAS/HTPC build

Hi guys, Its been a long time since my last post but its time for a new build again.

Basically what im looking for is a homeserver which I can also use ase a backup server and media streamer.
I have been looking at online reviews and guides but is hard to narrow down components to use.

I am living in Ireland so I will be buying the components from Irish and UK sites.

The system must have/needs to:

- Stream HD video 1080p
- 5.1 audio output
- Have low power consumption
- Id like to leave it on 24/7 and have it act as a backup server to backup the other pcs in my house.
- It will need to act as a webserver ( Id like remore access to my media )
- Ideally im looking at i3 Intel mobo/processor
- I will be leaving this pc in the media room underneath a TV, so controlling it with a remote would be a nice feature.
- Id like it as compact as posssible (mini ITX mobo/case), but the case must be able to fit at least 2 3.5" drives along with a DVD drive.

I understand what im looking for is a mix of everything But any help you guys can give in the line of components would be great.

I hope to collect these parts over time but my budget is around ?500-?700.
Please let me know if this is dooable.


- I have Windows 7 already bought.
- I have already purchased 2 x 2TB hard drives (for backing up my data)

Preferred Solution: Custom NAS/HTPC build

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

A: Custom NAS/HTPC build

Did you see the review a few weeks ago for the new asrock?

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Hi I built this custom htpc a few months ago and have experienced regular crashes/reboots. The system is based on an MSI Z97-GD65 mobo with i5-4690S processor in a fanless Streacom case designed for the purpose with extensive heatsinking. To ensure temperatures are not excessive I have kept the processor within the Streacom recommendations, nothing is overclocked and it uses only Intel's integrated graphics with no other video card. All components are new. The only "unusual" item has been an Asus Xonar STX sound PCI-e card. The system is used for TV (windows media center), as a Plex server and a Foobar server - not much else.

By way of troubleshooting, after the first few weeks I did a clean reinstall to remove any issues I might have caused as I iterated my way to the optimum setup, but this made no difference. I also replaced the PSU with no effect. I have run memtest on the memory - this produced 2 errors in the new "hammer test", but G-Skill apparently discount this test and when I run memtest86+ which does not include such a test it shows no errors. Temperatures are ok - typically 30-40 degrees C with occasional 50 (and up to 60 only when doing extreme tasks like Memtest) and the crashes do not seem to happen when anything intensive is going on.

I have been blaming the issue on the Asus Xonar STX sound card as google suggests some people find this causes BSOD issues and the Asus drivers are considered buggy and I had been using the alternative UNI... Read more

A:Crash/reboots on custom HTPC: ntoskrnl.exe ntkrnlmp.exe symptoms

Some modules are unloaded there, which resisting the crash dump recording mechanism to record the complete data there.

fffff880`0330e098 fffff880`058a5b8e <Unloaded_spsys.sys>+0x3cb8e
fffff880`0330e0d8 fffff880`058a41f4 <Unloaded_spsys.sys>+0x3b1f4
fffff880`0330e0f0 fffff880`0586c720 <Unloaded_spsys.sys>+0x3720
fffff880`0330e0f8 fffff880`0587b510 <Unloaded_spsys.sys>+0x12510
fffff880`0330e100 fffff880`0587b510 <Unloaded_spsys.sys>+0x12510
fffff880`0330e108 fffff880`058a4270 <Unloaded_spsys.sys>+0x3b270
So crash dump analysis is also not being helpful.

Free up the startup. Windows does not need any other program to auto start with it, but the auto start programs often conflicts and causes various problems including BSODs.
Click on the Start button
Type ?msconfig (without quotes), click the resulting link. It will open the System Configuration window.
Select the ?Startup? tab.
Deselect all items other than the antivirus.
Apply > OK
Accept then restart.
Then let us see the zip for the next BSOD, that may contain some information. To replicate a BSOD in your situation, put the computer in hibernate/sleep and wake it up.

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Currently trying to decide if I should build or buy an HTPC. It will be used for HD video and music playback, not gaming. Any suggestions for a good pre-built HTPC?

A:Build or buy HTPC?

Definetely Build.

Find a good pc hardware wholesaler, you can get parts close to cost and save hundreds of dollars

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Hi all, my PC (10 year old lol) has finally given up the ghost, so I have decided to build a HTPC which will sit in my TV cabinet as a replacement. I only want it for internet browsing, streaming video's and pictures from my phone and to play Blu-ray discs.
I do however want some degree of future proofing so I don't want to go cheapest of the cheap. Before I post what I came up with using PC parts picker, I would appreciate it if you could answer some questions I have:-

1) Intel i3 or i5? will a top end i3 processor be sufficient or is it worth the extra 40 or so for a lower end i5?

2) Am I better off with a cheaper mobo with a dedicated graphics card and sound card or a Intel H67 mobo that can do it all?

3) Should i have a separate HDD for operating system and one for storage?

4) If the answer to (3) is yes, should I use a SSD for operating system? If so why?

5) If I get a 1 TB HDD do I need to partition it? If yes, why?

This is all I can think of at the moment lol. My builds with slight variations are here - https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/user/gollum456/saved/#savedbuild_989646

Any advice greatly appreciated.

A:Help for HTPC build.

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I'm putting together a cheap HTPC. Will the Cooler Master Elite Power 400W fit in the Silverstone Milo? Also, will these two components work together with an LGA1155 mATX motherboard (ASUS H61M-A)?


A:HTPC build help...

Support standard PS2(ATX) power suppliesClick to expand...

It says it will however I would REALLY rethink using a pw supply with a 1yr warranty. That is a very low end unit.

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Hey everyone! I want to ditch cable TV, so I'm looking to build a cheap HTPC. It needs to be capable of smoothly streaming online content such as Netflix and Hulu to my HDTV, as well as running Windows 7 Home Premium and WMC, and maybe the occasional DVD. I don't have a set budget, but I would love to build this as inexpensively as possible, preferably via Newegg. Thanks for the help!

A:New HTPC build

Hi there, i just built this one with the help of people here, take a look ;p



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I have been building a htpc for the media room.I have 1 computer with Win7 Pro on it which is old and out dated with very little use. I have a newer one with Win8 Pro on it(upgraded from Win7 premium) and runs great. I want to use one of these OS with the htcp. Preferably Win7 Pro because of WMC. Which one if any could I install with out any EULA problems. I do not want to but another version/copy of windows just to watch/stream vids,Blu-ray and games. Please advise


A:Can I use my Win7pro on new my HTPC build?

You certainly cannot use the one that's been upgraded.

You may only use the other one if it is a Full Retail license - if it was preinstalled, then it's an OEM license which cannot be moved to a new computer.

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My brother has asked me to build him a budget htpc.

He has already picked up a Silverstone LC10 case, I have an old 800 watt atx cheapo brand psu spare,

I am looking for a mobo, cpu, and ram bundle, for around 150.

I was looking at this, but to be honest im not to up on apus:

This pc is for playing world of tanks, and other similar games at 1080p.

Any suggestions would be appreciated

A:Budget HTPC build

Try these components (I did amazon UK so if im incorrect on region sorry)


Corsair Vengeance 1600 4gb stick (You can always add more later)


This processor has a better GPU and will give more than enough performance over the 5600

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Hi everyone,

I have finished putting together a media computer build that I hope is as cool and quiet as possible:

Mobo: Gigabyte GA-MA785GPM-UD2H
CPU: Athlon II x2 240
HDD: 1.5TB WD Eco Green, partitioned for OS
OS: Windows 7 using MCE
PSU: Corsair 450VX
CPU Cooler (only if needed): Scythe Orochi
TV Tuner Card: Black Gold BGT3595 (when release next month)
RAM: 2x2GB Corsair DDR800
Optical Drive: LG BluRAy Player

All I have left to do is choose a case. I like the idea of the Remote Fusion Remote Max for its good reviews for low noise but have heard that the Silverstone SST-LC16M is an even better case - though quite expensive!

Can anyone vouch for either of these cases or suggest a better alternative?

Your help would be very much appreciated.

A:Recommended case for my HTPC build.

Here are some ideas...............
Try to avoid the microatx cases.
You really want something that can handle a full size atx power
supply to make sure you meet the power requirements for the
Other than that,it's really a matter of personal preference.

Think the silverstone is expensive?
Look at this......
ZALMAN Black Aluminum HD160XT Plus ATX Media Center / HTPC Case - Retail
Integrated 7" touchscreen monitor.

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Hey guys,

I've recently been donated a HP 8200 Elite SFF which I was thinking about using as a HTPC and also for a bit of gaming.

In addition to a Blu-Ray drive and an extra hard drive I have, I was thinking about getting a graphics card to beef it up a bit.

Games I'd be playing is stuff like Flight Simulator X, so nothing too fancy like Bioshock or anything and it'd be going through my 40" 1080p TV.

I'm not much of a tech-y person so I had a look and found the two below graphics cards and basically want to know if it sounds like they would suit my needs?

First one:

Second one:

Also, is there anything else I'd need to take into account, like a bigger PSU maybe?

Thanks in advance for your help!

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2400 CPU @ 3.10GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 42 Stepping 7
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 3984 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics Family, 1800 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 468494 MB, Free - 436187 MB; D: Total - 8342 MB, Free - 1011 MB;
Motherboard: Hewlett-Packard, 1495
Antivirus: Microsoft Security Essentials, Updated and Enabled

A:Solved: Gaming/HTPC build help?

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I'm considering building a home theater PC with some extra holiday cash. My roommate's been anxious to cut cable television as an expense, and switch instead to a Hulu plus membership, Netflix, or something more cost effective.

Before I get into the nuts and bolts, here are some things I'm looking for:

- HDMI: Very important. My roommate's television is a 40ish inch flatscreen 720p television, and I'd like the computer to have HDMI outputs on the graphics card.
- Price: Important. Cheaper the better, looking to spend $300-$500. Suppose I can be flexible here.
- Games: Marginally important. Girlfriend plays WoW, I kicked the habit. It'd be a neat surprise to her if I installed it to the HTPC to play it on a big screen, though!
- Size: Not very important, as I can hide even a large case. I suppose the smaller, the better, just in case I had to move it.

My first action was looking at barebones kits. I came up with this one, which has provided a nice launchpad:

That system has things I like, and it has things I don't care for. If I went for something like that, I'd probably be investing in a nicer graphics card, one with an HDMI out and some power. If so, which graphics cards should I be looking at? Here's one I'm considering: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6023358&CatId... Read more

A:Solved: HTPC Build - Ideas/Help?

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Hio all,

I am completely lost as to what could be the issue with this new build, This is my 3rd build and my other 2 went very well and had a few minor issues which i fixed.

Anyway, first of all, system specs:

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0ghz
RAM: 2gb G.Skill DDR2 800mhz (2x 1gb kit)
Motherboard: Asus P5Q SE/R
Video Card: Albatron GeForce 9600GT
HDD: 1x Western Digital 1TB
PSU: Corsair VX550 watt
Sound: On board 5.1ch surround sound and digital out.
OS: Windows XP Professional SP2

What the issue is:

After computer boots, and logs into windows I load the HTPC front end (XMBC) all goes well for about 1-3minutes and the computer just "hangs" for lack of a better term. The keyboard/mouse does not work, if I am playing music the sound gets repeated over and over again (as a kind of stuttering repeat of the last 1-2seconds of playing) and all network activity stops as well.

What I have done:

First of all i thought it might have been an issue with the front LCD panel that was on my case (Antec fusion max htpc case) so i completely disconnected it and started again, it still hung. so i re-installed windows, and i still had that issue.

Still completely at a loss, i decided to check to see if it was just a windows issue, so i installed Mythbuntu (A linux based HTPC frontend), which worked fine the very first boot, but subsequent ones still hung 1-3 minutes in. With that, i re-installed windows as a last ditch kind of effort to check what is ... Read more

A:New HTPC Build: Hanging in windows

RMA the motherboard

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Hey there everyone, I've been a long time lurker on seven forums, and have used the info on your theads to get my google chrome working when win7 first came out.

However, this time, I've decided to Move out of Tom's hardware threads and post here for a conclusive answer.

I have put together a build some time back since july, its been giving me BSOD's. This only happens when i ahve a portable USB HDD connected to the USB port - whether front panel or back panel header, I still get a BSOD. I did a fresh install of Win7 x64 with the latest device drivers from Intels and Realtek's site.

System specs;
Intel i3-2100 @ stock
ECS H67H2-M Black deluxe mobo
4GB (2x2GB)Twinmos DDR3 1333MHz (dunno the voltages since the sticker doesn't say anything apart from CL9) but I'm assuming its 1.5V +/- .075V
1x 250GB Seagate(formerly maxtor HDD) OS
1x 2TB Samsung HDD for movies and media drive
LiteOn DVD +/-RW
Thermaltake Toughpower 600W PSU

The PSU and 250GB HDD were hand downs from me to this rig..my pals.

Now everytime I connect the portable USB HDD to the port, I can run a movie from the device but after a while, it gives a BSOD. When running a movie from the desktops HDD, there is no such hickup.

With all this digging I've learn't that
1| BSOD's can happen from a grounding issue
2| BSOD's can happen with a driver failure(or badly written drivers)
3| BSOD's can happen due to heat issues
4| BSOD's can happen from a faulty hardware
5| BSOD's can happen from USB devices as well

But i... Read more

A:System crash, BSOD's on new HTPC build

Quote: Originally Posted by Lutfij

Hey there everyone, I've been a long time lurker on seven forums, and have used the info on your theads to get my google chrome working when win7 first came out.

However, this time, I've decided to Move out of Tom's hardware threads and post here for a conclusive answer.

I have put together a build some time back since july, its been giving me BSOD's. This only happens when i ahve a portable USB HDD connected to the USB port - whether front panel or back panel header, I still get a BSOD. I did a fresh install of Win7 x64 with the latest device drivers from Intels and Realtek's site.

System specs;
Intel i3-2100 @ stock
ECS H67H2-M Black deluxe mobo
4GB Twinmos DDR3 1333MHz (dunno the voltages since the sticker doesn't say anything apart from CL9) but I'm assuming its 1.5V +/- .075V
1x 250GB Seagate(formerly maxtor HDD) OS
1x 2TB Samsung HDD for movies and media drive
LiteOn DVD +/-RW
Thermaltake Toughpower 600W PSU

The PSU and 250GB HDD were hand downs from me to this rig..my pals.

Now everytime I connect the portable USB HDD to the port, I can run a movie from the device but after a while, it gives a BSOD. When running a movie from the desktops HDD, there is no such hickup.

With all this digging I've learn't that
1| BSOD's can happen from a grounding issue
2| BSOD's can happen with a driver failure(or badly written drivers)
3| BSOD's can happen due to heat issues
4| BSOD's can happen from a fau... Read more

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I am building an HTPC, which has got to be quiet and efficient. It will not be used for gaming, but has to be capable of producing full 1080p picture quality/playing blu-ray.

The computeris going to be plugged into my tv in the lounge and I eventually intend to wire cat6 all over my house, via a gigabyte router - so I can stream live or recorded tv to two other televisions via media extenders.

I also have a sat dish with twin lnb and an external aerial, so the computer has got to be capable (in the unlikely event) of recording two channels, whilst allowing live tv to be watched in the living room as well as streaming a recording to one of the media extenders all at the same time - this will not happen very often, but probably will happen eventually.

The computer is going to be used as a replacement for my DVR, so it needs to come out of sleep mode properly and come on automatically to record and return to S3 afterwards.

My specs are as follows:

Mobo: ?? - Nvidia board with onboard graphics and e-sata (decided against a 785G board, due to current problems with ATI graphics drivers
and BBC HD)
CPU: Athlon II X2 240
Modular PSU: Corsair 450 HX
HDD: F3 1TB Spinpoint (Paritioned) - or possibly 1TB Eco Green, but possibly 5,400 rpm too slow for mutliple streams?
Operating System: Windows 7 32-bit, using MCE as the front end
Case: Antec Fusion Remote Max
Optical Drive: LG Blu-Ray
RAM: 2x2GB of RAM (brand and speed undecided)
TV Tuner card: Black Gold BGT3595 (apparently... Read more

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Followed jgriff2's instructions.

It's been happening more and more often the past week. Never had one for the first few weeks of use. It's usually happened when opening a new tab when browsing Chrome. Also just happened when in itunes and switching windows.

Is the zip provided enough? I've also read about doing driver verifier and memtest.

Let me know if there's anything else I can do to help! I'm not the greatest at diagnosing these things :/

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 - clean retail install
New hardware/software. Built in Jan 2012.

AMD A8-3850 Llano 2.9GHz Socket FM1 100W Quad-Core Desktop APU with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 6550D AD3850WNGXBOX
GIGABYTE GA-A75M-D2H FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Kingston Technology HyperX 8 GB (2x4 GB Modules) 1600 MHz DDR3 Dual Channel Kit (PC3 12800) 240-Pin SDRAM KHX1600C9D3K2/8GX
Corsair CSSD-F40GB2-A Force Series F40 Solid State Drive
Western Digital Caviar Green 2 TB Desktop Hard Drive WD20EARX
Samsung 12x BD-ROM/16x DVD Writer Drive - Retail SH-B123L/RSBP (Black)
SilverStone Strider Plus ST50F-P 500W ATX 12V v2.3/EPS 12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified 100 % Modular Active PFC Power Supply (Black)
Rosewill RNX-N600UBE USB 2.0 Wireless Dual Band Adapter

A:New HTPC Build - BSOD just using chrome or itunes. Zip attached

The dump you've provided shows an inconclusive analysis, so there's not much we can go on. I'd recommend enabling Driver Verifier.

I've taken a look at the drivers list at this, here are a few that need to be updated:

wdcsam64.sys - wdcsam64 Wed Apr 16 04:39:08 2008 (Western Digital SCSI Arcitecture Model (SAM) WDM driver). Update here.

swpslwfx.sys - jswpslwfx Mon Apr 28 19:59:25 2008 (D-Link USB Wireless Adapter Driver). Update here.

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* Bugcheck Analysis *
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An expected clock interrupt was not received on a secondary processor in an
MP system within the allocated interval. This indicates that the specified
processor is hung and not processing interrupts.
Arg1: 0000000000000031, Clock interrupt time out interval in nominal clock ticks.
Arg2: 0000000000000000, 0.
Arg3: fffff88002fd5180, The PRCB address of the hung processor.
Arg4: 0000000000000003, 0.

Debugging Details:



PROCESS_NAME: S... Read more

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hello everyone,il be buying a new pc soon and i setted up the following:

CoolerMaster CASE Silencio RC-550 Black
CoolerMaster Silent Pro M1000 RS-A00-AMBA-J3 1000W Modular PSU
AMD Phenom II X6 1090T (sAM3, 3,2 GHz, 6MB L3)
CoolerMaster V8 CPU Cooler (RR-UV8-XBU1-GP)
Gigabyte MB 990FXA-UD5 (sAM3+, DDR3, 990 FX)
3x Corsair Vengeance 4GB DDR3-1600 Dimm (1x4GB, PC3-12800, 9-9-9-24, CMZ4GX3M1A1600C9)
Corsair Dominator Airflow Fan
2x Sapphire 6770 Vapor-X (PCI Express , GDDR5 , 1 GB)
Seagate ST31000524AS 1TB HDD 3.5" (32MB Cache, 7200RPM, Sata 6Gb/s)
Samsung SH-B123L Internal Blu-ray Combo Drive LightScribe Sata Black
total value: 1.241,32

Is there anything to change,any compatibility issues or something that would match better?
Also,could you recommend me an online shop that i could get a better price?
Thanks in advance for any anwsers xD

A:Custom build PC,is it ok?

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I am interested in an application that can create custom builds of windows 10 in a similar way that RT7Lite does for windows 7, the only application I've found so far isn't really as advanced or as customisable as RT7Lite was... I was wondering if anyone here had any suggestions of apps that can do this (that preferably are free and do not require an internet connection)?
Thank you in advance

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i am planning on building a custom desktop for my self and im wanting to try to get as much performance out of the newest i5 processor. this will be my main gamming/meida serving computer
parts im looking at
cpu intell i7 3770k
ram 16gb 2400mhz
gpu 2x gtx 660 ti
motherboard asus rampage iv 79
hard drive 1x 60gb ssdd 1x 500gb 7200rpm
os win 7 ex
cooling custom liquid cooling

my biggest question is weather or not the i7 3770k is worth the almost 50% increase in price. are there any conflicts in the hardware ive listed. how is the performance with the equlivent amd micros??? please no fanbois, i know the whole amd vrs intell war and would like to keep away from the war and get real info, i want info from real world users. ive also heard that the amd processors are better for gamming, Is this true, are there and benchmarks to prove this.

A:custom i7 build

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just need someone who is good with building computers or knows enough about them to double check to make sure all my stuff will work together, here is the link to all of it in a wishlist on newegg- http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=9599334

A:help with custom build

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Kinda new to the Custom Build game, anything i should add/change to this, all input is welcomed . I know all the URLs are tiger direct, but that was simply for a quick splash page on each item, ill probably do more price comparisons after this gets finalized.

Mother Board and Processor
--EVGA nForce 780i SLI Motherboard CPU Bundle - Intel Core 2 Quad Q6700 Processor 2.66GHz OEM (http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3714946&CatId=2406) <$449.99>

Graphics Card
--[2] XFX GeForce 8800 GT Video Card - Alpha Dog Edition, 512MB DDR3, PCI Express 2.0, SLI Ready, (Dual Link) Dual DVI, HDTV, Variable Fan Speed (http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3592056&Sku=P450-8830) <$109.99 X 2>

--[2 Sets] Corsair XMS3 DHX 2048MB Dual Channel PC10600 DDR3 1333MHz Memory (2 x1024MB) (http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3135566&CatId=3433) <$114.99>

--Apevia X-Jupiter G Type ATX Full-Tower Case - Clear Side, Front USB and FireWire Ports (http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3424759&CatId=1510) <$179.99>

--OCZ / GameXStream / 850-Watt / ATX / 120mm Fan / SATA-Ready / SLI-Ready / Active PFC / Power Supply (http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2776974&CatId=2036) <$159.99>

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A:Custom Build

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Alright everyone, i've got someone who wants me to build them a "family" pc. I'm not looking for a lot of profit off this build, only asking 65 for labor because it will be the first build i've ever done. I asked them a few questions and this is what they said:

1. Do you need: Monitor, Mouse, Keyboard, and/or Speakers? Monitor/Speakers
2. What will you be doing with the computer? Gaming, business, school
work, internet browser, etc? school/internet/music
3. What is your budget? i dont know for sure
4. Do you prefer Windows Vista or XP? the most up to date
5. Are you on a time limit? (The building processes can take anywhere
from a week to almost a month to get in all parts, put it together, and
resolve any problems that may occur during the build.) no time limit

Alright, so I went to newegg and decided to put together a list of stuff and here is what I put together for her, tell me what you think:

Motherboard 64.99 - GIGABYTE GA-G41M-ES2L LGA 775 Intel G41 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - N82E16813128388

processor 69.99 - Intel Pentium E5200 Wolfdale 2.5GHz 2MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - N82E16819116072

processor grease 8.99 - Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - N82E16835100007

ram 39.99 - PNY 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model MD4096KD2-800 - N82E16820178219

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A:Build for a custom, what do you think?

processor grease 8.99 - Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - N82E16835100007Click to expand...

I would ditch that unless your an overclocker, which you don't look like. If you are in fact, an overclocker, I point you toward a sturdy cooler and a better processor, i'm sure the e5200 isn't going to break any records, but it is a good CPU for the price.

PNY is not know for their quality or performance, actually I don't know them at all. OCZ Vista Upgrade 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2VU8004GK - Retail, but staying with the PNY seems just fine, I like OCZ more though.

The powersupply is a weak point, go with the CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail at $60.

Building requirement 3.50 - Rosewill RTK-002 Anti-Static Wrist Strap - N82E16899261005Click to expand...

That isn't necessary but if it makes you feel better, and you don't mind buying one.

SAPPHIRE 100255HDMI Radeon HD 4670 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card - Retail is a MUCH better graphics card, a little bit more expensive, the 9400 isn't very good.

GIGABYTE GA-EP43-UD3L LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail is a superior motherboard, but it is more expensive and no doubt you could live off the one you mentioned above.

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I want to build a custom pc, primarily with audio and video work in mind. I would like to base it around the LianLi PC-2100 plus all ali case. I do have some specific hardware in mind, other items I need guidance ( see question marks ) Quality, reliability and speed are my criteria. Advice, opinions, recommendations etc from the experienced greatly appreciated.

OPERATING SYSTEM: Windows XP Professional with SP2 incorporated.
Soundcard Creative Soundblaster X-Fi Xtreme Music
PROCESSOR: Intel Pentium 4 550, 3.4 Ghz 800Mhz FSB LGA 775 case with 1mb cache ???
PSU Seasonic S12-600
HDD 1 Samsung SpinPoint P120S 200gb sata2 8mb 7200
HDD 2 & 3 300Gb Seagate Barracuda 7200.8 7,200RPM / 8MB Buffer
Graphics Card HIS X800GT Ice Q11 Turbo 256MB PCI-E
RAM: 2GB DDR2 Dual Channel 533Mhz memory ??????
MOTHERBOARD: Intel D925XCV Extreme ATX 925X Express Chipset ????
CPU Heatsink Gigabyte G-Power Cooler Pro
Cooler Master Blue Ice 11
CD ROM Plextor PX-130A 16x/50x/IDE
DVD ReWriter Plextor PX-760sa or 716sa ?????
Akasa All in one AK-ALL-01

I will also need some kind of network card so this machine can talk to my other pc. Thanks in advance.

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I recently finished building a pc and am trying to install the motherboard drivers from the cd that came with the board. However, when I try to do so I keep getting this error message:

"No supported drive found: Floppy 1.44mb and USB drive!"

Do you have any ideas what this means?

Thank you!

A:Custom build help

When you are seeking help you need to post your system component specs. Motherboard; EXACT make, model and revision (if applicable). Processor; EXACT make, model and stepping. Memory; EXACT make and model. Graphics Card (if installed); EXACT make and model. Power Supply; EXACT make and model. Provide links to the components. Also post the operating system.

No one can diagnose a problem without knowing the EXACT components you used in the build.

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As this is my first custom build PC, I would like to confirm that these components are from the cheapest sources and are all compatible with each other.
I am a PC building noob and I am following a guide (http://www.pcmech.com/byopc/step-1-materials-required/) Is this guide up to date and usable?
I play source games and I want to be able to record sometimes and get at least 30 fps on most games, the graphics quality must be around med-high.
My components; please tell me if I can get it cheaper somewhere else, and if they aren't compatible what do I need instead? I am building a gaming rig as cheaply as possible without getting 4fps on every game like I do on my 1.8 GHz laptop with 3gb of ram...
Case: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Aerocool-Strike-X-Toolless-Tower-Gaming/dp/B00606NA0A/ref=sr_1_4?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1375030634&sr=1-4&keywords=pc cases
Price: 53
OS: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Microsoft-Windows-7-Home-Premium-Oem-64-Bit-SP1-Operating-System-64-Bit-/190862643411?_trksid=p3284.m263&_trkparms=algo=SIC&its=I&itu=UCI%2BIA%2BUA%2BFICS%2BUFI&otn=21&pmod=380651294248&ps=54
Price: 90
Motherboard: http://www.amazon.co.uk/P8Z77-V-Motherboard-CrossFireX-Intelligent-Processors/dp/B007KZQE7Q/ref=sr_1_2?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1375033864&sr=1-2&keywords=atx motherboard
Price: 85
CPU: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Intel-Graphics-BX80646I54570-Generation-Technology/dp/B00CV3E3WK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1375034385&sr=... Read more

A:My first custom build PC

As this is my first custom build PC, I would like to confirm that these components are from the cheapest sources and are all compatible with each other.
I am a PC building noob and I am following a guide (http://www.pcmech.com/byopc/step-1-materials-required/) Is this guide up to date and usable?
I play source games and I want to be able to record sometimes and get at least 30 fps on most games, the graphics quality must be around med-high.
My components; please tell me if I can get it cheaper somewhere else, and if they aren't compatible what do I need instead? I am building a gaming rig as cheaply as possible without getting 4fps on every game like I do on my 1.8 GHz laptop with 3gb of ram...
Case: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Aerocool-Strike-X-Toolless-Tower-Gaming/dp/B00606NA0A/ref=sr_1_4?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1375030634&sr=1-4&keywords=pc cases
Price: 53
OS: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Microsoft-Windows-7-Home-Premium-Oem-64-Bit-SP1-Operating-System-64-Bit-/190862643411?_trksid=p3284.m263&_trkparms=algo=SIC&its=I&itu=UCI%2BIA%2BUA%2BFICS%2BUFI&otn=21&pmod=380651294248&ps=54
Price: 90
Motherboard: http://www.amazon.co.uk/P8Z77-V-Motherboard-CrossFireX-Intelligent-Processors/dp/B007KZQE7Q/ref=sr_1_2?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1375033864&sr=1-2&keywords=atx motherboard
Price: 85
CPU: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Intel-Graphics-BX80646I54570-Generation-Technology/dp/B00CV3E3WK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1375034385&sr=... Read more

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I am starting a new post continuing from "buying advice" post below it was getting a bit long. I am seriously thinking of custom build....as opposed to box build.

Does anyone know anything about a company called JNCS in NY? This is a system I am looking at.

It has an ASUS P5WD mobo which has been suggested as good from the buying advice post.

Question 2......For CPU choice what would be the difference between a Pent4 model 360 3.0 compared to a PentD model 820 Dual Core 2.8 ghz?
I know the difference between 3.0 and 2.8 but the dual core stuff....I don't know.

I don't know the difference between Pent4 and PentD as far as preformance.

If I do this custom build I want to do it right........but I am trying to stay in the $1000 dollar or so range. Like I said in the other post I am not a gamer but I do video, so I think a good graphics card would be nice. Am I wrong with this assumption?

Also someone suggested that I might think about getting a 64bit system (which is offered from this company along with XP64 pro OS) but from reading it seems drivers for several products are not supported yet and that might cause a problem for a DA like me. Like I might pick the wrong video card or some other hardware for the system.

Thanks in advance for any input/advice

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I've been having persistent BSoD problems on a custom rig. It happens mostly when I'm away. Of the few times I have been at my computer at the time of crash, I saw no warning signs.

Basic system info:
Windows 7 Professional (x64) retail
Fresh installation in March onto SSD

Hardware - Custom Build
Built in January but uses some older parts:
CPU: AMD Phenom II 720
Mobo: ASUS M4A79XTD Evo
GPU: Evga GTS 250 superclocked (used this card for a few years now)
Ram: Kingston hyperx KHX1333C7D3K4 (2 x 2gb)
SSD: OCZ Vertex 2 E 60gb

No memtest detected issues as on late April
No prime95 errors or induced crashes as of late April
If there's any other information or tests that might help please let me know.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:BSoD on Custom Build

Unfortunately there were no dumps in your file but I found one major candidate for BSODs

DAEMON Tools Lite "c:\program files (x86)\daemon tools lite\dtlite.exe" -autorun KevinX3-720-Win\KevinX3-720 HKU\S-1-5-21-601797764-46032973-68966091-1000\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
Uninstall, and de-install the driver after this tut:
DuplexSecure - FAQ
There are several substitutes for Daemon tools without harmful side effects
Freeware MagicISO Virtual CD/DVD-ROM(MagicDisc) Overview
SlySoft Virtual CloneDrive
Gizmo Central -- Enliven your PC
There were a couple BSODs (03/28 and 04/20) referring to your Roxio Software with the directive to update the PX engine from here
PX Engine - Description and Download
or uninstall it completely if you don't use it.

Boot into Safe mode and see if the comp crashes there, too
if not activate Driver Verifier to force some dumps to narrow down the problem and post any new dumps
Driver Verifier - Enable and Disable


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Win 7pro x64
Asus M5A97 mobo
AMD fx6100
XFX HD6780 1gb
Patriot 8gb (2x4) @ 1333
OCZ ModXStream 700W PSU

Hi folks,
I have been running into problem after problem with my new build. I've already RMA'd my CPU, I've ran memory tests for hours which turned out fine, and I completely disassembled and reassembled my computer into a new case. I was able to install Win7 fine, but I get random BSODs when using the computer with frightening frequency (and they were different error codes almost every time). The first place I noticed this was when I would run the Windows Experience Index test and it would lock up or BSOD about 3/4s of the way through. But it also blue screens in safe mode and once when I was watching a youtube video. I initially thought it was a faulty CPU (hence the RMA) but now I'm thinking that it might be a PSU or mobo problem. Any advice or ideas would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance,


A:BSOD on a custom build

Please upload a report

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So yea as the title says im planning on overclocking and using sli in the future if i have to, but these are the components i selected so far. I need a second opinion as im not to good with computers.

Sandy Bridge 2600k i7

Lite On Dvd burner

Antec 900

Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 7200RPM

EVGA 012-P3-1578-AR GeForce GTX 570

Corsair Pro series HX1050 (is this overkill? remember i do want to oc and sli)

Corsair Vengeance 8GB

MSI P67A-GD65 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 ATX Intel Motherboard

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Hey folks, here's my basic info:

Is Windows 7 . . .
- 64 bit
- original installed OS on system
- student version of OS, counts as full retail (can install on multiple machines)
- All components are approximately 6 months old
- Reinstalled OS recently (2-3wks ago?) to see if that would fix problem... did not work

Other info: The BSOD seems to occur when I'm playing video games, but it doesn't always happen only then. Thinking it was my original graphics card I RMA'ed it for a new one, recieved a different card and problem still exists. I also tried a different graphics card which used DX10 and the problem subsides a little bit (the BSOD occurs, but not as often).

I'm almost positive this is a hardware or hardware compatibility problem as reformatting the drive and reinstalling the OS didn't fix it... but you folks are the experts!

Let me know if I forgot something or you need something else to troubleshoot.

Thanks in advance,

A:BSOD on custom build

Hi swashbuckler and Welcome.

Usual causes: Device driver

Your latest dump file blames ntkrnlmp.exe which is a Windows System file and is highly unlikely to be the cause.
Old and incompatible drivers can and do cause issues with Windows 7, often giving false error codes.

As a Priority:

atikmdag.sys Fri Nov 26 02:46:44 2010 Many people have been having issues with Catalyst 10.12, which is what you currently have installed. Update to the new version following these guidelines.
Download Catalyst v11.1.**
Download and install Driver Sweeper.
Boot to Safe Mode
Uninstall your current Catalyst SetUp.
Run Driver Sweeper to clean up any left overs.
Reboot to Normal Mode.
Install your new Catalyst SetUp.
** Note!! Any WHQLCatalyst SetUp v10.3 - v11.1 can be used except v10.12 (which is not WHQL).

Outdated Drivers. Update:

L1C62x64.sys Wed Apr 01 06:09:17 2009 Atheros Drivers. AR813x-AR815x v1.0.0.46 WHQL.rar. Under the Atheros AR81Family Windows Driver x86/x64(Win7,Vista, XP, Server 2003) header.

Bugcheck Analysis
Loading Dump File [C:\DUMPS\swashbuckler\020611-10779-01.dmp]
Mini Kernel Dump File: Only registers and stack trace are available

Symbol search path is: SRV*C:\SymCache*http://msdl.microsoft.com/download/symbols
Executable search path is:
Windows 7 Kernel Version 7600 MP (2 procs) Free x64
Product: WinNt, suite: TerminalServer SingleUserTS
Built by: 7600.16617.amd64fre.win7_gdr.100618-1621
Machine Name:
Kerne... Read more

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Hi guys,

I've been intermittently having this problem, usually occurring when I'm playing a video game. I get the machine check exception as well as driver_irql_not_less_or_equal. The machine check exception happens more often though. My specs are:
i5-6600k (I brought it down to base freq to see if it would help; it did not)
Asrock z170 pro4
Radeon R9 380x
Corsair Vengeance LPX ddr4 2400 ram
Seagate Barraccudda 1tb
Kingston x70nr for windows
EVGA Supernova 550 G2 80+
I've updated all drivers but the issue persists. The issues were gone for a small amount of time when I clean installed windows but they have returned again.

Thank you!

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I built a custom computer last summer (July) and started having some BSOD problems about a month ago. It started out when I was playing games (Starcraft 2 and Battlefield 3) but then it began crashing to BSOD randomly, when I wasn't actively doing anything (it would BSOD when I left it on overnight). I assumed it was the graphics driver, so I uninstalled and reinstalled the driver and it worked fine for a couple weeks until it recently started crashing again. It is also doing some other strange things like Shockwave crashing in Chrome and requiring a computer restart, and Windows Explorer randomly crashing.

System Specs:

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit (Have not reinstalled windows)
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black 3.20 GHz Processor
ASUS M4A88T-V EVO Motherboard
Corsair XMS3 RAM (2 4Gb sticks)
Antec High Current Gamer 520 W PSU
EVGA GeForce GTX 460 1Gb GPU
Seagate 1TB Serial ATA HD

Additionally, I ran the Driver Verifier and got a BSOD within minutes of logging in to Windows. I booted to safe mode and loaded a system restore point. I didn't see the dump file in the minidump folder, however. I can re-try the Driver Verifier if necessary. I plan to run memtest and check the hard drive after this post. Thanks in advance for the help.

A:Help with BSOD, custom build

I found a missing bit in some of the registers of your CPU. This can occur from a driver bug, but very unlikely. Most often, this is caused by a malfunctioning CPU. CPU malfunctioning can occur internally (meaning a bad CPU), or externally from a bad motherboard, a bad PSU, or overheating or an unstable overclocked state.

If you have your system overclocked, please immediately reset it to factory defaults. That should be the first thing done to troubleshooting the problem. Then, you'll want to conduct a couple hardware tests:

RAM: Memtest86+ - 7+ passes
CPU: Prime95 - Torture Test; Large FFTs; overnight (9+ hours)

These tests are included in the UBCD if you prefer a Live CD environment (which is the best environment to test hardware on). Note that Prime95 currently does not work on the UBCD. Also, please provide us temps/voltages using HWInfo with Sensors only option checked. Log two 30-minute instances: one for idle, and one for high load.

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ok sorry if i've been an idiot.but,does anyone here have any idea how to make custom drivers for the operating systems like windows 8 . because you see there is only a limited support for custom-build PCs than the OEM ones

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My custom build PC that I have had for 3 months, now says signal lost on my Samsung SyncMaster T260HD monitor. In the beginning, the monitor would randomly blank and I'd restart and all is good. Then the next day it would do it again. Eventually the time gap shortened. Now it will either not display at all or it will display for 5-10 seconds during startup and then blank. I have tried swapping cables but no luck. All fans are spinning. The rest of the PC still loads because I can hear Win7 logon screen and I can log on and hear the welcome sound.
Graphics card: SAPPHIRE 100284L Radeon HD 5750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
Full PC parts listed here.

A:No picture on custom build

If it was bought from a shop then the first thing I would do is take it back to the them as a warranty issue.

If not, things I would check are:

1) Ensure that all the cables and cards are correctly seated inside the case. Remove each one and reseat it securely one at a time.

2) Does the motherboard have any onboard video? If yes, try booting using that.

3) Exactly what make and model is the motherboard, RAM, case, power supply, hard drives etc. Include links to the components if possible. How many case fans does the system have?

4) Do you have, or can you get hold of another, known working, monitor just to test to make sure its not the monitor itself at fault?

5) Do you have, or have access to any other, known working graphics card that will fit in the system?

Its possible the the graphics card has developed a fault, or even had a minor fault when you got it which has got worse.

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I am looking to buy all the parts I need to build a custom desktop computer. I'm overseas right now so I can finally put up the money due to having no bills at the moment. I have been looking into all of it and think I have found a pretty nice set up for a build. A few items might be over the top maybe. Here are the parts as follows.

Intel Core i7-2600K Processor 3.4GHz 8 MB Cache Socket LGA1155

ASUS P8Z68-V PRO Motherboard

ASUS GeForce GTX 590 (Fermi) 3072MB 768-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card, ENGTX590/3DIS/3GD5

OCZ 120 GB Vertex 3 SATA III 6.0 Gb-s 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive VTX3-25SAT3-120G

Western Digital Caviar Green 3 TB 5400 RPM SATA III 64 MB Cache Bare/OEM Desktop Hard Drive - WD30EZRX

LG Electronics 10X Blu-ray SATA Writer Drive with Software WH10LS30K - Bulk (Black)

Asus Xonar Xense Premium Gaming Audio Set (Acoustics Powered by Sennheiser)

Corsair Hydro Series H80 High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler (CWCH80)

HAF X Nvidia Edition

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate

Corsair Professional Series Gold 1200-Watt 80 Plus Gold Certified High-Performance Power Supply - CMPSU-1200AX

Corsair Vengeance Blue 16 GB DDR3 SDRAM Dual Channel Memory Kit CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B

A:How does this look for a custom build setup?

Look into an H50 cooler, I have heard it does better with higher flow fans (For future overclocking or whatever) Also just to warn you, it sounds like there has been a spike in HD prices, so maybe wait on that 3tb drive for a while. Sounds like they are going up in price.

Otherwise it looks good to me.

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Am new here. And I too am suffering from random BSODs.
Had faulty RAMs, and have replaced them. And still BSOD
I seriously need help guys.

A:New Custom Build Please help BSOD

narendharkumar3, Thanks for starting the new thread. Unfortunately you are getting a lot of 0X124 errors. That is a generic hardware error. It gives little or nothing about which piece of hardware it is. The only way is to do a lot of time consuming testing and troubleshooting. There was one error that appeared several times

kd> lmvm AsUpIO
start end module name
8d8b2000 8d8b31a0 AsUpIO (no symbols)
Loaded symbol image file: AsUpIO.sys
Image path: \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\AsUpIO.sys
Image name: AsUpIO.sys
Timestamp: Mon Aug 02 21:48:02 2010 (4C578362)
CheckSum: 0000BEF9
ImageSize: 000011A0
Translations: 0000.04b0 0000.04e4 0409.04b0 0409.04e4
That is Asus Monitoring driver and as you can see is quite old. It most likely comes with Asus AI Suite and can be downloaded from Asus web site for your board. Motherboards - P8H67-M PRO - ASUS

If you do not already have them please download and install CPUz (CPU-Z CPUID - System & hardware benchmark, monitoring, reporting) and GPUz (GPU-Z Video card GPU Information Utility) Make sure not to download any of the junk ware they may try to install with the program, you can just uncheck the boxes and not install those add on..

I need you to post screenshots (Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums) of GPU the main page and the sensors tabs. I also need you yo post screenshots of CPUz the CPU tab, the mainboard tab,... Read more

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So mainly while gaming I get various BSODs. Not much else to say but here are the required files and my computer and specs may be seen under my profile. Thank you in advance for taking the time to help with this.

A:BSOD Custom Build

Hi Kimbroughhg.

When there are multiple bugchecks without any finite probable cause, the first impression goes to hardware. Some of the crash dumps also indicates it.

BugCheck A, {2db, 2, 1, fffff8000229743d}

Probably caused by : hardware ( nt!KiTimerExpiration+1d )

Followup: MachineOwner

BugCheck 124, {0, fffffa800d268028, b0800000, 40151}

Probably caused by : AuthenticAMD

Followup: MachineOwner
Test your RAM modules for possible errors.
How to Test and Diagnose RAM Issues with Memtest86+
Run memtest86+ for at least 8 consecutive passes.

If it start showing errors/red lines, stop testing. A single error is enough to determine that something is going bad there.

Stress test the Graphics Card using Furmark.
Video Card - Stress Test with Furmark

Stress test the CPU.
Hardware - Stress Test With Prime95

Overclocked? It should be 4000 MHz.

CP F/M/S Manufacturer MHz
6 21,2,0 AuthenticAMD 4334
As you are getting BSODs, you should stop overclocking and run all the hardware components like CPU, GPU and RAM to their default settings.

If you have any hardware monitoring program, uninstall them for the time being, and also uninstall all the programs by ASUS.

Two more actions are must.

Daemon Tools, Alcohol 120% and Power Archiver Pro uses SCSI Pass Through Direct (SPTD), which is a well known BSOD causer. Uninstall Daemon Tools at first. Then download SPTD standalone installer from Disk-Tools.com, and e... Read more

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I'm building a custom build pc, I finished it but it doesn't turn on, I see a few lights and every once and awhile a fan or two spin for a second, please respond soon this is for my brother b day. Thank you.

A:Custom build error

?Please provide as much detail about your computer or issue as possible. If possible, include error messages word-for-word.

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i have a hp 6000 pr small form factor with 4gb ram/petenium dual core 3.06ghz/ win. 7/ msi redon 6450 hd and stock 240w psu.... i want to upgrade the psu and graphics card. this is a speacial build under way added a 3 bay hot swap, car stereo and 300w second psu to power the stereo...still in bondo phase so changes can be made and more stuff welded.   ik this is a frankinstin mod alot more work is needed... but anyway can i connect a second psu to a graphics card with the 6 pin conector and im not asking if its safe if i fry my board ill get a new one there cheap on ebay lol....  ive seen hp 8000 eliete psu 320w that will fit the mobo conections but i want somthing more like 400w if i can upgrade the main one

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I am hoping to start buying parts for a custom build around the first of the next month. The machine will be running a virtual machine with as many as four guest operating systems simultaneously. I don't know if I will need it or not, but I want the capability of running up to four monitors. I am a little unsure of the power supply requirements. The following build sheet includes a 850W power supply. I don't know if I need to go with a 1000W power supply.

Corsair Carbide A540 case
Intel core I7-4770K
Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD4H ATX LGA 1150
two Crucial 16GB 8x2 D3 1600 DIMM C9
Samsung E 120GB 840EVO SATA3 2.5"
Gigabyte 850W HX 80+ Gold Mod PSU
your thoughts?

A:need a little help speccing a custom build

I would upgrade the video card. From what I find they are old and don't use the new DX.

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So I am attempting to make a Custom Theme:

I am using this tutorial to help:

And here are some designs of what I want it to look like which I doubt I will ever get it to look like:


I am currently trying to make the make the Folderband Black/Grey (I think that is located at 891/1033 of aeromsstyles) like Bongo has set it at:

If anyone can help me design a Custom Theme, I would really appreciate it.

Thank you, Joe.

A:Trying to build a Custom Theme

Most of the theme designers use Ave's Windows7 Style Builder to create theme msstyle . After that , you may follow all the parts of the tutorial.

In our forums, Bongo is highly knowledgeable in these stuff .

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Hey Peeps!

I just had my first BSOD on my custom build. Any help in figuring out what caused this would be greatly appreciated.

It happened when I was away from my machine, while playing a playlist on youtube and having other windows open on 2 separate browsers; Chrome & Firefox.


A:BSOD Custom build help

CCC 14.12 WHQL works better with R9 cards, as far as I have seen. Get it from Download Drivers and see how it goes.

Let us know.

*** WARNING: Unable to verify timestamp for atikmdag.sys
*** ERROR: Module load completed but symbols could not be loaded for atikmdag.sys
* *
* Bugcheck Analysis *
* *

Use !analyze -v to get detailed debugging information.

BugCheck 1000007E, {ffffffffc0000005, fffff8801111fdbb, fffff880081d2228, fffff880081d1a80}

Probably caused by : atikmdag.sys ( atikmdag+c7dbb )

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6: kd> !analyze -v
* *
* Bugcheck Analysis *
* *

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Hi guys,
My pc was working fine then windows 10 updated my system. After that, it began bootlooping and running chkdsk. Eventually it start working again but the bootlooping continued. So I opened the system, cleared dust particles and unplugged and replugged all the cables. After that, the pc failed to POST. There is a red strip on my motherboard that lights up during boot, now it only gives 1 blink. The cpu fan and system fans are working fine.

These are my specs
Gigabyte z97xsli rev1.2
I5 4690k + deepcool gammaxx 400
Corsair cx650m
8x4 crucial ddr3 memory
Gtx 650ti boost
3 (500gb) wd black hdd

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Hey I'm building a new computer and these are the parts I've picked out and I was wondering or more like double checking if they are all compatible with you guys and maybe some opinions on different parts. My current setup costs about 800 and I would like to keep it around 800 or lower thanks P.S. This is a gaming computer

Cooler Master HAF 922

Western Digital Caviar Blue 320GB 7200 RPM SATA


EVGA GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB

Sony 18x DVD-CD 48x

OCZ GameXStream 600W ATX12V SLI Certified

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz

ZALMAN 9500A 92mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler


A:Custom Computer Build

The system looks good. You could get yourself a cheaper case like the CM-690 or an Antec 900. Also, the Xigmatek HDT S1283 or Scythe Katana will be a better CPU cooler for cheaper.

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Fresh install of Windows 7 Ult with SP1 on brand new hardware

BSOD when After 90 minutes gaming (twice now - pc under varying stress)
BSOD while playing video on VLC player (once - no stress)

Thankful for any insight you can provide.

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 +SP1
Intel Core i7 5820K 3.3Ghz 15MB L3 Cache s2011-3
Gigabyte GA-X99M-Gaming 5 LGA2011-3
Corsair Vengeance LPX 2x8GB DDR4 2400MHz
2x Sapphire Radeon R9 270X DUAL-X BOOST OC 2GB Crossfire
500GB Crucial MX200 SSD M.2 Type 2280
Corsair H100i Water cooler with Corsair Link

A:BSOD on new custom build

Hey and welcome to SevenForums!

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I am having the worst nightmare with this new computer I am building. The problem is that my computer keep on restarting within a one or ten minutes range. Occuring seem randomly of course. I tried to isolate the problem but so far no luck. First I guess I should give you my spec. It is an AMD Athlon 64 3200 1mb cache. Soyo K8 Dragon Ultra mobo. ATI radeon 9800 pro 256 mb. Creative Audigy blaster sound card. 1gb of mem: one from Ultra and the other from PNY. 550 watt of power supply. 250 gig hd from Matrox. Pioneer 8xdvd-rw and Mercury 52xcd drive. Athermaltake venus cpu heatsink and fan combo. A thermaltake case fan. the case also have a weak fan attach to the side panel. With windows xp pro installed. One problem I first thought was bad memory that why I bought the PNY but that didn't seem to solve it. Another was overheating cpu, that why I bought Arctic Silver 5 put it on. By the way I attach the sensor on the side of the heatsink. I don't think it virus because I have ez Armor security suite installed. I uncheck the automatic restart in the system propterty so maybe it could report to me what is happening before it restart, but it still doesn't stop the auto restart but sometime it does give me the old blue screen of death though. Please could you advise me what to do. Although I think I did on the above right I could be doing something wrong and maybe you can correct me. By the way my CPU temp when checking in bios is 40-40 Celcius. I would like to get ... Read more

A:My custom build pc nightmare

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I put my first system together not more than a year ago. Since then, I have had nothing but problems. RAM defects, mobo defects, Graphics Issues, DVD Drive defects, and most recently my CPU has been running hot (reaching up to 75C underclocked!). Basically I have parts to build a whole other system minus the power supply. Couldn't RMA.

Given these issues I still can use the PC, but slows considerably when downloading or running more than one program. Video lags and framrates are bad when initializing. Been through 3 graphics cards (Nvidia and AMD), cloned and copied my HDD to a new one, bought a new processor (i7-950), gone through countless RAM timings and voltages, updated mobo BIOS/drivers from manufacturer, done System Reg. fixes and defrags, plus hours of researching the issue...to no avail.

I am frustrated and tired. The only thing I have not done is a complete windows reinstall. Was about to but my DVD drive kicked the bucket right before, go figure.

Please help!

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A:Custom Build is Slow!

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