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Can I use more RAM than the published limit for a CPU?

I'm planning to buy a new low-end mini PC. I'm looking for the absolute cheapest model that meets my main requirement of being able to install a minimum of 16 GB of DDR4 SODIMM RAM. Here's the problem....
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Can you add higher capacity internal drives than the listed on the official spec sheets? [closed]

I have an HP EliteDesk 800 G5 and I wanted to add a couple of internal SSDs drives (4TB each), but the official specs list a maximum of 512GB for SATA3 connections. I'm wondering if it would recognize ...
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Upgrading the motherboard, CPU and memory on a 10 year old ITX system

I have an old ITX PC. The essentials of the spec are currently: Cooler Master Elite 130 case Corsair 850w PSU ASUS® H81I-PLUS: Mini-ITX Intel® Core™i5 Quad Core Processor i5-4570 (3.2GHz) 8GB DUAL-...
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Which monitor should I buy for my macbook air M1 and a possible Minisforum UM560?

Currently, I have a MacBook Air M1 (2020) running MacOS 13.3.1. I am planning to buy a Minisforum UM560 to run a Linux environment. Also, I am planning to buy a monitor. I would like to have a big ...
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What do I need to buy to watch HEVC videos on a nine years old TV?

I have a nine years old TV, a Samsung UE40EH6030W. I can't obviously watch HEVC videos that are all the rage on it. Nor videos using FLAC btw, and probably other "new stuff" as well. What do ...
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Cannot determine from description if selected internal PCI sound card would fit inside a Small Form Factor PC

The internal default speaker works but no signal for sound jacks for external amplified speakers. I wish to try two possible solutions. Solutions 1a. check if this already ordered internal PCI sound ...
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I am searching for Maker Board/Mini PC to run Apps made with .NET/.NET Core

I am loooking for a Mini-PC or a Maker Board which is capable of running Apps made with .NET/.Net Core. So it can be Windows and Linux Machines. But they need to support the .NET Runtime. My ...
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New Self Build Replacement PC

Currently I have an Acer Revo One RL85. Physical dimensions are circa 150 mm tall, 100 x 100mm. It is perfect for the size, but has max' 8gb RAM. I am looking to build a new machine. I want something ...
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Is it possible to replace an internal laptop fan with a different model?

I have an Asus PN50 mini-PC, which is essentially built from laptop components. Unfortunately, the fans are way too loud for my taste even in quiet mode. The max fan speed is 7200 RPM and the fan ...
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SOC/MiniPC for router

I'm looking for SOC/miniPC to make small home usage router. I'm looking for smthing like that: https://aliexpress.ru/item/32860851243.html?spm=a2g0o.productlist.0.0.acd74a80odWjAa&algo_pvid=...
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Small mini-itx case with support for PCIe 4.0 GPUs

I want to build a small factor mini-itx PC for gaming around a motherboard based on AMD X570. Ideally, I am looking for cases <20lt in volume. Slightly bigger cases (<24lt) would also do. The ...
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Replacing 13 year old tower with a mini PC like system

I have a 13 year old tower PC system with a Intel Core 2 Q6600 CPU and 4GB of RAM. This was pretty much high-end back then. It still does what it should and I use it as a Linux-based server for my ...
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USB C 3.1 Mini PC capable of running Linux

I have an MBP for work. I want to have a dedicated development environment for private projects to not mess up my work setup. Also, I wanna run Linux (just Ubuntu something). The MBP is currently ...
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Is there a mini-laptop I can buy?

I am looking for a small laptop to match my RCA Voyager Pro. For me, this is a matter of character and style. I want something with decent specifications that I can fit in my pocket (see table below): ...
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Linux miniPC for collecting data from sensors

I'm looking for mini (micro) PC with low parameters just enough to run Linux. I found some devices, but too strong and mostly without GSM. Required parameters: Processor architecture to run Linux ...
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Small server for NAS/SAN

I'm looking for a small server to act as the central node in a cheap high-capacity NAS/SAN. The expected setup will be: central node running ZFS and providing a NAS interface to the outside; multiple ...
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Low cost quad-core mini pc options

I am a post-doc researcher working on computational modelling projects. In my spare time, I like to code open-source projects on some topics outside of my university role. I intend to set up a low-...
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Does Intel manufacture older generations of Intel Core processors?

I recently did a little research on several different industrial embedded computers for a project that I am working on. It turns out that a lot of these industrial fan less PCs can be purchased with ...
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What’s the cheapest hardware that include a 8GB NVIDIA GPU?

I’m building a product that uses NVIDIA GPUs and need 8GB of GPU RAM. also, my code is currently based on Windows. Is there a box with an Intel processor that can run any kind of Windows (embedded?) ...
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What device should i use in this situation

I need a device that can act as a server (accept and send HTTP requests), and display an image. I want it to be as cheap as possible. I know i can use a Raspberry Pi, but i need something cheaper. I'...
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Recommendation for small, low-cost, low-energy, fanless, 80686 or x86-64 computer with at least 3 SATA ports using normal connectors instead of mSATA

Per the post subject, is there an x86 computer like this that I can still buy or otherwise acquire in 2019? Used or refurbished is OK as long as it is still reliable. I want a low-cost, low-energy, ...
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Is there any water cooling kit for socket LGA 1151 with radiator/fan smaller than 120mm?

I was looking around online but I found the smaller models are 120mm. Does any one know any model with a fan/radiator smaller than 120mm?
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Cheapest x86 machine with remote power mgmt?

I am looking for a cheap x86 machine for learning OpenStack and other crap and I was wondering if such a system exists. The system should meet the following requirements: Under 100EUR including the ...
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Cheap Windows Computer for Corporate VPN Access?

I need to VPN into my company's network, and then RDP into some Windows Servers. Corporate IT seems very Windows-focused, and there's no MacOS client for the VPN software. So I'm wondering if I ...
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Mini USB Powered Speaker

I need a mini speaker which looks like a flash drive and uses USB for both power and data (so it doesn’t use 3.5mm audio jack) for a Raspberry Pi project. It doesn’t have to be So loud Super high ...
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Reliable computer for live streaming video to youtube 24/7

I have a live stream running that sends a 1080p video stream to Youtube. It receives the data from a camera in the network, converts the stream (using ffmpeg) and uploads it to the Youtube channel. ...
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Choosing a convertible laptop

I am looking for a tablet/convertible pc for my aunt and I am undecided what to get. The main usage would be navigation and Word processing, occasionally some light photoshop/illustrator work. I got ...
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general mini-ITX recommendations

I want to build a PC with my son. Or rather, at some point have it so he gets to build it (I'm thinking of torturing him by re-formatting Linux every so often and having him reinstall it). I'd like ...
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Cheap PC with 8GB of RAM

I'm looking to purchase a PC to run my Minecraft server on. It needs 8GB of RAM and a decent processor. I'm not going to do much else with it, so I don't need a large HDD or an SSD. Ideally, the ...
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Weather station with API access

I'm looking for a weather station that works without a display but allows querying the data via an API instead. It needs to have a rain sensor measure wind speed have a hygrometer measure ...
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Mini PC - low power cunsumption - fanless - running 24*7 - Ubuntu 16.04 LTS 64-bits

I'm looking for a mini PC to run Ubuntu 16.04 LTS 64-bits version with a web server (LAMP) on it. The criterias would be, in order of importance: Low power cunsumption the mini pc will be running 24*...
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Banana Pi M3 vs Asus Tinker Board

I'm a little unsure what board to buy here. The Banana Pi M3 seems to have a faster CPU, with eight cores compared to a quad core on the Asus tinker board. I haven't been able to find a comparison ...
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Headless Home Server w/ Ubuntu Server - Resilio Sync - RClone

I would like to build a home server that runs Ubuntu Server with Resilio Sync and RClone. I think I can handle the software side but am having a hard time with the hardware side. I don't need wifi as ...
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Handheld device for programming

I know a handheld might not be the perfect device for programming, but for me it would be useful for working in short periods of time, for example while traveling, so please don't make it a debate ...
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I need a extremely small display for a chip computer

I would like to build an extremely small, portable computer and need a screen 3.5 inches across or less that connects by either VGA, HDMI, or composite. I would also like it to be under 40 dollars, ...
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Small and cheap mini-PC to install Linux (no desktop environment) and a development LAMP webserver [duplicate]

I manage a LAMP website, which I develop at home, and then I upload the changes to the production public server. I am trying to find a small and cheap fanless PC to install Linux and my development ...
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low power computer I can use for DIY NAS with Crashplan

I've installed CrashPlan for a lot of my family, and given some of them USB flash drives for local backup, which works pretty well, but I also want to setup a long-term off-site backup, for which I ...
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Tiny motherboard with full functionality?

I need to fit a fully-functioning mobo with an LGA1151 cpu socket and a PCI-E x16 slot for my gpu and at least 2 RAM slots in a 11 x 5.5 x 7 case. It also has to have a maximum RAM capacity of at ...
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Fanless mini-itx motherboard with a 4x-16x PCI-e slot for OpenBSD project?

Any recommendations on a fanless mini itx board with a 4x-16x PCI-E slot? Something a few years old ideally, as I need to keep costs down. Current set-up is with a fanless Asus J1800-c, which runs ...
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Cheap and small server for home / small business installation

I'd like to deploy a set of cheap servers across town. I need to run LAMP stack or Java, with 1GB of RAM being 100% enough, but multi-core CPU would be a plus. I'd need Ethernet Port on it a and ...
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Fanless mini PC for Linux

I'm looking for small fanless mini PC to install Linux and use it on my desk with the following features: Linux compatible, Intel i5/i7 or Xeon family (not Atom), should be silent (no any fans), ...
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Small form factor PC with socket micro-processor

I want to build a fast computer but I have little space available to set it in. I don't really need to use a external GPU since I have little demand for graphics power, but I need a fast ...
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Cheapest x86 machine?

I was looking for a cheap x86 machine for assembly development and other hackery and I was wondering if such a system exists. The system must meet the following requirements: Under $100 including ...
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Slimmest possible mini-ITX setup with a decent GPU

I'm building a slim PC around a mini ITX motherboard, which should pack enough CUDA power with a low price. I came into the conclusion that GTX 750 Ti is a good choice (OK performance, low price, low ...
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Mini PC (like Gigabyte BRIX) with more than 2 graphic ports

I'm using a Gigabyte BRIX Mini PC running Linux as a viewer for a NoMachine setup with 2 monitors presently, one connected via VGA and one via HDMI. I am planning on adding a third monitor, which is ...
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USB Rubber Ducky Alternative

What I want is basically a USB Drive that registers itself as a storage device, and to the unsuspecting (in some cases) user, a keyboard. (I don't plan to do anything malicious, just trolling, and ...
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NUC class system with dual ethernet ports

At some point in the future, I'd like to replace my home router with a x86 box running pfsense. I'm rather fond of the NUC form factor for things like this but finding a suitable one has been tricky. ...
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Can the Streacom FC8's heat pipes accomodate a Thin-ITX motherboard

I'd like to use an Asus H81T motherboard for my next desktop, and wanted a fanless case for it. I found the Akasa Euler and Streacom FC8 and the FC8 is the clear winner since it gives me enough room ...
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Mini PC with dual/quad-core CPU as Mac mini alternative

I am looking for mini PC with fairly similar in size (~5x20x20cm) which can outperform a Mini Mac. The size doesn't matter as long it's not too heavy or big and it can be easily moved between home and ...
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