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post #1 of 15
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Yo,

firstly I don't know if it's my PSU making the noise but after googling the problem a littlebit I'm pretty confident it is.

So my computer has been making really loud and scary whining noise. It's so bad you really can't use the computer. It doesn't happen everytime and usually after cleaning up the computer a little bit it has ended. But sometimes the noise just randomly begins and I gotta switch off the computer. The sound is like something would get stuck in a fan (cable or I dunno) and then whine for 3-5 seconds. It sounds like the fan would stop and then speed up again, only to make the same loud noise again. The noise is so loud that I am afraid I will go deaf if I try to locate it by opening the case. I haven't tried cleaning up the PSU from inside.. Guess it's what I shold try next?

Any help is appreciated!
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post #2 of 15
Whining noises mean faulty capacitors or coils. Depending on where it is placed it can be very serious: for example if it's a cap in the PSU that is whining, when it'll brake down it can toast all the rig along with it. You should search for what it is that's whining, stuff something in your ear if it's that bad. It may be as easy as a fan with a broken motor that is easy and cheap too change.
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post #3 of 15
Sounds like caps... try to find out where its coming from
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post #4 of 15
Yep, buddy had that sound coming from a Cap in the PSU, unfortunately I wasnt around, it didnt get addressed and the PSU went, taking pretty much everything else with it. Was a sad day
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post #5 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks for fast replies,,

I wouldn't like to open the power supply as it would expire the warranty (correct me if I am wrong) and I would be very surprised if it was some capacitor since
1. The power supply is rather new
2. The noise has been there for about six months and has usually been fixed by giving a quick cleanup and it would be gone for week/month or so. Just now I can't seem to fix it with cleaning.

But I'm the baddie with hardware so I will try to locate the noise and then add it here.
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post #6 of 15
Very high FPS rates under high loads also makes GPUs whine. But not loud, just a tiny whine that lets you know that the GPU is overkill)


In your case, I bet it's the PSU. Exchange it straight ahead.
   
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post #7 of 15
without opening the psu try and peak through the fan hole and see if a capcitor is bulged or even leaking..
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post #8 of 15
Yea I agree with these guys... Need to take care of that fast. The only thing worse that a whining capacitor is a whining girlfriend
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post #9 of 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by Phobos223 View Post
Yea I agree with these guys... Need to take care of that fast. The only thing worse that a whining capacitor is a whining girlfriend
Whining wife is worse than both combined
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post #10 of 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by TheLastPriest View Post
Whining wife is worse than both combined
LOL
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