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My sig rig PSU is only about 2-3 months old. I purchased it on surprise special at NCIX for $39.99 (brand new) after a $30 MIR.

This past week or so I have been hearing weird noises coming from my computer, and I finally found out it's coming from the PSU. I put my ear next to the back of my computer where the power cord sits and can hear a spinning bearing rubbing against something in there... It's not incredibly loud but it's still noticeably loud. If I heard this noise coming from my harddrive I would probably be backing up the data...

Does Antec have a good return policy? Should I just buy a better PSU? Or is it nothing to worry about?

Thanks,
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post #2 of 12
Ah, the dreaded bearing whine....

The short answer is, yes your PSU is in fact dying. What's actually going on is that the fan inside is failing. It runs on ball bearings, and when they begin to fail, it emits a sqealing noise.

It's only a matter of time before that fan completely freezes up and stops. When that happens, the PSU will overheat and shut itself off, and your computer will obviously shut down. You should RMA the PSU before this occurs. Like right now, perhaps.
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post #3 of 12
RMA the PSU or replace the fan.

Don't worry about the PSU, Antec should be able to cross-ship it if you ask, which means they ship out your replacement on credit before you ship back the defective one. They just pre-charge you the MSRP of the PSU until they get the bad unit back, then cancel the charge.
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Thanks for your help. Much appreciated!

I put in a request for a replacement and requested the cross-shipment payment. I am almost wondering if I can pay the extra amount to upgrade my PSU during this replacement too?

I am thinking 850W is the way to go if I ever want to SLI. Hmmm, but perhaps that's just not doable during RMA...
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post #5 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by Phaedrus2129 View Post
RMA the PSU or replace the fan.

Don't worry about the PSU, Antec should be able to cross-ship it if you ask, which means they ship out your replacement on credit before you ship back the defective one. They just pre-charge you the MSRP of the PSU until they get the bad unit back, then cancel the charge.
Replacing the fan really isn't an option if it's still under warranty tho, is it?
From my experience, you'll break the "void if removed/tampered" sticker.
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post #6 of 12
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Thanks for your help. Much appreciated!

I put in a request for a replacement and requested the cross-shipment payment. I am almost wondering if I can pay the extra amount to upgrade my PSU during this replacement too?

I am thinking 850W is the way to go if I ever want to SLI. Hmmm, but perhaps that's just not doable during RMA...
9800GTX+s will SLI on a quality 550W PSU.
post #7 of 12
the noise is coming from the fan bearing try replacing psu fan or if it's in warranty you could return it
    
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post #8 of 12
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Phaedrus2129 View Post
9800GTX+s will SLI on a quality 550W PSU.
Looking at upgrading to either a HD6870 or GTX480 in the near future... Still undecided on if I should go with SLI or not... Thinking that it's not really worth the extra cost it but I'll ask around.
Edited by revlimiter - 8/7/11 at 1:04am
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I put the RMA in for my Antec Truepower New 650W PSU, and Antec told me I still have to pay for shipping from my location to their office - shipping from BC to Ontario... They will reimburse me the cost of the initial shipment and the retail price + tax on the PSU, but not the cost on shipment back to them.

Does this sound right to you? Normally don't RMA's refund you completely for your costs?
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post #10 of 12
I had a psu start making noise on me and come to find out it was some of the factory sleeving hitting the fan.
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