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Hey everyone, I've build a gaming PC inside a Bitfenix Prodigy but the power supply seems to be making a very odd sound. I purchased it from SCAN Computers in December, as far as I rememember there has always been a strange sound coming from the machine but I left it alone hoping it would fix itself.

I filmed a clip of the noise and you can definitely hear what I am talking about. I have Hitman: Absolution running in game and on the main menu. Both noises are slightly different compared to in-game and on the menu screen but it's so distracting in general and I can't enjoy my system with the horrible noise.

I have been playing games capped at 59 FPS using MSI Afterburner but there is still an odd noise coming from the system.

I have also taken out the graphics card to see if the noise is due to that and it did stop but the frames per second wasn't exactly the same so I really don't know.

Any help is appreciated, thanks everyone.

PC Specs:

Intel Core i7 3770K
MSI GTX 670 Twin Frozr Edition
120GB Intel SSD
3TB Seagate HDD
ASUS P8Z77-I Motherboard
Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 Cooler
Bitfenix Prodigy Case
Corsair TX 650 PSU

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There's a chance you may be hearing two different noises from two different sources. I noticed that my GPU (EVGA GTX 580 w/ AXP cooler) squeals loudly if I leave it on a main menu of a game (especially the witcher 2) that has no frame cap. Anything under 100 fps produced no squeal from the card; I had RMAed the card for a separate issue and noticed that the noise persisted between cards, so I'm not too worried about it as I don't hear it during gameplay. However, my PSU produces a buzzing noise whenever I put it under load, especially during benchmarks and games. I had RMAed the unit twice with all 3 units producing the same noise; not even technicians with antec could figure it out. Mind you, it took some investigative to figure out under what conditions the noise is produced and where exactly in my tower the noise was coming from (I thought it was the GPU at first). Regardless, the moral of the story is, try to figure out where the noises are coming from (which component) under what conditions before you go RMAing anything.

FYI, this is how I figured out he buzzing noise was coming from my PSU (not related to the GPU squealing on game menus). http://youtu.be/auKT6EBw7uk


I can see one of two scenarios playing out here with regard to the PSU if you determine it to be the source of the noise:

1) You RMA the PSU and it fixes your issue.

or

2) You RMA the PSU and the same exact sound persists (or to a slightly different degree or pitch).

With your current PSU, I'd be willing to be that any card with a similar power draw will produce the same issue on the unit you currently own. The GPU may turn out to be a similar scenario if it is also producing noise during normal gameplay and not just on he menus.
Edited by Infinite Jest - 3/10/13 at 12:26pm
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Thanks for the advice mate. It's just very irritating and really would like to get rid of this noise but I'm not 100% sure what to do about it. I have been capping my games at 59 FPS for the most part but there is still some kind of noise coming from the computer which shouldn't be there during gameplay. Almost like a deep croaking moan.

Do you suggest I RMA the PSU and see what happens?
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post #4 of 5
I'd try to identify the source first. Some people recommend using the straw trick (put a straw up to your ear and point it at specific components), but I found it more decisive to just pull the psu and run a game/benchmark. There's also a chance you may have a squealing capacitor on your motherboard, but that probably isn't as likely.

Noise issues are some of my biggest pet peeves, so I know you want to get this resolved ASAP, but before you embark on the transoceanic RMA voyage, I'd try to troubleshoot the problem(s) as much as possible.
Edited by Infinite Jest - 3/10/13 at 1:56pm
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