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post #1 of 17
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Hello guys! I am very sorry if this is the wrong forum to post this in, seemed like the right place to me!

Ive come to belive a capacitor either on my motherboard or in my psu is faulty! it basicly sounds like a fan hitting a lite bending plastic thing rapidly, but its not.

I have a ASRock Extreme3 z77 motherboard and a tx650 v2 PSU.

My best guess is that its the psu, as it mainly sounds like it comes from inside the psu, but im not totally sure. I have a completely new 650XFX PSU here now, but I dont like to open it up, if its not the psu but the motherboard that is broken!!!!

Heres a link to the sound, ive uploaded it, its recorded with my phone at the back/top of my computer. The sound starts around 10seconds in(clip is about 20seconds, No need to download anything, it streams):
http://www.bigupload.com/en/file/83316/stemme0002.mp3.html

I have tryed to stop EVERY fan in the PC and the tx650 fan only runs when the psu gets hot, but i tested to be sure and its not the psu fan either.
I can also add, that whatever i do on my pc, the sound change in volume instant as i tap between programs, sometimes louder sometimes lower..

Anyone ever heard something in a PC sound like that. (Other than fans)??

Whole build:
corsair tx650 PSU
i5 3570k CPU
CM Hyper 212 evo Cooler
ASRock Extreme3 z77 MOBO
Corsair 8gb Vengeance CL9 1600mhz ddr3 RAM
Corsair Force seies 3 SSD 240gb

Please help!!
post #2 of 17
I dunno man. To me that sounds like a worn out ball bearing. You sure it's not the psu fan? I'd hook that xfx psu up outside the case and plug everything into it give it a go. You can still return it, just don't scratch it up or anything.
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post #3 of 17
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Thing is, the TX650 v2 PSU i got now is less than a month old. It got a build in fan activator(?) so at 40-50?Degrees it automaticly spins up the fan. (or its 40% usage that makes the fan spin, not sure)

So i did a furmark+prime95 test, running them at the same time to force the psu fan on and it didnt make the sound, actually ran very quiet and smooth!

The noise seems to come when i start playing games/running something that require more power and as i said, accordingly to what im doing the noise will change instant in volume, maybe also the time between ticks, but mainly in how loud the sound is. which imo completely remove it being a fan(I have also physicly stopped every fan one by one to make sure ofcourse!)

Tonight i was in settlers 7. While being in the Main Menu screen(require alittle bit of cpu and gpu as its 3d overview of a ingame city) it would do like this. The screen would be running the game fine and then it would freeze the screen for a sec or so. during that second of freeze the clicking/ticking sound would dramaticly raise in volume and stop instant as the freeze was over.

Right now as im forums etc. theres no clicking/ticking sound...

I am very confused!
post #4 of 17
If possible, I would try a different PSU or test the current PSU by checking the voltages under load. If the voltages are fine, or if the new PSU works without problem, then know it's the board. The reason I would take this approach is to minimize the potential damage to your other equipment if your power supply is bad and decides to go kaboom.
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post #5 of 17
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Hey thanks for the interrest! i am sadly not skilled enough to understand what voltage it should be giving out or how to/what to exactly look for/check.

What im mainly after is, if anyone know this noise and can somehow pinpoint if it is possible that the psu is making it or if its the motherboard.

best thing would be if anyone heard it before. But been so much around now on forums that I feel/belive that I am the only ever to have a PC with a noise like this! :S
post #6 of 17
Try the other PSU tongue.gif
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post #7 of 17
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Ye dont think theres any other option for me! :S I have really scratched every aspect, idea or sound possible to find on youtube, and nothing sounds like the problem i have.

Guess i just have to open and switch PSU and hopefully it will sort it out!
post #8 of 17
You don't have to install the psu, just plug everything else into it, and run it outside of case.....
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post #9 of 17
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What i mean is that i have to break the sealing. the plast around the case its in. id prefer to not do that and be able to make it a refund with no problem if its not the psu!
post #10 of 17
What part has the seal? What part do you think you're being asked to open?
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