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Define R4, noisy? What went wrong?

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Hi all,

I just finished my first build and I'm overall really satisfied with most everything. My comp boots up in about 8 seconds, and games and browsing are amazing on 1440p.

However, my computer is a lot louder than I expected. It's not LOUD per se, but I was under the---perhaps false---impression that it would be silent cause I went the r4 case.

I have the stock case fans and the stock heat sink. I don't OC or SLI and I'm on a budget so I haven't invested in an after market heat sink. I have a GTX 660 Asus which is supposed to be famous for being really quiet.

Should I buy new case fans and a new heat sink? Which one first? Or both? Any suggestions. I don't need much performance, just absolute quietness. I use this mostly as (overwpowered) a media center.
post #2 of 6
Are you using any fan control software? Maybe the case/heatsink fans are spinning at max rpm all the time when they shouldn't be. If they're plugged into the motherboard and not directly to PSU, that should allow them to spin up and down as temperatures rise and fall, either through software that came with the board or some third party program like speedfan.
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post #3 of 6
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I opened the side and discovered that it's totally my PSU. I have a Seasonic m12ii which I thought was a upscale fan that wouldn't have noise problems.

Are PSUs always the loudest thing in the case?
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My dad and I built a rig for him a few months back. R4, completely silent.
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Not normally no. I use a Seasonic M12II in my backup rig and it's not loud at all. I used to run it without a case and had the PSU sitting on my desk literally a foot away from my head and I could barely hear it. Sounds like something is causing the fan to spin at max RPM regardless of load/temperature. If it doesn't slow down even when the pc is just idling, I'd contact Seasonic or the retailer you bought the PSU from; you may need to RMA it.
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post #6 of 6
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Originally Posted by Vonnis View Post

Not normally no. I use a Seasonic M12II in my backup rig and it's not loud at all. I used to run it without a case and had the PSU sitting on my desk literally a foot away from my head and I could barely hear it. Sounds like something is causing the fan to spin at max RPM regardless of load/temperature. If it doesn't slow down even when the pc is just idling, I'd contact Seasonic or the retailer you bought the PSU from; you may need to RMA it.

Thanks for your help. I did a return with new egg. Getting a new one soon.

Yes, the problem is there even when idling.
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