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Hi folks,

About two weeks ago, I started to hear coil whine coming from the top of my case and I assumed it was the PSU. It was relatively loud and irritating, so I replaced it. Now that I have a new PSU, I started to hear again, but after leaving the case open on my desk for these last two weeks, I have noticed a theme:

The whine only occurs when I am downloading something that takes a lot of bandwidth. It happened first with Youtube, but only happens for a moment or two. I started to realize it more when I started downloading games on Steam and/or downloading patches for other games. What I assumed was coil whine from my PSU, is, I am afraid, coming from the top of my motherboard.

With this, I have a few questions:

1) Am I crazy and is it just the PSU? I have never heard of a power supply going under severe load due to downloading large files. The noise does indeed only tend to happen then. I am running Final Fantasy 14: ARR right now in the background and have done so for quite a while with no trouble, until I go to download in the background.

2) If I am not crazy, is this something I should concern myself with, or should I just continue on as normal? Is my motherboard failing? I have an old Sabertooth X58 (purchased in 2011). I would think it would have lasted longer than this, especially since I do not OC too much anymore and I keep it rather clean.

Thoughts?

Thanks so much!
    
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post #2 of 5
Well I can't claim to be an expert, but I can confirm that it is possible it's your Mobo.

Though I should clarify that coil whine doesn't necessarily happen when a PSU or other electrical component is under load. Coil whine is actually relatively harmless and not an indication of a stressed/overloaded/near failure part most of the time. Which doesn't stop it from being really annoying.

So the good news (I guess) is that you can most likely continue as normal if you want to. So long as the noise doesn't drive you insane.
    
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You sure it's the PSU and not your HDD?
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its the psu lol.
My psu whines even when just moving the mouse.
Annoying for those of us with sensitive hearing, but it will work fine.
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Should give use info into what PSU you're buying.
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