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At least it seems to be coming from the PSU. It seems to come and go so I'm not sure if the fan is just going out or if it's running on some very low voltage and just making some noise. Is there a way to check the internal temperature of a PSU digitally (some program)?
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At least it seems to be coming from the PSU. It seems to come and go so I'm not sure if the fan is just going out or if it's running on some very low voltage and just making some noise. Is there a way to check the internal temperature of a PSU digitally (some program)?
The PSU's fan RPM is probably a good indicator of internal temperature, but I doubt it's linear. Some PSUs bring out a cable that can be plugged into a motherboard fan header to read the RPM.

Sometimes you can get rid of fan clicking by pulling or pushing the fan along its shaft to move a thrust washer. Unplug the AC power cord before you try this because poking inside the PSU can put you in contact with exposed high voltage, often including big heatsinks that are connected directly to 340 volts DC (amazingly they're connected to that for safety reasons). Fashion a pair of hooks from paperclips or solid wire, and use them to pull on opposite fan blades. If you drop one of those hooks into the PSU, get it out of there before plugging in the AC cord again.
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What do you mean along the shaft? Just manually spin the fan? Probably going to be a bit hard seeing as the psu is mounted with the fan facing down against a grill.

On another note: What's a good 600~ to 700~W PSU? The cheaper the better but if necessary I'd put my budget up to $100
Edited by geoxile - 10/25/13 at 2:57pm
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What do you mean along the shaft? Just manually spin the fan? Probably going to be a bit hard seeing as the psu is mounted with the fan facing down against a grill.
That's moving the fan radially. I mean push or pull the fan axially, which is perpendicular to the plane of its spin.

Seasonic, Corsair and Antec tend to be safe choices, and TigerDirect and NewEgg seem to run a deal about every month (currently only a 430W Corsair is being offered -- $20 AR at NewEgg). But to be sure of quality, check reviews where the reviewer measures DC amps (i.e., the amps for each voltage rail: +5V, +12V, +3.3V), not just voltages. Places like JonnyGuru, XbitLabs, HardwareSecrets, SilentPC, and HardOCP do that, but most reviewers simply load down the PSU with a computer and pronounce that a "full load" when it's actually just 200W - 300W.
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The problem went, but then came back. The clicking isn't as loud as I remember but it's still annoying.
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