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I finished (sorta) building my PC with the OS installed and updated. I didn't realize until lately that it makes a "clicking" noise because I always had headphones on. At first I thought it was the mouse or graphics card. I loaded FEAR on the machine and started playing and heard a high rate of clicking when actually playing the game. I heard a screech from my computer when I started up Call of Duty 4 but people say thats the OCd graphics card.

I determined by letting the game run that the power supply is making the clicking noise. Its 750w but I haven't heard of this clicking noise when I'm in the BIOS or during the Vista Login Screen.

Any ideas? I'm at a loss, cuz everything is brand new.
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post #2 of 16
Are you absolutly sure its the PSU?

If you are there are 2 reasons for this.

1, when you play a game or stress the computer it uses more jiuce and in turn the fan on the psu will turn itself up as the load increases, if the noise you are hearing is constant while idle and increase during any sort of load you have a mis aligned fan in the psu.

2, this is alot less likely, it is possible that your psu is arcing, this means there is a dangeruose fualt with the psu and there is a spark arcing somewere in the psu probably before the ferrite chokes. if it were after ward the psu would not be able to power the computer properly.
This is highly unlikely but it can happen and i have seen this before.

lol p.s if this is happening and you can see any sparkes dont bloody touch it lol

switch off and rma with a note
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P.S Overlclocked Graph card do emit a high pitch whine almost outside of your hearing range when overclocked.
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post #4 of 16
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I know its the power supply. I opened up the case while I had a game running and listened inside. I'll have to see if I do see visible sparks - I've only seen that stuff in frankenstein or old horror movies.

I only have a few things connected not even a complete build yet:
- 8 pin MOBO
- 24 pin MOBO
- 6 pin PCIe
- 2 x SATA
- 3 X 4 pin molex for case fans
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post #5 of 16
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I opened up the ATX case again and loaded the FEAR ending several times. I still heard the clicking noise but didn't see no spark arching from either side of the dual 80mm fans. I'm gonna try this possible solution and see if it works - there's no point in waiting to get my second hard drive anyways.
Edited by LaustKause - 6/2/08 at 12:26am
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post #6 of 16
Sounds like one of the fans in it is out of balance or has a shaving on it and is hitting it's casing....

or also as mrbond stated it could be arcing and needs to be RMA'd.
post #7 of 16
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Quote:
Originally Posted by DesertRat View Post
Sounds like one of the fans in it is out of balance or has a shaving on it and is hitting it's casing....
When its powered on and idle in BIOS, Vista, or browsing the internet, there is no clicking noise. But if hooking up more gear doesn't solve it, I'll "RMA?" it.
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post #8 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by LaustKause View Post
When its powered on and idle in BIOS, Vista, or browsing the internet, there is no clicking noise. But if hooking up more gear doesn't solve it, I'll "RMA?" it.
the fans will often not even be on while sitting idle w/ minimal power usage. So I'd bet it's a/the fan(s).

IMHO regardless it deserves and RMA. If it's just the fans the workman ship should be better and should be returned for a properly functioning unit. OR If it's arcing it may be dangerous and most definitely needs to be returned!
post #9 of 16
Can I second the author's concern?

My PSU also makes a clicking-ish sound, BUT only when power is off and cable still plugged in. Its really strange! I cant see any sparks or such, but it has that same clicking sound.

What do you think could be the issue here?
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post #10 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by andreasgb View Post
Can I second the author's concern?

My PSU also makes a clicking-ish sound, BUT only when power is off and cable still plugged in. Its really strange! I cant see any sparks or such, but it has that same clicking sound.

What do you think could be the issue here?
I've seen a few PSUs that continue to spin the fans at a very low RPM to finish cooling it off after the power has been shut off the the computer proper. However, if it's constantly doing it it is an electrical problem and it should be RMA'd
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