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post #1 of 26
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Hello everyone

Recently I ordered a new graphic card, wanting to replace my rather lousy Geforce GT230 that my computer had shipped with.
Replacing it was going to be a Radeon HD 6970 that one of my friends had recommended.

Today I had it delivered and I eagerly began installing it, and since it was one of my first times opening a computer, it took a few hours to unplug my old card and make room for the new.

Having finally assembled everything again, and looking forward to a new sweet graphic experience I hit the power button and was greeted with a loud whistling noise.
I immediately panicked and hit the power button again to turn off the computer, and decided to try starting it up again which however had the same result.

I tried powering up the computer while disassembled trying to figure out what was causing the noise. At first I thought it was the new graphic card's fan making the noise, but I tried turning on the computer and blocking it with a pen and the noise was still there.

My conclusion so far is thus that it's the PSU making this rather odd noise, my question is just what would it mean?

Hope you guys can help me out
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AMD Athlon II x4 2.8Ghz
8GB RAM
Radeon HD 6970
1TB HDD

PSU 450W - 500W Peak
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post #2 of 26
Its most likely your capacitors, your new card is putting strain on your PSU, mobo or other things.
post #3 of 26
How loud are we talking? You can get what is called capacitor squeal which is where the GPU's capacitors whine under load. It's usually audible, but not particularly loud. Also, a 450w PSU not pushing it with 8gb RAM and a 6970?
post #4 of 26
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@alex98uk
We're talking very loud so it's probably not a capacitor squeal I'm guessing.
And yea I think it might be pushing it a bit, but it was what my friend recommended and it's like the first time I'm trying to customize a computer at all, so I didn't really think of it when I bought it.
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So what options does that leave me with? Should I just order a new PSU?
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post #6 of 26
thats a wise choice,although if it was your psu,removing your card and testing should reveal all.
always get a psu with 100 watts more than you need then its not working near the load limit
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post #7 of 26
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thats a wise choice,although if it was your psu,removing your card and testing should reveal all.
always get a psu with 100 watts more than you need then its not working near the load limit
Yea I guess I'm going to have to spend some money on a new PSU then, thanks for the input. On a sidenote I just looked on the box the card shipped in and it states the following regarding system requirements and power supply:

"550 Watt or greater power supply with one 75W 6-pin PCI Express power connector and one 150W 8-pin PCI Express power connector recommended"

Soo does that mean that the card itself consumes 550 Watt?
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@jay
So what options does that leave me with? Should I just order a new PSU?
Yea, I would recommend upgrading your PSU, it will also give you more headroom to overclock.
post #9 of 26
They always over estimate the power needed for the video card. Regardless, anything above 600w should work fine.
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Yea, I would recommend upgrading your PSU, it will also give you more headroom to overclock.
Oke thanks jay what amount of Wattage would you recommend with the system specs I listed above?
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