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Confusing title because I am not sure exactly what I am asking

I recently noticed that I hear alot of low volume (as in sound) seeking coming from my computer whenever I am on a link heavy site like OCN, scrolling or just mousing over the links I hear a sound that I can best compare to the sound of a hard drive seeking - yet much quieter and more bursty - the sound ONLY occurs when I am scrolling over links though. By comparison my heard drive seeking is a bit louder and more crackly...

So I pulled my side panel off and put my ear to the rig as I moused over stuff on the OCN main page and as far as I could tell it didn't seem to be coming from the hard drives but localized in the area of my CPU, RAM,and GPU - unfortunately at this point with watercooling in the way and me not interested in shoving my head too far into my case I couldn't PINPOINT the exact culprit - although it seemed to come from the RAM/ CPU area...

What causes this? I had never known such sound to come from my RAM before so I am wondering if I am misdiagnosing such!
Edited by werds - 3/1/11 at 4:33pm
    
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Just to rule it out, RAM has no mechanical parts and thus is incapable of making sound. What I would try if I were you is muting your volume or turning off any speakers, then mouse over the links that were causing the sound before. If you mute your sound, try to replicate the issue, and nothing happens, it was simply a mouse-over sound that should be able to be changed.

If that does not solve your issue, perhaps it is a mechanical component of your watercooling set up.
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mine does this too, it seems to come from my mosfets. I doubt there's a fix though
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Sounds also like whining MOSFETs, bad OC, over-volting can do this. Expect the whining noise to stop in a few days, also expect to smell smoke coming from your PC, followed by PC replacement.
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Just to rule it out, RAM has no mechanical parts and thus is incapable of making sound. What I would try if I were you is muting your volume or turning off any speakers, then mouse over the links that were causing the sound before. If you mute your sound, try to replicate the issue, and nothing happens, it was simply a mouse-over sound that should be able to be changed.

If that does not solve your issue, perhaps it is a mechanical component of your watercooling set up.
Did that and didn't solve the issue.


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mine does this too, it seems to come from my mosfets. I doubt there's a fix though
After trying out the previous posters thoughts I just popped my head in further... slightly! I THINK you might be correct as I can't seem to coax this sound from anything when I return all settings to stock. But when I run any of my OC'd profiles I definitely hear the sound and when I stuck my head in further the sound appeared to be closer to the CPU than the RAM - so it may just be the MOSFETS

So yep my OP was wrong but thanks guys for helping me confirm the culprit!

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Sounds also like whining MOSFETs, bad OC, over-volting can do this. Expect the whining noise to stop in a few days, also expect to smell smoke coming from your PC, followed by PC replacement.
Nah, not overvolted in any way as the current OC I run is auto - looking at HWmonitor voltages everything is pretty low or just barely at stock settings. Since I run C1E and all - note the noise comes while it is running at under 1.5ghz with less than 0.9 core voltage and other voltages are within Intel spec - not sure I would have heard this noise otherwise if I was running full gate!

I may just back off the OC and test out other profiles a bit more to see if there is ANY OC that I can remove this sound issue from!

*Edit* I wonder if it might be one of those power saving technologies on the motherboard causing this sound? - Time to check another possibility!
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coil or cap whine i think, its normal
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coil or cap whine i think, its normal
Hope so - it is annoying- although I just realized my dumb butt had forgotten to turn off all the Green Power features on my motherboard

I still can hear the sound but not as loudly after shutting them off - or so that is how I perceive it.
    
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My system does this too when I have my processor up around 4Ghz. You can always get a paper towel tube or wrapping paper tube and hold it to your ear while pointing the other end towards individual parts of the motherboard to narrow it down. Similar to what you might do to find a strange sound in an cars engine bay.
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