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April 10, 2013 5:57:39 AM

Hello all, I recently just built my first gaming pc this week. So far everything has been running fine, or at least as far as I'm aware. The only thing is that there is a clicking noise, maybe it's not clicking but that's the only way I can describe it, coming from inside the pc. I asked a friend and he said this could be the hdd, but I also read that if it is the hdd clicking that means it's failing, but odds are you wouldn't be able to use the pc if that was the case.

Maybe the fan working. Some of the wires on the cooler were rather close to their fan, but I was told that as long as they weren't touching them when I installed it there wouldn't be anything to worry about.

It don't think it's anything big, it's just a rather annoying sound. Thanks in advance!

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April 10, 2013 6:05:48 AM

Be on the safe side and check the hard disk right away. Hard disks can last 1 week or 5 years and anywhere in between. 'Clicking' sounds are an early warning for impending hard disk failure. These sounds can be continuous or intermittent.

Download and run "CrystalDiskInfo" and "HDTune" and check the health of the hard disk. You can also use "CHKDSK" just to cover all the bases.

If you find that the hard disk is the problem, go ahead and clone the disk on to a good hard disk and replace the bad disk. This will save your system.

Good luck!
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April 10, 2013 6:08:18 AM

Is it constant? If it is the HDD, it should make a lot of those noises when the PC starts up, then gradually stop. Try leaving the pc on for a while, then start up something heavy like a game. You should be able to tell whether or not it is the HDD.

It could be a fan too. In that case, what I usually do is stop each one at a time by touching them at the center with a finger. A quick stop will do no harm and will let you know if the fan is making noise.
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April 10, 2013 6:15:37 AM

It's pretty constant. As far as I'm aware there is no difference between the speed of it when running a game and when not running a game. I suppose I shall go on and download those
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April 10, 2013 6:19:50 AM

Well I just ran "CHKDSK" and it said no errors. o.0
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April 10, 2013 6:27:54 AM

o0LuNeStA0o said:
Well I just ran "CHKDSK" and it said no errors. o.0


That's good news! Your hard disk is OK.

Now check inside the case when the computer is OFF and again when the computer in ON. Pay particular attention to the label attached to the CPU heatsink fan. Depending on the airflow inside the case, this label could be rubbing against the fan blades. Be careful of the leading edge of the fan blades; these edges are sharp and I did slice my finger once by poking around and getting careless.

The air flow pattern inside the case will be different with the side cover closed and when the side cover is open. Observe carefully for loose cables or anything that could be touching the fan blades.
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April 10, 2013 6:31:00 AM

Erm...and suppose there are wires touching the fan blades? I had tried moving them before I even assembled it and they weren't really having it. o.0
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April 10, 2013 6:41:52 AM

o0LuNeStA0o said:
Erm...and suppose there are wires touching the fan blades? I had tried moving them before I even assembled it and they weren't really having it. o.0


The air flow inside the case will alter the positions of any loose wires or tags. If necessary use some cable ties to secure things.
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April 10, 2013 6:59:52 AM

Ohhh. Just so we're on the same page here. I meant the wires on the cooler itself. Any other wires running inside the case are already tied down. It's just that some of the wires on the cpu cooler were naturally close to their own blades -_-
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April 10, 2013 7:17:14 AM

The possiblities of this are either your hdd or your fans. If you hdd is fine it is likely some wires getting caught up in the fan while your pc is running or a fan on a extension card is hitting somthing. The airflow in the case will move the wires when the pc is on and it is not good for them to be in the fan. I would try to open the side door then turn the pc on and see where the noise is coming from. If it's a new hdd and thats the issue I would get it replaced.
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April 10, 2013 7:27:48 AM

o0LuNeStA0o said:
It's pretty constant. As far as I'm aware there is no difference between the speed of it when running a game and when not running a game. I suppose I shall go on and download those


The RPMs of the CPU fan will fluctuate according to the heat produced by the CPU. However, the fan inside the PSU will run at almost a constant speed; check this and make sure that nothing is interfering with the spinning of this fan.
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April 10, 2013 7:47:29 AM

Hmm. I have an idea.

I have taken it apart and it seems to be coming from the HDD. However, after closer inspection I think it's the LED light under the power button, this light keeps flashing and I really feel that it's that. Either that or the hdd, but the chkdsk function says the hdd is fine
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April 10, 2013 8:00:06 AM

So I did that, the clicking is still there. I'm certain it's coming from the hdd. :o 
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April 10, 2013 10:27:47 AM

The flashing light near power led is hdd access light and normally flashes. Replace your hdd.
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April 10, 2013 1:03:38 PM

o0LuNeStA0o said:
So I did that, the clicking is still there. I'm certain it's coming from the hdd. :o 


Clone the HDD and then replace it. Check whether the sound disappears.
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April 10, 2013 1:16:55 PM

Unplug the SATA power connector from the HDD. Power on the system and let it go through POST.

If the sound isn't present anymore then it came from the HDD. If the sound is still present then it's being produced from a different device. It could even be the cooling fan in the power supply unit.
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