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High pitched squeal/freeze coming from my computer while running certain applications?

Hi guys. I seem to be having a bit of an issue. While running certain applications, Call of Duty for instance, on my computer, I'm having a high pitched "squeal" coming from my computer. Almost like the sound of turning on an old television. It seems to happening when I'm running larger applications. The squeal will strike when playing a game and my comp will freeze up entirely. Sometimes I can CTRL+ALT+DEL to task manager but other times there's no hope. Anti-virus hasn't found anything malicious save a few infected cookies. Someone suggested to defragment my HDD. I think I'll do that tonight. Aside from that, do any of you have some good suggestions? This is very frustrating, thank you all!
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  1. What CPU, mobo, and DRAM (what model, how much)...if low on DRAM and the system is having to continuously read and write to the page file, the hard drive (especially if weal, slow RPM, etc) can make some strange noises...Also can check your fans, if they are speeding up to try and keep things cool they too can get loud
  2. Yea it's either a CPU fan or your HDD. Either overheating or your HDD dying..
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    It sounds more like a power supply or a graphics card problem, the power supply could be on its way out, the graphics card could be aging and the vrm's are getting old (this can also happen from day one with new cards).

    I would be trying a different power supply if you have a spare, or borrow one if possible, as for the graphics card i would rule out a bad power supply first.
  4. ShadyHamster said:
    It sounds more like a power supply or a graphics card problem, the power supply could be on its way out, the graphics card could be aging and the vrm's are getting old (this can also happen from day one with new cards).

    I would be trying a different power supply if you have a spare, or borrow one if possible, as for the graphics card i would rule out a bad power supply first.


    Could defragging my HDD help anything? Could it maybe be a virus?
  5. Sort of doubt it, but worth a try, defrag and I'd suggest running MalwareBytes, would think more a possible Malware than a virus
  6. Tradesman1 said:
    Sort of doubt it, but worth a try, defrag and I'd suggest running MalwareBytes, would think more a possible Malware than a virus


    Ok. Currently running MalwareBytes. I have gotten several different answers. What do you believe to be the culprit?
  7. I'd lean to the HD of a fan could pull each and run things with the HD sitting outside the case, as well as the case fans, CPU fan would need to have your ear down there
  8. Tradesman1 said:
    I'd lean to the HD of a fan could pull each and run things with the HD sitting outside the case, as well as the case fans, CPU fan would need to have your ear down there


    Alright. So to be straight I should pull the HD out and then see how it acts? What if it is the harddrive doing it. What can I do? Money's tight. I'll buy new parts if necessary but first I'd like to everything possible to avoid that. I'd like to isolate the issue.
  9. If it the HD, start shopping, make backups more often and can keep using it, may be going bad may jaust be stressed
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