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November 2, 2013 12:06:13 PM

The noise coming from my PC is really starting to bug me, as it makes for a distracting experience whenever I'm trying to relax or game on it. My spec is as follows:

- Intel i5 3570k
- Asrock Z77 Extreme4 Mobo
- Corsair H60 Liquid CPU Cooler
- XFX Radeon HD 7950 DD
- OCZ ZT 650W Modular PSU
- Fractal Design Define R4 Case
- 1TB WD HDD
- 5 case fans, all silent series, 2x top of case, 2x front of case, 1x rear of case

Since buying my PC I have bought a new case, installed a CPU liquid cooler and bought new silent series fans to reduce the noise, but it's still awful. Whilst I was running BF4 earlier I decided to take the side panel off and listen to my components. From what I've gathered it seems most of the noise is coming from my GPU fans, which at 50% fan speed during load sound like a jet engine, and they're not quiet on idle either. The other alternative is that my PSU is causing the noise, as a few reviews mentioned the fan on it being noisy, so that could be the problem, I don't know. I have tried turning the case fans down using a motherboard software utility, but even on their lowest/highest settings they are just as noisy. I don't know what else I can do, except for GPU liquid cooling or something, but then I can't really afford/have the knowledge to do that...

Any suggestions? Thanks

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November 2, 2013 12:09:54 PM

You could watercool your GPU, but other than that, not much you can do. You can buy noise reducing foam to place inside. If it's your PSU, you may need to get a new one, or if you are very careful, you can replace the fan with a quieter one like Noctua.
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November 2, 2013 12:10:28 PM

Turn the volume up on the speakers and set the case away from you so its further away. You can try unplugging some case fans, but that may make your GPU fans work harder.
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November 2, 2013 12:14:32 PM

Blaise170 said:
You could watercool your GPU, but other than that, not much you can do. You can buy noise reducing foam to place inside. If it's your PSU, you may need to get a new one, or if you are very careful, you can replace the fan with a quieter one like Noctua.


Watercooling my GPU could be done, but I'm not really in any position to kit out my entire PC with an expensive liquid loop! My case already has noise dampening material in its side panels, but they do jack all to keep the PC quiet. I might try buying a new PSU, perhaps a Corsair one, my PSU brand isn't excatly 'well known', so perhaps a decent PSU is needed :/ 

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November 2, 2013 12:16:35 PM

xtobymc said:
Blaise170 said:
You could watercool your GPU, but other than that, not much you can do. You can buy noise reducing foam to place inside. If it's your PSU, you may need to get a new one, or if you are very careful, you can replace the fan with a quieter one like Noctua.


Watercooling my GPU could be done, but I'm not really in any position to kit out my entire PC with an expensive liquid loop! My case already has noise dampening material in its side panels, but they do jack all to keep the PC quiet. I might try buying a new PSU, perhaps a Corsair one, my PSU brand isn't excatly 'well known', so perhaps a decent PSU is needed :/ 



I'd suggest buying Antec, Corsair, SeaSonic, Silverstone, or XFX. All are the most reputable brands for power supplies. Hope this helps.
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