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What dB do stock fans usually run at?

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January 20, 2014 8:46:34 AM

I have stock fans and they sound like I'm driving down the highway with the high pitched wind.

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January 20, 2014 8:53:15 AM

Depends. What kind of stock fans? Stock to what? A case? CPU? What case / CPU / other item in particular?
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January 20, 2014 8:53:51 AM

jrgray93 said:
Depends. What kind of stock fans? Stock to what? A case? CPU? What case / CPU / other item in particular?
I have a HPE 580t but I put my own GPU in it. so the cpu cooler and case fan.

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January 20, 2014 8:59:01 AM

I'd say it is likely the use of inefficient fans or a noisy power supply. Try to see if you can narrow it down to one or the other before looking into replacing them with better components. If it is one of those, I've had good luck with SilenX fans and Corsair PSUs as far as noise output.
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January 20, 2014 9:04:53 AM

jrgray93 said:
I'd say it is likely the use of inefficient fans or a noisy power supply. Try to see if you can narrow it down to one or the other before looking into replacing them with better components. If it is one of those, I've had good luck with SilenX fans and Corsair PSUs as far as noise output.


Any tips on narrowing it down?

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January 20, 2014 9:11:10 AM

Remove the GPU, run with the case open. Disconnect the case fans and only have the psu and cpu fans running. Start it briefly and see how it sounds. See if you can determine which one is doing it. If neither, plug the case fan back in and try it. It may not play nice without a fan plugged into the cpu fan header, but you can plug any fan into it to test it out alone, including the case fan.
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January 20, 2014 9:25:48 AM

jrgray93 said:
Remove the GPU, run with the case open. Disconnect the case fans and only have the psu and cpu fans running. Start it briefly and see how it sounds. See if you can determine which one is doing it. If neither, plug the case fan back in and try it. It may not play nice without a fan plugged into the cpu fan header, but you can plug any fan into it to test it out alone, including the case fan.

I forgot to ask, do I just turn the computer off from the power strip when I don't have the GPU unplugged?
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January 20, 2014 10:05:50 AM

FluffyMyNameIs said:
jrgray93 said:
Remove the GPU, run with the case open. Disconnect the case fans and only have the psu and cpu fans running. Start it briefly and see how it sounds. See if you can determine which one is doing it. If neither, plug the case fan back in and try it. It may not play nice without a fan plugged into the cpu fan header, but you can plug any fan into it to test it out alone, including the case fan.

I forgot to ask, do I just turn the computer off from the power strip when I don't have the GPU unplugged?


I'm not entirely sure what you're asking.
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January 20, 2014 10:40:36 AM

jrgray93 said:
FluffyMyNameIs said:
jrgray93 said:
Remove the GPU, run with the case open. Disconnect the case fans and only have the psu and cpu fans running. Start it briefly and see how it sounds. See if you can determine which one is doing it. If neither, plug the case fan back in and try it. It may not play nice without a fan plugged into the cpu fan header, but you can plug any fan into it to test it out alone, including the case fan.

I forgot to ask, do I just turn the computer off from the power strip when I don't have the GPU unplugged?


I'm not entirely sure what you're asking.




If I unplug the GPU I won't be able to shut the computer down normally.

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January 20, 2014 10:44:22 AM

Oh, I see. I mean remove the GPU entirely for testing. You can use the onboard video to do it. Or you can just hold down the power button until it shuts off. Just as long as you do this while it is still not in windows yet, it won't do any harm.
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