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Msi Gtx 770 issue

I recently upgraded from a reference Nvidia 660 ti to a Msi Gtx 770 and one of the first things I noticed while benchmarking was a "clicking" noise coming from the card. Note that this only happens under load and I'm using Furmark to benchmark. With my 660 ti I can run a variety of tests and they all complete as they should. However with the 770 sometimes the test wont finish and my whole computer will go unresponsive with different types of graphical errors and I'm forced to shut down.

I opened the side of my case while running these tests and confirmed that no wires were coming in contact with the cooling blades on the card thinking that was maybe causing the clicking noise and even applied a small amount of pressure to the center of the blade to further eliminate that possibility. From what I gathered on the internet this may be coil whine and people have suggested a RMA on that basis. Any other input on causes would be greatly appreciated. I want to be sure that I have a large enough power supply to run this cause I really hate to have to RMA this if its not the card causing it.

Thanks in advance.

Here are my specs:
Windows 8.1
i7 2700k
16gb ram
2 standard hard drives & 1 ssd
Intel motherboard DZ77GA-70K
antec 900 case
Corsair GS700 power supply
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  1. Your power supply is more than enough. The 770 only needs 550W minimum providing its getting at least 42A from the +12 rail, you should be clearing that headroom plenty.

    Graphic artifacts tend to be indication of a bad GPU though, unfortunately :\
  2. Well I'm hopeful partially that it is in fact just a bad card, but at the same time I've heard of bad experiences through newegg and dread the return process.
  3. CraigN said:
    Your power supply is more than enough. The 770 only needs 550W minimum providing its getting at least 42A from the +12 rail, you should be clearing that headroom plenty.

    Graphic artifacts tend to be indication of a bad GPU though, unfortunately :\


    I'm not sure of the 42A from the +12 rail, that's a bit above my head. However I do know that my last card only required two 6 pin connectors whereas this one requires two 8 pin. My two six pins have the option of connecting an additional two pins on each connector thus making them 8. Is it possible if one of those connectors wasn't firmly seated that it would produce this noise or would there be more obvious signs?
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    Possibly. You could recheck those connections and see if that helps. The reason it requires 2 8-pins is because of the amp requirements. Your power supply should have the amperage rating on the side.

    http://images10.newegg.com/NeweggImage/productimage/17-139-024-08.jpg

    Yours supplies 56A so you're more than meeting the current and power headroom needed. Power supply and motherboard wouldn't be causing this issue, so the only culprit is your GPU.
  5. One last thing though, do you think it's worth the hassle of putting back in my case based on my theory? Or do you think if one of the two pin adapter wasn't properly connected that this would result? Or would it be far worse with inadequate amps?

    Thanks again for the prompt responses.
  6. The card would still run adequately at inadequate amps. Just the life of your PSU would be in question.

    I would say it's worth hooking up one more time, make sure it's seated nice and firmly, check all the connectors, doing a fresh install of the 335 drivers, and running it again and see how it performs.
  7. Did all of this to no avail. Thanks again..
  8. Sorry. Looks like you might have a bad chip on your GPU. RMA might be your best bet :\
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