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I7 Mobo's which of these 3 is the better all-arounder?

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October 19, 2010 3:30:49 PM

I have an Asus p6x58d-e which i believe is making noises. I turned of c1e but my sensitive ears still hear this obnoxious high-pitched whine/hum. Assuming it is not my PSU and the mobo I am now in the market for a new board.

I do like the Asus Rampage but after this noise issue i think i want to steer clear Asus boards.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...|13-131-666^13-131-666-TS%2C13-188-039^13-188-039-TS%2C13-128-423^13-128-423-TS

I do love evga but gigabyte sorta has my attention. I'm on the fence and need some swaying to get me to either side of the fence.

*The rampage has a 20 dollar off rebate
*evga has a 20 or 30 dollar rebate card


thanks

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October 19, 2010 3:59:24 PM

9 out 10 times the "noise" you are describing is from a cheap and/or underpowered PSU. The P6X58D-E is an excellent MOBO. I too have sensitive ears {I hear sonic alarms}, and the I have 9 P6X58D-E running off Corsair PSUs 750TX - no noise.

What PSU do you have?

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October 19, 2010 4:52:08 PM

Ahh, i had no script on and it removed my original post where i included my specs.

I have a corsair 620hx. It never made any noises 3 days ago (the same day i put together my i7 rig). I have tried to diagnose the noise and when i put my ear to the power supply it sounded like it was coming from there but it also sounded like it was coming from the video card (which it isnt). Removing C1e lessened the noise but would the psu be affected by something as simple as turning off c1e? To clarify would removing a setting in the BIOS lower the noise the PSU is making? Again, assuming it is the PSU.

Full specs

i7-950 bloomfield 3.06ghz
6gb mushkin redline
260gtx OC'd
4 WD hdds
P6X58D-E mobo
Corsair HX620
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October 19, 2010 4:58:11 PM

Load Defaults for now.

Please post:
GPU(s) {#/model}
HDD(s) {#/type - SSD/HDD}
Age of PSU
ALL attached peripherals
OC?

Also, for now, remove the power plug from ANY UPS/Power Strip and use a different outlet.
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October 19, 2010 5:18:20 PM

GPU - MSI N260GTX 896mb 448-bit GDDR3
HDDs
WD1000FYPS-012ZKB0
WD250KS-00MJB0
WD320KS-00PFB0
WD750AYYS-01RCA0

PSU is coming up on 3 years in November. Computer stays on most of the time. If i had to put a number on it id say at least 200 days a year for those 3 years. So, 14,000 hours.

Attached Periphs - Microsoft Elite Keyboard via ps2
MX518 Mouse
Micro USB Dac/Heedcanamp

No OC aside from GPU.

I will try the outlet thing in a few. Working on something at the moment.
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October 19, 2010 7:39:42 PM

The size of the PSU is adequate 550W-650W. The GTX 260 are also known for whine.

It it can also be a combination of the PSU & GPU, also if you have an UPS that uses a Sine wave that too can cause the problem. So, my suggestions are to eliminate possible "Dirty" power to the PSU.

Next, the "what-if" you really need to narrow down the source. Use a paper towel tube and aim it at different areas {GPU, PSU, MOBO}.

You can try a wrap the power to the GPU with a magnet {torroidal} or try a different lead.

However, most of the time the solution is going to come from one of 3 sources:
1. Replace GPU
2. Replace PSU
3. Clean power {via UPS with noise reduction}

I realize this is an EXTREME annoyance.
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October 19, 2010 8:00:52 PM

I am positive it is not the GPU as ive ran the computer on without it and the noise was there. I had my brother who works in IT come over to see what he thinks it could be and wouldnt you know when he got here it didnt make the noise? Then he leaves and it does. Figures.

I did notice (and thank you for the suggestions by the way) that when activity occurred on my C: drive the noise temporarily stopped. I then noticed when i plugged a usb into the front port the noise went away... so now its other things to look into perhaps.
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October 19, 2010 8:22:11 PM

As I said & been there - "I realize this is an EXTREME annoyance."

Radio Shack may have magnet to use as a resonance damper for the USB.
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October 19, 2010 8:56:30 PM

Indeed it is. I will try some of the things you said. I'm sure this is emi related. Noise doesnt happen until after windows loads.

Thanks for your help.
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October 19, 2010 10:31:53 PM

Excellent feedback jacquith... I don't have an issue but I learned something just now reading this thread, which is always a good thing :) 
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October 20, 2010 1:05:00 AM

Alright, well I think i figured out the issue. c1e does work. The problem is the room I'm in has a similar EMI buzz noise that is very similar to what the PSU was emitting. Turning C1E on the psu would output what the hard drive was doing via a high-pitched noise and continue to hum as the hdd was spinning.

I hope that is case-closed. Thanks again for the suggestions and trying to help diagnose jaquith.

edit* Haf932 - side mount fan causing EMI type noise after disabling C1E. Solved.
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