Geiger counter like clicking sounds coming from case

I don't think it is a fan...I've opened the case and have tried to pinpoint it, it seems it could be coming from the lower part where the PSU is, but I'm not sure. Also, I'm not sure if this is related...but when I started my PC i noticed at the one of the screens where is shows the mobo brand is says 3 cores activated, but I have a 955 Phenom, I seem to remember it saying 4 activated but I could be wrong, but then when I ran cpu-z it lists the name as the x3 phenom but under specfication it says x4 955 and at teh bottom is says 3 next to cores and threads.
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  1. This is my copied form my build thread...I just built this PC.

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    ASUS VH236H Black 23" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen Full HD 1080P LCD Monitor
    ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890GX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

    XFX HD-585X-ZNFV Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model
    AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGMBOX
    Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V version 2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC
  2. Maybe your PSU fan is touching something:

    Don't power the psu before putting the wire/paperclip.
  3. If your hard drive is installed down near your power supply (i.e. it's the hard drive making the clicking sound), that's a sign of it's impending failure.

    -Wolf sends
  4. And look for one of your power cables touching a fan
  5. We had a very similar problem recently with brand new Corsair 400W PSU:

    when the PSU was tested outside the chassis, the intake fan was
    positioned 90 degrees to the floor, but when installed in the chassis,
    that intake fan was positioned parallel to the floor.

    In the latter position, the fan bearing allowed the fan blades to slide
    down enough to barely touch the wire intake grill.

    The solution was pretty easy: we just bent that wire intake grill away
    enough to create more gap between the fan blades and that wire grill.


  6. Quote:
    My first thought was hard drive.

    Could be a wire touching a fan.

    Hit cntrl+alt+del and open task manager. Click the performance tab and tell us how many cpu graphs you see under cpu usage history.

    There are 4 separate graphs.
  7. I'm almost positive it's coming from the PSU, and it's not the fan either. Does this mean the PSU is going out? Is it still ok to run the PC or could it damage it? I'm assuming since I got it from newegg less than 30 days ago that either they or antec will send me a new one?
  8. Well, I left it off all night and now there is no clicking and the cpuz shows 4 cores again..really weird.
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