To start things off, I am fairly inexperienced with computers and such. I did build my own system, but my knowledge of a computer goes about that far. That's why I'm hoping these troubles I'm experiencing are simply something silly I have overlooked or something like that.
I built my machine a couple months ago; no major problems until now. I built it primarily for gaming; with a budget of around $1100~.
Anyway, to the problem. Recently, there has been a buzzing/beeping noise (I believe it is coming from my graphics card) that occurs when I have games open or when I am alt-tabbed. The noise will often change its frequency on different menu screens; or even when I minimize the game. Recently, my computer has been restarting in the middle of gaming whilst hearing these noises. I have checked motherboard and CPU temps, they are all in safe ranges; so I doubt its an overheating issue. Nothing is overclocked or anything like that, and I am just running with the standard case fans for cooling.
I have tried googling the issue and looking for feedback on various forums. The solutions offered have been to update drivers which I did when I first set up my PC, and the other is unclean power to the graphics card.
Here are the system specs:
OS: Windows7 Ultimate 64-bit (6.1, Build 7600)
Processor: Intel Quad Core i5 CPU, 760 @ 2.70GHz
Memory: 4gig RAM
Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth 55i
Power Supply: I can't quite find the name, I the brand name is EDIT: apower and its at 850W
I am only assuming that this buzzing/beeping sound has to do with the problems with my machine restarting while gaming. I know the sound definitely isn't natural and didn't start occurring until recently.
I appreciate any advice you guys can give, and apologize if I seem like a noob or if this isn't appropriate for this forum or anything. If anyone thinks they may be able to help out and might require more info, let me know and I can obtain it.
I actually was mistaken on the power supply brand name, my bad. I just ran up and got all of my manuals from when I was building it. The brand name is actually called 'apower'; a friend of mine from my old school recommended it to me in particular (he helped me pick out a lot of the parts). I don't have much more information on it than that I'm afraid. Not sure if I could obtain another one to test stuff out on, I don't know many people down where I am now that I could borrow from.
But that being said it may not be your PSU it could very well be your graphics card. So I wouldn't rush out and pickup something else.
It is possible to test a PSU with a multimeter but if you aren't comfortable with the thought of that I'd avoid it. There are little power tester adapters you can buy like this ( http://www.ebuyer.com/product/179997 ) but again you might not want to spend cash where you don't have to if it's your graphics card at fault!
Alright, well I appreciate the response.
The Power Supply most likely is the thing that is causing me problems from what I can tell. Figures it was the one thing I didn't verify for myself, relied 100% on a friends advice for that one.
I doubt the PSU is under warranty, if so I can't find any documents on it. The graphics card would be under warranty still if I'm not mistaken. From what I have described, does it sound like the PSU giving out is the most likely scenario?
Also, any recommendations for a good replacement? I was maybe thinking a CORSAIR 750w PSU I had found on Newegg for around $100, I'm not sure though.