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Weird Ticking Sound Coming From Graphics Card

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May 23, 2012 6:18:59 PM

I have been playing Rome and Medieval 2 Total War quite a lot lately, and have modded them both. These mods make them more graphically intense, but I never had a problem until a couple of days ago. When I move over a heavily populated part of the map or if I am in a large battle that confers a slight lag, a random ticking noise occurs. I know this is not the hard drive because when I open up my pc and listen the sound comes from around the graphics and cpu area. My hard drive is far in the front, so I know it cannot be from the hard drive itself. What could this be?

I have:
Intel i3 2120
8GB G.Skill DDR3 1333MHz
EVGA GTX 550 ti FPB (On factory speeds)
1TB WD Caviar Black SATA 3

All running on a 485 watt psu. This power should be adequate enough, although I admit it is of a cheaper brand. (hec Compucase)

I have also been getting random BSOD's, but I have attributed it to the horrible drivers NVIDIA currently has. They do not happen often. They usually only happen while playing older games, and I also get the pink screen when watching Youtube. Maybe this has caused something to go wrong with the card itself?
a c 290 U Graphics card
May 23, 2012 6:26:55 PM

Nvidia drivers are generally way better than AMD ones. What file causes BSODS?
a b U Graphics card
May 23, 2012 6:31:30 PM

" a random ticking noise occurs"

I regret to inform you that Nvidia has given you the bomb version of the 550.

This message will now self destruct; along with your computer.
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May 23, 2012 6:40:34 PM

Sunius said:
Nvidia drivers are generally way better than AMD ones. What file causes BSODS?

They usually are, yes. Lately they have been causing what people call a Pink Screen of Death, where the system completely locks up with random pink artifacts all over the screen. The only way to recover from it is a cold boot.

When I posted on Seven Forums, they told me it was a driver issue and to uninstall all drivers and then reinstall them. I did this but now this random ticking sound arises, and it worries me.

Here is what always shows up after I recover from a bsod.

Problem signature:
Problem Event Name: BlueScreen
OS Version: 6.1.7601.2.1.0.768.3
Locale ID: 1033

Additional information about the problem:
BCCode: 10e
BCP1: 000000000000001F
BCP2: FFFFF8A00A3E0530
BCP3: 0000000000000000
BCP4: 00000000000275E4
OS Version: 6_1_7601
Service Pack: 1_0
Product: 768_1

Files that help describe the problem:
C:\Windows\Minidump\050612-13525-01.dmp
C:\Users\Kyle\AppData\Local\Temp\WER-27112-0.sysdata.xm
a c 290 U Graphics card
May 23, 2012 6:46:22 PM

You might have gotten a faulty card. I'd contact the vendor you've bought it from.
May 23, 2012 6:54:03 PM

I used to get BSODs on a regular basis with my GTX570 because I had a weak PSU that could only provide 350W at best under peak load, even though it *was* a 660W PSU. Bought a 700w PSU and all was good again :) 
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