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A strange twittering sound for a few seconds when playing games

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December 28, 2012 12:32:21 PM

I built my first computer last week and its been running fine. Everything is stable, no crashes, fast boot and performance.

However, when I play games like Shogun 2 or Dishonored every hour or so (it varies), for a few seconds there is a fluttering beeping sound, the best way I can describe it is a sort of twittering. Its like 5 really quick beeps that go up in pitch. The last time I was playing Dishonored it happened twice in 5 minutes. I can keep on playing and everything is just fine, no lags or crashes. It only happens when I'm playing games.

When I close and check the temps they're all in range, cpu doesn't breach 40 degrees and gpu doesn't go north of 50.

I haven't connected any speaker to my motherboard (ASRock Extreme 4) and it doesn't have an inbuilt one so I don't know where its coming from.

Could it be an alert of some type about fan speeds or temperatures?

December 28, 2012 2:09:19 PM

dannyritz said:
I built my first computer last week and its been running fine. Everything is stable, no crashes, fast boot and performance.

However, when I play games like Shogun 2 or Dishonored every hour or so (it varies), for a few seconds there is a fluttering beeping sound, the best way I can describe it is a sort of twittering. Its like 5 really quick beeps that go up in pitch. The last time I was playing Dishonored it happened twice in 5 minutes. I can keep on playing and everything is just fine, no lags or crashes. It only happens when I'm playing games.

When I close and check the temps they're all in range, cpu doesn't breach 40 degrees and gpu doesn't go north of 50.

I haven't connected any speaker to my motherboard (ASRock Extreme 4) and it doesn't have an inbuilt one so I don't know where its coming from.

Could it be an alert of some type about fan speeds or temperatures?

could be a windows or mb power settings...I would go in and make sure your network card and hard drive are set not to spin down. also make sure your running the newest bios on your mb and firmware on your ssd if you have one.
December 28, 2012 3:08:45 PM

I went into the bios but I couldn't find any settings for hard drive speeds or controlling it. Could you please tell me how to check?
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December 28, 2012 5:45:28 PM

I think its the graphics card fan, it only comes when I'm playing games, and now there are small variants to the sound, like a tiny squeak that comes once or twice. Its not constant at all, thats what makes it so hard to detect.

Any thoughts?
December 28, 2012 5:47:47 PM

Could be a form of Coil Whine and the GPU fan speed adjusting due to temps
December 28, 2012 5:57:40 PM

oh no :( 

Its the psu. I have a corsair hx650 and its making the exact same noise as the link in this video.

New Corsair HX650 PSU Squeaking
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4r5yZuYLEUs

Does this mean its defective? Should I rma it? Will it spoil my other parts?
December 28, 2012 6:05:19 PM

That sounds like the ball bearings in the fan needs some oil. Ive seen people oil video card fans but never a PSU fan. Id probably just request a replacement

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December 28, 2012 6:14:31 PM
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If you can get your money back for it I'd go with a different PSU for sure.. Many people on the youtube video have had the same problem, so what's to say it won't happen again if you get it replaced? and again.. and so on?
December 28, 2012 6:25:59 PM

The shop I bought it from won't give my money back, but I could get it replaced...It only happens for a few seconds when I'm gaming. I could live with it. The main question is will it damage my other parts or break down if I don't get it replaced?
January 4, 2013 2:50:49 AM

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