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What is causing this odd buzzing noise?

My computer is making a buzzing noise that occurs when playing certain games. It occurs when I play Diablo 3, Guild Wars 2, and modded Skyrim. It doesn't occur when I play League of Legends or when I ran Furmark. Temps seem fine, and fans aren't creating the noise. It sounds electrical, almost. Occassionally, the games stutter, freezing for a second or two, then resuming normally.

My best guess of the location of the buzzing is near the graphics card.

Any help is appreciated.
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  1. Hi there N0x Aeterna,

    It is possible that you GPU is making that noise. You can just re-seat it and see whether the issue persist. I guess it will not hurt to update the drivers as well.
    Does your CPU have integrated graphics? In case it does, you can take your graphics card out and see whether the noise will disappear.

    Other components that could make similar noise are:
    HDD - you can just test it with some HDD testing tool.
    PSU - unfortunately the easiest way to test it is to just borrow one from somebody and install it on your system.

    Cheers,
    D_Know_WD
  2. I will pick your next response as the answer, regardless whether it solves my issue. You're the only one to respond, and I truly appreciate it.

    I tested everything, but it only occurs when I strain the GPU. But I hear the PSU can also cause the symptoms I am having.

    I forgot to include a piece of information. My problems with the machine began with a static shock that occurred while I was plugging my headphones in. The motherboard was ruined, and since replaced. Would this information better help solve my dilemma?
  3. Best answer
    Yeah, a problematic PSU could cause similar issues when the system is under load. This is why I have mentioned it in my previous post. It could have been damaged by the static shock.
    The thing is that other components could have been damaged by this, like your GPU.

    That is why, my advise would be to start ruling component out as a possible cause. The best way to do so is to just borrow from somebody a PSU, lets say, and try it on your system. If the issue persists, you can go to the GPU.

    D_Know_WD
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