Loud noise during gaming

Um sry if this is the wrong section I just didnt know where else to post this issue I'm having. So there is a loud noise coming from the PC during gaming but I'm not sure from where exactly.. I even removed one side of the case to try and locate where is the noise coming from but I just cant :D. Sorry if this is so weird but is there any way I can somehow be 100% sure which part of my computer is making this noise? To elevate a little, it's not always, but when some cooler is "cooling" I guess.. Is it the PSU fan? Cpu cooler fan? Gpu fans? :D I can post the parts if required. Thanks for your time! :)
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  1. List of parts would be a good start, also what does the noise sound like?
  2. How old is your computer? cause one of my old computers has a nob to change the cpu fan up or down in speed and sometimes when its turned up its extremely loud but if you could give us your computer part list that would help a bunch!
  3. You can individually stress test your components and see if it happens while stressing just one.
    https://www.raymond.cc/blog/test-system-stability-by-putting-heavy-load-on-system-resources/
  4. Snipergod87 said:
    List of parts would be a good start, also what does the noise sound like?

    CPU: Fx 8350 4Ghz
    Cpu cooler: noctua nh-u12s
    GPU: MSI GTX 970 GAMING 4G
    RAM: 2x4gb G.skill 1866Mhz
    PSU: 500w cooler master
    HDD: 1TB
    Well the noise occurs when playing some of the latest titles out there, the noise is constant but it's loud when it happens, the way I could best describe it is when that part gets to the point where it "needs" to cool off a little, it does, it feels right but it's kind of loud, especially during summer times, then it happens more often becouse the environment around has higher temperature than currently at winter times. I just want to be sure where the noise comes from on 100% to maybe check if it can be tuned down a little.. :)
  5. Socloseagain said:
    Snipergod87 said:
    List of parts would be a good start, also what does the noise sound like?

    CPU: Fx 8350 4Ghz
    Cpu cooler: noctua nh-u12s
    GPU: MSI GTX 970 GAMING 4G
    RAM: 2x4gb G.skill 1866Mhz
    PSU: 500w cooler master
    HDD: 1TB
    Well the noise occurs when playing some of the latest titles out there, the noise is constant but it's loud when it happens, the way I could best describe it is when that part gets to the point where it "needs" to cool off a little, it does, it feels right but it's kind of loud, especially during summer times, then it happens more often becouse the environment around has higher temperature than currently at winter times. I just want to be sure where the noise comes from on 100% to maybe check if it can be tuned down a little.. :)


    If your 970 is 3 years old and has a lot of hours on it, you may need to grease the fans a little bit. Easily done and won't hurt anything.
  6. Socloseagain said:
    Snipergod87 said:
    List of parts would be a good start, also what does the noise sound like?

    CPU: Fx 8350 4Ghz
    Cpu cooler: noctua nh-u12s
    GPU: MSI GTX 970 GAMING 4G
    RAM: 2x4gb G.skill 1866Mhz
    PSU: 500w cooler master
    HDD: 1TB
    Well the noise occurs when playing some of the latest titles out there, the noise is constant but it's loud when it happens, the way I could best describe it is when that part gets to the point where it "needs" to cool off a little, it does, it feels right but it's kind of loud, especially during summer times, then it happens more often becouse the environment around has higher temperature than currently at winter times. I just want to be sure where the noise comes from on 100% to maybe check if it can be tuned down a little.. :)


    If your 970 is 3 years old and has a lot of hours on it, you may need to grease the fans a little bit. Easily done and won't hurt anything.
  7. greenmrt said:
    You can individually stress test your components and see if it happens while stressing just one.
    https://www.raymond.cc/blog/test-system-stability-by-putting-heavy-load-on-system-resources/


    Oh wow thank you for sharing that! After testing each component of my PC I am 99.9999% positive that this noise is coming from my PSU. I've stressed each part I could in the program for about 2 minutes, the nouse never happened. GPU & CPU didn't go above 40 degrees. Only part I couldn't test in "HeavyLoad" program is the PSU I believe, soo that must be it plus it makes the most sense. So apart from the obvious ( replace the PSU and try cleaning it [ which I have done a few times but the noise was always the same ] ) is there anything I could do? Maybe another program where I somehow manage my PSU fan to stay quiet? :D Although if this is indeed possible I would have to do tests then on the temperature on every component to see how it would perform. :O
  8. Socloseagain said:
    greenmrt said:
    You can individually stress test your components and see if it happens while stressing just one.
    https://www.raymond.cc/blog/test-system-stability-by-putting-heavy-load-on-system-resources/


    Oh wow thank you for sharing that! After testing each component of my PC I am 99.9999% positive that this noise is coming from my PSU. I've stressed each part I could in the program for about 2 minutes, the nouse never happened. GPU & CPU didn't go above 40 degrees. Only part I couldn't test in "HeavyLoad" program is the PSU I believe, soo that must be it plus it makes the most sense. So apart from the obvious ( replace the PSU and try cleaning it [ which I have done a few times but the noise was always the same ] ) is there anything I could do? Maybe another program where I somehow manage my PSU fan to stay quiet? :D Although if this is indeed possible I would have to do tests then on the temperature on every component to see how it would perform. :O


    You bet! You can try a quick fix on the PSU's fan: http://www.instructables.com/id/Fix-a-PC-power-supply-fan-without-needing-screwdri/
  9. greenmrt said:
    Socloseagain said:
    greenmrt said:
    You can individually stress test your components and see if it happens while stressing just one.
    https://www.raymond.cc/blog/test-system-stability-by-putting-heavy-load-on-system-resources/


    Oh wow thank you for sharing that! After testing each component of my PC I am 99.9999% positive that this noise is coming from my PSU. I've stressed each part I could in the program for about 2 minutes, the nouse never happened. GPU & CPU didn't go above 40 degrees. Only part I couldn't test in "HeavyLoad" program is the PSU I believe, soo that must be it plus it makes the most sense. So apart from the obvious ( replace the PSU and try cleaning it [ which I have done a few times but the noise was always the same ] ) is there anything I could do? Maybe another program where I somehow manage my PSU fan to stay quiet? :D Although if this is indeed possible I would have to do tests then on the temperature on every component to see how it would perform. :O


    You bet! You can try a quick fix on the PSU's fan: http://www.instructables.com/id/Fix-a-PC-power-supply-fan-without-needing-screwdri/



    I'm afraid I've already done the cleaning and the oiling to my PSU and the noise stayed exactly the same :S
  10. Then the fan is loud, just that, probably wear out? Anyway. get,another PSU. Dont cheap out the PSU, remember is the most important piece of your pc.
  11. chemiguelito.miguelangel said:
    Then the fan is loud, just that, probably wear out? Anyway. get,another PSU. Dont cheap out the PSU, remember is the most important piece of your pc.


    Well yeah I get it but the thing is it's only doing it while hard gaming, not all the time. Hell, when I'm playing old games like League of legends, old expansions of Wow, cs 1.6, Hearthstone that type of old games, it never even reaches that point of loudness. :D
  12. Socloseagain said:
    chemiguelito.miguelangel said:
    Then the fan is loud, just that, probably wear out? Anyway. get,another PSU. Dont cheap out the PSU, remember is the most important piece of your pc.


    Well yeah I get it but the thing is it's only doing it while hard gaming, not all the time. Hell, when I'm playing old games like League of legends, old expansions of Wow, cs 1.6, Hearthstone that type of old games, it never even reaches that point of loudness. :D


    Well i dont know what you find weird about it, that's to expect. If you play games you put load on it. If you play light games or browse web, you dont.

    Certainly if your PSU is +5 years old and is not a very good quality one, i will strongly recommend to replace it.
  13. If it is the PSU fan the DO NOT attempt to repair. Replace the unit. Power supplies contain lethal amounts of electricity even when unplugged. Do not open it. Do not recommend lubricating. If this does fix the problem then it will just come back eventually.

    - Recommend using MSI Afterburner to manually turn your GPU fans up to verify it isn't them.

    - Any CPU stress program like Furmark CPU Burner will be able to tell you if your CPU fan is loud. You can also set your CPU fan to maximum in BIOS settings.

    If you aren't testing these parts individually then you don't know which part the noise is coming from. It's a trial and error process.

    - Disable case fans to make sure it isn't them.
  14. jr9 said:
    If it is the PSU fan the DO NOT attempt to repair. Replace the unit. Power supplies contain lethal amounts of electricity even when unplugged. Do not open it. Do not recommend lubricating. If this does fix the problem then it will just come back eventually.

    - Recommend using MSI Afterburner to manually turn your GPU fans up to verify it isn't them.

    - Any CPU stress program like Furmark CPU Burner will be able to tell you if your CPU fan is loud. You can also set your CPU fan to maximum in BIOS settings.

    If you aren't testing these parts individually then you don't know which part the noise is coming from. It's a trial and error process.

    - Disable case fans to make sure it isn't them.


    But I did test each part individually like I mentioned in posts above. I've used HeavyLoad program. But just for the sake of it I tested with FurMark aswell now and everything was silent and running smooth when I stressed both the GPU and the CPU separately. So it definitely must be the PSU sadly :S.
  15. It's good to be sure. I recommend a 600W or up power supply replacement then. You want to choose a good quality one as well.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-2547993/psu-tier-list.html

    This will give you a guide for picking a PSU and help you avoid junk ones. Most new ones at this wattage will include 2 PCIe 6+2 pin cables so any video card will work with them. Recommend replacing the unit as soon as possible, don't wait for it do die and potentially damage hardware.
  16. jr9 said:
    It's good to be sure. I recommend a 600W or up power supply replacement then. You want to choose a good quality one as well.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-2547993/psu-tier-list.html

    This will give you a guide for picking a PSU and help you avoid junk ones. Most new ones at this wattage will include 2 PCIe 6+2 pin cables so any video card will work with them. Recommend replacing the unit as soon as possible, don't wait for it do die and potentially damage hardware.


    Well, considering my rig is very electricity efficient and the highest my PSU has ever been is about 420-430W and not even constantly (note that this is only on high end games with maxed out settings/resolution), I don't see the point in buying anything over 500W :P
  17. A typical GTX 970 system needs a 500watt power supply minimum according to nVIDIA. Going 100 watts above the official recommended power supply requirement given by nVIDIA is a good rule I follow. Not only that but power supplies lose wattage as they age. Trying to save money by buying a PSU with just enough wattage to get by is never a good idea and can eventually lead to PSU failure. If you get another 500W you may end up with the same problem in a few years or have the entire unit capitulate. These units should never be at load capacity all the time it wears them down.
  18. jr9 said:
    A typical GTX 970 system needs a 500watt power supply minimum according to nVIDIA. Going 100 watts above the official recommended power supply requirement given by nVIDIA is a good rule I follow. Not only that but power supplies lose wattage as they age. Trying to save money by buying a PSU with just enough wattage to get by is never a good idea and can eventually lead to PSU failure. If you get another 500W you may end up with the same problem in a few years or have the entire unit capitulate. These units should never be at load capacity all the time it wears them down.


    This man knows. :ouimaitre:


    Cheaping the PSU is putting a rope in your neck. The PSU is by far the most relevant piece of hardware you have to buy. Cheasp out on the HDD, the motherboard, literally anything but the power supply.
  19. chemiguelito.miguelangel said:
    jr9 said:
    A typical GTX 970 system needs a 500watt power supply minimum according to nVIDIA. Going 100 watts above the official recommended power supply requirement given by nVIDIA is a good rule I follow. Not only that but power supplies lose wattage as they age. Trying to save money by buying a PSU with just enough wattage to get by is never a good idea and can eventually lead to PSU failure. If you get another 500W you may end up with the same problem in a few years or have the entire unit capitulate. These units should never be at load capacity all the time it wears them down.


    This man knows. :ouimaitre:


    Cheaping the PSU is putting a rope in your neck. The PSU is by far the most relevant piece of hardware you have to buy. Cheasp out on the HDD, the motherboard, literally anything but the power supply.

    Sure but still I can't figure out why the noise isn't consistent? What exactly causes it? It comes from time to time when I play "big" games :D.
  20. Socloseagain said:
    chemiguelito.miguelangel said:
    jr9 said:
    A typical GTX 970 system needs a 500watt power supply minimum according to nVIDIA. Going 100 watts above the official recommended power supply requirement given by nVIDIA is a good rule I follow. Not only that but power supplies lose wattage as they age. Trying to save money by buying a PSU with just enough wattage to get by is never a good idea and can eventually lead to PSU failure. If you get another 500W you may end up with the same problem in a few years or have the entire unit capitulate. These units should never be at load capacity all the time it wears them down.


    This man knows. :ouimaitre:


    Cheaping the PSU is putting a rope in your neck. The PSU is by far the most relevant piece of hardware you have to buy. Cheasp out on the HDD, the motherboard, literally anything but the power supply.

    Sure but still I can't figure out why the noise isn't consistent? What exactly causes it? It comes from time to time when I play "big" games :D.


    Being a pretty old PSU could also be as well some high pitched or even unconsistant growl caused by electricity from the cooper coil, either because it was designed that way or is just poorly isolated. But i will give it to the fan cooler, if you want a short term solution, try to oil it from the outside if possible. As said, do not open a power supply unles you REALLY KNOW what you are doing, since some of the components still hold a charge enough to kill you.

    Doesnt seem like you are actually realising that continue using a beated PSU can short your whole system and fry every single thing rendering unusable. Replace it.
  21. chemiguelito.miguelangel said:
    Socloseagain said:
    chemiguelito.miguelangel said:
    jr9 said:
    A typical GTX 970 system needs a 500watt power supply minimum according to nVIDIA. Going 100 watts above the official recommended power supply requirement given by nVIDIA is a good rule I follow. Not only that but power supplies lose wattage as they age. Trying to save money by buying a PSU with just enough wattage to get by is never a good idea and can eventually lead to PSU failure. If you get another 500W you may end up with the same problem in a few years or have the entire unit capitulate. These units should never be at load capacity all the time it wears them down.


    This man knows. :ouimaitre:


    Cheaping the PSU is putting a rope in your neck. The PSU is by far the most relevant piece of hardware you have to buy. Cheasp out on the HDD, the motherboard, literally anything but the power supply.

    Sure but still I can't figure out why the noise isn't consistent? What exactly causes it? It comes from time to time when I play "big" games :D.


    Being a pretty old PSU could also be as well some high pitched or even unconsistant growl caused by electricity from the cooper coil, either because it was designed that way or is just poorly isolated. But i will give it to the fan cooler, if you want a short term solution, try to oil it from the outside if possible. As said, do not open a power supply unles you REALLY KNOW what you are doing, since some of the components still hold a charge enough to kill you.

    Doesnt seem like you are actually realising that continue using a beated PSU can short your whole system and fry every single thing rendering unusable. Replace it.


    I'm leaning towards this PSU: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNqfAqyoWbA :)
  22. Corsair VS series is fairly low quality. A different model is recommended.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-2547993/psu-tier-list.html
  23. Socloseagain said:
    chemiguelito.miguelangel said:
    Socloseagain said:
    chemiguelito.miguelangel said:
    jr9 said:
    A typical GTX 970 system needs a 500watt power supply minimum according to nVIDIA. Going 100 watts above the official recommended power supply requirement given by nVIDIA is a good rule I follow. Not only that but power supplies lose wattage as they age. Trying to save money by buying a PSU with just enough wattage to get by is never a good idea and can eventually lead to PSU failure. If you get another 500W you may end up with the same problem in a few years or have the entire unit capitulate. These units should never be at load capacity all the time it wears them down.


    This man knows. :ouimaitre:


    Cheaping the PSU is putting a rope in your neck. The PSU is by far the most relevant piece of hardware you have to buy. Cheasp out on the HDD, the motherboard, literally anything but the power supply.

    Sure but still I can't figure out why the noise isn't consistent? What exactly causes it? It comes from time to time when I play "big" games :D.


    Being a pretty old PSU could also be as well some high pitched or even unconsistant growl caused by electricity from the cooper coil, either because it was designed that way or is just poorly isolated. But i will give it to the fan cooler, if you want a short term solution, try to oil it from the outside if possible. As said, do not open a power supply unles you REALLY KNOW what you are doing, since some of the components still hold a charge enough to kill you.

    Doesnt seem like you are actually realising that continue using a beated PSU can short your whole system and fry every single thing rendering unusable. Replace it.


    I'm leaning towards this PSU: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNqfAqyoWbA :)


    jr9 said:
    Corsair VS series is fairly low quality. A different model is recommended.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-2547993/psu-tier-list.html



    Lol i still dont think you understand how important is to not cheap in the PSU.

    VS series is a poor quality power supply and should be avoided, also the CX series 1st gen. Someone told me the new 2017 gen of CX series is much better built than the 1st gen, let alone the VS series.
  24. jr9 said:
    Corsair VS series is fairly low quality. A different model is recommended.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-2547993/psu-tier-list.html


    "Tier Four

    Built down to a low price. Not exactly the most stable units ever created. Very basic safety circuitry or even thin gauge wiring used. Not for gaming rigs or overclocking systems of any kind. Avoid unless your budget dictates your choice."
    And there is exactly the one I linked, darn it LOL!
  25. If you are having issues with not being able to get anything tier 1-3 locally then Amazon has a wide selection. Seasonic is a good brand to look at.
  26. jr9 said:
    If you are having issues with not being able to get anything tier 1-3 locally then Amazon has a wide selection. Seasonic is a good brand to look at.


    Yea, but I'm afraid that shipping to my country is going to be expensive as hell :S.
  27. That's fine. Every country is different when it comes to hardware.

    Do it this way: Go to wherever you can get parts (big box stores, local shops, local websites) and write down what is available: the PSU maker's make (EVGA, Corsair, etc) and model name (CX, SmartSeries, etc). Then check these against the tier list and choose whatever one is the highest up. As far as wattage goes don't go below 550W and 600W is recommended for safety. It's worth it to get the highest quality PSU.
  28. Ok so I've been thinking/testing a little bit. Could it be possible that only the fan is malfunctioning by any chance? I just played some Fortnite for some time and the "issue" remains the same: loud noise from the PSU occasionally from time to time (not all the time). And also during all that time hwmonitor was running in the background to track the temperatures of my components of the PC and they were all good as usual. Bear in mind I'm not an expert and there may be some "obvious" stuff that I'm missing so I'm reaching out for help here guys. Thanks again!
  29. Then open the PC case and disconnect all fans except the CPU fan and then boot up. If the issue is still there then it's the PSU fan or CPU fan. Fan noise comes and goes. Blowing both PSU and CPU fan it out with compressed air may help. If it's the PSU fan you need to replace the entire unit.
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