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Hi everyone, i just wanted to ask if this is fatal to my pc, basically sometimes not always when i startup my PC there is a buzzing sound coming for the back of my PC, the PSU i think, its only just started happening about 2 days ago, all i need to do if tap the back of my pc and its gone, and i do this if the sound occurs as soon as my pc turns on, i just wanted to know if its fatal to my pc, or if its just dust or something.
 

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The first thing I would do is clean out the dust from your computer, especially around the PSU fan. If this does not clear up the noise, it could be the fan going in your PSU.
 

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Could be arcing, check the mains power cord is fully into the socket.

Also if possible examine the back of the PC with the lights out in the room, when you hear the buzz is there any sign of sparks or light from the PSU area ?
 

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hi, i posted a little while ago about a noise in my computer on startup and didn't get much reply, so i made a youtube video so that you can actually hear the noise for yourself, it seems to be coming from the power supply i would say, so if you got some time please can you guys watch the youtube video and see if you know what it is. thanks.

heres the youtube link.

its really dark in the video sorry for that.
 

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i have merged your post, please do not start another thread for the same problem -
 

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Does this mean that i will need a new power supply or something?... thing is i have no clue how to fit one, if its just the fan can it be fixed and will it harm my computer thats the main question
 

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IF the problem is a bad fan bearing the fan can be replaced. If you are not familiar with working on a power supply the machine should be taken to a shop for repair or possibly power supply replacement.

IF the fan is the problem and totally fails, it of course could damage the power supply and possibly other machine components.
 

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Does this mean that i will need a new power supply or something?... thing is i have no clue how to fit one, if its just the fan can it be fixed and will it harm my computer thats the main question
If it is the bearing and is the PSU , when it fails the device will overheat and cause damage

The Fan is usually on the backpanel of the PSU - so you should be able to get quite close to it , there will be a grill on the back where the FAN is and also the on/off and Power lead all together - see if that is really where the noise is
There are other fans inside , maybe a case fan and certainly a CPU fan

whats the make and model of the PC _ can you take the side panel off and have a look inside ?
just to make sure not a case fan or CPU fan
 

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the thing that makes me think its the psu fan is because i can cleary put my ear need the back of the psu and hear the sound, something that i should probably tell you aswell, its only on startup, once the computer has on the windows interface, the should normally fades away or i need to lift the back on my computer up or tap the back and it normally goes, I play alot of games on this pc and use design software and i havn't seen any performance issues at all.
 

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the should normally fades away or i need to lift the back on my computer up or tap the back and it normally goes,
i wonder if something is touching the fan blades at all ?

Also is it every time you start the PC - or only from cold ?

if you "tap" the back - does it always go away ?

use a torch and see if you can see anything near the blades

whats the make and exact model of the PC
 

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it i just tap it, it sometimes just weakens the noise, i normally lift the back up and the same happens aswell. sometimes it doesn't happen at all, then sometimes it well happen on start up for 3-4 days and then the next 2 days its fine on startup. I bought the pc from cyberpower UK, so its custom built, so theres not really a make or model, i havn't contacted the company about it yet, because i think my warranty expired which is kind of worrying.
 

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any information on the PSU itself on the back, post back whatever is there - if custom built is most likely a standard powersupply unit
 

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i would check the warranty situation first and then whoever made it for you - see what they want to change to replace the PSU or the Fan

and if its worth upgrading at all - if you are a heavy gamer and looking for a more powerful graphics card

depending on your capabilities you may want to look at changing it yourself
 

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how hard is it to actually change the psu,
Quite easy - you just need to disconnect the power plugs from all the devices and the motherboard
4 bolts then hold it in - if its a standard PSU

http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/362
http://www.fonerbooks.com/r_power.htm

and there are quite a few yourtube videos

the graphics card im running atm is 5870 1gb Ati and if i was to buy a new one, does it matter if its 450W or 1000W?
The power supply needs to rated to support the devices you have - frequently people want to upgrade the graphics card and the graphics card on its own can be 400W - so it does matter if you intend to replace the graphics to a high power version
just mention on case that was a plan for the future

in your case its a 188W graphic card
http://www.amd.com/us/products/desk...5870/Pages/ati-radeon-hd-5870-overview.aspx#2

now maybe the time to think about the wattage you may want for the future

have a search here and you will see some of the members recommending makes of PSU to buy and ones to avoid

I have also found this
http://forums.techguy.org/tech-tips-tricks/994249-repair-noisy-case-psu-fans.html

which I'm not recommending , as never tried myself ,
 

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So I actually found what the problem is this morning, when the noise went off i felt the fan from my psu, there was hardly or no air that i could feel coming out, when startup had finished and the noise had stopped i could feel more air from the psu fan, so i think the fan is not working at startup so could is be a bad fan bearing or jamed fan?

so does anyone tell me what this means, should a get a new power supply, or get the fan fixed or what?
 

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i would get some quotes , with labour it may cost more to replace the Fan ?
 
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