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Old 28th November, 2005, 09:57 PM
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Oh-o or OK?

hello guys,

so after turkey break i turn on my computer to find a high pitched whine coming from it. after taking turns stopping all the fans and turning it on with hard drives unplugged i came to the conlusion that the sound is coming from my powersupply.
upon closer examination i hear a crackling (similar to the sound u get when u have electricity arcing a small gap.) and also a whine, both from inside the power supply.
now before this there was a plastic-rubbing-on-plastic noise coming from somewhere in my computer, but that has dissapeared.
now accoring to the hardware monitor program, voltages look stable (varying only by .05 at max) and the 3.3/5/12 volt rails are where they are supposed to be.
i have to live with this for at least 2 more weeks.... sooo should i be worried?
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Old 28th November, 2005, 10:35 PM
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Your PSU may be getting ready to nuke itself (bad caps, probably). Either that, or your mobo may be getting ready to puke its guts out all over the vcore regulator (again, bad caps, probably).

Those would be my first two guesses. The mobo would be the easiest to check. It is doubtful your hardware monitor would show anything unusual, simply because the transients would be too fast to measure with anything other than an oscilloscope.
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Old 28th November, 2005, 11:21 PM
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Old 29th November, 2005, 12:37 AM
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well i HAVE been wanting an upgrade to an amd 64...
buuuutttt....

i think ill order a new psu just in case

any recommendations?
i have right now a 3 year old 420w thermaltake purepower i think
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Old 29th November, 2005, 12:46 AM
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upon inspection through my case window with a flashlight, the caps on the mobo around the mosfets and power input appear to be normal (as in not swollen)
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Old 29th November, 2005, 02:42 AM
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I bought the powerstream 520 and it is as solid as a rock!!!
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the powerstream series from OCZ are GREAT!! i have the 420w version and my voltages never go under spec at all.
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