Annoying clicking noises coming from newly built pc.

By Rei478 ยท 10 replies
Dec 18, 2005
  1. Hello everyone, i recently built a new computer (2 days ago) and theres a really loud (louder than my fans : /) clicking noise coming from somewhere.
    Im still quite a noobie so any if anyone has any suggestions as to what it could be and how to stop it that would be great.
    Here are my new comps specs,

    Intel Pentium 4 640, 3200 MHz
    Corsair 512x2 pc3200
    ATI Radeon 9600 XT
    ASUS P5P800-SE motherboard
    Q-tec 650watt PSU
    Windows xp home sp1
    Maxtor 80gb diamondmax
    40gb hdd (came with my original dell)
    samsung cd-rom drive

    sorry if ive missed anything important out.

  2. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Clicking noises are normally associated with a dying hard drive.

    Open your case, and see if you can isolate where the noise is coming from.

    Regards Howard :)
  3. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,406

    Hard to tell without actually hearing the clicks, but it could be your hard drive. My 80Gb maxtor on my last computer had would make this very loud clicking noise every few seconds.

    If you roll up a piece of (thick) paper into a tube, you can use it to find the source of the noise. Put one end to your ear, and the other end on your hard drive to see if it is the source.

    If it is your hard drive, it is a sign that it is failing, and needs to be replaced. Back up your data asap.

    Edit: lol Howard_Hopkinso. You beat me to it.
  4. Rei478

    Rei478 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ive had a peek inside and it sounds like its coming from my cpu, ive disconected the fan and it was still making the noise. Any ideas?
  5. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,406

    Can you describe the clicking a little more?
  6. Rei478

    Rei478 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Sure can, i think.
    when my pc is idle its a constant clicking, im also getting a few beeps now and then and its louder when i move my mouse about and a lot louder when my processor is doing something.
  7. Flipi

    Flipi TS Rookie

    Maybe it's not the cpu, there are a few capacitors that could sound like that and it has to do with cpu-load which means also current load. Try downclocking your cpu and run your system with tha safest possible settings and see if you get the sound. Look for swallowed cpacitors.
    The cpu cannot make that sound - for sure.
    By the way what are your temperatures?

    I think it would help to tell us more about the bips. That is a sign something is wrong....
  8. Rei478

    Rei478 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ok i had a nose about and the noise is definetly coming from the around the cpu area. I tried downclocking my cpu, went down to 2.4ghz but the noise was still there only quieter. I have hyper threading enabled if that makes any difference.

    My cpu temp is 34
    my mobo temp is about 28

    @Flipi-What did you mean by swallowed capacitors?

    It does respond to cpu load like if i run doom 3 it gets louder.
    Also when booting my system the noise doesnt start until about halfway through the windows xp screen.
    Also i just noticed when i disconnected my chassis fan it started beeping at me, ive opened Asus probe 2 and that is also beeping the same as the noise.
    When i pause the monitor of the chassis fan both the noises stop.
    Its still clicking away though.
  9. Flipi

    Flipi TS Rookie

    There are a couple of capacitors around the cpu socket that "could" make that click noise - if you look at their top they must be plain, if they are not you have a problem.

    The bips are asociated with asus probe. Probably you have a fan running at a speed lower than the lowest rpm the software allows, so it beeps. This can be changed from within the software.

    If it is not the hdd and not some capacitors (maybe inside the power suply...) than I don't know.

    Try to record it so we can hear it maybe somebody has an ideea.
  10. Rei478

    Rei478 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    My girlfriends dad was saying today that it could be a capacitor, ive had a look and they are all plain, but they could just be faulty anyway.
    The asus probe was beeping because i disconnected the chassis fan but everytime it beeped the clicking noise got louder for the duration of the beep.
    Ive slapped a recording in, sorry about the quality but it should do the job.


    Attached Files:

  11. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    I think its ur capacitors getting discharged by something. Or maybe they're getting overcharged. Maybe u need a UPS. Otherwise, hang around and ask the other guys maybe they can help u better.
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