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Low, steady buzz came from 3 year old Custom PC. It stopped, but may come back?

GeoDashZorra

7 months ago

I know the culprit is either my hard drive or my front case fans. I don't know how to proceed from here, but I backed my hard drive up already.

Hard Drive: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/MwW9TW/western-digital-internal-hard-drive-wd10ezex

Case: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/FtV48d/corsair-case-cc9011051ww

This morning I turned it on and there was a very audible humming sound from my PC. It didn't sound terrible, it was a lot like the sound an old fashioned desk or ceiling fan would make. It did sound like it was coming from the front of my PC, where the hard drive cage and two intake fans are located.

I panicked and backed up the hard drive. I took off the side panel, and the shock from that seems to have stopped the buzzing sound. Not sure how concerned I should be right now.

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  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

If it comes back and you determine it is the hard drive then your best bet will be to just replace it before it fails completely. Backing it up was a great idea and will save you a lot of frustration if it suddenly goes.

If it is the front fans, clean out and dust to rule that out. If you still get vibration noise these may help.

https://www.amazon.com/Mounting-Screws-Rivets-Silicone-Computer/dp/B01M4LVBY2/ref=sr_1_8?keywords=rubber+pc+fan+mounts&qid=1561639297&s=gateway&sr=8-8

It might be worth checking your temps under load as well. It could be the fans got louder because they had to work harder to cooler the system.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Start trying to pinpoint the culprit. Get your ear up to the case and figure out where the sound is coming from, unplug said fans, see if it stops.

Pretty straight forward, replace parts accordingly.

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