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The Noise!

This is the noise I'm hearing ignore the fans it's the whining noise behind the fan noise.

This is much louder then the actual noise.

For some background I just installed a WiFi card and when playing a game I could hear this noise or something similar, I went to investigate and ever so slightly nudged a ram stick, the noise stopped and computer froze, I fried a ram stick... Not huge, I have a spare! Down to 16gb.

After removing the dead ram and relaxing I turn it on all good boot up a game and I hear a very similar noise coming from the pc, fairly sure it's not the ram any more. It sounds like it's coming from the GPU area, but my GPU is vertical and it's really hard to tell where it's coming from.
The noise gets louder when loading a game.

I'm worried about breaking something by not solving this mystery although it does work it's abit Sus

I'm going to try and solve this through trial and error removing part by part till the sounds gone.

Any advice or ideas for solving this would be hugely appreciated as Im not in a position to replace it.

Many thanks!
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it's called coil whine and is nothing to worry about. This usually happens when you have vsync off and the fps goes high.

Hey thanks for the reply I did consider coil whine but it never made this kind of noise before I last opend it up. From what I've found it's something to do with the ribbon cable that makes my GPU vertical but also the ram I killed at the same time I dunno it's got me on edge.
 
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Run the card without the vertical install and see if it goes away? Seems like a logical and easy thing to test. Sure you don't want it setup like that, but it's only a problem solving exercise, if the whine remains then you come away knowing one thing it isn't.
 
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For reference this is the coil whine I had on a returned card:


There are a number of different ways it can sound and nowadays it seems to be any significant load that causes coil whine.
 
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I had coil whine on an old AMD HD 7970 graphics card which I tolerated for a few years.
I then upgraded the AMD HD 7970 to an Nvidia GTX 1060 and coil whine was no longer there.

I used put the AMD HD 7970 in another PC (with a different power supply) and the coil whine from the card was no longer present.
I suspect that my original power supply and the HD 7970 just didn't get on together. :D
 
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