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  1. #1
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    Buzzing sound that varies with load

    The issue... When I am in World of Warcraft, my friends on Vent notice that it sounds like there is a FAN in the background, yet there is not any background noise. Additionally, I notice that there is a buzzing sound that I also hear, but only when I am in WOW. I tried other games... and any game or application that drives the video card to work harder, creates the buzz, and the frequency of the buzz seems to vary based on how hard the video card is working. I updated all the drivers.

    Here was my original hardware:
    Antec Three Hundred Case
    GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Motherboard
    EVGA 896-P3-1255-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 896MB
    CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W
    Intel Core 2 Duo E8500
    G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2
    Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD
    1TB SATA Drive - For data and storage, some programs that aren't disk intensive.
    500 Gb SATA Drive
    2 x 40GB IBM X-25 SSD (in striped mode for the OS and a few other things)
    Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 64-bit

    I upgraded to Windows 7 - No change in the problem

    I upgraded the sound card to a HT Omega, no change. Then I upgraded the sound card to an Sound Blaster X-Fi, and no change.

    I read that this problem could stem from a bad capacitor either on the Video card, or in the power supply. So, I upgraded the Video Card. I put a Palit GTX 460, and the volume of the buzzing went down significantly. I deduced that it is possible the problem was actually in the power supply, and the new Video card put less demand on the power supply, therefore the buzzing went down.

    So I replaced the Power supply with an Antec 850W TruePower Quattro. And the problem didn't change at ALL (I am considering SLI, so I think i will keep the new PS)

    I also noticed that the sound seems to get worse when I use a headset, but that is just probably the nature of using the headset.

    I have visually inspected the capacitors on the motherboard, and they seem fine. Additionally, something that I didn't notice before the upgrades, but I hear some sound interference that is much more subtle but seems like it comes from hard drive or CD Rom Drive Spin-up.

    At this point, I have practically bought a new computer and I still have the problem. Any advise would be appreciated.

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    Re: Buzzing sound that varies with load

    I've read on another forum I visit that there seems to be a buzzing noise after people bought the Fermi 460 vga card. Some people think it has to do with the drivers. I would try nVidia's latest video card drivers, or even beta drivers. See if that helps any.

    If the buzzing continues, uninstall the video card drivers, and then reinstall them. However, do not install the HDMI audio drivers. If having the option to not install HDMI audio (so that your video card's hdmi can transmit sound), then find a way of disabling it in the nVidia control panel.

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    Re: Buzzing sound that varies with load

    Well, it sounds to me like it could be a bad ground or some form of electrical interference. Of course, both of these could be a stretch.

    Try a different outlet and a different surge protector and see if that helps. If you have access to something that would condition the line (like a UPS), that would be a good quick check too. These 2 items are super easy to check and cost little to no money to validate.
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    Re: Buzzing sound that varies with load

    Quote Originally Posted by madhatter256 View Post
    I've read on another forum I visit that there seems to be a buzzing noise after people bought the Fermi 460 vga card. Some people think it has to do with the drivers. I would try nVidia's latest video card drivers, or even beta drivers. See if that helps any.

    If the buzzing continues, uninstall the video card drivers, and then reinstall them. However, do not install the HDMI audio drivers. If having the option to not install HDMI audio (so that your video card's hdmi can transmit sound), then find a way of disabling it in the nVidia control panel.
    Buzzing before and after the Fermi 460, actually got better with the 460 over the 260 I had before. And yes, I did upgrade the drivers. clean, etc... I don't believe this is a driver issue.

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    Re: Buzzing sound that varies with load

    Does anyone else have an idea?

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    Re: Buzzing sound that varies with load

    Check card and motherboard caps.

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    Re: Buzzing sound that varies with load

    Buzzing is almost certainly Capacitor Whine. My first ASUS P5K-VM had this and I immediately RMAed it to the store. When you talk about load, do you mean CPU load or GPU load? Be specific?

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    Re: Buzzing sound that varies with load

    So the only thing you have not changed is the M/B correct?
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    Re: Buzzing sound that varies with load

    My ancient A7N8X MB does this under heavy CPU load, and has been for years. I was expecting it to die, but it doesn't. The sound comes off the MB, near the CPU socket - I never did pinpoint it 100%.

    Annoying but (in my case) harmless.
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    Re: Buzzing sound that varies with load

    I can't remember where I read it for sure, but I think it was over at guru3d that this can be caused by a power supply that doesn't supply enough power to the video card.

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    Question Re: Buzzing sound that varies with load

    So this is an actual buzzing sound and not just the sound of the video card fan spinning faster?
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    Re: Buzzing sound that varies with load

    Quote Originally Posted by JackVancouverBC View Post
    Buzzing is almost certainly Capacitor Whine. My first ASUS P5K-VM had this and I immediately RMAed it to the store. When you talk about load, do you mean CPU load or GPU load? Be specific?
    GPU load, but I replaced the GPU and the Power Supply, as well as others mentioned above?

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    Re: Buzzing sound that varies with load

    Quote Originally Posted by SkaarjMaster View Post
    So this is an actual buzzing sound and not just the sound of the video card fan spinning faster?
    That is not it, almost certain, but a good thought. the frequency changes too fast for the fan speed to be the source.

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    Re: Buzzing sound that varies with load

    Quote Originally Posted by millerman61 View Post
    I can't remember where I read it for sure, but I think it was over at guru3d that this can be caused by a power supply that doesn't supply enough power to the video card.
    Since I replaced the power supply and upgraded it from 550W to a 850W, I don't think that is the case. I also added a batter backup to the system, and it tracks power consumption, and as best I can tell, my whole system WITH the monitor maxes power consumption at about 250W, which is hard to believe with all I have in the system, but even it it is off some, I should still have lots of excess power.

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    Re: Buzzing sound that varies with load

    Quote Originally Posted by Eldest_One View Post
    So the only thing you have not changed is the M/B correct?
    That is just about right, and it is the only thing in my system that has capacitors that could be causing the problem... maybe since the new video card is more efficient it lowered the draw of power through the capacitor on the MB (granted the GPU has its own power connectors, which cause me to think this is an unlikely source)...

    Anyway, I think this is the only thing left. My rule of thumb for upgrading MBs is that I need to double the performance to pay for a new MB, CPU and RAM, as you typically have to do all at the same time. And I don't think I can do that for a reasonable price probably for another 6-12 months.

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