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    Squealing noise in my computer?

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    I put a new CPU fan and hard drive into my computer. So therefore had to re-install windows, of course i installed sims 3, but now when I load it up, my computer makes this squealing noise, its not THAT loud, but it's worrying. I thought it may be my graphics card, however it has never done this before, my graphics card isn't even that old (it's an nvidia geforce 9800 GT). I started to think maybe it was the processor or something? It only makes this noise when loading the title screens and stuff for sims 3, not when i'm actually playing it (playing a family). I'm a complete noob and know hardly anything about computers, so am in need of advice please!

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    could be anything, get the side off and listen to where its coming from.

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    sounds like a dodgy fan bearing somewhere - happens alot.

    if happens when you are gaming i would suggest graphics as the chip would be getting hotter so fan is going to be spinning more.

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    thanks for the replies
    yeah it would probably help if i listened to wear it was coming from...hehe
    yeah i thought it could be something to do with graphics card, my brother's good with computers and I asked him about it, but he hasn't listened to my computer to see where it's coming from. i could listen myself and get a rough idea but like i said, i'm a noob. haha, to be honest a lot of things probably need updating, computer is over 4 years old. thanks again

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    I just remembered something
    Now I have no idea if this would really have anything to do with my problem. But when my brother was putting in these new parts for me he found 4 small metal squares loose on (what i think was) my graphics card, he said they were heat sinks or something. So he took them out, would this effect it?

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    Most likely the CPU fan... Just like how mine is atm (which is why I don't use my desktop)

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    yes removing heatsinks will cause problems - heat wont be dispersed evenly across the chips and it may cause your GPU to over heat and go POP! I'd stick em back on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cpjitservices View Post
    yes removing heatsinks will cause problems - heat wont be dispersed evenly across the chips and it may cause your GPU to over heat and go POP! I'd stick em back on.
    Oh dear :/ haha ok thanks I will try that asap

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    If you do have the case open when its squealing, slow the CPU fan with your finger (just touch the middle bit)... if the squealing stops then you don't have to worry about anything! :-)

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    I had a PC once with the same problem. When using high performance applications (i.e. benchmarking) a 'squealing' sound would occur. Turns out it was the power supply unit. When the PC was drawing more power for the CPU/GPU the PSU obviously wasnt very happy.

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    oh right, wow could be a lot of things then! so the fact that i now have 4 heatsinks no longer on my graphics card, would this cause a squealing noise? I can imagine that all the power sims requires to start up could be causing my graphics card to get too hot and perhaps squeal?

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    I think the 4 'metal squares' you refereed to earlier are the retaining bolts for your graphics card heat sink (possibly ones that weren't needed) though a picture would be so very helpfull

    If your brother had removed the heat sink entirely then it most certainly would not get very far without overheating.

    But yes the squealing could be a number of things. As Dom_ suggested earlier try slowing the fan with your finger to see if it stops the sound. If it is the fan then dont worry about it, it wont cause you any problems.

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    Picture.jpg

    I think I just attached something haha
    I just find it strange that the noise starts when these get removed, surely it cant be my brand new cpu fan, otherwise that would be annoying hehe

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    Quote Originally Posted by slowey View Post
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    I think I just attached something haha
    I just find it strange that the noise starts when these get removed, surely it cant be my brand new cpu fan, otherwise that would be annoying hehe
    Just becuase its new doesn't mean it works!

    the things you have removed are designed for disapating heat from the chips so i would get some thermal paste and put them back on quickly.

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    They are definately small heatsinks...although dont look like the kind found on a graphics card...they look more like motherboard heatisnks. Did your brother remove them to fit your new CPU fan by any chance?
    I doubt removing them would make the sound suddenly start - more likely to be the CPU fan.



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