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frogben998

occasionally what i assume is my power supply fan will start making a low vibrating noise

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i'll have to try and get a clip of it to show you, but the frequency of the fan making said noise increased whenever i play fallout 4, help!

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It's probably the result of the GPU pulling more juice and the PSU fan having to spin faster to keep itself cool.  I wouldn't worry about it to much but you should give the fan on the PSU (and the rest as well while your at it) a clean.

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maybe its not your PSU.

do u use a FPS limiter? just like vsync?

the noise maybe comes from your graphics card  rendering too much frames.

 

try a fps limiter and maybe the noise is gone.

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maybe its not your PSU.

do u use a FPS limiter? just like vsync?

the noise maybe comes from your graphics card  rendering too much frames.

 

try a fps limiter and maybe the noise is gone.

nah, i'm not a man to use VSYNC or any fps limiters, 

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It's probably the result of the GPU pulling more juice and the PSU fan having to spin faster to keep itself cool.  I wouldn't worry about it to much but you should give the fan on the PSU (and the rest as well while your at it) a clean.

do you mind linking me to a tutorial on how to clean those fans?

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do you mind linking me to a tutorial on how to clean those fans?

 

For the PSU the most thorough way is to remove the fan form the casing but this will usually void the warranty.  If the warranty period is already up or this otherwise doesn't concern you then this video will guide you through it.  He starts to dismantle at around the 3 minute mark.

 

 

If you don't want to do this then the next best thing in my opinion would be to get a cotton bud, dab the end with a small amount of a mild cleaner and clean the fan blades (on both sides if you can) by poking it through the gaps on the grill but this can be fidgety and time consuming.  Some would recommend using compressed air but I personally don't as you might just end up blowing the dust deeper into the PSU making the problem even worse, if you use compressed air you should clean the fan FIRST.

 

For case, GPU and CPU cooler fans it is of course more straight forward as you can usually reach these by hand, just rub them with a dry cloth.

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Can of compressed air and a vacuum cleaner to catch the dust coming out the vents. If your PSU has multiple vents then block all but one and hose away. You can also, then, change which vents are blocked and hose again to get any dust that might be trapped in a corner.

 

Obviously, you don't want it plugged in and running while you do this :P

In fact, grab several compressed air cans and clean out all the over fans (Case, GPU, CPU) and do a general clean up of the insides of your system.

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