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Hey guys! Names Sean , I'm new here.

Well, I bought the Gateway GM5664 recently and had no problems.
I have upgraded the video card to a 9600 GT and recently I have noticed that my CPU (I'm pretty sure) is making a long continuous beeping noise.

As of typing this I am CURRENTLY encoding a DVD and the noise has been going on for the past, well, probably 20 minutes.

Sometimes when I play a game I hear it as well.

Right now though, the fan gets much louder and the CPU makes this noise that is UNBEARABLY annoying!

The only thing I can think of is that the 9600 says it needs a 12v rating of 26a (i think) and I have like a 22a or something.

It does not do this with the older video card, and is not reliant on GPU I am sure of that.

Someone told me it IS my PSU and that it's 'starving' the components for power because of the new graphics card.

If this is the case, can someone confirm that I should just upgrade my PSU?
I will, never have before, but could easily figure it out if necessary.

Oh and by the way, my cpu performance meter says that I'm using 70% of the CPU. AS SOON as it goes below 60 the noise stops completely.

Brand new computer as well, bought March 10th 2008.

Thank you so much..
 

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Re: I think I'm about to lose $1500...

What is your psu wattage and amps? We can't tell for sure without knowing that. However, I would say that it's a safe bet that you need a new psu, almost always the culprit for problems after adding a new GPU (in fact, my new graphics board caused problems until I added a new psu as well, and then everything was fine.) I don't know what you need to power your components, but I would probably suggest something like this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371006

This is a steal right now. Bought one myself, and for 30 dollars, it could save your entire rig. I would not continue running the computer without buying a new psu; when they fail, they have been known to take out other components along with, such as mobo or ram. Those are things you do not want to die. However, I would like to know what kinds of things you are running (eg. processor, ram, drives, peripherals) before I recommend a specific model.
 

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Re: I think I'm about to lose $1500...

You solved your own problem right here IMHO:

The only thing I can think of is that the 9600 says it needs a 12v rating of 26a (i think) and I have like a 22a or something.

It does not do this with the older video card, and is not reliant on GPU I am sure of that.
Most proprietary computers (that includes Gateway) only put the bare minimum in there for a power supply. You need a bare minimum of 26amps on the +12 rail for a pci-e video card. In addition, you have a very power hungry video card. I would not sell a customer of mine that video card without a minimum of a good brand name 650 watt power supply. Otherwise, there will be nothing but difficulties with it. Yes, a 550 might run it, but that is close.

In addition, if you keep running it with an underpowered power supply, you might fry some of your other components like memory, cpu, motherboard, etc.

I recommend that you consider one of these brand names:

Seasonic - any model
Corsair - any model
Thermaltake - "Toughpower" series only
Coolermaster - "Real Power Pro" series only
PC Power & Cooling - any model
Silverstone - any model
 

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Re: I think I'm about to lose $1500...

The cpu makes noise? You mean the fan gets louder? Of is the fan rubbing wires?

You want to clear that up as soon as possible. If it's the psu, no big deal. Just replace it.

But if a fan is going bad, or a hard drive is failing, you want to be sure of it in advance.
 

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Re: I think I'm about to lose $1500...

What is your psu wattage and amps? We can't tell for sure without knowing that. However, I would say that it's a safe bet that you need a new psu, almost always the culprit for problems after adding a new GPU (in fact, my new graphics board caused problems until I added a new psu as well, and then everything was fine.) I don't know what you need to power your components, but I would probably suggest something like this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371006

This is a steal right now. Bought one myself, and for 30 dollars, it could save your entire rig. I would not continue running the computer without buying a new psu; when they fail, they have been known to take out other components along with, such as mobo or ram. Those are things you do not want to die. However, I would like to know what kinds of things you are running (eg. processor, ram, drives, peripherals) before I recommend a specific model.
The product you directed me to is a 430w PSU, I'm not saying that's bad, but these other guys have said 550 and 650 and whatnot.
It also says [email protected], [email protected]
Which is not 26a... Is it?
Do I add them together?
Lol. I don't know.
 

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Re: I think I'm about to lose $1500...

You solved your own problem right here IMHO:



Most proprietary computers (that includes Gateway) only put the bare minimum in there for a power supply. You need a bare minimum of 26amps on the +12 rail for a pci-e video card. In addition, you have a very power hungry video card. I would not sell a customer of mine that video card without a minimum of a good brand name 650 watt power supply. Otherwise, there will be nothing but difficulties with it. Yes, a 550 might run it, but that is close.

In addition, if you keep running it with an underpowered power supply, you might fry some of your other components like memory, cpu, motherboard, etc.

I recommend that you consider one of these brand names:

Seasonic - any model
Corsair - any model
Thermaltake - "Toughpower" series only
Coolermaster - "Real Power Pro" series only
PC Power & Cooling - any model
Silverstone - any model
Well, I also looked up the silverstone as suggested, because I have purchased things from them in the past with no regrets.

How about this?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817256032

Let me know what you think.
Thank you.
 

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Re: I think I'm about to lose $1500...

you really need to open your box and then run an antivirus scanner and spyware scanner and defrag all at the same time to put a heavy cpu load on the machine

then verify where the noise is coming from ?


I suspect its a heat warning buzzer caused by power starvation
 

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Re: I think I'm about to lose $1500...

you really need to open your box and then run an antivirus scanner and spyware scanner and defrag all at the same time to put a heavy cpu load on the machine

then verify where the noise is coming from ?


I suspect its a heat warning buzzer caused by power starvation
Well, all sources point to you being 100% correct.
Now what do I do with a $50 budget for my power?
Lol..
Am I screwed?
I am trying to sell some things on EBay cuz I cant' afford a 12v rating of 41a right now.
Thanks.
 

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Well, all sources point to you being 100% correct.
Now what do I do with a $50 budget for my power?
Lol..
Am I screwed?
I am trying to sell some things on EBay cuz I cant' afford a 12v rating of 41a right now.
Thanks.
You could power that off of a good 500 watt psu.

Newegg has the Antec 500 watt Earthwatts psu for $60 shipped right now.
 

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Re: I think I'm about to lose $1500...

You could power that off of a good 500 watt psu.

Newegg has the Antec 500 watt Earthwatts psu for $60 shipped right now.
That's funny cuz I said $50.

And it has 2 12v rails each at 17a.
Which means 12v 25.5a

Not enough power.

Thanks anyway.
 

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Re: I think I'm about to lose $1500...

That's funny cuz I said $50.

And it has 2 12v rails each at 17a.
Which means 12v 25.5a

Not enough power.

Thanks anyway.




that was a politely rude response; and as such, you can color me GONE :wave:
 

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Re: I think I'm about to lose $1500...

Just a comment. You won't power a modern day video card with a $50 power supply for long. They just won't stand up to the demands. However, you as the person who has asked an expert (that would be linderman) for assistance must make that final decision. Good Luck with your rig, hope it gives you good service.
 

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Re: I think I'm about to lose $1500...

Just a comment. You won't power a modern day video card with a $50 power supply for long. They just won't stand up to the demands. However, you as the person who has asked an expert (that would be linderman) for assistance must make that final decision. Good Luck with your rig, hope it gives you good service.
I have made a 100$ purchase.
I am extrmely happy. Thanks to you and Linderman and everyone who helped here.
 
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