Everytime my PC starts to get pushed, and gets past around 45 percent of memory being used, and the power usage gets to high, it starts to make this loud crackle noise. For the first year of owning the PC this didn't happen and everything was fine, then out of nowhere it started without anything changing. The PC isnt old and the specs are good. Im not a PC pro so i don't no what to do, any help?
Is it coming from the speakers or the tower? If the tower, can you tell which area it's coming from?
Yes it’s coming from the tower, and no I’m not sure what part it’s coming from.
Yes it’s coming from the tower, and no I’m not sure what part it’s coming from
Crackling sound I would most likely expect a fan. You'd need to get close to tell. Keep in mind the PSU fan as well, it may have a Zero RPM mode and the fan is off most of the time. If the PSU has a Zero RPM or ECO Mode switch, turn it off and see if the noise starts immediately.
Just wanna drop in a personal experience I had. I had a crackling noise coming from one of my PCs. After some time trying to figure it out, I noticed that a small dust bunny was wedged near one of the fans and was being slapped around, causing the sound I was hearing. Some fans also have clear plastic film over parts (Lian Li likes doing this) that go forgotten about and eventually shift so that the blades hit it.
Worth taking a look inside your machine and cleaning it out if possible!
Otherwise, Mike makes some awesome points that you should consider as well :)
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