Your gaming PC can make a lot of noise, and we’re here to help you stop it!
Let’s say you’ve created your own PC battlefield with the most advanced weapons. Everything is fine with this new system, except that it feels like a jet engine every time you run an app that taxes your hardware.
While you may think that the fans are the cause of the noise, there are other factors involved, and this article will explain everything you need to know to keep your PC quiet.
What makes noise on your PC
The fans installed in your case are responsible for keeping your system running at maximum volume. Old fans with dust can make a lot of noise. Installing fans without sound-deadening rubber bands or using cabinet fans that do not have sound-absorbing material around the metal enclosures can also make them louder. This is because fans that don’t have noise reduction products can transfer their vibration to the cabinet, increasing the overall noise level of your device. Likewise, liquid coolers can make noises for a variety of reasons, including faulty bearings, damaged pump bearings, or clogged radiator fans.
If the speed of the fans is controlled by the temperature of the system, you will notice a significant increase in the noise when running the game. This problem is not limited to your cabinet fans, as the speed of most CPUs and GPUs is controlled by their temperature.
Older GPUs and PSUs may hum or hum a lot. Coil ringing is caused by the flow of current through the electrical circuits of the inductors inside the graphics card or power supply. While it’s not unusual to hear a small noise on a new computer, it’s more noticeable in older PCs as the coils covered by the inductors tend to loosen after prolonged use.
Finally, the rotating parts of a hard drive can make a clicking and grinding noise when reading or writing data to the drive. As a general rule of thumb, larger 5.25-inch hard drives sound more compact than their 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch counterparts. Likewise, faster HDDs that can hit 7200 RPM produce better sound than drives below 5400 RPM. Using your hard drives in a RAID configuration or performing regular read/write operations can significantly affect their noise. In addition, hard drive damage can create strange sounds and scratches.
There are a number of small but common tweaks that can help reduce the noise of your PC. First, you may want to clean the dust and remove your CPU, GPU, and cabinet fans. Likewise, you should clean your AIO radiators and dust filters because too much dust can slow down the cooling of your system, causing your PC to overheat more often. This, in turn, will push the fans to hit higher RPMs and increase overall noise.
Speaking of heat, it’s a good idea to remove any obstructions to air flow inside your PC case. You’ll also want to have neutral or slightly cool air to keep the system temperature as low as possible.
How to silence your fans
A simple way to reduce the noise of CPU, GPU, or cabinet fans involves setting the profile of the fans through the BIOS or third-party software such as Fan Control. Although reducing noise is important, make sure you don’t go too far in reducing their RPM if you want to avoid running into hot products.
If your system has good ventilation, but the fans continue to run at high speed as soon as you turn on your PC, you may have a hardware program that is constantly running or a virus / malware that is using all of your devices. An easy fix is to head to your Task Manager and see how much CPU, memory, and GPU are running. If some of these exceed 50%, you can click on their list to see what is hungry and close. Otherwise, you should run smart antivirus on Windows Defender and another antivirus such as MalwareBytes.
For cabinet fans, you can add rubber seals around their screws or re-install them with rubber screws to reduce their vibration. Assuming your cabinet supports it, you can also try installing large and quiet fans that run at low RPMs and don’t make a lot of noise when you use them. Sadly, you can’t do the same for GPU or CPU fans, although ignoring your graphics card and processor will reduce the amount of heat they can generate at the cost of a small or negligible hit.
How to get rid of coil noise
Other than replacing the part that produces it, there is no permanent fix for coil whine, but you can reduce it a bit. If your PSU is pushed to the limit, the coil buzzing will be noticeable every time you run heavy duty. Therefore, you may want to get a new PSU with more power and efficiency.
If your graphics card is prone to coil whine, you will notice that the whine gets louder when you use it for gaming. You can try to reduce the noise by removing all overclock settings, and better yet, create an undervolt profile. You can also enable power saving mode on your operating system to ensure that your GPU does not draw too much power from the PSU.
It is also possible that the coil noise is generated by the AC power supplied to your PC, so you may continue to hear the noise even after changing the PSU. If the hum of the coil doesn’t sound right when you change the wall socket where you plug your computer in, it’s a sure sign that the wiring in your home is causing the noise. In such cases, you can look into an external power regulator to eliminate electrical noise in your electronics.
How to make your storage drives quieter
Replacing your hard drives with SSDs can reduce system noise. Unfortunately, SSDs have a high cost-per-terabyte ratio and are usually not as high as conventional HDDs. You can stay in the middle by using an SSD as your primary drive and offload the hard drive itself to store what you don’t access. Another way to reduce noise is to get anti-vibration mounting frames and mounts that can isolate the vibrations caused by reading/writing.
And that’s all in this article! Following many of these steps should help reduce your PC’s noise. But if your machine is still noisy, you should consider switching to a soundproof cabinet. Apart from having thick panels made of plastic, silent matches incorporate sound-absorbing materials into their design, making them ideal for users who want a quiet environment. The only downside here is that you’ll need to spend a few hours getting all your equipment out of the new cabinet.