Is it possible......

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Lifer
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today, i'm just baffled with unknown vibration noises that came from inside of the computer. At first I "thought" it was the HSF, but the rpms were fine and there were no wires clinging on the fan. But then again, I made sure there were no loose parts in the case and checked the whole area. And yet the noise is still there.

But soon I realize that noise (a really obvious buzzing sound ) came directly from the ram ports. Then I looked closely.... I was like wtf :confused: the ram were so close together that a part of the heatsinks were actually touching each other.

Btw it was an Mushkin XP4000 2 x 1gb ram modules. Then right after I turn off the pc, and give a very lil' nudge to move the ram heatsinks away from each other...the noise is gone (HALLELLUAH !!!)

And I thought my HSF or one of the CAPs is screwing with me.

IS this possible?

I'm using this Motherboard btw, and it's obvious there is little room for spare for the RAM with huge heatsinks (like the ram I have) to fit in nicely.

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Trey22

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Hmm... vibration causing the buzzing? I've heard of PSU or HSF coils buzzing, but never RAM, heh.
 

oynaz

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I can think of a number of ways. The most obvious is that vibrations from moving parts have been transferred through the mobo, and caused the RAM to move slightly. The heatsinks will then buzzz be repeatedly hitting each other.
 

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Originally posted by: oynaz
I can think of a number of ways. The most obvious is that vibrations from moving parts have been transferred through the mobo, and caused the RAM to move slightly. The heatsinks will then buzzz be repeatedly hitting each other.

Agree! And most likely, the source of the vibration has to be something with a motor - like a HDD, optical drive with media, or most likely, one or more of the cooling fans in the system. And that trail would lead me to the CPU cooling fan or the graphics card fan (if there is one.) Either would directly affect and vibrate throughto the mobo, and cause the DIMM modules to buzz against each other.

Time for the old touchy-feely game.
 

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Lifer
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Originally posted by: corkyg
Originally posted by: oynaz
I can think of a number of ways. The most obvious is that vibrations from moving parts have been transferred through the mobo, and caused the RAM to move slightly. The heatsinks will then buzzz be repeatedly hitting each other.

Agree! And most likely, the source of the vibration has to be something with a motor - like a HDD, optical drive with media, or most likely, one or more of the cooling fans in the system. And that trail would lead me to the CPU cooling fan or the graphics card fan (if there is one.) Either would directly affect and vibrate throughto the mobo, and cause the DIMM modules to buzz against each other.

Time for the old touchy-feely game.


You got it right on man :thumbsup:. I'll make sure the DIMM modules heatsinks wont touch each other again. It got me worried alot lol initially :confused: