Hoping you can troubleshoot a slightly odd issue I'm having. My computer regularly emits a single, subtle 'click' or 'tick' sound. It doesn't noticeably affect performance in normal use, but when playing games, I notice a micro-sutter/ lockup on screen as the sound occurs.
I'm struggling to figure out which component this noise is coming from. Even getting inside the case with a stethoscope hasn't helped!
It can't be the CPU cooler, as I've upgraded it and the sound is still there
It can't be the SSD as it has no moving parts and the sound was occurring before I added it
I think it was happening before I added in a new graphics card and power supply, but they are both new, good-quality components, anyway
I don't see how it could be the CPU, RAM or mobo as they have no moving parts
I suspect the HDD. The issue was happening frequently playing, say, Rocket League from the HDD. Now I've moved it to the SSD, I haven't noticed the issue. Vice City from the HDD is displaying the issue, however.
What do you think? My only doubt with the HDD is that I don't know how it could be causing the issue. I thought, once a game had started, all the content was loaded into RAM?
Any help would be gratefully received - it might stop me from swapping out each component to troubleshoot it :-)