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I just built a brand new HTPC, but getting a loud buzz from center channel, home audio and pc specs below

Marantz 8801 AV Pre
Acurus A-250 center channel amp
Parasound A21 mains amp
Dual svs SB2000 subs
All plugged in to a monster power HPD1800 conditioner/power strip

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Cooler master m2 620W power supply
Asus gryphon z87 motherboard
Crucial vengeance 1866 Ram 8GB
Evga GTX 780 OC video card - I think problem source
120GB samsung evo SSD HD
WD 2TB HD
Intel i5 4670K CPU
Fractal Node 605 case

I am getting loud buzzing out of my center channel ONLY when the GPU is put under a load, regular web surfing, playing flac files wi fubar 2000, and using xbmc to watch ripped blurays the sound is non existent. Any type of pc gaming with more modern GPU intensive games I'm getting a loud buzzing sound from the center channel. I use an hdmi cable from my GTX 780 to the marantz 8801, when I unplug the hdmi cable the noise is gone along with all audio and video of course. I have tried other hdmi cables and the problem is still there. What can I do? Thanks, Chris

Ps: I had used an Acer RL 70 pc as a HTPC for one use before upgrading and never had any "ground loop" problems when gaming.

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Any reasoning my 620w bronze bower supply capacitors can't keep up with the extra load of my over clocked i4 4670k 3.4 OC to 4.4ghz ?

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The GTX 780 has a TDP of 250W and requires a 600W PSU at minimum, so you're cutting it pretty close, depending on how many other power-hungry components you have. If you open your case, can you hear the card itself making noise, or are your speakers the only source? If the card itself makes noise, you probably have coil whine that the audio system is picking up, and if the card itself is silent, you're probably overtaxing the PSU. You have a K-series CPU, so if you're overclocking at all, it wouldn't surprise me if your PSU is operating at > 90% load.
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The GTX 780 has a TDP of 250W and requires a 600W PSU at minimum, so you're cutting it pretty close, depending on how many other power-hungry components you have. If you open your case, can you hear the card itself making noise, or are your speakers the only source? If the card itself makes noise, you probably have coil whine that the audio system is picking up, and if the card itself is silent, you're probably overtaxing the PSU. You have a K-series CPU, so if you're overclocking at all, it wouldn't surprise me if your PSU is operating at > 90% load.

My card is dead silient, you think switching to a larger psu might be my fix? Say 850w

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I would say 750W would be sufficient, but jbcain may have offered more relevant advice.
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I'm going to try and get a ground from the new pc to the marantz tomorrow morning. This current state of ground loop has my questioning why I bothered to upgrade to a gaming spec pc in the first place frown.gif

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I'm going to try and get a ground from the new pc to the marantz tomorrow morning. This current state of ground loop has my questioning why I bothered to upgrade to a gaming spec pc in the first place frown.gif
no luck on the ground from the video card to the phono of the marantz. I just pulled the rca that leads to the acurus amp and for now if I play in stereo mode the noise is gone. I wonder if the other channels are quiet is due to the fact that they use xlr connections .

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Ground every component in your system, to the avr. Computer to avr, Amp to avr, amp to avr, etc etc. Trust me
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Thanks for checking up on me, I haven't had a chance to set up the grounding. I should have some feedback on Sunday.

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