So I'm probably going to build my 2nd PC soon, and I'm on a budget. Because of this I have to use a budget potato motherboard, that doesn't have an RGB header. I was wondering if there is a way to get around that for the RGB Liquid cooling using a USB 2 and/or USB 1 and/or SYS fan and/or SATA power for it to light up? The Liquid cooler is a MASTERLIQUID ML120L RGB. Anyone who has this please explain the setup of the controller. Thank you for reading.
If you are on a budget, skip RGB? And water coolers? One of the most non-performance expense options you can aim for is RGB. and most budget CPUs don't need water cooling for any particular reason.
Far as I can tell, that cooler includes a method for controlling the RGB directly through several pre-set modes.
There are certainly RGB/Fan controllers out there with will plug into a motherboard's USB ports for software control. Though they are going to be as expensive or more than just getting a nicer motherboard.
I would say do your build and worry about the RGB later when you have the money.
Well, unless it is something silly like an old FX 9000 chip (DO NOT use that with a budget board, it will fail), a cheap Hyper 212 is pretty universal, (double check max CPU cooler height of the chassis). There is even an RGB version now.