Question USB to RGB cooler adapter?

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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.
 

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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.
 
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The problem is I am making the PC for someone and the requested RGB and I'm using an old CPU that will overheat without liquid cooling.
 

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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.

https://pcpartpicker.com/product/hHDJ7P/cooler-master-hyper-212-rgb-black-edition-573-cfm-cpu-cooler-rr-212s-20pc-r1

Basically any chip with a TDP of 125W or less is covered. Even an old LGA1366 chip at 135W should be okay (and there is a lot you can do to core voltage to fix that)

Still, basic RGB with the MASTERLIQUID ML120L RGB is covered if you want to go down that route.
 

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