[SOLVED] Which one?

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So, I'm building my first gaming PC.
What motherboard should I choose for amd r5 2600?

Asus Prime B450M-K DDR4 AMD-Ryzen-AM4

or

Gigabyte B450M DS3H DDR4 AMD-Ryzen-AM4
 

Aeacus

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Some users say that you can plug two fans, CPU fan & The case fan, what should I do in that case?
Depends on how many case fans are you planning to use. Also, depends on which PC case are you using since some PC cases come with built-in fan controller where you don't need to connect case fans to MoBo.

But for connecting fans on MoBo, both MoBos are micro-ATX and have 2x fan headers: CPU fan header and chassis/system fan header. Your CPU cooler fan will be connecting to CPU fan header. And if you use fan Y-splitter (amazon), you can connect 2x fans into single chassis/system fan header. Connecting more than 2x fans on single header isn't advisable since you can overload and fry the fan header if you use powerful case fans.

However, if you use more than 2x case fans and/or doesn't want to use fan Y-splitter then you're looking towards fan hub or fan controller to power additional fans.

As far as fan hubs go, here are few examples of fan hubs:
Silverstone fan hub. Can control 4-pin fans without issues via PWM mode but 3-pin fans plugged to it will run 100% all the time. Supports up to 8x fans,
specs: https://www.silverstonetek.com/product.php?area=en&pid=526
amazon: https://www.amazon.com/SilverStone-System-Cables-Black-CPF04/dp/B00VNW556I

Thermaltake Commander FX. Can control only 3-pin fans via DC mode and it doesn't support 4-pin fans. Supports up to 10x fans,
specs: http://nordic.thermaltake.com/Cooling/Cooling_Accessory_/Fan_Controllor/C_00002391/Commander_FX_10_Port_Fan_Hub/Design.htm
amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Thermaltake-Commander-SATA-Powered-AC-007-AN1NAN-A1/dp/B00O5VX6UQ

Phanteks fan hub. Is unique since it can control both, 3-pin and 4-pin fans via PWM mode. Supports up to 6x fans.
specs: http://www.phanteks.com/PH-PWHUB.html
amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Phanteks-PWM-Fan-Controller-PH-PWHUB_01/dp/B00M0R05WE

All fan hubs are small enough to be mounted either behind MoBo tray or in the HDD drive slot. Though, do note that regardless the fan hub used, all fans connected to it will run in sync (same speed). If you want individual control over each fan, then you'll need a fan controller.

Fan controllers come in 2 designs: internal and external.
Internal ones are similar to fan hubs, but bigger and cost a lot more money, e.g Corsair Commander Pro, NZXT Grid+ V3.
External fan controllers sit in the 5.25" external bay, e.g Thermaltake Commander F6 RGB, NZXT Sentry 3, Aerocool X-Vision.
(I have all listed 3x external fan controllers in use between 3x of my builds, full specs with pics in my sig.)
 
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Mar 1, 2019
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Aeacus

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Some users say that you can plug two fans, CPU fan & The case fan, what should I do in that case?
Depends on how many case fans are you planning to use. Also, depends on which PC case are you using since some PC cases come with built-in fan controller where you don't need to connect case fans to MoBo.

But for connecting fans on MoBo, both MoBos are micro-ATX and have 2x fan headers: CPU fan header and chassis/system fan header. Your CPU cooler fan will be connecting to CPU fan header. And if you use fan Y-splitter (amazon), you can connect 2x fans into single chassis/system fan header. Connecting more than 2x fans on single header isn't advisable since you can overload and fry the fan header if you use powerful case fans.

However, if you use more than 2x case fans and/or doesn't want to use fan Y-splitter then you're looking towards fan hub or fan controller to power additional fans.

As far as fan hubs go, here are few examples of fan hubs:
Silverstone fan hub. Can control 4-pin fans without issues via PWM mode but 3-pin fans plugged to it will run 100% all the time. Supports up to 8x fans,
specs: https://www.silverstonetek.com/product.php?area=en&pid=526
amazon: https://www.amazon.com/SilverStone-System-Cables-Black-CPF04/dp/B00VNW556I

Thermaltake Commander FX. Can control only 3-pin fans via DC mode and it doesn't support 4-pin fans. Supports up to 10x fans,
specs: http://nordic.thermaltake.com/Cooling/Cooling_Accessory_/Fan_Controllor/C_00002391/Commander_FX_10_Port_Fan_Hub/Design.htm
amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Thermaltake-Commander-SATA-Powered-AC-007-AN1NAN-A1/dp/B00O5VX6UQ

Phanteks fan hub. Is unique since it can control both, 3-pin and 4-pin fans via PWM mode. Supports up to 6x fans.
specs: http://www.phanteks.com/PH-PWHUB.html
amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Phanteks-PWM-Fan-Controller-PH-PWHUB_01/dp/B00M0R05WE

All fan hubs are small enough to be mounted either behind MoBo tray or in the HDD drive slot. Though, do note that regardless the fan hub used, all fans connected to it will run in sync (same speed). If you want individual control over each fan, then you'll need a fan controller.

Fan controllers come in 2 designs: internal and external.
Internal ones are similar to fan hubs, but bigger and cost a lot more money, e.g Corsair Commander Pro, NZXT Grid+ V3.
External fan controllers sit in the 5.25" external bay, e.g Thermaltake Commander F6 RGB, NZXT Sentry 3, Aerocool X-Vision.
(I have all listed 3x external fan controllers in use between 3x of my builds, full specs with pics in my sig.)
 
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Mar 1, 2019
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Depends on how many case fans are you planning to use. Also, depends on which PC case are you using since some PC cases come with built-in fan controller where you don't need to connect case fans to MoBo.

But for connecting fans on MoBo, both MoBos are micro-ATX and have 2x fan headers: CPU fan header and chassis/system fan header. Your CPU cooler fan will be connecting to CPU fan header. And if you use fan Y-splitter (amazon), you can connect 2x fans into single chassis/system fan header. Connecting more than 2x fans on single header isn't advisable since you can overload and fry the fan header if you use powerful case fans.

However, if you use more than 2x case fans and/or doesn't want to use fan Y-splitter then you're looking towards fan hub or fan controller to power additional fans.

As far as fan hubs go, here are few examples of fan hubs:
Silverstone fan hub. Can control 4-pin fans without issues via PWM mode but 3-pin fans plugged to it will run 100% all the time. Supports up to 8x fans,
specs: https://www.silverstonetek.com/product.php?area=en&pid=526
amazon: https://www.amazon.com/SilverStone-System-Cables-Black-CPF04/dp/B00VNW556I

Thermaltake Commander FX. Can control only 3-pin fans via DC mode and it doesn't support 4-pin fans. Supports up to 10x fans,
specs: http://nordic.thermaltake.com/Cooling/Cooling_Accessory_/Fan_Controllor/C_00002391/Commander_FX_10_Port_Fan_Hub/Design.htm
amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Thermaltake-Commander-SATA-Powered-AC-007-AN1NAN-A1/dp/B00O5VX6UQ

Phanteks fan hub. Is unique since it can control both, 3-pin and 4-pin fans via PWM mode. Supports up to 6x fans.
specs: http://www.phanteks.com/PH-PWHUB.html
amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Phanteks-PWM-Fan-Controller-PH-PWHUB_01/dp/B00M0R05WE

All fan hubs are small enough to be mounted either behind MoBo tray or in the HDD drive slot. Though, do note that regardless the fan hub used, all fans connected to it will run in sync (same speed). If you want individual control over each fan, then you'll need a fan controller.

Fan controllers come in 2 designs: internal and external.
Internal ones are similar to fan hubs, but bigger and cost a lot more money, e.g Corsair Commander Pro, NZXT Grid+ V3.
External fan controllers sit in the 5.25" external bay, e.g Thermaltake Commander F6 RGB, NZXT Sentry 3, Aerocool X-Vision.
(I have all listed 3x external fan controllers in use between 3x of my builds, full specs with pics in my sig.)
Okay, thanks so much. I'll go with gigabyte MB.
 

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