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All this RGB! Where do I connect it

Hey guys, I'm going to start my new PC build and this one includes a lot of watercooling and RGB, but I've no idea how to efficiently put it all together, so I know the RGB enthusiasts in here will love to point me in the right direction!

Right, so I'll start with the Mobo. I have an Asus Strix x570-F, so it has Aura sync, So I'm gonna assume I want to take advantage of this?.

My parts:

EK Waterblock and GPU block which are both Aura compatible

Lian Li SL120 fans, which come with their own controller:  4th and 5th pic are an example of the controller

2 x Aquacomputer D5 pumps. These both come with two sets of RGB. They can be daisy chained. Example of pump

One Phanteks RGB strip - Aura sync compat: Link

I'm also gonna have some back glow behind the case, so any cheap LED strips for this.

The question is, how do I connect all this together.

I'm going to assume, the fans have their own controller, so I sort of forget that out of the equation, but for the rest, my motherboard seems to have 2 x Aura sync RGB headers and 2 x ARGB headers, so I cannot see how this all fits together.

If so, what is the best solution, ideally to have everything running smooth and if possible in sync / through the same software.

 

Thanks

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With so many RGB components, this is really something you should have thought about before buying everything.

 

The basic idea is that you have to daisy chain things together in such a way that everything gets plugged in somewhere. Personally, I am using all 4 of the RGB headers (2X RGB and 2X ARGB) on my Maximus XI Hero, because I planned it all to work that way.

 

Some questions to answer:

 

Are your waterblocks RGB or ARGB?

 

What about the pumps?

 

What about the Phanteks Strip?

 

What about the fans? It might be better to have these also plugged into the mobo so you can control everything from one place.

 

Are there any proprietary connectors that need to be adapted to standard 3 or 4 pin connectors?

 

There are plenty of splitters and other connectors that you can use to get this all working nicely.

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3 minutes ago, HairlessMonkeyBoy said:

With so many RGB components, this is really something you should have thought about before buying everything.

 

The basic idea is that you have to daisy chain things together in such a way that everything gets plugged in somewhere. Personally, I am using all 4 of the RGB headers (2X RGB and 2X ARGB) on my Maximus XI Hero, because I planned it all to work that way.

 

Some questions to answer:

 

Are your waterblocks RGB or ARGB?

 

What about the pumps?

 

What about the Phanteks Strip?

 

What about the fans? It might be better to have these also plugged into the mobo so you can control everything from one place.

 

Are there any proprietary connectors that need to be adapted to standard 3 or 4 pin connectors?

 

There are plenty of splitters and other connectors that you can use to get this all working nicely.

 

Good afternoon.

 

To answer your questions

The pumps:

- Type: digitally addressable RGB
- Connection: 2x proprietary (aqua computer RGBpx, 1x input, 1x output)
- Cable length: 50 cm
- Compatibility RGBpx ring: Aqua computer control unit with RGBpx output
 

The Waterblock and CPU block are DRGB

 

The Phantek strip:

  • Compatibility:
    PHANTEKS Digital RGB Controller Hub
    ASUS Aura Sync (with 5VDG Adapter)
    MSI Mystic Light Sync (with 5VDG Adapter)
    Gigabyte RGB Fusion (5VDG Adapter)
    ASRock Polychrome Sync (5VDG Adapter)
    Razer Chromas (5VDG Adapter)

Yeah to be honest, the RGB side of things, I've never really done before, I didn't expect it to be such a minefield. I also wasn't planning on RGB res/pumps, but was a last minute switch.

 

DRGB

RGB

ARGB

 

To me, it was all the same!

I guess I'd like it to all work in tandem, would be nice.

 

As for the fans, the RGB is quite specific on them, so I think they'd need to run through their on controller for software purposes, but again, I could  just be talking rubbish

I should watch a youtube rgb tutorial I think

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47 minutes ago, SM Phoo said:

Hey guys, I'm going to start my new PC build and this one includes a lot of watercooling and RGB, but I've no idea how to efficiently put it all together, so I know the RGB enthusiasts in here will love to point me in the right direction!

Right, so I'll start with the Mobo. I have an Asus Strix x570-F, so it has Aura sync, So I'm gonna assume I want to take advantage of this?.

My parts:

EK Waterblock and GPU block which are both Aura compatible

Lian Li SL120 fans, which come with their own controller:  4th and 5th pic are an example of the controller

2 x Aquacomputer D5 pumps. These both come with two sets of RGB. They can be daisy chained. Example of pump

One Phanteks RGB strip - Aura sync compat: Link

I'm also gonna have some back glow behind the case, so any cheap LED strips for this.

The question is, how do I connect all this together.

I'm going to assume, the fans have their own controller, so I sort of forget that out of the equation, but for the rest, my motherboard seems to have 2 x Aura sync RGB headers and 2 x ARGB headers, so I cannot see how this all fits together.

If so, what is the best solution, ideally to have everything running smooth and if possible in sync / through the same software.

 

Thanks

 here a pin out guide

keep in mind that any thing connected to the 2 mb ports will mimic each other so that would only alow 2 different animations because you have 2 ports.

another thing to note is some animations are built around so many leds and having more or less leds per device can mess it up, there are random animations thow that should like fine regardless like rainbow.

 

if you want each device to have its own animation/ color you need more ports.

 

side note hooking it all to the 2 header is not recommended as the only provide 3 amps each so you can take power from the psu insted and only data from the mb.

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52 minutes ago, SM Phoo said:

 

Good afternoon.

 

To answer your questions

The pumps:

- Type: digitally addressable RGB
- Connection: 2x proprietary (aqua computer RGBpx, 1x input, 1x output)
- Cable length: 50 cm
- Compatibility RGBpx ring: Aqua computer control unit with RGBpx output
 

The Waterblock and CPU block are DRGB

 

The Phantek strip:

  • Compatibility:
    PHANTEKS Digital RGB Controller Hub
    ASUS Aura Sync (with 5VDG Adapter)
    MSI Mystic Light Sync (with 5VDG Adapter)
    Gigabyte RGB Fusion (5VDG Adapter)
    ASRock Polychrome Sync (5VDG Adapter)
    Razer Chromas (5VDG Adapter)

Yeah to be honest, the RGB side of things, I've never really done before, I didn't expect it to be such a minefield. I also wasn't planning on RGB res/pumps, but was a last minute switch.

 

DRGB

RGB

ARGB

 

To me, it was all the same!

I guess I'd like it to all work in tandem, would be nice.

 

As for the fans, the RGB is quite specific on them, so I think they'd need to run through their on controller for software purposes, but again, I could  just be talking rubbish

I should watch a youtube rgb tutorial I think

Aquacomputer: uses the Mini Micro 1.25mm JST connector  (uses 4pin argb it might use the clock like corsair fans do)

Lian li uni Argb Controller: (dont no what connector yet)

mb uses 2+1 argb connector

PHANTEKS strips uses a 3pin jst-sm connector

 

aquacomputer dose sell and adapter

 

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