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Should I upgrade the motherboard and/or CPU?

RogueRed

10 months ago

Hello all,

Here is my parts list: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/4dvYBb

I want to upgrade my case to something with more room, better airflow (more fans), and better cable management.

If I wamt to add more fans, will I need a new MB? I will upgrade the CPU if I need a new MB.

I do like the 4 USB ports, and the headphone/mic ports on the front.

the case idea I have is the Phanteks Enthoo Luxe: https://m.newegg.com/products/N82E16811854044

Thank you,

RogueRed

Comments

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

OOF that CPU bottleneck thooo. :P

The luxe looks nice, but that is very expensive; A nice budget case is the H500 for 75$, For a more expensive case the O11 Dynamic is great for airflow.

To get more fans a better MOBO would be recommended, just a cheap great combo to go with would be the 2700X with the MSi b450 Tomahawk for 400$, for a total of around 500$ worth of upgrades.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Very bad bottleneck LOL

Is there a decent case that includes 1 drive bay with good airflow/more fans? Such as: https://m.newegg.com/products/N82E16811854069

Perfect CPU/MB combo!

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

The fractal Design Meshify C is Great and has some HDD bays

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh wait you want Optical Huh,

Then that case is really good :)

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

I still have a few uses for a drive bay surprisingly LOL, but perfect. I appreciate your help!

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

If I wamt to add more fans, will I need a new MB? I will upgrade the CPU if I need a new MB.

i've never heard that one before. A multiple case fan endeavour, even if it means having to upgrade the mobo and CPU lol

Sorry, just made me smile. I'm sure you're looking for superior performance too :)

TBH, I wouldn't bother with a $180 case unless the internal make-up of the rig speaks volumes in performance. I guess this is a user-specific quest hence it's down to your preference. A decent spacious mid-tier case for around $60 delivers very nicely too! eg. https://pcpartpicker.com/product/w766Mp/phanteks-eclipse-p350x-atx-mid-tower-case-ph-ec350ptg_dbk (absent of optical drive support, not sure if you're using discs in 2019). Don't get me wrong, the Phanteks Luxe is a premium offering, with superior build quality - nothing wrong with it!

The B250M remains a fantastic platform to upgrade on if you're looking to secure more performance. I would look to the used market for an 4 core 4 thread i5 or a 4c/8t i7. Or if you have the $$$ muscle, there are wider options available. If you are gaming, your current 2-core chip is limiting your performance unless you're playing lesser demanding titles. For general day-to-day use, you're looking goood

As for the initial question: You have 2 case fan headers on the mobo for 2 fans. Using splitters/internal USB hubs, you can increase that number to several. No issues there!

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

The first part was funny (:

Splitters! I completely forgot! I do game. So, I plan on picking the best CPU I can.

Thank you!

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