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replacing Intel® X58 ATX Motherboard with P9X79 LE? will this cause Alienware specific case problems?

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September 29, 2013 11:33:56 AM

Hey Guys,

Im really confused at the moment, i currently have an alien-ware area 51 alx case with a motherboard and PSU in it, as well as all the other fancy alien-ware lights and what not already in.

I want to change the mother board as its an x58 and quite out of date now, but what im worried about is the motherboard seems to be specific to the alien-ware case. will i loose out on the lights and the benefits of having the case?



Also the part that ive circled. i have no idea what that is, does anyone know? i cant find it on another other ATX motherboards.

I really want to use this case, its a gift from a friend so its important to me, i just want to make it work!

any help would be great thankyou so much!
a c 1163 V Motherboard
September 29, 2013 11:41:58 AM

Any ATX board should fit that case (presuming you are upgrading the CPU as well). What you circled is a chipset/VRM cooler, a part of the board.
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September 29, 2013 12:27:54 PM

rolli59 said:
Any ATX board should fit that case (presuming you are upgrading the CPU as well). What you circled is a chipset/VRM cooler, a part of the board.


Thanks for the reply! I appreciate it!

yes i do what to upgrade the CPU as well, probably to a Intel CPU Core i7 3930K. Ive heard some good things about them.

so changing the motherboard i should have no problems with the lighting the alienware has? i assume its just like any lighting any other case has.

also the chipset/VRM cooler, is that something else i need to purchase for the new motherboard? because that doesnt seem to be on any other motherboards ive seen.
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a c 1163 V Motherboard
September 29, 2013 12:38:34 PM

I believe so on the lighting and the board will come with the chipset/ VRM cooling so nothing that you will have to buy.
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September 29, 2013 2:35:31 PM

okay awesome! with a CPU cooler would i need to get liquid cooling? or just good fans? what if i want to keep the machine a bit quieter?

also is this motherboard a good replacement?
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asus-p9x79-le-intel-x79-...(x16)-atx-oem-(brown-box)

because i cant actually see the VRM cooler on this motherboard :/ 
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a c 1163 V Motherboard
September 29, 2013 5:27:25 PM

It is an OK board (link did not work but see the board in there). A air cooler would be sufficient what did you have?
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September 30, 2013 1:36:15 PM

rolli59 said:
It is an OK board (link did not work but see the board in there). A air cooler would be sufficient what did you have?


Thanks! okay that sounds good! well i dont have any kind of cooling as i got this case with that motherboard in it, but i know its out of date, so i want to change it

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a c 1163 V Motherboard
September 30, 2013 1:37:57 PM

A budget air cooler like the CM hyper 212 EVO would do the trick.
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September 30, 2013 2:06:09 PM

rolli59 said:
A budget air cooler like the CM hyper 212 EVO would do the trick.


is that going to be enough if i plan on doing some heavy rendering at points?

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a c 1163 V Motherboard
September 30, 2013 3:11:12 PM

It really depends on if you are overclocking and how much.
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October 1, 2013 6:19:53 AM

ah sorry! I probably should have said at the start of the threat! sorry about that!
okay awesome! ill have a look into getting that fan! it looks massive though! will that not cause lots of noise? or is that something thats quite unavoidable for the machine that i want to make?

well there only seems to be around a £20 difference between the 4930k and the 3930k so ill go for the 4930k then! thanks for that!

Well i got given an Alienware Area 51 ALX case from a friend. it has all the lights in, a PSU, and a x58 motherboard in it, so i figured i could just build into that, replace the motherboard as its old and just work from there. Is this achievable?
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