Spar181
2 Bronze

Aurora R8, upgrades, CPU, PSU, cooling

Hello all,

After doing some research from various threads I have decided to upgrade my R8. Will it be successful?

I will be upgrading to i9-9900k, from I5-9400. I will be using Corsair H60 with ML120 Pro fan to replace the radiator fan. Could not find the H75 at a reasonable price, price gouging at its finest. Power Supply will be upgraded to the EVGA G5 850W, w/ 90 degree sata cable, from 460W. I have RTX 2060 but eventually, I would like to upgrade it to 3080, but who knows when that will be available. Am I missing anything?

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Dell630i
5 Rhenium

Re: Aurora R8, upgrades, CPU, PSU, cooling

@Spar181    Am I missing anything?

The H75 is just an H60 with an additional fan for push/pull. Put the Corsair ML120 Pro (no LED, no RGB) on the radiator and connect to TOP_FAN mobo header. Use the SP Series fan that comes with the H60 to replace the OEM lower front intake fan. If you have an optical drive you will need the SATA 15-pin to SATA 6-pin Slimline adapter to power the drive. Zip ties for cable management.

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markburv
3 Zinc

Re: Aurora R8, upgrades, CPU, PSU, cooling

When you upgrade to a RTX 3080, the choices are very very limited without other mods, notably the front fan to a slim 15mm, this will open up a few options on 3080 but not all. Prying off the PSU triangle is the only way to extend your choices to a large range of 3080s.

I went the just 15mm fan but have added more things progressively to give better airflow, Upper front fan and more to come this weekend hopefully.

Good luck with the upgrade and share some pics 🙂

Spar181
2 Bronze

Re: Aurora R8, upgrades, CPU, PSU, cooling

Ok, quick update. Everything is up and running. Install was pretty straight-forward. I ended up getting 2 Pro fans, front and radiator. Got an error that the CPU fan malfunctioned, but I can assume that is expected since I have the H60 on pump fan header? I have ML120 Pro connected to Top Fan. The H60 also has a SATA plug that I connected to an open connector. Should I connect pump to CPU Fan header?Fan.jpgPSU.jpg

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markburv
3 Zinc

Re: Aurora R8, upgrades, CPU, PSU, cooling

I think you should stick the h60 on the pump fan header, it keeps the pump running high RPM, not controllable in AWCC.

The OEM water cooling is: water pump on pump header, radiator fan on top fan header, the ML 120 Pro connected to top fan is on the h60 radiator?

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markburv
3 Zinc

Re: Aurora R8, upgrades, CPU, PSU, cooling

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markburv
3 Zinc

Re: Aurora R8, upgrades, CPU, PSU, cooling

In another words, something about SATA to the two remaining pins on PUMP fan header (tach)

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markburv
3 Zinc

Re: Aurora R8, upgrades, CPU, PSU, cooling

lol ignore that last reply, tired, @Dell630i said it here 

SATA power to an SATA connector coming from your PSU

Pump tach to mobo PUMP header

radiator fan to mobo TOP FAN header

mobo CPU FAN header *empty*

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Spar181
2 Bronze

PRe: Aurora R8, upgrades, CPU, PSU, cooling

Perfect, just the way I have it. My only concern was the error I received on boot, but it still booted, so I guess it should be fine. Thanks for the input! Now to run some benchmarks. 

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Spar181
2 Bronze

Re: Aurora R8, upgrades, CPU, PSU, cooling

Yes, I replaced the H60 stock fan with PRO. 

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