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FEB 2018 Upgrade Blue Green Ninja "BGNinja" Windows 10 Gaming Build for my Youngest

by sponix



Date Published

July 5, 2015

Date Built

July 4, 2015

CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

36.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate


GPU Temperature While Idle

36.0° C


Now with Asus Z370-A, 8600K, DDR4, Cryorig H7 Cooler, and a 960 EVO... Platform upgrade allowed me to have the old components for mining..

Recently Upgraded (Christmas 2017) to the RX 580 8G Graphics Card. And moved the GTX 960 2G to a HTPC. Machine has also taken on the Logitech G303 for clicking around, and had another 3TB added to hold more Games. There is also the Addition of the Corsair VOID Pro USB RGB Wired Headset. It didn't work well with Linux (Low volume and Rainbow RGB that is annoying), so it got gifted to my youngest and works well on Windows 10.

Just to clarify this Rig is no longer setting directly on carpet as it is pictured, so please don't freak out about that..

One Son likes Blue, and the Other Green. So we ended up with a Blue Green Ninja Machine..

Cougar Fans are pretty Epic in both Looks and performance..

Corsair 760T Case had one of the wires come off of the reset switch connector that attaches to the mother board. So the case doesn't have a functioning reset switch. The 760T honestly is a builders dream though when it comes to internal space and over all layout.

ASRock Z97 Pro4 Mother Board could use more Fan Connectors in my Opinion. Ended up having to use the Fan support built into the Case due to few fan connectors on the board and poor placement.

Other than that the Build was pretty straight forward.

Boys Decided to they wanted this Machine to be a "Mac" so that took a little bit of Effort. I'll find the real camera and Take some pictures of the Finished build very soon.. It truly is a sight !!

Let me know if you would like to see notes on the "Make this a Mac" portion of the Build also....

Blue Green Ninja FTW !!

Shout out to carnetarian for letting me know XMP profile is something that you simply select. All I had to do was Hit XMP 1.2 from the Drop Down, and then Select a Speed of 1600 from the other Menu, PRESTO !! Ram is now Running at the Labeled speed..

Now the debate is just if I want to push the chip to a nice 3.8 GHz or so .. Doesn't need it, and would just fall into the "Because I can" realm. BUT all the same, I almost want to dabble with it..

Comments, Opinions, and Suggestions All Welcome !!

!! Fun Times !!

Please Check out my other Builds:

2018 FEB GPU Mining Rig Build

2018 FEB Upgrade to BGninja 2015

Christmas 2017 Update to Deadpool 2016

Christmas 2017 Update to BlueKnight 2016

Christmas 2017 Build of i5 8400 HTPC for the Parents

Part Reviews


Great Drive to Hold the Boys Steam Library. And it Had Blue in the Name, so it fit also fit the Blue and Green Theme of the Build !!


Toshiba P300 3TB 3.5 inch 7200RPM spinning rust Fast for a spinning disk and is currently retaining data just fine. Can't ask for much more IMHO. Comes Bare, no Sata Cable, mounting hardware or Anything of the sort. So just plan ahead for that..

Video Card

XFX Radeon RX 580 8G GTR White Fan Edition I'm normally the guy that rates things five stars just for functioning correctly. So the 3 Star rating on these Cards is pretty rough for me to even dish out. But I feel it is justified for two reasons. First being that although the Fans come out of the card to be swapped, it is for a good reason, the Stock Fans that come with the cards are Rubbish, and the aftermarket ones aren't a whole lot better. And the Second large issue is I just had two of these cards in different Rigs that are housed in High Air Flow Cases overheat due to default target temp being set to 90C (194F) and the stock "auto" fan curve let one overheat to the point it shut the computer down to save itself. Out of the Box the default fan profile should not let the card "melt down" IMHO.. This was with just the Card slapped in and the latest AMD Drivers for it installed on Windows 10. Given I was Mining with the Cards. But as the workload rises, and temps go up, so should the fan speed. I got the AMD Cards to heat the house in the Winter, but 90C is just nuts. I have been forced to install MSI Afterburner Over Clocking utility on there. Dropped the Power -25mV, set the Thermal Limit to 80C, and set a constant fan speed of 60 percent. Cards are now running at under 55C while Mining and all is right with the world. OH, BTW the 3 Stars that the Cards actually kept are because the RX 580 8G does tear through gaming at up to 1440p. If I had to do things over again I would likely have gone with the Sapphire or MSI RX 580 8G Gaming X.. Leaning toward MSI because I have several of their GTX 960 cards and they do great. Plus their Afterburner software made these cards functional.


Corsair 760T IS THE BUILDERS CASE.. Can honestly see why the Price on this Case keeps climbing most of the time, and places have a hard time keeping it in stock. If you want a case that you will honestly enjoy working with both inside an out, that showcases your hardware better than most any other on the market. THIS is Your Case as well. Other than one of my two cases having a little wire come loose on the Reset switch portion that hooks onto the main board the case(s) is flawless. Not a fan of the Reset button flashing as an Activity Light either, so might just unplug the Reset switch on my case as well anyway. I mean, who uses the Reset switch anyway, riiight ?? The Design, Layout, and Accessories are all Top of the Line. It does carry a bit of a sticker price, but you do get what you pay for on this one....

Both of the 760T cases I did builds in are Excellent. Had the one minor flaw in the boys where the wire for the reset switch came loose. But they don't like the reset button blinking as an Activity light anyway, so I have decided the chances of trying to repair that and hook it onto the Main board are slim..

Only other Issue with the 760T is that the Bottom Intake Fan Mount for the 140mm is not Filtered.. So you either have to leave it closed off with the plastic bracket over it despite having all the Bays pulled out; Buy a filter from a 3rd party that is extremely expensive due to shipping cost. OR, make your own filter to drop underneath to enable to use of that 140mm Fan position next to the PSU.

For right now our Builds have it blocked off with a Drive Bay until funds, resources, and patience are all in order to tackle that hot mess Grin. Truly an oversight in what is otherwise a near perfect case. Had seen mention of this in reviews prior, but for some reason had let it slip my mind until having the Cases up on the work bench and staring at the Fan mount position in awe Grin..

Case Fan

Near Silent, Move a Lot of Air, Great Mounting, and Look Amazing.... If they had 4-pin PWM these Fans would easily have me looking for a 6 star rating !!

Case Fan

Near Silent, Move a Lot of Air, Great Mounting, and Look Amazing.... If they had 4-pin PWM these Fans would easily have me looking for a 6 star rating !!

Case Fan

LED placement could be better, as could mounting hardware, and accessories. Over all Good Fan but when put next to the Cougar it just isn't in the same league. So, I had to knock it down a couple of stars. Had I not had the Cougar Fans beside it at the same time setting the Bar so High then these Fans would have gotten a 5 start rating. But such is Life !! These fans are Good But the Cougar ones are Better. These Fans are Garbage for the Price.


Switching the Source Input on this Monitor is a Menu Driven Mess compared to my Other Asus Monitor. Outside of that the Panel itself is very clean with a great picture. Just had to knock off a star for that because every time my boys want to toggle over to a Game console from the Computer Display it requires my assistance and it honestly should be a breeze..


If you are looking for a Good Keyboard and Mouse Combo, but can't spend a fortune... Here is a Very good Pick.. Boys and I both went with this setup for our builds and neither of us regret the choice. Mouse and Keyboard are both solid and responsive. And the LED lighting is strong enough to have its presence known but not overpowering and blinding.. Had to look up Documentation on turning on the LED lighting for the Keyboard in Mac OS X for the Boys and Linux for myself. So if anyone needs that let me know and I'll lend a hand ..


Points, Clicks, and scrolls well. Simple FPS style mouse that glows in a Blue Green cycle out of the box and that matched the color scheme of this build perfectly. Would recommend for a mid-range mouse.


Can't hear anyone or anything outside the headset when it is on. Of course that is normal with a closed style headset. Ear cups make me perspire. Mic is too close to my face. Decent Volume and sound quality. Mic Quality is good for this price range. Build quality is fairly good. Still recommend saving up a bit more money and getting the HyperX Cloud Core headset instead.

Comments Sorted by:

MooshroomForest 1 Build 3 points 32 months ago

Really nice looking build. Great work on the coloring with the fans. May I ask why you decided to go with 16gb of ram? Also, I have the same PSU, CPU, and keyboard. They all work great. Nice build.

sponix submitter 6 Builds 2 points 32 months ago

Choice of 16 GB of Ram in this build is just more because my youngest is beginning to express an interest in content creation such as recording and editing portions of his gaming sessions. The Games alone are unlike to use over 8 GB but recording on the fly adds overhead.

Thanks for your interest !!

MooshroomForest 1 Build 2 points 32 months ago

No problem. I noticed a lack of appreciation for this build, and thought it was quite a nice one. Great job on cable management as well I am terrible at it.

sponix submitter 6 Builds 2 points 32 months ago

Did very little with the cables. This case just makes it fairly straight forward as to where things need to go. I do also watch countless builds on YouTube to know most of the common mistakes.

Two build logs I did got posted a bit rough at first, with only like one Picture snapped from a phone and very little to say. So the poor reception wasn't at all a surprise.

Still would Love to get better pictures posted of my Deadpool build. BUT, I'm operating with a broken arm right now..

Fun Times !!

rhali8 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

OMG it's beutiful :D

Seventh-Column 2 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

Should of waited for the GTX 1480 in 8 years.

sponix submitter 6 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

I know Right !

Aguy12 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Nice build. Also the pics are the same date as my birthday.

skyrise 1 Build 1 point 20 days ago

Good config overall.

About the XFX RX 580 - there was an issue with some of the XFX cards from the RX 480 generation - the factory BIOS settings were bad and caused the card to overheat as you have discovered. Some XFX RX 580 cards were affected as well.

Besides the fix you have done, you can also try flashing the GPU's BIOS to the latest version - Video card BIOS Collection using AMD ATIFlash.

sponix submitter 6 Builds 1 point 20 days ago

This was more a terrible default fan profile out of the box letting the cards overheat without even getting the fans ramped up prior. So they would hit like 85C and then the Fans would just max to 100 percent to attempt to bring them back down at that point.

I'm already tracking the GPU Bios, and Bios Mods from my mining experiences. But thanks for the Tips and advice.

donsleeq -5 points 30 months ago

you could have bought a car for 80 and added the other hundred to get a better gpu (970) .. or even a faster and larger ssd.. but anyways