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Best Solution for RGB Syncing

mrichardsnh
  • 17 months ago

Hey everyone,

I was wondering if I could get some opinions on the best solution for this problem. Currently, I have 6 components with RGB elements and only one RGB header on my motherboard. To sync up all the components, I need to somehow connect them all to my motherboard. I was wondering if anyone has a good solution to this and what the best way would be to go about this. Thank you!

Parts List:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i5-8600K 3.6GHz 6-Core Processor $250.81 @ OutletPC
CPU Cooler Cooler Master - MasterLiquid ML240L RGB 66.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $59.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard MSI - Z370 TOMAHAWK ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $119.54 @ B&H
Memory G.Skill - Trident Z RGB 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $175.98 @ Newegg Business
Storage ADATA - XPG SX6000 256GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $58.99 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate - Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $59.39 @ OutletPC
Video Card EVGA - GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8GB SC GAMING ACX 3.0 Black Edition Video Card $464.98 @ Newegg Business
Case Phanteks - Eclipse P350X (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $69.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply EVGA - SuperNOVA G3 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $79.77 @ Amazon
Case Fan Deepcool - RF 120 (3 in 1) 56.5 CFM 120mm Fans $39.99 @ SuperBiiz
Monitor MSI - Optix G24C 23.6" 1920x1080 144Hz Monitor $209.99 @ Adorama
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1609.42
Mail-in rebates -$20.00
Total $1589.42
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-08-31 14:17 EDT-0400

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  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Please add a parts list.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Assuming it's your My first build - 1060 list, here are the RGB components:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Cooler Cooler Master - MasterLiquid ML240L RGB 66.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $59.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard MSI - Z370 SLI PLUS ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $129.85 @ B&H
Memory G.Skill - Trident Z RGB 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $179.99 @ Newegg Business
Video Card Asus - GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB Strix Video Card $373.99 @ B&H
Case Fan NZXT - Aer RGB120 61.4 CFM 120mm Fan $29.99 @ NZXT
Case Fan NZXT - Aer RGB120 61.4 CFM 120mm Fan $29.99 @ NZXT

First of all, the GPU, motherboard and RAM does use any wires. The Asus can only be controlled by Asus' Aura software. The Trident Z RGB can be used with G.Skills own software, as well as synchronized with the motherboards' MSI Mystic Light, which is used to control the motherboard LEDs.

The ML240L is also supported by Mystic Light, so that it can sync with the RAM and motherboard, however it does require 1 4-pin RGB header on your motherboard (keep in mind that this is not an adressable RGB header). It comes with a 3-to-1 splitter cable, which means that the two fans and the pumps RGB only require a single header.

The Aer fans are hella tricky to get running, as you will need an NZXT Hue+ to be able to control the LEDs. This also means that you will be forced to use NZXTs CAM software, which is unsyncable with MSIs Mystic Light as well as Asus' Aura. I heavily recommend changing these out for something that is MSI Mystic Light compatible. However, this would probably require that you get another RGB header (depending on the fans), so maybe look for a different motherboard.

Like I said, the GPU is incompatible with MSI Mystic Light as well. I recommend swapping it out to something that's MSI Mystic Light compatible, or you could change your motherboard to an Asus motherboard (The RAM and cooler is also Aura compatible).

So, TL:DR: Swap the fans, upgrade motherboard to double RGB header, change GPU to an MSI one or change motherboard to an Asus one with two RGB headers. This'll allow you to sync with either MSI Mystic Light or Asus Aura.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

It's actually this one:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i5-8600K 3.6GHz 6-Core Processor $250.81 @ OutletPC
CPU Cooler Cooler Master - MasterLiquid ML240L RGB 66.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $59.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard MSI - Z370 TOMAHAWK ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $119.54 @ B&H
Memory G.Skill - Trident Z RGB 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $175.98 @ Newegg Business
Storage ADATA - XPG SX6000 256GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $58.99 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate - Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $59.39 @ OutletPC
Video Card EVGA - GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8GB SC GAMING ACX 3.0 Black Edition Video Card $464.98 @ Newegg Business
Case Phanteks - Eclipse P350X (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $69.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply EVGA - SuperNOVA G3 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $79.77 @ Amazon
Case Fan Deepcool - RF 120 (3 in 1) 56.5 CFM 120mm Fans $39.99 @ SuperBiiz
Monitor MSI - Optix G24C 23.6" 1920x1080 144Hz Monitor $209.99 @ Adorama
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1609.42
Mail-in rebates -$20.00
Total $1589.42
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-08-31 14:17 EDT-0400
  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Alright, well you'll still need two motherboard RGB headers: One for the cooler and coolers fans, and one for the RGB fans. The 1070 Ti does not have any RGB, so that shouldn't matter. The case requires an additional addressable RGB header, so that totals to 2 standard RGB headers and a single adressable RGB header. You might be able to find a splitter cable for the standard 4-pin RGB headers, however, this would make you light up 6 components off a single header, which is most likely going to mean that some of the LEDs will not have enough power.

You might be able to cut down to a single 4-pin RGB header and an adressable RGB header by connecting the ML240L connector to the extension cable included with the RF 120 fans. However, that might lead to some power problems.

A few motherboards with the required connectors are noted below (2 4-pin RGB and 1 addr. RGB). Only went with Asus and MSI because those are the only certified compatibility mentions on Phanteks' P350X site.

Type Item Price
Motherboard Asus - ROG STRIX Z370-F GAMING ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $178.27 @ B&H
Motherboard Asus - ROG STRIX Z370-E GAMING ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $195.90 @ OutletPC
Motherboard MSI - Z370 GAMING PRO CARBON ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $164.89 @ OutletPC
  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, since I don't have the money to upgrade my motherboard as i JUST made this build, is there anyway to connect them all to the single rgb header using a single rgb hub with, say, 6 ports and then connect that single hub to the rgb header?

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Your idea is what you have right now, but with an incompatible connector. Pretty sure you already know that, but I just want to be certain.

You might be able to find an RGB hub that is compatible with your motherboard, but the hub has to be compatible with the RGB connector on your CiT fans. Could you send a picture of them (the pins)? If the fans use a unique pin layout only used by CiT, then you're pretty screwed in terms of motherboard control. You might be able to simply leave the 4-pin RGB connector output on the control box un-connected, but that'd leave them to do whatever they want.

Something which I'm not sure if I asked yet, but do you have any other sort of controlling hardware/software? A remote controller included with the case? Some buttons on front case I/O (where the power button is) that can control it? I'm thinking these buttons may have something to do with this.

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