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Hey, not sure if this is in the right section, but here goes:

 

For my new build I have decided on the Asus Strix Z270-ITX Gaming motherboard, for other reasons than its RGB. But now I'm wondering, it'll look stupid if the mobo is the only lit up part of my rig but on the other hand, I'm not even sure if i'd actually "use" RGB that often. Is it worth it to spend €50-70 extra for RGB fans and the like? 

 

Right now I have just plain blue LED strips in my case and I almost never turn them on, I use it more like ambient lighting when i'm not sitting at my desk :|. In the past year I built PC's for two of my friends, at their request with LED's in them, but When I visit them I notice that they too rarely have the lights. It just seems like 'the novelty is gone' after a few weeks.

 

I definitely like the look of RGB but I'm just afraid that it will be awesome the first few weeks, but after that it'll mostly leave it off. I also don't have a backlit keyboard or mouse so the PC will be the only coloured lights on my desk.

If I do go with RGB, can I just buy any RGB fan or led strip and connect it to this Asus Aura thing? (I know nothing about this) 

 

What are your opinions on, and experiences with RGB? I'd love to know :) 

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Yes.

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rgb is the greatest thing ever made 

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Just now, aisle9 said:

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Yes.

I agree, this looks amazing. But are you really gaming while this disco is going on beside you?

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Just now, aisle9 said:

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Yes.

what case is that its amazing 

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Just now, Jonathan Lemmens said:

I agree, this looks amazing. But are you really gaming while this disco is going on beside you?

mines always flashing super fast between like 300 colors 

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Just now, Jonathan Lemmens said:

I agree, this looks amazing. But are you really gaming while this disco is going on beside you?

No, that's show mode. I usually leave the interior light off when using that PC. That gif is not sped up, btw. Real time RGB pukefest.

Just now, Vernw3 said:

what case is that its amazing 

DIYPC J21-BK, I think.

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2 minutes ago, laking-gamer said:

BLASPHEME!!!! how dare you insult the gods of rgb

you tokkin to me? :P 

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I like RGB because I can decide what color I want my PC to be, not really for the effects and stuff. In that way it is cool, but I decided to leave my fans simple (better quality seems more important for that) and I will personally be adding a couple LED strips to my build to bring out the parts better.

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In my opinion, RGB is overrated. I'll grab my popcorn now.

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I see it as an option. I don't mind colored lights -I think that animating them is silly, and I think putting them in every nook and cranny is also silly, but there's no harm in being able to choose how it looks.

That way you can avoid the extremely poor color choices hardware manufacturers have often made with fixed-color LEDs.

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2 minutes ago, bruny06 said:

In my opinion, RGB is overrated. I'll grab my popcorn now.

Turn off your notifications ;)

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11 minutes ago, rrubberr said:

It adds nothing to the performance of the computer and makes it an aesthetic horror show.

I'm sorry that it didn't work out for you.

 

I like RGB parts for their versatility when upgrading or when I'm playing certain games like horror where darkness is preferred. 

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12 minutes ago, rrubberr said:

No, of course it isn't. It adds nothing to the performance of the computer and makes it an aesthetic horror show. Not only that but you quickly find yourself pondering the level of intelligence of people who put colored flashing lights on their pc's.

lol, I would definitely keep the flashing lights at epilepsy level 0, but I do like the blue hue in my current case.

Of course it adds nothing to performance, that's not the point.

 

2 minutes ago, bruny06 said:

In my opinion, RGB is overrated. I'll grab my popcorn now.

I kind of agree with you. But on the other hand, It's like an oasis in the distance, If you don't have it yourself, it looks pretty appealing.

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Just now, Jonathan Lemmens said:

lol, I would definitely keep the flashing lights at epilepsy level 0, but I do like the blue hue in my current case.

Of course it adds nothing to performance, that's not the point.

 

I kind of agree with you. But on the other hand, It's like an oasis in the distance, If you don't have it yourself, it looks pretty appealing.

Thanks! Both my CPU cooler fan and my case have blue LED's, and I don't even like them, I'm just too lazy to cut the LED's off the fan and unplug the case LED's... xD

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It has some utility like the ability to set it to temperature to give you a visual que that things are heating up, of course I don't work my rig that hard so I don't use it:P

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Thanks guys for all your input.

One final question: If I do go with "full RGB" can I just use and sync any RGB LED-strip or fan with Asus Aura or do I need special branded stuff?

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3 hours ago, Jonathan Lemmens said:

Thanks guys for all your input.

One final question: If I do go with "full RGB" can I just use and sync any RGB LED-strip or fan with Asus Aura or do I need special branded stuff?

RGB starter pack: NZXT hue+ (with 4 led strips), NZXT Aer RGB 120mm x2 (x4 if you want to change your AIO fans), NZXT AIO x52/x62, Tridentz RGB ram, Asus Mobo (you have it), Asus GPU (Rog Strix), Tempered Glass case (s340 elite).

 

Good luck :)

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3 minutes ago, NoMercy said:

RGB starter pack: NZXT hue+ (with 4 led strips), NZXT Aer RGB 120mm x2 (x4 if you want to change your AIO fans), NZXT AIO x52/x62, Tridentz RGB ram, Asus Mobo (you have it), Asus GPU (Rog Strix), Tempered Glass case (s340 elite).

 

Good luck :)

I prefer to use an NH-D15 over an AIO and I'll be building my own case (I'm modding an army surplus ammobox).

 

I'll certainly have a look at your other suggestions. Thank you!

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11 hours ago, NoMercy said:

RGB starter pack: NZXT hue+ (with 4 led strips), NZXT Aer RGB 120mm x2 (x4 if you want to change your AIO fans), NZXT AIO x52/x62, Tridentz RGB ram, Asus Mobo (you have it), Asus GPU (Rog Strix), Tempered Glass case (s340 elite).

 

Good luck :)

I have another question if you don't mind :) 

 

Do I need this NZXT Hue+ controller? Or will I be able to only buy a set of LED extension strips and plug it into the RGB header on the mobo directly and control it though Asus Aura software? 

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