NZXT BLD Setup - How to Control your PC's RGB

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Congratulations on setting up your NZXT BLD PC!  A feature you may notice with many of our systems is the addition of colored accent lighting on your PC parts that allow you to customize your PC to best match your personal aesthetic.

Whether you're a minimalist who prefers a subtle splash of color, a more expressive type who prefers a colorful spectrum of animated colors, or simply prefer to turn all the lights off for that stealth look your PC will include the software and tools necessary to make your vision happen.  All RGB used in your PC can be broken down into two main categories:

Controlling RGB through NZXT CAM


NZXT CAM is our go-to software for controlling and monitoring all things NZXT.  Whether this be the RGB or LCD screen on your Kraken series cooler, the lights on your F-Series RGB Fans, or one of the many other NZXT RGB products we have on offer everything finds its way back to this program.  Not only is it a powerful control program for our products, but it also includes the ability to monitor your system's temperatures and resource usage at a glance as shown above.


Along the left edge of the program you'll find easy to use categories to control and NZXT CAM powered hardware detected in the PC.  For all lighting related controls, including those found on our fans and coolers you'll need to open the Lighting section.  Once in the Lighting section, select the device you want to control and you'll find a number of options ranging from static colors to pre-programmed effects and reactive lighting to truly make your PC your own.

5V ARGB through NZXT CAM (NZXT Motherboards Only)

If your system was built using an NZXT N-Series motherboard such as our N7 Z790 or N7 B650E, you may have noticed that these boards feature support for 5V Addressable RGB (ARGB).  5V Addressable RGB or ARGB is an industry standard RGB type used by many RGB products such as RGB cable extensions, light strips, GPU braces, etc.  If your system has one of these motherboards and has a third party ARGB device installed, you may need to do some additional configuration to get these parts to fully detect in the CAM software.  For this, please check out the guide below:

NZXT Support - How to Control 5V and 12V RGB Devices on an NZXT Motherboard

Controlling Third Party RGB

In some cases, your NZXT BLD PC will include some non-NZXT RGB parts such as RAM, the Motherboard, or the GPU.  Additionally, some NZXT RGB products can be controlled through the motherboard without needing to use the NZXT CAM software such as the fans included on the cooler in the Player: One series of PCs.  For these systems, we'll instead need to use the motherboard's RGB software or another program included for that particular part.

These programs should be pre-installed on your PC and ready to go, with some common ones we use being listed below:

  • ASRock Polychrome RGB
    • Please note, ASRock does not provide a direct link to the Polychrome software.  Please download the version specific to your motherboard if necessary.
  • ASUS Armoury Crate
  • Gigabyte RGB Fusion 2.0
    • Please note, Gigabyte RGB Fusion is only for use with older motherboards (AMD X570 and B450 and older, Intel Z590 and B560 and older).
  • Gigabyte Control Center
    • Please note, Gigabyte Control Center is only for use with newer motherboards (AMD X670, B650, B550 and newer, Intel Z690 and B660 and newer)
  • MSI Center

For guides on how to use these particular programs, please see the pages linked above or reach out to the software provider.

Do you have any questions not covered by this guide or need further assistance?  Please feel free to reach out to our Customer Support team and one of our friendly support agents will be there to assist you.

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