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Contrast Zone

by Pogapog



Date Published

April 22, 2015

Date Built

April 9, 2015

CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

25.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

60.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate


GPU Temperature While Idle

26.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

70.0° C


my older laptop was having some issues and was almost obsolete anyway, so i decided that i wanted to build a new desktop, and i went what is probably a bit overkill for my needs but the computer is looking pretty good and i'm happy with it All the components worked fine immediately, however my CPU cooler makes a fair bit of noise. also to note is that the gigabyte 970 does have some coil whine (although not extremely loud) when light gaming, its only apparent in some uses though so its not too annoying. I also managed to get a stable overclock on the graphics card of 1520MHz core clock. i haven't overclocked the CPU much yet as i haven't had really any need to, nor the time yet.

Update: I've added some images of the new LED's as well as sleeved cable extensions, i figured out that my AIO cooler made ore noise then it had to, because it was not screwed in quite tight enough (i tightened it as much as i could with just my fingers this time), with it tighter it is now less noisy and performs a bit better. Also got a new keyboard; cooler master quickfire rapid I (brown switches). Update: added 3 cougar fans, rerouted led strips (much neater now). nzxt logo led went out so i replaced the led's with blue ones to match my build (not shown well in the images) Monitor is the lg34um57 but pcpp does not have it, the 67 is the same but with a different stand and built in speakers.

Part Reviews


this motherboard looks great, and has tons of features, especially considering the price. the bios isn't my favorite but it still has all the options you need, my only problem i can think of is the fan headers, there is 2 pwm (4 pin) and 4 (3 pin) fan headers, of these the CPU fan headers are one of the 4 pins and one of the 3 pins, the mismatched fan headers wouldn't be much of a concern ( just use a fan hub) but the two CPU fan headers cannot be adjusted independently (as far as i can tell) this means if you want to run an AIO then you can max the pumps speed while letting the fans change speed.


As my first SSD i'm not disappointed with the speeds this can achieve, if you're in the same scenario then i would recommend it as its a massive improvement over a HDD, its well priced and looks great especially in a blue build. I'm not completely sure how well this does in relation to competitors, but reviewers seem to think pretty highly of it.

Video Card

unfortunately i get some coil while on mine, i don't know how common this is but its annoying, also the memory on this card only OC's about 300mhz, where a lot of other cards will do 500, a few months on and my card no longer coil whines as much, haven't realy changed much componentry so.. interesting

Power Supply

Deserves 5 stars, much cheaper than anything else of the same quality on the market, packaging is outstanding, and this thing comes with all of the cables you will need (all black too). Plus a TEN year warranty!


So I had this keyboard for about 6 months, and many LEDs went out, this is a problem across what seems to be almost all of these keyboards, so if you are buying this you should expect it, it is a shame as otherwise this is a really nice keyboard.

Comments Sorted by:

JPCRacing24 2 Builds 2 points 42 months ago

Very nice job on the build. Excellent cable management. The only change I would personally make is to get the black/blue version of the case you have so that it matches your components.

Pogapog submitter 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

Thanks! I thought about getting the black/blue version but retailers were out of stock at the time, I think orange looks nice with blue so I just went with it, I think some led's would help with the colouring a bit.

Daisyahoy 4 Builds 2 points 42 months ago

Color scheme reminds me of the Malawi (i think) weapons on borderlands. +1 because of that :0

Pogapog submitter 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

Maliwan? Yeah haha, borderlands is sick

reliKBORG 3 Builds 2 points 42 months ago

Very nice sir +1!

CrazyZombie1140 1 point 42 months ago

Cool :P

liamsheldon 1 point 35 months ago

Stupid question but is there any way I can change this mouse's color?

Pogapog submitter 1 Build 1 point 35 months ago

Sorry I was busy with exams, the g302 which I have can't be changed but Logitech make an rgb version, the g303 which can .