GGPC X LOGITECH G APRIL WINNER ANNOUNCED!

APRIL WINNER ANNOUNCED: CONGRATULATIONS BRODIE S!

**new monthly promotion has begun**

It’s APRIL so that means it’s time to bundle some BONUS Logitech G Gaming Gear with GGPC Gaming Rigs!

That’s right folks, grab yourself a Good Gaming PC this month and you can register to redeem a G240 Gaming Mouse Pad to go with your new Gaming Rig.

Crafted for maximum control of your mouse movements, the G240 provides just the right amount of friction for low-DPI manoeuvres. Your gaming will benefit from the edge-to-edge performance on a clean, consistent surface texture, also giving your mouse sensors better imagery for translating mouse movement into cursor movement!

A great mousepad for any mouse, but this will also put you into the draw for our MASSIVE Logitech Gaming Prize Pack which will be going out to one lucky gamer!

IMPORTANT: To be in to win the MEGA Prize you must register for the Logitech G240 Bonus – to do this please use the form below!

Our grand prize this April consists of three distinctly impressive pieces of Logitech G Gaming Gear, the first being the latest Logitech G560 Speakers System!

Enjoy amazing audio with 240 watts of peak power feeding an explosive, down-firing subwoofer and two satellite speakers with wide-angle drivers for a full range of clear, pure sound. The DTS:X Ultra engine renders 3D surround sound from PC games and also music, delivering heightened realism, accuracy, and a competitive edge.

These aren’t just great sounding speakers though! Featuring Logitech LIGHTSYNC these speakers can actually react to the action happening in-game! Playing GTA V and getting into trouble with the cops? Your speakers will be flashing blue and red while to race to escape the fuzz! With four lighting zones, two front facing and two projecting backwards you can customise from nearly 16.8 million colours to perfect your gaming setup.

And speaking of a perfect gaming setup – you’ll be needed a great RGB Gaming Mouse for this!

Included in this months GGG Prize Pack is the outstanding Logitech G703 RGB Lightspeed Gaming Mouse which features superior wireless technology pioneered by Logitech!

Become more accurate than you’ve ever been before, this G703 features the epic PMW3366 sensor used by eSports pros worldwide (widely regarded as the world’s most advanced gaming mouse sensor) it’s exceptionally precise and consistent, with zero smoothing, filtering, or pixel rounding across the entire (200-12000) DPI range – giving gamers the confidence that comes with natural, more accurate targeting.

With an incredible 1ms reporting rate + end-to-end optimised wireless connectivity, this G703 Gaming Mouse will deliver incredible responsiveness and competition-level abilities – even without the cables!

That’s some pretty epic gear so far, but you’re really going to love this keyboard!

It’s the first Logitech G keyboard to carry the name Pro 🙂 Designed and built to the exacting standards of some of the world’s top esports athletes, our lucky winner is in for a treat with the Logitech G Pro Gaming Keyboard on their desk! Engineered for extreme performance and designed to win, the short-throw Romer-G switches actuate at just 1.5mm, making them around 25% faster than the competition’s standard mechanical switches.

Providing a perfect blend of speed, precision and quiet performance, this Logitech G Pro Gaming Keyboard is the stealth assassin of mechanical gaming keyboards.

Ohhh that’s a pretty perfect setup we’ve got here, isn’t it!

With all devices being Logitech G RGB you’ll have complete control within a single software package. Tweak the lighting and effects across all devices with ease, have them change automatically depending on what game you’re playing or customise each to suit you – whatever the case, our lucky winner is going to have a setup worthy of a top-tier pro!

To register your GGPC or Custom Gaming PC for the free G240 mouse pad use the form below, and keep your eyes on the GGPC PC Gaming Blog as we’ll announce the lucky MEGA PRIZE PACK winner at the end of April!

GAME ON!

 

Good CPU – Ryzen 2600, 2600x, 2700 and 2700X!

UPDATE: 2nd Gen Ryzen CPU are available now!

There are two new Ryzen 5 versions with another two Ryzen 7 versions releasing.

Essentials…

Ryzen 5 2600 6 Core, 12 Thread @ 3.9GHz Max Boost <- Wraith Stealth Cooler

Ryzen 5 2600X 6 Core, 12 Thread @ 4.2GHz Max Boost <- Wraith Spire Cooler

Ryzen 7 2700 8 Core, 16 Thread @ 4.1GHz Max Boost <- Wraith Spire RGB Cooler

Ryzen 7 2700X 8 Core, 16 Thread @ 4.3GHZ Max Boost <- Wraith Prism RGB Cooler Included!

These new AMD Ryzen 2000 Series desktop processors still use the AM4 socket, but as with every new release our existing AMD 300 Series motherboards will likely require a BIOS update in order to use them, for those not jumping in on day one there is also a new 400 series of AM4 motherboards releasing on the 20th that will be good to go with these new CPU – and those will sport the badge below for easy identification.

These new X470 motherboards are reported to have improved power infrastructure for higher clocks on second-gen Ryzen CPUs and also feature AMD StoreMI technology, which allows for an SSD to be used as a cache for a traditional hard drive.

Quick links below!

Gigabyte X470 AORUS ULTRA GAMING for AMD Ryzen

Gigabyte X470 AORUS GAMING 5 WIFI for AMD Ryzen

Gigabyte x470 AORUS GAMING 7 WIFI For AMD Ryzen Socket AM4

ASUS PRIME X470-PRO ATX for AMD Ryzen

ASUS ROG CROSSHAIR VII HERO (WIFI) ATX for AMD Ryzen

In addition to the new CPU we also get a very cool, new cooler. This latest one is called the Wraith Prism and it’s included with the Ryzen 2700X, many improvements have been made over the current Wraith Max with the height having been adjusted to allow for more memory clearance as well as the fan now being semi-transparent to catch more of the glorious RGB 🙂

Pretty exciting stuff! The new CPU speeds look enticing, the new coolers look… cool… you can order yourself a Pinnacle Ridge in the NZ AMD Store now and we’ve already begun building some Gaming PC with ours for release on the 20th as well!

Keep your eyes on the GGPC PC Gaming Blog for the latest, and enjoy the Hardware Unboxed Unboxing Boxes as Steve and Tim tear into the press kits 🙂

Good VR – HTC Vive Pro Available Now in NZ + VIVE DAY Bonus Games!

The new HTC Vive PRO VR Headset is available now in New Zealand, and better still, in addition to this new product release is an event known as VIVEDAY! The annual celebration from those top chaps at HTC Vive and with it comes a range of free games to download for your existing VR setup, or the new one 😛

This year they’re giving us four wonderful reasons to celebrate, we’ve setup direct links to the free downloads for each of the titles below so you can easily grab the ones you want – now that’s done let’s take a quick look at the games!

First up, Front Defense

From the opening salvo, Front Defense uses the power of VR and the precision of Vive’s room-scale to deliver one of the most intense war shooter experiences ever created. Created by Vive Studios’ first-party developer Fantahorn Studio, Front Defense is a highly polished, arcade-style room-scale VR shooter set in the final days of World War II’s European theatre. Front Defense immerses players in the role of an Allied Forces hero fighting the last relentless onslaught by the Axis in a fictional European town. Hunker down behind well-armed positions as you duck, dive, switch and reload weapons, throw grenades, and man-mounted guns to fight back the enemy assault. Use heavy weaponry against increasingly brutal enemy soldiers, arm the Bazooka or call in airstrikes against armoured cars and heavy tanks, and man the thunderous 50-Cal to take down suicidal Stuka dive bombers.

• Experience an intense WWII shooter as never before in a superbly polished game designed explicitly for Vive’s room-scale VR and precision tracking
• Defend strategic positions in a beautifully detailed European town slowly being destroyed by a brutal enemy
• Seamlessly switch between a variety of weapons, from light and heavy firearms to mounted machine guns
• Use bazookas, grenades or call in airstrikes to take on an entire armoured division, from well-armed infantry to armoured cars, tanks and dive bombers
• Take on the mysterious Axis super weapon in an epic boss fight finale
• Increasingly challenging stages and global leaderboards deliver hours of gameplay and high replay value

Coming in at number two, Front Defense Heroes

Front Defense: Heroes, is the multiplayer version of the VR shooting game above and can support online battles with up to 5 VS 5 players. Armed with classic WWII weapons and intuitive controls you’re able to explore the battlefield freely, make strategic movement decisions and engage in a realistic combat. Charging, jumping, hunkering down and crawling forward are no longer just animations shown after buttons are pressed. In this game, players need to use their own extremities in combination with the intuitive Vive controllers, dodging incoming fire to survive the fierce battles!

• 3 different multiplayer fighting modes: Deathmatch, Flag, and Defend/Offend.

And number three Super Puzzle Galaxy Lite

Strap a VIVE to your face. Solve puzzles in outer space. (In that order) Come play with the sands of fun in our outer-space physics sandbox. Sculpt sand in 32 levels to direct the ball into the goal in this physics puzzle game. Jump over danger and phase through obstacles using special abilities in the 16 devious challenge levels. Devise ever-faster ways to solve levels and rule the leaderboards. (please note this is the LITE version, and is different to the STEAM version of the game)

And to round our list off, Arcade Saga

Futuristic and action-packed, this compilation game uses 360⁰ gaming, motion controls and positional audio with a nod to Arcade games of the past. Leaderboards for all allow you to gauge your progress against friends and family. Arcade Saga allows you to take the role of a newly sentient being and battle for survival against A.I. Overlords determined to destroy you and your free-thinking. Through 3 different futuristic sports you’ll harness your reactions and strategic thinking to shoot and dodge viruses, break firewall bricks and spin data-balls past the Overlords and their minions. You will need to use your reflexes, wits and changing strategies to survive.

• 3 action games built specifically for VR in one package – Fracture (40 levels), Smash (20 levels), and Bowshot (24 levels)

Well, that is a pretty good games bonus isn’t it, VIVEDAY promotions run from today until the 8th of April so get in quick and you can check out the latest in the NZ HTC Vive VR Store and be sure to keep your eyes on our GGPC PC Gaming Blog for the latest!

GAME ON!

Good eSports – Waikato Arena Rampage

The Hamilton Fighting Game Community began as most good things do, just a bunch of friends getting together to have a good time doing the things that they enjoy. As the group began to grow a points system known as ranked battles (Ranbats), was instigated so that a champion could be crowned at the end of each gathering (Though in Hamilton it is affectionately referred to as Hambats :).

From those early beginnings, the Hamilton Fighting Game Community has evolved to have a membership of over 300 and host 15 Hambats for members per year at the Western Community Centre, this group is a registered organisation and its members participate in wider community events such as NerdFEST, Treats in the Park and the LetsPlay.Live World Tour.

In April 2018 they take the biggest step yet, hosting Hamilton’s first-ever nationally recognised Fighting Game event at Sky City Casino Hamilton! This event is made possible with the support of the Waikato United Gaming Society (WUGS for short), Final Round: Fight!, Standing Fierce, and Digital Native Academy.

And that brings us to the Waikato Arena Rampage eSports Event!

W.A.R will take place from 13 April 2018 to 15 April 2018 and will be held at Sky City Hamilton. Competitors from all over the country will descend on Hamilton city to battle it out to become the inaugural champion in one of the 6 competition games, Tekken 7, Street Fighter V, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Marvel V Capcom: Infinite, Super Smash Bros: 4 and Super Smash Bros: Melee.

W.A.R is free for spectators and will provide free to play areas for spectators to try out some of the games on display. For entrants and competitors, we will have specially designated areas for them to showcase their skills and special activities that only they can participate in. For those unable to make the local event, W.A.R will be streamed live via the Standing Fierce Twitch Channel and we will have an audience area where spectators can watch some of the country’s best fight it out.

The main prizes include flights and accommodation to represent the NZ Fighting Game Community at Australia’s biggest esports tournament, Battle Arena Melbourne. There will also be cash prizes up for grabs!

This event isn’t just about fighting games though, there is also a BYOPC LAN party and competitions hosted by Tom “Mad Scientist” Featonby of WUGS which includes;

Friday 13th April – Setups and social gaming! Fortnight antics and more fun multiplayer antics.

Saturday 14th April – WUGS will be running 2 main tournaments: Overwatch and Rocket League! These two tournaments will be 1v1 and will not only be for cash prizes (a minimum of $50 for the winners, this number will go up with the number of attendees) but will also be for $50 PB Tech Gift Vouchers!

Sunday 15th April – More social good times, the WUGS community plays all sorts of games at their social LANs such as (but not limited to), Blur, Garry’s Mod, AoE II, Quiplash, PUBG, Gang Beasts and Chivalry. There will also be fun mini-tournaments and competitions for LAN attendees and spectators to join in the fun.

For the most up to date infomation it’s a good idea to follow the WUGS Twitter feed, and also Aaron “Booze Bender” Rippingale, Daniel “Terrorist” RikihanaDeane “Arahshii” Mason-Loveridge and Reno Musumeci

GAME ON!

 

Far Cry 5 Game Code Activation for RX 580 or VEGA Custom Gaming PC

Far Cry 5 is GOOD!

If you’re looking to jump in straight away we’ve created a new pre-built GGPC especially for this promotion, the RX 580 GGPC Enforcer, which has the necessary components to register and redeem Far Cry 5.

For those building a new Custom PC there’s a sweet promotion on at selected retailers throughout NZ and if your system includes the RX 580, VEGA, VEGA 56 or VEGA 64 Graphics Cards within you can register to redeem a Far Cry 5 game code, though this process is fairly straightforward it’s important to note you’ll have to do a part of this from the PC you’ve just built as the AMD system actually verifies hardware this time around before providing the game code.

To get your AMD REWARDS KEY start first at the retailer who you purchased your system from, EG: Far Cry 5 PC at PB Tech

Once you’ve gotten in touch and submitted your invoice ID you’ll receive an AMD Rewards Key from the team via email.

Now you’ve got your key simply follow the steps below to verify your new AMD Gaming PC and get that game code!

STEP #1: Visit www.amdrewards.com, sign in (it’s easy to create a new account, but remember the email address as you need it later) and the button will change, click to move on.

STEP #2: Enter the code you received from your retailer

STEP #3: System will verify automatically here. If you see the message below please ensure you have the latest drivers installed for your AMD hardware. These can be found in the AMD Driver Centre if needed.

STEP #4: You’ll now get your game code sent to the email you signed up with, from here we just need to download or run the Ubisoft UPLAY Launcher

STEP #5: Once in the Uplay launcher you can activate the game code as shown below, once that’s done you’ll have the game added to your library available for download.

STEP #6: GAME ON!

Those fine folks at Hardware Unboxed have worked through the night and benchmarked a stunning 50 Graphics Cards using the Far Cry 5 in-game benchmark, you can check out the results in the video below!

Good Gaming Headset – Logitech G233 Prodigy

That awesome design team at Logitech G have just made a headset that ticks all the boxes for a gamer on the go, the G233 is a new gaming headset with removable boom microphone and interchangeable in-line controls that are perfect for PC Gaming, and also a sweet set of headphones if you’re playing Sea of Thieves on your XBOX console, PUBG on mobile or just about anything else you want to do – a seriously good spread of connection options are included. The G233 Gaming Headphones are intended to be taken everywhere, so you can play anywhere, and with this is mind the G233 headset has an understandably durable design, with a sports mesh that’s removable and washable – best of all though they lightweight and extremely comfortable making them ideal for just about anything.

The removable boom microphone is one of the best features on this headset and features noise-cancelling with a micro-pop filter to help ensure clarity when on comms, you can actually have this connected along with the in-line mobile cable and enjoy some pretty clear vocals if you’re using the discord app on your phone. The audio drivers in the G233 are optimised for both analogue and digital sound reproduction so it doesn’t really matter what you connect them to, games, music, movies – they all sound great!

These fine headphones aren’t the only new thing Logitech G have on the table right now, so if you’re on the hunt for 7.1 surround sound when gaming on your PC be sure to check out the new G433 in black and blue!

GAME ON! 

 

Good Gaming Headset – CM MasterPulse MH320

The MasterPulse MH320 is a new Gaming Headset option from Cooler Master, an over-ear headset with perfectly angled leather ear cups on a springy, flexible steel frame that’s extremely lightweight. The angle of the earcups is somewhat unique in the way that it fits, having this slight tilt allows for your ears to be enveloped, providing full cup coverage without pressing down on the back of your ear – CM get another point here for making the cups themselves slightly deeper than most. The headset is all black, with no extras like LED lighting or ear cup volume controls to be seen, it doesn’t require special drivers and connects via 2x 3mm cables. On this cable you’ll find in-line volume and mute controls for the mic making it great for multiplayer games like PUBG, Sea of Thieves and other multiplayer games when team chat is so important – and this mic is where Cooler Master really got things right!

In order to really test this microphone out we’ve jumped into a quick game of Overwatch choosing a combo of Bastian and Reinhardt to encourage a little team communication 🙂 We are side by side in this test and if you listen closely you can hear a little echo but not much – nicely done Cooler Master! 

Even though the MH320 is clearly designed to be a low-cost Gaming Headset option, the microphone of the MH320 is solid, it does indeed amplify your voice while ignoring the other sounds around you (like that sweet mechanical keyboard) and does this by utilizing a sensitive, boom microphone which boosts mic clarity and sensitivity while reducing background noises – it gives your voice a little robotic clang but really does do what matters, boosting your voice while eliminating sounds coming from other sources.  

UPDATE: These new Cooler Master MH320 Gaming Headsets are available in New Zealand now! Keep your eyes on the GGPC PC Gaming Blog as we check out more great Cooler Master gear, Gaming Headsets and more!

GAME ON!

Good Gaming – Garden of Might eSports NZ Fighting Event

UPDATE: What a weekend, the Garden of Might eSports event was awesome!

Hosted by the talented team at Standing Fierce in association with the team from Got Game this competition is all about fighting games, including the massively popular Tekken, Street Fighter, Smash and MvC we’ve come to expect as well as newcomers like the just-released DragonBall FighterZ! 

This eSports event promises some epic matches between the very best fighting game players from around New Zealand, and a few sneaky internationals have snuck in too 😛 The current NZ Street Fighter V Champion, known as “Ghost Chips” will be playing at this event and also “Burnout”  from Australia will be in attendance – who also happens to be the community manager for XSplit and player.me!

As I write this now all competition spots are full, but you can grab the most up-to-date information from the Garden of Might website if you’re wanting to see if you can sneak a quick entry for the event in.

For those wanting to check out the action in person, this one is taking place at Christchurch Casino so be sure to bring your ID along, there will also be spot prizes given away over the weekend-long event.

Doors open at 10am till late both on both days, March 17th and 18th.

For those wanting to watch the matches online, the eSports event will also be streamed via the Standing Fierce Twitch Channel so we can all tune in, click the banner below to check out some sweet fighting action right away!

GAME ON!