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GAME READY – Destiny 2 Free Game Bonus with Nvidia

UPDATE: Offer extended to the 5th January 2018!

PLEASE NOTE: For those getting a GGPC with GTX 1060, 1070, 1070 Ti or RX 570, 580 & VEGA please see our exclusive GGPC Destiny 2 Free Game Bonus HERE 

For those getting the GTX 1080 or GTX 1080Ti, Nvidia offer details below!

TEAM UP AND FIGHT ON! Those fine folks at Nvidia have a killer DESTINY 2 GAME BONUS for those grabbing a new GTX 1080GTX 1080 Ti Graphics Card or Gaming PC and Gaming Laptop featuring this awesome hardware 🙂

Humanity’s last safe city has fallen to an overwhelming invasion force, led by Ghaul, the imposing commander of the brutal Red Legion. He has stripped the city’s Guardians of their power, and forced the survivors to flee. You will venture to mysterious, unexplored worlds of our solar system to discover an arsenal of weapons and devastating new combat abilities. To defeat the Red Legion and confront Ghaul, you must reunite humanity’s scattered heroes, stand together, and fight back to reclaim our home.

This awesome bonus is valid on purchases made between the 17th of October 2017 and 5th of January 2017 so get in quick! This is a register to redeem promotion so once you’ve geared up with your new hardware simple visit the website below and follow the steps along.

This is a register to redeem promotion, please use the handy links below depending on which flavour your grabbing 🙂

AORUS Redemption Site

AORUS Laptop Redemption Site

Hardware monitoring in Destiny 2 is a little different with most being disallowed/disabled – those fine folks at Logitech G have a great workaround for this though using the Logitech Gaming Software and their ARX companion APP 🙂 

Good Gaming PC – Destiny 2 Game BONUS!

For a limited time get yourself a new Windows 10 Gaming PC from the range below and you’ll receive a sweet game bonusDESTINY 2!

Please note: This is a seperate promotion from the GTX 1080/1080Ti one direct from Nvidia, more details on that promo here 

Humanity’s last safe city has fallen to an overwhelming invasion force, led by Ghaul, the imposing commander of the brutal Red Legion. He has stripped the city’s Guardians of their power, and forced the survivors to flee. You will venture to mysterious, unexplored worlds of our solar system to discover an arsenal of weapons and devastating new combat abilities. To defeat the Red Legion and confront Ghaul, you must reunite humanity’s scattered heroes, stand together, and fight back to reclaim our home.

This bonus is offer is available on the following GGPC Gaming PC.

GGPC Dark Knight VEGA 56 Gaming PC + Destiny 2 BONUS

GGPC Blaze GTX 1070Ti Gaming + Destiny 2 BONUS

GGPC Rebel GTX 1060 Gaming PC + Destiny 2 BONUS

GGPC Nomad GTX 1060 Gaming PC + Destiny 2 BONUS

GGPC Vagabond GTX 1070Ti Gaming PC + Destiny 2 BONUS

GGPC Titan RX 580 Gaming PC + Destiny 2 BONUS

GGPC Enforcer RX 580 Gaming PC + Destiny 2 BONUS

GGPC Ghost GTX 1060 Gaming PC + Destiny 2 BONUS

GGPC Assassin GTX 1060 Gaming PC + Destiny 2 BONUS

GGPC Delta GTX 1060 Mini Gaming PC + Destiny 2 BONUS

GGPC Jinx GTX 1070 Mini Gaming PC + Destiny 2 BONUS

GGPC Ronin GTX 1070 Mini Gaming PC + Destiny 2 BONUS

GGPC Warlock GTX 1070 Gaming PC + Destiny 2 BONUS

GGPC Legend GTX 1070 Gaming PC + Destiny 2 BONUS

GGPC Paladin GTX 1070 Gaming PC + Destiny 2 BONUS

GGPC Scout GTX 1070Ti Mini Gaming PC + Destiny 2 BONUS

This is a register to redeem promotion so once you’ve got your new Gaming PC contact us with your email and order/invoice number as shown below to claim your game code!

Please note: we verify purchases with PB Tech, so you’ll need to set up an account online if you didn’t at the time of purchase.

This awesome bonus is valid on selected Windows 10 Gaming PC only and is strictly while stocks last – so get in quick!

Once you’ve gotten in touch and received your Destiny 2 game code via email you’ll need to active it via Blizzard Battle.net

Step #1: Go to www.blizzard.com/code – Shown below, either login to your existing account or create a new one!

Step #2: Enter your Destiny 2 game code!

Step #3: Click the GAMES button top left to bring the menu up, then click DOWNLOADS in the lower middle section.

Step #4: Find Destiny 2 in the list and click the Windows logo to begin downloading.

Once download is complete – GAME ON!

Good Graphics Card – The Gigabyte GTX 1070 Ti

The latest GTX 1070Ti is available in New Zealand now, and this version from Gigabyte is looking GOOD!

An enthusiast-class graphics card that combines the power of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti GPU with the renowned Gigabyte WINDFORCE 3X cooling, RGB illumination, and top-notch reliability. Paired with 8GB of 256-bit GDDR5 memory, the card is ideal for gaming fanatics looking for serious graphics power to tackle today’s most challenging, graphics-intensive games and VR without breaking a sweat.

WINDFORCE 3X, a triple-fan cooling system from Gigabyte incorporates two composite copper heat-pipes which directly touch to the GPU core. It further utilises a large metal base plate and thermal pads across critical heat-generating components for a total cooling solution. Together with the special fin architecture and the unique blade fans, this graphics card has delivered exceptional cooling performance while maintaining low noise, furthermore, the semi-passive cooling fans allow gamers to enjoy light gaming in complete silence.

Aesthetics-wise, the angular shroud design with orange accents is distinctively Gigabyte and sparks a gaming vibe, this cooler version was first released back in 2016, and it has been featured on higher tier cards like the GTX 1080 with great results, at GGPC this is one of our favourite coolers and thusly featured in many of our custom PC builds.

The metal backplate offers rigidity and protection to the structure while adding a sleek, clean look to the GTX 1070 Ti Graphics Card. This GPU is further styled up with the RGB illuminated logo powered by RGB Fusion giving us the freedom to choose the right theme for each of our gaming rigs via the AORUS Graphics Engine utility software, and then change on a whim 🙂

The GTX 1070 Ti Gaming is beefed up with 6+2 power phases to provide better stability with a more efficient power distribution. The use of the highest-grade chokes and capacitors reinforces the already legendary reliability of Gigabytes graphics cards and with the newly updated AORUS Graphics Engine, users can adjust and monitor clock speeds, voltage, fan performance, and more through the intuitive interface to get the best from their gaming hardware – it’s even got an instant performance boost with the one-click overclock function!

We’ve already got our lucky hands on some for testing 😛 Keep your eyes on the GGPC PC Gaming Blog for the latest!

 

Intel Master Keys – Get Assassin’s Creed: Origins + Total War: Warhammer II

Woohooo more games! 

Those fine folks at intel have a bonus game offer available now for those gearing up with the following core i7 CPU or Gaming PC featuring this awesome hardware.

i7-7700K

i7-8700K

In this latest INTEL MASTER KEY promotion, they’ve really outdone themselves with two killer games available + a little something for World of Tanks players 😛

First up – Assassin’s Creed: Origins

Set in mysterious Ancient Egypt, Assassin’s Creed Origins is a new beginning. Experience a new way to fight while exploring the Great Pyramids and hidden tombs across the country of Ancient Egypt, and encounter many memorable storylines along your journey. And discover the origin story of the Assassin’s Brotherhood.

Next in – Total War: Warhammer 2

Strategy gaming perfected. A breath-taking campaign of exploration, expansion, and conquest across a fantasy world. Turn-based civilization management and real-time epic strategy battles with thousands of troops and monsters at your command.

 

This promotion is register to redeem, so once you’ve got your awesome new hardware simple visit the retailer’s redemption page and log your receipt to get your MASTER KEY!

Game on!

 

Coffee Lake Z370 Motherboard Bonus – Free ROG Strix Mouse with Asus!

Asus New Zealand have a sweet bonus available for those grabbing the latest Z370 Coffee Lake Motherboards, and an even sweeter bonus if you’re also grabbing a ROG Strix GTX 1070, 1080 or 1080 Ti \o/

Up for grabs are two excellent gaming mice, the first is called the Asus ROG Strix Impact and it’s a beautiful AURA sync ready RGB ambidextrous option that’s packing a very nice 5000dpi sensor.

To get your hands on this one simply purchase any of the motherboards linked below, then register to redeem via the Asus ROG Free Mouse Redemption Site.

ASUS Motherboards:

• ASUS ROG STRIX Z370-H Gaming Motherboard
• ROG MAXIMUS X FORMULA
• ROG MAXIMUS X CODE
• ROG MAXIMUS X APEX
• ROG MAXIMUS X HERO
• ROG STRIX Z370-E GAMING
• ROG STRIX Z370-F GAMING
• ROG STRIX Z370-I GAMING
• ROG STRIX Z370-G GAMING (WI-FI AC)
• ROG STRIX Z370-H GAMING
• TUF Z370-PRO GAMING
• TUF Z370-PLUS GAMING

The next mouse up for grabs is available to those who are grabbing an above motherboard, and also an Asus ROG Strix Graphics Card from the list below!

ASUS Graphics Cards:

• ROG-POSEIDON-GTX1080TI-P11G-GAMING 
• ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
• ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-11G-GAMING
• TURBO-GTX1080TI-11G
• STRIX-GTX1080-A8G-GAMING
• TURBO-GTX1080-8G
• STRIX-GTX1070-O8G-GAMING
• TURBO-GTX1070-8G

This mouse is pretty special too, it’s brand new and just made it’s first appearance in New Zealand a couple of weeks ago –  the ROG STRIX PUGIO! This one’s also an ambidextrous gaming mouse but it has got some sweet configurable magnetic side buttons that let decide on your own side button layout, with exclusive push-fit switch sockets offer variable click resistance. The PUGIO also features some truly stunning aesthetics to match its performance – including angular ASUS Aura RGB light channels that can be controlled with Aura Sync!

This mouse is really quite wonderful, so much so we’ll leave this here with a massive picture of the mouse to drool over below 🙂 GAME ON!

FALLOUT 4 VR – HTC Vive FREE GAME BONUS!

For a limited time, gear up with a new HTC Vive VR and receive a sweet Fallout 4 VR Game BONUS!

Fallout 4 VR is set to release soon on December 3rd in New Zealand, we’ll be jumping in as soon as it does to check things out in this epic virtual reality adventure!

This legendary post-apocalyptic adventure from Bethesda Game Studios and winner of more than 200 ‘Best Of’ awards, including the DICE and BAFTA Game of the Year, finally comes in its entirety to VR. Fallout 4 VR includes the complete core game with all-new combat, crafting, and building systems fully reimagined for virtual reality. The freedom of exploring the wasteland comes alive like never before.

The bonus game offer is valid with all VIVE purchases from 3rd of October onwards until codes run out (expected to last until at least the game launches in Dec)

It’s register to redeem promotion, so once you’ve geared up use the link below to get your Steam Game Activation code.

HTC Vive Fallout 4 VR Redemption Site

It’s important to note that Fallout 4 is an R18 game, so if you’re under 18 years old you won’t be able to get this one (double age checks on both Vive and Steam) – there is a second package with Google Tilt Brush + Everest VR + Richie’s Plank Experience + 1 month free VIVEPort available for those underage 🙂

FORGE YOUR ARMY – SHADOW OF WAR FREE GAME BONUS WITH NVIDIA

FORGE YOUR ARMY! Those fine folks at Nvidia have a killer Middle-Earth: Shadow of War GAME BONUS for those grabbing a new GTX 1080 or GTX 1080 Ti Graphics Card or Gaming PC featuring this awesome hardware!

An epic open-world awaits us! Brought to life by the award-winning Nemesis System, we must go behind enemy lines to forge our army, conquer fortresses and dominate Mordor from within as we prepare to confront the full power of the Dark Lord Sauron and his Ringwraiths in this epic new story of Middle-earth. Forge a new Ring of Power, conquer fortresses in massive battles and dominate Mordor with your personal orc army in Middle-earth: Shadow of War!

The fate of Mordor rests upon the choices you’ll make. So weigh them with your life, because Nothing Will be Forgotten.

This awesome bonus is valid on purchases made between the 26th of September 2017 and 12th of December 2017 so get in quick! This is a register to redeem promotion so once you’ve geared up with your new hardware simple visit the website below and follow the steps along.

Gigabyte Redemption Site

ASUS Redemption Site

MSi Redemption Site

EVGA Redemption Site

We’ll continue adding redemption links as the pages go live 🙂

GAME ON!

 

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 – 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: 20These 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 Laptop – The GTX 1050 Ti Aero 14!

Recently we managed to get our hands on a very new gaming laptop from Gigabyte, an ultra slim and light AERO 14 with a GTX 1050 Ti inside! This was perfect as we really wanted to check out the GTX 1050Ti Laptop performance a game called Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds, but before we jump into gameplay FPS tests let’s take a quick look at the laptops full specs and design.

The Aero 14 is ultra thin and light, weighing in at around 2KG while being less than 2cm thick – it’s packing a popular intel i7-7700HQ quad core CPU with a 4GB GTX 1050Ti and 16GB of DDR4 ram. The display is a beautiful anti-glare 2560×1440 IPS, edged entirely in black with just a dash of orange and carbon fibre on the back of the laptop.

Inputs and Outputs…

3x USB 3.0
1x Mini DisplayPort
1x HDMI 2.0 (4K savvy)
1x ThunderBolt 3!
1x 3.5mm Audio Combo (headphone and mic)

In addition to these, it also has a built in webcam and microphone which is good, a Kensington lock point and a nice white LED backlit keyboard for late night gaming. That ThunderBolt 3 port is great to see too, you can use these to attach an external graphics card boosting the power of your gaming laptop into that of top tier of desktop gaming systems!

Performance is general use is excellent, with the NVMe M.2 SSD inside booting into Windows 10 took around 4 seconds, with battery life under extreme load (playing Path of Exile while live streaming via OBS with FaceRig running) which gave us just over an hour (1 hour 1 min 17 seconds) – as a side note here, gaming performance is excellent on battery with the Aero 14, we recorded everything including the 20% battery tipping point when a laptop will automatically switch from the Nvidia graphics to intel integrated – let us know if you want to see this and we’ll cut out the boring bits then upload for you to check out on YouTube 🙂

Must be time to jump into some PUBG! (literally)

The game begins with an airdrop onto the island where 100 players proceed to battle it out until the last man standing is declared the winner. We specifically captured the 60-second gameplay video below to include the parachute landing, item grabbing and a player kill, while in a level with the heavy rain weather effect active.

This is because we’ve heard from players having issues on low/mid range systems, specifically when the player first lands, the specific issue being that the buildings and items have not entirely loaded in! This would almost certainly lead to disaster as these opening moments are a rush for weapons to defend yourself with.

As you can see in the video below, the Aero 14 GTX 1050 Ti Gaming Laptop has no such issues and we are able to gear up even in this densely contested area 🙂

We then continued straight on from the gameplay above, dodging crazy people with crowbars and getting into firefights – we even managed to get flash-banged yet survived!

For all tests we ran with the fans set to auto, you can use the included Gigabyte Smart Manager software package to tweak this but auto works perfectly, ramping up and down the fan speeds when needed.

Overall we’ve loved spending time with this laptop, the design is so nice and physical build is of the highest quality, the intel/nvidia hardware combination is superb and that Pantone certified display, along with the Dolby speakers is both suprising and beautiful. Best of all though, now that we’ve had a really good go with the new GTX 1050 Ti Gaming Laptop we can happily give it our GGPC Recommends Award – The Gigabyte Aero 14 GTX 1050 Ti is GOOD!

Good Gaming Microphone – The Blue Snowball iCE Game Tested

Hello from GGPC NZ! This is our first in a new hardware testing while streaming series

The method is a pretty simple one, we’re going to be checking out a range of gaming gear in live streams to see what it’s like – videos are unedited, straight up live tests.

A quick note on why you’d want to have nice direction mic like this one from GGPC Warlock – “not only is the sound quality great but with a little time spent tweaking the position you happily chat away while gaming without having the sounds from your keyboard blasting over the broadcast :)”

For our first test, NZ Twitch Streamer SCRAXER has kindly helped out by taking a Blue Snowball iCE microphone and used this in a quick match of Player Unknown Battlegrounds. From here the microphone will do the rounds visiting three different gamers in total, no instruction is given to any of the gamers involved and as each has a go with the Snowball iCE we’ll begin linking to each players experience within our PC Gaming Blog here at GGPC New Zealand.

Via Scraxer: Setup for the Snowball iCE was pretty straight forward, plug and play with a single USB connection. The microphone does need to be quite close to you to pickup voice communication clearly and I highly recommend getting a scissor stand & pop filter if you’re using this mic while streaming games. Once you’ve got the microphone into a good position you can speak quite softly and still be heard clearly, it’s one-directional audio input means if you look away and talk it often won’t pick this up. I was seriously surprised by the recording quality of the Snowball iCE, considering it’s a pretty low price option among the range – looking forward to testing more!

The Snowball iCE then made its way to visit Dhyana from www.attackongeek.com!

Via ATTACK ON GEEK “In order to provide quality content as a podcaster, web-show host or even a video-game streamer, the quality of sound is especially important. Gone are the days of fiddling about with built in PC microphones, which provide only the bare minimum when it comes to quality. Now there are various high-end sound recorders and microphones, along with a plethora of sound mixing software, which are able to provide the best possible audio quality. However, despite the range available, only a few are actually simple and easy enough to use.”

Check out the full Blue Snowball iCE Microphone review from ATTACK ON GEEK here

From here the Snowball iCE made its way to Gabbu 🙂 She’s already started streaming with the mic and you can check out more live streams coming up this weekend – we’ll update with all the latest good stuff as her testing continues!

Via Gabbu: I played around with some configurations and found when the mic was behind the keyboard, typing sounds were too harsh, so having it in front was best. ideally, a floating boom would be the best option just from a space perspective.

Gabbu has kindly saved a replay of her gaming session while playing and chatting away with the Snowball iCE on her desk, click the image below and check it out!

GAME ON!