Author: GGPC

Good Gaming – Call of Duty WWII Free Weekend!

Starting now and running right the way through to the until early Monday morning here in NZ, Call of Duty: WWII Multiplayer is free to access on PC!

You can download via Steam to join in, there is a special button shown below you’ll have to click to begin the download for this one, just above the usual buy buttons for the game. Any progress made over the free weekend will transfer to the full game should you have so much fun you decide to purchase, and it’s also available at a discounted price throughout the event.

For those that haven’t played this one before, Call of Duty: WWII is classic COD experience, compared to something like Black Ops which had us running up walls and using some very advanced weapons. Multiplayer marks a return to original, boots-on-the ground style of Call of Duty gameplay with authentic weapons and traditional run-and-gun action immerse us in a vast array of World War II-themed locations.

GAME ON!

Good Gaming PC – RGB fans that show temperature and system usage

Recently we teamed up with our friends at PB Tech for a quick YouTube Guide on How to Make Your PC Dust Free and in this we used their cheapest RGB triple fan kit, the Segotep RexGB to sidestep the issue of running out of fan connections on a motherboard so the video would be more helpful.

Now this led to a question on why it was significantly cheaper? compared with something like the Cooler master MasterFan Pro Triple Fan Kit ($48.99 vs $138.99 at time of writing this)

Before we get into the advantages offered by the Cooler Master Kit below is a quick video showing some of the lighting options offered by the Segotep RexGB.

We can all agree the Segotep RGB fan kit is pretty awesome to look at and they definitely provide excellent cooling for the price also, however… The Cooler Master MasterFan Pro RGB fans can be used to allow for a visual indication of system component usage, PC heat levels and more! When you install the Cooler Master fans, you’ll notice these have two cables coming off each, one is a standard 4pin fan header and another is a special RGB header connection – the kit also includes a HUB but we won’t use this for AURA features so be sure you’ve got 3x fan headers ready to go.

This connects to the RGB header on our motherboard, not all motherboards have the right version of these though, double check the motherboard says either AURA for Asus and FUSION for Gigabyte or Aorus.

In our testing system we’re running an Asus X370F Motherboard which only has 2x RGB headers, however, so we’ll be adding in the Cooler Master 1-3 RGB Splitter Cable – this will leave one of our motherboard headers free for future upgrades too. (TIP! There are little arrows on the RGB cables that align as shown in the image below, if you do one of these backwards the colours won’t sync!)

Because we’ve got the Asus Motherboard we’ll be using the software package called AURA in our guide, looking at the Cooler Master Fan box again you’ll notice this logo appears here as well.

Before we get stuck in there are videos to check out showing the various modes in action, below are quick GGPC Instagram links to check out

RGB Showing Temperature Video

RGB Showing System Usage Video

RGB Showing Colour Range Video

Finding the AURA software package can be a little tricky, it’s not on the official drivers or utilities website for your motherboard or your fans – instead, you’ll want to go to this dedicated Asus AURA Download page, then select the download tab up top, then select the most recent version to trigger the download.

This will download as a zip file so unpack that, then run ‘setup’, it’s small and quick.

With our Aura software installed, you first need to calibrate our RGB before jumping into the special features. To do this simply select the ‘Settings’ tab in AURA, then click the calibrate button, from here it will ask you what colour your fan is, after you select each option it will change the colour and ask again, very easy!

How to calibrate your RGB Header with AURA at PB Tech

let’s start off with something useful, system component usage. Using these settings we can choose the colours displayed when the PC hits various marks under stress – at idle it’s a calm green, firing up moderate task gets us into a cool yellow, so we know our PC is processing things, but it’s still got plenty of power to use, firing up big game gives us a vibrant red signalling we’re using everything our PC has to power this task.

Show RGB depending on CPU load at PB Tech

Looking GOOD and also useful!

How about temperatures? For this one, it turned out to be a tough demo to do because along with all this RGB the fans also provided excellent airflow through our chassis… In the end we have to tweak our lighting zones markers as shown in the sliders below and even blow hot air into the PC via our trusty custom water pipe bending gun!

Show temperature through RGB at PB Tech

Pretty cool right? or maybe hot… anyways!

This is made possible by the technology built into the motherboard, and fans aside for a brief moment this same software can control other AURA ready components connected to the motherboard like our G.Skill ram, and it’s easy to sync every compatible part all from the one software package, this can be used to make your PC dance to music and all the usual pulse, strobe strobe, flashy flashy stuff.

There’s a lot more that can be done with Asus AURA with a little tinkering too, it’s actually pretty limitless as those fine folks at Asus also made the software development kit available.

We hope you enjoyed this quick guide on RGB PC fans with a purpose, be sure to keep your eyes on our Gaming PC Blog for the latest!

Good Gaming Motherboard – Asus Ryzen ROG PUGIO BONUS!

Those fine folks at Asus have a sweet bonus for those looking to build with Ryzen in their new system, a BONUS ROG Pugio RGB Gaming Mouse with selected Asus AM4 and TR Motherboards!

This is a register to redeem promotion so once you’ve got your awesome new hardware simply head to the Asus Redemption Site and follow the steps along to get your awesome new mouse, you’ll have to provide the receipt for your motherboard in this promotion so if you’re having a system builder assemble your new PC be sure to get the full parts list included on the invoice.

Asus Motherboards included in promotion as below

ASUS PRIME X370-PRO

ASUS ROG STRIX X370-F <- Excellent features and value

ASUS Prime PRIME X399-A

ASUS ROG CROSSHAIR VI HERO

ASUS ROG CROSSHAIR VI Extreme

ASUS ROS STRIX X370-I GAMING Mini ITX

This  ROG STRIX PUGIO mouse is pretty special too, it first appeared in New Zealand around the time of TechXpo 2017 and was a hit at the show, an ambidextrous gaming mouse it’s 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!

 

Good Gaming PC – How to assign your audio ports with Realtek Audio Manager

With our GGPC you have a range of audio outputs available to you with which you can connect Gaming Headsets, Speakers and dedicated Microphones which have become very popular for game streamers due to the high audio quality and ability to configure directional audio filtering out the sounds from that glorious clicky mechanical keyboard 😛

You will now the Realtek Audio Manager via a chevron on the bottom right of the desktop, below is a quick guide on how to access this and assign different devices to the different ports.

OK so let’s begin!

Looking at the desktop below you can see a large red arrow pointing to the chevron, left click this and a secondary menu will appear with the icon for the Realtek Audio Manager.

Once open you’ll see all available ports options along the right-hand side, with headers stating the location as either Back Panel (this means on the motherboard) or Front Panel for those on the cases front IO. Connecting a device to one of these ports will highlight the exact port used and also activate a secondary menu allowing you to select what you would like the port to do 🙂

Once you’ve selected the ports desired effect, you’ll see the device now shows in the options along the top of the Realtek Audio Manager window, in our quick example we can now see the microphone and speakers have appeared as options here.

From this point, you can continue to configure various aspects relevant to each device for the perfect setup 🙂

We’ll continue adding to this guide with specifics as they come through, keep your eyes on the GGPC Computers Blog for the latest!

 

Good Gaming PC – Destiny 2 Game BONUS!

UPDATE: This promotion has now ended, we’ll be back with the next one soon!

GEAR UP with our latest series of GGPC Windows 10 Gaming PC and you can register to redeem a bonus game – DESTINY 2!

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.

Windows 10 unlocks the full capabilities of your PC’s hardware, with Game Mode, your PC dedicates more system resources to games while you’re playing, helping deliver the best and most consistent Windows gaming experience. You’ll get breathtaking graphics from games supporting DirectX 12, which produces higher frame rates and reduced latency. This latest generation of Windows 10 devices makes gaming better than ever!

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 our reseller partners.

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!

 

GAME READY – Destiny 2 Free Game Bonus with Nvidia

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 

UPDATE: This promotion has now ended

TEAM UP AND FIGHT ON! Those fine folks at Nvidia have a killer DESTINY 2 GAME BONUS for those grabbing a new GTX 1080, GTX 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 🙂

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 🙂 

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!

UPDATE: This promotion has now ended

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 🙂