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Good Gaming – Final Fantasy XV PC Demo Available Now

The Final Fantasy XV Demo is available now via Steam!

Take the journey, now in ultimate quality. Boasting a wealth of bonus content and supporting Native 4K 3840×2160p ultra high-resolution graphical options and HDR 10, you can now enjoy the beautiful and carefully-crafted experience of FINAL FANTASY XV, before you buy 🙂

Essential stuff!

  • The download size is 21GB. The High-Res 4K textures are included in this demo and are apparently turned on or off automatically depending on your hardware specification, we’ll look for a manual tweak for this and update when we find one 🙂

If you’re want to test out your system before you commit to the 21 GB download, there is also a new Final Fantasy XV Benchmark tool which you can check out here.

GAME ON!

Good Gaming PC – Final Fantasy XV Benchmark now live

The new FINAL FANTASY XV Official Benchmark application is now available for free download here and can be used to test a systems performance by displaying several of the events, maps and characters used in the game.

The score increases based on the FPS count, and the speed at which it will count up is based on your PC’s capabilities. Right now the Benchmark compatibility test takes is roughly 6 1/2 minutes for a full run, with the score results and a performance evaluation coming up at the very end.

Testing resolutions this time around are 1920×1080 and glorious 4K, as usual, we’ll be recording our scores with various configurations to make it easy to check against your own PC’s to see how things look with different hardware.

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!

**THIS PROMOTION HAS NOW ENDED**

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!

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

UPDATE: This promotion has now ended 

Those fine folks at Intel have a bonus game offer available now for those gearing up with the i7-8700K CPU or a Gaming PC featuring this awesome hardware.

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!

 

Good PC – Windows 10 Retail USB Clean Install Guide

For this guide we’re going to be erasing our hard drives, and clean installing our operating system from the Windows 10 Retail Edition USB Kit.

Step #1 – Insert the USB Drive into a port on your PC

Step #2 – Turn the PC on and immediately start tapping DEL to enter the BIOS

Step #3 –  in the ‘Boot Menu’ (for high end BIOS you might have to click advanced options first) select the ‘USB’ drive as option Boot Option #1. Press F10 to save and exit BIOS.

Step #4 – Reboot

Step #5 – You’ll PC will now boot into the screen shown below, select the 64-Bit option

Step #6 – For New Zealand, change the keyboard option as shown to ‘United States-International’ and leave the language + time and currency as English (United Kingdom)

Step #7 – Click the big ‘install now’ button that has appeared 🙂

Step #8 – Select ‘I don’t have a product key’

Step #9 – Select ‘Windows 10 Home

Step #10 – Once you accept the terms you’ll reach this screen, select ‘Custom: Install Windows Only’

Step #11 – Click delete on all existing partitions, a warning will pop up for each one reminding you that once it’s gone, it’s gone.

Step #12 – Now you should only be left with a single option, per drive, that’s says ‘Unallocated space’ – click the one you want to install on to highlight it, then click next.

Step #13 – You’ve done it, now you’re installing Windows on a nice clean drive as though it was a brand new PC.

From this point it’s going to be pretty straight forward, it will progress through the menu then ask to reboot.

IMPORTANT! 

Remember step #1? When the PC reboots it’s going to boot from the USB if that’s still plugged in, so if you find yourself on step #2 or even #3 simple turn off the PC, remove the USB and turn it back on!