Chassis

Good Gaming PC Case – The Segotep SG-K7 RGB!

Throughout 2016 we were¬†treated to a range of outstanding new chassis as manufacturers embraced both tempered glass and RGB lighting in their chassis lineups ūüôā Of all these new cases though one has really stood out, from a manufacturer known as Segotep who also made our orignal GGPC Shaman chassis known as Warship. This new case is a massive leap ahead in quality and looks a lot like¬†the InWin 805 but with slightly different front IO placement, a big PSU shield and comes pre-fitted with 4x 120mm RGB fans.

GGPC Segotep SGK7 BoxGood looks aside there are a lot of other things Segotep got right with the SGK7, firstly the way it’s all packaged up is excellent¬†with a sturdy double box and no polystyrene to be found ūüôā The foam padding holds everything securely¬†and both sides of all the glass panels (two sides and front) are shrink wrapped for extra protection. The RGB fans are fitted 3x in the front and 1x in the back and come pre-connected to an included hub so you can control the colours and effects easily via the front IO. It also contains a decent manual for new builders which we really appreciate, and even a cleaning cloth which is a must for any glass build as they do tend to become fingerprint magnets ūüėõ

GGPC Segotep Custom Gaming PC BuildThere’s no better way to get to know a chassis than building a gaming PC in one so for this blog we designed one that’s using the new B250m motherboard from Gigabyte and fitted the new i5-7500 taking a little time to wrap the cable up on the included CPU cooler so it looks nice. Another good thing about the new motherboards is we get to use 2400MHz ram this time around – the previous 2133MHz limitations are removed giving us access to¬†a much larger variety of kits at the faster speed which is great for us¬†as we¬†like to try out new parts whenever possible – the new G.Skill Trident RGB is coming in 2400MHz so we’re¬†extremely happy about this little change up!

Putting it all together was a quick process and once we successfully did a little boot test I¬†thought I’d spend a moment doing something with the Segotep SGK7 I haven’t really seen any other chassis do – adding a custom RGB name plate!

GGPC Segotep RGB Custom Name PlateTo do this you need to remove the front glass panel so you can access some screws, once those are out a little clear plastic panel (with the default Segotep sticker on it) can be removed.¬†When we peeled off the sticker it left a little residue which we¬†quickly cleaned off with some meths, using the old sticker as a sizing template I began hunting around for something the right size to use. We¬†then simply¬†printed GGPC on a piece of paper with black around it, the LED glow is powerful enough to shine through the paper but if you take a little time to cut out the name it really blasts through – just put your gamertag on the plastic backer and screw it back in you won’t need any glue etc – it’s that easy ūüôā

We’ve not seen a chassis this good available for so little before especially in New Zealand and on that note, now that we‚Äôve built a Good Gaming PC in this chassis we are happy to give it a well¬†deserved recommendation to anyone looking for a top chassis at a great price ‚Äď The Segotep SG-K7¬†is GOOD!

GGPC Segotep SGK7 Good Gaming Case

Good Gaming PC Case – The MasterCase Maker 5T

The Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5T has landed in NZ (finally) and wow things are looking good!

Taking inspiration from the iconic CM Storm Stryker chassis this latest addition to the new MasterCase lineup is sporting a very tough handle on the top that will make transport very easy but blends into the form of the chassis looking good even if you never use it ūüôā¬†The tempered glass sides on this new case have been done in a new way that opens a like a reverse gull wing and have a key lock to open and close the panels which is pretty cool. Another really good thing about this chassis is the internal graphics card support bar is ready for two graphics cards making it absolutely amazing for a killer SLi Gaming PC ūüôā

GGPC Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5T Graphics Card Supports

With the trimming¬†and some internal metal work also in red this chassis is perfect for an incredible red/black PC build – so I think that’s just what we’ll do!

Just in time and perfect for the Red/Black theme we’re going for¬†with this new build, Cooler Master Seidon 120V3 Plus¬†water cooling kits¬†have arrived in New Zealand! These have actually been available in the UK for a while now but here in NZ we’ve only had the blue options so this is absolutely perfect¬†ūüôā

We’ve had a good go with a bunch of Z270 series motherboards now and for our Red/Black theme there is one that really does look perfecto!

GGPC Gigabyte Z270MX Gaming 5

The Z270MX-Gaming 5 from Gigabyte¬†boasts the most advanced LED system in the market today. With more customisability than ever and a convenient, intuitive UI thanks to the RGB Fusion App we’re going to have a blast making a build with this one! The bright and vibrant LEDs can even be configured to display the PC‚Äôs temperature or load… hmmm tempting ūüėõ

Timing couldn’t be better with the new Z270 Motherboards and intel Kaby Lake CPU, we’ll be back soon with an awesome new gaming pc build – keep your eyes on the GGPC Instagram and Computers Blog for the latest.

Good Gaming Case – Phanteks P400 RGB Mid Tower

Inspired by the recent build and video by Ryan and Phil on PCPartPicker¬†we’ve just¬†changed Dark Knight build chassis from the massive¬†Corsair 780T to the new (and thankfully smaller) Phanteks Eclipse P400¬†with the additional¬†full case RGB lighting hooked into the front controller on the chassis, and we’ve taken some pictures along the way!

With super clean looks and a great window for viewing the components inside, this new case series from Phanteks has proven itself popular among PC builders worldwide and it’s a great addition to the Phanteks family – the new Eclipse series comes in grey and black, with a silent P400s version also available in white.
Like most chassis it comes in standard packaging Рwrapped in a bag with polystyrene protection, be a bit more careful than usual when picking up the case as the front panel comes off very easily compared others and we recommend slightly changing your grip to the side just in case.

GGPCFrontPanelAside from the griping issue we really do like clips and how easily they make it¬†to remove the front of the case during the build.¬† Also there are no wires connecting to the front panel so if you’re feeling creative modding this would be very easy indeed.

The top panel of the case is where you’ll find the power button, two USB 3.0 ports and a pair of headset jacks along with LED colour change and reset (on the silenced P400s there is also three speed fan controller).

The case is very roomy inside with no 5 ¬ľ bays,¬†there are 3 cable management velcro ties on the back for easy cable management – for some reason the ones on our chassis were upside down, we have opened an additional 3 chassis including a silent white version and all cable management strips were upside down so not quite sure if this is the standard or just odd ūüôā ¬† The P400 comes with 2 standard black 120mm fans pre-installed on the front and back with room to add upto 3x on the front and an additional 2x 120mm on the top, you could also fit 2x 140mm on the front and top if you prefer. ¬†The back is also equipped with 2x quick release SSD drive bays.

GGPCP400FullSide

The case supports a variety of motherboard sizes –¬†ATX, Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX and even some¬†E-ATX. ¬†A small brown box in the drive bay contains screws, 6x cable ties and a small manual which you’re pretty unlikely to need as the chassis is super easy to build in with tooless HDD bays, magnetic dust filters and plenty of space.

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The main reason we’ve decided to use this case is because of the cool way you can connect the LED controller on the front to an additional Phanteks RGB LED strip kit and have the lighting in your build¬†synchronize with the small LED downlight on the front. ¬†The front LED on the chassis is pretty small and shines through a small white plastic piece on the front panel to give you an cleaner effect.
This is done very easily via a connector in the top front corner of the case, you’ll have to use an official Phanteks LED strip as the voltage is important for the colour system and you can check out this RGB LED connection in action on our GGPC Instagram.

Our full system build notes and parts list for tweaking is available now on PC Part Picker to check out as well!

And on that note, now that we’ve built several Good Gaming PC in this chassis we are happy to give it a well¬†deserved recommendation to anyone looking for a new mid sized chassis at a great price – The Phanteks P400 is GOOD!