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Good eSports – Overwatch Pacific Championship NOW ON!

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UPDATE: The event has begun and you can watch the games with English commentary via the Full Circle eSports Twitch channel – damn good gaming so far with Blank eSports taking 7 wins so far putting them at the top of the table!

Now you might be thinking to yourself “hey GGPC, why are you writing about this in your New Zealand Blog when these chaps are from Australia?” and fair enough! Well, the guys covering this one at Full Circle eSports are actually in NZ!

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UPDATE: The new Blizzard events center is now open! Aussie team Blank eSports have landed in Taipei and the first big tournament begins April 8th \o/

Blizzard TW have just officially announced a new Overwatch League for the Asia-Pacific Region with an event named the Overwatch Pacific Championship \o/ Up for grabs is MASSIVE prize pool of approx 380K NZ (8.3mil TWD). League events will start 8 April 2PM local time and it will last for 13 weeks! League will be held at the new venue to be launched on 30 March, details below.

The 8 invited teams include:

ahq eSports Club (Taiwan)

Blank Esports (Australia)

DeToNator GOLD (Japan)

Flash Wolves (Taiwan)

FireBall (Thailand) – (previously known as SweetTime)

Hong Kong Attitude (Hong Kong)

Machi Esports (Taiwan)

SunSister (Japan)

Original Article: Blizzard Taiwan is an exciting extension of the Blizzard global family. Located in the vibrant heart of Taipei City, they’ve just extended their support with a new venue which will be hosting gaming events soon 🙂 Blizzard Entertainment CEO and co-founder Mike Morhaime will personally come to Taiwan to open the venue, with the afternoon promising a professional team stage competition.

For Overwatch specifically, rumors are already spreading that there will be a Overwatch League event sometime in April. There are also rumors that teams from Australia, Hong Kong, Japan and Taiwan will participant this upcoming League. We can expect to see Taiwanese teams like Flash Wolves and AHQ had announce their Overwatch rosters plus we’ll get to see known players like Zonda and Baconjack from Flash Wolves to compete in the upcoming Overwatch league. More news should be announced during the launch.

We can’t wait to check this one out for ourselves when GGPC hits Taipei for Computex (this is right around the 1st Birthday for Overwatch on May 24th and should be massive!) and will update with lots of sweet photos when we do, be sure to check out our Instagram for the latest \o/

GGPC – Let’s go to Computex 2017!

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It’s almost that time again!

As if things weren’t already exciting enough in the Gaming PC scene, what with the Cooler Master CaseMod ANZ underway, new AMD Ryzen with those awesome RGB coolers and the Nvidia GTX 1080Ti having just launched with custom cooler options surfacing – now we’re just a two months away from COMPUTEX 2017 \o/

We had a blast at last years event with all of the biggest names in PC gaming hardware displaying the latest and best in tech, there was a massive force feedback car setup, international modders like Jenki showed off their crazy water cooling skills and the whole place was packed fulled with some of the greatest Custom PC Builds we’ve ever seen. At the time the hottest topics were the HTC Vive, External Graphics Cards for laptops and glorious RGB everything \o/

This year promises even more epic treats within the highest end PC Gaming space, the massive Nangang Exhibition Center Hall will yet again showcase the greatest in gaming laptops, gaming desktops, graphics cards, gaming gear and other advanced hi-performance gaming products.

We simply can’t miss out on all this epic new tech so a bunch of us jumping on a plane and heading to the show.  As always we’ll be posting lot’s of awesome pictures to our GGPC Instagram of all the tech we find in our travels

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If you’re wanting to head to Taipei and check everything out for yourself, Cooler Master are running a pretty cool competition right now that could be your ticket… literally!

One lucky Cooler Master fan this year is going to have the chance to romp around with Cooler Master in Taipei at COMPUTEX 2017. You’ll have a chance to create and be in their videos, photos and social media. You’ll get to hang out in the awesome CM booth which is an absolute treat if you like cool tech 🙂 All of your hotel accommodations will be taken care of and they’ll even get you into their exclusive after-party. Win this one and you’ll be able to check out one of the top 10 cities in the world for nightlife – Taipei is pretty amazing!

To be in to win this awesome prize you’ll have to show off your media skills and create a video (like the example below) showing off your passion for Cooler Master and building PCs – the theme is “You vs. The Guy She Told You Not to Worry About” -> full details for this competition are available here <-

Good Gaming Mouse – Getting into grips with the MasterMouse Pro L

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UPDATE: The Cooler Master MasterMouse Pro L is available in New Zealand now!

Another awesome piece of gaming gear from Computex is here!

Arm yourself with the MasterMouse Pro L and customise your grip with modular top and side covers.  This new kind of gaming mouse reminds us a bit of the James Donkey 007 and includes 2x unique top covers combined with two pairs of magnetic side panels. This allows for several grip configurations so you can make a mouse that works best for you and the games you are wanting to play 🙂 Another cool bit is that Cooler Master have made 3D Print models for the MasterMouse Pro L available freely if you would like to make things for yourself, just like they did with the recently announced MasterPulse Headset.

Nearly every inch of the MasterMouse Pro L’s body is covered in a matte UV coating – this is highly durable and won’t peel, wear, or tarnish. Both of the main buttons are equipped with Omron switches guaranteed to last 20 million clicks and the cable has been built to endure even the most dedicated gamer 😛 We shall see CM… Challenge accepted!

The MasterMouse Pro L offers 8 programmable buttons that can be easily expanded up to 14+1 switch button thanks to the Storm Tactix function. Assign the Storm Tactix button based on your preference and press it to enable your secondary button functions. There is also a DPI switch which is found on the bottom right side of the mouse but even this can be reassigned to any other button, great news for the snipers among us who are looking to switch DPI levels on-the-fly.

On the inside you’ll find a PixArt PMW3360 optical sensor delivering up to 12000 DPI with no interpolation and no acceleration and a 32-bit ARM processor which allows you to record and play back complex macros, as well as save all of your settings for use on any computer without software, 512KB on-board memory allows you to take your macros with you wherever you go 🙂

If you do jump into the software package you’re in for a treat and can customize DPI levels, illumination, button functions and advanced sensor settings (lift of distance, angle snapping, angle turnability, sensitivity) within, you can also tweak the RGB lighting on the mouse wheel together with the back beam and then for both front sides – and then save up to five separate illumination profiles with multiple effects options and switch between them at will \o/

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Lucky for us we were able to get hands on with this one a little early and it’s very impressive! On that note we happily give this new breed of Cooler Master gaming mouse our GGPC recommends award – The MASTER MOUSE IS GOOD!

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Keep your eyes on the GGPC Computers Blog for more of the latest and best in Gaming Gear!

Custom Gaming PC – Best of Computex 2016

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The Computex 2016 expo was a showcase for some of the most talented modders in the world and while we were at the show hunting down new chassis, components and gaming gear we also took some time to meet the makers and see all the awesome custom PC they built!

There are a bunch of rig modding competitions with big prizes to inspire creativity so before we dive in here’s a bit more information about two of our favourites that you can participate in down here in New Zealand and Australia 🙂

CASE MOD WORLD SERIES 2016 ANZ EDITION 

The Cooler Master Case Mod World Series ANZ edition was created to recognize and promote modders within our community. Three Winners from ANZ region will be selected after the Case Mod World Series 2016 concludes on the 8th of June.  There are two categories you could choose to enter, the first begin a case modification and the second is a to build a PC from scratch which is loads of fun!

CASE MOD 2016 INVITATIONAL 

2016 Thermaltake CaseMOD Invitational Season 1’s modding theme is the Thermaltake Core P5 ATX Wall-Mount chassis. Participating modders have the choice of modding a single or dual build. Modders are given a special time frame to complete the build and are given an unlimited selection of Thermaltake products to mod and install on the build.

Now everyone knows what’s up let’s take a look at some builds!

This one is a rather cool build (lol couldn’t resist) from case modder Jenki – It takes Captain Americas shield and encases it within ice as it slices through the P5 – pretty crazy stuff and he’s even modded a gaming keyboard to match!

 

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If you’re a fan the Gundam Anime you might have recognised this build right away, a creation by modder Von Carlo Rasonabe (Reapervon) this one is named “The Weapon of Mass Destruction” and it’s pretty massive!

 

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We also spotted an out of this world mod known as the BAHIA BLASTER by case modder Maciel Barreto, aside from the liquid coolant reservoir on the front it’s pretty hard to tell this one is a gaming PC!  Enermax had some of the best cable management of the show with an excellent Division custom build but the Gigabyte Mini-Gun PC was certainly the show stopper with its rotating barrel – check out this beast in action!

 

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These are just a small slice of what’s on show, other highlights included a very cool NZXT noctis chassis with a very impressive window graphics, there was a Ghost Busters LEGO PC complete with green goo and an incredible InWin S Frame lit up with Steampunk style.

Check out the GGPC Instagram for more pictures of awesome custom PC builds from modders around the world!

 

 

Good Graphics Cards – Best of Computex 2016

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This year the Computex Expo in Taipei timed itself well with the releases and announcements for new graphics cards from both Nvidia and AMD. We’ve all seen the founders edition GTX 1080 and thankfully the show was packed with excellent looking cooler designs from the masters at Gigabyte and Asus.  Unfortunately on the AMD side of things we had to sign NDA (no disclosure agreements) so we’ll show you more on the AMD RX 480 around its release on the 29th of June but lucky for us on the Nvidia side of the things we can show you all the goodness that’s coming to New Zealand soon!

From the Gigabyte team the new graphics cards are looking very impressive indeed with three unique designs to found on display and also powering some excellent gaming systems, choosing which card to get is going to be tough as they all look and perform so well!

 

The Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX 1080

 

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The Gigabyte Xtreme Gaming GTX 1080 – that middle fan design is fantastic!

 

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We could only find one card from Asus, a very nice looking STRIX version that we can’t wait to get our hands on 🙂

 

The Asus Strix GTX 1080

 

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Laptops are about to enjoy a massive boost in gaming power as well with external graphics card enclosures on display from Gigabyte and Asus with a third design also coming from design cooperation between Silverstone and Gigabyte. These new accessories work via the Thunderbolt 3 connection and you’ll be able to change or upgrade the graphics card inside which is pretty damn outstanding news for the longevity of our laptops with of this new technology, being able to get a reasonably spec’d laptop with decent battery life to use when you’re out and about that can be transformed into a gaming beast when you return home is pretty wonderful news.

The Asus ROG design is very aggressive, certainly vibrant and quite large. At the front of the casing a plasma tube glows as red lightning crackles inside, the intricate Republic of Gamers design is quite impressive to behold. It should be noted we could hear a high pitched noise from the unit however (possibly the plasma tube) and hopefully this is fixed before the final version releases.

 

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The Gigabyte & Silverstone combined design stands vertically and you can see that Silverstone had a large hand in the aesthetics which ooze style. Venting upwards this one is likely going to perform very well and with the small footprint it could be the best of the bunch if you’re short on space.  The Gigabyte version is more industrial, clean and also the smallest of the bunch (by quite a bit!) but still able to fit long graphics cards inside. When talking to Gigabyte about the unit we learned it was also able to be daisy chained which had us thinking about crazy SLi like setups – we don’t quite know how this would work for SLi but if it does the potential for running multiple external graphics cards for ridiculously powerful setups is very appealing.

 

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Laptop graphics solutions like these have the potential to change the way laptops are viewed by PC gamers. Currently, the most powerful of our gaming laptops struggle to power the internal dedicated graphics cards while running on battery and work best when plugged into mains power anyway so with solutions like these (although not really portable) we can turn our laptops into potent gaming systems and have the option of upgrading the graphics when needed instead of looking to replace our laptop.

We’ll be following this new technology very closely as it develops.  Be sure to keep your eyes on our computers blog for the latest news, check out our GGPC Instagram for more pictures of Custom Gaming PC, Gaming Gear and the exciting new Components.

GGPC – Let’s go to Computex 2016!

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It’s a pretty exciting time to be a PC gamer with the Cooler Master Case Mods World Series 2016 in full swing (what do you think of our garden PC :P), a new Nvidia GTX just launched with more coming and great new games like Overwatch to play with friends – to make things even better there is also a big event about to start over in Taipei that’s going to have even more glorious upcoming tech on display from all the biggest names in PC gaming hardware like Asus, Gigabyte, EVGA, Sapphire and many many more!

We simply couldn’t miss out on all this epic new tech so a bunch of us are about to jump on a plane and head to the show.  We’ll be posting lot’s of awesome pictures to our GGPC Instagram of all the awesome tech we find in our travels and the team staying to man the fort in our New Zealand workshop will of course be posting pics from all the wonderful new 1080 builds as we make them!

GG and be sure to keep your eyes on our computers blog for the latest and best in tech!