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Good Gaming PC – The GTX 1050 Hero

Good Gaming PC NZ GGPC Hero GTX 1050Fresh from the workshop our latest GGPC Hero Gaming PC returns armed with EVGA GTX 1050 graphics \o/ Like all GGPC builds we’re always tinkering with slightly different components to see if we can squeeze out a little more performance for each $ spent, and on that note – let’s take a look at the latest tweaks!

Firstly, a really cool update that effects all our Gaming PC in the GGPC custom chassis – we’ve taken out all the LED strip lighting kits and static fans and replaced both with RGB cooling 😛 A total of three RGB fans are now fitted in the front panel of the chassis and both the colour and fan speed can be adjusted via an included remote control, we left the rear 120mm outtake in the chassis as a standard GGPC black fan so you can game comfortably without a blinding LED directly in your line of sight. When the rig is on your desk and the glow from the front shines backwards to light up the beautiful components inside 🙂 Taking out the strips has also brought down the internal temperature a little and being able to tweak the fan speeds allows the gaming rig to run even quieter than before.

Another little tweak is a small update to the internal AC Wireless cards we use which now supports Bluetooth 4.2, this gives us improvements in three areas – co-existence (bluetooth and 4G (LTE) didn’t get on well, this is now fixed), smarter connectivity (improved re-connection timeout for saving battery life) and improved data transfer (connects more things!). Oh, one last thing – it’s wayyy faster than the previous versions 😛

Now onto a tweak specifically for the Hero build – we added a new GTX 1050 from EVGA 🙂 This one’s as much about ascetics as performance with the new GPU being a nice gunmetal grey that suits the case perfectly and in-game it’s a little beast!

In our last blog on the Hero we tested to see just how much performance we could get by overclocking the graphics but before we get into that let’s see what the new graphics card can do at factory settings with some in-game performance tests, after all “What is a good gaming PC?” can only be answered by “it plays the games you want to play!”

First up, the new Hero proves itself to be a good gaming PC for Overwatch players by keeping things very smooth as we get up close and personal with Roadhog and his wonderful hook 😛

If you’re thinking about getting a good gaming PC for Minecraft you’ll probably be interested in playing with Shaders on, for our tests here we installed Optifine HD D3 Ultra + Sildurs Vibrant Shaders v1.153 Medium and then went for our signature run around looking for a nice town by the water 🙂

This next one’s still under development so we’ll be stepping back in to test things out with each update but right now the just released Star Marine early access for Star Citizen is working very well with these gaming PC specs, we happily ran around the awesome looking space stations chasing down bandits while having a blast being sneaky in space 🙂

Heaps of more games to test and fun times ahead! You can check out more GTX 1050 Gameplay FPS Tests here and many more on our GGPC YouTube Channel, keep your eyes on the GGPC Computers Blog and we’ll update with the latest.

Good Gaming PC – The GTX 1070 Dark Knight

GGPC DARK KNIGHT GAMING PCWith our most recent Dark Knight eSports edition we changed things up a lot upgrading to a very nice new chassis, an unlocked and water cooled intel i7-6700K + 500GB SSD and massive 4TB HDD for storage but the biggest change came from us fitting an EVGA Hybrid GTX 1070, which also has a very fancy all in one liquid cooler attached 🙂

And this is where things get fun 🙂 The GTX 1080 + i7-6700K is able to hit a whopping 19400 in the Final Fantasy Benchmark run which is pretty excellent, our tests with the GTX 1070 + i7-6700K in Paladin gave us an impressive result of 17800 which was actually a lot closer than we thought it would be… this might actually be possible with an OC. In game it was very difficult to tell the two graphics card apart performance wise (both run most on ultra settings pretty darn well) but the EVGA Hybrid 1070 under full load is much much quieter, something we specifically wanted for this build as it’ll be used for a lot of live game streaming.

We had such a good time testing things out in our GTX 950 Hero Overclocking Blog so we thought we’d do it again and see if we how close we could get to the 19400 score with our Dark Knight 1070 by making full use of that sweet cooling 🙂

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The rules are simple, overclocking of the graphics card is savvy but we’re not going to touch the CPU or RAM at all 😛

We’ll be using our favourite FREE benchmark for this one set to maximum detail at 1920×1080, you can download the Final Fantasy Benchmark software via this blog from Nvidia Benchmarksit’s free so you can install and test your own systems at home and compare with various configurations we have in our Gaming PC Benchmark Playlist.

For overclocking we’ll be using the Asus GPU tweak II software (also FREE!) as we love how easy it is to use, feel free to use any software you want for this though as it all does pretty much the same thing. It doesn’t matter which flavour of graphics card you are using either – other software choices like Afterburner or Precision will still work just fine 🙂

Starting with a base test at stock settings we exceed our previous base test and score 18000, this is going to be easier than first thought but we’ll still be needing around 9% performance gains to get reach to our dream target of 19400 \o/

We then started tweaking a little, first cranking power limit to max for a run before we tinker with the all important Core Clock and Memory Clock. We then tweaked these up with basic +100 to each, with GPU tweak II you can click and type in target clock speed rather than using the sliders, also don’t forget to click the tick to apply the settings. This gave us slightly better results with a score coming in a 18400, now to close the gap!

With a little tweaking and a few long tests to be sure it’s stable we managed an impressive 19228 with the 1070! (less than 1% off our GTX 1080 score!) You can check out the final scene in our benchmark run video below, with a quick snapshot of our settings shown at the very end to make things easy if you’re wanting to tinker for yourself at home – maybe even push things up a little higher!

If you’re overclocking to see just how far you can get remember that not all graphics cards limits are identical and overclocking results can vary a bit from card to card but that makes it all the more fun when you get a really good one! Go slowly as you increase the clock speeds look out for graphical glitches so you know when the limits of your card are getting close. The first one to keep an eye out for is pop in (or missing) textures, if you see odd colour dimming or pink and green flashes your OC is likely a little too high 😛 If you go wayyy to far you’ll crash either the benchmark software, nvidia display driver or force reboot your PC so play it safe and go slow so you avoid having to reboot.

Lot’s of fun to be had with this kind of thing in any case, keep your eyes on GGPC Computers Blog for the latest gameplay tests, custom builds and more!

 

Good Gaming PC – eSports NZ custom builds!

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We’re pretty excited to be competing in the upcoming Ping Zero! eSports tournaments and we’ve been working hard on creating some very special gaming PC for our GGPC team players to use throughout the event.

GGPC GTX 1070 Warlock eSports Edition PC!

We’ve made this build quite small by using the Phanteks EVOLV and with this new form factor we had plenty of space on the desk for our weapons of choice – Logitech G Gaming Gear setups for eSports!

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Good Graphics Card – GTX 1060 incoming

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UPDATE: The GTX 1060 is available in New Zealand now!

Nvidia has unveiled the new GTX 1060 and it’s the most exciting Pascal-based graphics card lineup yet – Nvidia claims the GTX 1060 is faster than a GTX 980!

This awesome new graphics card is set to be released worldwide on July 19 and while the full technical specifics for the GTX 1060 aren’t available just yet, Nvidia claims is easily overclocked to 2GHz and beyond but best of all – the power supplied is via a single 6-pin connector, this will enable us to do some crazy small gaming PC builds featuring this new card and the overall price should be very good indeed! Like the GTX 1080 and GTX 1070, the GTX 1060 will be available from manufacturers like Gigabyte, Asus and EVGA as well as a founders edition from Nvidia.

The early launch of the GTX 1060 makes things pretty interesting with AMD set to release the RX 470 shortly afterwards, in any case we can’t wait to show you our YouTube Gameplay FPS tests for both!

Good Gaming Components – EVGA SuperNOVA POWER!

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EVGA are well known worldwide as the primary partner to Nvidia and create some outstanding aftermarket graphics cards, but did you know they also have some excellent power supplies?

EVGA has one of the most complete, high quality PSU ranges available and New Zealand today with power supply units suitable for builds in the mid-range to extremely high-end. The success of their power supplies comes from both outstanding performance-per-dollar but also from the quality (and quite honestly great looks) that these fully modular power options provide.

Looking specifically at the EVGA SuperNOVA G1 650W 80+ Gold Full Modular Power Supply this is an ideal option for people looking to build a great RX 480 system today, with enough power to add a second RX 480 later in Crossfire configuration. Combining 650W of continuous power with gold rated efficiency and a very unique look in the almost stone like casing this fully modular masterpiece comes with fully black cables in two lengths so you can make you system look amazing without cable clutter – and they stand by this product as well with a mighty 10 YEAR WARRANTY! Recently, EVGA also expanded its 80 Plus Platinum efficiency G2 line with a giant 1600W capacity unit to satisfy the demands of the highest end user that is seeking to build the most extreme systems, but more on that one soon 🙂We’ve been using these power supplies in our high end builds the GGPC Dark Knight and GGPC Paladin and will continue to do so with the latest versions as we have found SuperNOVA to be utterly dependable, we’ve also had the pleasure of working with other EVGA power options in various custom builds (like this amazing system) and it’s on this note that we give this power supply range our GGPC recommends badge – EVGA Power Supplies are GOOD!

Good Gaming PC – GTX 1080 Gaming PC in three flavours!

Today is the day!

The Nvidia GTX 1080 is now available in New Zealand and our friends over at PB Tech NZ have three stunning new Gaming PC builds using founders edition graphics cards from Asus, EVGA and Gigabyte. Each gaming system has been built around the flavour of graphics card inside, let’s check out the builds!

First up the very green Gigabyte G1 Gaming Machine!

GGPCPB1080G1Using the Gigabyte Z170 G1 Sniper Edition motherboard was a top choice, not only does this provide the unlocked i7-6700K processor with all the tools for a hearty overclock it also matches the NZXT H440 in green perfectly! Fitted with a maintenance free Cooler Master Nepton Liquid Cooling kit and Crucial Ballistix DDR4 ram this gaming rig is sure to make the most of the perfect matching Gigabyte GTX 1080 founders edition fitted inside 🙂

Dual storage devices include a Crucial solid state drive for really fast boot times + a large hard drive so you can install all your games and go crazy all night long!

Check out the green machine here = PB Gigabyte G1 GTX 1080 Gaming PC

 

GGPCPBEVGA1080Next on the list – an extremely tidy build with EVGA!
This build looks classy, the CM MasterCase 5 was a fine choice indeed and matches the EVGA Z170 FTW (for the win) Edition motherboard inside with it’s dark silver and black colour scheme. A fully modular EVGA SuperNOVA powersupply has also been used and it’s all looking extremely good together, a white LED lighting kit makes the components inside this build POP! You’ll also enjoy dual storage options yet again with this one and the build is also ready to add a second GTX 1080 in SLi when the new connectors arrive – crazy…

Check out more pictures and specs for this beast here = PB EVGA FTW GTX 1080 Gaming PC

 

GGPCPB1080ASUSLastly, and even more impressive than the first two, is the Asus Republic of Gamers version.

This one’s just a little more extreme and has a massive radiator (240mm) in the front to ensure great temperatures as you push your games to the limit and beyond! The Asus ROG HERO Motherboard is the AURA version and this is connected to the chassis RGB lighting so you’ll be able to go crazy with special effects and find the perfect theme, this also allows for a bunch of really cool effects and you could even set it to give you a light show when you play some music 🙂

The case is an epic silver Phanteks Evolv with tempered glass side panels so you’ll be able to gaze at your glorious GTX 1080 inside while it pulses to the beat of your tunes!

Check out more pictures and specs for this truly epic build here = PB Asus ROG GTX 1080 Gaming PC

Great builds indeed, these are all the creations of “Mojo” and we’ll be sure to feature more of his awesome builds in future GGPC blogs to come 🙂  We’ll be unveiling our own GGPC GTX 1080 build when the new Asus Strix versions of the 1080 arrive!

GAME ON!

 

 

Get your BONUS Game: Rise of the Tomb Raider with Nvidia!

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Update: This promotion has now ended

For a limited time, those fine folks at Asus, EVGA and Gigabyte are hooking you up with a BONUS copy of Rise of the Tomb Raider when you get selected Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Ti, GTX 980 & GTX 970 graphics car­ds.

This game sure is something special as well – Rise of the Tomb Raider has made it amongst four nominees for the Writers Guild of America’s award for 2015’s best-written video game!

In Rise of the Tomb Raider, Lara embarks on her first great Tomb Raiding expedition. Experience high-octane action moments, conquer beautifully hostile environments, engage in brutal guerilla combat, and explore awe-inspiring deadly tombs in the evolution of survival action.

In her first adventure, Lara Croft was forged into a true survivor, but she glimpsed a deeper, secret world. Now, after uncovering an ancient mystery, Lara must explore the most treacherous and remote regions of Siberia to find the secret of immortality before a ruthless organization known as Trinity. Lara must use her wits and survival skills, form new alliances, and ultimately embrace her destiny as the Tomb Raider.

Once you’ve got your excellent new graphics card simple visit the redemption pages for the flavour you choose, here are the links for ASUS, EVGA and Gigabyte.

This promotion is running until the 16th of Feb 2016, so get in on this great offer quick!