Good Gaming Gear

Good Gaming Keyboard – Cooler Master Masterkeys

Masterkeys Lite is GOOD

Cooler Master have¬†got another new gaming keyboard – well actually this one’s a combo!

Introducing the new Cooler Master Masterkeys Lite ūüôā ¬†Unlike the above gaming keyboards which use the Cherry MX¬†this new value keyboard is packing CM’s own mem-chanical switch which not only feels great¬†but also conforms to the Cherry MX standard shape so we can add aftermarket custom key caps very easily,¬†it’s still early days for the Maker Hub but we’ll be keeping an eye on this for 3D printable models to appear, until then Thingiverse¬†certainly has more than enough to keep us modding!

Masterkeys LiteWhile the Masterkeys Lite Keyboard might not be quite as bright as its big brothers this keyboard still produces that clean RGB LED glow we’re in love with. ¬†They’ve added something really interesting to the kickstands by running a grippy texture along the back so when you’ve got the keyboard laying flat it still sticks to your desk like glue.

Even though the target is value this keyboard is still very well built and you can change the LED lighting to suit you setup quickly and easily from the keyboard itself without additional software or drivers needed, simple must haves like disabling the windows key (which is printed with a Cooler Master logo¬†on this keyboard) can be done easily by pushing Fn+F12 and you’ll also find a host of media and lighting controls can be accessed in the same way.

The included mouse is a nice shape has an LED indicator that flashes in several colours as you change though the DPi settings lighting up the scroll wheel and also a thin strip at the base of the mouse, you can make this glow constant and even cycle to a RGB breathing mode by clicking the DPi shift + scroll wheel simultaneously  Рawesome stuff Cooler Master!

The version we have to play with has a L on the box as well which leads us to believe a second 10keyless version might be on the way which is always nice (UPDATE: Yep, there’s a new S version), in any case this is certainly the best entry level combo we’ve had the pleasure of using in a long time (since the Cooler Master Devastator II actually) and we’re happy to give this new value gaming combo our GGPC recommends badge – the Masterkeys Lite is GOOD!




Good Gaming Components – EVGA SuperNOVA POWER!


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 ūüôāWe’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 Mouse – SteelSeries Rival 700


The Rival 700 gaming mouse features the first fully customisable OLED display, and also tactile alerts giving real-time information and in-game notifications that you can feel rather than see. ¬†With this mouse no two alerts need to be the same, you can choose which in-game events automatically trigger a tactile alert and you have complete control over how each one feels – health, ammo, mana, disables, headshots, and stuns can all be individually set to start a Tactile Alert. ¬†Tweak the vibration patterns, duration, triggers to suit you, you might want an alert that feels like a heartbeat when you are low on HP or set an alert to do a quick buzz to let know you’ve got that last hit.

The Tactile Alerts have been carefully placed in the center of your mouse, so you feel the pulse strongly in your palm. By directing the pulse to only move up through your hand, as opposed to left and right, Tactile Alerts will not impact your mouse’s tracking so you can keep your aim perfect.

In order to control all the settings for this beast you’ll need to download the SteelSeries Engine 3 software, once installed you can setup CPI, polling, lift off distance, macros, and OLED screen with just a few clicks – if you’re looking for some GIFs to get you going SteelSeries have a bunch ready for you to check out here ūüôā

We’ve¬†put this great new mouse through some extensive GGPC in game testing and it’s very comfortable indeed, this could well be one of the best mice we see in 2016! On that note we happily give this new gaming mouse our GGPC recommends award – The SteelSeries Rival 700 is GOOD!¬†

Steelseries Rival 700 Gaming Mouse is Good


Good Gaming Keyboard – SteelSeries Apex M500

The Steelseries¬†Apex M500¬†delivers the gaming features from the popular Apex series giving you the keys to victory (lol nice pun SteelSeries). ¬†A¬†tournament-grade backlit mechanical gaming keyboard built to meet the requirements of top level gamers, SteelSeries really have created¬†an excellent keyboard for gamers that game – with features we’ll actually use and an emphasis on quality that is well received.

We’ve gotten hands-on with this epic new piece of hardware and¬†the¬†Apex M500 is certainly does it’s job well, the sleek design gives you everything you need in a professional gaming keyboard, without the fluff ūüôā

Created with the toughest plastics and reinforced with a battle-hardened steel back plate, they’ve¬†gone to extra lengths to ensure the construction and materials can withstand anything thrown its way. ¬†A standard key layout means no learning curve and¬†no surprises and with Cherry key stems, gamers can swap out the keycaps for a custom set and everything fits perfectly.

With the SteelSeries Engine software you can easily customize your keyboard with macros, setting these up has never been easier and text based, key-press, and-on-the-fly macros can all be programmed and set with ease.  Your profiles aren’t limited to just your keyboard either, you can program any key to cycle between your keyboard, headset, and mouse profiles.

You can even auto-deploy your exact settings right when you launch your games, crazy cool.

Combine all this with the smaller details like cable management channels underneath, rubber non-slip kickstands and a beautiful evenly lit glow from the blue LED (also the base plate is blue which is nice) and you’ve got a well thought out, quality keyboard.

Now that we’ve had a game or 12 with this excellent new peice of gaming tech¬†we are happy to give it a well¬†deserved recommendation to anyone looking for a new mechanical gaming keyboard¬†at a great price ‚Äď The SteelSeries Apex M500 is GOOD!

The SteelSeries Apex M500 is available overseas but we haven’t seen stock land in¬†New Zealand yet so keep your eyes on our NZ computers blog¬†and we’ll update as soon as this epic nww keyboard arrives!

Steelseries Apex M500 is Good


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.


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.


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!