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Good Gaming PC Case – Phanteks EVOLV SHIFT

Those talented techs at Phanteks have created a new addition to the now iconic EVOLV series with two new chassis joining the range, these latest offerings are known as the EVOLV SHIFT and they’re looking really good! All up there are four versions of these new chassis, with two colour options (the black Evolv Shift looks amazing) and two unique sizes available.

The superb craftsmanship of the Evolv Shift can be seen in every detail, although extremely compact compared to the mid sized chassis we often see, the Shift delivers a versatile space in which we can pack in plenty of powerful components –  and pack them in we did!

For our first build in the smaller Shift chassis, we grabbed the Gigabyte B250N ITX Pheonix motherboard which conveniently has wireless built in, a 2 x 8GB kit of G.Skill Trident Z and a little SFX power supply from Corsair. With the large windows running down both sides and providing such a nice view we opted to replace our intel stock cooler with the Phanteks TC12LS low profile cooler, having used this previously in our CM Pro 6 RGB Sync test build we yet again replaced the standard fan with a very nice RGB one to really light things up, graphics wise even the smallest version of this chassis can fit a full-length (35cm) card inside but it’s important to note that even though we absolutely love the massive Aorus 1080Ti its triple slot form factor was a just a little too large for this one 😛

Building with the Shift is easier than most small cases due to the way they’ve separated it into different areas, the top of the chassis is where you mount your motherboard and a PCIe extender then attaches to another space behind this where you will fit your graphics card – with the smaller Shift, if you go with a dual fan graphics card it can be fitted backplate facing either in or out, with the longer triple fan cards we found the best fit is backplate out – keep that in mind when choosing which card to build with 😛

This leaves a fairly large space in the lower compartment which lets the air flow in and upwards, you could easily fit a 120mm AiO liquid cooling kit in here if you wanted too. While the power supply has its own special output on the base of the build all your outputs from the motherboard and graphics card come out at the top of the case hidden beneath a push-to-release cover panel which serves as the primary airflow output vent, there is a little hole on the rear of this area that cables can be routed through.

You can check out our builds in the Phanteks EVOLV Shift this weekend at the TechXpo in Auckland, we’ll also update with lots of pictures of the builds from the event so keep your eyes on the GGPC PC Gaming Blog and our GGPC Instagram for the latest!

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 Gaming Gear – Best of Computex 2016 (so far…)

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Every year the best and biggest names in PC Gaming hardware get together in Taipei to show off their upcoming tech in an exhibition known as Computex and this year the team from Good Gaming PC NZ joined the frey to hunt down the coolest components, gaming gear and computer gadgets 🙂  This event also times itself with a series of rig modding and building competitions held around the world and becomes an ideal meeting spot for custom gaming PC builders to exchange ideas and show off their creations.

We’ve just enjoyed day 2 and it’s a great time to start sharing some awesome finds so far!

First up, best in graphics cards!

There have been two shining stars of the show in this field so far, new tech from Corsair and Phanteks both based around making the most of the new Nvidia GTX 1080 graphics cards that released just as Computex 2016 was about to begin (coincidence, I think not).

If you’re wanting to really make the most of the new graphics power in the GTX1080 Corsair and MSi have gotten together and created a maintenance free liquid cooling solution they call the Sea Hawk that will allow you to push this beast to the limit without fuss 🙂 It’s a very tidy piece of kit that’s ideal for making extremely high performance gaming PC builds easily.

 

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If you’ve wanting to make something with top teir performance and a really custom look things are getting pretty amazing with some exciting new tech from the team at Phanteks.  They’ve created a pretty impressive looking custom waterblock for the GTX 1080 that catches the light perfectly and you’ll be able to customize your new super cool cards with all the RGB goodness you want 🙂

 

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Next, some very unique chassis!

 

There have been two that certainly deserve this title and the first is aptly named Dream Box, with this DIY-kit, customization is mandatory 🙂  Unlike other mod-savvy chassis solutions, the new Dream Box DIY-kit allows you to create things in a way that feels a bit like lego.

The other favourite so far is pretty sweet not only because of the creativity but also because it’s essentially FREE, those fine folks at ThermalTake have created a hub they call the ThermalTake 3D Makers which provides schematics for 3D printing parts to mod your chassis with, right now they are displaying at the show a chassis that’s pretty similar to the popular TT P5 called the Core P1 and say this is going to be available for download – crazy cool!

 

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How about some RGB portable solid state storage?

 

Avexir have refined their design and are busy showing off a new SSD, this latest drive features similar RGB lighting as the previous version but is much slimmer and also has a very handy USB Type C connection allowing it to be used as a portable hard drive if needed – awesome!

 

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And to round things off – best in gaming gear!

This one caught us by surprise and we’re off to capture some fresh video of this wonderful keyboard in action first thing tomorrow so we can show you just how cool it is (update: here’s a video)  From the design team at Zalman comes a new gaming keyboard they are calling the Z-Machine, available in a range of great colours this driverless keyboard has features and effects that really need to be seen to be believed.

 

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This is just a little snippet of what we’ve found so far, be sure to keep your eyes on our computers blog and instagram for more excellent gear as we find it!

GG!

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 – wrapped 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 ¼ 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 🙂   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.

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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!