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Good Gaming Motherboard – Z270 Series Unleashed!

UPDATE: A full range of Z270 series motherboards is available in NZ now!

 

GGPC Aorus Z270X Gaming 5 MotherboardThe arrival of the new Kaby Lake CPU brought with it some new Z270 motherboards for some beautiful high end Gaming PC builds and although these latest generation motherboards only have a couple of new techy features depending on the model (good for supporting more high speed storage devices) they’ve all had a solid update to the lighting kits and some even have some pretty sweet liquid cooling loadouts ready to roll 🙂

Starting things off with a favourite from the bunch we take a closer look at the new lineup from Gigabyte, specifically the Aorus Z270X Gaming 5 \o/

With this new lineup Aorus motherboards we get a major cooling controller upgrade. The Aorus Gaming 5 (and all other Aorus mobo as well :P) includes what Gigabyte is calling “hybrid fan headers” which allow us to adjust the voltage to each connected device so we can tweak our builds cooling, pumps and most importantly – make things oh so quiet. It’s not just one or two of the headers that are special like this either, all (5) on our Gaming 5 mobo work in this way 🙂 The mobo also packs a bunch of thermal sensors so if you want your machine to rev up additional cooling automatically it’s ready to roll and to top things off if you’re wanting to add additional RGB lighting strips you’ll find a handy RGB 12v header just under the bottom PCIe slot and connecting to this will allow you to sync the lighting throughout the build via Fusion \o/

One of the main reasons we like the Aorus lineup so much is because of the pure black and white colour scheme Gigabyte have gone with, and this makes using the new multi-zone RGB LED lighting system that Aorus comes equipped with all the more awesome – you can light up around the ram slots, graphics card slots and there has also been a really cool update to the trace lighting path on the side of the motherboard thanks the addition of a patterned transparent plate that really captures the LED and the glow is incredible, these plates are easily interchangeable as well so messing around with patterns for custom builds is going to be blast! They’ve got some slick new software to make the most of this which also has the fancy name “RGB Fusion” and it will allow you to quickly customise the various zones to get the perfect look.

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Combine all this with some really nice features like re-enforced PCIe slots, X-Fi audio (great if you want to hear those footsteps), gold plated connections and dual M.2 slots for some very rapid storage and you’ve got one killer motherboard that looks good and can hold together a top tier system – fun times ahead!

But that’s not all!

Asus have revealed their new lineup also and among these is what looks to be an updated version for the Z170-AR we use in our own Paladin GTX 1070 Gaming PC which Asus are calling the Z270-A Prime (looks like this one is the Z270-AR in NZ)

GGPC Z270A Prime MotherboardMuch like the Gigabyte motherboard above this new version has had the previous blue accent removed and is now sports a clean black and white colour scheme we like. It sports those nifty fan headers as well and although it’s shy on the lighting zones (a small bit of RGB path lighting) Asus have continued to make the new lineup a little more mod friendly by offering a range of unique customisation options for those with access to a 3D Printer \o/ Dedicated mounting points on the motherboard make fitting 3D printed parts possible by using the same screws as M.2 drives (hard to find but four 2mm x 3mm screws included with the kingston ssd bracket if you get stuck) so we’ll be able fit nameplates, ninja cable covers and more as we experiment with things – With Asus backing 3D Printer modding in this way along with Cooler Master and ThermalTake we’re sure to see more and more cool models emerge for these and not just for those lucky few with a fancy new motherboard – 3D models for 120mm fan covers, 2-way SLi bridges and even cable combs!

Fun times ahead!

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 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!