Author: GGPC

Marvel Avengers PC BETA sign-ups begin!

Intel Gaming Access is now live with their new Marvel Avengers BETA sign-up website so we can all register to get the first wave of access keys!

Register for access to the PC BETA here = https://game.intel.com/giveaways/avengers/beta-ww/

Marvel’s Avengers is an upcoming, third-person, action-adventure game that combines an original, cinematic story with single-player and co-operative gameplay.

The full game promises to be playable with a team of up to four players online so we can enjoy this one with friends if we want too, with each hero having their own unique abilities we can use to defend the Earth from escalating threats.

Set in a timeline when Super Heroes are outlawed, a young Kamala Khan must reassemble the Avengers to stop AIM. Marvel’s Avengers is looking to be an epic 3D beat-em-up with new heroes and missions planned to be delivered on an ongoing basis.

We’re excited to test the performance on a range of different gaming PC configs, this BETA times itself with the full game release expected in September too, so it’s sure to be a very polished looking game already 🙂

GAME ON!

How to install and activate a new SSD or HDD with Windows 10

The first step is going to plugging your drive into the PC, we’ve popped a quick video at the bottom of this blog from GGPC Instagram showing where the cables usually are for this 🙂

Once you’ve plugged your new SSD or HDD you’ll need to activate the drive and assign it a name or letter.

The good news is, it’s super easy to do!

With the new storage now installed, turn the PC on and let it boot into windows as normal. The new drive won’t be usable until we activate it.

Press/Click the windows key and type in ‘partition’ then press enter/click

This will make the ‘create and format hard disk partitions’ tool pop up.

You’ll see your new M.2 SSD in here but it will be coloured black to indicate it’s not currently active.
Right click on the black drive and select ‘new simple volume’ 
The tool will then pop up, click next to begin!
The first thing it will ask us to do is to specify the volume size

The default number that appears here automatically is the max storage available (yep, 500GB becomes 476B when formatted..) so just go with what pops up and click next.

Now choose a drive letter
Now name your new SSD
All done! Your new SSD will now be usable on your PC.

The same process can be used for all types of storage, HDD and regular SSD too.

GAME ON!

Logitech GGPC this August!

Get ready for amazing August packed with Logitech G prizes for those grabbing themselves a new GGPC!

Get yourself a Good Gaming PC this month and you can register to redeem a G240 Gaming Mouse Pad to go with your new Gaming Rig.

The G240 Gaming Mouse Pad provides edge-to-edge performance on a clean surface with just the right amount of friction for low-DPI manoeuvres. Crafted for maximum control of your mouse movements, your gaming will benefit from the consistent surface texture, also giving your mouse sensors better imagery for translating mouse movement into cursor movement.

A solid mouse pad for any mouse, but that’s not all, our Massive Gaming Prize Pack will also be going out to one lucky gamer!

IMPORTANT: To be in to win the MEGA Prize you must register for the Logitech G240 Bonus!

Our grand prize pack for August 2020 is an awesome gaming setup made up of three highly sought after pieces of Logitech G Gaming Gear, and up first we’ve got audio covered with the awesome Logitech G432 Gaming Headset!

Featuring DTS Headphone:X 2.0 surround sound, powered by Logitech G HUB software, lets you hear enemies sneaking behind you, special ability cues, and immersive environments-all around you with 3D audio that goes beyond 7.1 channels to make you feel like you’re right in the middle of the action.

A 6mm microphone makes sure your squad mates can hear you, and with the popular flip-to-mute boom feature it can silence you when you don’t want to be heard.

Everything else about these headphones revolves around player comfort: The deluxe lightweight leatherette ear cups and headband are made to keep pressure off your ears. Pop it onto your head and you’ll be treated to the glorious audio that comes from the big 50mm drivers within.

Our lucky July winner is going need a great mouse too, and we’ve got one that’s all about ensuring your movements translate perfectly into your game, with no acceleration messing with your aim!

This next one really shouldn’t need an introduction as it been sitting happily at the top of most “best gaming mouse” lists for a long while now, but just in case you’ve somehow missed it, the exceptional Logitech G502 HERO Gaming Mouse is rather special indeed!

Packing the newly created HERO 16K sensor, full RGB LED Lighting and tunable weight options, this mouse is capable of tracking insane flicks at speeds over 400 IPS without spinning out. HERO 16K delivers peak performance at any sensitivity with zero smoothing, acceleration, or filtering from 100 to 16,000 DPI.

Certainly a great mouse for any gamer, but that’s not all we’ve got up for grabs this June. Completing the winners setup is a keyboard 4x faster than standard, the G213 Prodigy Gaming Keyboard was designed for gaming, featuring ultra-quick, responsive feedback that is up to 4x faster than the 8ms report rate of standard keyboards and an anti-ghosting matrix that keeps you in control when you press multiple gaming keys simultaneously.

The G213 Prodigy features Logitech keys that are specially tuned to deliver a superior tactile response and performance profile. At full height, they deliver a full 4mm travel distance, 50g actuation force, and a quiet sound operation.

Wow! What a bunch of prizes!

Check out the all the latest Gaming PC builds and Logitech G prizes, and keep your eyes on the GGPC Blog as we’ll announce the lucky MEGA PRIZE PACK winner at the end of the month!

GAME ON!

Raze HELL with ASUS + Doom Eternal Game BONUS!

IMPORTANT NOTE: This Bonus offer starts on August 1st!

For a limited time and while game codes last, gear up with selected ASUS AMD Graphics Cards or Motherboards and you can register to redeem a sweet DOOM Eternal Game BONUS!

Gear up and get in quick, this offer is only valid on purchases from August 1st – August 31th 2020.

This offer is only available from selected ASUS Radeon Graphics Cards or AMD Ryzen B450/B550 chipset Motherboards, see quick links below for models included in this promotion that are available in NZ. (See the full range of Asus at PB Tech)

Eligible Asus Components:

ASUS ROG Strix Radeon RX 5700XT Graphics Card

ASUS ROG STRIX B450-F GAMING Motherboard

ASUS ROG Strix B550-F GAMING (WI-FI) Motherboard

ASUS TUF GAMING B550M-PLUS (WI-FI) Motherboard

ASUS PRIME B550M-A (WI-FI) Motherboard

ASUS PRIME B550M-K Motherboard

Once you’ve got your awesome new hardware you can register to redeem via the ASUS Doom Eternal Redemption Site to register your new hardware and claim that game code!

DOOM ETERNAL: Hell’s armies have invaded Earth. Become the Slayer in an epic single-player campaign to conquer demons across dimensions and stop the final destruction of humanity. The only thing they fear… is you.

If you’ve played Doom before, you’re in for more of the same action-packed ultra violence 🙂 Be prepared for awesome new environments too, this one feels like a it’s channelling HELL ON EARTH at times, and it’s a worthy spiritual sequel/remake for sure!.

GAME ON!

Frames Win Games – Nvidia RTX Rainbow 6 Seige Gold Edition BONUS

Nvidia are back again with another good game bonus offer!

Gear up and get ready for some awesome team tactical gaming with the latest register to redeem TOM CLANCY’S RAINBOW SIX® SIEGE GOLD EDITION game code for those getting themselves a selected RTX Graphics Card, or Gaming PC featuring this hardware.

You’ll need to get in quick for this one though, the offer is only valid on purchases from July 30th – August 28th 2020.

This offer is only available from selected RTX graphics cards, quick links below for all models included in this promotion. (See the full range of Nvidia at PB Tech)

GeForce RTX 2060
GeForce RTX 2060 Super
GeForce RTX 2070
GeForce RTX 2070 Super
GeForce RTX 2080
GeForce RTX 2080 Super
GeForce RTX 2080 Ti

Once you’ve got your awesome new hardware, you’ll need to register to redeem your game code, see quick links below for Desktop Graphics Cards or Gaming PC featuring these included in the promotion.

Register to Redeem Gigabyte AORUS RTX Graphics Cards

Register to Redeem EVGA RTX Graphics Cards

Register to Redeem ASUS ROG RTX Graphics Cards

Register to Redeem MSi RTX Graphics Cards (Promo page isn’t quite live yet, will be soon!)

Rainbow 6 Seige: Master the art of destruction and gadgetry in Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege. Face intense close-quarters combat, high lethality, tactical decision making, team play and explosive action within every moment. Engage in a brand-new style of assault using an unrivalled level of destruction and gadgetry!

On defence: Coordinate with your team to transform your environments into strongholds. Trap, fortify and create defensive systems to prevent being breached by the enemy.

On attack: Lead your team through narrow corridors, barricaded doorways and reinforced walls. Combine tactical maps, observation drones, rappelling and more to plan, attack and defuse every situation.

The Gold Edition pack allows the player to choose from dozens of highly trained, Special Forces operators from around the world. Deploy the latest technology to track enemy movement. Shatter walls to open new lines of fire. Breach ceilings and floors to create new access points. Employ every weapon and gadget from your deadly arsenal to locate, manipulate and destroy your enemies and the environment around them.

Running high frames and refresh rates on competitive games allow you to see things sooner and hit what you are aiming at. This Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege high FPS and Hz video shows the benefits of using a powerful graphics card like the GeForce RTX 2080Ti with a 240 Hz monitor.

The base game feels like a modern Counterstrike at first, so you can jump in and get into the lethal shooter gameplay side right away, but much like CS as you learn the various levels the game starts to evolve into a very deep, rather slow tactical shooter, packed full of glorious PVP misdirection and bait movements.

More than just point and shoot, there is a real emphasis on using environmental sounds to locate the enemies in this one too, adding to the tension and everyone slowly creeps about the place, peeping through holes in walls and popping off rounds to cover the sounds created elsewhere.

You can play the game in a single-player mode they call ‘situations’ and this is great for trying out new things without having to wait for the match to end to try things again. Multiplayer is also doable in solo queue but the game really comes into its own when you team up with mates and get on the microphones.

You don’t actually need to have the highest-end graphics card to enjoy this game too, 60+ FPS is achievable on entry-level GTX configs (remember this game bonus offer is ONLY for RTX graphics cards though), simply don a riot shield, work with your team, and have fun emptying the clip 🙂

GAME ON!

AMD Rewards Raise the Game Godfall + Shadowlands BONUS!

AMD have even more free games up for grabs and this time it’s for those grabbing a new Radeon RX 5500, RX 5600 or RX 5700 (XT) graphics card, or custom gaming PC featuring these awesome GPU!

Also awesome: the AMD Rewards Ryzen Assassins Creed Valhalla bonus offer is on right now too!

This new AMD Rewards Raise the Game bonus promotion has two games on offer, and you can register to redeem one or both depending on the graphics card purchased.

Register to redeem Godfall with,

RX 5500 XT Graphics Cards

Register to redeem Godfall + World of Warcraft Shadowlands with,

RX 5600 XT Graphics Cards
RX 5700 Graphics Cards
RX 5700 XT Graphics Cards

This promotion is valid only on qualifying AMD purchases from July 14th 2020 – October 3rd 2020, and only from authorised retailers (See eligible AMD Graphics cards at PB Tech in NZ).

We’ll update the article with the direct link to the code redemption page as soon as it goes live, but until then, lets take a closer look at the awesome games that are up for grabs!

Godfall: Get ready to hack your way through hordes in this looter-slasher, melee action-RPG 🙂 You are the last of the Valorian knights, god-like warriors able to equip Valorplates, legendary armor sets that transform wielders into unstoppable masters of melee combat. Tear through foes as you climb through each of the elemental realms and challenge the mad god, Macros who awaits you at the top.

World of Warcraft Shadowlands: Discover what lies beyond the world you know in the next chapter of the World of Warcraft saga – Shadowlands! The veil between life and death is no more. With a single act of destruction, Sylvanas Windrunner has ripped open the way to the afterlife. Azeroth’s staunchest defenders have been dragged into all-consuming darkness. An ancient force of death threatens to break its bonds and unravel reality.

Hidden realms of wonder and horror await any who would pass to the other side. The Shadowlands is home to an entire realm of the departed; it is a world between worlds whose delicate balance preserves life and death itself. As one of Azeroth’s greatest champions, you have been granted the power to cross over in body and soul. Now you must investigate a conspiracy to unmake the cosmos, and help Warcraft legends journey back… or fulfill their ultimate destiny.

Align yourself with one of four Covenants—mysterious sects, each with their own ambition for the Shadowlands—to restore balance to the hereafter

If you havn’t played WoW yet, you’re in for a treat, the base game is free to try if you’re wanting to jump in ahead of the Shadowlands update too 🙂

GAME ON!

Embark on your journey – Nvidia RTX Death Stranding Game BONUS!

UPDATE: This offer has now ended, see the latest Nvidia Promotions here!

Those fine folks at Nvidia have just given us another free game bonus offer!

That’s right folks, get ready to embark on your journey with an awesome register to redeem Death Stranding game code offer for those getting themselves a selected RTX Graphics Card, or Gaming PC featuring this hardware.

You’ll need to get in quick for this one though, the offer is only valid on purchases from July 9th – July 29th 2020.

This offer is only available from selected RTX graphics cards, quicks links below for all models included in this promotion. (See the full range at PB Tech)

GeForce RTX 2060
GeForce RTX 2060 Super
GeForce RTX 2070
GeForce RTX 2070 Super
GeForce RTX 2080
GeForce RTX 2080 Super
GeForce RTX 2080 Ti

Once you’ve got your awesome new hardware, you’ll need to register to redeem your game code, see quick links below for Desktop Graphics Cards or Gaming PC featuring these included in the promotion.

Register to Redeem Gigabyte AORUS RTX Graphics Cards

Register to Redeem EVGA RTX Graphics Cards

Register to Redeem ASUS ROG RTX Graphics Cards

Register to Redeem MSi RTX Graphics Cards

Death Stranding: From legendary game creator Hideo Kojima comes an all-new, genre-defying experience. Sam Bridges must brave a world utterly transformed by the Death Stranding. Carrying the disconnected remnants of our future in his hands, he embarks on a journey to reconnect the shattered world one step at a time.

Explore a world utterly transformed by the Death Stranding. Become Sam Bridges as he seeks to reconnect the shattered reality one step at a time. Nvidia GeForce RTX brings the experience to life with unmatched gaming performance and image quality, powered by NVIDIA DLSS 2.0.

GAME ON!

AMD REWARDS Ryzen CPU with Assassins Creed Valhalla BONUS!

Woohooo! AMD have just kicked off an awesome new free game bonus offer for those getting themselves selected Ryzen CPU, or Gaming PC featuring these powerful processors!

For a limited time (and while code stocks last) you can register to redeem a BONUS AMD Rewards Key with select AMD Ryzen

This promotion is valid only on qualifying AMD purchases from July 7th 2020 – October 3rd 2020, and only from authorised retailers (PB Tech in NZ)

Eligible models for Ryzen Equipped to WIN AMD Rewards promotion linked below!

AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
AMD Ryzen 7 3800X
AMD Ryzen 7 3800XT
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
AMD Ryzen 9 3900XT
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X

This new AMD Rewards Key offer unlocks an awesome game!

PLEASE NOTE: Assassins Creed Valhalla release date TBC December 2020

Assassins Creed Valhalla: Become Eivor, a mighty Viking raider and lead your clan from the harsh shores of Norway to a new home amid the lush farmlands of ninth-century England. Explore a beautiful, mysterious open world where you’ll face brutal enemies, raid fortresses, build your clan’s new settlement, and forge alliances to win glory and earn a place in Valhalla. England in the age of the Vikings is a fractured nation of petty lords and warring kingdoms. Beneath the chaos lies a rich and untamed land waiting for a new conqueror. Will it be you?

As with previous AMD Rewards Key promotions, you’ll have to claim your key first and then activate it via the portal – this activation must be done with the AMD hardware fitted inside your system!

Step #1: Purchase an eligible AMD component or Gaming PC featuring this hardware from a participating retailer.

Step #2: Register your purchase to redeem your AMD REWARDS KEY from the retailer. (PB Tech)

Step #3: Login (or create) to your AMD Rewards profile at www.amdrewards.com/login 

Step #4: Enter your AMD REWARDS KEY on the page that follows the login (shown below) – IMPORTANT! You’ll need to redeem from the PC that has the AMD hardware fitted inside, you cannot redeem from your mobile device.

Step #5: A prompt will appear for verification, click OK to proceed and follow the prompts.

Step #6: Success! Proceed to the next step – we’re almost there!

Step #7: You’ll now see the ‘My Rewards’ screen, any game options will be available to your here.

Step #8: IMPORTANT! Only click if you want to activate the token , you can wait till near the end of the promotion if you want to (but don’t leave it too long, codes do expire!)

Step 9: Once you click the ‘activate’ link you’ll be taken to launcher or landing page (For Assassins Creed Vahalla this will likely be uPlay or Epic Games launchers.), login or create a new account to proceed.

Step #10: Redeem your AMD Rewards Game Pass in the new box that has appeared – you’ve done it!

If you get stuck at any stage of the activation process you can send a message to the AMD team directly via the eTicket Contact Form which is linked at the bottom of the AMD Rewards Support Page www.amdrewards.com/faq.

It’s pretty great just how good the AMD team are at responding to messages, our last ticket test was sent on 25/02/2020 and was responded to within 12 hours – well done AMD!

GAME ON!

Good Gaming Monitor – Samsung Odyssey G9 incoming to NZ!

It’s called the 49″ Samsung Odyssey G9 Gaming Monitor and it’s so good! A glorious sight to behold, offering unmatched in performance with a crisp image and refresh rate that has us pushing our best gaming PC builds to there absolute limits 🙂

Curved ultrawide monitors, in general, are pretty good, they’ve been a much-beloved upgrade to our multi-monitor setups in recent years making our favourite simulation style games (War Thunder, Star Citizen Alpha and Flight Sim 2020 Alpha to quickly name three recent favourites) a lot of fun to play, offering that same massive view but with no bezels getting in the way of the game.

Recently, our goto size for these ultra sim setups has been 34″, which allowed us to run at a very wide resolution of 3440×1440 without breaking the bank. Quick shout out to the awesome 34″ N34QW and N34HQW for making these sort of setups possible for under $1000 while still using the much loved 144Hz Samsung panels within 🙂 There have been some 49″ options available too, but those have been significantly more expensive and somewhat limiting with the resolution at just 3840x1080, which is still nice, but tough to justify when comparing to 34″ option which costs less than half the price. We did try using two 34″ side by side for some quick tests too, but we just can’t bring ourselves to go back to the old the bezel split, even with an Asus bezel free kit, it just doesn’t look as good.

This new option (on its way to NZ right now) offers a very very tempting new feature set, spanning 49″ with a gorgeous new resolution at 5120×1440, while reaching new heights with an incredible 240Hz panel, with HDR1000 and that oh so fancy QLED backlight tech for richer colours. Combine that with the usual G-Sync/FreeSync badges and we’re good to go.

Those who attended the CES 2020 event might recognise it – it’s that same eye-catching monitor with the infinity mirror/ engine like backplate that won a CES innovation award at the event. It’s very tightly curved, we’ve tried to show this with the photo above from the CES event, but it’s probably something you’re really going to have to see in person to experience, that 1000R curve is crazy cool and unique.

It’s going to be expensive to match those specs of course, but the sheer size of this monitor allows it to curve around your vision, and that higher resolution brings us closer to our current GPU limits which is great 🙂

Being one of, if not the best option for those wanting to play games in the ultra-wide format at these resolutions, first stocks are very understandable going to be in limited supply for this one, so be sure to pre-order your 49″ Samsung Odyssey G9 Gaming Monitor at PB Tech if you want to be amongst the first in New Zealand to own one for yourself!

If the G9 Odyssey is looking like it might be a bit too big for the desk worry not, there is more on the way in a smaller form factor from Samsung, named the 32″ G7 Odyssey and 27″ G7 Odyssey, both of these new options share the same specs (apart from the inches) packing a resolution of 2560×1440, 240Hz with 1ms response, that deep 1000R curve and HDR 600.

Fun time ahead for sure, we’ll update with links as soon as they go live in NZ 🙂

GAME ON!

Intel Master Key: Feel the Force GAME BONUS!

UPDATE: More master key codes have just arrived – the offer is back up and now includes new 10th gen CPU options!

UPDATE: There are two Intel Master Key offers currently running – please see the Gears Tactics Intel Master Key offer too (you can only redeem one offer per purchase, so choose wisely padawan!)

Intel are at it again, bringing us another incredible game bonus offer for those getting themselves selected Intel CPU, or Gaming PC featuring them!

For a limited time and while stocks last, you can register to redeem a BONUS Intel Master Key Code with select Intel i5, i7 & i9 series Desktop CPU, or custom PC featuring this hardware.

Promotion is awesome even if you just grabbed a new gaming PC because it backdates a fair way too!

Valid on qualifying purchases from March 24th 2020, while code supplies last, and only from authorised retailers (PB Tech in New Zealand)

Eligible CPU models for Intel Master Key: FEEL THE FORCE

i7-9700
i7-9700F
i7-9700K
i7-9700KF

i9-9900
i9-9900K
i9-9900KF

i7-10700
i7-10700K
i9-10900
i9-10900F

i9-10900K

Now onto the good stuff! This INTEL MASTER KEY code unlocks a range of awesome games, DLC and handy software.

A galaxy-spanning adventure awaits in STAR WARS Jedi: Fallen Order, a new 3rd person action-adventure title from Respawn Entertainment. An abandoned Padawan must complete his training, develop new powerful Force abilities, and master the art of the lightsaber – all while staying one step ahead of the Empire.

Total War: THREE KINGDOMS is the first in the multi-award-winning strategy series to recreate epic conflict across ancient China. Combining a gripping turn-based campaign game of empire-building, statecraft and conquest with stunning real-time battles.

The Eight Princes Chapter Pack (also included in this Intel Master Key) is set 100 years after the original campaign events and features a new cast of playable factions led by the foremost princes of the Jin Dynasty. These Eight Princes offer feature substantially different campaign mechanics, focusing their playstyles in fascinating and unique ways.

And in addition to these epic games, you’ll also more sweet in-game goodies and a 1-month subscription to Origin Access game services, which is utterly excellent.

Glorious indeed! This offer is running in conjunction with another Intel Master Key too, and that on features Gears of War Tactics!

GAME ON!