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GGPC NOVEMBER WINNER ANNOUNCED!

 

**See latest GGPC December Promotions here**

**Congratulations to our November Grand Prize Winner: David O!**

Ohhh YEAH! It’s a new month and we’ve got some epic new prizes for those grabbing themselves a new Gaming PC! If you get yourself a Good Gaming PC this November you can register to redeem a G240 Gaming Mouse Pad to go with your new GGPC + you’ll go into the draw to win some of the latest gaming gear!

The G240 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 great mousepad for any mouse, but that’s not all, our MASSIVE November 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 November Grand Prize Pack is packed full of the latest Logitech G Gaming Gears that have just released worldwide!

Up first we have the new G Pro HERO Wireless RGB Gaming Mouse which features the HERO 16K, the most powerful sensor created by Logitech G!

As esports professionals strive for ever greater speed and accuracy, so too does Logitech G. With the invention of HERO 16K, the next-gen gaming sensor, the world now has a new leader. For PRO Wireless, HERO 16K has been optimized to track 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. HERO 16K also consumes 10x less power than predecessors, like PMW3366, enabling a lighter battery and longer battery life. Pros require the best, and that’s HERO 16K.

Next up we have the first Logitech G keyboard also wears the emblem of Pro 🙂 Designed and built to the exacting standards of some of the world’s top esports athletes, our lucky winner is in for a treat with the G Pro Gaming Keyboard on their desk! Engineered for extreme performance and designed to win, the short-throw Romer-G switches actuate at just 1.5mm, making them around 25% faster than the competition’s standard mechanical switches.

Providing a perfect blend of speed, precision and quiet performance, this Logitech G Pro Gaming Keyboard is the stealth assassin of mechanical gaming keyboards.

To complete this epic setup we’ve got a really excellent Gaming Headset too! The new  G Pro Gaming Headset will have our lucky winner hearing everything with greater precision, from quiet footsteps to gunshot audio signatures to voice comms. Patent-pending, hybrid-mesh Pro-G™ audio drivers solve common distortion problems to deliver booming bass and precise clarity.

Pro Gaming Headset is compatible with Windows 10 surround sound features like Windows Sonic for headphones and Dolby Atmos for headphones for accurate positional audio. Directional audio combined with exceptional clarity provides precise awareness of everything that’s happening around you. Premium leatherette ear pads were selected for Logitech G PRO Headset to create a seal around the ears for improved passive noise isolation. Get incredible comfort with soft foam padding and reduce distractions with up to 50% more sound isolation than other ear pads. Also included in the package are soft micro-suede leatherette earpads.

Pro-grade advanced condenser microphone performs with wider frequency response, lower signal to noise ratio and higher sensitivity. Designed for improved clarity with a full-size pop filter, your voice comms come through loud and clear.

built to be extremely lightweight, strong and extremely comfortable. To achieve that, PRO headset uses advanced materials including TR90 nylon in the headband, stainless steel sliders, and glass fibre reinforced nylon joints. The lightweight construction with polymer shell and fork is perfect for long periods of wear and competitive gaming.

Incredible gear, amazing November fun ahead – check out the latest range of Good Gaming PC builds today!

 

GGPC Logitech G October Winner Announced!

UPDATE: This event has now ended, see the latest GGPC Promotions here!

CONGRATULATIONS TO ERIC P –  Winner of the October Grand Prizes below!

And our October Grand Prize Pack is pretty epic indeed, a full setup comprised of our most recommended Logitech G Gaming Gears!

Included in this months GGG Prize Pack is the outstanding Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum RGB Gaming Mouse which is one of the top-rated Gaming Mice in the WORLD!

The Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum Gaming Mouse with full RGB LED Lighting and tunable weight options included. Get maximum tracking accuracy from the responsive PMW3366 optical sensor which works with exclusive Logitech G Delta Zero optical sensor technology to minimize mouse acceleration and increase reliable targeting. Adjustable RGB lighting lets you select from up to 16.8 million colours and as our lucky winner is going to have a complete setup, Logitech Gaming Software will allow them to customise everything, and you can then set this theme over the whole kit – synchronizing lighting patterns and effects to bring the gaming setup to life with breathing or light cycling! When it comes time to play you can have your setup adjust to pre-loaded colour configurations automatically, each perfect setup highlighting the keys for the specific game you’re playing!

Next up we have the first Logitech G keyboard to carry the name Pro 🙂 Designed and built to the exacting standards of some of the world’s top esports athletes, our lucky winner is in for a treat with the Logitech G TKL Pro Gaming Keyboard on their desk! Engineered for extreme performance and designed to win, the short-throw Romer-G switches actuate at just 1.5mm, making them around 25% faster than the competition’s standard mechanical switches.

Providing a perfect blend of speed, precision and quiet performance, this Logitech G Pro Gaming Keyboard is the stealth assassin of mechanical gaming keyboards.

To complete this epic setup we’ve got a really excellent Gaming Headset too! The Logitech G933 Gaming Headset features advanced Pro-G audio drivers are made with hybrid mesh materials that provide the high-quality audio performance gaming demands. These Pro-G drivers deliver both clean and accurate highs as well as a deep rich bass that you would expect from premium headphones so you can experience incredible 7.1 surround sound with Dolby or DTS Headphone:X Surround Sound.  These audio technologies help to create a more lifelike in-game special awareness, allowing you to clearly hear enemies sneaking around.

Sporting a really good noise-cancelling boom mic, your communication in-game will be crispy clear and when you’re not using it the mic can be folded back into the headphones and is nearly invisible. G933 is travel-ready with an included mobile cable and secondary inline mic for mobile devices when you don’t want a microphone boom in your face.

Play either on the 2.4GHz wireless or use the 3.5mm analogue input on the headset to play wired without using battery power. Both the light strip and logo can each be programmed to different colours or effects or can be synchronised.

Amazing gear, amazing October fun ahead – check out the latest range of Good Gaming PC builds today!

 

GGPC SteelSeries September Winner Announced!

UPDATE: This event has now ended, see the latest GGPC Promotions here!

Congratulations to Carley L – winner of our September SteelSeries Grand Prize Pack!

Throughout September, if you purchased a GGPC Ready-to-Run Gaming PC and you can register to redeem a BONUS SteelSeries QcK Mousepad to go with your new rig.

The SteelSeries QcK Mousepad is made of high-quality cloth material, providing a precise and consistent glide. Featuring a specially designed non-slip rubber base which prevents the pads from sliding, no matter what surface the mouse pad is placed on.

A wonderful mousepad for any mouse, but grabbing this awesome bonus will also put you into the draw for our MASSIVE September Gaming Prize Pack which will be going out to one lucky gamer!

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

Our September Mega Prize Pack contains three awesome pieces of top-tier gear fit for a professional gamer, the first being the outstanding SteelSeries APEX 350 Gaming Keyboard!

This gaming keyboard designed to enable users to react quickly, move strategically, and customize its performance for every game. Beyond just choosing from 16.8 Million colours, the Apex features ActiveZone lighting, a visual support tool allowing the user to independently customize each of its 5 zones and in multiple macro layers.

Our next SteelSeries Prize goes perfectly with the gaming keyboard above – the SteelSeries Sensei 310 Gaming Mouse!

Sensei 310 signals the rebirth of an esports legend. Featuring the new custom TrueMove3 12,000 CPI, 350 IPS optical sensor and exclusive split-trigger buttons, you’ll have the power of ultra-low-latency, rapid-response tracking and the performance of lightning-quick clicks. Based on the legendary SteelSeries Sensei mouse, the extreme comfort of Sensei ensures balance and speed with all grip styles. Plus, Prism RGB illumination with lighting sync, eight programmable buttons, onboard memory, and a light and durable construction combine to deliver the perfect eSports mouse

With both hands covered our winner is also going to take away great headset as well, and for that, we’ve got the SteelSeries Arctis 5 7.1 Gaming Headset!

Widely recognized as the best mic in gaming, the retractable Discord-certified Arctis ClearCast microphone delivers studio-quality voice clarity and background noise cancellation. Specifically designed for the PC Gamer, Arctis 5 combines independent game and chat control, cutting-edge DTS surround sound, and dual-zone RGB illumination to create the perfect audio solution for your battle station.

Massive thanks to SteelSeries New Zealand for all the awesome gear – check out the latest range of GGPC systems and good luck to everyone for the September Grand Prize Draw!

 

Good Gaming Keyboard – G413 Mechanical in Silver and Carbon!

UPDATE: Hands on the with new Silver G413 – it’s beautiful!

Hot on the heels of the excellent TKL Gaming Keyboard just released (Ten Key Less, it basically means no numpad :P), those fine folks at Logitech G have just released another TWO new metal keyboard options for us!

Full sized but lightweight with high strength aluminum alloy top casing for added rigidity along with a slim, blade-like form factor thanks to the way the keys raise off the board – they’ve done something brilliant here within the keycaps and the LED lighting on these doesn’t suffer from the light leakage issues you may have experienced in the past with other slim metal board designs, the package even includes extra gaming keycaps that are interchangeable with the ones in the keyboard as well as a keycap puller to get those keys out when you feel like it.

 

One of the best bit’s about these new G413 is they both feature a USB passthrough so you can charge your smartphone from the keyboard, an excellent feature that should be on every gaming keyboard! They’ve also added a nice cable route pathway on the bottom of the keyboard too ensure everything stays super tidy 🙂

The media, brightness and volume controls are now integrated as secondary functions accessed via the F keys. and you can also setup your favourite programmable macros for games via the Logitech Gaming Software suite. Two distinct versions are available, the first is Carbon Black with a red LED backlight and the second is a super cool looking Silver G413 version with white LED.

Good Gaming Keyboard – The Logitech G910 Orion Spectrum

UPDATE: This amazing keyboard is available in NZ now!

Not to be confused with the previous Orion Spark the new Logitech G Orion Spectrum is what happens when a company listens to customer feedback and adjusts to make their products even better.  An awesome version of the G910 from Logitech is incoming – The G910 Orion Spectrum!

With a darker look, RGB logo and those ultra fast Romer-G mechanical switches to give you incredible responsiveness, this sleek RGB Mechanical keyboard actuates your presses faster than standard mechanical switches.  This faster actuation gives you faster response for the winning edge in battles where every move you make matters.

A small detail in the keycaps has been adjusted to be smoother allowing for easier finger travel between them during the more complex maneuvers we all attempt while in the heat of battle.

As with the original Orion Spark the Spectrum allows for some pretty extreme customisation via the Logitech Gaming software, you can tweak keyboards lighting effects and mark individual keys by colour to keep track of spells and game commands.  Each key’s backlight can be customised from a palette of 16.8 million colors. The key letters are entirely illuminated for a beautiful, evenly-lit glow with minimal light leakage 🙂  You can also download ARX Control app for your smartphone (here are links for Android and Apple) which introduces some second-screen capabilities.  Use your smart phone or tablet screen to display in-game info, vital system statistics and more.  The keyboard’s adjustable smart dock positions your phone perfectly at the top of the keyboard.

We’ve really put this keyboard through some extremely enjoyable game testing and happily give it our full recommendation – the Logitech G910 Orion Spectrum is GOOD!

This keyboard is outstanding top to bottom, in-game integration for lighting effects is simply outstanding – check out the video below as we test this with Counter Strike: Global Offensive using the key lighting to signal the number of rounds left in our clip.

 

Good Gaming Keyboard – The Zalman ZM-K900M

GGPC Recommends ZM-K900M

We first caught a glimpse of the Zalman Gaming Keyboard at the recent Computex 2016 Expo and it captured our attention immediately, so good were the first impressions of this keyboard that we returned for another go with it the next day.

What made the the Zalman Keyboard stand out?

– No drivers or software needed
– Solid build with a nice key layout
– Excellent features (especially the built in microphone, macro recording including mouse clicks and lighting options)

To begin with, the ZM-K900M has the ability to customise everything directly from the keyboard and will store your choices via the keyboards internal memory. This means that you can create a macro and save when connected to any computer without having to install dedicated software. It doesn’t end with gaming macro either, you can customize everything on the K900m from the keyboard and when you connect it to another system all your perfectly tuned settings will be ready to enjoy right away – no sync, no hassle.

For those of us that use macro while online gaming we can also quickly adjust the speed of the macros and utilize loop and timing as needed, this helps ensure our commands will work even if we end up in a match with a less than ideal internet connection.

The keyboard itself has some of the cleanest RGB lighting we’ve seen, it’s well constructed with very little flex when trying to bend, there are non-slip rubber feet on the kickstands and a cable management channel underneath allows you to direct the braided cable (which is also really high quality) out the left or right of the keyboard to suit your setup. The switches used are called Kailh and feel just like Cherry MX blue with quick press and satisfying click. The keyboard’s built in microphone adds a further layer of effects not often seen and with the EQ feature your RGB lighting can be used to provide some excellent visuals while you type, game or listen to your favourite tunes.

How is it in action?

Having no software makes this one very different from the other gaming keyboards we’ve used recently, usually we would talk about how what game configs were pre-available for download but seeing as this keyboard is really about doing it yourself for yourself we thought we would jump into a game to see what’s involved and how it really works.

When it comes time to customise things and create your perfect layout we recommend starting out by making our keyboard a uniform colour, we choose a deep blue as this would make it easy for the goto keys to stand out (to do this push Fn+DEL and then select your chosen colour from the RGB rainbow that has appeared on the keyboard).

We then highlighted the WASD keys in a vibrant white so they could always be found easily should our fingers wander away, this is done by first pushing Fn+7 to enter colour mode, then press Fn+= to enter key select mode, from here simply click the any of the keys you want to be a certain colour, then tap Fn to bring up the rainbow and select your preference. We continued to customise our 1,2,3,4 weapon keys in other colours so they would also stand out and finishing off the look with our interact, sprint, reload and melee keys. (on a side note, if you change your mind about the base colour and want to change your surrounding keys while leaving your custom ones set you can push Fn+INS to do this)

Happy with our basic layout it’s time to make some macros!

We wanted to create something that uses both mouse and keyboard presses to complete so we’ve streamlined the motion of switching to C4, throwing a charge and then switching back to our primary weapon. We then created a quick detonate charge macro and finally made a switch to pistol, unload the clip, and then return to primary weapon – this is possible on the ZM-K900M because its macro can include mouse clicks!

Making these was actually very easy, there are a bunch of ready to program macro keys around the middle of the keyboard so for our C4 macro we started out by pressing and holding FN+O for 3 seconds then release at which time the keyboard began recording which is signaled by a little blinking light at the top left – from here it was as simple as pushing 4 (for C4) then left mouse click (deploy a charge) and finally 1 (to switch back to primary) – we continued through in the same fashion to make our other macros – so much fun but it sort of feels like cheating!

We’ve done something a little different to show off how well the live macro recording works with timings 🙂 We thought it would be fun if we jumped on a Gaming PC and went for a little drive in Dirt Rally while recording, then restarted the race and had the keyboard macro do the driving for us – surprisingly it worked!

Although this one’s a bit harder to master than something with dedicated software that’s what sets this Zalman Z-Machine Gaming Keyboard apart from the rest, and with some very unique and excellent features we are happy to add this fine keyboard to our GGPC recommends list – the ZM-K900M Gaming Keyboard is GOOD!

 

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 🙂  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  – awesome 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 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 🙂

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 – 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 Gear – Asus Cerberus Gaming Keyboard, Mouse and Mousepad

CerberusBanner

CerberusSwitchAsus have just released a new gaming gear combo named the Cerberus and it’s a pretty impressive setup for those looking to kit themselves out on a budget.  The bundle consists of a gaming keyboard, mouse and mousepad which all come in separate boxes so I expect we’ll be seeing all the items available separately soon.

Taking a closer look at the combo the comparison must be made with the Cooler Master Devastator gaming bundle as the keyboards are very similar in design, this is not a bad thing at all for Asus with CM version being an extremely well reviewed budget gaming combo!  There are a few differences though and the Asus version can display the keys backlight in red or blue depending on your preference – it’s important to note that the red bars on the side will  still glow red though even if the keys themselves are set to blue.

The tactile feedback of the keyboard is nice with good resistance and spring, the spacebar responds to being pressed even of the very edges and removing the keycaps reveals the splash resisting switch – an integrated drain hole prevents liquids from being trapped inside the keyboard and ensures easy cleanup should you accidentally give your keyboard a bit of your drink while gaming 🙂

CerberusMouseThe Cerberus mouse at first glance appears ambidextrous but with the thumb buttons being placed on the left side it’s certainly a preferred right hander.  It’s a four button design well suited for 1080p gaming, the sides have non-slip rubberized grips and the cable is a solid 1.8 meters.    The cable is braided (same with the keyboard) although the USB connection for the mouse is anti corrosive gold which is nice 🙂  Unlike the keyboard the LED on the Cerberus Mouse changes depending on your DPI settings – Red is 500, Green is 1000, Blue is 1500 and the LED turns pink at 2500 (max).

Finishing the combo off is a pretty sweet Cerberus mouse pad featuring the three headed dog logo in all its glory, the texture gives good control for your mouse and the stitching on the sides is excellent.

Overall, it looks like Asus might just have created the perfect starting set for a new gaming pc gamer and we’ll get some more pictures up on the GGPC Instagram so you can take a closer look at this awesome new kit!

 

 

Good Gaming Keyboard – Logitech G610!

Logitech has unveiled two new mechanical keyboards, the Orion G610 brown switch and G610 red switch, using the same sleek chassis as the recently released G810.

The 610’s differ from the the G810 by using Cherry MX instead of their own in-house Romer-G switches and feature white backlighting instead of RGB.   You’ll still be able to assign your button macros on F1 through F12 to suit your favorite games and by selecting and personalizing each individual key light via the Logitech Gaming Software makes keeping track of spells and other commands is a breeze 🙂