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AORUS Z490 Motherboards and Intel 10th Gen!

UPDATE: Shop the latest Z490 Motherboards at PB Tech NZ!

Those top techs at Gigabyte have just released details for the new Z490 series of motherboards which are made to be used with the highest-end intel 10th Gen CPU options, such as the i9-10900KF, which is pretty darn fast!

What’s so important about the Z490? Well, because the 10th generation of Intel Core processors features new microarchitecture, they require a new socket type named LGA 1200, which is on the Z490 series, which means that older motherboards will not be compatible, even with BIOS updates. It’s very similar to what just happened with AMD’s latest ThreadRipper CPU series too, when that socket changed from TR4 to the new TRX40.

So if you’re wanting to build with the fastest parts, such as a new 10th gen i9 K series CPU, you’ll need to combine this with a Z490 motherboard.

Looking at the i9-10900K specifically we get an unlocked CPU with 10 cores and 20 threads. BUT! The increase in core count and stock frequencies will likely lead to higher power consumption, since in order to accomplish the goal of hitting 5.3GHz across all cores, a TDP above the standard 120w might be needed…

And that’s where AORUS Z490 motherboards come in to play.

Getting technical, Gigabyte have a 16-phase direct power design with highly durable DrMOS power stages to deliver 1440 Amps. Solid power pin connectors on the motherboards ensure that the power delivery is stable while reducing excess heat during overclocking to prevent throttling. The addition of Tantalum Polymer capacitors improves the transient response of the VRM between high and low loads, increasing the stability of the processor so that users won’t have to worry about overlocking failures caused by unstable power. Featuring a new and improved Fins-Array II heatsink design so each phase can hold up to 90 amps, the Z490 AORUS lineup is geared with the best power and thermal management to optimize overclocking performance on the 10-core K series processors.

There are a lot of models in the new Z490 lineup to choose from too, with options featuring expansive inputs, headers and slots as expected so we can pair them with the latest cases, but also nice new design tweaks are becoming standard, such as that integrated I/O shield we love. It’s all looking pretty darn good from Aorus and their Z490 series!

Now you might be thinking to yourself that the Aorus Z490 we’ve detailed above sounds a bit… extreme… and it definitely is 🙂 It’s one of the most high-end motherboards ever made! If you’re feeling not quite so extreme, and still want a great motherboard, you’ll be happy to know that one of the best things about Aorus is that they make motherboard options to suit all budgets and even the best value options, such as the awesome Aorus Z490 Elite AC are still feature-packed and ready to overclock!

Awesome fun times ahead for builders around the world, with a bunch of new Z490 motherboards from Gigabyte incoming to New Zealand, and then more just afterwards with the new H470, B460, and H410 chipsets too.

We’ll show you all the latest builds as soon we’re allowed too, so be sure to keep your eyes on the GGPC blog for the latest!

Intel Master Key – Gears Tactics & MORE!

UPDATE: This promotion has now ended, we’ll announce the next Intel Master Key promotions here soon!

Accelerate your game with INTEL! Those fine folks have just kicked off a new Intel Master Key offer with even more bonus games up for grabs! 

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 valid on qualifying purchases from April 21st 2020 – September 30th 2020, and only from authorised retailers (PB Tech in New Zealand)

Eligible CPU models for Intel Master Key: Accelerate Your Game

i5-9400
i5-9500

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.

Full Game Downloads: 

Gears Tactics: A turn-based strategy game from one of the most acclaimed video game franchises – Gears of War. Outnumbered and fighting for survival, recruit and command your squad to hunt down an evil mastermind who makes monsters.

Hitman 2: Unravel the past of the elusive Shadow Client as you track your targets across new exotic locations and improvise the biggest kills in franchise history.

Dungeons 2: The Dungeon Lord is back – and this time he’s serious! Fulfil the Dungeon Lord’s insatiable quest for vengeance by recruiting fearsome new monsters from all corners of the underworld in order to undertake his evil bidding.

Halo Wars 2: Lead armies of Spartans and other Halo fighting forces like Warthogs, Scorpions and exciting new units in a brutal war against a terrifying new enemy. Featuring campaign, multiplayer, and the all-new Blitz mode, this is the biggest Halo battlefield ever.

In addition to all these, the Intel Master Key unlocks a bunch of handy software, DLC and subscriptions too.

Full Software: Corel VideoStudio Pro 2019, Corel Painter Essentials 7

Subscription/Credit: The Cycle – Intel Skin, World of Tanks (new account only), Origin Access (Basic 1 month), Overwolf – Game Capture Tools.

PLEASE NOTE:  If you get stuck at all during game activation be sure to log Support Claim with the Intel Master Key Team – they will help fix these sort of issues should they arise.

Check out all the awesome Intel CPU at PB Tech today!

INTEL MASTER KEY – NEED FOR SPEED HEAT

This promotion has now ended, we’ll announce the next Intel Master Key promotions here soon!

For a limited time and while stocks last, you can register to redeem a BONUS Intel Master Key Code with select Intel 8th or 9th Gen, i7 or i9, ‘K’, ‘KF’ or ‘KS’ series Desktop CPU, or custom PC featuring this hardware.

Promotion is valid on qualifying purchases from December 11th 2019 – April 15th 2020, and only from authorised retailers (PB Tech in New Zealand)

Now onto the good stuff!

This INTEL MASTER KEY code unlocks a range of awesome games, DLC and handy software.

Full Downloads: Need for Speed HEAT, Kingdom Come: Deliverance, ArcheAge: Unchained, Subnautica, Street Fighter 5, Total War: Three Kingdoms

Subscription/Credit: Origin Access Basic, Gamer Sensei, Dashlane Password Manager (limited time offers)

PLEASE NOTE:  The Steam activation for Total War: Three Kingdoms game code is currently experiencing region-lock issues, if you experience this issue please log a Support Claim with the Intel Master Key Team – they will issue you a new code ?

Check out all the awesome new Intel Gaming PC at PB Tech today!

Intel Master Key – ‘K’ & ‘H’ BONUS!

This promotion has now ended, see the latest Intel Master Key promotions here!

Those fine folks at Intel have ANOTHER awesome Intel Master Key bonus up for grabs! 

For a limited time and while stocks last, you can register to redeem a BONUS Intel Master Key Code with select Intel 8th or 9th Gen, i7 or i9, ‘K’, ‘KF’ or ‘KS’ series Desktop CPU, or custom PC featuring this hardware.

Promotion is valid on qualifying purchases from November 5th 2019 – January 31st 2020, and only from authorised retailers (PB Tech in New Zealand)

The Intel i7 & i9 ‘K’ series provide unlocked performance perfect for those wanting to overclock their Gaming Rig to achieve the best performance possible. When combined with a compatible motherboard (look for the Z390 motherboards in the current range) you’ll be able to increase the voltage, core multipliers and more to push your CPU to its absolute limits!

Of course, overlocking comes with its own risks, learn more about those in Benchmarks and Bluescreens 🙂

Anyway – back to the good stuff! 

This INTEL MASTER KEY code unlocks a range of awesome games, DLC and handy software.

Full Downloads: Total War: Warhammer II, Plants VS Zombies: Battle for Neighborville, Street Fighter V, Three Kingdoms.

In-Game Content: ArcheAge Unchained, Total War: Three Kingdoms Eight Princes DLC.

Subscription/Credit: Dashlane (6 month), Gamer Sensei (credit)

UPDATE: The Steam activation for Total War: Three Kingdoms game code is currently experiencing region-lock issues, if you experience this issue please log a Support Claim with the Intel Master Key Team – they will issue you a new code 🙂

What a bunch of goodies!

You can also check out the Intel Master Key ‘F’ series i3/i5 bundles here, and be sure keep your eyes on our GGPC PC Gaming Blog for the latest!  

INTEL MASTER KEY i3-9100F & i5-9400F!

This promotion has now ended, see the latest Intel Master Key promotions here!

The new Intel 9th Gen i3-9100F & i5-9400F provide incredible performance without the added costs of integrated graphics. Ideal for users looking for a speedy Intel CPU to be paired with a dedicated graphics card – making them a top choice for PC Gamers, Content Creators and Editors around the world – if you’re looking for the best performance possible, and no un-used extras, look for the Intel ‘F’ series when shopping for CPU.

This Intel Master Key offer is available on purchases from September 25th – December 31st 2019, and only from authorised retailers – see all eligible Intel i3, i5 and Custom PC builds at PB Tech.

Intel i3-9100F,

  • 4 Core / 4 Thread
  • Processor Base Frequency 3.6GHz
  • Max turbo frequency 4.2GHz
  • No Integrated Graphics

Intel i5-9400F,

  • 6 Core / 6 Thread
  • Processor Base Frequency 2.9GHz
  • Max turbo frequency 4.1GHz
  • No Integrated Graphics

The software package unlocked by this Intel master Key is pretty awesome too, with a bunch of gaming and editing options for us to enjoy! It’s a mixture of full software, in-game content and subscriptions this time around.

Full Software: Corel Painter Essentials 6 + Euro Truck Simulator 2 + Dungeons 2 + GRID: Autosport + Goat Punks + WINZIP 23

GRID Autosport: A classic racing game that followed on from the BAFTA-winning GRID and BAFTA-nominated GRID 2, GRID Autosport from Codemasters that brings alive the experience of becoming a professional racing driver. Immersing gamers in a world of contemporary motorsport with a wide range of different disciplines and series, players will choose how to build and shape their career. It’s a world of breadth, of depth, of intensity and, of course, of the excitement that only racing cars can deliver.

Euro Truck Simulator 2: Euro Truck Simulator 2 gives you the chance to become a real truck driver from the comfort of your home! Featuring licensed trucks with countless customization options and advanced driving physics, the game delivers an unparalleled driving experience which has put it in the spot of the most popular truck driving simulator on the market. The in-game world features numerous landmarks and precisely recreated territories to create the ultimate experience, making you feel as if you were driving the trucks in real life! But let’s not be fooled – Euro Truck Simulator 2 is not only about driving – the economy in game allows you to create and grow your own transportation company exactly as you see fit – the opportunities are endless!

Dungeons 2: The Dungeon Lord is back – and this time he’s serious! Take control of the mighty Dungeon Lord, craft a network of unique and terrifying dungeons and recruit an army of fearsome creatures from two playable factions. Prepare to defend your Kingdom against those pesky heroes, go above ground to wage war on their human cities and use the ‘Hand of Terror’ to take direct control over your minions, issue commands, and even dish out a swift slap to keep them in line.

Goat Punks: GoatPunks is a rip-roaring multiplayer game of goats, mountains, good ole head-butting action with lightning and fire to rain down on your friends below. Can you hoof it to the top and stay there? GoatPunks is a multiplayer action game pitting your goat against other players in a battle to become king of the mountain. Fight through an onslaught of bombs, obstacles and each other to climb to the top of 9 uniquely themed mountains each offering distinct challenges. Once up there, stay on top of the competition for 30 hectic seconds to claim victory. GoatPunks supports up to 4 players in head-to-headbutt, split-screen, action. Grab your controllers or keyboard and get ready to roll. Shields, weapons, and power-ups are scattered about the mountain, and if you manage to get your goat to make it up the top, all the other goats will have a common enemy: you! Stages vary in complexity providing a range of challenge and the levels are hand illustrated in an anime-like style inspired by Studio Ghibli movies. You’ll race up exotic backdrops including ice, city, candy and lantern mountains. Although the objective is simple, each round is a new adventure where anything can happen!

Corel Painter Essentials 6: is custom designed to inspire you to freely create canvas and photo art creations using award-winning Natural-Media brushes. As an intuitive paint program, Essentials offers a welcoming environment that will encourage you to have fun while using powerful and realistic art tools to reach your goals. Turn a photo into an amazing oil, pastel or impressionist work of art, or use pencils, pens or particles to paint, draw and sketch on a blank canvas. 

In-Game Content: Dreadnaught + World of Tanks BLITZ (Comes in the form of credits to use in-game, only for new accounts!)

Subscription: GRFX Studio Pro (3 month) + Dashlane (6 month) + Cylance (3 Month)

Once you’ve claimed your Intel Master Keycode the activation process is the same a previous IMK, visit https://softwareoffer.intel.com/Redeem and enter your code. This will prompt a short survey (in the past doing this has unlocked some extras too). Sometimes the system glitches at the end of the survey and you end up on a black/white screen. If this happens you can either clear the cookies or fire up an incognito tab, then re-enter the same key code and it’ll take you straight to the software download page 🙂

New Fortnite Ready Nvidia Gaming PC

We’ve teamed up with Nvidia to create some wonderful new battle royale gaming systems! Powerful and affordable, our latest range of Fortnite Ready Gaming Rigs are designed to look great while providing excellent performance and all come armed with ShadowPlay game capture and stream ready NVIDIA 1050Ti, 1060 and 1070 Graphics Cards perfectly paired with the latest in Intel 8th Gen processors for smooth gameplay.

ShadowPlay is a key factor here, the Nvidia software works within Fortnite to capture your best moments automatically, using a function called ShadowPlay Highlights! Never let an epic moment go unsaved with ShadowPlay Highlights for Fortnite Battle Royale. Every kill, death, and Victory Royale moment is captured for easy sharing with all your friends and followers online.

All gameplay below was recorded using this built-in ShadowPlay game capture software!

Some of you will be thinking “I already have a GGPC with these exact specs so what’s new about these builds?!” – and fair enough! With these three new GGPC we’ve made them a little smaller than usual in the Phanteks P300 Chassis, every effort in choosing the parts has been made with a strong focus on a clean look and solid upgrade path too – with the 8GB Ram kits used being black HyperX single dimms to leave 3x slots free for expansion all the way up to 32GB, we’ve pre-fitted both SSD (for OS and your favourite games) and HDD (for everything else) but you’ll find 2x slots ready and waiting should you want to add more. We’ve added nothing that could be considered unnecessary except for maybe our GPU support bars – but those are awesome for big graphics cards and we’ve gone large on one of the builds here, using the biggest GTX 1070 we could find for GGPC Ace 😛

Let’s start with the current favourite GGPC Hero and drop in on Tilted Towers with the GTX 1050 + Ryzen 2200G combo, this gives us excellent FPS using a custom settings mix of medium shadows and epic view distance. (exact setting used shown at the end of all videos)

Moving onto our first new addition to the lineup, GGPC Drift with a GTX 1050Ti 4GB and an Intel 8th Gen i3-8100 quad core combo yet again proves itself very capable, although it’s certainly not the most powerful of the new range, Drift happily pushes out a very respectable 60FPS on all high settings, even while in some pretty intense Fornite rocket battles.

Stepping up the performance a notch we move onto the new GGPC Ravage with its Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB graphics card and Intel i5-8400 six core CPU inside. This tried and true config delivers smooth 60+ gameplay on epic settings in Fortnite.

If you’re hunting for even more frames then the new GGPC Ace with a powerful GTX 1070 8GB + Intel i5-8400 is just the ticket! Smoothly gliding into the Tilted Towers this build pushes out 90+ FPS even during the toughest battles.

Moving onto the new RTX series of graphics card we see excellent performance from all the new graphics cards even while capturing at 4K resolutions. We’ve used a new GGPC i5-9600K + RTX 2070 system for these tests, swapping out the graphics card to capture each.

The RTX 2080Ti is understandably the most impressive of the bunch, able to stay above 60FPS on full epic settings even while we drop on the cube and get into a firefight.

Moving onto the RTX 2080 we achieve very similar performance one we drop the shadows down from Epic to High. You can run on full epic with the RTX 2080 like we’ve done in this video too, it’s only during the very intensive drops and large firefights that it drops into the high 50’s.

Moving onto the RTX 2070 we again enjoy some incredible performance, this time dropping the Shadows setting to medium, with anti-aliasing and effects on high to maintain our 60FPS+ target at the 4K resolution.

You can check out all these and more quick gameplay FPS test videos on GGPC YouTube, and be sure to keep your eyes on the GGPC PC Gaming Blog for the latest!

 

Intel Master Key with i5 and i7 – Cuphead, VR and MORE!

This promotion has now ended, see the latest Intel Master Key promotions here!

There is a new Intel Master Key available now, and it unlocks some pretty awesome extras for those getting a new Intel Core i5 or Core i7 CPU, Gaming PC, or Custom PC featuring these processors.

On the code it says it unlocks quite a lot, including VR titles, but we’ve found some additions that don’t seem to be listed anywhere + even more unlocks as we completed the surveys that appear while redeeming the games!

First up, to claim your Intel Master Key simply visit your retailers Intel Master Key Redemption Website and register your new hardware to receive your special code. Now that hard stuff is out of the way let’s look at the games it unlocks!

PLEASE NOTE: Some of the titles need a VR Headset such as the HTC Vive or Vive PRO

Cuphead

Cuphead is a classic run & gun action game heavily focused on boss battles. Inspired by cartoons of the 1930s, the visuals & audio are painstakingly created with the same techniques of the era, i.e. traditional hand drawn cel animation, watercolor backgrounds, and original jazz music. Play as Cuphead or Mugman (in single player or local co-op) as you traverse strange worlds, acquire new weapons, learn powerful super moves, and discover hidden secrets while you pay your debt back to the devil!

Arizona Sunshine

When you hear a flash of a human voice on the radio, your hopes and beliefs are confirmed – there are still survivors out in the blistering hear of the post-apocalyptic Grand Canyon state! Arizona Sunshine poses a two-fold battle for survival in a VR zombie apocalypse in which players need to navigate both the hordes of zombies coming for their brains and the scorching hear in their desperate search for human contact.

Arizona Sunshine is a VR shooter built and optimized for VR from the ground up. Step into the midst of a zombie apocalypse as if you were really there, and defend yourself against enemies close enough to touch. Enabled by the Intel® Core™ i7 CPU, Arizona Sunshine’s physics and particle systems bring zombie mutilation, wind & water effects, destructible environments, and an array of background detail never before seen in VR.

Sprint Vector VR

Championship Intergalactica! Race, jump, climb, and fly at extreme speeds through crazy-colorful courses and sabotage your competition as you sprint to victory. Innovative Fluid Locomotion mechanics let you attain incredible speed and control in this VR adrenaline platformer.

Redout: Enhanced Edition

Redout is pure Anti Gravity racing, a tribute to the classic arcade racing monsters. It’s designed to be an uncompromising, fast, tough and satisfying driving experience, soaked in that vertigo that stands at the core of the genre. Conquer a Single Player campaign spanning more than 100 events, 11 game modes and 30 racetracks. Then move on to Online Multiplayer, or challenge a friend in Split Screen. Your opponents will be fast and unforgiving. Ready to challenge the Solar Redout Racing League?

Raw Data VR

Built from the ground up for VR, Raw Data’s action gameplay, intuitive controls, challenging enemies, and sci-fi atmosphere will completely immerse you within the surreal world of Eden Corp. Go solo or team up and become the adrenaline-charged heroes of your own futuristic technothriller.

Interkosmos VR

Enter Zvezda, a fully interactive re-entry capsule heavily inspired by 1970’s space technology where every switch, gauge, and mechanical bit could be relevant to your survival.

Interkosmos is an arcady astronaut adventure in VR. Brace yourself for a rush of hectic gameplay to challenge your inner cosmonaut and a fun story full of twists and Cold War absurdities.

World of Tanks – In Game Content

World of Tanks is a team-based MMO game dedicated to armored warfare in the mid-20th century. Engage in free epic online tank battles for instant adrenaline-packed action! Take control of hundreds of authentic tanks, from heavy and powerful steel brawlers to light and fast scouts, and engage your enemy on immersive maps. Battle in teams and join 78 million other players worldwide!

Warhammer: Vermintide II

Warhammer: Vermintide 2 is the sequel to the critically acclaimed Vermintide. The time has arrived to revisit the fierce first-person co-op slaughter-fest featuring visceral and ground breaking melee action, set in the apocalyptic End Times of the war-ravaged Warhammer Fantasy Battles world

And these are the additional unlocks we got as we redeemed!

Star Trek: Bridge Crew VR

Star Trek: Bridge Crew puts you and your friends in the heart of a starship. As officers of the Federation, every action and decision you make together will determine the fate of your ship and crew. Developed specifically for VR, Star Trek: Bridge Crew offers a true-to-life level of immersion in the Star Trek universe.

In Star Trek: Bridge Crew, the Federation dispatches you and your crew to command the new vessel, USS Aegis, as part of a critical initiative. Your mission: explore a largely uncharted sector of space known as the Trench in hopes of locating a suitable new home world for the decimated Vulcan populace. The Trench contains stunning beauty and undiscovered wonders, but also strange anomalies and dangers yet unknown. The Klingon Empire is also active in the region, and their purpose is undoubtedly a threat to the Federation’s plans. It’s up to you and your crew to chart the sector to determine the Klingons’ aims and secure a peaceful Federation presence.

Rock Band VR

With 60 outstanding playable tracks, classic game mode, campaign mode, and leaderboards, Rock Band VR brings you hundreds of hours of ultimate rock’n’roll simulation!

However! It also requires your have the compatible guitar controller.

Breakroom

Breakroom lets you use Windows inside VR. You can surround yourself with applications. Work on Photoshop while watching a Youtube tutorial or just watch your favorite movie while playing online poker and browsing Reddit, while sitting on the beach or in a Japanese garden. You can finally use your headset for other things than gaming and free yourself from the limitations of the physical monitor. Turn your virtual reality headset into a multi-monitor system!

Guided Meditation VR

Meditation made simple & visual, built from the ground up for VR. Leave the worries of your life for a short virtual vacation across 17 environments, and return calmer and stronger. Find your happy place.

All up, a pretty good haul of games and VR experiences, you can check out the latest in Intel Gaming PC and eligible CPU options here and be sure to keep your eyes on the GGPC Blog for the latest!

 

 

Good Gaming – IEM 2018 Certified Gaming PC

This promotion has now ended, see the latest Intel Master Key promotions here!

We’ve teamed up with Intel and designed a whole new range of IEM Certified Gaming PC which not only provide excellent performance for PC Gamers, but also qualifies you for a special INTEL MASTER KEY which can be used to unlock a range of BONUS GAMES!

Purchase any GGPC IEM Gaming PC from PB Tech and then use the contact form to register your build and the team will send you a special Intel Master Key.

Once you’ve got your Intel Master Key simple visit the Intel Redemption Site and enter your key, from here you’ll be able to access codes for the games included in this promotion!

Looking specifically at the current games which the Intel Master Key with IEM Certified Gaming PC unlocks there are three “Free to Play” ones in the mix, the bonus with these comes in the form of in-game currency that you can use to add a little customisation to your Starship or Hero. If you’re wanting to check these out for yourself right away you can find the download links for Dreadnought, Warframe and Fractured Space in our GGPC Free to Play PC Games Sticky Blog ? You’ll also get Warhammer Vermintide 2 which just released with rave reviews (This one is multi-player Left for Dead style gaming gold) and XMorph Defence plus the acclaimed This War of Mine. (the banners below all link to YouTube videos)

A new addition to the IEM GGPC games lineup, Counter Strike Global Offensive is a well-known team vs team shooter that plays a big part in the Intel Extreme Masters competitions. The game series is currently celebrating its 19th birthday and there’s even a new UI in beta testing to check out. Take the roll of either a terrorist or counter-terrorist and compete to secure hostages, arm/disarm explosives, or just kill each other. With a thriving community of players, this one is sure to be a fine addition to your games library.

Jump in and experience Warframe, the latest updates were massive and introduced wide open landscapes, all new gameplay and even more multiplayer mutant massacres. You play as a Tenno, a mighty warrior with both blade and gun: master of the Warframe armour. Those that survived the old war were left drifting among the ruins. Now they are needed once more. The Grineer, with their vast armies, are spreading throughout the solar system. A call echoes across the stars summoning the Tenno to an ancient place.

Warhammer: Vermintide 2 is the sequel to the critically acclaimed Vermintide. Team up for the fiercest first-person co-op slaughter featuring visceral and ground-breaking melee action. Set in the apocalyptic End Times of the war-ravaged Warhammer world, you will be challenged like never before as you and your team of heroes face untold enemy hordes in a desperate struggle to save the Empire from devastation. Choose a career for your Hero, customise the talent tree, choose and craft a vast range of unique weapons and gear then hack you way through the ranks of monstrous invaders!

Dreadnought puts you in command of massive capital ships for tactical, team-based warfare in space and across the skies of different planets. As a mercenary captain, your motivations are simple: to reap the rewards of battle and build your reputation – and to be fearless doing it. Armed with earth-shaking weapons and the support of your teammates, you must claim victory by outmaneuvering, outshooting and outclassing the opposing team. Prepare yourself. It’s time to take the helm.

A unique fusion of a top-down shooter and tower defence strategy. You are the X-Morph – an alien species that invades Earth to harvest its resources and terraform the surface. Strategize in the build mode by carefully selecting various types of alien towers or throw yourself right into the heat of the battle. Build mazes for incoming enemies in an environment that provides exceptional planning freedom. Tear down buildings and collapse bridges to support your defence or to simply indulge in a spectacle of unprecedented destruction. Possess a range of unique alien weapons and use defence strategies like you’ve never seen before in this genre.

A favourite here at GGPC, Fractured Space in a MOBA style game with massive starships much like Dreadnought above, but with a very different play style and unique battle mechanics. Fractured Space is an award-winning free-to-play space combat game. Fight in co-op PvE or 5-v-5 PvP. Brought to life in the stunning Unreal Engine 4, giants of interstellar conflict fight in spectacular close quarter battles for dominance. Pick a manufacturer, choose a class and customize your weapons. Through experience, you gain the right to command more ships while earning credits to add them to your fleet. Tailor your craft to your combat preferences with crew and weapon loadout options then take on your specialized role when your interstellar juggernaut warps into battle.

In This War Of Mine you do not play as an elite soldier, rather a group of civilians trying to survive in a besieged city; struggling with lack of food, medicine and constant danger from snipers and hostile scavengers. The game provides an experience of war seen from an entirely new angle. The pace of This War of Mine is imposed by the day and night cycle. During the day snipers outside stop you from leaving your refuge, so you need to focus on maintaining your hideout: crafting, trading and taking care of your survivors. At night, take one of your civilians on a mission to scavenge through a set of unique locations for items that will help you stay alive. Make life-and-death decisions driven by your conscience. Try to protect everybody from your shelter or sacrifice some of them for longer-term survival. During a war, there are no good or bad decisions; there is only survival. The sooner you realize that, the better.

The ever-growing range of GGPC IEM Gaming PC are available now (look for IEM in the name and the signature gold badge), each providing remarkable game performance and those sweet bonus games, keep reading for more on the latest intel Extreme Masters event!

Now, more about the IEM Event!

We had a blast at last years IEM Syndey event, and having just returned from the 2018 IEM eSports Event we can happily report this one was even better than the first! This was because of the way in which Intel has refined everything, providing an interactive and stress-free introduction to competitive gaming in the area around the main event, it genuinely was a bit of eSports for everyone 🙂

Upon entering the event center you’re now greeted with a focused range of things to do, I counted 7 sets of gaming PC’s setup right in the foyer, with most following a 6v6 layout and several offering 4v4 VR experience, with an additional 2x setups for VR racing specifically and another two (or was it three) offering a room scale HTC Vive Pro experience to a check out – commentators off to the left were chanting HyperX – who seemed to be running a constant stream of giveaways and off to the right was a similar setup from Acer.

Cut right through the middle and you have the choice to head left, for a host of food and drink options or right for even more interactive gaming zones, having already enjoyed a big breakfast we headed right continuing along at short distance till the oval passage opened up into another large hall, this one populated by a full eSports event stage which at our time of arrival looked to be jamming some Starcraft 2, Vodafone was to the right and a massively impressive stage in the theme of CS:GO map dust was off to the left with additional Intel game stream stations along the way at which you could talk shop with streamers and see how they configured their setups for this relatively new form of social gaming. The large CS:GO themed station provided even more PC VS setups for eager players to jump on and have a go – the theme of the event was clear – mini eSports competitions were taking place all over with quick prizes available for everyone – two team captions would choose players from the crowd and they would face off in a series of short games for a prize, much like in the Intel main event taking place in the grand auditorium each night, but accessible to all.

In the early afternoon the main doors opened and the crowd began to flow in through the gates for the main events – top tier teams facing off against each other in fierce CS:GO competitive matches – and this was a tournament full of surprises, upsets and crucial clutch moments.

This all played out pretty well from a spectators point of view as we got to witness extremely aggressive plays from all the teams involved, and this led to a much fresher, more creatively vocal crowd than the year previous 😛

All up it’s hard to choose which part we enjoyed the most at IEM Sydney 2018, this one was so much more than just the main event and we certainly hope that Intel continues along this path with the next, which we’ll certainly to flying over to Sydney for yet again!

Good Gaming – Far Cry 5 BONUS with Gigabyte AORUS Motherboards

**This promotion has now ended**

Now with more motherboard options! Promotion is valid on purchases from April 1st – June 30th (or while code stocks last) Completed registrations will still be accepted by GIGABYTE until July 15th, 2018.

For a limited time and while stocks last, get yourself a Gigabyte Aorus Motherboard from the range below and you can register to redeem a Far Cry 5 Game Code bonus!

Gigabyte Aorus X299 Gaming 3 Pro

Gigabyte Aorus Z370 Gaming 7

Gigabyte Aorus Z370 Gaming 5

Gigabyte Aorus Z370 Gaming 3

Gigabyte Aorus Z370 Ultra Gaming

Gigabyte Z370XP-SLI 

X299 AORUS Gaming 7 Pro

X299 AORUS Gaming 7

X299 AORUS Gaming 3

X299 UD4 Pro

Z370 AORUS Ultra Gaming WIFI

Z370 AORUS Ultra Gaming 2.0

Z370N WIFI

H370 AORUS Gaming 3 WIFI

H370 AORUS Gaming 3

H370N WIFI

B360 AORUS Gaming 3 WIFI

B360 Gaming 3

Once you’ve got your awesome new motherboard simply follow the steps below to register and redeem your game code.

STEP #1: Visit www.au.aorus.com/login and sign into your AORUS Club account, or create a new one. Be sure to remember the details used as you’ll receive your game code via this email.

STEP #2: Visit https://au.aorus.com/game_bundle.php?Page=137# and enter the details for your product.

STEP #3: Now that you have registered you’ll swiftly receive your game code from the Gigabyte team via email, once you’ve received it head to www.farcry5-redeem.ubi.com/en-US/login, login to your Uplay account (or create one) and enter your code!

STEP #4: You’ll now get your game code sent to the email you signed up with, from here we just need to download or run the Ubisoft UPLAY Launcher

STEP #5: Once in the Uplay launcher you can activate the game code as shown below, once that’s done you’ll have the game added to your library available for download.

STEP #6: GAME ON!

Now you’re in for a treat! Far Cry 5 is a multiplayer masterpiece, you take on the role of the local Sheriff for the Montana town named Hope County, and while you could just spend your time hunting and fishing (with grenades) there is an ominous doomsday cult rising up and causing some problems around town… better get onto that!  With most of the game world being accessible to players after completing the game’s introductory missions, once complete you’re going to be pretty much free to rush through the world causing chaos as you see fit.

Good Bonus – Get Steam Credit with Selected Asus Motherboards

**This promotion has now ended**

Asus has a sweet register to redeem Steam Gift Voucher bonus on selected motherboards! There are two tiers of credit available depending on which motherboard you buy and this offer is valid on purchases from 01/05/2018 through to 30/06/2018! Entries must be submitted BEFORE 10th July.

Eligible models for $20 Steam Gift Card:

• TUF Z370-PRO GAMING
• TUF Z370-PLUS GAMING
• TUF H370-PRO GAMING (WI-FI)
• TUF B360-PRO GAMING
• TUF B360M-PLUS GAMING

Eligible models for $40 Steam Gift Card:

• ROG STRIX Z370-H GAMING
• ROG STRIX H370-F GAMING
• ROG STRIX H370-I GAMING
• ROG STRIX B360-G GAMING
• ROG MAXIMUS X FORMULA
• ROG MAXIMUS X CODE
• ROG MAXIMUS X HERO
• ROG STRIX Z370-E GAMING
• ROG STRIX Z370-F GAMING
• ROG STRIX Z370-I GAMING
• ROG STRIX Z370-G GAMING (WI-FI AC)

Once you’ve received your awesome new motherboard simply visit this Asus Redemption Site and fill in the form at the bottom of the page to claim your voucher code.