Building A Custom Gaming PC to Play Overwatch

With Blizzard’s arena first person shooter Overwatch steadily growing to be one of the biggest of it’s kind on the e-sports scene, it’s also been rapidly growing in popularity among gamers, overtaking the likes of CS:GO, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Battlefield 1 as the games our customers ask us about most on a day to day basis.

So with that in mind we’re going to run down our recommendations for building a custom gaming PC specifically with Overwatch in mind.

Now if you’ve read any of our previous recommendations when it comes to building a custom gaming PC for a specific game, you will know the core components to focus on are the GPU, CPU and RAM when it comes down to performance.

Overwatch is both modest at the entry level but we’re going to focus on hitting 60+ FPS consistently at 1080P under the high graphics presets for this particular recommendation as this is what most of our customers tell us they are looking for.

THE CPU

As long as this doesn’t bottleneck the GPU, the frame rate is largely dependent on the video card. A quad core i5 7400 would be our recommendation but if you were on a tighter budget, an i3 7100 would get you 95% of the way there with minimum sacrifices to performance.

THE RAM

8GB is plenty for the majority of games and adding more RAM that just doesn’t get used, won’t boost your frame rates! The only exceptions might be the larger open world games or some un-optimized early access titles, or if you have a lot of background apps running when your gaming which is typically not advised anyway.

THE GPU (Video Card)

Now this is what does most of the heavy lifting, and for 1080P, high settings. For this a GTX 1050 TI would be our recommendation for those who are happy with approx 60FPS but if you wanted strictly above 60FPS at all times, the GTX 1060 3G would be enough to get you there.

AND EVERYTHING ELSE

For the most part all the other components do not really effect gaming performance. Any motherboard will get the job done, even the entry level H110 series. An SSD storage drive would give you better load times but once you are actually in the game won’t have any discernible effects. A 500w PSU is all you would need if you followed the recommendations above as none of the components are overly power hungry or run overly hot meaning additional fans or big fat CPU coolers would also be unnecessary. All the rest is is up to you, choose a case that suits your budget and aesthetic taste, choose if you need a DVD drive or not and select a WiFi adapter if you need one.

That being said, a cabled Ethernet connection will always be more reliable, faster and have a lower latency than a WiFi network so if it’s at all possible, run a cable!

Figuring out the right balance for you

Here is an approx $1500 Overwatch optimized gaming PC configuration we put together based on the recommendations above.

If you are on a bit of a tighter budget and happy with dialing a couple of the high settings down to mid to get your desired performance here is a $1250 Overwatch ready PC configuration that would get the job done.

Last but not least, on the flip side, if budget was not your main concern and you want to go all out at ULTRA (‘EPIC’) settings / 4K take a look at this Overwatch 4K ready gaming PC configuration here.

Feel free to jump in and make any changes you like or shoot us an email or phone call if you need any further assistance.

 

 

E3 Wrap Up with screenPLAY!

Channel 7’s exciting new Australian gaming show screenPLAY (full disclosure, of which Evatech is a proud sponsor!) has done a great wrap up video of all the best games you might have missed this E3. Check it out below and if you like what you see be sure to subscribe the screenPLAY channel on YouTube for more awesome daily gaming content.

Featured in the video is (all coming to PC!)

  • Destiny 2
  • Wolfenstein : The New Colossus
  • Star Wars
  • Middle Earth : Shadow of War
  • Assassins Creed : Origins
  • Call of Duty WW2

and much much more.

With so much gaming goodness right around the corner. Is it time you updated your old gaming rig? If so, you are already in the right place. Checkout out store page for our wide range of fully custom gaming PCs or get in touch via our contact page for some personalized help from our our expert team.

Wolfenstien 2 : The New Colossus [E3 2017]

Continuing the deluge of gorgeous new first person shooters getting game play video’s released at E3, Arcane studios new Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus is set an alt history 1961 America which the Nazi’s have invaded.

BJ returns as the ever bad ass protagonist to do what he does best in this dark, gritty, swastika filled dual gun wielding ‘shoot em up’ with gorgeous graphics, plenty of blood and of course mechanized, flame throwing Nazi’s.

With glowing write ups from everyone who got their hands on the 20 minute game play experience at E3, Wallenstein is now a front runner for the best of E3 and fans of the series should be excited to get their hands on it October 27th. The game will be cross platform but of course for the definitive experience with the best possible visual effects and fidelity, PC is the only place to play!

Time you got a new kick ass gaming PC so you’re prepared for the all the gorgeous new games releasing later this year? Head on over to our store page and check out the options today!

Far Cry 5 Gets Gameplay Video Released [E3 2017]

E3 2017 definitely did not disappoint with a deluge of games to get excited about showing off trailers and game-play videos left right and center.

Once of the games getting the most Hype this E3 was Far Cry 5, with 10 minutes of game-play being shown off for the first time since the teaser trailers released a couple of weeks ago.

With the release date still 6+ months away the game is already looking great and with the developers promising the ability to “Go in any direction, meet any character, partake in any story”, it sounds like they will need every minute of the next 6 months!

For more on Far Cry 5 and all the other great PC gaming news coming down the pipe stay tuned to Evatech!

 

Buy a GTX 1080 or 1080 TI powered Gaming PC, Get Destiny 2 FREE

Thank’s to NVIDIA, you can get your hands on the next big game everyone’s waiting for DESTINY 2 absolutely free with your next gaming PC.


NEW LEGENDS WILL RISE
FOR A LIMITED TIME, BUY GEFORCE® GTX, GET DESTINY 2 AND EARLY BETA ACCESS.

-Nvidia.com


Simply buy any GTX 1080 or GTX 1080 TI powered gaming PC from EVATECH and register your GPU online to get a free game code (instructions provided with the PC) then enter your code in to NVIDIA’s Geforce Experience software, click redeem and follow the onscreen instructions!

To get started head on over to our store page here, select the gaming PC category and begin customing your next dream gaming PC, being sure to select a GTX 1080 or GTX 1080 TI (any model) to get Destiny 2 absolutely free.

(click here to get started!)


**HURRY : ENDS 27/06/17**

Customising a Gaming PC, Choosing the Right Hardware for You (June 2017)

Here at Evatech, we get asked a question in some form multiple times an hour, every single day. So much so that with a bit of quick math, it would be safe to say this is a question we answer more than 10,000 times a year and growing! So if you know anything about our focus here at Evatech or you simply just read the article title above, you can probably guess what it is.

I’m looking for a gaming PC to play X with a budget of Y, what would you recommend?

Now there is a few ways to approach this and a whole of extra questions we have to ask to really tailor something to your specific needs and this is why we take the time to actually sit down, go through the specifics and actually work with our customers to reach what is ultimately the best possible configuration for your needs.

Defining X, what are you actually planning on playing?

Most gamers just want a rig that is able to handle anything they can throw at it, something that will keep up with new releases far in to the future and leave their options open to give everything a try.  But there are always a few customers out there that are really only looking to play one or two titles, sometimes older ones that have less demanding hardware requirements or some large scale RTS or sim games that are a bit more heavily weighted towards the CPU over the GPU than more common first person shooters or action games.

Defining Y, what sort of budget are we working with?

The truly custom nature of our product here at Evatech makes it extremely flexible when it comes to fitting a specific budget if your just looking for the most gaming performance you can squeeze out of your dollar. However on the flip side, if your just looking to play CS:GO or League of Legends at 1080P and you have a budget of $5,000, that’s just complete overkill. If you really don’t expect you’ll ever use this system to play more demanding games at higher resolutions in the future, it’s going to be really hard to spend anywhere near your bull budget in a way that really gives you any practical value for money, just a whole lot of unused potential.

There probably isn’t too many businesses out there with a sales team trained to talk a customer out of spending more money they need to. Here at Evatech we wanted customers to know they are getting genuine, honest advise so there are no commissions, no bonuses, no KPIs and no sales targets to hit. You don’t need to worry about the up-sell or a shady car dealers equivalent of ‘paint protection’ and the extra warranty with so many exclusions it doesn’t actually do cover anything.

We’ve actually gone so far as to mark some products on our website as just flat out OVERKILL. Yes we offer a 1500W power supply just in case some really stubborn customer wants it just for the sake of saying they have it, but we would never actually recommend it and make that pretty clear.

The general rule of CPU/GPU/RAM balance. AKA, where the performance comes from.

For a general all round gaming PC at any budget, the secret to getting the best performance out of the system is making sure you’ve properly balanced your CPU, GPU and RAM.

In the majority of games, the video card is the single biggest contributing factor to the performance (frame rate) as long as it isn’t bottle-necked by the CPU or RAM.

Let’s start with RAM as it’s really pretty straight forward.

  • 8GB, enough for 90% of games / systems.
  • 16GB plenty with some extra to spare (future proof)
  • > 32GB overkill unless you have some specific use case like a high end game server or a particular non gaming software suite that is a real memory hog.

Now with that in mind, here is how we typically pair GPUs and CPUs.

  • Pentium or i3 with up to a GTX 1050 TI
  • Low end i5 with up to a GTX 1070
  • High end i5 or i7 with a GTX 1080 or higher.

Just to reiterate, this is a very general guideline but it’s a good place to start if you otherwise didn’t have any ideas or specific use cases beyond just gaming in general.

Compromising, it hurts but it’s ultimately a good thing.

Yes you can have a top of the line i7, 128GB of RAM, dual top end $1000+ video cards and fancy LEDs, colored cables and a tempered glass and hand brushed aluminium chassis if money is no object, but at the end of the day chances are that hard earned money could be better spent elsewhere and you could still have a killer gaming PC at half the price. That being said, we know it it’s hard when the option is right there on the screen, just a click of the mouse away but then the price jumps and all of a sudden you’ve convinced yourself you need more than you actually do and you can’t really afford it.

Don’t worry, with a bit of will power and research you’ll quickly find out that most games will run just fine on an i5, you don’t necessarily need that i7. 8GB of RAM is pretty good, 16 is plenty and 32GB, well for gaming that’s just overkill. Keeping your PC in air conditioned room? Those extra fans and giant expensive cooler probably isn’t the best allocation of your budget. Yes technically a GTX 1080 TI is going crush a GTX 1060 in benchmarks but can your monitor even display those frame rates or go beyond 1080P?

We know it’s complicated, we understand it’s a lot to take in all at once, but that’s why we are here. Just reach out, give us a call, leave us a message on Facebook or shoot us an email via our contact page and we’ll gladly walk you through every step of the way.

Leaving room for the right peripherals.

It’s one thing to have a beast of a gaming PC capable of super high resolutions and frame rates, but if you go ahead and pair that with a budget 1080P low refresh rate monitor, your just instantly bottle-necking your PCs potential.

That’s not to say you can’t have a great gaming experience at 1080P / 60Hz, but these should be paired with systems to which you didn’t just sync hundreds of extra  dollars more than you need to do just to render more 5x more frames than your monitor can output.

In summary, don’t cheap out when it comes to your monitor. Pair your PC with a display capable of displaying the resolution and frame rates your system is capable of!

Now when it comes to a mouse, keyboard and headset it’s a little more subjective. Some people swear a good high end set of peripherals add a lot to the overall experience, others are happy with a regular old budget Microsoft branded combos from Office Works. Personally we stand some where in the middle and recommend a good solid mechanical keyboard, a nice (cabled not wireless) variable DPI gaming mouse and a reasonably sized mouse mat with a good surface.

Confused, put off by all the options, tempted just to go buy an off the shelf JB Hi Fi or Harvey Norman ‘gaming’ PC instead and be done with it?

 

Don’t get fooled by the marketing pitch,  when it comes to high end gaming performance, the most important factor is the video card. An “i7” CPU with 32GB of RAM doesn’t make for a good gaming PC if it comes paired with a cheap mid to low end last-gen video card but these big box retail store con-artists know if they can say ‘i7’ and it has a lot of ‘GBs’ that they can trick the uneducated consumer in to thinking it’s actually decent value. Video cards get conveniently sidelined in the sales pitch either because they are awful old cheap garbage to maximize their profits and the sales person doesn’t really know what he or she is talking about.

Add to all this the fact that you’re probably not getting the best, most reliable power supply, storage device, motherboard, RAM or anything else that contribute to the sales pitch. It’s all sourced from the lowest bidder and if you ever dare trying to upgrade it yourself you’ll instantly void any warranty you may have had and that off the shelf part’s are not necessarily compatible.

Please, take the 5 minutes it takes to shoot through an email to let us know what it is your actually looking for and let us do all the heavy lifting. It’s really pretty simple and our sales guys are the best of the best.

Checkout our easy online customisation process with built in error correction, instant quotes, millions of possible hardware combinations and even game performance indicators!

We’ve spent a lot of time behind the scenes building what has quickly become the best, easiest to use, full featured, most powerful online PC customisers on offer from any Australian retailer (if not one of the best worldwide). We really would love you to jump in a give it a try and don’t forget we’re only a quick email or phone call away if you need some expert advise!

Check our our gaming gaming PC builder page here.

Far Cry 5 Teaser Trailer! Welcome to Hope County. [Updated]

Dark, gritty and set in modern day back country Hope County Montana.  That pretty much sums up’s the entire teaser trailer Ubisoft dropped today for it’s up coming 5th installment in the FarCry franchise (7th if you count Primal and Blood Dragon).

If your familiar with the first season of True Detective you might get a sense of the themes they are playing in to here and while the trailer reveals very little, it’s enough to get fans excited and chomping at the bit for more details.

At the end of the trailer Ubisoft tease the next trailer release date, the 26th (this Friday) so stay tuned for more details.

So without further ado, take a lot for yourself.

Hopefully ringing a church bell with someones face makes it in to the actual game, and if it does it’s probably pretty safe to say that would be first for video games.

Far Cry titles have a solid reputation for their visual fidelity critically acclaimed for their game play since the original  pushed the limits of gamers PCs back in 2004. Sufficed to say we here at the Evatech offices are excited to learn more and eventually get our hands on this! In our opinion, the darker they go the better. It’s 2017 for gods sake, the average age of gamers is up to 31! Lets push the limits of modern video cards and adult themes at the same time, not just blood and gore for the sake of it and some fast pace twitch shooter COD like multiplayer to sell the 14 year old Xbox crowd some DLC and hats.

It might be a while before we get anything in the way of hardware requirements for this particular title but if it’s anything like recent Far Cry releases we would air on the side more GPU power is better and put faith in the developers to actually put all that horsepower to good use come release day. With that in mind, if your looking to order a custom gaming PC for Far Cry 5, check back with us a little later and we’ll be sure to have the requirements listed on our website.

If on the other hand you were looking for a gaming PC today and wanted to make sure it was able to handle Far Cry 5 at high settings when it does get released, shoot us an email or give us a call and we will do our best to guide you through the hardware selection process based on our best guess and big a fat disclaimer up front.

Update : Ubisoft has posted the following promotional artwork ahead of the full reveal due tomorrow.

Update 2 : Full announcement trailer has been released and release date set! February 27th, yes that’s right, NEXT YEAR. That’s a bummer.

Ubisoft US Youtube Channel – “Welcome to Hope County, Montana. When your arrival incites the cult to violently seize control of the region, you must rise up and spark the fires of resistance to liberate a besieged community.

Freely explore Hope County’s rivers, lands, and skies with the largest customizable weapon and vehicle roster ever in a Far Cry game. You are the hero of the story in a thrilling world that hits back with every punch, and where the places you discover and the locals you ally with will shape your story in ways you’ll never see coming. Learn more at farcry.com . Available February 27, 2018.”

Sydney Intel Extreme Masters Wrap Up 2017

Hosted at the Qudos Bank Arena, the Intel Extreme Masters took place this weekend in Sydney with a $200,000 prize pool that saw 8 international teams battle it out over 19 rounds in Counter Strike : Global Offensive (CS:GO).

Not only was it the first e-sports stadium event in Sydney, but the first to take place in Australia and with a stellar turn out, the first of many.

  • North (Denmark)
  • SK Gaming (Brazil)
  • Astralis (Denmark)
  • Renegades (Australia)
  • Cheifs (Australia)
  • Vici Gaming (China)
  • OpTic Gaming (Canada)
  • FaZe Clan (EU)

With the grand final taking place on Sunday, SK Gaming faced off against Faze Clan with the first to 3 taking home the trophy.

In the end, Faze managed to take one of the four rounds with a narrow victory in Inferno but the SK Gaming was simply too good, taking the other three rounds convincingly to walk away as the Sydney EIM 2017 champions.

SK Gaming vs. FaZe Clan 3-1

  • 16 – 12 on train
  • 16 – 7 on cache
  • 13 – 16 on inferno
  • 16 – 11 on overpass

Next up, Shanghai in July and this time it will be Star Craft 2 in a four day tournament. Unfortunately none of the 16 qualifying teams are from down under but China, Taiwan, Korea, USA, The Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Canada, Denmark, the Philippines and Italy all represented.

We’re not yet sure when the IEM or any other international esports league will be returning to Sydney or anywhere else in Australia for that matter but we have a feeling it’s right around the corner, and when it does Evatech will be there, will you?

Until then, if your looking for a custom gaming PC to join the carnage and mayhem checkout our store page where you can customize an entire build with a click of a button with instant built in error checking, easy to follow guides, gaming performance indicators, live quotes, buy now-pay later and quick easy checkout with nation wide delivery.

Playerunkown’s Battlegrounds Sells 2 Million Copies!

The wildly popular Unreal Engine 4 powered battle royal first personal survival shooter game that entered early access on steam in March has already moved 2 million units and to celebrate the developer, BlueHole is holding a live twit scream in which 128 UK and US gamers will compete.

As part of the event they will be taking donations (Matched up to $100,000 by BlueHole) for Gamers Outreach, a charity that provides games and gadgets to young children in hospitals.

The stream is set to kick off on May 5th at 3am AEST and last 8 hours.

For those not yet familiar with the game, Battlegrounds plunged 100+ players in to a massive map that slowly shrinks over time imposing ever increasingly player dense areas for shoot outs until only one is left standing. Yes a lot of it’s mechanics have been done before by DayZ, The Culling and a slew of other early access games littering steam but the difference is, Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds does it right and with a much higher degree of polish.

While a lot of the competitions offerings are far less polished, the major issue is that a lot of them suffer from prolonged periods of simply boring, slow game play if you happen to have spawned on the wrong side of the map, or if your particular server isn’t very populated. Battlegrounds solves this with it’s dynamic map size adapting to the number of players left alive and it’s points of interest on the maps luring players in to the same area promoting conflict.

Be warned, the game is still technically in development regardless of how polished it feels, so don’t expect a flawless bug free experiance out of the game. That being said the developers have been on the ball with updates and lot of new content is surely right around the corner.

It’s currently $29.99 USD on Steam and easily found at the top of the best sellers list.

 

If your keen to jump in and try it out but your PC is quiet up to the task, maybe it’s time for a new one?! Checkout our custom gaming PC range today by visiting our store page.

Call of Duty: WWII Revealed [Trailer]

For years the Call of Duty franchise has departed from it’s WW2 roots with both modern and futuristic settings to glee of many but the frustration of fans of the original games.

Time to say goodbye to wall running, lasers, double jumping and jet-packing as today Activision released the first reveal trailer for Call of Duty : WWII developed by Sledgehammer Games hinting a strong emphasis on the European theater and a single player campaign that follows the 1st Infantry Division.

This doesn’t mean multi-player has taken a back seat, every one knows a huge number of COD fans never or barely touch single player opting to jump straight in to multiplayer from day one. In an article on Forbes.com, contributor Erik Kain detailed the four core multiplayer games modes as;

Headquarters
Offering a robust social space dedicated to engagement off the frontlines, Headquarters paves the way for all-new avenues of Multiplayer interaction, recognition and awards unlike anything experienced in the franchise to date.
Divisions
A new way to engage in a player’s Multiplayer career — Divisions immerse players in the heroic journey of enlisting in the world’s most historic war. Choose from a variety of Divisions, including Infantry and Armored Divisions.
War Mode
A new Multiplayer experience that immerses players in iconic World War II battles, where Allied and Axis clash in team-driven gameplay in the fight for strategic objectives.
Boots-on-the-Ground Gameplay
Multiplayer marks a return to iconic boots on the ground Call of Duty gameplay that fans know and love, featuring an arsenal of World War II-era weapons, and fast-paced, heart-pumping, intense run-and-gun action.

Also rumored to make a return, Nazi Zombies, a co-op wave survival mode that has been a staple of the Sledgehammer developed COD titles for years now.

Due to be released on November 3rd several more trailers are expected to be released in the meantime detailing more of the game modes and features.

While of course the game will be released on the PC, PS4 and Xbox One, Nintendo hasn’t confirmed or denied a Switch version although it seems unlikely.

For more on Call of Duty : WWII stay tuned and in the meantime if it’s time you upgraded your gaming PC head on over to our store page (here) and start customizing a new one to make sure your ready for November!