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**

Valkyrie Custom Gaming PC in NZXT Source 340 Elite Matte Black

A fairly simple and well balanced configuration that will be a great performer for years to come. The colour combination really came together well, which will look great behind the full tempered glass side panel. We’re sure that our Sydney based customer will enjoy this even more than we have!

See below for specifications and more pictures.

Case: NZXT Source 340 Elite Matte Black
Motherboard: Intel H270 Chipset mATX
CPU: Intel Kaby Lake i5 7600K 4-Core 4.2GHz
CPU Cooler: 120mm Tower Air Cooler
RAM: 16GB DDR4 Quad DIMM Black Series
Primary Storage Device: 250G SATA3 SSD
Graphics Card: Nvidia GTX 1080 8GB
Network: WiFi Dual Band N PCI-E Adapter
Power Supply: 600w ATX 80 Plus Bronze
Operating System: Windows 10 64bit Home Edition USB
Anti-Virus: Norton AntiVirus
Packaging: Heavy Duty Packaging & Internal Foam – Required for all shipped custom PCs
PC Warranty: Bronze 1 Year On Site Pickup & Return Premium Warranty Service
Service: Full Assembly, Burn-in Testing, and Setup

Start customising your very own gaming PC.





Wraith Custom Gaming PC in Corsair 760T Black

A custom PC build with no sacrifices made. Everything in this build screams high quality and high performance, along with high capacity and high capabilities! Our Victoria based customer will surely be happy with their brand new Evatech gaming PC. Check out the specifications and more pictures below:

Case: Corsair Graphite 760T Black Full Tower
Motherboard: AMD AM4 X370 ATX Extreme Edition
CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 1700X 8-Core 3.8GHz
CPU Cooler: 240mm Enclosed High Performance Liquid Cooler
Additional Fan: [2x] Additional Premium Performance Case Fans
RAM: 32GB DDR4 Quad DIMM Black Series
Primary Storage Device: 2TB SATA3 SSD
Second Storage Device: 8TB Hard Drive
Graphics Card: Nvidia GTX 1080 TI 11GB
Second Graphics Card: Nvidia GTX 1080 TI 11GB
Optical Drive: BluRay Internal Writer
Sound: Creative Sound Blaster ZX PCI-E Sound Card
Network: WiFi Dual Band AC Ultra-Fast PCI-E Adapter
Case Lighting: White Sleeved LED Cable
Sleeved PSU Extensions: Premium Sleeved PSU Cable Kit – White/Red/Black
Power Supply: 1000W 80 Plus Gold Modular
Operating System: Windows 10 64bit Home Edition USB
Anti-Virus: Kaspersky 1 Year Licence
Office Suite: Office Home & Student
Packaging: Heavy Duty Packaging & Internal Foam – Required for all shipped custom PCs
PC Warranty: Titanium 5 Year On Site Pickup & Return Premium Warranty Service
Fast-tracked: Jump the Queue – Ships or ready to collect in under 5 business days*
Service: Full Assembly, Burn-in Testing, and Setup

To start customising your own gaming PC, head over to our website.

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.”

Ryu Custom Gaming PC in Corsair Air 240 White

This build came together really well – Corsair’s white Carbide Air 240 case with MSI’s Mortar Arctic motherboard which is also white, teamed with Asus’ GTX 1070 Dual, white again, and ID Cooling’s liquid cooling unit which has a very subtle white LED logo. All that with the red accents from the RAM and sleeved power supply cables really comes out looking great.

This particular build is on it’s way to it’s new owner Sydney right now and we hope they love it as much as we do.

The Carbide Air 240 from Corsair can be vertically mounted as shown in the photos or rotated 90 degrees horizontally with the square Corsair logo at the front also rotatable to match (hence the green tape holding it in place for shipping).

Checkout the listing here for more details and photos. (link)

This small form factor (ITX) build as configured using our custom PC builder page with built in error checking, live quoting, easy online checkout and literally millions of possible hardware combinations to select from. The Air 240 also comes in black for those interested with 10+ other options to choose from too if this particular model isn’t your style.

Don’t forget you can shoot us an email or drop in to the store any time to discuss your next dream custom PC and we ship nation wide providing our built to order computers not only to Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane and Canberra but everywhere between and beyond.

If you’re looking to configure something similar to the machine shown in these images checkout this link (here)

  • Case: Corsair Carbide Air 240 White
  • Motherboard: Intel H270 ITX AC Wifi Edition
  • CPU: Intel Kaby Lake i7 7700 4-Core 4.2GHz
  • CPU Cooler: 120mm Enclosed Liquid Cooler
  • RAM: 16GB DDR4 Dual DIMM Red Series
  • Primary Storage Device: 256G SATA3 SSD Pro Edition
  • Second Storage Device: 3TB Hard Drive
  • Graphics Card: Nvidia GTX 1070 8GB OC Edition
  • Sleeved PSU Extensions: Premium Sleeved PSU Cable Kit – Red
  • Power Supply: 700w ATX 80 Plus Gold
  • Operating System: Windows 10 64bit Home Edition USB
  • Office Suite: Office Home & Student
  • PC Warranty: Bronze 1 Year On Site Pickup & Return Premium Warranty Service
  • Fast-tracked: Jump the Queue – Ships or ready to collect in under 5 business days*
  • Service: Full Assembly, Burn-in Testing, and Setup

Need for Speed 2017 (Payback) [details & trailer]

It’s been 2 years since the Need for Speed reboot (2015, or 2016 for us [un]lucky PC gamers) hit the ground and for the most part was received pretty well, even despite EA pushing the release back on PC to make sure it was as polished as we deserved. Personally I found that it lived up to most of the hype and was a worthy NFS title after a string of questionable releases with perhaps a few exceptions. But it’s now 2017, marking another 2 year gap between titles, and while there had been a long radio silence on the upcoming game, EA broke that silence earlier this week officially confirming a 2017 release date for the next NFS title.

Some of the key things mentioned in their post:

  • The word “drift” was subtly thrown in
  • That by the end of November 10th 2017 you will be playing a new Need for Speed game
  • Customisation is here to stay, for the upcoming release and beyond
  • Cops and police chases
  • Open world wasn’t explicitly confirmed, but hopefully was implied – it’s 2017, a title as big as NFS should definitely be open world from here on out
  • Always-online gameplay is no longer necessary!

That’s about all they’ve given us for the time being. They’ve promised more details in the coming weeks and months before release – we guess that the next instalment of news will come June 2nd 2017 as suggested by the image.

If you want to build a PC capable of playing Need for Speed 2015/2016, check out our gaming PC customiser!