Evatech & Asus, Proudly powering screenPLAY on Channel 7

For the longest time Australian gamers (us included!) have had so little when it comes to quality Australian made gaming content. So when we heard Channel 7 was launching a gaming themed show hosted by @nichboy (Nich Richardson) and @hexsteph (Stephanie Bendixsen) of the late ABC show Good Game fame we jumped at the chance get behind them and show our support when they reached out to us.

Sworn to secrecy we worked with them behind the scenes for months before the show was finally announced mid June and since then the team has put out a tone of great content with weekly TV episodes, and daily web content including a tour of Blizzard studios, an interview with Nolan North, daily news videos and audience Q&A live streams the call ANSA on their Facebook page.

As an official sponsor of the show we provide the gaming PCs Nich, Steph and the rest of the crew use in their FirstPlay videos and Twitch streams as well as the systems they the film crew use for video editing and publishing. If you look closely in this screenshot you can see one of our custom built systems lurking the corner.

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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.

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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!

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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.

AMD Ryzen Custom PCs now available to Pre-Order, builds start March 3rd

With the long and much hyped lead up the release AMD’s latest chipset and CPU’s, we’ve field hundreds of customers questions with the same answer. “We don’t know yet, nothing is official, it’s all just rumours!”. Today, that has changed! AMD has lifted the vale (NDA), announced the release date and allowed its motherboard partners to release the details of their line ups.

Stock is due to land March 3rd and the our newest edition to the Evatech custom gaming PC line up is now available for pre-order in the form the Wraith.

At this point in time there is two motherboard chipsets to choose from, the X370 at the high end and the B350 for mid range. There is also only 3 different CPU’s to make decision making a little easier.

  • R7 1700, the entry level R7 model sports 8 cores and 16 threads like it’s bigger brothers but at a slightly lower clock speed and no build in precision auto overclocking features.
  • R7 1700X is the next step up with a boosted base clock speed and the addition of auto-overclocking.
  • R7 1800X, the top dog of the lot at the highest clock speed and presumably cherry picked from the manufacturing process for the best ‘overclockability’.

While performance per core means the Kaby Lake CPU’s might still be best overall consumer gaming option, Ryzen’s twice as many cores gives it a real leg up in heavily multi-threaded gaming (and non gaming).

For previous AMD owners who was left with a bad taste in their mouth after forking out for the FX 9XXX series CPUs riddled with heat and stability issues and underwhelming performance, Ryzen is definitely worth giving AMD a second chance. With these 8 core CPUs now on the same 14nm process as Kaby Lake and only having TDPs of just 95w we don’t anticipate any heat issues with it only being 4w higher than Intel’s quad core i7 range which are extremely heat efficient.

I’m sure benchmarks and videos from YouTube reviewers will be flooding the internet shortly but we can already confirm, AMD is back in the CPU game and Intel better watch out if it wants to keep it’s current dominant market share in the desktop CPU market.

So what are you waiting for ? Jump on to our store website at www.evatech.com.au and start customising the AMD Ryzen Wraith Custom Gaming PC today. Systems begin assembly when stock lands March 3rd, first in first served.

Civilization VI upcoming patch to add Australia

Yep, you read that right the first time. Civ 6 is getting an Australian ‘Civilization’. Prime minister John Curtain leads the nation who’s unique unit is the Digger, replacing the basic infantryman and receives a bonus when fighting outside it’s own territory.

Additional unique traits of the Australian Civ is added extra housing bonuses for coastal cities and a production bonus when other Civ’s declare war on it.

For more details checkout the first look video below.

Australia is getting introduced in the next content update to Civilization 6 expected to land in the next few weeks, yet no official release date has been announced.

To get started customizing a gaming PC for Civilization 6 checkout our game library page.

Welcome back Thermaltake with the Versa & View series Cases

After a short absence from our catalog Thermaltake is back with 5 new cases available in our online custom PC builder, Level 10 gaming Headsets and Poseidon Z RGB mechanical keyboards and Level 10 mouse.

Joining the line up is also Thermaltake RGB power supplies, 80+ Gold rating with gorgeous Riing fans providing cooling and RGB illumination within. Why? Well why not, if RGB is your thing, too much is never enough.

Established in 1999, Thermaltake has long been a well respected world wide brand of cases, fans and coolers. Their latest line of products are not only great looking but offer some really hard to beat value for the money. Solid construction, plenty of features, great designs and very competitive pricing makes the Thermaltake line up not only unique in many ways but a great choice for a lot of gamers and PC builders alike.

To checkout the full range of Thermaltake products click (here) of better yet, start building your next gaming PC in one of these spectacular Thermaltake cases in our online custom gaming PC builder store page here.

As always, don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions and explore our website for great guides, how to’s, build logs with plenty of photos of our previous builds and keep up to date with our news blog for all the latest gaming PC and hardware news!

Intel’s 7th Gen (Kaby Lake) now available in all Evatech custom gaming PCs

For a few weeks now, the phasing out of the previous generation Skylake series motherboards and CPUs has been taking place as the Kaby lake equivalents have taken over.

The full range of 7000 series model i3, i5 and i7 series Kaby Lake CPUs are now exclusively available and to pair, the latest generation Z270, H270 and B250 series motherboards.

The full Intel 7th Gen Kaby Lake CPU Line Up

  • i7 7700K Quad Core 4.5GHz  – 8 Threads (Overclockable on Z270 Boards)
  • i7 7700 Quad Core 4.2GHz  – 8 Threads
  • i5 7600K Quad Core 4.2GHz – 4 Threads (Overclockable on Z270 Boards)
  • i5 7600 Quad Core 4.1GHz – 4 Threads
  • i5 7500 Quad Core 3.8GHz – 4 Threads
  • i5 7400 Quad Core 3.5GHz – 4 Threads
  • i3 7100 Dual Core 3.9GHz – 4 Threads
  • Pentium G4560 Dual Core 3.5GHz – 4 Threads

The new chipsets offer increased number of PCI-E lanes and m.2 SSD support along with native Kaby Lake CPU support, bold new aesthetic designs and a load of overall small improvements  behind the scenes for an even more rock solid user experience.

While the impacts on gaming performance are non extreme over the previous generation, it is measurable and most importantly, pricing has stabilized making the equivalent Kaby lake models on par with their discontinued predecessors which are almost completely sold out across all retailers.

So what Kaby Lake CPU should I use in my gaming PC build?

Of course it depends on your budget and the types of games you play, but for this particular recommendation lets make a couple of assumptions.

  1. You want to play any and all new release games for the foreseeable future on high settings at a smooth frame rate.
  2. You want the best value for money option, not to pay a dis-proportionally higher amount for a relatively small performance difference.

If this sounds like what you’ve been thinking, then our recommendation would be the i5 7600K. Significantly cheaper than it’s i7 bigger brothers, it still delivers all the CPU throughput you need for any gaming title. While it only has half the cores of the the i7, it’s a sad fact that very few if any game engines actually utilize these additional codes in any meaningful way that improves overall gaming performance.

We have recommended the K model and not the vanilla i5 7600 as it comes with a slightly higher boost clock speed (nothing major) but most importantly, it’s overclockable. We don’t recommend overclocking unless you get to a stage where your unhappy with your gaming performance and the CPU is the bottleneck because it can introduce system instability and heat issues if not done properly, but leaving the the option open gives you some wriggle room in the future should you choose to crank up the clock speeds and squeeze a little more life out of your machine.

If you have a particular budget or a different use case and need more personalized recommendations don’t hesitate to contact us via email, our contact page, Facebook or by phone during business hours and our dedicated team will gladly assist!

Also worth remembering, and something we remind customers almost on a daily basis here at the Evatech offices, be sure to balance your CPU selection with your choice of graphics card (especially for gaming PCs)! Matching the wrong CPU and GPU will cause a bottleneck and the last thing you want is to lose potential performance you’ve already paid for.

To avoid bottle-necking in gaming we typically recommend;

  • SLI GTX 1070 or 1080 with an i7.
  • GTX 1070 or 1080 with to be paired with a high end i5 or any i7.
  • GTX 1060 with a mid to low end i5.
  • GTX 1050TI or lower with at least an i3.

So what’s next?

Get in touch if you have any questions or jump on our store page at www.evatech.com.au and start customizing your next Intel Kaby lake custom gaming PC today. With just a few clicks of a button, instant quotes, built in automatic compatibility checking, expert assembly and thorough burn in testing, it’s never been easier to yourself a custom built to order PC delivered anywhere in Australia.

 

 

Intel Kaby Lake 7000 series CPUs Benchmarked

Everyone Gamers waiting for the next gen Kaby Lake series CPUs might be a little disappointed today as reviews and benchmarks surface from major news outlets.

Techpowerup has done a very thorough test of the flagship 7700K against the current gen Skylake 6700K with a large number of popular games and the results are fairly unanimous.  The good news is, if you have a Skylake CPU (or even a Ivy Bridge / Haswell CPU) there’s no reason to upgrade. The bad news, if you’ve been dying to upgrade  your PC and just holding out for the next big generational performance boost, this isn’t it.

Full credit to techpowerup for the benchmarks below, to read their full article visit techpowerup.com/reviews/

So if it’s time to upgrade your gaming PC maybe you should jump on the current gen before it’s all gone and dodge the new generation premium pricing of Kaby Lake motherboards and CPUs? Visit Evatech.com.au today to get started. Don’t worry, if your still keen for Kaby Lake systems they are on the way too, keep an eye on our website for updates in the coming days.

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128GB of DDR4, Liquid Cooled i7 6900K & SLI MSI Gaming X GTX1070’s

We can only speculate as to what this absolute beast of a system is going to be used for, but we sure hope it’s for something a little more ambitious than Dota 2 and some school homework!

Sparing (almost) no expense, this build is a behemoth! The 128GB of DDR4 memory took almost a full 24 hours to burn in test alone and housed in a Corsair Graphite 780T chassis it’s physically massive as well.

Red sleeved cabling from the 1000w 80+ Gold rated PSU, red accented Gaming X GPUs from MSI, red LED lit NZXT Kraken liquid CPU cooler and black and red MSI Gaming Pro motherboard come together perfectly in the matte black Corsair 780T chassis with impressive results. Take a look for yourself.

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Time you got a new gaming PC? Why not get it custom built your exact requirements, taste and budget! Checkout our homepage to day and explore the millions of possible combinations. Don’t worry if your not too PC savvy, our built in error checking and game library full of performance indicators and hardware requirements make it a breeze.

Click here to get started.