New Skylake CPUs and Motherboards Join the Valkyrie Custom Gaming PC!

B150 and H170 chipset motherboards now offer a lower cost solution to pair with the also newly released i5 any i7 ‘non k’ edition CPUs. These CPUs and motherboards were released this morning and are currently in stock ready for assembly!

Joing the B150 and H170 motherboard options are the brand spanking new line up of Skylake i5 and i7 quad core CPUs from Intel. The new range come in cheaper than their unlocked ‘K’ series counterparts but still deliver great performance on the all new DDR4 ready skylake platform.

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Custom Gaming PC Best (& Least) Selling Hardware By City

Here at Evatech we love data! Not selling or sharing personal data with ad agencies, but generalized market data that can help us better understand and serve our customer base.  Just in case anyone else finds this as interesting as we do,  here is a look at what gaming hardware PC gamers are buying broken down by city. Continue reading “Custom Gaming PC Best (& Least) Selling Hardware By City”

How Much CPU Do You Really Need? Pairing your CPU with the right Components. [Gaming]

There’s a couple of common misconceptions that many gaming PC buyers have when it comes to picking out the right PC and we thought it best to try and dispel some of the myths that might negatively effect your decision making when it comes to selecting the right components for your next custom gaming PC.

Now the following could be considered ‘overly generalized’ and yes there are always the odd exception to the general rule, but this article is just to point the less savvy shopper in the right direction and should be only the first stepping stone in your pre-purchase research.

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MSI X99A & Z97A USB 3.1 Ready Motherboards Now @ Evatech!

MSI has refreshed their entire Z97 and X99 line to include USB3.1 support! These models can easily be identified by the ‘A’ in their name (X99-A / Z97-A) and sport a mix of type A and type C connectors.

For those not already familiar with the new USB 3.1 technology, it offers multiple advantages over standard USB 3.0 ports. First and foremost as you would expect, transfer speeds have significantly improved with real world benchmarks showing 50-75% increases over USB 3.0 in reads and 30-50% in writes depending on the environment. Secondly,  with USB 3.1 comes the Type C connector, much smaller than standard USB connectors and best of all, it’s reversible!

USB Type C

Nvidia GTX 950 and 950TI Rumors Circulate.

Repeated by several unverified sources, the claim that Nvidia is preparing GTX 950 and 950 TIs to replace their long standing GTX 750’s currently doing battle with the AMD R7 line up.

If the rumors are true (and they do seem to be) the new cards will be based upon the GM206-300 GPU currently powering the GTX960, at lower clock rates and a 128bit memory bus.

No specifics announced in terms of release dates or pricing but it seems likely the move will come sooner rather than later and that these new X50 series cards will replace the GTX 750TI price point at the $150-$200 mark.

The now 18 month old GTX 750TI was amazing value for it’s entry level gaming GPU price point and we have every reason to expect the same from its inevitable replacement.

 

GTX 980 TI’s Now Available in our Custom Gaming PCs!

We are very excited to announce, that as of today, all three lines of of our custom gaming PCs now come with the option to select the the brand new, long awaited, powerhouse gaming GPU from Nvidia, the GTX 980 TI.

With 6GB of GDDR5 and 2816 Cuda cores the GTX 980 TI is only a small step down from the TITAN but at a $500 lower price point. Where the titan comes packed with double the memory it seems as though for the most part AAA gaming titles simply aren’t utilizing in a way that delivers significant performance benefits over the GTX 980 TI’s already very generous 6GB, even at 4K resolutions. Continue reading “GTX 980 TI’s Now Available in our Custom Gaming PCs!”

HOW TO : Customising A Gaming PC to Play Star Citizen

Star Citizen PC

We have had a lot of customers recently, (and we mean A LOT) ordering custom gaming PCs just to play Star Citizen. So much so that with all the research we’ve had to do to answer their questions, we feel as though we can pretty accurately make hardware recommendations to suit your performance expectations.

We tested the game with FRAPS running to gather frame rate data, swapping in different hardware and played around with the graphics presets, so lets get straight in to it.

 

Q: What does it take to run Star Citizen at at 60FPS on “Very High” presets at 1080P? A: An i5 4590, 16GB of RAM and a GTX980

THE GPU : In the games current state (v1.1), the GTX 980 is the only video card that can pull this off. Averaging 61FPS in our tests and corroborated with similar numbers from multiple benchmarks you can find online however many speculate that future patches with deliver engine optimization will improve performance greatly across the board. Unfortunately there is no real time frame given by the developers for when these optimizations will occur and exactly how much performance we can expect.

CPU & MEMORY : Assuming engine optimization is coming, you might get away with only 8GB of DDR3 but there are multiple areas of the game where we noted a significant performance increase when we jumped up to 16GB. As with most games, the RAM frequency doesn’t make any significant impact to frame rates or load times. As for the CPU, we tested both an i5 4590 and an i7 4970, both of which performed almost identically.

Star-Citizen-Cockpit

Q: What does it take to run Star Citizen at at 30+FPS on “Medium” presets at 1080P? A: An i5 4460, 8GB of RAM and a GTX 750TI

THE GPU : Again, in the games current state (v1.1), our MSI GTX 750TI 2GB OC manged to average 35FPS under these conditions only dropping as lows as a very playable 30FPS.

CPU & MEMORY : Assuming engine optimization is coming, you might get away with only 8GB of DDR3 but there are multiple areas of the game where we noted a significant performance increase when we jumped up to 16GB. As with most games, the RAM frequency doesn’t make any significant impact to frame rates or load times. As for the CPU, we tested both an i5 4590 and an i7 4970, both of which performed almost identically.

Star Citizen Ship

Q: What does it take to run Star Citizen at 4K? A: Don’t Bother (Yet)

SLI factory overclocked GTX980’s (That’s $1,600+ alone of GPU power) still struggled, dipping to as low as 12FPS on a and barely keeping above 30FPS on average even when paired with 16GB of RAM and an i7 4790 CPU. Future patches will hopefully make 4K viable but right now it’s just not.

 

Testing Notes : All tests where run under Windows 8.1 on a Adata SP900 SSD and the latest available drivers from Nvidia.com as of March 31st. All video cards used where provided by MSI and our Memory used was from the G.Skill RipjawsX series. All frame data was collected in the Vanduul Swarm mode of the game.

 

Final Thoughts

If you want to jump in early and start playing today, for a good 1080P experience be prepared to invest in a GTX970 or 980 and a 4690 or 4770 Intel CPU. Oh and if long load times bother you, make sure you have a large enough SSD to fit both your Windows install and the game! The Star Citizen client is expected to eventually reach around the 100GB size according to it’s developer in a recent post on the game’s official forums.

The stunning popularity of this game (raising $77 million USD since it’s kickstarter launch to date) should be ample funding for developer RSI continue adding content and optimizing performance for a long time to come, so we don’t expect this game’s popularity to start fading any time soon.

To customise a gaming to to play Star Citizen, click here.

The GTX 960 and GTX 960 TI arriving soon! Worth the wait?

GTX960 TI

Update : MSI Gaming edition cards are the first to get an street date of 22/01. They have also listed a “suggested retail price” of $399 AUD but we pretty safely expect street prices well below this on release date. MSI says the TI edition of the GTX 960 is due ‘early February’ with no SRP details just yet. Will will update this post with any news we hear from other vendors in the meantime.

Original Post : The the internet all abuzz with plenty of rumors and speculation over the last month or so regarding the upcoming release of the GTX 960 and TI series of cards from NVIDIA, it seems we have pretty much reached a consensus and the current rumors seem so well backed up with leaks and insider comments that they are almost as good as facts.

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What’s new this week at Evatech? MSI Laptops, Gaming Mice, 34″ Ultrawide Monitors & More

Corsair Gaming Mouse Sabre

Every week we try to bring you something new and exciting from the world of PC IT and this week alone there is a massive 30 new products we’ve added to your list.

The new MSI gaming laptops are here, including the first to have NVIDIA’s latest GTX 9 series GPU. The 17 inch i7 powered Windows 8.1 running beast comes with a 2 year warranty, 8GB of DDR3 and 3GB of discreet video memory. Weighing in at just under 4kg, this is no portable ultrabook but it will definitely keep pace with high end desktops when it comes to gaming. Check it out (here). Continue reading “What’s new this week at Evatech? MSI Laptops, Gaming Mice, 34″ Ultrawide Monitors & More”