RGB Mayhem : X299 Build with MSI GTX 1080 TI Lightning Z & InWin Chassis

An absolute beast of a GPU, the MSI GTX 1080 TI Lightning edition was doled out in very limited quantities to official MSI partners not long ago and instead of hiking up the price and selling them to make a quick buck, we selected a handful of lucky customers who ordered a regular GTX 1080 TI powered custom gaming PC and gave them out as free upgrades!

Photo’s don’t really do it justice, but the very slick fully programmable RGBs that light up the card through an diffuser to smooth out the effect just like G.Skill’s Trident Z RGB RAM look spectacular. Continue reading “RGB Mayhem : X299 Build with MSI GTX 1080 TI Lightning Z & InWin Chassis”

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.

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.

 

 

Valkyrie Custom Gaming PC [Evatech] Vs The Pryon Storm Scout II [Harvey Norman]

By specialising in custom gaming PCs the value we can offer over other stores in terms of customisability, performance, price, service and quality is unrivalled. There are definitely some stores out there come close in some areas, but when it comes to a custom gaming PCs specifically, we can confidently claim to be Australia’s #1.

To highlight one of the biggest offenders we’ve picked out Harvey Norman’s ‘Pryron’ series of gaming PCs, particularly the one for sale now at the time of this post, the Storm Scout II. To compare and contrast we have put together a custom Valkyrie PC using the Evatech.com.au website, PC ID 64345 (link). This might seem a little harsh, but I’ll stick to the facts, break it down part by part and try to let you make your own decision. Continue reading “Valkyrie Custom Gaming PC [Evatech] Vs The Pryon Storm Scout II [Harvey Norman]”

New 5th Generation Intel NUCs Customisable at Evatech!

The latest generation of Intel NUCs are now available to be customized on our store front at Evatech.com.au under the home and office PC category. Windows 10 ready and all with built in Wifi and Bluetooth they come feature packed all in a form factor that can fit in the palm of your hand.

The new 5 series on Intel Broadwell CPUs are incredibly power efficient for the amount of compute power they can deliver with an i7 variant  that can deliver 3.4GHz across 4 threads at an astonishingly low 28w TDP.

Whether you need a general purpose desktop, a HTPC for your living room, a small home server for your media or backups or just a basic web browser / email checker for your parents the power sipping dead silent cool running 5th generation NUC series is a very compelling option.

Customize yours today at Evatech.com.au

 

 

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.

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

November Sale! Custom Gaming PC Prices Slashed + New STRIX and GALAX GPUs.

Custom PC Sale

While other vendors are hiking up their prices to compensate for the recent falls in the AU dollar, Evatech is bucking the trend. For the month of November we have slashed the prices on custom gaming PCs and components! If you have already customized a PC on our website but not yet placed an order, all you need to do is click ‘Customize‘ and with all the options just as they where, click Save & Continue to get the new updated pricing. Continue reading “November Sale! Custom Gaming PC Prices Slashed + New STRIX and GALAX GPUs.”