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.

Building a Custom Gaming PC for Metal Gear Solid : The Phantom Pain

Released September 1st, Hideo Kojimas final Metal Gear Solid game is out and getting amazing reviews from every major publication and gamers alike.

As of the 3rd, this game has a 95/100 on meta critic and 97% on steam user reviews making the highest rated game of the entire year to date. If you haven’t seen it already take a look at IGN’s 10/10 video review for an idea of why.

Now with all that out of the way, lets get down to what we’re really here for, building a custom gaming PC to play Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain.

Continue reading “Building a Custom Gaming PC for Metal Gear Solid : The Phantom Pain”

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.

 

AMD R9 300 Series Graphics Cards Arrive Next Week!

The long awaited 300 series of AMD GPU’s are hitting shelves next week and customers can already pre-order the MSI range from our website with the usual suspects (Asus, Gigabyte etc) soon to follow.

While the top of the end Fury and FuryX cards due next month, the current range of 3XX R9 and R7 cards are essentially a re-branding of the the previous generation 200 series with some much needed optimizations and new sharper price point.

The MSI range of R9 300 series cards feature an updated TwinFrozr V cooler that MSI claim was 18 months in development and features stronger fans, generating less noise than the already award winning TwinForzr IV design.

Visit Evatech.com.au for the full range and pre-order yours today. Stay tuned to the Evatech news blog for more big releases and details on all the latest games and components.

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!”

Bundle & Save Sale Now On! Monitors, Routers, Video Cards, Memory, Mice, Cables & More.

Looking for a keyboard and a mouse? Video card and motherboard? Wireless router and WiFi adapter? Select models of Asus, MSI, Silverstone, G.Skill, Avexir, ZowieGear and Gigabyte can now be bundled together for instant discounts between $5 and $25!

Want part of the bundle but not necessarily all of it? No problem, all bundled items are completely optional and discounts are automatically applied. The more you bundle the more you save, but you don’t need to buy anything you might not need just to get the discount on what you actually want.

Or for a constantly updated list of bundles you could save on, checkout our store’s bundle page here.

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Have a suggestion for a bundle of products? Shoot us an email to sales@evatech.com.au

Get game hardware requirements while customizing your next PC!

Building a custom gaming to with a particular game in mind to play? Want to know exactly what hardware you need to play this game at minimum, recommended or ultra settings? Our newly updated website makes that a breeze!

Simply select any game from our game database, choose the base PC you would like to start configuring and our website will automatically highlight and color code the CPU, memory and Graphics card options you need to meet minimum, recommended or ultra game pre-set requirements for standard 1080P HD resolutions.

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Once you’ve selected all the components of the system, our site will then show you what hardware preset level these components meet, as well as make suggestions on which components to upgrade to achieve the next level of performance!

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Already saved a customized PC and want to checkout how it will perform in all the latest PC games before placing your order? No problem, just load the custom PC ID and click the link below the hardware summary titled “To see how this PC would perform in specific games, click here.”

Just one more reason why Evatech is Australia’s fast growing custom PC provider. So what are you waiting for? Start customizing your next dream gaming PC today!

Whats new this week at Evatech? MSI Video Cards & Motherboards & AC Wireless Adapters!

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It’s been a busy week here as we prepare multiple website updates and adjust to our new home in Oakleigh and our product team has been no exception. The MSI GTX 970 OC and GTX960 ME edition is here along with a pioneer blu-ray combo drive, TP-Link ARCHER dual band AC adapters the X99S series of motherboards from MSI, G.Skill RipJaw and Sniper series memory and much more.

The MSI GTX 960 ME edition is a bold screen trimmed take on the TwinFrozr dual fan cooler MSI proudly sports on it’s gaming series of video cards celebrating their 100 million NVIDIA GPUs sold milestone. This limited edition comes with a full size Far Cry 4 mouse mat in the box and for a limited time only you can get a copy of Far Cry 4 free when you purchase the ME edition along with any H97, Z97 or X99 series MSI motherboard!

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The TP-Link Archer delivers wireless dual band AC via USB or PCI-E with blistering speeds of up to 1750Mbps (1300+450). This next generation AC adapter will require a AC router as well but don’t worry if you don’t have one just yet, it’s backwards compatible with any wireless N, B, G or A wireless router standard.

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Naturally all these new components are available across our range of custom PCs with just the click of a button. Check here to checkout our new and improved custom gaming PC builder page.

Evolve Gets PC Minimum & Recommended Requirements Published + No SLI Support @ Launch.

California based Turtle Rock Studios, the makers of Left For Dead and Counter Strike has published the minimum and recommended hardware requirements for their upcoming 4 v 1 monster hunting first person shooter, Evolve.

Just yesterday, a news post on evolvegame.com spilled the beans, publishing the requirements reportedly ‘ripped straight from the side of the box’. Continue reading “Evolve Gets PC Minimum & Recommended Requirements Published + No SLI Support @ Launch.”

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

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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.”