Gear Up w/ EVGA: "IKONiK" Build by Envious Case Mods!

Case Mods, build logs, sponsorship's, sponsored by EVGA?  These are a PC builders dream goal, right?  Although many times it is difficult, there are those with the drive, passion and skills to follow their dreams and use their amazing skills and join the PC Mod community.

One such PC Modder is Calen; owner, operator, pc designer, and fabricator at Envious Case Mods!

"I've been fabricating and building things since I was a kid so I have enough tips and tricks to fill a book. I'm always trying out new ideas that I post about in my build logs as well; even if it's something I don't end up using in the build." - Calen - Envious Case Mods

Envious Case Mods was our June 2016 pick for the "Gear Up with EVGA" program (more on this a bit later).  We were very impressed with the submission from Envious Case Mods from his previous builds to his proposed new build that was submitted to us for consideration.  A tough decision to choose just one from a list of many entries but we are proud to be working with Envious Case Mods and Calen on his "IKONiK" build. You can find the "IKONiK build log along with many other EVGA customers builds under the EVGA Mod Rigs Forum!

Here is just a small look into what is sure to become an awe inspiring build which is "IKONiK"!

Just a sample of the concept images and recent updates and parts which you can find via the "IKONiK" build log on the EVGA Mod Rigs Forum section to his updates.  From modding to fabrication of unique parts, Envious Case Mods and the "IKONiK" build are set to be one awesome build.  

Another unique feature of the "IKONiK" build log are Calen's Pro Modder Tips in which he gives the community an insight general questions and inquiries that he's received through out his builds.  Giving back to the community and PC enthusiasts is one way to help out those who are season modders or those just starting out in the PC Modding community.  Definitely check out his Pro Modder Tips via his "IKONiK" build log and also be sure hit him if you have any questions!

"Inspiring others plays a huge role in why I do such detailed build logs. Pushing the boundaries and creating things ahead of trends is what really excites me as a professional modder." - Calen - Envious Case Mods

Be sure to also follow Envious Case Mods via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to let him know how awesome his build is coming along!

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Questions, questions, questions!  Now, I bet you all have many questions but the main ones may be...."What is the Gear Up program?" and "How do i submit my build idea?"

Well I have you covered on that end.  In our quest to see members of the EVGA community, EVGA customers and EVGA fans, bring their ideas and extreme builds to light, we started EVGA's custom case modding sponsorship program, which we like to call "Gear Up with EVGA"

Case Modders, builders, extreme enthusiasts and anyone with an awesome idea for a build that wants to take it to the next level is free to enter and submit your idea for a chance to be sponsored by EVGA via the "Gear Up with EVGA" program!

Have an awesome case mod or custom build in mind? Want a chance to be sponsored by EVGA?  Well then, head on over the the Gear Up with EVGA page to submit your entry for a chance to be sponsored!

11,000+ CS:GO Players on VAC-ation

 

Today is a good day for honest players and a horrid day for cheaters. Lately it seems that Valve has been cleaning up the streets. A few months ago Twitch prohibited non-csgo gameplay on streams, Valve cracked down hard on the online gambling phenomenon and very recently over 11,000 hackers have been banned by VAC. If you aren't too familiar with how VAC works, they usually gather information for delayed bans so it is harder for cheaters to catch on. 

The nice folks over at Kotaku were able to dig up some interactions from the cheat providers to their customers:

This is a good step towards fairer gaming but these cheat developers will also grow and adapt, it's just up to Valve's Anti-Cheat to stay on top of their game. I play a lot of CS:GO so this information is juicy to me, I love that Valve is at least attempting to keep their game from being infested by cheaters. 

 

Remember guys, cheating is no fun and you will be caught eventually. 

 

GeForce Experience 3.0 - 3x Faster, 50% Less Memory Usage and Giveaways?!

 

Just released last week was the new GeForce Experience 3.0, this new update will bring better optimization and some new features. The most noteworthy thing is the implementation of giveaways. Nvidia will be offering beta keys, game keys and hardware just for using the new GeForce experience. 

This new makeover will be a lot faster and easier to use. The previous renditions were slightly bulky and not 100% smooth. Nvidia has reduced the footprint of the program and it will now use less of your computers resources when active. As always, GeForece Experience will automatically adjust your game settings based on the hardware you have in your system and they have made this easier to use. You will now be able to optimize your games easily with a click of a button. 

Shadowplay has also been updated, you will be able to record games at up to 60fps, 4k and in windowed mode. These clips can be uploaded straight to media platforms so you can share them with your friends a lot sooner. You can even upload to Imgur without leaving the game "and let a friend jump into your game via Chrome to either watch, take control of your character, or play in co-op." 

Click here to get the latest GeForce Experience!

 

 

Have you guys had a chance to try out the new update yet? If so, what do you guys think of it? Let us know in the comments below!

 

EVGA's National Video Games Day Event - Sponsored by Intel!

National Video Games Day Event

9/12/2016 is National Video Games Day and EVGA wants to celebrate with you. What are we bringing to the party? Awesome prizes from EVGA and Intel that will amp your gaming experience! Prizes range from motherboards to video cards to help push your gaming to the limit. All you need to do is head over to the event page and do one or more of the following : Like Us on Facebook, Follow Us on Twitter, or Pin this contest on your Pinterest. As an added bonus, you will be given extra chances to win by sharing this among your friends!

Don't miss your chance to win one of the great prizes – make sure to get all of your entries into the contest between September 12, 2016 to September 26, 2016. Check back on event page on October 3, 2016 to see if you are a winner!

Winners will be announced via the widget and the article page at www.evga.com/articles/01056/national-video-games-day-event/, and will also be contacted individually via email.

** See Terms & Conditions for alternate form of entry.

 

 If you made it all the way through the article, then Leave us a comment down below!  What was your video game console or pc when you were growing up?

Mass Effect: Andromeda in 4K!

The next installment of the ever popular Mass Effect franchise is in the works and the previes thus far are very impressive.  The new game titled: Mass Effect : Andromeda is set to release early 2017

Devs released a very impressive trailer below in 4K showing off some early gameplay and cut scene a few days ago.  Even though you may not have a 4K monitor to view the trailer on, you can still view it without issues and see the super rich and detailed characters. 

 
The next trailer to be released will be on N7 day which is November 7th, 2016.  I for one cannot wait to see what they show us next and I am excited to see the final game once released.  Having played all of the previous Mass Effect games, this is one of the top games on my list for 2017!
 
Let us know what you think of the early gameplay trailer in 4K and let us know who your favorite Mass Effect character is, down in the comment section below!
 

Overwatch Upgrading Servers to 63Hz!

 

Blizzard is currently in the process of upgrading the Overwatch servers to run at 63Hz but what does this mean? If you are familiar with first-person shooter games then response time will mean a big thing to you. The servers used to be 21Hz meaning the servers were making 21 communications a second to everyone and back, moving the servers up to 63Hz means the servers and clients will communicate 3 times as much. Getting shot around a corner will be less likely to happen, you will not have to lead your shots as much and inputs will feel a lot more responsive. 

 

 

The servers were originally set at 21Hz to prevent any crashing when the servers were first launched. 63Hz has been available but only exclusive to Custom Games, the change of the servers won't be affecting the esports scene at all because they have been competing on 63Hz servers. It will change the experience for matchmaking players.

While you may not notice it as much in the beginning, I'm sure you will eventually. In the Counter-Strike: GO scene, the matchmaking servers are at 64Hz (or tick) but there are also premium servers that run at 128tick. These 128tick servers are the standard when it comes to competitive play. Higher tickrate usually means the skillcap is higher, this awards faster reaction. It would be very unlikely for a game like Overwatch, which implements abilities rather than just gunplay, to need a server running at 128Hz but hey, I'll take the 63Hz. Matchmaking in Overwatch should be a lot more enjoyable and snappy now.

 

What are you guys' thoughts on this change? Do you feel your play style will change at all? Let us know in the comments below!


Enter to Win an EVGA TORQ X10 Carbon Edition Gaming Mouse!

ABSOLUTE CONTROL
The EVGA TORQ X10 gaming mouse. Built with the highest quality materials, this mouse was designed from the ground up to satisfy the needs of the hardcore gamer with a high quality laser sensor that provides up to 8200 DPI, an adjustable weight system, nine programmable buttons and a unique sizing system that allows you to adjust the height of the body.

We didn't stop there though. The EVGA TORQ X10 features the highest quality Omron switches with a lifespan of over 20 million clicks. We also included a full metal base that provides solid construction, the latest Avago 9800 laser sensor providing up to 8200DPI with 1000Hz polling rate, a 6FT silver coated USB cable, and much more.

The EVGA TORQ X10 Carbon gaming mouse provides you with the precision and control you need for every day tasks and for those intense First Person Shooter gaming sessions to come out on top! 

Five (5) lucky random winners will be able to WIN an EVGA TORQ X10 Carbon gaming mouse.

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Please note, we are having the contest featured on the Team EVGA Facebook page! You can enter the contest via the following URL:

https://gleam.io/fb/8MmWT

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Contest will run for six (6) days, starting September 9th, 2016 @ 6:00 PM PST and will end September 15th, 2016 @ 6: 00 PM PST. Five (5) winners will be selected at random and announced on September 16th, 2016.