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The Awesome Build Vol. 2 Raises Money for Make a Wish (In the Coolest Way Possible)

ASUS Republic of Gamers has partnered with the Make A Wish Bay Area Chapter, Intel, and NVIDIA (with a little help from Corsair and PrimoChill), and enlisted the aid of PcJunkieMods with Blue Horse Studios to create one of the coolest tributes to Star Lord and the Guardians of the Galaxy this side of Knowhere.

Behold the Awesome Build Vol. 2. Dream PC.

The Looks

This one-of-a-kind rig is the result of a ton of effort by some very talented people. Better yet, all that effort is in the name of one of the best charities around, the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Let’s get right to the point. What really sets this case apart is all the work that went into its external detailing. The most prominent feature is the finely sculpted statuette in the likeness of Baby Groot (everyone’s favorite little tree man) along with the jury-rigged Anulax Bomb used against Ego in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. The replica bomb has two light-up buttons: one to turn the system on and off, and the other to start a digital countdown on the display (just like in the movie!). 

The front of the case is a recreation of the Milano’s cassette tape player which, while sadly non-functional as an audio player, still has a working Eject button so you can open the tape door to take out the included Awesome Mix Vol. 2 cassette. No word on what’s actually on the tape.

The Tech

In addition to looking fantastic, the Awesome Build Vol. 2 is no slouch in the performance arena.

Everything is based on an ASUS ROG Maximus IX Extreme motherboard, which provides plenty of space for all of the other components.

At the core of the setup is an Intel Core i7 7700K processor running at 4.20Ghz. The processor is supported by 32GB of Corsair Vengeance DDR4-2666Mhz RAM in an 8x4GB configuration, and the whole setup is powered by a Corsair HX1000 PSU.

Storage is provided by an Intel SSD 6 1TB drive in M.2 form factor, and a 1.2TB Intel 750 series NVMe drive. Together that makes for over 2TB of solid-state storage, which should be plenty to go around.

The build has two ASUS ROG Posiedon GTX1080 Ti GPUs running in SLI. That alone is enough power to keep your framerates high in pretty much any game out on the market today. The Poseidon has several other notable features. It comes with a built in water cooling block, but is also capable of fan-cooling if not connected. Aesthetically minded users will appreciate the infinity mirrors, as well as the array of RGB elements (all of which are supported by ASUS' AURA software) as well as an additional 4-pin 12V RGB header on the card itself.

Rigs this powerful tend to get pretty hot. Fortunately, both GPUs as well as the CPU are both covered by a custom-built Primochill-based closed loop cooling system.

The Lights

While the unique external aesthetics are what make The Awesome Build Vol. 2 special, the look really comes together thanks to more traditional PC lighting elements. The whole rig is based off of a Corsair Crystal Series 460X case. The tempered glass sides give a great look in at the reddish-orange lighting scheme (or you can go with the full rainbow if you prefer), which is mostly produced by the Corsair HD120 fans. The look is enhanced by other RGB-capable elements, including four sticks of Corsair Vengeance memory, two ASUS GTX 1080 ti Poseidon GPUs (which feature illuminated infinity mirrors), a Corsair Commander Pro, and several Corsair Lighting Node Pro RGB strips. Even without the Guardians flavor, this would be an eye-catching build.

The Build Team

All of the computing components, the water cooling loop, and the front of the tape deck were assembled by Lee of PcjunkieMods. Ron from Blue Horse Studios sculpted Groot, the rock formation, and the replica bomb. You can see some of the special features come together in the photos below. 

The Cause

Here's what ASUS had to say about the initial conception of The Awesome Build Vol. 2 and how it's being used to raise money for a great cause. 

"The build started out as a way to show off just how easy it is to watercool a PC and how much fun you can have when customizing your system. As we got into planning the build, we wanted to do something big and give back to the community, so we reached out to Make A Wish to use the build as a fundraising drive to help grant more wishes. Make A Wish gets tons of requests each year from kids who want to play games during treatment and at home during recovery with their favorite streamers, pro athletes, and personal heroes. The Awesome Build Vol.2 was a fun and creative way to ensure that every child gets their wish granted."

You’ve got a chance at owning this one-of-a-kind custom-built masterpiece (valued at over $18,000!) simply by making a small donation to one of the most reputable and noble charities out there, the Make A Wish Foundation (specifically the organization's Bay Area Chapter). ASUS and their partners set a goal of reaching $20,000 in donations by 10/22, and a generous donor has offered to match any donations raised from this drive. Each $20 donation provides an entry into the system giveaway, and the winner will be announced live on October 24th at 3 PM PST on the ASUS YouTube channel

As if the chance to win this incredible PC AND help raise money for a good cause weren't enough to inspire you to donate, famous gamers Dr. DisRespect and Ronnie2K from 2K Games have both streamed from this very system as part of the fundraising drive, making  the Awesome Build Vol. 2 even more of a collector's item. 

This is a unique gaming PC worthy of, and inspired by, galactic scale heroes. You can be a hero to a child with a life-threatening medical condition by donating to Make a Wish in the giveaway for the Awesome Build, Vol 2. by donating here.