A couple of things I admire about AMD are their commitment to the gaming community, and supporting grassroots efforts to build that community. Case in point – I recently had the opportunity to help get a local community gaming competition. The Berwick Theater is a small independent movie theater that had a great idea for a fundraiser – holding a Halo gaming competition using that giant movie screen to display all that great action on. They are using an Xbox One, which has a custom AMD SOC powering it, as that allows them an easy way to display 4 players at the same time. One of my friends is one the Board of directors, knew I was a member of AMD Red Team Plus, and reached out to me to see if I could help.
Of course I said yes. Time to spring into action! To get the ball rolling, I contacted Erin at AMD and asked if they would be able to donate something for a prize. They blew me away and offered a FX 8370 CPU, Sapphire RX 460 GPU, Asus Sabertooth Tuf motherboard, and a Samsung 850 EVO SSD!
I said to myself, with a few more items, I could put together a nice system as a Grand Prize. Immediately I thought of my good friend, and fellow RTP member Ian Johansson. He does YouTube reviews for Rosewill, and he really hooked me up. He sent me Rosewill’s brand new Bradley ATX case, RX 9300 mechanical keyboard, and RGM 400 gaming mouse along with their Valens 600w modular PSU!
Almost there, just a few more items. MePush came to the rescue and provided a copy of Windows 10, and a Western Digital 1TB storage drive. I already had 16GB of Gskill ram available, and I got a 5 pack of Apevia LED 120mm fans to finish it off. The theater completed the package with an Asus VG245 Freesync 24” monitor. It was time to build!
And build I did. Take a look!
Our Grand Prize is alive and looking good with a nice view through that window. Let’s take a look inside.
Someone is going to walk away with this bad boy, and I hope it serves them well. Thank you to AMD, Ian and Rosewill, and MePush for helping make this possible.
By Craig Deeter