With the holiday season in full swing, there's nothing better
than giving back to the community. That's why PCWorld teamed up
with Travis Peacock from Shellback Tech to surprise a disabled veteran
with a free, custom PC build. The PC parts were anonymously donated
by a longtime fan and community member, then personally assembled
by Adam Patrick Murray, PCWorld's lead video director. But the most
rewarding part about this whole process was the Zoom call to the
lucky veteran, as his reaction was worth its weight in gold.
You can watch the whole thing in the video below. Read on to
learn more about the donated parts, the non-profit that gave us a
helping hand, and much more.
It started a couple of months ago when a fan of PCWorld and The
Full Nerd podcast offered to anonymously donate PC parts to someone
in need. It's an incredibly kind gesture and the folks here at
PCWorld were absolutely thrilled to participate. Given how
difficult it is to currently acquire graphic cards and other
computing parts due to supply chain issues, we wanted to help out
in whatever way we could. Not only were were the PC components
donated, so were most of the peripherals (mouse, keyboard, monitor,
etc) to get the lucky recipient up and running. A big thanks also
goes to Creative for providing a high-end DAC
(digital-to-analog converter), a mic, and a webcam.
Adam Murray / PCWorld
The person who donated the parts wanted a PC that could handle
1440p gaming and some streaming. For the overall aesthetic, the
idea was a futuristic-looking monochrome build. It's sleek, modern,
and definitely eye-catching. As for the internals, the PC is armed
with an AMD Ryzen 7 5800X processor and a Gigabyte Vision RTX 3070
graphics card. It's also packing two RAM sticks with 32GB of
memory, a 360mm AIO liquid cooler, two M.2 NVMe drives totaling 3TB
of SSD storage, and a 4TB hard drive. One of the M.2 NVMe SSD's was
provided by the folks at Crucial, so thanks
to them for that. All of these parts are housed inside a white Be
Quiet Silent Base 802. It's spacious enough inside to allow for
upgrading and the case itself keeps everything both quiet and cool.
For a full parts list of the PC, head over to PCPartPicker.
With the PC built, we turned to Shellback Tech for help. Honestly? We couldn't think
of a better charity to link up with. Founded by Travis Peacock, a
disabled Iraq veteran, Shellback Tech is a 501c3 non-profit that
builds and donates custom gaming and streaming PCs to disabled
veterans and first responders. The aim is to provide an outlet for
disabled people who are struggling with their mental and physical
health. The charity also gives away desks, monitors, chairs, and
other peripherals. It's a worthwhile cause, that's for sure.
So, who's the lucky recipient? Drum roll please. We gifted the
custom gaming PC to Sam Burt, a disabled veteran who served in the
navy with Peacock. We called him on Zoom pretending to interview
him about Shellback Tech. Sneaky, I know. But when we informed Burt
that the swanky PC in the background was in fact his, he began
tearing up. His reaction made it all worth it. PCWorld is so
honored to have been a part of this process and no one's more
deserving than Burt.