JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (March 16, 2018) – Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) supporters raise awareness and funds for the organization in many ways. Some have used their art to show the courage of wounded veterans; others have written songs and donated proceeds from the music. Anthony Martino put his technical expertise to work by making a unique, custom-designed gaming PC to auction on eBay. He plans to donate the funds raised from the auction.
“I had no formal training on building computers,” Anthony said. “I learned as I went. Back in the 1990s, I'd add a CD burner, a graphics card, a hard drive, or a processor. Eventually, I had done all the parts and just knew how to build an entire system. But in the past year I've really stepped up my game, building computers with specific themes that stand out from the boring boxes of yesterday.”
A few examples of his handiwork are throughout his home: his wife received a custom Hello Kitty computer, and he also built a police interceptor computer with flashing red, white, and blue lights.
“After that, I was inspired to do a charity build for Wounded Warrior Project with a military theme,” Anthony said. “Given the number of people close to me who have served, it was definitely a project I had a lot of passion for.”
Many of Anthony’s family members have served their nation; his father was in the Army, his wife’s father was in the Navy, and his cousin was in the Marine Corps. The project was as much as about honoring their service as about giving back to an organization he believed in. Even the look of the computer was a love letter to the Armed Forces.
“I was inspired by the old WWII military vehicles with their olive coloring and white letters and graphics,” Anthony said. “The Corsair C70 Vengeance case I chose was perfect, as it already came with the green color I wanted to achieve, and it had top clips for the side panel similar to an ammo box. The front features themed buttons on the case to continue the look.”
Even though a classic look inspired the computer, it’s no slouch.
“It has the latest eighth-generation Intel Core i5 8600K 6-Core overclockable processor,” Anthony said. “I also put in an MSI Z370 Tomahawk motherboard, an Nvidia GTX 1070 8GB Founders Edition graphics card, 16GB of Corsair Vengeance RGB DDR4 RAM, and a 480GB Corsair SSD for fast boot and loading times. It’s got a Corsair H100i V2 water cooling system to ensure the components are kept at optimal temperatures. This system should handle any current generation game at up to 1440p resolution with great framerates and also be a beast for folks who need multiple cores for video or audio encoding.”
Simply put, it’s just plain fast.
“I know my donation is going to a good place with a great mission,” Anthony said. “It would be fitting to see the money raised from the auction put toward tech-related programs or services for our wounded warriors. Regardless of what program it supports, I would tell warriors, ‘don't give up the fight, soldier; there are millions of people out there who care what happens to you, so don't suffer in silence. You were there when our country needed you; let us be there when you need someone.’”
To learn and see more about how WWP’s programs and services connect, serve, and empower wounded warriors, visit https://newsroom.woundedwarriorproject.org.
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