- [Austin] With a $20,000 budget,
Xbox Game Pass reached out
and wanted to sponsor a gaming PC build
for the one and only Karl-Anthony Towns,
professional basketball player extraordinaire,
to truly build the Xbox Game Pass signature rig.
With only three weeks to put together this signature rig,
the time crunch is real.
So thankfully we have help
from the one and only iJustine,
who is helping guide us through,
by not only talking with Karl-Anthony
and getting his ideas for what he wants
in his signature rig,
but ultimately in putting together the entire package
that hopefully will end up working by the end of this video.
Now to do this,
we have the one and only Wesley Knapp,
who of course has built many crazy things
for us in the past,
this is something on a completely new level.
we're starting it with the Thermaltake Core P90, right?
And this is going to be essentially the center core,
just like the name,
but this is where all of our PC components are gonna go.
And then everything that we're doing
to sort of snazz it up is gonna go around it.
- As far as the design goes,
we are really inspired by the fact that
obviously basketball is a huge part of his life
and thinking actually about a recent trip to New York
before, you know, the world ended,
I remember the Atlas statue
and how it was really just this cool metal sphere.
And I was thinking,
well, if we took that
and we shaped it more like the lines of a basketball,
having something like that,
and if it was able to rotate even cooler,
but just having something like that around the entire PC
would make it really a center piece as opposed to just a PC
living on someone's desk.
- So for the actual PC itself,
we've got to go high-end, right?
We've got the custom design.
So to start out with,
we have AMD's Ryzen 9 3950X.
As of recording this,
that's about the most powerful gaming CPU we can use.
all that kind of stuff.
Gigabyte were also incredibly kind
in hooking us up with some of the other components.
And I say incredibly kind,
because not only are they helping out with the actual parts,
but importantly they helped me get it on time.
- [Ken] We would have to buy it,
which you can't buy it.
- Yeah, we would actually be using old-school components
like a 2080 or something.
- [Ken] Or we would have spent $10,000 on eBay.
So shout out to Gigabyte for the hookup here
'cause this is going to make a huge difference
to the actual PC.
That is a big...
- [Ken] Holy Jesus Christ, okay.
Looking at this card in person,
it is enormous.
I'm happy that we're building this in an open chassis
because I think this might be a pretty hard card
to fit even in some normal PC cases.
- All right.
So the test fit is complete.
So we have our RTX 3090,
our sweet orange extension cables,
which of course will be slightly tidier in the final build,
as well as we have our Ryzen 9
just sort of behind a stock cooler just for right now
while we're making sure that everything works.
Wes, would you like to do the honors?
Go for it.
This case is so huge
it makes the 3090 look pretty reasonably sized.
- Yeah, I was gonna say,
if you put that in literally any other case,
that would just be stupidly big.
- So now comes the real test of cable managing,
cooling all of this with the custom loop,
and getting the actual sphere and the rotating bits to work.
- [Wes] Yeah, now comes the easy part.
- [Wes] We got the hard parts done.
- You say that but this is definitely the easy part.
Everything else is gonna be so much more,
all the custom stuff.
- I was being sarcastic.
- There's sarcasm in there, shh.
- All right.
- All right.
So we've actually made some really good progress here.
We have the whole base made.
This is aluminum T slot,
which even though it's aluminum,
it's very strong,
So we have everything all wired up.
I call this thing the drawer,
just because it looks like a drawer.
And we also have the motor in the back,
all rigged up to the power supply.
So when this turns on,
it should activate the motor as well.
Let's see if it works.
Look at that.
- So I've been tasked with doing water cooling
for another big Austin Evans build.
And I'm pretty excited because this is my redemption arc,
where I get to actually tackle hardline cooling
because last time people in the comments
didn't take to kindly to my first ever water cooling attempt
when I used soft line tubing.
And I think the reason why people get so up in arms
over soft line tubing
is because there's not a lot of options
when it comes to shaping the tubes
the way that you want.
With hardline tubing,
while it does require a lot of work
to get shape in the tube,
it does tend to look a lot better.
It's a lot more clean.
And I do want it to look better
because this is a pretty high profile build
for a pretty high profile person.
So hardline tubing it is.
- [Austin] So how's it going?
- So we have chased the root of our problems
once again to the radiator.
So when we actually went to pressure test this,
we found that it was losing air.
And we traced every single part of our line,
which to be fair,
some of it is pretty loose,
but nothing too egregious.
- [Austin] Is it actually holding pressure now?
So these luckily screw in
with the old Thermaltake ones.
These are just plastic stoppers
that don't really do much at all.
- [Austin] So basically we spent two hours chasing a leak
that was actually just a loose cap on the radiator.
I'm not discounting the fact that it could have been
some of our leads as well,
but after tightening and tightening and tightening,
at some point something wasn't right.
- [Austin] What,
on a scale of one to 10,
is your frustration level right now?
- Um, very.
- [Austin] That's not a number.
- It is to me.
- [Austin] All right.
With our loop fully assembled,
we have not lost pressure.
Oh my God.
Why is everything in our lives
just not working as a intended.
- [Austin] Dude, this coolant was a very good call.
- All right, well,
this is what all of our work was worth.
All right, some bubbles.
We'll have to obviously run this a little bit
as to get the bubbles out of the system,
but this is a great start.
- [Austin] Okay.
Here goes nothing.
Whoa! - Oh, there it is,
it's running through.
- [Austin] Oh my God, dude!
That's so cool!
- It is, right?
- [Austin] Oh, it looks so good!
That legit looks like we're using orange tubing.
- It does, it does.
- [Austin] It doesn't look like we're using cooling inside.
- I like it.
I'll just say that,
while I wasn't expecting things to go wrong,
I wasn't expecting things to go so right either.
But seeing the liquid flow through our whole entire loop
for the first time,
without any leaks mind you,
I'd say job well done.
- Hello and welcome to Tuesday
where we have the PC up and running.
So the only thing we're waiting on right now is we need to,
well besides all the cable management and the RGB,
we just need to get the actual shell,
the exoskeleton on.
And that should be arriving any minute now.
Oh my God.
- Something arrived.
Fresh from the,
- Dude, that is so cool.
We got to unwrap that.
- After everything we've been through,
the end result at seeing the exoskeleton,
is so rewarding.
I hadn't seen the exoskeleton at all
while it was being fabricated, right.
I've seen a couple of progress photos,
but until you see it in person,
is it actually the right size?
Is it the right shape?
Does it look nice?
Was the finish correct?
All of this kind of stuff.
If it showed up and one side of it was slightly bent,
that could have been a complete disaster.
But the fact is we have it,
it is here,
it is ready to go on the PC.
What could possibly go wrong?
Oh, that looks pretty good.
Oh, hold on.
- So we're a little...
So we're tight over here.
Start going down.
- Woo! - Woo!
Oh my God.
- And I'm in.
- All right, maybe...
The pegs there.
- Oh my God.
That was way too close.
This actually comes out.
This actually sticks outside of it.
- We're gonna have to rotate that real slow.
- That could have been so...
Dude, that's not gonna work.
- No, we'll double check it.
I think we'll be okay.
I think we'll be okay.
- Nice little rotate.
- Oh my God.
Nope. - Nope.
- Definitely not.
That is a hard no.
- [Wes] All right.
Can we make that a diagonal?
Do we have 45 degrees?
- [Ken] Nope.
- We installed the drain, right?
- [Ken] Nope.
- Well, look.
There are a couple of things
that could go wrong in this process.
we compromise the design that Wes worked so hard in doing,
or we redo our water tubing.
The problem with us redoing the water tubing
is that it took us so long to do as well.
- It doesn't need to rotate.
I think it's fine.
- I'm gonna plug it in just to see what happens.
- No, no, no, no, no, no.
This is the way it will live.
- So I know that if I go home right now and just say,
"Ah, screw it, it's just not spinning",
I am going to lie awake all night
thinking about how I could have done something
to make it spin.
So another couple of cups of coffee
and I'll see you all in the morning.
So it is two hours until it's being picked up
and we have successfully finished it.
If the exoskeleton works.
- Yup, so we have our new risers all built
out of premium oak.
And we have these little shims here,
which will go underneath to kinda hold either side of it
and just give us a little extra support
when we're up in the air.
- If this doesn't work,
I give up.
- Well, we don't really have a choice.
We have to give up.
- Nope, I give up.
- So if you wanna make sure that the foot
goes in the cup over there, Ken.
- So we're just gonna take that,
one goes here.
I got the other one over here.
The old slow roll.
- Yeah, that's it.
Yeah, we're gonna manually real quick.
Oh, that tolerance.
- All right, ready?
- Let's do it.
- Oh, it's so close.
- We're good.
We're good, we're good.
It is just barely.
This is literally an anxiety machine.
This PC looks awesome.
It's nothing like I've ever seen before.
It's actually one of the biggest PC structures
I have ever seen in my life.
The spinning takes it into something that actually has life,
it has character.
This is just a really cool PC.
If I could make everyone's PCs rotate, I would.
- So there've been a lot of late nights
so far on this build.
A lot of 14 hour days.
When we hit the button and that cage actually spun,
not just started spinning,
but when it did its full rotation,
that was just like a knot that was in my chest
for about a month that just...
- All right.
- Let's box this thing up
and hope that it survives.
- Well, if it gets bent by even an eighth of an inch we're.
- Oh my God.
- I swear to God just (indistinct).
- We're ready.
- I'm so nervous right now.
I know that Justine has had a conversation
with Karl-Anthony and hyped up the build
way more than it should.
I'm just completely absorbed by the idea of does he like it?
Did it work?
Also, Karl-Anthony's a pretty cool dude.
So it's cool to be able to meet him,
but mostly worried about if he likes the PC.
- Check it out.
- What the hell!
That is a full blown contraption right there.
And what, it's the world that spinning right here?
- [Justine] No, it's a basketball.
- Oh, it's a basketball?
Oh, that's actually crazier!
That's really art though.
That's legit art.
Bro, what is going on here?
Austin for sure did a little something, something.
- How's it going, man?
- How are you doing?
- If you knew the amount of blood, sweat,
and tears that went into this thing
and how many times it almost broke
or just didn't flat out work.
The fact that it is there
and hopefully working,
I'm so, so happy.
- I can imagine.
I can imagine.
Seeing a PC built it's like...
one day you go to sleep,
you wake up and the fan doesn't work or,
you know, something crazy happens.
- I don't know if we're ever gonna build
any more of these signature rigs ever again.
But if we were,
there's certainly a lot of things to think about
and a lot of things to learn from this KAT PC build.
And I think a lot of it just comes down to planning.
And I'm very excited for the next time,
if there is a next time.
I hope there's a next time.
Is there a next time?
- [Austin] We'll have to wait and see, won't we.
- We'll have to wait and see won't we he says.
Austin Evans, ladies and gentlemen.