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    Nov 7, 2020

    WHEN Karl-Anthony Towns was looking to upgrade his 1080p gaming rig, he probably didn’t expect that he’d get a round PC.

    The basketball-inspired design fits a whole suit of cutting-edge components into a custom spherical chassis — and was way more than KAT was expecting when he was dreaming of getting a brand new computer.

    The T-Wolves big was the first guest in a new Xbox show called Signature Rigs, which assembles crazy, high-end gaming PCs for guests.

    “I just play a lot of first person shooters, a lot of sports games,” KAT said by way of introduction. “Me and my mom bonded over Streets of Rage. We used to play it all the time on a Sega Genesis. My mom was a low-key gamer, too.”

    One game he was looking forward to playing? The multiplayer pirate game Sea of Thieves.

    When asked to describe his dream PC, he listed down his must-haves: crazy RGB lights, maximum RAM, eye-bleeding 4K output, and a lion or tiger emblem to go with his nickname. KAT also wanted the number 32 somewhere in there, naturally.

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    With Kat logged off, customizer Austin Evans got to work brainstorming designs for the KAT rig. He quickly added two more to the features laundry list: size and motion.

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    His goal was clear: Make the “most extreme, overkill gaming PC ever.” Evans and his team dubbed it the "Wildkat."

    First, the specs:

    CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
    Motherboard: X570 Aorus Master
    GPU: Gibabyte GeForce RTX 3090
    Storage: 1TB PCIe Gen 4 SSD
    Memory: 32GB RGB
    Cooling: 480mm radiator cooling + custom hardline water loop

    That is one huge video card.

    Once the components were assembled into a vertical stack and a water cooler system installed, Evans’ team placed it inside a fabricated spherical round shell. It couldn’t be a fully enclosed ball, of course — otherwise those parts would just heat up and malfunction. So instead, they had to encase it in a spherical skeleton reminiscent of the seams of a basketball.

    The team then mounted the gigantic exoskeleton on a circular, rotatable base.

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    KAT’s reaction when he saw his new, monstrous PC? “What the hell!?”

    He looked pleased, though. “Oh, it’s a basketball!” he exclaimed when he took in the computer's very oddball configuration. “That’s actually crazier!”

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