When the modding community discovered that long time mentor of many, John Hanlon, was suffering from incurable asbestos poisoning, there was only one rightful way to respond: they built a custom gaming machine as a charity fundraiser.
Currently available on eBay and going for the sum of $1,275, the JohnHanlon303 tribute machine is quite a beautiful creation. Using the Fractal Define R3 chassis it features custom artwork of a bald eagle dragging two American flags across the front and side panels, contrasting beautifully with the white paint job.
The side window has been replaced with a new clear cast acrylic, allowing you to see the customised internals in all their glory. There's barely a cable to be seen, allowing all the attention to be drawn to the bubbling, custom water cooling loop, featuring handmade components from other bit-tech forum members. These include a great looking waterblock and DDC waterpump made specifically for this build.
To top off the cooling system, there's a dual fan radiator at the top and bottom, mounted with custom grills and quiet spinning fans.
In terms of the actual hardware, there's an Intel 2500k, twinned with a Zotac-donated GTX 580 and 16GB of Patriot-donated Viper Extreme DDR3. Patriot was also kind enough to throw in a 120GB Pyro SSD.
Gamers will find this bundle equally useful, since the system also comes with a Steelseries mouse, keyboard and headset.
If you want to help John out with his condition, bid on the PC. Or if you'd rather send direct, or just give a little less than the current asking price, the donation page is here.