These friends pitched in and bought their pal a high-end gaming PC, and his response is nothing short of wonderful.
Gaming PCs are no joke. I bought mine in a Black Friday sale about four years ago, and even with the price cut, it was still a pretty penny. But, I do love it to bits and primarily use it as a machine to play Prey and nothing else. Play Prey by Arkane. It's really good. Anyway. So, if you're wanting to purchase one outright, those on the cheaper end of the scale are about $550 to $750, depending on what's inside of them. Another way to get your hands on a super-speedy desktop is to go for a refurbished computer, but those sell like literal hot cakes. Cakes that are hot due to the energy emitted from the fans.
Alternatively, there's the option to build your own PC. A handful of retailers offer a service where you can choose your components, and then they'll put it all together and ship it off to you. Some like to get into the nitty gritty of building it with their own hands, but the running total can really rack up, and it can be some time before the PC is finished and functional. Like I said, it's a real Herculean task and a proper investment. So it's ever so sweet that these friends took it upon themselves to buy their friend a brand-new PC after his own gave up the ghost after eight years.
In a video posted to TikTok, user moskona explained that their friend Rafael has borne the brunt of some tough years, and then the pandemic happened. "Gaming is a BIG part of our lives," read the caption, explaining that it helps the group stay a part of each other's lives while in different parts of the world. When Rafael's PC broke, he could no longer join in the games that are so important to him and his friends. He opens the door to see a package waiting on the step, one with "NZXT BLD" stamped across the top. Confused, he looks back to his friend who is filming his reaction.
NZXT has a service where customers select one of three pre-built computers which is then assembled by "highly-trained" employees and boasts "award winning, high-quality PC components." Once the penny drops, Rafael is overcome with emotion, wiping his tears away with his sleeves. It's an adorable moment, ringing his other friends to thank them for their amazing gesture, and unpackaging the PC has him dancing in delight. The comments on the video are equally as excited as Rafael was, and one person cheekily asked if they were still looking for new friends.
"We're overflowing with happiness because none of us expected any of this," said moskona. Rafael has also started streaming with his new PC, and he's cultivated "such a nice and friendly environment" for his newfound fans. "It's started with us trying to lift up a friend who was down and help him achieve one of his goals, doing something that he loves, creating a community, playing with his friends and it became a lot more. The internet never stops surprising me and my faith in humanity has been restored."
Featured Image Credit: NZXT, moskona on TikTok
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