Over the last few days, #AldenPautang became a trending topic on Twitter.
This was after a photo of GMA-7 actor and certified box-office star Alden Richards, taken with his new gaming rig and streaming setup, went viral on social media.
A rig, in gaming circles, refers to a personal computer. For somebody of Alden's caliber, however, the rig is, not surprisingly, a bit more special.
Well-known PC modder Mark Van Acosta, owner of Declassified Systems and Arcadia Internet Cafe, was behind Alden's custom-made gaming rig, which Mark named "Azure" and set up in Alden's Quezon City abode.
In a phone interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), Mark said it was actually Paulo Avelino who referred him to Alden. Mark said Paulo also helped him set up Alden's gaming PC.
On Tuesday, March 3, Mark gave detailed information on how he built Alden's gaming PC. Mark also uploaded on Facebook some photos of himself with Alden and Paolo, which were taken after Mark had just finalized the setup.
Mark said he was very grateful to both actors, whom he referred to by their real names, writing in his caption: "Big thanks to my client Richard Reyes Faulkerson Jr. most especially to Michael Avelino for the referral and continued support. I can't thank you enough really appreciate it."
Finally, the big reveal.
Mark noted the components of Alden's PC:
- i9 9900k, Asus ROG Maximus XI Hero
- Asus 2080 Ti Strix OC
- x2 Asus VG279 144hhz Gaming monitor
- Asus Thor 850w Platinum
- 64GB Trident Z RGB3600mhz
- 1 TB Samsung 970 Evo Plus M.2
- 2 TB Crucial MX500 SSD
- Lian--Li 011 Dynamic XL Black computer case
- Logitech G903 mouse
- Corsair K70 keyboard
- Two boxes of Deepcool 200EX RGB (LED) strips
For Alden's PC, Mark also built a custom water-cooling system, which includes the following:
- Barrow CPU block with temperature sensor
- Asus 2080 ti RGB water block
- Two BlackIce 360 nemesis GTS Radiators
- D5 pump
- FTW pastel Blue
- 14mm PETG Tubes
- RGB flow indicator
- Four boxes of Thermaltake Riing 12 RGB fans.
In his interview with PEP.ph, Mark estimated the price for this setup at PHP350,000.
This amount does not include the cost of accessories for Alden's PC, among which are:
- Elgato 4kHD Pro capture card
- Blue Ember mic
- GoXLR Mini audio interface
- Herman Miller Embody chair
- Elgato keylight
- Elgato Stream deck
- Flexispot adjustable table.
With all these included, Mark estimated Alden's whole setup coming close to the vicinity of PHP450,000.
Meanwhile, Mark revealed he usually does not accept offers to recreate a certain setup since he only does custom-made PC builds.
According to the Caloocan-based PC modder, prices of a PC setup could go as high as PHP700,000 to PHP1 million, depending on the PC's purpose.
But Mark noted that other gamers can also do a setup with the same specs as Alden's PC for a cheaper price.
Aside from Alden and Paulo, Mark has created custom PC builds for former Ex-Battalion member Mark Maglasang, aka Bosx1ne, and Paulo's girlfriend Jodi Tarasek.