Continuing an old feature that I have moved around several different sites, here is an overview of my desk and computer setup.
My current computer is a homebuilt Hackintosh and Gaming Desktop, providing more than enough power for video editing, gaming, running virtual machines and maintaining websites. Specifications are as follows:
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- • CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
- • Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard
- • Memory: Kingston Fury Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory
- • Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5″ Solid State Drive
- • Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5″ Solid State Drive
- • Storage: Western Digital 500GB 7200rpm 8MB Cache 3.5inch Hard Drive
- • Storage: Toshiba 320GB 5400rpm 2.5inch Hard Drive
- • Storage: Seagate 160GB 7200rpm 3.5inch Hard Drive
- • Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB DirectCU II Video Card
- • Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case
- • Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply
- • PCI Card: Firewire 400 Card
- • OS: Mac OS X Sierra (10.12)
- • OS: Windows 10 Education (both in Parallels under OS X, and on the second SSD, for gaming)
- • Optical Drive: LiteON DVD Drive
- • Bluetooth: Asus BT400 USB Bluetooth Dongle
- • Monitor: Dell U2412M 60Hz 24.0″ Monitor
- • Monitor: Asus VH222H 22″ 1080p Monitor
- • Monitor: Dell 2007WFP 20″ Monitor 1680×1050 (Portrait)
- • Monitor: HP 20″ S2031a Monitor 1600×900
- • Monitor: Lilliput FA1011-NP 10.1inch Monitor (mirrors TV, thanks to a £4 China HDMI Splitter)
- • Keyboard: Ducky Channel Shine 5 Mechanical RGB Keyboard with Cherry MX Blue Switches
- • Mouse: Generic Fujitsu USB Mouse (Probably a rebranded Logitech B100)
- • Keyboard/Trackpad Combo: Generic “Kreolz” Branded QK-288 QWERTY 2.4GHz
- • Jogwheel: Griffin Powermate USB
- • Speakers: Dell Soundbar AX510
- • Webcam: Logitech HD Pro 1080p Webcam C920
- • Networking: TPLink Powerline Ethernet for Wired Networking (500Mbps Gigabit model)
- • Networking: Netgear GS308 8-Port Gigabit Switch
- • Micro Server: Raspberry Pi Model B (512 MB RAM)
- • Capture Card: Elgato EyeTV Hybrid
- • Printer: HP LaserJet 2200dn Duplex Mono Laser Printer
- • Portable Storage: Anker USB 3 + eSATA Drive Enclosure with 160 GB Drive
The desktop is also connected to a 26 inch Sony Bravia KDL-26EX320 TV to play movies, videos and recorded TV on the larger screen. This is connected to some Altec Lansing 2.1 Speakers, as TV speakers are generally poor. It is also accompanied by a Humax FOXSAT HD set top box for free-to-air HD satellite television, while the box is also connected to the capture card to allow for a PVR-like recording system. These are networked by an old Sky router which is being used as a free switch, with HDMI, Ethernet, USB, Composite Video and Mono Audio running between the desk and TV for connectivity.
And some former equipment that has since been moved on…
- Monitor: Dell SE198WFP 19″ Monitor (Portrait) – Upcycled to a Dell 2007WFP
- Monitor: HP Pavilion f1903 19″ Monitor – Swapped with S2031a.
- Monitor: Samsung Syncmaster 2253LW 22″ Monitor – Don’t like it, pixel density is very low. Only used it at university.
- Keyboard: Logitech Classic Keyboard 200 – Bought the mechanical keyboard
- Mouse: Microsoft Wireless Mouse 2000 – Scroll wheel stopped working properly
My main portable computer is a Sony VAIO VPCSB3C5E Laptop. This is a powerful portable computer once used to be my main machine, however could not run games or video editing software well and often overheated. It is now used on the go, such as at school or while away, or while his main computer is updating, although is in desparate need to replacement, being stuck on Windows 7 and having a battery life of under 2 hours.
Specifications are as follows:
- Intel Core i7-2640M CPU @ 2.80 GHz
- 8 GB RAM
- 256 GB Crucial SSD, upgraded from stock 320 GB 5400rpm Hard Drive
- AMD Radeon HD 6470M + Intel HD Graphics
In the past I have used a Late 2006 MacBook Pro as a second computer. While this was a relatively expensive laptop for the time, it reached end of life, being stuck on Mac OS X Lion. It used to run the Elgato EyeTV Hybrid capture card, and chat programs such as Skype, Teamspeak or Google+ Hangouts whilst gaming. The computer was sold for £160 in February 2016.
- Intel Core 2 Duo 2.33 GHz (pre-Santa Rosa, 32-bit)
- 3 GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM
- 120 GB Hard Drive
- ATI Radeon X1600 256 MB
- ‘Superdrive’ DVD rewriter, which didn’t work properly
My previous computer was a White Mid 2007 MacBook. This computer was diagnosed as having a faulty logic board, causing the fans to run at full speed all the time and eventually causing major graphics issues. It’s specifications were:
- Intel Core 2 Duo 2.16 GHz (pre-Santa Rosa, 32-bit)
- 3 GB DDR2 SDRAM, upgraded twice from the original 1 GB and the first upgrade to 2 GB.
- 120 GB 5400rpm Hard Drive, original Seagate drive replaced with similar Western Digital model due to drive failure
- Appalling Intel GMA 950 using 64 MB RAM
- ‘Superdrive’ DVD rewriter
- Also ran Parallels Desktop 6 with Windows 7 Professional in a Virtual Machine
This laptop was eventually sold for spares and repairs on eBay in April 2014 for around £55, excluding the hard drive and with the RAM downgraded to 2 GB. The power adapter was sold separately for a surprising £45.