My Rigs

I use two computers, and a couple of tablets. My computing is pretty task-oriented. I have my Macbook Pro for work, and a gaming rig I built myself.

My desk setup. Right after cleanup. It’s usually much much messier than this.

Work Rig

My primary work machine is a 2017 Retina MacBook Pro. It was a near fully loaded machine when I bought it with 2.8 GHz Core i7, 16 gigs of RAM, Radeon Pro 560 and half a terabyte of storage. I should’ve opted for the full terabyte.

Gaming Rig

My gaming rig is based on a 7th generation Intel Core i5-7400. It has 16 gigs of RAM, an Geforce 1070Ti for graphics, a Geforce 1050Ti for PhysX and one terabyte of NVMe SSD storage as well as two terabytes of regular old crummy spinning platter storage.

It’s housed in Coolermaster Masterbox 5 Lite case.

Shared Peripherals

Both rigs are connected through a KVM switch, that allows me to quickly switch between my gaming rig and my work rig. Through this device they share a number of peripherals.

For audio I have a set of Logitech MX speakers, and a Logitech G403 headset for when that is needed. I have a Samson Meteorite USB microphone. Input is via a Logitech Craft keyboard, a Logitech MX Master 2S mouse and a Wacom Intuos Pro Medium tablet.

For the rare occasions when I stream the games I’m playing I have an Elgato Stream Deck. That is hooked up directly to my gaming rig, though I could probably find some fun things to use the shortcuts system for on the Mac, as well.


My primary display is an Acer Predator X34. It has a 3440 x 1440 pixel resolution and 100% sRGB color coverage.
I alo have a secondary display hooked up to the Mac. That’s a Dell UP2516D, running a 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution.

Network Gear

Network connectivity is handled by a Ubiquiti EdgeRouter X and two Ubiquiti Unifi AP AC LR hotspots. It’s a bit overkill, but learning to configure and manage a Ubiquiti based network opened up a few work opportunities.

I also have a Synology DS1815+ NAS loaded up with enough storage to last me a good while. The Synology box also serves as a private Dropbox alternative, because those guys can’t be trusted.

Finally I have a Dell PowerEdge T30 SoHo server. It’s decked out with a Xeon E3-1225V5 at 3.3 GHz, 16 gigs of ECC RAM (it can run up to 64 gigs, so there’s room to grow). This also has enough storage to last me a good while. I use this box as my homelab, running Proxmox. This runs my Ubifi controller for the hotspots, and a variety of test and development boxes.