What I Use
Lian-Li Custom Box
My main computer is a custom desktop system in a Lian-Li PC-A10 chassis with an 2.8 GHz AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core processor 5600 and 4 GB of RAM. This system runs Windows 7 Ultimate x64. It is attached to dual 19-inch Benq monitors that run at 2560 x 1024. Also attached to the PC is a Logitech diNovo Edge keyboard, Logitech Performance Mouse MX, and Creative Inspire T5400 5.1 speakers.
Dell Inspiron 13
My laptop is a Dell Inspiron 1318. My last laptop was somewhat of a desktop replacement at the time, and because of it’s gargantuan weight and size, was a huge pain to lug around. So for portability reasons, this time I wanted a sub 15-inch notebook that would still accommodate a full sized keyboard (voila, the Inspiron 13). It has a 2.1 GHz Intel Pentium Dual Core T4300 processor and 3 GB of RAM and run Windows 7 Professional.
HP MediaSmart Server
I’ve consolidated all of my personal and professional data onto a single Windows Home Server, a HP MediaSmart Server EX485 with 3 TB of storage space and an upgraded E5200 CPU. I use the WHS data duplication functionality for everything stored on the server.
4U Custom Box
I have a 4U Chenobro server that’s off-site from where I live. It mainly acts as file server for storing backups off-site, but has a few other tasks to such as running virtual machines, housing my source control repository, and whatever other little miscellaneous thing I dream up. It has a 3.0 GHz Intel Xeon E3110 processor and 8 GB of RAM. This system runs Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard.
When it comes to consumer grade routers, I think I’ve just about tried them all, and all in some way, shape, or form, are disappointing. That got me looking in to the custom firmware feild. I’m using an ASUS WL-520GU router with the latest Tomato firmware. Makes your $50 router behave like a $300 router without any issues.
Other than the odd wireless device, everything mainly runs through a D-Link gigabit switch. Pretty basic, but handles everything very well.
Sony PlayStation 3
Everyone needs to kick back and relax, right? For this, I have the older, larger styled PS3 (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 plays wonderfully on it, by the way). As well, since it’s already out in the living room connected to the TV, it serves as the perfect HTPC and pulls video and music streamed from the HP MediaSmart Server.