I don’t think I’ve ever talked about my current system setup and workspace! (Well, aside from that one picture I submitted to DeviantART like … 2 years ago, but that’s really outdated by now.)
Here’s some photos of my personal computer, which I constructed myself. Most of it was put together back in late 2009, so it has a couple of mid-life-cycle parts at the moment, but it really doesn’t seem to show signs of slowing down. I built it strong (with a LOT of time and care) from the start so it’d last for years with little maintenance.
I’m a real nerd for tech stuff, so if this sort of thing interests you, read on!
The specs of my system are:
Name: LS3 (LifeStation v.3)
Case: Antec P-180 Mini
CPU: Intel Corei7-860, 2.8 GHz LGA1566
Motherboard: EVGA P55-Micro (mATX)
Memory: 12GB Patriot Sector-5 1333MHz DDR3
GPU: EVGA nVidia GeForce GTX 570 1.2GB
PSU: Corsair TX750 750W
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black Series, 500GB 32MB Buffer
Internal Extras: Sony OptiArc DVD-RW with LightScribe, Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 CPU Heatsink, ByTech 3.5” Bay Pop-out Storage Drawer.
LCD Monitor: NEC MultiSync EA231WMi, Wacom Cintiq 21UX
Input Devices: Logitech Illuminated Keyboard, Logitech G13 GamePad, Logitech MX1100 Wireless Laser Mouse, Wacom Intuos4 Large
Speakers: Klipsch ProMedia 2.1, Headphones: Incase Sonics
External Extras: Mukii TransImp X3 USB3.0 Hard Drive enclosure (1.0TB WD Caviar Green inside,) Ergotron LX support arm, Barracuda Juggernaut MouseMat
Desk: IKEA GALANT 47x23” top + rounded extension, T-Legs, + computer shelf
Chair: Staples Silverio Task Chair
Notebook: Early 2011 MacBook Pro 15” (With ThunderBolt) - 2.0 Ghz corei7, 4GB memory, 500GB HDD.
Gadgets: Sony NEX-5N camera, Sony PS Vita, Apple iPad 2, HTC EVO 4G-LTE (running stock Android 4.1.1)
Bags: Incase Heathered Backpack, Incase Heathered DSLR Sling
All-in-all this entire setup allows me to do just about anything, from crazy gaming to rich video editing. It cost me about $1200 initially to build (desktop system only,) so having lasted me a couple years without touching it at all has really paid off. I fully expect it to last another year or two before showing signs of obvious age. The only thing I want to do soon is give it, and my Macbook Pro, an SSD. Right now the mechanical hard drives are the only thing really slowing both my systems down.
As you can also see, I use the popular Ergotron LX mounted method of using my Cintiq 21UX. The Ergotron LX is a desk-mounted arm you can get off of Amazon for roughly $110. It kicks the crap out of the traditional Cintiq stand because the LX basically “floats” my Cintiq around so I can get the best work angle I want. When not in use, I just push it up next to my main monitor to act as a secondary monitor, and reclaim desk space. You an only use the Ergotron with a strong desk, like the IKEA Galant system I have. It’s tough enough to support both the force of the clamp the LX uses, and the 35-lb weight of the Cintiq 21UX. For those wanting to use a similar setup, you’ll have to turn down the Cintiq 24HD in favor of the smaller 22HD, since it has the same stand-and-VESA-mount as the old 21UX. The 24HD is both too large and too heavy to mount. It doesn’t have mounting holes.
Elsewhere, truth be told, I live in a pretty small place, but I like it more that way. Boston is an expensive place to live, (it’s in the top 5 or something in the nation, I think,) and the quality of the apartments can be terrible for what you pay for. But since Boston is a very college-heavy city, a lot of the apartments are HUGE to accommodate undergrads rooming together. Thus, they’re big, in shambles, and pricey. I instead opted to live in a small place in a building that only allows working professionals. It’s still a pricey place, but since it’s smaller, it’s much better upkept by the landlords than most of the college slums around here. (No vermin problems! — which was always an issue at my last apartments.)
I also get a pretty kickass view of the sunrise every morning, too, right from my desk.
Man that never gets old. And I commonly stay up late enough to see it every day.
Anyway, this was just a quick show and tell of my workspace. If you’re bored, post and talk about your workspace, too!
I’m posting a youtube video! AND ITS MINE!
I wanted to start using my youtube account more lately so I thought I’d… well, start makin’ some videos about stuff I like to talk about. Alexds1 had a pretty good suggestion for a first video that I knew I’d be able to make quickly since it was stuff I knew how to readily talk about, and required very little for demoing.
Elsewhere, Eesh! I’ve NEVER recorded myself before, either video or audio. This is a huge first for me hahah. (Hell I even hardly have any photos of myself.)
The original video was about 29 minutes long before I started making lots of cuts. (Now I see why people jump-cut so much! It’s easy to ramble without realizing it, so you gotta cut the fat out.) But it was still pretty long after that. So I used time compression to speed up the on-screen demo parts by about 23%. It sounded fine to me, but I realize now it may be a tad TOO fast for some of you. Sorry about that … I’ll ease up on that sort of thing on the next video.
Not that this video is very heavy on learnin’ content, anyway. It’s pretty basic stuff, but hey, check it out anyway — no need to watch the whole thing if you know all this stuff already.
I’ll start making some real on-screen demo stuff soon, based on other suggestions I received on DA.