Post Wed Apr 19, 2017 7:07 pm

My Computer Setup

2017 computer setup

Here is my setup for 2017, I will try and update this annually as it's fairly interesting to see (to me at least) how much my setup changes year on year.

First up is my main machine which is a Dell Latitude E5450 laptop. I used to run desktops but at the moment I tend to use laptops as they use far less power, come with a second screen and frankly are powerful enough to do anything i require.

Dell Latitude E5450


It's spec:

Intel Core i5 3320m 2.6Ghz (3.2Ghz Turbo) processor
Intel HD 4000 graphics
8GB 1600mhz DDR3 RAM
120GB Corsair SATA III SSD
Optional upgrade 14" LCD screen (1600x900)
Gigabit NIC
DVD-RW drive
USB 3.0, HDMI out and all that other good stuff

Attached to this is my Asus VN248 24" monitor



Wide Screen 23.8
Panel Type : IPS
True Resolution : 1920x1080
Full HD 1080P : Yes
Pixel Pitch : 0.2745mm
Brightness(Max) : 250 cd/㎡
ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio (ASCR) : 80000000:1
Viewing Angle (CR≧10) : 178°(H)/178°(V)
Response Time : 5ms (Gray to Gray)
Display Colors : 16.7M

I also have another laptop which i use as a portable machine. It is basically the same model as my main machine but it's a little older.

Dell Latitude E5420


It's spec:

Intel Core i5 2520m 2.5 GHz (2.9Ghz Turbo) processor
Intel HD 3000 graphics
4GB 1333Mhz DDR3 RAM
Gigabit NIC
Wireless N
6 cell battery
14" 1280x800 LCD

Next up is my Dell Optiplex thin client which i have converted to a file server.

Dell Optiplex FX190


I use this machine as a file server. It is running Ubuntu Server 16.4 LTS and runs headless. It was originally a Thin Client workstation but i have converted it to be used as a little server. It's CPU uses 4 watts maximum so it's ideal for this purpose. the internal 2GB SSD was swapped out for a 1TB 2.5" drive and I use remote access to administer the machine via SSH.

it's spec:

Intel Atom 1.6Ghz single core with Hyper Threading
3GB DDR2 800mhz RAM
1TB Seagate 5200RPM 2.5" drive
100% passive cooled
Gigabit NIC

Next, my media center.

Raspberry Pi 3 Media Center


It is used for all of my media needs on the TV including catch up TV, movies, Freeview, You Tube and MUCH much more. It also has the ability to run emulation so i can run any games from any era/console. From Atari 2600 to PlayStation it can do it all.

It's specs:

CPU: 1.2 GHZ quad-core ARM Cortex A53 (ARMv8 Instruction Set)
GPU: Broadcom VideoCore IV @ 400 MHz
Memory: 1 GB LPDDR2-900 SDRAM
USB ports: 4
Network: 10/100 MBPS Ethernet, 802.11n Wireless LAN, Bluetooth 4.0

Of course to use this you need a TV! Mine is a Samsung 32" full HD TV which is wall mounted.


Lastly, my most recent addition...

HP Proliant GL380 G5


This machine is used for lab work, penetration testing and testing virtual machine setups and all sorts of other things.

It's spec:

CPU: x2 Intel Xeon E5450 @ 3.00Ghz Quad Core 12MB (2 x 6MB) Level 2 cache (8 physical cores)
HDD: x4 72GB SAS drives in RAID 0 (Data loss is no issue with this machine)
PSU's: x 2
NIC: x2 Gigabit
RAID: 512MB HP Smart Array PCI-E SAS card