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Tom's Computers and Setup

An outdated room tour showing Tom's previous setup is available here. A series of videos about the new setup is coming soon!

Tom’s 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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  • Monitor: Dell U2412M 60Hz 24.0" Monitor

  • Monitor: Asus VH222H 22" 1080p Monitor

  • Monitor: Dell SE198WFP 19" Monitor (Portrait)

  • Monitor: Lilliput FA1011-NP 10.1inch Monitor (mirrors TV)

  • Optical Drive: LiteON DVD Drive

  • Keyboard: Logitech Classic Keyboard 200

  • Mouse: Microsoft Wireless Mouse 2000

  • Speakers: Dell Soundbar AX510


  • 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

  • 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. 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.


Tom's portable computer is a Sony VAIO VPCSB3C5E Laptop. This is a powerful portable computer once used as his 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.


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


Tom also has a bunch of older computers and parts, including various hard drives, RAM sticks, power supplies, DVD drives, fans, PCI cards and SATA/IDE cables, along with his once main computer, a long serving, but now non-functioning Toshiba Tecra A2, a Toshiba Satellite Pro L20, Samsung NC20 and an HP Pavilion Desktop.


Tom's previous second computer was a Late 2006 MacBook Pro. While this was a relatively expensive laptop for the time, it is no longer supported, being stuck on Mac OS X Lion and was generously given to Tom. It used to run the Elgato EyeTV Hybrid capture card, and chat programs such as Skype, Teamspeak or Google+ Hangouts whilst gaming.


Specifications:

  • 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 doesn't work properly


This computer was returned to its original owner and set up as a media streaming machine with the main TV, since streaming boxes were not quite cutting it in terms of playable formats. However, it may be retired once again due to its poor performance at directly streaming 1080p video from the internet.

His 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 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.
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