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I bought my first computer in about 1983. It was a 9 inch black and white Macintosh that ran on floppy disks. A few years later I found a book at the bookstore on how to build an IBM PC 8088 computer, so I bought the book, started buying components, and built it. It was around 1987-88. When I was finished I had my first home built computer with a blazing Intel 12mhz 8088 CPU, a 5 1/4 inch floopy drive, and a massive 5 megabyte hard drive. My computer also had a huge 14 inch green screen monitor. My home built computer was only good for word processing using a program called WordStar, but it was still very impressive to me at the time.
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This is the Thermaltake Core P3 ATX Tempered Glass Gaming Computer Case Chassis. I’ve been building computers since 1987-88 and I have always used a closed computer case. This Thermaltake Core P3 was my first open frame build. I didn’t know if I would like an open frame when I started my build, but I ended up being a big fan of open frame computers. I didn’t even mount the Tempered Glass window that came with the case chassis because I wanted it to be completely open. I'm now a total open frame chassis convert.
This is an AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 8-Core cpu. The computer on my Twitch Channel has an Intel i5-4670K 3.4GHz cpu which I put in a Thermaltake Core P3 build last year to cut my building costs. I plan to upgrade my computer's cpu for my Twitch channel using this AMD Ryzen 7 3700X cpu in 2020. I don’t need faster clock speeds or more cores for streaming. I recommend this CPU to anyone wanting to build a streaming computer.
This is the NZXT Kraken X42 140mm - RL-KRX42-02. I’ve always used air cpu coolers on my computer builds in the past. Last year I built a computer using a new Thermaltake Core P3 open frame, this NZXT Kraken X42 , and an old Intel i5-4670K 3.4GHz cpu I had laying around. I didn’t know what to expect from the AIO NZXT Kraken X42. I was worried that it might leak or make noise, but I was wrong. It has never leaked and it’s totally quiet. I’m sold on AIO and I plan to use a NZXT Kraken in my next build. AIO looks cool!
This is the MSI Gaming GeForce GTX 1660 Ti. My old graphic card didn’t have Nvenc support so I purchased this GeForce GTX 1660 Ti which does. This graphic card takes some load off the motherboard's cpu during streaming. I found out that it made no difference which GeForce GTX card I purchased because they all have the same Nvenc chip, so I opted for this lower priced graphic card. I purchased two of them. One for each of my computers.
This is the Samsung 860 EVO 500GB 2.5 Inch SATA III Internal SSD. I bought my first SSD so many years ago I can’t remember the year, but I never went back to disk hard drives again. The SSD capacity keeps going up and the prices down. I’ve purchased six of these Samsung 860 500GB SSDs for storage and backup in both of my computers. I’ll move up to 1 TB someday. All the SSDs on the market today are probably good, but I still prefer the Samsung brand I've been using for years.
This is the Logitech M330 Silent Plus Wireless Mouse. I have been using a wired mouse since 1983, but I needed a wireless mouse for my Twitch channel to save desk space. I bought five different wireless mouse brands on Amazon and ended up liking this one the best. It’s not a gaming mouse, but it gets the job done. I have to say that I've become spoiled now. It felt strange at first, but I like a wireless mouse. I purchased two of them.
This is the Arteck 2.4G Wireless Keyboard Stainless Steel Ultra Slim Keyboard. I needed a small wireless keyboard for my Twitch channel to save deak space and I ended up purchasing this one based on its review ratings. I’ve always had full size wired keyboards in the past, but I ended up really liking this small wireless keyboard. My fingers hit the wrong keys when I first started using it, but after a while I learned to type faster on it than I could on my old wired keyboard. I like its low slim profile which helps with wrist comfort. I purchased two of them.
My 9-Key Koolertron One Handed Macro keypad has been discontinued. I map OBS hotkeys to my different scenes in OBS which allows me to switch camera views while streaming with the press of a button on my Koolertron keypad. It’s a fast way to switch camera views without having to use the mouse. I searched for other keypads to replace my discontinued Koolertron but didn't find any like it. Since my 9-Key Koolertron is no longer being sold, I plan to purchase this Elgato Stream Deck Mini and review it.
This is AmazonBasics USB-Powered PC Computer Speakers. My old speakers were beginning to have an AC hum so I purchased these Amazon basic USB speakers. They are not very loud due to being USB powered, but they are loud enough. Also they don’t take up much desk space and the blue light is cool looking. I purchased two of them.
This is AmazonBasics Standby UPS 600VA 360W Surge Protector Battery Backup. I’ve got a whole pile of dead UPS Backups in my storage room whose batteries got old and stopped taking a charge. Usually, it's been cheaper for me to just buy a new unit than replace the battery. I’ve given up on finding any UPS Backup that will last beyond three or four years. Today I just buy the cheapest UPS backup I can find. AmazonBasics Standby UPS works and it’s low cost. I’ve purchased one and it seems to work fine. I plan to buy another one soon for a second computer.