After nearly two months of moving to my new place, finally finished setting up my work/gaming system. There's still some cables hanging from the monitor, need to tie them better.

The monitors are LG 27" 4k UL500, while the other is a Gigabyte M28U. Why two separate ones? Ideally, I would have wanted 2x 32" 4K screens but didn't have enough space to keep a 180mm width desk that is required for the 2 32-inch screens.

(trust @joshenoy@twitter.com & me - we measured the rooms with a tape measure over & over to be sure).

So got 2x28" inch ones. The LG is about half the price of the Gigabyte since it goes only to 60Hz & doesn't have Freesync. For me the higher refresh rate wasn't that noticeable.

But the Freesync support was a must have for the gaming screen, and since I use only one screen for gaming (the other for discord etc), went for the M28U based on @rushvora@twitter.com's feedback. The table is an Ikea Uppspel sit/stand desk, both the frame and table top are built well.

For work I have an Apple M1 MacBook Pro from work, and since I prefer working from home, connected it to the two monitors, one via DisplayPort to a Dock connected to the Thunderbolt on the Mac, while the other monitor plugs straight into the HDMI port.

While testing I realized I can drive all three displays from the Mac but since I didn't want to open/fold/stowaway, I got a vertical laptop stand and placed the Mac there, out of the way. Since the M1 runs relatively cool, keeping it closed has caused no problems (yet)

For input devices I got a Logitech MK850 combo keyboard and mouse, just because I like the keyboard. Sure it's not mech, but meh.. don't care much about it. With the unifying receiver on the dock and on my desktop and Logitech's EasySwitch I can use the same set on both w/o a KVM

I gave the mouse to Jo and got a MX Master 3s for myself. (the free scrolling is really awesome for scrolling through pages really fast)

The desktop has a brand new cabinet (Lian Li Lancool II Mesh C), be quiet! Pure Power 11 Gold Modular PSU and a Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler, but the rest of the components are the same that I've had for a while:

* Ryzen 5 3600 & Corsair Vengeance 32GB 3200MHz RAM
* Gigabyte Aorus X570 Elite Motherboard
* SiliconPower P34A80 nvme 1TB drive
* Samsung Evo 850 500GB SSD
* Seagate ST500DM002 HDD

And of course, an EVGA nVidia GeForce GTX 1080. The GPU's served me really well and I've had it for 5 years now. Might consider moving to the RTX 3-series but for now waiting to see how the price goes

Other minor things: the monitors are mounted on XCD Gas lift monitor arm. Having 2x of them made it easier to move/rearrange the monitors. The speakers are a Creative Pebbles 2.0. They're small but are quite decent for a small room.

Mounted on the monitor is a Logitech 930 webcam. The Logitech webcams have good mics, usually two of them for better noise cancellation.

I use Windows 11 for most of my gaming stuff, have Arch on WSL should I need the *nix tools.

When starting work, I switch the input on the monitor to the other port, and with Logitech's quick switch, a button press on the keyboard/mouse connects to Mac/Desktop based on the button that I pressed. Not having to unplug/replug is kinda nice (yes I am lazy)

I have some of the mouse buttons remapped, front mouse button brings up PowerToys Run, which lets me type in a command/open an app without having to press the start button and type there. On the Mac, this brings up RayCast. The back button brings up 1Password.

I've tried to keep the button mappings consistent, so the same button will do the same *task* while the application doing it might be different. Ex: Raycast/Powertoys Run, Ditto/Pastebot, Windows Terminal/iTerm 2.

Just keeps things easier that way.

Anyway that was an unexpectedly long thread. Drop any questions if you have.

Also thanks to @ALPHA_Ronin@twitter.com @rushvora@twitter.com for helping with the hardware reccos/purchase links/setup help. If there's a question "why did you buy xyz" its because they suggested it 😂

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