Homelabbing, the term coined to the dedication of Computing Resources (usually Enterprise-grade) to serve applications or purposes within a Home environment.

Mandatory s/o to /r/homelab and discord! If you’re looking for impressive get-ups, I warn you – look over there!

Here's my answer

Whilst I wish I had server-grade hardware, alas to the relief of my Housemates, I’m confined to a few Desktops and consumer-level tech. Of which I expect enterprise grade performance of!


The Belly of the Beast

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First built in 2015, the case is the oldest part! I started

off with a low-grade AMD APU – yeah! An APU. Hahaha… sobs and 8GB of RAM. Over the years, as I’ve been able to afford it I have upgraded this ol’ thing completely all besides the case. Today it can be found running:

  • MSI GTX 1070Ti Armor 8GB
  • i7 4790k @ 4.00Ghz w/ 4 Physical cores, 8 logical threads. If there is anything virtual and/or intensive, it’s most likely ran on that! How about that. From Spotify & Microsoft Word running, to hosting VMWare vSphere Data Clusters and virtual routers.
  • 32GB DDR4 (4 x 8gb 21333Mhz low-profile)
  • (I honestly can’t remember what the Case is called but it’s Corsair branded!)
  • A humble CD Tray, and yeah – they’re Insomnia stickers. I really went to two Insomnia events, I know…
  • Cooler Master Hyper 212 LED CPU Cooler
  • 8.5TB Storage comprising of:
  • 500gb Samsung Evo SSD
  • x2 2TB WD Blue 7200RPM HDD
  • x1 4TB WD Green 7200RPM HDD

My next upgrade would be the CPU as and when I can afford it, maybe a xeon? c:

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Lappy-Top

Anything programmed or Cisco related is usually from this device! Containing the vast majority of my lecture notes and course practical material (although synced with self-hosted Nextcloud (write up to come)) this Lenovo Yoga 710 boasts an i7, 8GB with 250gb M.2 SSD (self-installed from the stock 128 as I’m a hoarder) is pretty much the core of my Uni work and to say it's relied upon daily is a understatement.

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