Main Rig: MSI GE63VR Raider-001 gaming laptop
- Windows 10
- Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor
- 32GB DDR4 2400Mhz RAM
- 15.6″ Full HD 120Hz 3ms Wide view 94%NTSC Color Anti-Glare 1920×1080
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8G GDDR5
- 512GB M.2 SATA
1TB Hybrid HDD (7200 RPM)
- Steel Series Full-Color Backlight keyboard with Anti-Ghost key + silver lining
- Nahimic 2 Surround Sound System
Camera: Logitech C922 Webcam (with background removal)
Could I have stuck with the webcam built into my laptop, to record myself for livestreaming? Sure, but they rarely have software to remove the background around their subject, which is a feature I wanted (trust me, you don’t want to see my house). So I picked up this Logitech webcam, and by Gawd is the C922 one Hell of a camera! It just works, with very little configuration needed. It also has a built-in stereo microphone, so if you don’t want to buy a separate microphone, you can use the webcam mic. It isn’t as good as a real microphone, but probably better than what comes in most laptops, so… Anyway, this is quite useful if I want to do a face reveal, and it works better than the camera in the laptop for face tracking via FaceRig.
Microphone: Blue Yeti (USB, Teal model)
Yikes, this is a great mic! It makes my old mic – not to mention the one on the Razer Kraken headset – sound like talking over two tin cans connected by string. What I like best is the ability to switch modes with this microphone. It can be used in Cardioid mode for solo livestreaming or podcasting, or Omnidirectional when casting or streaming with multiple people in the room. It can also be used in Bidirectional for doing interviews, or Stereo mode when there are multiple voices in front of the mic, although I don’t expect to use those last two modes too often. Point is, this is a very versatile microphone, at a reasonable price!
Headphones: LyxPro OEH-10 Open Back Headphones
I’ve been through a lot of headphones over the last year or so, and these are by far the best and most comfortable I’ve worn to date! They breathe well, allowing me to wear them for long periods of time without discomfort. The sound is great, despite not having surround sound, because Dolby Atmos solved that issue. The best part is they don’t require you to use specific software to configure them, they are just plug-&-play headphones, no fuss no muss.
Mouse: Redragon M653 MIG Optical 2.4G Wireless Mouse
I switched up to this mouse for two reasons: First, the Uhuru wireless mouse I was using had horrible battery life (maybe 5 hours at best); and the Redragon has a glowing red dragon symbol, which kinda matches the MSI symbol on my laptop. Nevertheless, it works, and doesn’t conk out on me after an afternoon of playtime.
Controller: Xbox One Wireless Controller
I have a lot of wired controllers, and even a few wireless ones, for use when I run into the rare game I want to play that really works better with a controller, as opposed to mouse-&-keyboard. But this Xbox controller is way, way better than any other I have used to date, which is saying quite a lot! It’s comfortable in the hand, gets the job done, and is a breeze to connect to my computer.
- OBS Suite (Video/Audio recording & streaming)
- FaceRig (Animated Character Software)
- Discord (Group/Follower audio chat)
- Chatty (Java-based Twitch Chat monitoring software)
Note: I would be quite interested in being sponsored by Razer, MSI, SteelSeries, Logitech, etc. DM me on Twitter if you’d like to discuss a partnership!