Beefed-up Mac Pro and modded PC crush IT work and gaming [Setups]

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Best of all worlds? A powerful Mac and PC combo crushes work, gaming and podcasting.
Best of all worlds? A powerful Mac and PC combo crushes work, gaming and podcasting.
Photo: Liquidsama@Reddit

Redditor Liquidsama’s setup is popular on the social media app not just for the adorable Pac-Man Ghost Light in the corner (see photos), but for its awesome computing power for work and play.

The LED ghost light phases through nine colors and reacts to music, by the way — which is neat — but the real draw here is a bulked-up Mac Pro for IT work and a heavily modded PC for gaming. Not to mention a great audio rig for podcasting.

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Beefed-up Mac Pro for work and more

A beefed up Mac Pro setup helps handle IT work and podcasting.
A beefed-up Mac Pro setup helps handle IT work and podcasting.
Photo: Liquidsama@Reddit

Liquidsama is an IT pro who uses a big old Mac Pro to work from home, which includes audio and video tasks.

The machine is a heavily upgraded base model. Liquidsama added a 24-core, 2.7 GHz Intel Xeon W processor found on eBay. He notes in his Reddit post he bulked up the hard drive to 1TB and the memory to 256GB. He put in two Sonnet Fusion PCIe Cards, each with four 1TB NVMe solid state drives, and a 10GB NIC network card. Finally, he upgraded video capability with a Radeon Pro W5700X Graphics Card.

With the Mac Pro, he uses a Keychron K4 mechanical keyboard featuring a Gateron Red Switch for smooth, fast typing. That’s associated with gaming, but his gaming keyboard is actually a Drop CTRL mechanical model. He uses it with a Glorious Model O mouse and a modified PC that gamers’ dreams are made of.

Massively modded PC for gaming

A Pac-Man Ghost Light oversees a sick PC gaming rig.
A Pac-Man Ghost Light oversees a sick PC gaming rig.
Photo: Liquidsama@Reddit

As he says in his post, the PC is all about gaming. If you’re a serious gamer, as some of the Reddit commenters clearly are, you probably like the sound of the following specs.

The PC crams a lot of high-performance parts into a Lian Li Dynamic XL case attached to an LG 27GN950-B 4K Ultragear Gaming Monitor running at 144 hz.

The PC sports an AMD 3950X processor, but he plans to replace it with an AMD 5950x when he can get one. It has an MSI MEG Godlike Motherboard, 64GB of Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR4 memory, an Nvidia 3090 Founders Edition Graphics Card and a Samsung 512GB NVMe Pro SSD (plus a few other 1TB SSD drives).

He keeps the smoking-hot gaming rig cool with a NZXT Kraken CPU Liquid Cooler and Lian Li UNI fans.

Enhanced audio

Folks admiring Liquidsama’s setup also showed interest in his audio equipment.

The black cases visible under the desk in photos contain a RodeCaster Pro Podcast Production Studio console as well as microphones and mic stands.

In the photos with the larger monitor and the Mac, you can see his Shure SM7B microphone on a Blue Compass Broadcast Boom Arm. On either side of the monitor sit his Yamaha HS5 stereo monitors, which he describes as “great.”

For headphones, he likes his Sennheiser HD 650 open-back cans run through a Drop + TXH AAA 789 Linear Headphone Amplifier with a Nobound Little Bear Audio Switcher to control balance. He also uses a S.M.S.L DAC Headphone Amp.

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