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Google Pixel 6 Pro - Stormy Black (256GB)

Google Pixel 6 Pro – Stormy Black (256GB)

I enjoy using this because I use a lot of Google software and this compliments it nicely.

Google Pixel Buds

Google Pixel Buds – Oh So Orange

Another piece of Google hardware because I like the aesthetic and integration with my other devices.

Aotao Silicone Case

Aotao Silicone Case for Google Pixel Bud

I normally don’t use cases or skins on my devices, but I wanted something to cover up the white charging case because my color schema is red and black.

Orbitkey Key Organizer - Crazy-Horse

Orbitkey Key Organizer – Crazy-Horse

I used to use a regular key chain, but it made a lot of noise and was clunky because I had a ton of things on it. I wanted to downsize and this was a great solution. It’s also red and black!

Orbitkey USB 3.0 (8GB)

Orbitkey USB 3.0 (8GB)

I keep this USB on my key organizer just in case I ever need to transfer some files and I love it’s low profile design.

True Utility Cash Capsule (Black)

True Utility Cash Capsule (Black)

I strictly use credit cards everywhere I go because I like getting paid to spend my money. The being said, this little capsule is perfect for stashing a spare bill in for emergencies.

Secrid Twinwallet - Vintage Brown

Secrid Twinwallet – Vintage Brown

I used to had a smaller version of this wallet, then I ran out of room because I have so many credit cards. I highly recommend Secrid wallets. They are beautiful and durable.

Sony ZV-1

Sony ZV-1

This is the main camera I use to stream and film the MJS Daily Recap, YouTube videos, and my 2 podcasts. It’s compact, has a flip-out screen, and can film in 4K.

Sony TOUGH-M 256GB SDXC UHS-II

Sony TOUGH-M 256GB SDXC UHS-II

I tried other memory cards in the past, but this one has treated me the best. It’s super fast and has a ton of storage. Plus, I figured a Sony memory card would work best with a Sony camera.

NP-BX1 Newmowa Batteries & Charger

NP-BX1 Newmowa Batteries & Charger

I was searching for extra batteries for the Sony ZV-1 and didn’t want to spend the extra money on official Sony batteries. I took a chance on this 3-pack with charger and they have been great so far.

Sony Wireless Bluetooth Grip & Tripod

Sony Wireless Bluetooth Grip & Tripod

When I pre-ordered the Sony ZV-1, there was a package deal that included this grip/tripod. This little thing is super useful. I use it every day for the MJS Daily Recap and for both of my podcasts, Fueled By Progress and AM In The PM.

Manfrotto Compact Action Aluminum 5-Section Tripod

Manfrotto Compact Action Aluminum 5-Section Tripod

This is the main tripod I use for filming podcasts and YouTube videos. It’s pretty standard, but it does the job and attaches nicely to my camera bag.

Comica CVM-VS09 TC Smartphone Microphone

Comica CVM-VS09 TC Smartphone Microphone

Before I purchased the Sony ZV-1, I was using my phone to film, but the audio wasn’t great. This USB-C microphone made it much better.

Joby JB01325 GripTight GorillaPod

Joby JB01325 GripTight GorillaPod

Before the Sony ZV-1, I used this tripod to film videos using my phone. I love it and still use the phone clamp from time to time.

AmazonBasics Large DSLR Camera Gadget Bag

AmazonBasics Large DSLR Camera Gadget Bag

I’ve only ever owned one camera bag (this one), but this might be the best camera bag for the money. All of my filming equipment fits in it and my Manfrotto tripod attaches to the side. I love it.

Roav SmartCharge Halo

Roav SmartCharge Halo

I drive a 2010 Honda Civic, so the in-car tech is not advanced. I have one DC outlet and no USB ports, so I got this to expand the usability. It even has an app to customize the halo light ring!

iOttie Easy One Touch Qi Wireless Charger CD Slot Mount

I originally purchased the variant of this product that suctions to the dashboard. The car sat in the sun for a few hours and it fell right off. Luckily, iOttie makes one that mounts in a CD slot. Way better in my opinion.

TaoTronics Bluetooth Receiver-Car Kit

TaoTronics Bluetooth Receiver/Car Kit

I was using the AUX option for a while, but then I found this. I was able to get Bluetooth for a few bucks and I love having less wires.

Bauer RE-AKT 75 Hockey Helmet

Bauer RE-AKT 75 Hockey Helmet

Funny story about why I have a white helmet, as opposed to black. I bought it right before going to try out for the USA U20 team in New Jersey in 2015. I got it because if I were to make it, I would have needed a white helmet. Spoiler: I did not make the team. The helmet is great though.

SISU Aero Guard

SISU Aero Guard

Not many people wear a mouthpiece in ball hockey, but I’ve been hit in the mouth before and I will tell you it’s not fun. When I looked into mouthpieces in 2017, I wanted something low-profile that wouldn’t hinder my communication on the rink. I found the SISU brand and purchased their Aero Guard. It comes completely flat and you mold it to fit your teeth. It’s pretty amazing, to be honest.

SISU Mouthguard Case

SISU Mouthguard Case

This mouthguard case was an essential purchase after I started using the Aero Guard. I needed somewhere to store it.

McDavid 6440 Hex Elbow Pads

McDavid 6440 Hex Elbow Pads

I feel like elbow pads are very underused in the sport of ball hockey. Maybe I’m just soft, that’s a possibility, but I’ve been wearing these low profile pads for a few years and they’ve saved my elbows a lot of pain. They’re not bulky, so they don’t get in the way and I don’t like getting hurt.

Nike Men’s Vapor Lacrosse Gloves

Nike Men’s Vapor Lacrosse Gloves

When I started playing ball hockey, I wore ice hockey gloves. After I played for several years, I discovered Mylec Street Hockey gloves that we’ve all used at one point. I wore those until I broke my thumb, then I decided I need gloves with more protection. I’ve been wearing lacrosse gloves ever since. They offer the perfect blend of protection and mobility.

Bauer Vapor 2X Team

Bauer Vapor 2X Team Stick

I bought my first composite stick, a Bauer Vapor APX LE, in 2013 and I’ve used Vapors ever since. I like a light stick with rounded corners and a low kick point.

  • Length: Senior (Cut To Chin)
  • Hand: Left
  • Curve: P88 Kane
  • Finish: Grip
  • Flex: 77
  • Lie: 6
McDavid MD7991 Hex Short

McDavid MD7991 Hex Short with Contoured Wrap-Around Thigh

I started wearing these padded shorts several years ago to add a little more lower body protection. Falling on dek tile is not fun and the side pads on these shorts have saved me from getting hip and thigh injuries. It’s also a nice to have extra padding to block a shot if necessary.

McDavid Hex Knee Pads Compression Extended Leg Sleeve

McDavid Hex Knee Pads Compression Extended Leg Sleeve

I like wearing extra knee protection under my shin guards. I used to wear volleyball knee pads, but they felt a little tight around the knee and wouldn’t stay in place because of their short length. These hex knee pads are longer and the compression helps them stay in place. They’ve saved my knees from many falls.

Bauer Pro Ball Hockey Shin Guards

Bauer Pro Ball Hockey Shin Guards

These are some of the best ball hockey shin guards I’ve ever used. They’re unlike the old-school plastic Mylec shinners; these don’t let you slide on outdoor dek tiles. They’re a bit bigger, but they provide more protection and stay in place better (especially if you wear socks over them).

Nike Everyday Max Cushion Crew Socks

Nike Everyday Max Cushion Crew Socks

I actually wear 2 pairs of socks. I put on these standard Nike crew socks, then knee pads, then shin guards, and then my over-the-calf socks. I’m not sure why I started doing this initially, but it definitely adds more comfort and padding around my ankles and feet.

DSG All Sport Athletic Over the Calf Socks

DSG All Sport Athletic Over the Calf Socks

You would not believe how difficult it has been to keep finding this type of sock. I used to wear Reebok ones but then Dick’s Sporting Goods stopped carrying them and made their own. I wear these socks over my shin guards. They fit well but they get holes in the heel after several games.

Knapper AK7 Speed Shoes

Knapper AK7 Speed Shoes

My experience with shoes for ball hockey has been a wild ride. I wore Nike Air Max Torch SLs for a long time. They were very durable but are hard to find nowadays. I’ve tried mesh Nike running shoes: absolutely destroyed on dek tile and not good for taking slashes. Back in 2018, I found Knapper and tried their ball hockey shoes. The first few versions were rough, but they’ve evolved well over the years. Today’s version offers a solid sole that performs well even in the rain, extra toe protection, and midfoot padding. My only critique is that the insoles disintegrate very quickly. I solved that with aftermarket insoles, however.

Bauer Men's 39Thirty Mesh Back Cap

Bauer Men’s 39Thirty Mesh Back Cap

I’ve had this hat for a long time. I love the Bauer brand and always wear this cap rink. The only bad thing is it’s a small/medium and it’s a bit tight. Make sure you measure your head properly!

adidas Defender Large Duffel

adidas Defender Large Duffel

I’ve had this bag for several years and it’s held up brilliantly. It’s the perfect size to fit all of my equipment and has a few exterior pockets to hold hockey balls, tape, etc.

Windows 10 Pro

Windows 10 Pro

What option did I really have here? Put Ubuntu on it? Been there, not my style. Scrap the whole build and buy an overpriced cheese grater? Yea, I don’t think so.

Samsung C49RG9 49” Super Ultrawide Monitor

Samsung C49RG9 49” Super Ultrawide Monitor

This was an interesting decision. Originally, I was considering a dual monitor setup, but I wasn’t ecstatic about the bezels in the middle and the extra wires. Then, I thought about getting one 34″ ultrawide monitor, but it’s basically 1.5 screens, not 2. I pulled the trigger on this one and I don’t think I could use anything else now. It’s a very new form factor, but I love it. The only con (kinda) is that it makes intermittent popping noises due to thermal expansion. Weird, but not that big of a deal.

Loctek Monitor Mount

Loctek Monitor Mount

Funny story. I almost lost an eye while mounting my monitor on this. The arm is gas-powered to keep upward pressure opposite the downward force of the monitor. I took the monitor off and the arm flew up and almost blinded me. Besides that, it’s a decent monitor mount. Technically, it’s not meant for 49″ displays, but it can support the weight, so I went with it.

Logitech MX Master 3

Logitech MX Master 3

I wanted a really good wireless mouse, but didn’t need one with 80 macro buttons on it. I’d heard great things about the MX Master 3 and decided to buy it. It actually has even more features than I can remember to use, but the ergonomics are great and I love the aesthetic.

Keychron K1 Wireless Mechanical Keyboard (V4)

Keychron K1 Wireless Mechanical Keyboard (V4)

I watched probably 10 hours of YouTube videos about mechanical keyboards before I made this purchase (S/O TaeKeyboards). There’s much more to keyboards than I thought: key switch type, layout form factor, aesthetic, keycaps, etc. I went with this wireless, low-profile design because I didn’t want to have to use a wrist rest. I decided to forgo the number pad and get the blue (clicky) switches. I regret nothing.

Reflex Lab Extended Gaming Mouse Pad

Reflex Lab Extended Gaming Mouse Pad

I wanted a big mouse pad that could accommodate my keyboard and mouse with some room to spare. I also wanted to stay on brand with the red and black theme. There really wasn’t many options that met my needs, but luckily I found this one. It’s held up well so far and looks great.

Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 THX Certified Computer Speaker

Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 THX Certified Computer Speaker

This speaker system is the only piece of my last setup that I kept, but I have considered replacing it. I kept them because the sound quality is incredible and they still work perfectly. I’ve thought about selling them and getting a some red Audioengine or Kanto speakers without the separate subwoofer. Right now, the Klipsch subwoofer is on the floor and I just don’t like the extra wires. But again, they sound amazing.

HyperX QuadCast USB Condenser Microphone

HyperX QuadCast USB Condenser Microphone

I wanted a USB microphone for my desk that I could use to live stream the MJS Daily Recap and record videos with. I had seen this one being used by other creators online and I really couldn’t pass it up given the color scheme. The sound quality is top-notch for a USB mic and it looks fantastic.

TONOR Boom Arm

TONOR Boom Arm

Since the HyperX QuadCast was going to always be at my desk, I wanted make it easily accessible and easily moveable for when I wasn’t using it. I found this boom arm for a very reasonable price and have been very happy with it so far. It even has a little hook underneath the desk clamp. That’s where I store my Anker Q10s.

Anker Soundcore Life Q10 Wireless Bluetooth Headphones

Anker Soundcore Life Q10 Wireless Bluetooth Headphones

I needed a decent pair of PC headphones to edit video and listen to music, but I’m not a fan of wires. In my research, I saw I ton of expensive options, but this wasn’t something I felt like spending a lot of money on. Then, I came across this affordable pair from Anker. They’re not incredible, obviously, but they’re pretty good. (and they’re red and black).

Xbox Wireless Controller (Red)

Xbox Wireless Controller (Red)

Prior to building this beast of a PC, I hadn’t down any gaming since the PS3 days. Now, I occasionally play some Modern Warfare, mainly because it’s cross-platform. I’ve always been a controller player, so that’s why I picked this 2nd Gen controller up (no dongle needed, but it does have connectivity issues sometimes). I thought about getting a knock-off, but I’m glad I didn’t.

Samsung Wireless Charger DUO

Samsung Wireless Charger DUO

I’m a big advocate of wireless charging. I tried other cheaper options, but they were junk. Now, I rarely ever plug in my phone because I have this at my desk. I use the stand-up side for my phone and the lay-down side for my buds. It’s so nice to just set a device down when you’re done with it and have it start charging. It also connects via USB-C!

Zoom H6 All Black

Zoom H6 All Black

I knew nothing about podcasting when I started researching equipment. I needed something to record audio from up to four mics and it had to be portable. I heard great things about the H6 and decided to buy it. True to its reviews, this thing is a solid tool.

Huawei MateBook X Pro

Huawei MateBook X Pro

I know what you’re thinking, “Mark! That thing is spying on you and reporting every keystroke to the Chinese!” and you’re probably right. That aside, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, this is one of the best purchases I’ve ever made. I don’t use it too often since I built SXMC, but it’s so light, fast, and beautiful.

Samsung Fast Charge 5100 mAh Battery Pack

Samsung Fast Charge 5100 mAh Battery Pack

This is a great portable battery pack for a couple of reasons. The first is that it charges via USB-C. The fact that there are still devices using MicroUSB is actually disrespectful. The second reason is that it has a button that triggers a light to show you how much power is remaining in the pack.

AmazonBasics Classic Blank Notebook

AmazonBasics Classic Blank Notebook

I take notes and draw sketches in this when I’m on the go. It’s a cheap, durable hardcover notebook that has held up well over the years.

tomtoc Laptop Shoulder Bag

tomtoc Laptop Shoulder Bag

This bag fits my MateBook X Pro perfectly and has a couple of pockets to holds small accessories. I keep my laptop charger & dongle, phone charger, portable battery pack, HDMI cable, a pen, and a small Field Notes notebook inside.

AMD Ryzen 9 3900X 12-core

AMD Ryzen 9 3900X 3.8 GHz 12-Core Processor

I’ve had a couple of laptops prior to building this PC, and they each had Intel CPUs. For this build, however, AMD was the way to go. With the power Ryzen has to offer in 2020 and my needs for video editing and only minimal gaming, the 3900X was the best option.

Asus TUF GAMING X570-PLUS (WI-FI) ATX AM4 Motherboard

Asus TUF GAMING X570-PLUS (WI-FI) ATX AM4 Motherboard

I wanted a motherboard with Wi-Fi (just incase I needed it) and Bluetooth (that was a must). It also needed to be compatible with my AMD Ryzen 9 3900X CPU. I heard great things about Asus, so I got this one. Oh, and it’s got a little bit of RGB on it, so I’m a fan.

G.Skill Ripjaws V 64 GB (2 x 32 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory

G.Skill Ripjaws V 64 GB (2 x 32 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory

I thought about going with 32GB of RAM, then I decided to not play around. I value my time over my money. My motherboard can take up to 128GB, so it made sense to get 2 sticks of 32GB. I might add 2 more at some point.

Western Digital WD Blue 2 TB 2.5 Solid State Drive

Western Digital WD Blue 2 TB 2.5″ Solid State Drive

SSDs over HDDs all day, every day in regards to speed. I’m a digital minimalist, so I want to avoid any reason to add clutter on huge HDDs. Also, I got a free 120GB SSD with my GPU purchase and tried running my OS on a separate SSD. Not for me. I wiped it and ripped it out within a week.

EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 8 GB KO GAMING Video Card

EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 8 GB KO GAMING Video Card

Pretty beefy GPU here. I wanted to render 4K video with no issues and power a Samsung C49RG9 49″ super ultrawide monitor. Some say I should have waited for the 3000 series, but if you wait forever, you’ll never get anything done.

EVGA SuperNOVA G3 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply

EVGA SuperNOVA G3 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply

Don’t cheap out on a power supply. Get more wattage than you need and make sure it’s highly rated. You don’t want it frying your other parts.

NZXT H710i ATX Mid Tower Case

NZXT H710i ATX Mid Tower Case

During my research, I saw some big streamers talking highly of NZXT cases. I went back and forth between the H710 and H710i. The only difference is RGB and smart connectivity to monitor stats. Needless to say, I went with the pretty lights. And how about that colorway? It’s like it was made just for me.

Elgato Cam Link 4K

Elgato Cam Link 4K

I’m going to honest, I did everything in my power to avoid buying this when I started streaming. Not only was it hard to get in early-2020, but I couldn’t justify the $130 price tag when Sony was allegedly going to be releasing software to do the same thing for free. Eventually, I gave in. It turned out to be one of the best purchases I’ve ever made.

Rankie Micro HDMI to HDMI, 6 ft

Rankie Micro HDMI to HDMI, 6 ft

Just a simple, yet very necessary, accessory cable to connect my Elgato Cam Link 4K to my Sony ZV-1. Make sure you get a long enough cable, especially if you have a adjustable sit/stand desk!

Anker 2-in-1 USB 3.0 SD Card Reader

Anker 2-in-1 USB 3.0 SD Card Reader

I built this monster PC to efficiently create content but didn’t prioritize getting a case with a built-in memory card reader. (I’m not sure how many of those there actually are though). Regardless, this little adapter is very affordable and does exactly what I need it to do. I might upgrade for faster transfer speeds one day, but this is fine for now.

ApexDesk Elite Series 71 W Standing Desk

ApexDesk Elite Series 71″ W Standing Desk

I used to have a big L-shaped desk with a hutch and several drawers. It was way too much for me. I wanted a desk that was more minimal and that could convert between sitting and standing height. I did a lot of research and this one from ApexDesk was looked like the one for me. It’s long enough for everything to fit comfortably and has a electronic control panel to adjust the height.

ApexDesk Elite Series 36

ApexDesk Elite Series 36″ Cable Tray

When I got my sit/stand desk, I wanted to make sure the cable from my devices were managed properly. I didn’t want them all hanging down and getting caught on something as the desk moved up and down. This cable tray is made specially for this desk and was easy enough to install.

ApexDesk Anti Fatigue Standing Mat 20”x39”

ApexDesk Anti Fatigue Standing Mat 20”x39”

Funny story about this mat. I wasn’t planning on incorporating a standing mat into my setup. The desk took over a month to get delivered and ApexDesk was nice enough to give me this mat for free. After using it for a while, I’m very thankful because it definitely makes a difference. Even in house shoes, standing directly on hardwood flooring is not comfortable.

Belkin 12-Outlet Surge Protector w/ USB

Belkin 12-Outlet Surge Protector w/ USB

I’ve had this surge protector through many desk setups. Belkin is a good brand, so I’m not surprised it’s lasted 10+ years. The surge protection, USB ports, and such are great features, but more importantly for this setup, it fits in the cable tray underneath my desk. That allows me to have just one wire running from the tray to the wall.

Belkin 6-Outlet Surge Protector w USB Wall Mount (2)

Belkin 6-Outlet Surge Protector w/ USB Wall Mount (2)

I’ve had these for a long time and decided to reuse them in my new setup. There isn’t anything super special about them, but I do like the way they give you more outlets and plug directly into the wall without any extra wires. The surge protection and USB ports are great features as well.