Advice on hardware upgrades

Pen testing and network security is something I used to be interested in 10-15 years ago, but back then I was unsuccessful at learning by Googling “How to hack.” I was recently introduced to HackTheBox and am watching CyberMentor’s videos to learn more about the field.

In a couple weeks I’ll be in a country where getting hardware may be more expensive, so I wanted to consider whether or not I will need new components before I learn more.

These are my specs:

Ryzen 7 2700 3.2



1TB Hard drive

I’m already planning to get an external hard drive just because 1TB isn’t enough, but should I consider getting more RAM? I’m running Kali in a VM, and am unsure if I’ll be slowed down by the 4GB of RAM I allocated to it. I could bump it up to 8GB, but want to make sure I can use my computer in the background while doing whatever I need to in my Kali VM.

Just wanna make sure I am prepared before I move. I don’t want to needlessly upgrade, but if it may be necessary I’d rather do it now. Any thoughts on if I should upgrade to 32GB of RAM or if there’s anything else I should consider?

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March 1, 2021

Running Ethernet

Hi – I’m thinking about running Ethernet to a handful of rooms in my house, and I just realized that it might also make sense to run a cable for a POE camera as well. Does this make sense? I figured it would cost about the same from a labor perspective to have 2 cables per room instead of 1. Any suggestions? I want to learn more I’m in IT, so I’m comfortable running a server or configuring cameras. If I run 2 or 3 wires to somewhere low on the wall, how hard is it to move one of those wires higher up for a camera later?Thanks!

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March 1, 2021