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January 1, 2016

Laptop Or Pc For Hacking And Pentesting Practice? What Specifics Do I Look For?

January 1, 2016
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January 1, 2016
hi, i'm a beginner i want to set up a lab for practice . Which is better pc or laptop to practice on(both affordable and good) ?? and what specifications should it have such that i have no problem in future??? may I know how to set up a lab for hacking or pentesting......... **Penetration Testing Laptop**For your basic penetration laptop requirements, they haven’t changed much from the previous book. Basic recommendations: ● Laptop with at least 8GB of RAM ● 500GB hard drive (solid state is highly recommended) ● Intel Quad Core i7 Processor **Password Cracking Desktop**This is completely optional, but with the number of tests where I have compromised hashes, faster password cracking equipment was required. Although, you could purchase some crazy rig with 8 GPUs that runs on a Celeron processor, I have built a multi-purpose box with plenty of space and amazing password cracking power. Later in the book, I will go over the actual specs and tools I built out for password cracking and the reasons why I went this route. Password Cracking/Multi-purpose Hacking Box ● Case: CORSAIR Vengeance C70 ● Video Card: SAPPHIRE 100360SR Radeon R9 295x2 8GB GDDR5 ● Hard Drive: SAMSUNG 840 EVO MZ-7TE500BW 2.5" 500GB SATA III TLC Internal SSD ● Power Supply: SILVERSTONE ST1500 1500W ATX ● RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 ● CPU: CORE I7 4790K 4.0G ● Motherboard: ASUS MAXIMUS VII FORMULA ● CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EV This is definitely overkill for just password cracking, since the only thing that really matters are the GPUs; but, again, I still wanted to use this as an additional system in my arsenal. I'd recommend anything that can run a dual core cpu and faster. I want a D-wave box to play with. :) ![](https://i.imgur.com/4YkxxAu.png) thank u @RedrRum69 . R u telling me that laptop is best for penetration testing practice?? i do have a pc but its used by everyone at home . So i thought i would setup a system of my own but couldn't decide whether to buy a laptop or build my own desktop ?? n i also want it to be affordable not too high at price. please suggest me with something. For now you can start of with a laptop and get VM player to create virtual machines. Get at least 8GB RAM and intel i5 (recommend i7). Then start slowly creating a lab. @RedRum69 thank u
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