What is the BEST Computer for Cyber Security?

What is the BEST Computer for Cyber Security?

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Choosing the best computer for Cyber Security is one of the most important things you can do to set yourself up for success. By picking the best computer for Cyber Security, you instantly increase your ability when it comes to studying and improving your skills. Unfortunately for people new to the industry, there are many different components to choose from and the path is not always clear. Consequently, many people pay significantly too much for a system with the latest and greatest parts. On the other hand some people do not get a system they can grow with. Most importantly you need a computer that fits your budget and will allow you to grow in your career.

Over the years, I have purchased several different computers and have been able to make an impressive home lab setup. My home lab setup has contributed to me successfully passing some of the most sought-after Cyber Security certifications to include the CISSP, CISA, GSEC, GCIH and GWAPT. Likewise, my home lab contributed to the completion of a Master of Science degree in Information Assurance and Cyber Security!

Join me in this video as I will tell you the most important things to consider and how you too can make an impressive home lab setup of your own. As a result, you too will be able to study all things Cyber Security with a system that fits your needs.

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0:00 ⏩ Introduction
0:55 ⏩ Be comfortable
1:25 ⏩ Why do you need a good computer?
2:43 ⏩ What’s your budget?
3:28 ⏩ Desktop vs Laptop
5:12 ⏩ Build vs Preconfigured
9:46 ⏩ PC Componenets
9:49 ⏩ Processor
10:52 ⏩ RAM
12:12 ⏩ Hard Drive / SSD
12:50 ⏩ Operating System
13:54 ⏩ Virtualization Software
15:35 ⏩ Computer Recommendations
23:57 ⏩ Question of the Day
24:05 ⏩ Final Thoughts


  1. Important Terms on May 14, 2022 at 8:01 pm

    You hadn’t recommended beginners not to build computer but I want to build one due to economic margin. How can I?

  2. jewel bennett on May 14, 2022 at 8:01 pm


  3. Sahil Sharma on May 14, 2022 at 8:02 pm

    Hey Jon, I need to buy a laptop for creating a virtual machine and having Kali and/or Parrot OS on VM. My main OS will be Windows. This is for pentesting. So, are we good with buying a laptop with Ryzen processors rather Intel. I have read on lot of forums (related to kali, linux etc.) that Ryzen processors are not good for running Linux systems like Ubuntu, Kali, Parrot etc. both as main OS and under virtual machines. People facing different kind of issues from navigating, black screen, sound etc. Please suggest me, if it will be good to buy a Ryzen and install Kali/Parrot VMs and not having any issue. I will be buying Ryzen 4000 series.

  4. Xavier Tan on May 14, 2022 at 8:02 pm

    Hi. Do you think an Apple MacBook Pro M1 is good for Ethical Hacking?

  5. Jon Good on May 14, 2022 at 8:04 pm

    Examples of solid computers to consider:

    Apple Macbook Pro: https://amzn.to/2xDXGtn
    ROG Gaming Laptop: https://amzn.to/35EAojQ
    MSI Gaming Laptop: https://amzn.to/35AwFDB
    Acer Spin 3: https://amzn.to/2SDfaxa
    Cyberpower Desktop PC: https://amzn.to/2L5ortO
    Dell Desktop PC: https://amzn.to/2xAoISm

  6. HYP3 on May 14, 2022 at 8:05 pm

    Hey Jon, I will be starting Computer science with cyber security at University soon and I was looking to buy a laptop because I want to have a portable pc so I can take it to my Uni with me, I just wanted to know if there are any specific specs that are required more in the cyber security section or if I need a specific OS. Also my budget would be up to £1.2k if you have any recommendations on laptops. Thank you

  7. Colin Fisher on May 14, 2022 at 8:06 pm

    For someone that is starting his freshman year in college for a cyber security major, what is your best advice?

  8. Gyan Ranjan on May 14, 2022 at 8:08 pm

    Could you please suggest me a Laptop for Networking Engineer under 80000/-

  9. Ruthwik Krishna on May 14, 2022 at 8:09 pm

    hey jon can you tell me if lg gram is good
    16 gb ram and 512gb storage

  10. Sri Ram on May 14, 2022 at 8:11 pm

    Build it

  11. Nacho BC on May 14, 2022 at 8:11 pm

    Can I buy MacBook Air M1 chip (13 inch)
    Plz suggest me

  12. fragsage on May 14, 2022 at 8:14 pm

    I appreciate your video, what do you think about macbook air m1?

  13. Gabriel Fernando on May 14, 2022 at 8:14 pm

    After spending literally hours, I finally found a good video. I have just one question for you. What do you think about Legion 5?

  14. Jimmy Son on May 14, 2022 at 8:22 pm

    I am not going to lie. This right here got me inspired to build my own PC for class I am going to take soon for cyber security. I was about to give up on it because I dont have a computer that I can take the class with. If you could help me find some good cheap builds or find some good parts to get me started would love it .

  15. jason thomas on May 14, 2022 at 8:25 pm

    I’m a semi retired opera singer, I’m transitioning to a career in cyber security. Your content is great, thank you!

  16. Harsh Singh on May 14, 2022 at 8:25 pm

    Please suggest me a laptop under 60000 inr.

  17. vielka garcia on May 14, 2022 at 8:27 pm

    okay so i have a computer that has intel i7 9th gen. but a lot of people are going for AMD so which one is better i have always use intel with no problem but i am curious if AMD is better with their new generation.

  18. Lil fuego on May 14, 2022 at 8:27 pm

    Hello Jon Good! Thank you for this very informative video. Is it okay if I use my MacBook Air with an M1 chip 8GB and 256 SSD for cybersecurity?

  19. Issa Alsaadi on May 14, 2022 at 8:28 pm

    Hi. Thank you so much for the info 🙏

    Would it be acceptable to get something like a xeon and tons of RAM if Im planning on running lots of virtual machines and need a powerful CPU? I know they’re meant for servers, but would appreciate your input

  20. Freefore Usa on May 14, 2022 at 8:29 pm

    Acus strix g17 can I buy it

  21. Ivar Torr on May 14, 2022 at 8:29 pm

    can you please add chapters to your videos? no one wants to sit on 25min gibberish

  22. Pranav Gaur on May 14, 2022 at 8:30 pm

    Will the MBAirM1 with 8gb ram do the work for ethical hacking ?

  23. Michael Garcia on May 14, 2022 at 8:30 pm

    I clicked on your Cybersecurity pathways video. I was not going to, but I am glad I did.

  24. Kim Pham on May 14, 2022 at 8:33 pm

    What’s your opinion on the Thinkpad X1 Carbon for cybersecurity?

  25. José David Prado Campaña on May 14, 2022 at 8:33 pm


  26. jackviga on May 14, 2022 at 8:34 pm

    what do you think of a raspberry pi 4B 4G with kali as a learning tool?

  27. Important Terms on May 14, 2022 at 8:34 pm

    72 gigabyte??? I want to see…

  28. Avinash Kumar on May 14, 2022 at 8:36 pm

    I am going to buy Thinkpad e14 G3. Need your suggestion, whether it is good for cyber security?

  29. Kimball McIntosh on May 14, 2022 at 8:37 pm

    Know this was posted over a year ago but what about a Mac book air

  30. Deepak Gahlot on May 14, 2022 at 8:39 pm

    Thank you Jon. First day on your channel & an immediate hit to the sub button. Will be regular here. Heaps of thanks for your work.

  31. Life of Nikhil on May 14, 2022 at 8:39 pm

    Thanks to the YouTube, finally landed in a great channel.. I hit subscribe button just after seeing 10 minutes of video. You were Amazing dude. I like the way you explained the things. ❤❤

  32. Will Hurt on May 14, 2022 at 8:41 pm

    Hello. I want to get into hacking. Using Kali Linux 3/4 virtual machines. I just purchased 2021 MacBook M1 Pro 16”, 16 gb, and 1 tb. Is this a good computer ? Or should I return and get a different model? I keep reading that some stuff isn’t gonna work with the M1 chip…

  33. Theo Konstantinou on May 14, 2022 at 8:44 pm

    What do you recommend me for All in one ? Windows or Imac ?

  34. hung wa on May 14, 2022 at 8:44 pm

    Hi Jon, thanks for the video. I am going to study IT which requires running quite a bit of virtual machines in the syllabus. I am thinking to get the Macbook Pro 16 inch Intel i7 (6-core) or i9 (8-core), 32GB ram and 1TB storage. Do you think the i7 (6-core) is sufficient or i9 (8-core) is better? I am also concerned about the more powerful CPU (i.e. i9) would cause thermal issue so would like to have a balance here. Thanks a lot in advance!

  35. Ted G on May 14, 2022 at 8:46 pm

    Hi. I’m curious about which laptop to get. So I first wanted to order off newegg but I can’t because shipping would take too long. On newegg, I kept coming across the only 3 budget options as refurbished from 3rd party sellers as hp elitebooks, dell latiudes, and lenovo thinkpads. i need a laptop for a cybersecurity 10-month certificate program where they reuire specific specs: i7 5th Gen processor (comparable – AMD Ryzen 7), 16 gb RAM, 512gb SSD (solid state drive) hard drive, with a webcam (however instructors recommend 1 terabyte of SSD) and this is just the minimum, so it can be even newer like instead of 5th gen, it can be 6th gen, a minimum of 512gb but they recommend 1tb of ssd

    I was looking around and I found a few locally off of facebook marketplace, craigslist, and offerup, and only 1 offer off ebay.

    The one off ebay is a Lenovo T550 ThinkPad i7 16GB RAM/1TB SSD/Win 10 PRO/Backlit/FB/SD. It previously has a 228gb ssd i think and the person upgraded it to a 1TB ONE TERABYTE Samsung EVO 850 SSD, price was originally $295, and now it’s only $360 with the 1tb ssd which is what I needed. Only thing is this ebay seller doesn’t accept returns. However, he offered warranty from what he said Square Trade Warranty which I have to pay separately on checkout. Now, I’m cautious because it’s ebay and used and no returns accepted. He says he’d ship on monday and it would take a 3-day priority shipping

    The other laptop is Lenovo X1 Carbon i7 16gb ram 1tb ssd. It has a i7-10710u CPU i think is a 10th generation. It is 2 years old and the person said he bought it for around $1499. There’s no boxes or manuals or warranty provided. He’s selling for $800 and lowest he’d accept is $750. This is through facebook marketplace and craigslist. This seller also has a Dell E5450 i7 16gb 468gb-5600 cpu and offered to do a 1tb ssd upgrade for $100 more

    The other two i found are gaming laptops. One is a Lenovo gaming laptop 16gb ram,128ssd, intel core i7-5500 cpu. The model is Lenovo y40-80. It has a AMD radeon r9 m275x gpu graphics card. This is through facebook marketplace

    Lastly, there is a Sager NP5852 GAMING LAPTOP (INTEL i7-7700HQ, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD) GFORCE. It is for $500-$550 with an option to upgrade to a 1tb ssd for $100 more. And this seller said if there’s any problems, i can come back and exchange as he has a lot for sale. This is through Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace. This seller also has a Lenovo Yoga 10th gen, 512gb ssd, 16gb ram few months old he said, NVIDIA graphics for $650 but with a 1tb ssd upgrade it would be the same as $100 more

    I’m very cautious because these are all used, no warranty is offered other than the option on the ebay sellers. No returns accepted because it’s local with the sager clevo laptop accepts exchanged if something goes wrong. I’ve read some reviews on the lenovo gaming laptop not turning on only after 2-3 weeks. The x1 carbon is my absolute favorite choice but I really don’t want to spend $750 for a laptop, especially for a business laptop, but not sure if these prices are fair or not. I also looked into gaming laptops and found plenty of razer blade laptops too

    Any advice would be great as I need a laptop as soon as possible. My class starts soon on february 28 at 6pm but it’s hard because my budget is so low

  36. Ogas Sherby on May 14, 2022 at 8:47 pm

    What do you think MacBook Pro M1. Would 8 Gb Ram crush all the Cybersecurity stuff?

  37. G00GLE on May 14, 2022 at 8:47 pm

    Bro does it necessary
    a laptop with graphic card for cybersecurity??

  38. Wapper Jaw on May 14, 2022 at 8:48 pm

    The Human Brain … if that brain is a stupid brain, there is no amount of free or paid internet security is going to help you … and as far as computers go again linux, windows, mac … it does not matter in today world.

  39. kussila mehenni on May 14, 2022 at 8:48 pm

    Hi, I’m going to buy a new laptop and i want to know your option about the msi modern 14 or the Lenovo thinkpad e14 or a Huawei matebook

  40. Fierce on May 14, 2022 at 8:49 pm

    Hello YouTube algorithm!!

  41. is16c on May 14, 2022 at 8:49 pm

    Hey thx for the video, i didn’t find acer spin 3 but I found acer spin 5 is it good for programming and cyber security ?

  42. Sjon Westfall on May 14, 2022 at 8:51 pm

    Excellent content! I have looked into your website and other material. Strongly looking at signing up as a member. I am beginning my 3rd year working towards a BS in Cyber Security, but the program lacks personal guidance on building out lab environments, specific certifications recommended, etc. Glad I found you!

  43. Thank you for reading This comment on May 14, 2022 at 8:52 pm

    Hi Jon I need your help I’m a cybersecurity student and I really need to get a computer people tell me I should get a computer with windows not iOS but I really want a MacBook Pro like really bad but they keep advising me to get a a windows what do you recommend

  44. Jean Luis Sanchez Calderon on May 14, 2022 at 8:52 pm

    Hello Jon Good, the video is really useful. I am going to buy a Macbook Air with an M1 chip 16GB and 512 SSD I will use it for Cyber Security and I also want to have it for a long time. Is it a good purchase?

  45. LordRuth3rford on May 14, 2022 at 8:53 pm

    Do you know if an M1 Macbook Air is a good computer to use as a beginner

  46. Tiedye on May 14, 2022 at 8:58 pm

    Please help me. I wanna get into computer forensics but i dont know what to choose in college. Some say bach in cs then a masters in computer forensics then some say just get a degree in cybersecurity. And there arent much videos on this topic and me a 14 year old is very interested in this field. But I dont know how to go about it. Please help

  47. LoyalDetermined Com on May 14, 2022 at 8:58 pm

    What Is The Best Computer To Build For A High IT Security Job

  48. Oti el on May 14, 2022 at 8:58 pm

    M1 13 inch 8gb why not?

  49. Christopher Carr on May 14, 2022 at 8:59 pm

    I would submit that Windows can be a much less stable host than Linux.

    And anyone going into Cybersecurity is going to need to learn Linux anyway.

  50. AD_ _DY on May 14, 2022 at 8:59 pm

    Hey JoHN G’day ,
    I’ll be buying a MACbook pro 13 inch model with M1 chip….(earlier was planning to buy maxed out M1 max chip macbook pro ) for running Kali Linux on virtual box and VMware ( I’ve opted for Cyber security course ) So do you think 🤔 this will be a good move ??