I decided to build my own Windows machine instead of going with an Apple MacBook Pro for a couple reasons.
One was how easy it is to set up virtual sound devices within the Windows operating system. I kept seeing nightmare scenarios on YouTube about Macs not playing nicely with the streaming software OBS, so I went with Windows.
I am completely not a computer builder, and you can watch me livestream the whole 4+ hours I spent trying to get it together.
At the end of the stream it's still not done.
Once I figured it out, I've been incredibly happy with it.
This is a workhorse of a setup.
The Sony a6400 has great autofocus, lowlight capability, and exports a clean video signal to my computer through the Atem Mini Pro. That was the most essential detail for me: will it show all the cluttered icons in the video feed? Nope; not one icon comes through and that's exactly what I wanted.
The shotgun mic is there for talking head videos when I'm out of the studio, and it's super helpful. The sidemount is there for the mic so I can see the flip up screen while I'm recording.
The lav mic is there for when I want to have better sound than the shotgun mic and I don't mind having it show up in the shot.
Years ago I started with the Blue Snowball.
Then the Yeti.
Now I'm using a "real" XLR mic into the Zoom H6 into the computer via USB.
I love it.