Photography is as much about sitting at your desk as it is about sitting behind the camera, especially for us studio folk. I probably spend twice as much time sitting as I spend with a camera in my hand, so I have made sure my setup is spot on.
Firstly, yes, you can buy far better setups than this, but as this is my job, it has to offer both time efficiency and a return on financial investment. Sometimes, I have to suck it up and spend longer than I should have on a task because the time is less valuable than the money or find workarounds like overnight renders. Other times, I throw money at the problem to get things done. In this video, I take a walk through my setup, going through what I have at my desk and why it has earned its position there.
One thing that I really do not regret is keeping an old PC and old Mac under my desk for when I need an old operating system to run a certain update, camera, scanner, or whatever else a job throws up, right down to certain ports that no longer exist and can't be worked around via a dongle.
As both a professional photographer and an amateur YouTube creator, my setup is mostly geared toward still images, as that is where 90% of my money comes from, but with a few tweaks, it could work for video too. The only area that I feel needs work at this point is my chair. I am on my third one, and I still haven't found something that works for me, so any advice would be greatly appreciated.