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I'm currently a network engineer and I'm working on my CCNA. Although I've got a copy of packet tracer from when I was in school I'd much rather build a home lab for it/eventually for my CCNP. My old job I did pretty much exclusively CCNA/P level security, service provider, and datacenter work so most of my Cisco experience is unfortunately with ASA's, Nexus's, ME's, ASR's and the like. Current job is purely a Mikrotik/Ubiquiti environment (WISP) so I really need to get back to the basics.

I'd say my budget for the lab at the moment is around $400. I could swing some extra if it's worth it but I've got some other purchases coming up.

What it comes down to is I'm not sure how far back I should go with IOS versions. I'd love to save some money with some older equipment but I don't want to go too old. Ideally I'd like 3 routers, 3 switches, and maybe a 5505 on top because I'll likely be going for my CCNA Security after this.

Thanks in advanced for any input, really want to get this rolling because although I've got a couple books I've been reading through, doing the labs in PT isn't at all the same as working on the actual equipment.
 
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Dell 6430u
(7 items)
 
Router
(8 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i5 4770k Gigabyte Z97x-Gaming7 MSI R9 290x Lightning G.Skill Trident X 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Intel 730 Western Digital Blue Seagate Barracuda LG Ultraslim USB 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
XSPC Raystorm Intel Block EK 290x Lightning Block XSPC Photon 170 D5 Vario Pump 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
Coolgate G2 360mm Coolgate G2 360mm 6x Noiseblocker E-loop Windows 8.1 Pro 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
Qnix 27" 1560x1440 @ 96hz AOC 29" 2560x1080 WASD Code Green EVGA G2 750w 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Case Labs Mercury S8 Logitech G500s RUDE-220 Beyerdynamic DT990 Pro 250Ohm 
AudioAudio
FiiO E17 FiiO E09k 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i7 3867U Intel HD 4000 Generic Samsung 
OSMonitorMouse
Fedora 1600x900 Integrated Anker Wireless Mouse 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Pentium G6950 Dell R210 Matrox 4gb ECC DDR3 
Hard DriveOSPowerCase
Western Digital 10,000rpm Enterprise x2 (RAID1) PfSense 250w Silver R210 Chassis 
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