Nagisa - My Gaming Computer of 2008-2009
March 28, 2010)
By Alexander J. Yee
To say the least: I'm a die-hard gamer, a fan of Japanese Anime, a computer enthusiast, and a software developer - typical of an undergraduate engineering student.
So here's the computer that can serve all those interests. (I'm also a bowler and a pianist, but that can't be helped...)
Nagisa is an all-in-one: Desktop Computer, Gaming Box, Video Renderer, and Programming Workstation.
Specifications as of March 2009:
- "Nagisa", "Nagisa Workstation" (from the Anime Series "Clannad"), or simply, "The Heater".
- Dual 3.2 GHz Intel Quad-core Xeon X5482 Harpertown
- 64 GB DDR2 FB-DIMM @ 800 MHz (quad channel)
- Tyan Tempest S5397
- GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512 MB GDDR3 ram
- Hard Drives
- 750 GB SATA II Seagate (Boot drive)
- 4 x 1 TB SATA II Seagate (No raiding)
- Operating System
- 64-bit Windows Vista Ultimate SP1
- Built By
- Mostly by my friend/roommate Raymond Chan - in a static and humidity controlled laboratory.
- Raymond, being more of a computer enthusiast than me, has much more experience building computers than I do.
- Future Upgrades
- Better Video Card...
- Other Thoughts
- It runs Crysis pretty smoothly on max settings if we don't set the resolution too high. We'll need a better video card for it to handle it on max resolution as well.
It also keeps us nice and warm during Chicago winters...
What do I use her for?
- Middle/High-end Gaming
- High-Definition Movie and Anime player
- 64-bit Parallel Programming
- Number Crunching
- Finite Element Simulations and Analysis
- In the future, I might try some video rendering too...
CPU-Z + Task Manager
In the Middle of a Computation...