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My Gaming and Work Setup!

I wanted to give you a glimpse amidst the inner workings of my evil lab of gaming mayhem! What a better way to do this then walking around with a trembling webcam while I give you a tour of the town that is my computer room? Please enjoy!

My work Rig:

Processor:
Intel Core2 CPU 6700 @ 2.66GHz (2 CPUs)

Memory:
8190MB RAM

Hard Drive:
32 GB SSD and 180 GB HD

Video Card:
ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2

Monitor:
22″ Samsung Syncmaster

Sound Card:
Creative SB X-Fi

Speakers/Headphones:
Fatality Edition Headset

Operating System:
Dual Boot: Ubuntu Linux 9.04 / Windows Vistaâ„¢ Home Premium

Gaming Computer:

CPU:
Intel Core i7 CPU 920 @ 2.67GHz

RAM:
12 GB (with Windows Vista Ultimate Edition, 64-bit)

Video:
Nvidia Ge Force GTX 295 (x 2)


18 Comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    awesome setup i don’t have a gaming PC my PC is a old POS emachine that was cheap at best buy from a few years ago. I hope to get a awesome alienware set up someday 😀

    not to sound liek an ass but that is not the advance the advance was a horizontal wide version before the flip SP version. Thst is like the old color GB.

    Also of course you look amazingly gorgeous as always 😀

  2. Jank Hank says:

    Razer?! O noes! I’m a Logitech fan myself =P
    Also, is it me or do you do your work left handed and game right handed?

  3. nixiepixel says:

    Depends on the game, when playing RTS I have to do it right handed, for some reason. O_O

  4. DeeV says:

    Very nice setup. You’ve got all the ins-and-outs needed for an awesome time!

    My setup is basic a.k.a. not-video-worthy (don’t you just love hyphens?). Like Jank, I’m a Logic fanboy. Got my G15 keyboard and G5 mouse sitting pretty. I got the same exact CM Stacker case that you have, only its black. Fantastic case. And to think, I almost went mid-tower.

  5. J C says:

    Hey Nixiepixel this My work /game Rig different HDs:
    Processor:
    Intel Quad Core CPU Q9550 @ 2.83GHz (4 CPUs), ~ overclocked to 3.2GHz for now.
    Memory:
    8190MB RAM
    Hard Drive:
    500 GB SATA and 1500 SATA GB HD / 80 HD PATA
    Video Card:
    Geforce 9800 GT 1GB DDR3
    Monitor:
    23″ HP Widescreen W2338h 1920 x 1080P
    Sound Card:
    Same from Motherboard Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3R
    Speakers/Headphones:
    Fatality Edition Headset

    Operating System:
    Quad Boot: Windows XP / Windows 7 / Windows Server 2008 / Ubuntu Linux 9.04 x64/ EEEbuntu 3.0 Standard

  6. Wizartar says:

    OK, I take it back, that’s a nice rig!

  7. Ozzyprv says:

    What about you laptops? what do you use them for?
    What are the specs?
    These are my babies:
    ~Server: Pentium 4, 512 MB RAM, headless, running Ubuntu 9.04 server kernel
    ~Desktop: Pentium 4, 2GB RAM, Nvidia FX 128MB, Ununtu 9.04
    ~Kitchen lappy: HP Pavillion dv9005, runnin Ubuntu 9.04.
    ~Personal lappy: Dell Studio XPS M1340, dual booting Ubuntu 9.04/Vista

  8. guale says:

    Not gonna lie, that is a pretty sexy computer. I’m on a budget with mine.
    Pentium Dual 2.2 ghz
    GeForce 8600 GT
    2 GB RAM
    1 TB SATA Seagate Barracuda (My pride and joy)
    Got a Razer Copperhead too but mine is green (Everything else on my computer from the keyboard to the front panel glows blue though)
    Turtle Beach headset as well, Earforce HPA2.

    Gotta admit I cringed when I read ATI but your gaming computer redeemed you.

  9. Jericon says:

    I don’t have any pics right now, as I’m in the midst of moving and reconfiguring my desk, but:

    -= Workstation =-
    Processor: Core 2 Quad Q9450 (2.66 Ghz, overclocked to 3.2 Ghz)
    Memory: 4 GB Corsair Dominator DDR2 1066
    Storage: 150 GB 10k RPM Velociraptor, 320 GB Seagate 7200.10
    Video: GeForce 9800 GTX+
    Dual 22″ Samsung SyncMaster 2253BW Monitors
    Klipsch Promedia 2.1 Sound system

    OS: Win7 RC and Ubuntu 9.04 Dual Boot

    -= Media Server =-
    Processor: Pentium E5200 (dual core 2.5 Ghz
    Memory: 2 GB DDR2 533 Mhz
    Storage: 4x 1 TB Seagate in Software Raid 5 with a small raid 10 partition for the OS
    Video: GeForce 7200 GT

    OS: Gentoo

    -= Web Server =-
    Processor: Dual 2.8 Ghz Xeon
    Memory: 2 GB DDR2
    Storage: 6x 15k RPM 36 GB in Hardware raid 5

    OS: CentOS 5.3

  10. Icarus says:

    *cries* your “crappy” pc is about equal to my main workstation :'(

    At least this provided ample motivation for completing that education, I want to swim in cash and get such sweet setups too 🙂

    Anywho. My setup:
    1 desk of approx 2.X meters width (can be raised and lowered – a must!) with 3 monitors and thus 3 PC’s on it:

    “main”
    24″ DeLL Screen @ 1920×1200
    C2D E6600 @ 3gHz
    4GB DDR2
    Nvidia 8800GTX
    approx 500GB total
    Das Keyboard II (oh yes – mechanical KB’s FTW)
    OS:
    (not used at all the past 4 months) WinXP
    Ubuntu 9.04 64bit

    server:
    DeLL PowerEdge Server
    C2D E4500 @ 2.2gHz
    2GB DDR 2 Ram
    4x 1TB Disks
    OS: Arch Linux 64bit

    secondary PC (“Flotilla” after the Quarian makeshift spacefleet in Mass Effect – it’s mainly made from spare parts so that’s why)
    AMD x2 3800+
    3GB DDR2 Ram
    500GB Disc
    Nvidia 8600GTS
    OS:
    Windows 7 (to test)
    Debian 5.0 Lenny (main OS)
    Laptops:
    DeLL Vostro 1400 (surprisingly good value)
    OS: Arch Linux

    DeLL Mini 9
    OS: Ubuntu Linux

    And finally the PC/Laptop I do most of my work on:
    Macbook Pro Unibody 17″
    Core2Duo 2.66gHz
    4GB DDR3
    320GB 7200RPM HDD
    9600m GT
    OS’s
    OS X Snow Leopard (rarely used)
    Windows Vista (never used)
    Ubuntu 64bit (always used)

    I’m really impressed with the 12GB setup, how on earth did you even get to stuff to much ram in there ? What motherboard is that ?

    PS: At least glad to see that I’m not the only poster with less horsepower than Nixie – go people with “crappy” pc’s ! 🙂

    Being a student I quickly realised the time for big setups were about done (too costly) and offloaded my gaming to the xbox360.

  11. Anonymous says:

    I restrict my gaming to the Play Staion, but this is what makes my computer work…

    Processor: AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-MA69VM-S2
    Hard Drive: Western Digital WD2500AAKS Caviar SE 250GB 7200RPM SATAII/300 16MB Cache
    RAM: Kingston 2GB
    Processor Cooler: Coolermaster Hyper TX2
    Operating System: Ubuntu 9.04 (which I updated from 8.04 via 8.10)
    Card Reader: Hiyatek Black 20-in-1 Multifunction Card Reader With Fan Controllers 2x USB E-SATA
    Speakers: Wharfedale S21196A

    Full details of the build are on http://daveyspeedstar.com

    Oh – and a little Acer Aspire One – running SuperOS (Ubuntu 9.04) 8GB SSD, and RAM upgraded from 1GB to 1.5GB

  12. w9fog says:

    Holy shit.

    I just didn’t believe what I saw. Ok well it is not that rare to find some of your hardware at somebody’s place but when I saw your work pc I really (!) didn’t trust my eyes.

    I’ve got:
    Samsung SyncMaster 226bw (seems pretty close)
    Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 (Hello-ooh?)
    Some random mouse (but also using it with my left hand!)
    Sennheiser PC 166 USB headset

    “Gaming”/Work PC (got only one – uh how lame):
    Motherboard: ASUS P5B Premium
    CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 (3 GHz 2 cores)
    RAM: 8 GB RAM (some Kingston sticks)
    GFX: Sapphire 4870 HD (1GB)
    Controller: Microsoft Wireless XBOX 360 PC Edition
    OS: Ubuntu 9.04 64bit / Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

    Server:
    Motherboard: ASUS M3A-H/HDMI
    CPU: AMD BE2150(2.1 GHz 2 cores)
    RAM: 8 GB RAM (some Kingston sticks as well)
    GFX: onboard
    OS: Debian stable 64bit

    So all in all nothing over the top but it manages with the things I usually play (at least for now) 😉

    Cheers, w9

  13. dirty says:

    Whoa, that´s a helluva nerdcave you got there. me likes 🙂

    I got a Dell Precision 490 as main pc workstation/ game rig:
    -Dual (means two) Xeon E5345 (quadcores @ 2.33Ghz)
    – 12gb ecc ram
    -Ati Hd 3870 x2 / 1gb
    – Scsi 10k 73gb for OS
    – 2x 160gb sata @ raid 0 for games
    – 500gb sata for stuff
    Dual booting Vista 64 for gameing and Gentoo Linux for nerding 🙂
    -24# Samsung screen 1920×1200
    -40# Samsung screen 1920x1080i for Movies and also gameing from the couch with xbox360 gamepad
    – oh, and I sport a Speedlink keyboard (wired) and a logitech bluetooth mx5000 desktop with a laser mouse (wireless)

    An Asus Laptop for mobility
    – Core duo @ 1,73Ghz
    – 2gb ram
    – Geforce Go 7300 with 128-512mb ram
    hypermemory (or whatever its called, to fullfill memory needs taken from main memory)
    Tripleboot: Gentoo Linux, Windows XP and Leopard, but only to tinker with (Hackintosh)

    and also some other pcs (a netbook, an atom board as NAS etc.) for projects

    I saw you are already into ssd´s for your system. I´m looking forward to that for my system too. I searched for the specs of your graphic cards and was like O_o. Serious power you got there, like 3,5gb ram. That machine must be energy hungry aswell.

    I like your style btw, I saw a vid from you about the correct use of the find command in linux on youtube once and thougt it was quite sexy. Got me a serious Scully flashback back then. *rrr*

  14. Chris says:

    Well I tried to make a video response but it was an epic fail because it was to dark and robot chicken covered the sound for it. Anyways heres the specs…
    MoBo: GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P
    CPU: Intel E8500 Core2Duo 3.16 Ghz
    GPU: XFX Nvidia GTS250
    RAM: 4Gb DDR2 Corsair Dominator Memory
    STORAGE: 500Gb HD(Internal), 320Gb HD(External)

    All of this inside a custom case made from an old army ammo case, you can see my custom made case here…
    http://www.thebestcasescenario.com/forum/showthread.php?t=20106

    I also have an external Samsung DVD Drive, a Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard, Cheap Logitech Mouse, as well as a cheap Saitek Joystick, and a kick ass Fatal1ty MkII Pro Gaming Headset…

    Oh and a 26″ Samsung LCD Monitor…

    Nothing great, probably the best thing is the case itself, it usually grabs peoples attention.

  15. Rafael says:

    Hello,

    Are you familiar with ubuntugames?

    o.o

  16. o|- says:

    2ghz CPU
    3gb ram
    ati graphics
    windows-vista-upgraded-two-hours-ago-to-windows-7
    it’s-a-laptop-can’t-upgrade-parts

    ps3 for gaming

    Wat is wrong with ati graphics???

  17. Security says:

    Hey Nixy,

    Nice machines, bit overkill with the two GTX295’s and the i7 920 only at stock tho. 😛
    Also I’m loving the Copperhead and Tarantula myself.

    Personally I like to play with my hardware more (overclocking and soft- and hardware tweaking).

    My rigs:

    Gaming/work rig
    CPU: Intel Core2 Q9550 @ 3.8Ghz (water cooled)
    RAM: 8GB PC-8500
    GFX: HD5870
    MoBo: Gigabyte GA-x48-DS4
    Storage: 5x 500GB (Still want a SSD)
    Monitors: 2x 24″ Samsung SyncMaster (want to get a 3rd to try Eyefinity)

    LAN Box
    CPU: Intel Core2 Q6600 @ 3Ghz
    RAM: 4GB PC-8500
    GFX: HD4870 512MB
    Storage: WD Raptor 74GB

    Server
    CPU: AMD Athlon X2 6000+
    RAM: 4GB PC-6400
    GFX: 8800 GT
    MoBo: Asus M2N-SLI Deluxe
    Storage: 1x 250GB (Boot) + 3x 1TB (Storage)

    Yes I do use all that HDD space as well. :/

  18. gaming computers should have multiple cpu cores and a lot of memory to support those heavy graphics ;”

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