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This is a very new built I made around late September of 2013. Some of the hard drives have been carried over from previous builds, but the two Samsung EVOs are new and in RAID 0, getting about 1GB/s random read/write.

The computer really used for anything you can imagine. It's my everyday computer, gaming rig, graphics design workstation, and dedicated Minecraft server host I occasionally rent out.

I had a blast building it, but with all the cable management I had to do, it took around 3-4 hours. The case has absolutely amazing capacities for cable management though so it wasn't difficult. It also provides great airflow with room for up to 9 fans.

Now, the Titans get hot. I underestimated the amount of heat they'd put out when I decided not to go with a full-system water cooling setup. Under load, from top to bottom, the GPUs reach 85F, 84F, and 80F (the hottest one being on top, obviously). In the future, I may go for water cooling, but they're rated for significantly higher temps than they reach now, so I'm holding off for now. But they'll play Crysis 3 at max settings across 3 screens without any visual loss in framerate. BitCoin mining, if anyone is interested, can reach about 1700MH/s.

The processor is incredible. Any rendering, compressing, encoding, or any other CPU-intensive work is just blazing fast, and that helps a lot with any graphical work I do. As far as gaming goes, it still fails to disappoint, although a 4770k Haswell would perform better in lightly threaded applications like games since the Haswell architecture has a higher single-core performance. But since gaming isn't my top priority, no harm done.

I really haven't noticed any problems with it other than a little heat, but even that hasn't caused me problems. Over all, I'm extremely happy with the build

Intel Core i7-4960X Extreme Edition 3.6GHz 6-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate4.0GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle39.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load50.0° C
EVGA GeForce GTX Titan 6GB Superclocked Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate876MHz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate6.01Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle34.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load79.0° C
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mrmungro 54 points 10 months ago

NASA called and said they want their shuttle launch setup back.

12allanon1 15 points 11 months ago

excuse me while I quote:

"Now witness the power of this FULLY ARMED AND OPERATIONAL Battle Station!"

makes emperor face

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Bewgs [Submitter] [1 Build] 10 points 11 months ago

Haha thank you very much! To be honest, at the time of the build, I had no experience with water cooling, so I didn't want to risk ruining such an expensive build. I planned on doing that later with more experience.

PacificNic [2 Builds] 8 points 11 months ago

As long as you only have the pump (and maybe some fans running because the fluid can sometimes get hot) going it's all fine. You can soak your components as long as you let them dry out before running electricity through them. Still a nice build, well done :)

joshj2398 [1 Build] 7 points 10 months ago

Odd. Someone deleted my amazing comment.

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irsnipar 11 points 10 months ago

It's like you were challenged to spend as much money possible...

CheyTac [4 Builds] 9 points 11 months ago

Thats some precious 18GB of GDDR5 xD Nice build and get yourself a 4K Display with that rig!

Nitsed [1 Build] 2 points 7 months ago

You know it's still only 6gb right? Adding more cards doesn't increase memory

CheyTac [4 Builds] 1 point 7 months ago

Ofc i know, you are the second person asking me. "I know it doesnt add up like that, i was just joking." If you didnt see this comment before.

Nitsed [1 Build] 3 points 7 months ago

Alright cool, I didn't mean any hate, and no I didn't see the comment my bad

sujupwns 8 points 9 months ago

holy **** 3 gtx titan 6gb im crying at how jelly I am.

Zeus [1 Build] 3 points 11 months ago

Awesome build! I'd definitely consider some bitfenix alchemy sleeved extension cables

superninjaleprechaun 3 points 11 months ago

Wow. amazing. nice job with the build :) and I get where the name comes from :P

MaxxEnergy 3 points 11 months ago

This build makes me want to cry, it is such a freaking monster. You give give those Titans a proper home!

ImElkay [1 Build] 3 points 11 months ago

It sucks that you built this right before the 780ti came out. You could have gotten better performance for 900$ less. Even though it seems that budget isn't an issue for you haha.

Edit: O sorry, didn't see you had already addressed this. Fantastic build! I hope to own something to this when I'm not.......16

Bewgs [Submitter] [1 Build] 3 points 11 months ago

I'm only 20. I just work for it and save money when I can. If you have a job and no expenses, AND you think it's genuinely worth your money, you can always save up for it. It'll be a lot easier without bills to pay yet.

ImElkay [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

O wow. There is hope!

lemmyscastle 1 point 11 days ago

what kinda of job lets you buy 3 titans? are they hiring?

Daisyahoy [2 Builds] 3 points 11 months ago

And I put you at 50+. Every time I clicked to the the next picture I was like "ah...AH...AHHHHHH....GASP!!!!....OOOOOOOO"

ghostroaster5 3 points 7 months ago

But can it play minesweeper?

Golddevon 1 point 3 months ago

This made my day.

ghostroaster5 1 point 3 months ago

No, I'm dead serious. You'd probably push it at ~10 fps. 3 Titans isn't enough these days. Maybe Solitaire, but not Minesweeper.

QuantumEssence [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

Nah, Solitaire is pretty intense, have you even seen the ending sequence, blows my mind every time.

ghostroaster5 2 points 3 months ago

Nope, my computer lags A LOT on Solitaire, so I gave up.

OKostanths 2 points 11 months ago

Battlecruiser operational!

EpicOtis13 2 points 9 months ago

But is it faster than my sempron 145 and hd 5450 rig?

ABJ117 2 points 7 months ago

What keyboard is that?

OCedPug [2 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

Great looks , Superb Hardware and some could have been better photography. Now only thing this build needs is a water cooling loop and some sleeved cables. I'd prefer the NZXT cables as the're cheap but really great. And as for Water cooling loop , its easy to pick parts. Just be careful while picking tubing and clamp. +1.

Bewgs [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Yeah..not much a photographer so the iPhone was the best quality I could provide haha. The water cooling will indeed have to become reality.

OCedPug [2 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

Why not sleeved cables ? The'd look pretty good in that case :)

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xBlood_Monkey [8 Builds] 2 points 11 months ago

We're talking about "individually sleeved". It's a little bit different and a lot nicer to look at.

OCedPug [2 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

Yes he's right. We're talking about "individually sleeved" cables , which has each and every cord in it sleeved up. Unlike most normal cables which are single sleeved , that is has a single sleeved , locking up all pins. Here's an example ( my 480$ second spare build :/ ) - http://imgur.com/a/a3vQM Look at the back panel , especially the 24pin extension photo , on one end is an individually sleeved cable , and on the other a normal single sleeved cable from SeaSonic on their still highend X 850W. Here's some more pics - http://www.nzxt.com/category/products/19-premium-cables Look at the cables and you'll know the difference in standard single sleeved and individually sleeved wires.

OCedPug [2 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

On a side note , RAID Can be dangerous so be careful and try to back up on a regular basis ( I mean data )

Bewgs [Submitter] [1 Build] 0 points 11 months ago

Oh definitely. The 2TB HDD is split into two 1TB partitions; the second one holds backups.

lemmyscastle 1 point 11 days ago

what if the drive fails entirely?

MahimulH 1 point 11 months ago

Budget? What's that? I never heard of that word. :| Lol.

Very nice build dude! As everyone says, watercooling would make it even beastlier. But I understand it's scary so take your time to research and come up with something! :)

EngageTheSun [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Your build is amazing!!

MuiaxPCs [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Water Cooling with be the best option for the components you used. Especially, those GPU's.

hi987 1 point 11 months ago

That workstation though

MaxxEnergy 1 point 11 months ago

What monitors are you using? They look really sharp.

Bewgs [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Nothing special, honestly. The middle on the bottom was my first, and it's just an HP 2009m, 1600x900. The left and right are both Acer LED monitors, both 1600x900. The top is actually just a 32" generic TV @120Hz. I never had to buy any myself and just added them to the collection when I happened across them haha

malcar11 [3 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

Monster!!! wow. Congrats for a great station. Greetings.


LeMonarque [3 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

Wow. Nice build. I have to ask though, why the Titans? Do you do any CUDA programming or do you need the DPFP? For gaming the 780 Ti is better and cheaper, and the 780 is the highest card for AE ray tracing. 6 gigs of VRAM is pretty intense for 5760x1080 gaming too, which would be hard pressed to need more than 3.5GB.

bencs25 1 point 11 months ago

What monitors are you using?

Anyway, very nice!

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Bewgs [Submitter] [1 Build] 3 points 11 months ago

Unfortunately, the 780 Ti was released a couple months after I built this. But I need the memory more than I need the clock speed, so these work for me. They're a good budget alternative to genuine workstation GPUs.

Mediciu5 [2 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

I think your build looks really nice. But one thing I don't understand - not saying it's wrong mind you - is the use of the Rosewill Lightning PSU in a build of a generally higher quality.

Why not a Seasonic or other Tier 1 PSU? As far as I can tell from reading the PSU tier list (which is probably out of date) the Lightning series isn't listed meaning it's not been reviewed or that it falls under Rosewill's general Tier 5 rating. I know Super Flower have made PSUs that run the gamut between high and low tiers, so this could be either. But with that budget, why not one that's guaranteed to be a Tier 1 with superior parts and quality (like the rest of the build)?

For reference here are the two documents I mentioned above.

PSU Tier List link:

PSU Manufacturer List link:

Bewgs [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 11 months ago

Oh I absolutely agree. But it was from my last build before the upgrade (which wasn't nearly this high-end) so I figured I'd let it run its course. It was over $200 and still provided the power I needed, so it just seemed like wasted money to replace what wasn't lacking.

Mediciu5 [2 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

Alright, thanks for answering my question. Makes sense to reuse where you can. Good call.

ravagex 1 point 11 months ago


SatisfyingProvolone 1 point 11 months ago

Love your setup! I am working on mine at the moment. I have the Phantom 820 (Grey) and the exact same PSU as well.

Two questions: did you mount your PSU bottom, upside-down for better cable management, cooling, or another reason?

Also, I'm looking at water-cooling for the top, just like yours. Did you have to remove any of the top fans whatsoever for the push-pull setup, or did you use the mounting brackets and keep the top fans in place?

Enjoy it!

Bewgs [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 11 months ago

I mounted the PSU fan-down because I don't like to mix airflows. The PSU pulls air in and sends it out the back, which would lower the positive pressure airflow within the case. Plus, the case is naturally raised and has a removable dust trap below it, so why not take advantage of that?

The radiator setup is a push-pull configuration, yes. It's mounted underneath the top two fans. The radiator fans push air upwards through the radiator, while the fans on top pull air through the radiator. No alterations had to be made to accommodate the H100i; it fits perfectly out of the box. It's an absolutely perfect case, if you ask me.

SatisfyingProvolone 1 point 9 months ago

I definitely agree. I was able to accomodate two 200mm's // 2 140mms // Kraken x60 radiator // 2 140mms all on the top just from your advice before hand. My PSU is fan-down now to accomodate the airflow as well. Thanks for your feedback!

pako 1 point 11 months ago

Awesome build. You should pick up 3 korean 1440p monitors for ~$900, with 3 titans you could run anything with ease. http://www.overclock.net/t/1415441/7680x1440-benchmarks-plus-2-3-4-way-sli-gk110-scaling

I-Hunt-Demons 1 point 10 months ago

Cool build, and I understand that some circumstances require a stupendous amount of power from top quality components, but this machine makes all the others look like four function calculators. Seriously OP, I hope you have the wallet to keep a massive build like this relatively up to date, and I wish you all the best with your power bill.

The_Steezy_E 1 point 10 months ago

Dude first off, that is a crazy awesome build but I do have a question. How did you get your tritton decoder box to work on a pc??

HashtagRusty 1 point 9 months ago

Excuse my language, but holy **** balls. That is all.

mjdd27573 1 point 7 months ago

Can this play solitaire? lmao great build dude

nhall.bob 1 point 7 months ago

some prices are excluded. how much was this entire thing?

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ThePersonDotCom 1 point 6 months ago

Wait, do you mean Hyperion as in... Borderlands Hyperion? If so, you are the best person ever, I wish I had known about Borderlands gun names before I built my rig.

brethrenigarashi 1 point 6 months ago

of course you're happy. who will not be happy with this kind of build? O_O drools + 1 _^

Ardumedes 1 point 5 months ago

I wish I had 4k to build a computer XD Great build.

logoster 1 point 4 months ago

question, what program is giving you that nifty ui (doesn't look like anything i've ever seen)

BlastXin 1 point 3 months ago

Do you have a 4K display now? If not then would you ever need that power?

SneakyBastardSword 1 point 3 months ago


Crypticcrs 0 points 9 months ago

why just why...

THECREATOR -2 points 8 months ago

I wanted to start bitcoin mining, what do you need, what software? I did some research but still kinda confused... can you explain how to get started???