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The Hornet 3D
by Bronchosaurus
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This is a major upgrade, not a new build, see my original build here: http://pcpartpicker.com/b/EUu

I decided to get a 3D vision kit and swap out my GTX 770s for a couple of 780Tis. I was getting ****** performance with the 770s while 3D gaming at 5760x1080, we'll see how the 780Tis hold up ^;

For reference, the goal is to game in 3D at 5760x1080 with 60+ FPS and all settings maxed out.

Part List
Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate4.5GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle29.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load83.0° C
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate876MHz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate7.0GHz
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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mcdonh 47 points 9 months ago

you sir, have way to much money

lt-smith [2 Builds] 14 points 9 months ago

buying a $5000 computer is the same as buying a $50000+ car.

Starlana [2 Builds] 18 points 9 months ago

My ex husband did that, but now I think he cries himself to sleep. lulz

purplepenguin 11 points 9 months ago

More like $200,000. God man, where do you get those paychecks?

ZacktheTurtle 7 points 9 months ago

Self employed contractor duh.

LaoJr@GG 13 points 9 months ago

4 words: You don't need this

Bronchosaurus [Submitter] [3 Builds] 32 points 9 months ago

You are quite correct.

LookTopHats [2 Builds] 7 points 9 months ago

Hahaha ohhhhh, to have that much money :I

Gooberdad [2 Builds] 0 points 9 months ago

Credit cards FTW!!! Wow that is pricey, but if you got the money, go for it. I wonder what the scores will be.

Bronchosaurus [Submitter] [3 Builds] 18 points 9 months ago

All debit, and no I don't have too much money, I just spend wisely when I'm not building computers.

Gooberdad [2 Builds] 3 points 9 months ago

very nice.

LookTopHats [2 Builds] 6 points 9 months ago

Im 14, i have nowhere near that much haha

Gooberdad [2 Builds] 10 points 9 months ago

I'm surprised when any 14 yr old had a$1000 budget. This is obviously an adult who loves kick ass computers.

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spencerharden 0 points 9 months ago

no im 15 and have $1200 pc

Gooberdad [2 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

wow very nice. You used your own money. I'm surprised. Well done.

Gooberdad [2 Builds] 7 points 9 months ago

See here is a difference. I'm almost 44. Now this is collectively, my kids,wife,and myself have a$750&$930 laptops, a(overpriced imo) $1240hp,$2000home built, & $1300 home built pc's, & a $900 imac (still running). If I had not split money into 2 laptops and 3 desktops, I might be lucky enough to own this monster. Being an adult has benefits. I think it's great when kids spend their own money on what they want. I think it's not the norm, though to see a young teen able to spend a lot on a computer. Don't be offended. Be proud!

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TheGamingRepublic -3 points 3 months ago

i am building a $4,000 pc plus blue yeti extra stuff and $500 dj headphones BTW i am 14 but i have like 5 jobs over the summer.

Gooberdad [2 Builds] 1 point 12 days ago

Sorry for the late reply. That is fantastic TGR. You make the money; you spend it the way you like. Post the pictures once you build it!

rpcollanton [1 Build] 9 points 9 months ago

And nobody expects you to!

RyneSmith [7 Builds] 9 points 9 months ago

Dayum. +1

hydroproxy 8 points 9 months ago

What in the serious ****?

Bronchosaurus [Submitter] [3 Builds] 12 points 9 months ago
YourLocalPCNoob [1 Build] 8 points 9 months ago

+1 for first build with 780ti on pcpp

Enlyten [1 Build] 5 points 9 months ago

It's not overkill if you wanted it to be that good. +1. I'd like to see some benchmarks.

Hakumisoso [2 Builds] 4 points 9 months ago

your 4.5 ghz load temp @ 51c is BULL!

Gooberdad [2 Builds] 2 points 9 months ago

Can't be a prime 95 test temp

Bronchosaurus [Submitter] [3 Builds] 2 points 9 months ago

Yup i was using some ****** browser test, I get an average of 76-83C across all cores (83C max) when running prime 95.

Gooberdad [2 Builds] 2 points 9 months ago

Man. it freaked me out on my daughter's when hers hit 81, during a prime 95 run. Kudos on keeping your system at 4.5. I caved and Reid my thermal paste, turned my pump up and lowered her over clock to 4.3. Nice nice stuff, man. so I gotta know., and in your opinion, does the 780ti perform like the titan?

Hakumisoso [2 Builds] 4 points 9 months ago

Look at benchmarks, it is the fastest single gpu ever. No opinions needed.

Gooberdad [2 Builds] 3 points 9 months ago

That's one badass card....x2

sketch24 [6 Builds] 4 points 9 months ago

This is one of the rare times that I would recommend a 2011 build over a 1150. You have 780tis in SLI and are triple monitor 3D gaming. Pushing that kind of GPU bandwidth will require a 2011 setup with quad channel memory and 40 PCIE lanes. Your GPUs are bottlenecked by the 1150 platform.

You already spent $5000 on the computer already. If you are spending that much and are triple monitor gaming, you need a 2011 setup.

Bronchosaurus [Submitter] [3 Builds] 2 points 9 months ago

I doubt the 4770k at 4.5GHz could bottleneck any existing GPU, but I'm not an expert either. Also this is an upgrade, my original setup was with 770s and I really don't think I would gain anything by switching out the board and processor.

sketch24 [6 Builds] 2 points 9 months ago

That's the problem with your setup. You have two 780tis that will saturate the 16 PCIE lanes that the 1150 platform offers. You also are gaming at very high resolution that an 1150 platform doesn't handle too well.

You would have gained a lot more by switching to a i7 4820K processor and a 2011 motherboard. The problem wasn't your 770s. It was your platform. You're vastly overestimating what an i7 on a 1150 platform can do with two monster GPUs. This is a review comparing FPS for 1080p. Those differences only get larger the higher the resolution because of the limited PCIE bandwidth of 1150. The review also uses two less powerful gtx 780s instead of your 780tis. This all adds up to much bigger differences between the two platforms in your case because of the limitations of 1150 will be even more exaggerated by your more powerful GPUs and high resolution gaming.

You already spent $5000. You're setup doesn't make much sense because you have two cards that are more than saturating the PCIE 3.0 x8 slot it is on. You've stated multiple times that you are spending so much because you want the best possible FPS. The only way you can get that is to upgrade to a 2011 platform. The difference will be noticeable.

Bronchosaurus [Submitter] [3 Builds] 3 points 9 months ago

You have an interesting point, I might consider switching to 2011 if I decide to add a 3rd Ti in the far far future.

Omegaplex [1 Build] 3 points 9 months ago

nice setup +1

xBlood_Monkey [9 Builds] 2 points 9 months ago

So what is this used for?

Bronchosaurus [Submitter] [3 Builds] 17 points 9 months ago

Mostly minesweeper.

miltonmjb [1 Build] 9 points 9 months ago

you sir, win the internet.

xBlood_Monkey [9 Builds] 4 points 9 months ago

I was being serious, but whatever.

ESPM400 [1 Build] 9 points 9 months ago

Epic 576x108 grid. 12,000 mines to clear. One way to kill a weekend...

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saw1833 [1 Build] 2 points 9 months ago

I scrolled through pics before looking at anything else. When I saw 2 780 TIs I just said "Oh no... this thing is going to be a monster." Good luck with that beast!

dschutt84 [3 Builds] 2 points 9 months ago

The engagement right I bought for my fiancé was just a little more then this haha. God Damn it I rather have this then the stupid ring!!!!!!!

Starlana [2 Builds] 10 points 9 months ago

Well that won't have sex with you so...

Frankie50 4 points 8 months ago

Well, you can't play all games at the maximum possible settings on 4k with your fiancé, so...

Starlana [2 Builds] 3 points 8 months ago


fnapoli [1 Build] 2 points 9 months ago

what's that extra power cable going into the motherboard that you usually dont find? is that for better overclocking? (the sleeved cable going into the mobo near the top pci slot)

XIHackInABoxIX [7 Builds] 3 points 9 months ago

That is for extra juice to the PCI lanes. It is supposed to add more voltage headroom for overclocking stability.

fnapoli [1 Build] 2 points 9 months ago

oh wow. sweet!

Daisyahoy [1 Build] 2 points 9 months ago

I googled the word "Epic" and it brought me here

Wedgie101 [1 Build] 2 points 8 months ago

I bet he's going to get 3 G-sync monitors the day they come out

Bronchosaurus [Submitter] [3 Builds] 2 points 8 months ago

Haha how did you know?

superninjaleprechaun 2 points 7 months ago

OMG. Someone who actually has good quality speakers, thank you

Bronchosaurus [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 7 months ago

Haha thanks :D

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iTzSnypah 1 point 9 months ago

Please please fix your monitor spacing. In the Fable picture I was like that house looks weird then I noticed the monitors aren't spaced evenly...I couldn't game like that as you currently have set up.

Next upgrade: PLX motherboard, 1500w PSU, 2 more 780 Ti's and watercooling.

Seriously though fix your monitors, it's bugging the crap out of me.

Bronchosaurus [Submitter] [3 Builds] 2 points 9 months ago

It's actually Witcher 2 and yup I had to redo my bezel correction after installing the new cards (in the pic I hadn't yet). I'll leave the pic as is for OCD therapy though :P. No plans to upgrade this any time soon, although a 4-way SLI 780 Ti setup sounds delicious...

MrMohaker 1 point 9 months ago

Why would you get the LOL Hex? Wouldn't it be better to get the normal naga? Or even the cheaper original naga hex?

Bronchosaurus [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

I also play a lot of LoL and I don't like the glossy feel of the naga hex. The matte texture on the LoL hex is sexy.

MrMohaker 1 point 9 months ago

Ahh, I too dislike the glossy feeling of most gaming mice...

Zeus [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

The 780tis should serve you well. +1 for an epic build

ImKhaos 1 point 9 months ago

How are the monitors? And +1 for that epic and overkill build :)

Hakumisoso [2 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

780 ti's ho!

Firecrackers [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

I'm trying to make an mspaint build like this. Can it run mspaint? I went with 64GB RAM instead, but if yours can run mspaint, then I'm sure mine could.

xx116xx [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

Those 780 Ti's look like heaven...

rishi23 [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

how is the astro a50?

Bronchosaurus [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

I like it (great sound) but after a few hours it irritates my head (too warm and heavy). Also I can't use it with the 3D glasses so I had to get speakers...

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nhall.bob 1 point 9 months ago

i want it soooooooooooooooo bad wahhhhhhh i hate my current desktop i hate you dell ahhhh it sucks

gregkolodny 1 point 2 months ago

That cooler has no reliability. Just look at Newegg and other reviews of it.

thomaskwt 1 point 28 days ago

If you look at benchmarks it out performs everything. It's not a closed loop cooler, if you cant perform simple maintenance on it your going to have problems. On the other hand the customization is great, you could add another block and cool your gpu as well as your cpu.

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ck3 1 point 9 months ago

your three monitors cost more than my usual build for a friend. cool.

jeslinker 1 point 9 months ago

yo! fantastic build! but one noobish question... are all case fans available to angled or adjusted to blow directly at the gpu, or other components?

Bronchosaurus [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks! The only fans that are (slightly) adjustable in this case are the two on the hard drive cage that I angled towards the GPU.

jeslinker 1 point 9 months ago

um so your case has two mounting spots in the front for fans, are those what your talking about? like the hardware you are using to tilt them, do they come with the fans, or with your case?

KeeblerXII 2 points 9 months ago

Those tilting fan mounts come with the case

Kirbywingman 1 point 9 months ago

How does the 3D on the Asus work? I'm considering getting something similar to that same monitor, should i get the kit thats $500 from Asus that comes with the tracking and the gaming glasses in it?

Bag681 1 point 9 months ago

man i love the tilted fans! but how quiet are they?

BASSIC_RZ [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

nice build bro

houseoftyrone 1 point 7 months ago


brelovix 1 point 7 months ago

I agree with your statement "buying a $5000 computer is the same as buying $50000+ car". It is not the norm for the general public of people to accept such prices on a PC to game with etc.

Personally I wouldn't have bought an Astro headset but gotten a better for the money audiophile pair of headphones to be honest.

Intense build though.

TheBlueGammer24 1 point 7 months ago

You Sir Are Classy :) i felt good when i built my first computer at 1000 dollars (im a pre-teen who get all his money for birthdays)i wish a could build a build like that

Zylos 1 point 6 months ago

My god! So much money, and that CPU clock rate is really high.

jacked87 [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

Do those monitors feature the integrated crosshair capability same as the VG248QE 24" model?

Bronchosaurus [Submitter] [3 Builds] 2 points 6 months ago

Nope they don't.

Flobengogen 1 point 6 months ago

R u using a triple monitor mount?

wubley 1 point 5 months ago

Hey man, I really enjoyed your build. Like alot. I +1, but I still have a questioned. Would you mind if I sorta-kinda copied your build? This is basically the build I ant to make, but I just don't want you getting mad if you see it on pcpp and no credit was given.

Bronchosaurus [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 5 months ago

No man go for it :)

Dragonspite [1 Build] 1 point 5 months ago

Nice set up. I too am using an SLI 780 Ti configuration; however, I am only using one Asus VG278HE and my Ti's are Asus DirectCU II OC models. I'm looking at your Total cost, and all I can say is wow! I just spent a little over $4000 on mine, and I don't regret a thing. Anyway, have fun with your new toy. If I ever get caught back up with all my college coursework, I will be certainly doing the same with mine. XD

Daniel_Miracle_ [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

How did you get your fans to stay at an angle like that?

Omnislash89 [1 Build] 1 point 1 month ago

I wouldn't have spent money on so much RAM... I made that mistake, could have bought a second graphics card...

Johnston12 1 point 1 month ago

That sleeving looks really good. Did you do it yourself are did you buy them. If so, where?

TrevorHansen7 [3 Builds] 1 point 5 days ago

The parts are really awesome, i just frustrates me that you spent $5,744 and the colors are over the place, maybe it's just my OCD but that makes me mad. Still +1 for the super overkill build.

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richardbw777 0 points 9 months ago

Wow this is interesting. I have close to identical set-up with two 770s. Am seriously looking at upgrading to 780ti SLI. How do you find the performance upgrade???

zemco999 0 points 9 months ago

God... This is SO beautiful. I hope that those 780ti's perform the way you expect them to! Does Gigabyte have some sort of step up program like EVGA, or did you have to cut your loss keep the 770's until you sell them?

Bronchosaurus [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

Not that I know of. I sold the 770s on Amazon (for a bit of a loss because of Nvidia's price cuts). I haven't actually had time to play on this thing and run some benchmarks but I expect to gain a decent amount of FPS from the upgrade.

Starlana [2 Builds] 0 points 9 months ago

Well okay. Am I the only one who feels fatter, uglier, and more broke after seeing that rig?

(+1 of course)

BLC 0 points 9 months ago

Do you sh*t money at night ?

No offense, but I cant find a proper comment other than this, since all you can say about how good this build is DAMN !!!

canders [6 Builds] -1 points 9 months ago

Wow! 2 780ti's. Might be be overkill but it's still pretty cool. :)

JoseyMG [1 Build] -2 points 9 months ago

bah gawd