Solved Building a new gaming rig

June 9, 2016 at 18:47:59
Specs: Windows 64
hey I'm building my first rig and I've picked out every thing but before I spend the money I would like to know if this is a good set up and please tell me if there are things I don't need or something I need to add.

Phanteks Enthoo Pro Full Tower Chassis

Apevia ATX-WA900W Warlock 900-Watt Power Supply

WD Black 1TB Performance Desktop Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM SATA 6 Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD1003FZEX

Samsung 850 EVO 250GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-75E250B/AM)

Hyper 212 Evo Universal Direct Contact Heat-Pipe CPU Cooler

ASUS ATX DDR3 2600 LGA 1150 Motherboards Z97-A/USB 3.1

Intel Boxed Core I7-6700K 4.00 GHz 8M Processor Cache 4 LGA 1151 BX80662I76700K

ADATA USA XPG V1.0 OC Series 8GB DDR3 1600MHZ PC3 12800 4GBx2, Black AX3U1600W4G9-DB

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June 9, 2016 at 20:58:15
Z97 motherboards do not support the Core i7-6700K or any from that generation, you need a Z170 series motherboard and DDR4 memory. If you are set on the Z97 series motherboard and DDR3 memory then you need to go with the Core i7-4790K CPU.

I would say NO to the power supply, it has four 12volt rails and you should be looking for one with only a single 12 volt rail, 80%+ certified efficiency, Active PFC, and a 3-5 year warranty (proving the mfg's confidence in their product). Look at the Corsair line of power supplies.

I do not see a graphics card and since this is the core of a gaming system you need to carefully select one and let us know so we can see if you have balanced everything together. If you have to go back to the Core i5 CPU instead of the i7 in order to get a good graphics card then this is a choice I could support since gaming is up to 90% graphics performance.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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June 10, 2016 at 12:15:26
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I highly recommend a case that has the power supply mounted at the top, it makes for much more efficient cooling. Here's one possibility:

As Fingers stated, the Apevia power supply was a poor choice. I'm sure you don't need a 900W PSU but better to have too much than too little. The PSU will only produce what's needed. How about this Corsair 750W:

If you keep the board & switch CPUs (rather than keeping the CPU & switching the board & RAM), I suggest you get faster DDR3 RAM. 1866 should be the minimum, but 2133 or 2400 would be even better. And you might wanna consider 16GB (2 x 8GB).

EDIT: I ran across a review of the 900W Warlock at & it didn't do well:

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