Is this even possible?

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Mar 16, 2015

First of all, im not that good with hardware but i wanted to buy a new computer from scratch. because i do like to learn from it :p

I looked for some components and found these:

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X99-Gaming G1 WIFI
Videocard: MSI GeForce GTX 970 GAMING 4G
Processor: Intel Core i7-5820K Boxed
SSD: Samsung 850 EVO 250GB
Intern memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX CMK8GX4M2A2400C14

The videocard has a PCI-e 3.0 x 16 card interface, so it should be able to connect to the motherboard.
also the processor needs a 2011-3 socket that the motherboard has.

But i dont know if there are any more problems or maybe you see other reasons that is couldnt work. i would like to know that before i spend so much money on it :p


Dec 26, 2002
PCI-Express is forward and backward compatible for the revision so while its good to match them up and to get as much bandwidth as possible for high-end graphics cards you could technically use a motherboard/processor that only supports PCI-Express 2.0 - this is just for reference as all current motherboards support PCI-Express when paired with a processor that also supports it. The motherboard does need to have a physical PCI-Express x16 wide though and pretty much all do except for some mini board.

The socket for the CPU is important and matches, the BIOS also has to support the CPU which it should on that board right out of the box.

You will also need a proper quality power supply with the required wattage and amps to run that video card plus the rest of the system. In this it needs to be at least a 500 watt power supply. A 600 watt PSU would be the minimum I'd go for but no need to go over the top with one either unless you plan to add additional video cards. Here's a good guide:

You'll also want a good sized case with good cooling.

This is an extremely high end system, you sure you need such a cutting edge system?
Aug 8, 2014
I have to agree with 6 here, if you are mainly a gamer but you still want a high end processor an i7-4790K might be what you could look at to save some cash as well as a good Z97 motherboard. The 4790K is beast of a processor.


Jan 2, 2001
Do remember if you go with a socket 2011 v3, the cpu comes without a cooler [even though it is retail or boxed] You will need to purchase a hsf along with your other parts.

If you go with something like a 4790k, [socket 1150] it will come with a hsf. The stock intel hsf is fine for basic use however if you intend to overclock, it is generally advised to purchase a high end after-market cooler.

That is a pretty high end system you have selected. What is the intended use of the system? If you are building this primarily as a learning experience, you can do so with parts that do not cost as much.
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