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April 29, 2014 10:52:52 AM

My PC is getting old now I have it since 2009 and I need new PC around the price range I've given in the title, what I'm looking for is for a really good gaming PC that could run perfectly all the new games like Battlefield 4, Watchdogs etc..
Here're few things you might want to know about my computer, I won't change my speakers / Display / Keyboard/mouse

My Display is : Dell U2311H
My Speakers are : Creative T6100 5.1
Keyboard is : Razer Blackwidow 2013
Mouse : Razer Taipan
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April 29, 2014 11:04:37 AM

I don't even think you need to spend that much to get some pretty terrific performance for that 1080p monitor. Just get yourself a decent Z87 motherboard, an i5-4670k with a cooler like the 212 evo or similar, a 780ti and then any storage or fancy features you want and you'd be all set.

Something like what Tom's built over here: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/build-your-own-gami...

Not sure if you need to spend that much on a case, or really need an SSD unless you like really fast load times... but you will get a general idea from that article.
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April 29, 2014 11:11:16 AM

Traciatim said:
I don't even think you need to spend that much to get some pretty terrific performance for that 1080p monitor. Just get yourself a decent Z87 motherboard, an i5-4670k with a cooler like the 212 evo or similar, a 780ti and then any storage or fancy features you want and you'd be all set.


Hey thanks for the fast respond !
ok so here's the problem, I'm not an expert on the computer specs area and I need to find a website that could ship worldwide the computer, I don't live in the US I live in Israel, and i'll appriciate if you could give me like full spec with info for everything that I'll need when I order the computer.
Thanks in advance ! :) 
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April 29, 2014 11:12:54 AM

In all honesty when it comes to PC peripherals the speakers are one of the least important things to consider when buying a new PC. For an $1850 budget with no monitor you can get a pretty awesome PC like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($234.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Water 3.0 Extreme 99.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme6 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($143.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($161.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.49 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($704.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($129.99 @ Best Buy)
Power Supply: EVGA 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($23.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1861.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-29 14:12 EDT-0400)
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April 29, 2014 11:40:13 AM

g-unit1111 said:
In all honesty when it comes to PC peripherals the speakers are one of the least important things to consider when buying a new PC. For an $1850 budget with no monitor you can get a pretty awesome PC like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($234.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Water 3.0 Extreme 99.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme6 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($143.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($161.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.49 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($704.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($129.99 @ Best Buy)
Power Supply: EVGA 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($23.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1861.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-29 14:12 EDT-0400)

Hey thanks for helping here bud, I might forgot to mention that I'm looking for more storage around the 2TB, as for now I have like 80gb ssd for os and 1tb for other stuff and I have only around 430 left GB from this 1TB and not to mention that I've uninstalled alot of games just to make some space because it was almost empty, now , I don't play all of these games ofc but with the new generation of consoles tons of new games that I'm sure I'll play I think I need that 2TB, also SSD could be nice but since I'll have alot of games I couldn't install them all on the SSD because there'll be no space and steam install all your games in 1 directory without asking you and even if there was a way for me to choose a path for installation I think its kinda uncomfortable having some games on the ssd and some on the hdd, so do you think I need an SSD after all ? if so what should I store in the SSD, maybe only the OS ?
Also another thing to mention that I thing I /might/ need 16GB since I might want to try and learn 3D rendering programs, game engines, modeling programs andsuch programs, and I know rendering, and real time rendering takes alot of RAM so should I go with 16GB ? would be helpfull if you'll update that righ for me :) 
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April 29, 2014 11:42:45 AM

g-unit1111 said:
In all honesty when it comes to PC peripherals the speakers are one of the least important things to consider when buying a new PC. For an $1850 budget with no monitor you can get a pretty awesome PC like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($234.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Water 3.0 Extreme 99.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme6 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($143.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($161.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.49 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($704.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($129.99 @ Best Buy)
Power Supply: EVGA 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($23.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1861.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-29 14:12 EDT-0400)


Something like this is exactly what I'm talking about. That's a pretty beastly machine.

You don't actually need the SSD, but it makes your machine feel really snappy and fast. You amy want to consider a 60GB SSD and use Intel SRT to cache your spinning disk. That way you don't have to move stuff back and forth between the drives, but you still get the nice fast boot times and snapiness of the SSD on things you run regularly, but also have the space and convenience of only one drive letter and a spinning disk.

You don't need an 850 watt power supply, a 650 would do just fine, and simple here will work just fine too.

You don't need to spend so much on a case, but high quality cool feature cases generally get expensive.

You could get a Evo 212 CPU cooler instead of the water cooling and save 50 bucks there, unless you really want to push/tweak your overclocking as much as you can.

That's basically the top gaming card you can buy. You can get a regular 780 or even an AMD 290x and it's still a crazy machine, and that would save near 200 bucks.

So, lots of options for you to consider.
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April 29, 2014 12:20:15 PM

I don't intend to OC anything since I dont have experience with it, just a normal gamer looking for a PC, so no OC for me, also what about the things I mentioned 1 post before / and @Traciatim what is Intel SRT and what does it mean to cache my spinning disk ?
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April 29, 2014 12:29:34 PM

kululu said:
I don't intend to OC anything since I dont have experience with it, just a normal gamer looking for a PC, so no OC for me, also what about the things I mentioned 1 post before / and @Traciatim what is Intel SRT and what does it mean to cache my spinning disk ?


I use it on my desktop at home, and use a similar thing on my laptop for work. Essentially it works just like a regular memory cache. You know when you open something and it takes a while the first time, but then you close it and open it again it's near instant? It's because the files are still in memory which acted as a cache for recently accessed info.

The same concept here except because it's on an SSD it persists through restarting your machine. It keeps track of all the data you access on your drive and your most common stuff will be kept in the SSD while the rest of it will work just like it does on the spinning disk anyway.

The max you can allocate to it using Intel's SRT feature is 60GB, so you'd want a 60 or 64GB SSD and whatever spinning disk (you mentioned a 2TB) you want. It's pretty straight forward to set up. It's also completely transparent to your OS so it doesn't show up like a drive letter and you don't have to worry about copying data back and forth, you just use it like you would if you had only one drive.

The drawbacks are it still takes a while to write to the drive, since it has to write data to the spinning disk anyway, but I was pretty impressed when I set mine up and I almost hated using my computer one day when I disabled it as a troubleshooting step for an issue I was having.

It's not very popular because it doesn't benchmark well, but in actual usability it's pretty great.

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May 1, 2014 3:18:40 AM

ok sorry for misleading, asking here for spec wasn't a good idea since I live in Israel and if I order from outside of the country the taxes are like $850 so its not a good idea to order from outside of the country and here we don't have computer stores with all the parts you told me + not in sane prices aswell, so I asked for people to make me a computer build in my budget using what stores in my country have to offer and they did, now this what what they giave me :
1350 ₪ - Intel Quad Core i7 4770 3.4Ghz S1150
420 ₪ - Gigabyte GA-H87M-HD3 S1150
629 ₪ - * מבצע * - 16G (2x8GB) Hynix DDR3 1600Mhz
2290 ₪ - * מבצע * - GeForce Gigabyte GTX780 3GB WindForce3
729 ₪ - * מבצע * - SSD Samsung 840 EVO 250GB SATA III
399 ₪ - Seagate 2T 3.5'' Sata3 Barracuda 3 Years Warranty
90 ₪ - LG DVD-RW X24 GH24NS90
180 ₪ - Noctua NH-U9B SE2

₪ = New Israel Sheqel (FYI)

so what do you think of it ? + I didnt include the case because I wanted to ask a quesiton about it, they told me either to get :
FD R4 Titanium + FSP Raider 650W BUNDLE
OR
NZXT Phantom 410 White + FSP Raider 650W BUNDLE

But then also I pointed out that I have (my current computer)
Cooler Master Haf 932 Full Tower Case
and someone told me I should keep it and use this case instead of buying new one.
Note that I have my computer since the late 2009 towards the start of 2010 so its like 4.5 years
so what should I do ?

ok even better here's the cheapest site related to buying computers in Israel :
http://www.startpc.co.il/index.php/self

you can use it to build me my PC

and use this to translate :
http://www.google.com/translate?hl=en&ie=UTF8&sl=auto&t...

the final price you see for example 6500₪ so just go to google and in the search bar do 6500 ₪ in $ and it'll get converted so you'll know if you pass the amount of money I have
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May 1, 2014 5:18:25 AM

kululu said:
ok sorry for misleading, asking here for spec wasn't a good idea since I live in Israel and if I order from outside of the country the taxes are like $850 so its not a good idea to order from outside of the country and here we don't have computer stores with all the parts you told me + not in sane prices aswell, so I asked for people to make me a computer build in my budget using what stores in my country have to offer and they did, now this what what they giave me :
1350 ₪ - Intel Quad Core i7 4770 3.4Ghz S1150
420 ₪ - Gigabyte GA-H87M-HD3 S1150
629 ₪ - * מבצע * - 16G (2x8GB) Hynix DDR3 1600Mhz
2290 ₪ - * מבצע * - GeForce Gigabyte GTX780 3GB WindForce3
729 ₪ - * מבצע * - SSD Samsung 840 EVO 250GB SATA III
399 ₪ - Seagate 2T 3.5'' Sata3 Barracuda 3 Years Warranty
90 ₪ - LG DVD-RW X24 GH24NS90
180 ₪ - Noctua NH-U9B SE2

₪ = New Israel Sheqel (FYI)

so what do you think of it ? + I didnt include the case because I wanted to ask a quesiton about it, they told me either to get :
FD R4 Titanium + FSP Raider 650W BUNDLE
OR
NZXT Phantom 410 White + FSP Raider 650W BUNDLE

But then also I pointed out that I have (my current computer)
Cooler Master Haf 932 Full Tower Case
and someone told me I should keep it and use this case instead of buying new one.
Note that I have my computer since the late 2009 towards the start of 2010 so its like 4.5 years
so what should I do ?

ok even better here's the cheapest site related to buying computers in Israel :
http://www.startpc.co.il/index.php/self

you can use it to build me my PC

and use this to translate :
http://www.google.com/translate?hl=en&ie=UTF8&sl=auto&t...

the final price you see for example 6500₪ so just go to google and in the search bar do 6500 ₪ in $ and it'll get converted so you'll know if you pass the amount of money I have


As long as your case is in good shape I would certainly reuse it. Also, I would swap out that motherboard for a Z87 based board. Next I would drop it from the 4770 to the 4670k since that saves a good amount of money and the gaming performance isn't that much different (and probably better if you do a slight overclock to the 4670k). Then switch out to 8GB of RAM instead of 16GB unless you have some specific purpose that you know you need more than 8GB.

That should bring the price down to well within your range and give you a great gaming machine.
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May 1, 2014 5:46:23 AM

Traciatim said:
kululu said:
ok sorry for misleading, asking here for spec wasn't a good idea since I live in Israel and if I order from outside of the country the taxes are like $850 so its not a good idea to order from outside of the country and here we don't have computer stores with all the parts you told me + not in sane prices aswell, so I asked for people to make me a computer build in my budget using what stores in my country have to offer and they did, now this what what they giave me :
1350 ₪ - Intel Quad Core i7 4770 3.4Ghz S1150
420 ₪ - Gigabyte GA-H87M-HD3 S1150
629 ₪ - * מבצע * - 16G (2x8GB) Hynix DDR3 1600Mhz
2290 ₪ - * מבצע * - GeForce Gigabyte GTX780 3GB WindForce3
729 ₪ - * מבצע * - SSD Samsung 840 EVO 250GB SATA III
399 ₪ - Seagate 2T 3.5'' Sata3 Barracuda 3 Years Warranty
90 ₪ - LG DVD-RW X24 GH24NS90
180 ₪ - Noctua NH-U9B SE2

₪ = New Israel Sheqel (FYI)

so what do you think of it ? + I didnt include the case because I wanted to ask a quesiton about it, they told me either to get :
FD R4 Titanium + FSP Raider 650W BUNDLE
OR
NZXT Phantom 410 White + FSP Raider 650W BUNDLE

But then also I pointed out that I have (my current computer)
Cooler Master Haf 932 Full Tower Case
and someone told me I should keep it and use this case instead of buying new one.
Note that I have my computer since the late 2009 towards the start of 2010 so its like 4.5 years
so what should I do ?

ok even better here's the cheapest site related to buying computers in Israel :
http://www.startpc.co.il/index.php/self

you can use it to build me my PC

and use this to translate :
http://www.google.com/translate?hl=en&ie=UTF8&sl=auto&t...

the final price you see for example 6500₪ so just go to google and in the search bar do 6500 ₪ in $ and it'll get converted so you'll know if you pass the amount of money I have


As long as your case is in good shape I would certainly reuse it. Also, I would swap out that motherboard for a Z87 based board. Next I would drop it from the 4770 to the 4670k since that saves a good amount of money and the gaming performance isn't that much different (and probably better if you do a slight overclock to the 4670k). Then switch out to 8GB of RAM instead of 16GB unless you have some specific purpose that you know you need more than 8GB.

That should bring the price down to well within your range and give you a great gaming machine.


I'm not planning doing any OCS also someone told me I should use i7 because recent games show that the i7 series works better on them for example watchdogs so I could expect that i7 will work better for upcoming next gen game, what do you think ? , also I take 16GB because I might learn in the future modeling,rendering and all that on top of gaming. About the case how could I know if its in a good shape ? I mean its just sitting here all the time is there anyway to know ? (maybe fans being rusty or something else ? ) btw the reason why i consider new case is because the HAF932 fits exactly to where I put my PC (there's a place in my desktop that is specificly designed to put PCs in, and the HAF932 fits near perfect from the sides from the top and from the back so when I first bought it I didnt thought of its size but it might be a bad things because its harder for the air to come in and get out out there so maybe I should get new case?
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May 1, 2014 6:19:43 AM

kululu said:
Traciatim said:
kululu said:
ok sorry for misleading, asking here for spec wasn't a good idea since I live in Israel and if I order from outside of the country the taxes are like $850 so its not a good idea to order from outside of the country and here we don't have computer stores with all the parts you told me + not in sane prices aswell, so I asked for people to make me a computer build in my budget using what stores in my country have to offer and they did, now this what what they giave me :
1350 ₪ - Intel Quad Core i7 4770 3.4Ghz S1150
420 ₪ - Gigabyte GA-H87M-HD3 S1150
629 ₪ - * מבצע * - 16G (2x8GB) Hynix DDR3 1600Mhz
2290 ₪ - * מבצע * - GeForce Gigabyte GTX780 3GB WindForce3
729 ₪ - * מבצע * - SSD Samsung 840 EVO 250GB SATA III
399 ₪ - Seagate 2T 3.5'' Sata3 Barracuda 3 Years Warranty
90 ₪ - LG DVD-RW X24 GH24NS90
180 ₪ - Noctua NH-U9B SE2

₪ = New Israel Sheqel (FYI)

so what do you think of it ? + I didnt include the case because I wanted to ask a quesiton about it, they told me either to get :
FD R4 Titanium + FSP Raider 650W BUNDLE
OR
NZXT Phantom 410 White + FSP Raider 650W BUNDLE

But then also I pointed out that I have (my current computer)
Cooler Master Haf 932 Full Tower Case
and someone told me I should keep it and use this case instead of buying new one.
Note that I have my computer since the late 2009 towards the start of 2010 so its like 4.5 years
so what should I do ?

ok even better here's the cheapest site related to buying computers in Israel :
http://www.startpc.co.il/index.php/self

you can use it to build me my PC

and use this to translate :
http://www.google.com/translate?hl=en&ie=UTF8&sl=auto&t...

the final price you see for example 6500₪ so just go to google and in the search bar do 6500 ₪ in $ and it'll get converted so you'll know if you pass the amount of money I have


As long as your case is in good shape I would certainly reuse it. Also, I would swap out that motherboard for a Z87 based board. Next I would drop it from the 4770 to the 4670k since that saves a good amount of money and the gaming performance isn't that much different (and probably better if you do a slight overclock to the 4670k). Then switch out to 8GB of RAM instead of 16GB unless you have some specific purpose that you know you need more than 8GB.

That should bring the price down to well within your range and give you a great gaming machine.


I'm not planning doing any OCS also someone told me I should use i7 because recent games show that the i7 series works better on them for example watchdogs so I could expect that i7 will work better for upcoming next gen game, what do you think ? , also I take 16GB because I might learn in the future modeling,rendering and all that on top of gaming. About the case how could I know if its in a good shape ? I mean its just sitting here all the time is there anyway to know ? (maybe fans being rusty or something else ? ) btw the reason why i consider new case is because the HAF932 fits exactly to where I put my PC (there's a place in my desktop that is specificly designed to put PCs in, and the HAF932 fits near perfect from the sides from the top and from the back so when I first bought it I didnt thought of its size but it might be a bad things because its harder for the air to come in and get out out there so maybe I should get new case?


I haven't seen watchdog specific benchmarks, but I very much doubt the quad core 4670k overclocked would run it slower than a 4770 that isn't. Maybe they found some decent way to squeeze better gaming performance out of hyperthreading, but keep in mind that both the 4670k and 4770k are quad core CPU's. Anything I read shows the ultra demo videos being rendered on a 3930k hex core with a titan (which should be similar to a 780ti for most gaming scenarios).

Plus, it's an ubisoft game, so 3 of your 4 cores are probably just there to manage DRM and make the experience [removed].

Watch the language - G
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May 1, 2014 12:09:06 PM

Traciatim said:
I haven't seen watchdog specific benchmarks, but I very much doubt the quad core 4670k overclocked would run it slower than a 4770 that isn't. Maybe they found some decent way to squeeze better gaming performance out of hyperthreading, but keep in mind that both the 4670k and 4770k are quad core CPU's. Anything I read shows the ultra demo videos being rendered on a 3930k hex core with a titan (which should be similar to a 780ti for most gaming scenarios).

Plus, it's an ubisoft game, so 3 of your 4 cores are probably just there to manage DRM and make the experience [removed].

Watch the language - G


Yeah that is certainly true especially since hyperthreading is a new technology and there isn't a lot of software available for it yet that really takes advantage of what it can do.

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Hey thanks for helping here bud, I might forgot to mention that I'm looking for more storage around the 2TB, as for now I have like 80gb ssd for os and 1tb for other stuff and I have only around 430 left GB from this 1TB and not to mention that I've uninstalled alot of games just to make some space because it was almost empty, now , I don't play all of these games ofc but with the new generation of consoles tons of new games that I'm sure I'll play I think I need that 2TB, also SSD could be nice but since I'll have alot of games I couldn't install them all on the SSD because there'll be no space and steam install all your games in 1 directory without asking you and even if there was a way for me to choose a path for installation I think its kinda uncomfortable having some games on the ssd and some on the hdd, so do you think I need an SSD after all ? if so what should I store in the SSD, maybe only the OS ?


The thing about hard drives is that most cases have enough bays that you can easily add or remove drives as you need them. I usually install my Steam folder on a second or third HD and then all the games are loaded onto the second drive freeing the space from the SSD. It does seem a bit weird but trust me it doesn't affect gaming performance in any way shape or form. The biggest bottleneck in any given PC is always the primary hard drive but these days that usually isn't a problem.

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Also another thing to mention that I thing I /might/ need 16GB since I might want to try and learn 3D rendering programs, game engines, modeling programs andsuch programs, and I know rendering, and real time rendering takes alot of RAM so should I go with 16GB ? would be helpfull if you'll update that righ for me :) 


If you're going to use your PC for things other than gaming then yeah the extra RAM purchase is warranted. But the bad thing is that RAM is so expensive right now that it's hard to justify buying more than you need. Get what you can now and then if / when prices drop add more. That's the way I see it.

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ok sorry for misleading, asking here for spec wasn't a good idea since I live in Israel and if I order from outside of the country the taxes are like $850 so its not a good idea to order from outside of the country and here we don't have computer stores with all the parts you told me + not in sane prices aswell, so I asked for people to make me a computer build in my budget using what store


Yeah next time you should definitely mention that in your OP because otherwise (like I did :lol:  ) most posters will just blindly use the US version of PC Part Picker. Unfortunately that website currently only works for 8 countries - USA, Canada, UK, Italy, Germany, Spain and France. Knowing local availability always helps.
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