Computer programming, also known as coding, is the process of writing instructions for computers to follow. The code is often executed and tested as it is being written. The first step when looking for a computer is to check the minimum system requirements for your chosen software. Each system requirement will specify a compatible operating system, processor type, graphic card and the minimum amount of RAM. Typically, you want to ensure your specifications are significantly above the minimum system requirements to ensure your computer runs effectively. Computer programming software isn’t a graphics intensive software, unless the end-user will have to rely on a graphics card to be able to run the software which is being developed in which case we would recommend going with a dedicated graphics card for your development testing. For those case scenarios, depending on how graphics intensive the software may be, you may want to go with a graphics card in the mid-range level or high-range level. On top of running your other software, computer programming software itself may also utilize a lot of RAM depending on the complexity of your projects. We recommend at least 16GB of RAM just to be on the safe side as the latest operating systems are also becoming more and more RAM intensive. However, if you work with very complex projects or use multiple applications simultaneously, you may need 32GB or more of RAM. Computer programming software can have single or multi-core processes depending on the complexity of the project. Therefore, your CPU choice should weigh both on the CPU Clock speed and the core count depending your project’s needs. We only recommend a Solid-State Drive for your operating system and programs instead of a traditional mechanical hard-drive. You can use a mechanical hard-drive as a secondary drive for storing your data if you wish.
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