- 54 months ago
As a Software Engineering student, my regular work-mode includes several demanding programs opened at one time, usually:
- an IDE (MS Visual Studio, IntelliJ IDEA, JetBrains CLion, Android Studio or Eclipse)
- a planning/UML-sketching app (like MS Visio)
- a web browser (Mozilla or Chrome)
- several large
- Skype (mostly IM, but also with voice/video calls and screen-sharing)
at the very least, and Game Maker, Unity, OrCAD EDA or one of the faculty's simulators from time to time. Such paralel activities are occasionally a bit too much for my lap-top, so I'm looking for a PC build that will be up to the challenge. The question is:
What are the basic requirements for a programmer's PC build?
After an inconclusive forum-searching (what's good for some people, in an overkill for others), this is what I gathered as a general opinion:
CPU: i5 to i7 processor (2.4GHz to 3.2GHz, Quad-Core to Octa-Core) GPU: integrated graphics RAM: 2x4GB to 4x4GB SSD: 64GB to 128GB // OS and IDEs HDD: 500GB to 1TB
What is a bare minimum for an average programmer, given my work-mode as a refference?