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Old 11-16-2017, 10:00 PM
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How much RAM, how big a hard drive do I need for the latest version of Office? I do not want to access Office from the cloud.

I am not building large spreadsheets.

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min is 2GB ram, 3GB HD

HD is also storage, so it depends on what else you save on your hard drive. I wouldn't go less than 10GB.

2GB is the minimum, I wouldn't even think about less than 4GB - 8GB would probably be the minimum I'd recommend
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https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/...m-requirements
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1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster x86-bit or x64-bit processor with SSE2 instruction set. 2 GB RAM, 3.0 GB available disk space, 1280 x 800 screen resolution.
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I'm not recommending anything specific, per se, but a quick search on Amazon shows you can get something with way better than minimum specs for under $500.

An example:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B075VNY6KB/
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Old 11-18-2017, 01:23 AM
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I'm not recommending anything specific, per se, but a quick search on Amazon shows you can get something with way better than minimum specs for under $500.

An example:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B075VNY6KB/
Thanks, but that is a Windows 7 machine.
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Same price, Windows 10, larger HDD, more RAM:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B073YHNPC6/
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Old 11-20-2017, 07:53 AM
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You didn't ask, but go with a SSD
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min is 2GB ram, 3GB HD

HD is also storage, so it depends on what else you save on your hard drive. I wouldn't go less than 10GB.

2GB is the minimum, I wouldn't even think about less than 4GB - 8GB would probably be the minimum I'd recommend
Note that running ONLY Windows with 2 GB of RAM will slow things down. Based on my experience with Windows 7, you need at least 6 GB of RAM to avoid slowdowns.

Even better is to use an SSD - huge difference in how Windows runs.
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min is 2GB ram, 3GB HD

HD is also storage, so it depends on what else you save on your hard drive. I wouldn't go less than 10GB.

2GB is the minimum, I wouldn't even think about less than 4GB - 8GB would probably be the minimum I'd recommend
My last position, my boss had me working on a hand-me down Windows 7 machine that only had 4 gb of RAM. The machine would start choking once you had 10-15 tabs open in an internet browser let alone while trying to run scripts.

I would agree with an 8 gb minimum on RAM and look for a machine where you could expand to 12 to 16+ gb of RAM if that seems like a choke point.

For a hard drive, go with an SSD. They are amazingly fast! If you are using the laptop for lots of things, 128 gb is too little. 256 gb is probably ok, 512 gb is good, 1 tb is heaven, but god awful expensive.
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anything 4gb ram and under you will hate yourself for doing it

ssd for sure
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