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What configuration is suitable to learn C#?

Can somebody advise what would be a best configuration of PC to learn C#? (not just that, but any .NET)

It should not be too advanced and expensive.  The one with all nesessary features , that allows to run application with average speed.
I have an old machine with NT 4 , but I need it for different purposes and will be too slow anyway even if I reinstall OS.

Thanks.

LI
Thursday, March 11, 2004

Windows 2000 or XP Pro.  Don't go XP Home since you won't be able to run IIS.

Nick
Friday, March 12, 2004

For a learning setup, you don't need the latest high-powered computer.  Visual Studio runs fine for my on my P-4 1.6 Ghz notebook with a slower hard drive.  You could probably get by with even a 1.0 Ghz machine.  (Of course, the faster the better.)

There's no particular hardware that you need.  Visual Studio can take up a lot of screen real estate, so a larger monitor is good.  Otherwise, a basic desktop or notebook is fine.

Robert Jacobson
Friday, March 12, 2004

RAM is important. I've used VS.NET on a 600MHz machine and it's still quite usable on a machine with 512 megs of ram. However, drop down to 256 and you'll be rather displeased with the performance.

So the CPU isn't really an issue, anything under 5 years old is workable. But make sure you have enough ram.

Sum Dum Gai
Friday, March 12, 2004

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