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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.


Thursday, March 11, 2004

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

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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