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I'm thinking about buying a new development PC as I tend to do a little at home on my laptop but thinking about doing more work from home so need a more powerful machine.
It's been years since I bought a desktop and I have no idea where to start or what is good value these days, or what specs to go for. I am thinking 16GB RAM is a must but other than that I have no idea.
16 GB or more
SSD for OS and programs and an additional 1 TB or more for your data
A reasonable graphics card, sufficient for at least 2 screens on a high resolution
blazingly fast internet
sufficient USB ports
Might want to wait till the intel issue is sorted (and watch out for cut price old stock with the problem still there.)
Absolutely SSD: with the huge size of VS (or pretty much any dev platform) you're better going SSD even if it means cutting back budget on the CPU - most tasks are disk IO bound (loading different stages of the dev env, compiler etc.)
I'm happy ith an i5 and SSD, outperforms the wifes i7/spinner by miles (and she's not doing dev.)
Edit: keep an eye out for USB 3.1 (backwards compatible to prev versions) too.
Unless doing high itensity graphics you can actually do well without a graphics card, most MOBI's have the intel graphics built in and can run 3 displays high res