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What sort of "development"? If it's just running an IDE and you're just compiling stuff, then you really don't need the absolute top of the range. Though debugging may require a slight bit more than just running your programs.
What if you're making web backends? Do you wish to install a web server onto your machine? This may need a bit more oomph than your run-of-the-mill desktop. Same goes for any ancillary stuff like database. And then what if you wish to run things like VMs to properly test programs / apps / servlets / etc.? I.e. there simply isn't a one-answer-fits-all idea.
As example, I do lots of addons for a 3d modelling program. The developing itself could have run on even an entry-level laptop, never mind a desktop. But the 3d modeller has minimum requirements, and using it on anything more complex than a cube just escalates those. To the point where my presentation laptop (the one I use to show the addons for discussion in meetings) is just about good enough - and that's a near-the-top-end gaming laptop (GTX 960, 32GB RAM, i7, 512 NVMe SSD, 1TB HDD) - the laptop cost me around $2500 about 2 years ago. My actual production workstation is a lot higher on the food chain that that, this thing is now 3 years old and cost the company around $3000.
But that's because of the 3d element. And thus would definitely not be necessary for most people.
I'll buy a nice refurbished Core i7 XPS desktop from Dell Outlet for around $600, then add an SSD for the OS and use the HDD for data. I might also add RAM (16 GB min) and upgrade the video card. $1,000 total cost, and blazing fast.
Where money is no object for me is the monitor. Dell 34" ultra-wide display for my tired old eyes!
2) It has been pointed out to you that the content of MSN references you post is questionable, including that about HTTP and STD. What make you believe this article is any different? I can readily argue this is just another click-bait article where the title is completely inconsistent with the meager contents of the article.
3) My opinion is that if you repeatedly provide references without expressing any of your own views or research then your post is really nothing more than clutter. Which leads to my next point.
4) What exactly is your opinion of this article? If you were to offer a critical assessment, what would that be?