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Recommended Desktop/Laptop Specs for Data Science

Hi All,

I'm hoping to study and transition into data science after having worked in database development and having a baby about 2 years ago. I'm eager to get into this field and need advice on what would be the best pc/laptop specs to ensure adequate computing power to study and practice data science. I've read elsewhere that some recommend getting a robust desktop to remotely connect from a cheap laptop. Your guidance would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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Usually you won't process massive datasets on your own laptop or desktop, but you will be more productive with a good configuration, I would recommend the following:

  • 16gb of RAM
  • at least 128gb of a SSD drive
  •  a NVIDIA GPU
  • an i5 CPU would be ok



Rodolfo Mendes said:

Usually you won't process massive datasets on your own laptop or desktop, but you will be more productive with a good configuration, I would recommend the following:

  • 16gb of RAM
  • at least 128gb of a SSD drive
  •  a NVIDIA GPU
  • an i5 CPU would be ok


Thank you, Rodolfo, for the input!

You will need technology for computationally intensive workloads like rendering, simulation, and analysis        

  • Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2640 v4 (10C, 2.4GHz, 3.4GHz Turbo, 2133MHz, 25MB, 90W)
  • 32GB2 DDR4 at 2400MHz
  • The latest NVIDIA® Quadro® and AMD FirePro™ graphics deliver the big muscle you need.

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