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Computer Power?

Posted 28 August 2011 - 08:13 PM

Do I need a super powerful computer to program? My computers aren't monster but they are not wimps either! Just wondering if I need a super powerful computer for programming. I program games in Python as of now.
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#2 no2pencil  Icon User is offline

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Re: Computer Power?

Posted 28 August 2011 - 08:17 PM

The power required by your computer depends on the hardware that is installed.
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Re: Computer Power?

Posted 28 August 2011 - 08:18 PM

Nope.. not really. Of course defining what "super powerful computer" means would be nice. I've programmed on 486, 133mhz, and hex cores.. Just make sure you know your target audience and test on machines similar to theirs.
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Re: Computer Power?

Posted 28 August 2011 - 08:53 PM

It really depends on your situation. If you're doing graphics programming or anything that explicitly *requires* speed, then a fast computer would be beneficial, but it's not required.

Or, if you're compiling things a lot, then it will help things compile a bit faster. But for most tasks, speed won't matter too much.
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Re: Computer Power?

Posted 29 August 2011 - 06:35 AM

The most unbelievable programmer I've ever seen had one of the shittiest old computers I've ever seen. His philosophy was that anybody can make things run smoothly on new hardware, he liked to use as little as possible.
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Re: Computer Power?

Posted 29 August 2011 - 06:38 AM

You do not need a fast computer to program. Having a faster computer will make compilation much quicker and can make intellisense load faster.
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Re: Computer Power?

Posted 31 August 2011 - 07:24 AM

For simple pygame stuff, all you need at this point is an old junker. I, for one, have done plenty of pygame work on my Dell Latitude C840 using Ubuntu as my OS. (notice the date of the article... march 2002).

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The power required by your computer depends on the hardware that is installed.
Really no2pencil, really?

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Re: Computer Power?

Posted 31 August 2011 - 10:33 AM

If you're developing large applications with powerful IDEs then a powerful computer will definitely be nicer to work with, because it will reduce compilation times and be generally more responsive.

Personally I think that having a nice big monitor, or multiple monitors, is the biggest improvement - from what I've observed anyway - for programming.
I'm currently using a laptop with a 1366 x 768 resolution, for my programming at work, and suffering! I need to get round to building myself a new system. :D
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Re: Computer Power?

Posted 31 August 2011 - 11:23 AM

View PostRetardedGenius, on 31 August 2011 - 01:33 PM, said:

If you're developing large applications with powerful IDEs then a powerful computer will definitely be nicer to work with, because it will reduce compilation times


Very true for compiled languages, fortunately, not as important with good ol' interpreted python.
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Re: Computer Power?

Posted 31 August 2011 - 01:22 PM

Programmers used to write code using punch cards because it was the only way. I think you'll be okay.
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