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Basically what i am needing to understand is what i am going to use (a very good laptop or desktop)

This is for my girl's cousin and she is needing help on what she can do to have a great system to run and will i end up needing to build an array or a desktop?

I cant answer this one so im coming to you almighty programmers lol

Thanks!!
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Are you asking what kind of PC specs she would need to run either one of those well? Or asking how to do something in one of those?
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Sorry, basically im needing to figure out what kind of system am i going to need for both of the programs so i can get an idea on what i need. I sounded like an idiot above lol.
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Sorry, basically im needing to figure out what kind of system am i going to need for both of the programs so i can get an idea on what i need. I sounded like an idiot above lol.

Naa...I've been a bit slow today and just wasn't entirely sure. As far as those two are concerned they don't need a whole lot of power for general use. In fact out of the box neither support multi-core systems. R has a few different add-ons that can be used. For Matlab the student editions don't include the parallel toolbox and that package is not cheap. It really boils down to programming skill more than anything else.

As for system specs I would recommend: an i5/7 with a high core speed, and 8gb of 1600+ memory w/ tight timings. Any other choices or components wouldn't really affect Matlab or R. If she has a high level of programming then she use the GPGPU capabilities in which case a AMD card is where to look.

Don't even bother with trying to build an array to do it. That takes quite a bit of skill to get up and running in the first place and then even more on getting the code to run properly. I use the distributed computing package in Matlab on my own machines in my apartment. I have a nack for bringing compute clusters to their knees for hours with my model simulations.

Do you exactly what kind of work she is going to be doing?

EDIT: I stand corrected you can purchase the parallel toolbox for $29 with student versions. The distributed computing server software is the expensive part so an array would not even be a choice unless you have an agreement with Mathworks to use at home.
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As Kyle mentioned at the end of his post, what will the cousin be doing? Any computer made in the last few years can MATLAB and R. But the requirements go up if s/he is going to be doing heavy calculation work.
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As Kyle mentioned at the end of his post, what will the cousin be doing? Any computer made in the last few years can MATLAB and R. But the requirements go up if s/he is going to be doing heavy calculation work.

I realize it's been a week, but I just wanted to chime in on the Matlab front. Matlab GUI's can really bog down if you have a lot of data (think plotting a lot of points for instance). If this is going to be one of her use cases, a decent GPU is really helpful (nothing gaming grade, but I would say hd4000 or above level would be ideal, if she is working with really large data sets a discrete card isn't a bad idea).
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