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  1. kbtechhelp

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    Hi there,

    Apologies if posting in the wrong thread!

    I have recently purchased a CEH course and it has supporting documents which talks about running labs. As I will be running a few VMs it has said there are some minimum spec requirements of the laptop/desktop.

    Can someone help me on finding a laptop/desktop with the below specs? My budget is not huge and I was initially thinking if I buy a low level spec device and then upgrade individual modules to meet the min requirements. Any advice is greatly appreciated!
    • Intel Core i5 3.2 GHz 64-bit CPU or better (multiple cores is preferred)
    • 16 GB RAM (32 GB or more is recommended)
    • 200 GB free disk space, 7200 RPM or faster drive (SSD is preferred)
    • DVD drive
    • 1 Ethernet network adapter
    • Sound card
    • Internet access
    • Wireless network adapter (built-in or USB)
    Thank you in advance.
     
  2. SpywareDr

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    Since your budget is "not huge", would a good "refurb" suffice"?
     
  3. kbtechhelp

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    Hi

    Apologies I should have mentioned in the original post but yes, a refurb would suffice.

    Thanks
     
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    That's brilliant thank you so much!
     
  6. SpywareDr

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    You're welcome. (y)
     
  7. fork114

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    Are you dead set on Intel? Amd's ryzen series processors offer much better multitasking with a higher core/thread count for less money, especially if your aiming for a work oriented PC.
     
  8. kbtechhelp

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    Hi @fork114

    This was just what specs were on the document and not something I set - If that's the case I am happy to compromise.

    Would you be able to find me something that matches?

    Note - I am in the UK.
     
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    No doubt it is a better setup ... for ~four times the amount of money.
     
  11. AmyToo

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    I doubt the 9 year-old computer for less than $200 will run multiple VMs well. It's likely the person who wrote those specs assumes people will buy current generation products.
     
  12. SpywareDr

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    <sheesh!> I was simply trying to do what the OP ask ... which was to meet their above "spec" requirements and stay within their "not huge" "budget".

    If by "My budget is not huge" they meant $800+ then there is no doubt that an $800+ new i5 computer would be better than a 9 year old i5 refurb. <doh!>
     
  13. fork114

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    https://pcpartpicker.com/list/C8BVtg, this would be a great work PC, and should suffice for what your aiming for you can of course add more storage if need be but for around 400$ you have current specs that multitask very well with 4 true cores and 8 threads. The above person who mentioned refurbs or older hardware, that is also a fine option, but you have limited upgrade paths, and will generate issues with drivers and compatibility the older the hardware is, however if your budget is less than 400$ and you decide on older hardware, Intel is the way to go.
     
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