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My brother is getting a new laptop and wants to get into coding. I just need to know the specs of the type of system needed to just run code, as in stuff like the processor, RAM and anything like that.

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If he is just getting into coding, any computer will do. At the beginning, the tasks are very simple for the computer and you wouldn't see a difference between an intel celeron or a xeon.

Once he gets to an advanced state, I would consider a more powerfull computer, but not before.

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While I would echo what A.Barth says about 'any computer will do', I would just caution that you don't want a completely crap computer.

You don't need a super powerful machine, or a good GPU etc.

However, as programming does require a quick feedback loop, it's incredibly tedious if you're having to wait a couple of seconds for things to run etc.

That said - I'm a professional web developer, and I was able to get by fine with a second hand laptop that I bought for about $US500 a couple of years ago.

At a minimum I would suggest that the computer has a SSD, at least four cores, at least 8GB RAM, preferably 16, and if they're running Windows, use Windows 10.

There are plenty of second hand (Look at ex-commercial) laptops you can get for around $US500 that fit this.

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