Computer for R: what to look for [closed]
I'm about to buy a new desktop computer to use for statistical analysis. Although I write some of my own functions and will need to write quite big boostraps etc... I mostly work on medium but also big datasets (more than 500K) with lots of different R functions which do not allow parallel computing.I have had problems with memory in R before (especially with complex data mining algorithms and bootstrapping on large datasets).
I've found a computer within my budget (I'm tied to Windows unfortunately) that has the following characteristics (see below). I'm aware of things like Revolution R but I'd like to focus on your experience with the hardware side of things, as I'm not an expert.
Personally I just look for large RAM (4gb and + would be good), a big hard drive, and a recent processor. I don't particularly care about graphics cards as I mostly use it for work. Is there anything I'm missing?
These are the specs of a desktop computer that looks ok to me:
650W Standard Powersupply
H61 Chipset Motherboard
Intel i3-2100 CPU;CPU Cooler
OVERCLOCKED - No
8GB DDR3 Memory;500Gb Hard Drive
GRAPHICS CARD - Radeon HD 6450 - 512Mb Graphics
GRAPHICS MODE - Onboard Card
OPERATING SYSTEM - Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
Do you think this looks ok?