My work laptop refresh is due. Normally I choose ultralights, like the thinkpad x1c, and work on the train, around and about, etc

But during lockdown my ultralight is a low performance desktop, never leaving my study.

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So I’m considering getting a performance model instead. Lockdown isn’t going to end for me for a long time

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Something like the P series. Or I could try and spec an actual desktop, but that is a lot more admin

For the same approx price, are there significant performance gains to go to a desktop? Not sure whether threadripper is in scope or not

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I haven’t bought or specced a desktop PC in over a decade

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Workload is mostly building containers over and over, but I’m hoping to move to JVM engineering too

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@jmtd
I am super happy with a T480s and the T14s looks like a worthy successor. Up to 48G RAM sounds nice. The Ts are just slightly heavier than X1C. As for desktop: get either a NUC (Intel) or a ASRock DeskMini A300 (AMD, need to buy CPU separately).

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The only reason I have a Xeon workstation is that in 2017 when I bought it, consumer CPUs would max out at 32G RAM, and that was unacceptable ;)

@jmtd For a quick idea about cost for a custom build, I go to pcpartpicker.com/ and choose the main components. I've it to build one PC a few years ago (still my home server).

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