Best PC configuration for Excel

My client depends heavily on Excel to handle table filling tasks and other calculations
His spreadsheets are not huge, but they are full of macros and links and take a long time to execute

His boss has asked me to equip this user with a more powerful machine than what he is currently using : LENOVO E31 - Xeon E3-1230 V2, 12 GB RAM

We would equip this new machine with an Office 2013

any ideas and/or suggestions ?
Yann ShukorOwnerAsked:
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Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
A Xeon E3-1230v2 is a very good CPU ... scores 8849 on PassMark.  

It would be VERY expensive to move to a CPU with significantly higher "horsepower" => you'd need a high-end Socket 2011 E5 series CPU ... for example an E5-2680v3 scores 19167, but that CPU costs $1800 ... with a supporting motherboard and 16GB or more of registered RAM you're looking at ~ $3000 just for the motherboard/CPU/RAM combination.

Before making that kind of upgrade, is the system using an SSD?    If not, I'd be inclined to replace the system drive with a 500GB (or larger) SSD ... you may very well find that this alone will provide the level of performance you're looking for.   A spreadsheet with a lot of links is likely doing a lot of disk activity, which the SSD will dramatically improve.    [You might want to watch the CPU utilization % in task manager while the user works on a typical spreadsheet -- I suspect you'll see that it is NOT CPU-bound].

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Garycase is right. A SSD will make a huge difference if it doesn't already have one. Otherwise there must be some other reason it is so slow.
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