Buying and running latest version of Visual Studio.

I asked what sort of computer is best for running Visual Studio 2017 and received this answer

Any basic machine will run VS smoothly the only difference will be compilation time during the build phase. And if build times get long then you'd probably want a specialized build machine.

that being said 8G is probably enough but you'd want a SSD to improve load and build times.

Does all 130 GB need to be on the SSD or just the individual programs that I write.  Since VS 2017 is about 130 GB and I also want MS Office, it's important to know what size SSD I need and what can go on a nromal hard drive.

Is an I5 sufficient or should I go for an I7?
I may use it for large amounts of data, but not graphics.
AlHal2Asked:
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Éric MoreauConnect With a Mentor Senior .Net ConsultantCommented:
@Shaun, no I don't have a DVD bay. I have a Dell Latitude E7275. A wonderful computer for devs.
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Éric MoreauSenior .Net ConsultantCommented:
Difference between I5 and I7 will not be that great. If you are handling a lot of data, better have more than 8gb of ram (16gb is better).

The size of VS will also depends on the platforms you select when installing. 130gb is needed if you decide to install ASP+Xamarin+WPF+...
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AlHal2Author Commented:
Is it worth buying Visual Studio 2017 or waiting for the next version?
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Shaun VermaakConnect With a Mentor Technical Specialist/DeveloperCommented:
My OS is on SSD and VS 2017 on secondary mechanical drive and it works perfectly
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Éric MoreauSenior .Net ConsultantCommented:
If you buy VS through a MSDN subscription, the next version will be available for free (if it comes in the 12-months of your subscription).
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Éric MoreauSenior .Net ConsultantCommented:
My OS is on SSD and VS 2017 on secondary mechanical drive and it works perfectly

I use a small 12.3 inches in size but powerful laptop. The smaller form are too small to install 2 disks!
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Shaun VermaakTechnical Specialist/DeveloperCommented:
I was able to replace DVD bay with HDD bay. Do you have a DVD bay?
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Jeff MorlenConnect With a Mentor Network EngineerCommented:
I run VS2017 off my D: drive, which is a mirrored 1TB drive and it works just fine.  My system is a quad core i7 @ 3.2Ghz with 16GB of RAM though... which will help.
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AlHal2Author Commented:
An I5 processor, 16GB of RAM and a mechanical hard drive should be OK.
What's the advantage of having the OS on an SSD apart from the computer booting up quicker?
If Visual Studio 2017 is on the mechanical hard drive, would program run any faster if the OS is on an SSD.  If the SSD merely saves 2 minutes when the machine is switched on, then I don't need it.
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Éric MoreauSenior .Net ConsultantCommented:
A SSD will read and write a lot faster to disk. So the answer to your question is ... it depends.

If you build a calculator application, you won't really see improvements.

but if you are building an application that reads/writes a lot to files (including databases), a SSD will help for sure.
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AlHal2Author Commented:
Thanks everyone.
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