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Upgrade Current Laptop or Buy New One?

Hi Everyone!

Since I don't have a hololens, I plan on using an emulator to start building holographic apps.

I've read the system requirements for running a hololens emulator as stated here.

However, I still need some help in deciding on whether to upgrade my current system or invest in a new one.

My laptop:

  • CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-3110M CPU @ 2.40GHz (2 cores, cache size 3MB)
  • RAM: 4.00 GB
  • OS: Windows 10 Home
  • GPU: Intel(R) HD Graphics 4000

Here are some facts:

  • The RAM can be upgraded to 8.00 GB.
  • The graphics card supports DirectX11 and it's integrated to the motherboard and cannot be replaced with a better card.
  • I am not sure if it uses a WDDM 1.2 driver (or later).
  • I don't know if the BIOS is capable of SLAT and DEP.

Question:
Should I upgrade to Windows Pro, which I assume my system will support, and increase its RAM to 8GB, or is it best to invest in a more powerful system?

Thanks in advance!
Mike

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