Happy if it helped Kafkaesque. I took a look at the other thread. Obviously a very wide variety of different opinions. Ultimately everyone uses Bet Angel differently and uses different stuff in background. At the end of the day there is no absolute right and wrong answer to the generic question of "what spec of machine is needed to run Bet Angel".
Everyone who has customised their Bet Angel Excel worksheets linked to Guardian will have done different stuff. Everyone who has developed BAF automation scripts will have done different stuff. Some will put excel charts in, some like me will have 70+ worksheets and multiple instances of Bet Angel guardian, some will have used lots of complex embedded excel formula in multiple sheets. Some VBA code will give poor performance. Some will be running a lot of other stuff in addition to Bet Angel and Excel.
As to those who said RAM does not matter, they are partly right. Too much RAM doesnt speed things up but too little RAM will most definitely slow things down significantly.
As to those who said SSDs dont help, they might be right for the way they run their machine if their disk IO or background disk io is only minimal once the machine is booted up and running. Machines have disk io cache buffers which helps to speed up low volume disk io performance. SSDs certainly wont slow anything down though. My experience is such that I wouldnt even consider using a machine without an SSD.
Those who say number of cores is important. Maybe. I'm not exactly sure how the PC architecture distributes the load across individual cores. Usually more cores correlates directly with more overall CPU power as can be seen on https://www.cpubenchmark.net. Is it the number of cores or the overall CPU power that delivers the improved performance?