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    Plutonium Lounger
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    Re: Excel or Machine (XL2003)

    A 2.66 GHz processor and 3 GB memory is very respectable. I agree with you that the problem lies with the workbook - a total of over 300,000 formulas will cause a *lot* of recalculating (even with smart recalculation algorithms).
    A dual core processor would mean that the PC can still be used for other purposes while the workbook is recalculating; I don't think it will speed up the calculations themselves.

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    3 Star Lounger
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    Excel or Machine (XL2003)

    I have a colleague who has asked for a new computer as her current machine tends to take forever when running various Workbooks she has developed. Her current machine is a Lenovo ThinkCentre M50 (8187-D6U) running at 2.66GHz with 3GB RAM. One of the WB's she has issues with is 18MB in size. There are 4 sheets in this book containing 51 named ranges. This table lists information from the WB:
    <table border=1><td>Sheet</td><td>Used Rows</td><td>Used Cols</td><td>Charts</td><td>Cells in Used Range</td><td>Formulas</td><td>1</td><td>24,000</td><td>30</td><td>0</td><td>722,970</td><td>239,653</td><td>2</td><td>19,000</td><td>51</td><td>6</td><td>971,652</td><td>39,151</td><td>3</td><td>16,000</td><td>54</td><td>6</td><td>871,776</td><td>35,557</td><td>4</td><td>6,000</td><td>24</td><td>2</td><td>162,336</td><td>35,502</td></table>
    IMHO, it is not the machine that is the issue but the Workbook itself. Would purchasing a new dual-core machine make a difference?

    EDIT: corrected misspelling

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