So I just bought a Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 Gen 2 recording interface.

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My old recording computer is a tower running Windows XP. I'd like to get a new laptop, as the tiny entry-level model I bought six years ago isn't going to cut it.

So what should a person look for in a recording laptop? What kinds of things matter? What doesn't matter?

Does the number of processor cores matter? Processor clock speed?

Is 8GB RAM enough?

Does a gaming computer make a good recording computer?

Any experiences you have with fairly recent laptops, good or bad, would be appreciated.