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A basic laptop will definately be able to run [email protected], both game as well as modtools.
When I started modding years ago on my laptop i believe it only had 4GB of RAM, a lame i5 and (although dedicated) a small Nvidia GPU. So as long as you get enought RAM (definitely 8GB) and a good processor you'll probably be fine. Make sure it has enough storage though, assets can and will take up a lot of your space
Hope this helps a bit! Enjoy your stay.