I’m new to Blender, and am currently running it on a Dell workstation laptop with integrated Quadro graphics card (specs below):
Operating System: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
System Manufacturer: Dell Inc.
System Model: Precision 5520
BIOS: 1.23.1 (type: UEFI)
Processor: Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E3-1505M v6 @ 3.00GHz (8 CPUs), ~3.0GHz
Memory: 32768 MB RAM
Graphics Card name: NVIDIA Quadro M1200
Chip type: Quadro M1200
Display Memory: 20365 MB
Dedicated Memory: 4055 MB
Shared Memory: 16309 MB
Rendering is slow, and viewing the Render Preview runs fairly slowly, especially when adding complex animated materials and particle systems.
My question is - without having to upgrade my entire setup to a tower PC - how much would I benefit from an external GPU system? Would the limitations of my currently CPU and RAM be a factor, or do I simply need a faster GPU to render the scenes?
I’m not a SUPER technical person, but I am a fast learner. If anyone has any thoughts or can point me in the right direction, it would be very much appreciated!