Edit: Feel free to say your own computer’s specs, how many verts your 3d model(s) has, do you animate? What kind of shading do you do? (e.g. cartoon? Photorealistic? low-poly? Triple AAA game assets?) Does it lag? etc
Note: I’ll be focusing on 3D models and animations that look like cartoons. Not to be confused with grease pencil animation (since I can’t draw that well).
I’d like something more specfic than Blender’s recommended and optimal requirements, please.
Edit: No budget for various reasons (I’m gonna buy mostly used parts. I might only buy a few good parts now, upgrade later. I don’t absolutely need a new pc right now so if it costs more, I might save money instead of buying a $500 pC now, only to learn that it’s not what I wanted, if that makes sense.).
So here’s what I want:
Not lagging when I edit or pose a character that has… let’s say… 150,000 to 400,000 verts (150k to 400k) (after subsurf is turned on. Original Mesh has 2.4k to 6k verts).
Playing animations in viewport at a minimum 20fps (without freestyle lines) would be great. Min 24fps even better. With cartoon outlines would be even better.
Preview-render freestyle lines (or line-art or etc) almost-instantly in 1-3 extra windows while editing mesh, or posing rig.
toon shading where the different shades distinctly don’t blend into each other. (e.g. https://i.redd.it/oc0cw9rq27b21.png). Preferably a method that’s quick and easy to set up.
animate with around 5-10 characters in a cartoon-sitcom setting (e.g. Simpsons) (with lower subsurf)
modern OpenGL so I can use new Blender.
What PCIe x16 generation should I aim for? Gen2? Gen 3? I’m assuming Gen4 is overkill. I’ll buy most of the parts used.
Can I get only the CPU now, only get some of the above, and then add a GPU later when I have more money? I know Intel CPUs have integrated graphics, but what about AMD? And where would I plug in the monitor without a GPU?
And how much more powerful would my pc need to be if I wanna:
- do the animations with 150k-400k verts per character?
- do all the above while recording video/audio?
Possible Future Upgrades (Maybe):
- Maybe I wanna do textures, nodes, eevee or cycles, etc.
- Maybe livestream but that’s more down the road.
Also, which AMD GPUs are good? (But also what drawbacks are there, if any?) Even tho I heard that Nvidia GPUs are a better choice for Blender. Not sure which I’ll go with.
Current Laptop Specs:
i3-370M @ 2.40GHz (2 cores, 4 threads. CPU Mark score: 1120)
6GB RAM, max 8GB
HDD (opening apps isn’t an issue for me, tho).
- lags when editing or posing a subsurf’d mesh with 300k-600k verts
- Old OpenGL can’t use Blender 2.8 or newer.
I might use BodhiLinux (since it’s faster than Windows 10 for everything except blender, even after using windows debloater).
Please let me know!