This is my first post here. I’m expecting that the community’s experience will help me.
I’ve been using Blender & Autodesk Fusion 360 as my main 3D tools. I use these to create exhibition designs, packaging designs and retail display units.
So far, since such modelling/rendering are not very hardware demanding, I was doing ok on my 6 yr old laptop (Lenovo Ideapad Y500) with Core i7 3632QM, 16 GB RAM, 500GB SSD and 2GB Nvidia GT 750m. However, now I’m gradually moving into a bit more demanding tasks which require animation for my kind of work. Earlier I was only rendering static scenes.
Now, I want to do some fluid animations, a bit of fire/smoke etc so that along with my static rendering I can also give to my clients some animated stuff as add-on to the work I do. E.g. Packaging design that starts with an animation to build the mood, or an exhibition design that has some water/ fire show animated.
Therefore, I am in the market for a new system. I was considering a laptop again (Acer Nitro 7, i7 9750H, 6GB GTX 1660ti, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD+512GB SSD) for about $1200.
And for the same price (~$1200) a desktop with Ryzen 7 3700X, 32GB RAM, 1TB HDD+240GB SSD and a good GPU can also be had. I’ve already configured most of the system, but I’m undecided on GPU. For about $400 (± $20) I can get 2 8GB RX 580s or 1 RTX 2060 Super.
Or, if a choose a Ryzen 7 2700X, then with the money saved on CPU, I can get a RTX 2070 Super.
Could anyone please help me in this regard. My max spending limit is $1200.