[SOLVED] Build/buy for 3D modeling

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My daughter will be taking courses online with CG Spectrum, Courses are Foundations in Visual Effects followed by an advanced diploma in 3D Modeling.
My questions involve: purchasing or building a desktop and/or purchasing a laptop.

First question-Is the RTX 3080 worth delaying the purchase of a laptop until available? Before the RTX announcement I was looking at an Alienware R2 M15 with a RTX2080. Delaying purchase may require building/buying a desktop if my current rig is not adequate.

Second-Will a laptop suffice for the career choice she is choosing? (I know you get better specs out of a desktop build-I'm still using the one I built 4 years ago but a laptop works better for her).

Third-If we wait for an RTX3080 laptop(My guess would be spring before readily available) will my 4 year old build work in the interim:

CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooler: Reeven Justice 82.1 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z170XP-SLI ATX LGA1151 Motherboard
Memory: G.Skill Aegis 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory
Storage: Crucial MX300 275GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB SC GAMING Video Card
Case: Deepcool KENDOMEN Black ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: EVGA 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSC0 DVD/CD Writer
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit
Monitor: Acer K272HULbmiidp 27.0" 60Hz Monitor

If none of the above is feasible, what is a recommended build/buy for 3d Modeling? laptop and desktop

I'm more concerned with the product than the cost and have budgeted $5000 US but would love to come way under that as long as the system will last.
 
Good read...

Something like this should last long, better off with the desktop version...

PCPartPicker Part List

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
CPU | Intel Core i9-10850K 3.6 GHz 10-Core Processor | $484.00 @ B&H
CPU Cooler | Deepcool ASSASSIN III 90.37 CFM CPU Cooler | $99.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard | Asus ROG STRIX Z490-E GAMING ATX LGA1200 Motherboard | $289.99 @ Amazon
Memory | Corsair Vengeance LPX 64 GB (4 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory | $242.99 @ Newegg
Storage | HP EX950 512 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive | $71.99 @ Newegg
Storage | Crucial MX500 2 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive | $183.99 @ Adorama
Video Card | EVGA GeForce RTX 3090 24 GB XC3 GAMING Video Card | $1564.99 @ Adorama
Case | Thermaltake Core X71 ATX Full Tower Case | $130.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply | Corsair HX Platinum 1200 W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply | $244.99 @ Corsair
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total | $3313.92
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-10-14 05:55 EDT-0400 |
 
Good read...

Something like this should last long, better off with the desktop version...

PCPartPicker Part List

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
CPU | Intel Core i9-10850K 3.6 GHz 10-Core Processor | $484.00 @ B&H
CPU Cooler | Deepcool ASSASSIN III 90.37 CFM CPU Cooler | $99.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard | Asus ROG STRIX Z490-E GAMING ATX LGA1200 Motherboard | $289.99 @ Amazon
Memory | Corsair Vengeance LPX 64 GB (4 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory | $242.99 @ Newegg
Storage | HP EX950 512 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive | $71.99 @ Newegg
Storage | Crucial MX500 2 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive | $183.99 @ Adorama
Video Card | EVGA GeForce RTX 3090 24 GB XC3 GAMING Video Card | $1564.99 @ Adorama
Case | Thermaltake Core X71 ATX Full Tower Case | $130.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply | Corsair HX Platinum 1200 W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply | $244.99 @ Corsair
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total | $3313.92
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-10-14 05:55 EDT-0400 |
 

Signingisfun

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Thx for the article link-very helpful. Based on the build above, a Gaming PC will suffice and should last her a long time. I think I'll try to make my PC work in the interim and wait for the rush on 3090's to drop. I like the build.
 

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