Never bargain shop for the thing you use to make your living off of…
if you were a race car driver, you’d never go… “yes…that sure is nice…got anything cheaper?”
Overbuy for computers now, and use it for 5 years…the ROI is unquestionable and indisputable.
cheap out now and you can watch the money siphon out of your business as you wait…sit on tech support and replace parts that you burned up.
(NOTE: not an official mcneel recommendation)
I personally use Boxx machine and TitanUSA machines for my design biz. They are custom build to handle an absolute beating, specifically tailored for my needs and as such are expensive. (boxx more so than titan)
In 7 years my boxx was down once, for 24 hours when a harddrive died. They overnighted me a new one (at my expense as the machine was way out of warranty) and also offered to give me a local source with part numbers, if I needed it faster and wanted to pick it up myself. This machine ran maxwell renders at close to 100% cpu for 40 hours straight back to back to back for years… My daughter still uses it today for solidworks at her engineering school it’t now 8 years old.
My Titan is newer and I can’t hit it hard enough for it to even notice. It was expensive. But I never wait, it never breaks. In consulting where time is money, this thing makes me money and paid for itself in the first 3 months I owned it.
It always sucks to write that big check when you buys a machine… it sucks WAY more to lose money from cheap equipment.