The following story is from a real-life business-case, and it will help you to understand and the previous questions:
A good friend asked me what hardware does she needs to buy for her animation, rendering and 3D design applications. So I asked her the following questions and her answers are in orange:
What applications are you going to work with? 3D Animation, rendering.
Is it for a business or a hobby? This is for a business.
Are you going to meet with clients and show them a video presentation or a live demo? For the initial meeting I’m just going to show them a video presentation, but if I win the project then I’ll need to carry the computer with me.In 1-2 years from now, can you see your projects growing? Yes!
Would you like to have the option in the future (1-3 y) to upgrade your CPU/GPU? Yes!
The results – A micro desktop ITX.
Now, for those of you who are wondering why we decided to go with the Micro ITX and not a Laptop, then here you go:
As perfect as a laptop could have been for her mobile situation, it would have cost her double and the option to upgrade the main components is just not possible with a Laptop. So, in her case, a Micro ITX is the best solution. It is upgradeable and easy to carry around (depends on the case).