Each Blender user has a unique workflow that would determine their ideal CPU. Tasks like modeling and animation perform much better with greater single core performance, while rendering can make use of multiple cores simultaneously.
The type of material you are simulating plays a part as well- fluid simulation requires much greater multi-core performance than cloth and rigid bodies, for example.
The amount of memory you will need depends on how many programs you will have open at any given time alongside Blender and how large the files are that you will be working with.
A good starting point in deciding how much RAM you should go for would be to check your current usage via Windows Task Manager.
In Blender, the GPU determines the number of models, textures and effects that can be displayed at any given time. It also affects the frame rate or smoothness of the display.
While a more powerful GPU will give you a smoother experience, your CPU should be the main priority.
In the past, computers were held back by slow mechanical hard drives. Unless you are storing files which are not accessed too often, in which case mechanical hard drives might be a better choice, Solid State drives should be used for everything else. Having everything stored on SSDs means you’ll be able to copy, move, open and save files quickly and PC and program start times will be reduced.
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