I've always sailed happily with a full spec Macbook Pro for all my creative needs. Coming from a 2D background, that was more than enough to handle anything I threw at Adobe's Creative Suite. Jumping forward in time, as I dived into the world of 3D modeling and rendering to extend my set of skills, the wind changed. As my skills got better, my rendering times took longer. After wrapping up my last project, where it took +20 min for a good preview, I decided to jump ship and I couldn't be happier.
Big thanks to Anthony Remis for sharing The Beast - Dual 12 core Xeon w/Titan Xp and taking the time to answer a few of my questions. Except for parts variation, I pretty much replicated his build. Check out the O.G here: https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/b/3n3Ff7