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I am planning to buy a laptop. My budget is 1816 USD. It will be hard for me to go beyond that. I want to do VFX and motion graphics work in Houdini and Cinema4D. I cannot afford a PC right now as my lifestyle involves staying out of home and lot of commuting.

Currently I have shortlisted following laptops.

MSI Katana 15, Intel 12th Gen. i7-12650H, 40CM FHD 144Hz Gaming Laptop (16GB/1TB NVMe SSD/ Windows 11 Home/Nvidia GeForce RTX4060, 8GB GDDR6/Black/2.25Kg), B12VFK-299IN

ASUS ROG Strix G16 (2023) Gaming Laptop, 16” 16:10 FHD 165Hz, GeForce RTX 4070, Intel Core i9-13980HX, 16GB DDR5, 1TB PCIe SSD, Wi-Fi 6E, Windows 11, G614JI-AS94

ROG Strix G18 (2023)
NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 4080 Laptop GPU
Windows 11 Pro
13th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-13980HX
ROG Nebula Display
18 inch, QHD+ 16:10 (2560 x 1600, WQXGA), Refresh Rate:240Hz
2TB PCIe® 4.0 NVMe™ M.2 SSD


ROG Zephyrus G14 (2023)
NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 4060 Laptop GPU
Windows 11 Pro
AMD Ryzen™ 7 7735HS
ROG Nebula Display
14 inch, QHD+ 16:10 (2560 x 1600, WQXGA), Refresh Rate:165Hz
1TB PCIe® 4.0 NVMe™ M.2 SSD


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Please give suggestions. 


I am a beginner in motion design. I am still in learning stage. The idea is to earn good amount of money with doing basic motion design works, build up a solid portfolio, then buy a PC later that I can use solely for rendering when I come home. 


Sharing some artists profiles. I aspire to do the kind of commercial work that they are doing. 






Are MSI laptops durable and well respected in the motion design art circuit? 

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