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Please help a beginner pick a computer for 3d animation and concept art!

Im looking for a new computer to do 3d modeling and concept art. i would mostly be using photoshop maya 3ds max and zbrush. I am going to do digital tutors and gnomon workshop and have very little knowledge in computers. i have been looking at a Lenovo K450-573155213.

4 GHz Intel Core i7-4770
RAM 12 GB DDR3
Hard Drive 2000 GB SATA
Graphics Coprocessor NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650
Graphics Card Ram Size 2 MB
Wireless Type 802.11bgn
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 2
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 4
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Brand Name Lenovo
Series Ideacentre
Item model number 57315521
Hardware Platform PC
Operating System Windows 8
Item Weight 27.1 pounds
Item Dimensions L x W x H 16.10 x 6.89 x 14.17 inches
Color Black
Processor Brand Intel
Processor Count 1
Hard Drive Rotational Speed 7200 RPM
Optical Drive Type DVDRW

Is this a good computer for $979?
If not could u suggest computers that are pre built that would be good for me in the 700 to 1100 dollar range i would be open to suggestions

Thanx for any info
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  1. That'll suit your needs, but you could build a better computer for less. It really is easy =)
  2. The fact that you are considering purchasing a "brand-in-a-box" is a testament to how little you know about computers. For what you want, you don't need a gaming card like the GTX 660. You need a professional workstation card like an ATi FirePro or nVidia Quadro.
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    ihez661 said:
    Im looking for a new computer to do 3d modeling and concept art. i would mostly be using photoshop maya 3ds max and zbrush. I am going to do digital tutors and gnomon workshop and have very little knowledge in computers. i have been looking at a Lenovo K450-573155213.

    4 GHz Intel Core i7-4770
    RAM 12 GB DDR3
    Hard Drive 2000 GB SATA
    Graphics Coprocessor NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650
    Graphics Card Ram Size 2 MB
    Wireless Type 802.11bgn
    Number of USB 2.0 Ports 2
    Number of USB 3.0 Ports 4
    Expand
    Other Technical Details
    Brand Name Lenovo
    Series Ideacentre
    Item model number 57315521
    Hardware Platform PC
    Operating System Windows 8
    Item Weight 27.1 pounds
    Item Dimensions L x W x H 16.10 x 6.89 x 14.17 inches
    Color Black
    Processor Brand Intel
    Processor Count 1
    Hard Drive Rotational Speed 7200 RPM
    Optical Drive Type DVDRW

    Is this a good computer for $979?
    If not could u suggest computers that are pre built that would be good for me in the 700 to 1100 dollar range i would be open to suggestions

    Thanx for any info



    This is what I would do, building the PC isn't that hard, and this is what you could get for your same money (quite a bit more).

    Now, this is about as cheap as I could go for a full blown dedicated graphics workstation PC. This does not include Windows, if you need that, plan for another $100. If you need monitor/mouse/keyboard/etc. then you may need to shill out more money as well.

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1PGF3
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1PGF3/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1PGF3/benchmarks/

    CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($184.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($114.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: Patriot Viper 3 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($89.68 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Corsair Force Series GT 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($128.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Corsair Force Series GT 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($128.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: ATI FirePro V5800 1GB Video Card ($362.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: Gigabyte GZ-F5HEB ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: EVGA 600B 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Microcenter)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1207.54
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-16 21:02 EDT-0400)

    You could go to a cheaper workstation card there, and it would work; but the question is, are you doing this to make money professionally, or is this a hobby? If it's a hobby, you can drop down by about $200 to a lesser FirePro card. If you're doing this for money, I would really recommend going upscale to the V7900 for $600, as it's quite a bit more card for serious workstation usage...but you could start with this build and upgrade later.

    EDIT: The 2 SSD drives I put into the build will decrease your render times by close to 50-60%. You setup the regular HDD as your "storage" of sorts and only keep your files there, when you render, you read from one SSD and write to the other SSD and it will cut your render time dramatically.
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