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pc build for 3d animation around $1000

i am an animation student looking to build a pc for 3d animation. i'll use softwares like maya, blender, mudbox and also a lot of photoshop and illustrator. i was looking at amd 6300 and maybe nvidia gtx 660 for the graphics card. i have no idea about processor technicalities but intel processors seem to have less cores for the same price of amd, would that be an issue for my work if i choose intel over amd. i have no intentions of playing too much games. although i might need to run the pc for a day or more continuously and i've heard that intel processors don't heat up as much and use less power, but i don't want to compromise on performance for that (because of the less core thing). also would buying a smaller ssd drive along with the hdd effect performance by a lot? and do i really need rams with heatsink, how effective are they? please excuse me if my questions seem silly, i have almost no idea about computers and this is the first time i'm attempting this.
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  1. Intel have less cores, yes, but use hyper threading. A i7 would do nice for your system.
  2. You don't need ram with heatsinks as they do absolutely nothing. And no, ssd and a hdd don't do anything to compromise performance unless you try to raid them, but seeing we how you are just modeling, you won't need a ssd.
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    mr banana,

    For this kind of work and on this kind of budget there are two directions to go; one- a system of the best possible performance for the price and two, a system that is serious about image quality, a workstation. Of the two, my vote is to the quality quality- anti-aliasing, precision (accurate shadows reflections, particles, color matching). AMD is better value for perforamnce, but I think of Intel as more sympathetic to the applications you mention. Both Autodesk and Adobe software is Intel and CUDA oriented.

    Here are a couple of system ideas, one for each type>


    BambiBoom PixelPusher GrapharificcadorendaBlaze iWorkPlay 8000 £®©™?^(SM)©__REV 2.17.14

    1. AMD FX-8350 Vishera 4.0GHz (4.2GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor > $200

    2. Cooler Master Hyper 101i - CPU Cooler with Dual Direct Contact Heatpipes - AMD Version > $15

    3. GIGABYTE GA-970A-DS3P AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard > $85

    4. 8GB Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3B1K2/8GX > $57 (If budget permits, make this 16GB)

    5. GIGABYTE GV-N760OC-4GD REV2.0 GeForce GTX 760 4GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP > $290

    6. WD Blue 1 TB Desktop Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, 7200 RPM, SATA 6 Gb/s, 64 MB Cache - WD10EZEX > $65

    7. CORSAIR CXM series CX500M 500W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply> $60

    8. SAMSUNG DVD Burner 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM SATA Model SH-224DB/BEBE - OEM > $20

    9. Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case > $55

    10. Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro - 64-bit - OEM > $140

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    TOTAL = $962.


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    1. Intel Intel Xeon E3-1230V3 Haswell 3.3 / 3.7GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1150 80W Quad-Core Server Processor BX80646E31230V3 > $250

    2. ASRock H87WS-DL ATX Server Motherboard LGA 1150 Intel H87 DDR3 1600/1333 > $130

    3. 8GB RAM > (2) Kingston 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) ECC Registered Server Memory Model KVR16R11S8/4 > $94 ($47 ea)

    4. AMD 100-505649(100-505844) FirePro V4900 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 Workstation Video Card > $155

    5. Western Digital Blue WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive, Blue > $65

    6. CORSAIR CXM series CX500M 500W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply > $60

    7. SAMSUNG DVD Burner 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM SATA Model SH-224DB/BEBE - OEM > $20

    8. Corsair Carbide Series 200R Black Steel / Plastic compact ATX Mid Tower Case > $60

    9. Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro - 64-bit - OEM > $140

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    Total = $974.

    This one uses the Firepro V4900- which I tried for a couple of months and worked very well in AutoCad Building Design Suite, Adobe CS, and Sketchup. The problem in the Intel system is that the $1,000 budget really rules out a good Quadro- CUDA- graphics card. With 3D modeling, animations, and film editing, I always like to have a 256-bit or greater graphics card.

    By the way, I'm using an SSD for the first time in my recent HP z420 system and except for a somewhat faster startup, I don't really see it as a significant advantage.

    Cheers,

    BambiBoom

    HP z420 (2014) > Xeon E5-1620 quad core @ 3.6 / 3.8GHz > 24GB ECC 1600 RAM > Quadro 4000 (2GB)> Samsung 840 SSD 250GB /Western Digital Black WD1003FZEX 1TB> M-Audio 192 sound card > AE3000 USB WiFi > HP 2711X, 27" 1920 X 1080 > Windows 7 Ultimate 64 >[Passmark system rating = 3923, 2D= 839 / 3D=2048]

    Dell Precision T5400 (2008) > 2X Xeon X5460 quad core @3.16GHz > 16GB ECC 667> Quadro FX 4800 (1.5GB) > WD RE4 500GB / Seagate Barracuda 500GB > M-Audio 2496 Sound Card / Linksys 600N WiFi > Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit >[Passmark system rating = 1859, 2D= 512 / 3D=1097]

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