It will be strickly a workstation for progams like 3ds Max 2010, there will be NO gaming at all. My budget is somewhere around 2000 USD. I'm assuming an i7-920 or 930 would be a good cpu. What would be a good motherboard for this application, considering the video card?
No cooling, case or DVD etc. If the Video card was not included in your budget then you have lots of room to play.
Alternatively you could go with the Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive ($99 each) and make use of the two 6GB/s SATA ports. Or do both.