sunnybwana I do 3D animation with 3D studio max and maya and i have a similar rig to what you want to build.
(Antec1200 , 850watt corsair Hx , Asus M4A78-E , Phenom II 1055T@ 3ghz ,8 Gigs Kingston DDR 2 KVR 800Mhz , Evga 9800GTX+, Pioneer DVD 110A , Pioneer DVD 216D , Seagate 320 gig for os and desktop, 500 Gig WD black for photoshop scratch disk and renders , 2x TB WD blacks for music and movies.
SB Audigiy. Its a great setup for what I do and I would say go for the extra ram , my OS never has to cache onto my HDs because of the extra ram (only occasionally in maya ) and the 1055T was a step up from the 945 that i previously had. I would defiantly get a better video card though anywhere in the range from a 5670 to a 5770, not only do they take less power and are faster then the 9800GTX+ (well the 5770 is ) but they offer eyefinity and for the type of work that you do that is something that mite interest you down the line. 1 more thing the Heat Sink/ Fan combo that comes with the 1055T is garbage , i didn't install it but one of my coworkers did and he said his machine is really noisy because of it , I installed this
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683... and i get temps at 31 on idle and 37-40 on full load if your looking for a good cooler go here . http://www.frostytech.com/, they have tons of reviews for all the current sockets , what was cool about my cooler is i didn't have to take out my mobo from my case it came with attachments that supported the AMD heat sink retention frame. The only draw back is its really big. Hope this helps
My link on newegg.ca didn't work here is the frostytech link to the cooler , when i got it , it was #9 on there top 10 list for best AMD coolers , it has since been bumped off the list but i think its still on there Top 10 for being one of the quietest.
Alright, thanks to all for your help with the recommendations. I am soon going to post the system that I think will be final....
Q: I am also looking to get a decent wireless -n router for <$100. I was thinking of getting the DIR-655 from NewEgg. What do you guys think? I hope I am able to use this with my LCD TV to be able to connect wirelessly.