I'm putting together a new system for home use (gaming) as well as to use for heavy 3D modeling/rendering work, specifically Autodesk Maya ans ZBrush software suites (in addition to Adobe PS CS5).
I have somewhere between $1200-1500 for the build, with a preference for budget constraints assuming it doesnt significantly detract from performance.
Approximate Purchase Date: March or April 2011.
Budget Range: $1200-1500
System Usage from Most to Least Important: 3D Modelling/Rendering, Graphic Design, Gaming, Browsing
Parts Not Required: None, but focusing more on internal hardware currently since I can deal with using my Logitech MX Revolution for a little while.
Preferred Website(s) for parts: newegg.com
Country of Origin: Boston, MA
Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, Asus mobo, Nvidia GPU
Overclocking: Doubt it!
SLI or XFire: Not at this time.
Monitor Resolution: 1600x1050 minimum
Additional Comments: I've been eyeing the Intel i5-2500k and the GeForce GTX 560 Ti as likely candidates, and have had good luck with Asus boards in the past. Also highly considering an Antec case but haven't looked into it as of yet.
I haven't heard of Bulldozer before; I went to do a bit of digging, and as interesting as it looks I'm not sure jumping on a brand new tech right out of the gate is the best plan. Despite the small recall issue, Intel CPUs seem to be pretty rock solid. Call it a bit of fan bias too; I've had my fair share of annoyances with AMD chips.
Solid advice on the monitor. I don't know enough to pin down a mobo; I know this depends a lot on CPU, but any particular suggestions?