Does that mean RAM is more important than processor speed?
That is a great start.
I've recently ordered a Workstation for #d animation etc, I'm a G.D also, Well #D rendering is a Cpu very intensive task,and the i7 2600 is well suited for that, on the other hand ram also is very important and the more you got the better it is However the i7 2600 1155 architecture does not allow triple channel memory configuration compared to the earlier i7 1366 architecture, which is way better than the dual channel for our purpose, not gaming!
But at the end i7 2600 is the way to go....
I would also suggest to go for a fire pro or a quattro card, GTX 5xx series are consumer gaming cards, not suitable for Design purpose( either you'll be photoshopping,Animating 3D or Mounting videos on premiere pro or whatever), professional cards perform way better than consumer cards @ lower frame rates......And that's all you'll need! And that's what I've done!
Also if you want to improve your CPU rates get the i7 2600k, it's the unlocked version, and a Z68!