Hrmm. where to start. So I have a computer that I'm interested in building mostly out of necessity for school. There are some personal interests involved behind this also but the focus is mostly on 2D and 3D rendering.
I have a good card for that, at least I think I do anyway, more so on the CAD/CAM side of things but from what I have stumbled across so far also suffices for 2D renders.
Software I would be using would be things like Photoshop, The Gimp; mostly anything that has do deal with any two-dimensional rendering -- Drawings, Photos Ect.
The 3D aspect would be programs like 3DStudioMAX, Maya, Dreamweaver, Blender so on so forth and other things like Solidworks for the CAD/CAM. Pretty open on the direction i'm going but the focus IS 2D renders--to a later heavy branch off into 3D renders.
Right Now I have:
*ATI Firepro V8700
...I got it for a steal so that leaves a bit more room on my budget thank god.