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Best configuration for 3d animation/modeling. 2,500 dollar max.

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January 4, 2012 11:19:34 PM

Hello I'm wondering if I'm going to buy a new pc. Because the old one are stopping me from making awesome animation films. I'm using Maya 2011, mudbox, After effects, Premiere, and Photoshop. what is the most ultimate configuration for this use ?
January 5, 2012 12:15:04 AM

It's a lot of personal preference but I think what you're looking at is either an i7-based workstation build or a build based around the i7-3930K (SB-E).

Without display / keyboard / mouse - it'd probably look something like this:

Case: NZXT Phantom White - $99.99
PSU: Corsair AX850 - $189.99
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5 - $329.99
CPU: 3.20 GHz Intel Core i7-3930K - $599.99
Cooler: Corsair H80 - $93.99
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 - $129.99
SSD: 128GB Crucial M4 - $199.99
HD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB - $149.99
Optical: Lite On DVD Burner - $19.99
Video Card: ATI Fire Pro V5900 - $429.99
OS: Windows 7 Pro - $139.99

Total: $2443.58
January 5, 2012 10:00:30 AM

Thank you :)  I have to have a laptop though. Will be traveling a lot after a few years, but now i know what to look for.
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