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Looking to build a responsive PC for motion graphics and animation

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September 20, 2012 4:48:45 PM

Hello,

I'm looking to put together a new PC mainly for use with running multiple programs like After Effects, Photoshop, Zbrush, Maya and things of that nature. I'm not a huge gamer, but I'm pretty sure the requirements are similar to be able to run these progs efficiently (lots of clock + ram, and good GPU).

I'm really looking for some hardware suggestions in terms of motherboard, cpu, and ram. No allegiance to Intel or AMD, just looking for real-world performance for a decent value.

Any suggestions?
September 20, 2012 5:20:34 PM

Well, in my opinion, you're going to be doing plenty of rendering, so this already means you're gonna want to go intel! :)  Also, you're gonna need plenty of RAM for programs like that, at least 8 GB but if you can I'd say go with 12/16GB because Adobe programs eat up any memory they can get! You really don't need a GPU because all those programs can run off my intel onboard graphics on my laptop? But if you really are looking for a decent, cheap GPU I'd say the AMD 7770 Ghz Edition, seems to run Crysis 2 and Battlefield 3 at over 30FPS consistently, and the best part is its just over €140 here in Ireland! If you're looking for a motherboard I'd say go with ASUS P8H67-M PRO, frankly because I'm an ASUS fanboy and this comes with support for onboard graphics if you decide not to go with a GPU, because you really don't need it if you don't plan on gaming!

Anyway,
CPU - Intel Core i5 2500k
RAM - 12/16 GB 1600mhz
GPU - AMD 7770 Ghz Edition
MOBO - P8H67-M PRO

Hope I helped! :) 
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