I am looking to build a new system for around $2500 that will do three things: allow me to play games at reasonably high settings, rip through effects heavy AE projects, and render C4D projects reasonably well.
is this a good start?
My main questions are around optimal hard drive configuration for After Effects--any pointers there would be really appreciated.
I also plan on adding some sort of I/O device to feed a video signal to my TV from After Effects in order to monitor my comps.
Everything looks great, besides the RAM, 32gb is not necessary, trust me, i also use C4D, After Effects, Zbrush, etc. You shouldn't need more than 16GB. As far as the Hard Drive i would highly recommend an SSD, fast transfer speeds, game loading times, searching files is quick, and very fast OS startup times. BTW, you will not be running games at reasonably high settings with those specs, you'll be running on MAXED OUT, even on Crysis 2 lol. I also have the same Ivy Bridge and I'm very happy with it. But don't use the stock cooling, get the Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO, it's amazing. (: