Looking to build a rendering computer....help!

I am trying to get detailing and rendering business started. I have a laptop that runs CAD relatively well, but I would really like a good rendering computer. I've never built a computer completely from the ground-up... and I'm not familiar with all of the technical lingo. However, I would like to give it a try. I'm looking to save as much money as possible...obviously. So can anyone point me in the right direction as to which components would be more suitable for running 3D CAD and MAX? I'm looking to stay around $1000 if possible. I have an ASUS K52J laptop with an Intel Core i7 - 1.73ghz, Radeon HD 6370M (1GB), and 4GB or RAM. I would like to have something that would perform better. Any input would be greatly appreciated.

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  1. This is a bit better plus an i7...

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/D0Bl
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/D0Bl/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/D0Bl/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($289.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($297.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $972.87
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-12 02:14 EST-0500)
  2. Thanks everyone for the info. I'm going to start looking at this a little more in depth now. This helps me get a better idea of what I'm looking for...plus what's in my price range.
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