Currently I'm looking to make a new build and keep it under a budget of a $1000. My goal was to build a pc that can easily render things out quickly in 3ds max or After Effects since I do alot of special effects and editing shots when I make movies. I use also use Boujou and Realflow for tracking and liquid shots, and the Rayfire plugin split objects and use Physx to give destruction a more real feel, and Fumefx to create smoke. So as you can see, I have alot in my toolbelt, but I was wonder if the list below was enough so I wouldn't have a problem with speed, or stuttering.
Show I switch to a SDD or keep the regular harddrive, will it really make a difference?
Is their a smaller case I can pick, since when picking out parts, their would seem to be obtrusion with the front usb ports?
Look up the software you want to use. Some is only accelerated by Nvidia CUDA processing, some works with only ATI and OpenCL, some works with both. Hardware acceleration with video cards can come in handy for effects and rendering.