3D Modelling /3Ds Max/Maya/zBrush build - 2300$

So I am going for a Uni Course of Art of Games Design this September and my 4 year-old HP laptop won't be sufficient for rendering and 3D work, so I am looking for someone to help me with the specs I can and should get with the budget I have.

Requirements: It's a PC to work well with 3DS Max, Maya,zBrush, which is the more graphics and CPU demanding programs I will work with. It would be good if it worked with Blender and with Adobe creative suite quite well as well, but then again the first 3 programs I mentioned are the most important ones.

Budget - 1500£ (2300 dolars)

Location: UK

Overall Idea for the Workstation:

CPU - Intel Core i7 3770k (Open for suggestions)
Motherboard - Open for suggestions
Memory - Corsair 16 GB (Open for suggestions)
Video Card - I found AMD FirePro V5900, but open for suggestions
Case - Don't want anything that much expensive, just one that fits everything in.
Boot Drive - Open for suggestions
Optical Drive - Just a DVD recorder, nothing fancy
PSU - Open for suggestions
Cooler - Open for suggestions
OS - Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit (The company I contacted to build my pc said I should go with Windows 7 pro, is it necessary?)

Finally , the company said I should get a solid state hard drive instead of a normal hard drive because it's faster. Is this true?

If you can help me here I am much appreciated
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  1. SSD is definitely faster than a HDD, but you won't benefit from that in your type of work, unless you decide to go full SSD. They are extremely expensive.
    You forgot the HDD, you will need a decent hard drive for saving and rendering, I recommend at least 2 WD Cavair 1TB Drives. You can get a 60GB SSD as a boot drive ie. only for OS, meaning insane boot times(seconds) and quick response time.
    Increase the RAM to 32GB due to your budget meaning high, 32GB will benefit you a lot.
    CPU, GPU AND RAM are the most important in your build.
    Your GPU is very outdated, go for a HD 7970 or higher.
  2. I figured I'd jump into this and here's what I would propose for you
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor (£443.27 @ Scan.co.uk)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler (£90.96 @ Dabs)
    Motherboard: ASRock X79 Extreme4 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard (£149.78 @ Amazon UK)
    Memory: GeIL EVO Veloce Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory
    Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£106.79 @ Aria PC)
    Storage: Western Digital WD SE 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£108.47 @ CCL Computers)
    Video Card: ATI FirePro V5800 1GB Video Card (£299.50 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Case: BitFenix Shinobi ATX Mid Tower Case (£49.90 @ Amazon UK)
    Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£100.64 @ Amazon UK)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer (£14.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£103.19 @ Aria PC)
    Total: £1467.49
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-20 05:40 BST+0100)

    This is a high end build with a certified (by Autodesk) graphics card - the 7970 is not certified for Maya
    Windows 7 professional is used to support 32 GB of ram which is a quad channel kit to take advantage of the motherboard's quad channel feature
    I think it'd do nicely
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