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)
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?
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Your GPU is very outdated, go for a HD 7970 or higher.
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