Hey guys! just wanted to pop in here with a couple questions and to say thanks for maintaining such a great sight with very talented people participating on it. Hopefully within the next few months or so I'll get the time to put up some of my work - I'm looking forward to it.
Anyway, I have very little hands-on digital applcation knowledge, but within the next few months or so I'm looking to get very involved in it - applying it to my current abilities as a painter, sculpter and illustrator.
I've been doing a little bit of research, but I'm having a hard time figuring out what kind of computer to get and what it would need to run certain programs such as photoshop cs4, illustrator, painter and perhaps a couple modeling programs such as 3ds max and lightwave (I'm only familiar with these by popular recommendation. I'm open to other suggestions). Now I know how i work and ultimately I'd like to be able to get a system that would easily run two or more of these programs at once and of course I'd like to be able to have other applications open and active at the same time. I've already looked up the system requirments for some of these amd I have a basic idea here, but I would like to know what other people have and/or recommend.
Basically, I'm looking for a system that would allow me to multi-task for long periods of time witout any lag, the system burning out in 3-4 months or crashing all-together.
Having all that in mind, I'm aware that Alienware is known for those attributes, but I simply don't have the thousands of dollars to buy that name brand. I'm looking for other less flashy and over priced options.
And while I'm asking for advice, what are some good programs to start with to ease my way into the cg art world?