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  1. Building a new computer

    I'm thinking about building a computer for 2D artwork and animation with some 3D hobby work.

    I mostly use the Adobe Production Premium CS5.5 Suite and I use 3DSMax 2012 and Sculptris for school work. I'm also hoping to use more software like Toonboom and Zbrush in the future.

    I've never build a computer before, so I haven't the slightest clue where to start.

    Some specs that I have on my current computer:

    -Windows Vista 64 bit OS

    -Intel Premium Duel CPU E2220 @2.40 GHz 2.40 GHz

    -500GB Hard Drive

    -5 GB of RAM

    Let me know if I'm missing anything.

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  3. #2
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    Sep 2012
    biggest question what is your budget

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  4. Nothing over $800, but if it's for a good reason I'll bend a little.

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  5. #4
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    Sep 2007
    Hey there.

    Personally the best way i found to get a proper feedback for hardware stuff is to make a post on forums like CHIP

    The only thing i can suggest by myself is to change Vista up to 7

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  6. #5
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    Jun 2006
    Torrance, CA
    5 GB ram? That's a very strange number.

    Are you in the US?

    You can probably do well with an icore 5 and I know Newegg will sell combo kits for a pretty good price

    RAM is pretty cheap, you can get 8gb for 40 bucks on average.

    I'm not the biggest fan of Rosewill or MSI but that's a pretty acceptable build for under $500.

    You can get a better graphics card later, but I still recommend nVIDA over ATI because ATI has really poor support with OPENGL apps.

    The ivy bridge/sandy bridge processors have intel graphics on them already.

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