I'm without a desktop computer right now, and I'm thinking of investing in a new one.
I'm looking to begin learning digital art, as I am planning on (hopefully) attending school specializing in digital work ranging from most aspects of 2-d to higher end 3-d work. Once in school there should be a computer lab with very high end computers, so this computer I'd want would be more for at home and personal use.
So, for the first time I'm looking at a computer as more than just a means to write essays and make graphs.
and I'm confused.
1. I'm looking to begin teaching myself the basics of photoshop and maya (possibly blender because it's free). I regularly use adobe flash for recreational animation purposes.
2. I may not need to use this computer much while in school since the school has the above mention, great computer labs.
3. I, like everyone else don't want to spend any unnecessary money.
Right now I'm looking into PC as it is easiest to upgrade, and after using Mac for awhile, I have grown weary of finding so few well establish programs that work for it.
I am planning on using this for personal use, so It may not need to be quite to professional status yet.
1. What are the basic components one should look for when building a computer specific for the digital art? What about to my specific above numbered criteria?
2. I found and read though this thread: http://conceptart.org/forums/showthr...video-computer . Much of this sounded like another language even after looking up several of the terms. Where can I look/ go to to get a greater understanding of computer terminology? Computer mechanics?
3. I would like to build the computer myself, as a sort of stepping stone, and also to again save money. What should I know ahead of time? Where can I find the best information?
Thank you for your time in reading this, and any help would be appreciated beyond compare!
And please, understand, though I love learning, and really want to learn more, right now I'm nearly computer illiterate, so please keep the technical speech simple, or at least provide a definition occasionally.