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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.
biggest question what is your budget
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.