I am in the animation / entertainment industry and need some help- I have never built a machine before. I don;t have a computer right now, I will be buying everything new and building from scratch:
Budget & Location: $7,000 USD (although it would be great to not reach my budget :)), / Los Angeles
Aim: I won't be gaming on this machine, but will be using this for work, so it will roughly breakdown to mostly Photoshop and Maya modeling / animation, with occasional rendering and sound editing / compositing / video editing. Here is a rough estimate of use breakdown:
After Effects: %2.5
Monitors: I have one Wacom Cintiiq 27HD monitor that I use with a Wacom pen. I also have a 4K monitor to be used in addition to the Cintiq.
Peripherals I plan on using the below peripherals, and have already purchased them:
Epson V600 scanner
Epson P600 printer
Fujitsu Scan Snap scanner
27”HD Wacom Cintiq
Secondary Dell 3216Q 4K Monitor
TP Link Archer T9E wifi card
Corded mouse / keyboard
I plan on running Windows 10 (not purchased yet)
Why are you upgrading? I currently only have a laptop, and have been saving up for a long time to build the right system so I can work form home.
Ideally, it would be nice to have the option to plug in my headphones on the top of the monitor. It would also be cool to have a side window.
I would like a fast system, and have heard great things about M.2, unless you guys have any other suggestions. I was thinking I would have 4 HDs:
M.2 250GB for OS
M.2 500GB for software
M.2 250GB for Photoshop scratch disk
2 to 4 TB spinning drive for data
I am not sure if this HD setup is best / recommended, or even possible, just my initial thoughts after watching a ton of Linus's videos.
I would like to buy and build soon, I dont have a heard deadline. I am open to any and all suggestions. Thank you in advance, I appreciate your time, experience, and help.