I am trying to do my research on what to buy for doing 3d modeling/animation work. I want it to be something that is capable of doing semi-pro work, so it has to be able to do hi-res renders and weeks long of 24/7 rendering animations. Software I'd be using would be, Maya, 3ds max, V-ray, corell painter, photoshop. I honestly have no idea what I need to get processor, memory, video card, ect. Does anyone have experience with using these programs and what a good setup would be? Maybe give two one, a average cost (something that does the job...for a good amount of years), and a higher end cost? (something that will last longer)
A couple other questions;
I know every year things are upgraded and the best of a few months ago is no longer the top of its class, but is there something i can buy that would maybe last me fourish years of using this stuff?
Is it better to buy a custom built computer or one from say dell or apple?