What's the most suitable but affordable hardware for Blender? I am planning on purchasing new pc either prebuilt or build it myself but I am open for suggestions. Now budget is preferably under $1000 but I can go over a bit towards the $1200 range.
Now my preferred specs are the following if I were to build it myself:
Fast processor, so i7 3770k 3.5ghz - 3.9ghz is what I have in mind. I heard AMD's are cheaper but I don't know how they compare to Intel so please help me on that if you're an AMD user.
Hard drive: I am okay with at least 2tb space and speed of 5400 rpm but preferably 7200 rpm. The other is probably gonna be SSD or SSD hybrid which I'm going to need at least the 150gb range.
RAM: I prefer at least 16 gb of ram but I never used the 1600mhz sticks before and currently am fine with the 1300mhz if they are cheaper.
GPU: I personally like the speed offered with Blender Cycles when using GPU. My Y580 laptop's Nvidia GTX 660m 2gb is pretty good. I would prefer Nvidia but do I really need the high ends like GTX? Would the GT series work just fine as long as Cuda is supported for Cycles? Please enlighten me. I'll probably get the GTX 680 if it's on sale but otherwise I'm open for cheap but powerful alternatives that supports gpu rendering in cycles. I'm not really a big fan of ATI or quadros at the moment as it is not supported by Blender Cycles.
I would definitely need a couple usb 3.0 support too.
I need help with deciding which motherboard, fans, power, case, and cooling unit to get.
I model, sculpt, and animate in Blender and sometimes use the video editor and compositor. I also will be using the Adobe CS6 suite for both design and video + Flash.
So, any suggestions and recommendations?