Not even sure if this is the right place, but let’s give it a try :
I’m FINALLY getting the chance to build my own animation workstation (very excited!)! Will it be the greatest? No, but it’s gonna be my new baby (hush :p). Anyway, my budget is between $700-800, and I’d really like to include an Nvidia Quadro card as it seems to be the best series for intensive 3d work. I understand the graphics card isn’t as important in Blender/Maya terms as CPU speed and RAM, but I do also game and love movies. With that said, I’m not really sure which card(s) would be best for my budget. I could only spend $150-200 on it, so obviously the high-end ones are out, but which of the lower end ones would still work well?*
Below is my potential configuration:
CPU: Intel i5-2500k processor
RAM: 8gb RAM (4x2) 1600 MHz DDR3
HDD: 500gb Seagate, 6gb/s, 16 MB cache (7200RPM SATA)
Motherboard: Asus (not sure which yet, approx. $150)
Other: case, power supply, optical drive
*While I would like to stay in the Quadro series, I’m open to different suggestions, as it may very well be overkill.
Thanks for any and all help!