Mixed Bad, help needed

Fantomasas

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Hi everyone,
I am going to need a new PC soon. I will tell about my future PC:

I am going to work with Animation, 3D Modeling, Rendering, Painting (PS, Maya, Zbrush, most likely other things)... This is sort of the main purpose of the PC.
I do not need the computer ASAP, but I would like to think that winter is the time when I really need it. I am also a bit of the gamer (I also have a PS3), so the second purpose of the PC is gaming.
I will most likely use one display (I have old laptop for reference and stuff, so it will serve as a crippled secondary display in case I need it).

End of the story

Questions:

Which line of GPU should I choose?
I think I can get FirePro V5800 for like 130 British Pounds. It should tare gaming grade cards when I work, but will most likely suck at games.
If I choose gaming card (Like 560Ti or 6950), will I be able to work with non-complex animations (Like one character rigging and so on). Would I have any slowdowns (Processor discussion later) while I work? 560Ti is like 180 Pounds, 6950 is similar. I will choose at least decent GPU maker, like Asus.
I will most likely overlock GPU, will overlocking improve GPU performance in animation, modelling?
Is it worth to wait for 7XXX series? They should be coming this year.
Does CUDA technology benefit for Digital Content Creation?

Yes, the processor. I think I should wait for Bulldozers to arrive. Anyway, I am aiming for i5 2500k (Will Overclock to like 4.2-4.4Ghz) power.
Would Hyper threading (i7) highly benefit for my purposes? I will not render much or heavily.
Overclocked processor will require additional cooler, right?

These are my main concerns now, thank you for your help.
 

hillmanant

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Ok to start if your aiming mainly at video rendering lets start at the motherboard because thats where the action starts, I would sugest the new ASUS Boards like this one ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16813131701 )a monster RAM because rendering relies heavily on RAM I would look at a 16Gb RAM 4x4 like this one ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231315 ), GPU I would go with a AMD Radeon HD 6870, why? Because Radeon is simply the best IMO since the last best which they built too. Also the AMD will slay at gaming. Your also going to look at a bigger PSU since you will want some head room to expand in the future like 2 GPU's perhaps? Processor i would look at a Core I7 like this one ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115070 ) which you can overclock to like 4.7 GHz with an aftermarket cooler. Just my 2cents do with it what you will.
 

Fantomasas

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What is the key requirement for motherboard?
Is there AMD type socket of version of this motherboard?

I will wait for Bulldozers, at least to see what kind of benchmarks they can get.