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My sister is a second year uni student doing (amongst other things) 3D animation. She's currently on semester break which ends on July 13, and her adventure into 3D wonderness starts next semester. She needs a new computer that handle the kinds of stuff she's going to do before then. Though she can use computers well enough, she's certainly not technical, hence me helping her with this. Problem is, I've never really looked into the design side of computing and I don't know what kinds of hardware requirements she needs. So I'm/we're looking for advice as to how to pursue this. The programs that I know she's going to use for sure are Maya and Adobe CS3. I think there will be more, but I'm not sure. She has 3000-4000 NZD to spend on this computer. For a reference into what the market in NZ is like, check out these links: Retail store Retail store 2 Small computer store I know better than to go to money-milking retail stores; the best ones to go to are the small computer ones. But ask anyone in the know over here, and they'll point you to PriceSpy.co.nz, the site for finding and comparing the best prices for hardware in New Zealand across many, many stores. Ive found computers 5x more powerful on PriceSpy's listed stores for the same price than the pathetic stuff you get at the big chain stores. So the main question is: What kind of computer is she going to need? (Cpu, ram, graphics, monitor, etc)