So my current rig is getting on in age and has already had it's video card go out so I am in the market to put together a new one. I don't really keep up with the hardware trends and I have had bad luck when timing my purchases. Back when I bought my first computer with my own money, literally 3 weeks later the stores were flooded with shiny new multicores and I was stuck with a single core.
So what I am looking for:
-Price range: $1500-$1800
-A GPU that'll be able to run the latest DirectX/OpenGL APIs for a decent amount of time.
-I am starting to study 3D animation so I would like something that will work well with 3DSmax/Maya.
-Something with good Linux compatibility. I'll probably be running Xubuntu.
So any recommendations for parts? Is now a good time to buy? Anything I want to avoid?