If the board can handle it, you'd do well to make it 64GB of memory, especially for After Effects with all those cores.
Take note that the Kepler cards currently can't do ray-tracing in After Effects. It likely will at some point, but who knows when.
Second Jim's remark about memory, but add that the 2640 is too slow IMO, better get a i5-2690 with the higher clock speed. For some other ideas about a new system, look here: http://ppbm6.com/Planning.html . Why two Crucial SSD's instead of more conventional disks?
Any reason you mention the i5-2690 over something like this:
Intel Core i7-3930K Sandy Bridge-E 3.2GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 2011 130W Six-Core Desktop Processor BX80619i73930K
I'm still fighting this battle with speed vs cores. To jump to a reasonable speed on the xeons such as the e5-2690 it gets to like $2k per processor, well above my budget.
I'm still getting tons of conflicting information from people more experienced then me, re: speed vs cores.
Harm, the idea with the SSD's was 1. for OS and progs and 2. for app and system cache/paging files, then the other 3 mechanical drives; 1. media 2. project files and 3. export.
I've also spec'd out an i7 system, which is about a thousand dollars less, I could easily put this into another render node or other office computer we could use. Below are the specs. Can anyone comment on proposed performance differences I might expect to see vs the above system?
MB: ASUS Rampage IV Extreme LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard
CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K Sandy Bridge-E 3.2GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 2011 130W Six-Core
RAM: G.SKILL Ares Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
Video Card: EVGA SuperClocked+ 02G-P4-2684-KR GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16
HD: (x2)Crucial M4 CT256M4SSD2CCA 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) with Transfer Kit
(x3)Seagate Barracuda XT ST32000641AS 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5"
PSU: CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX850 850W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified
Case: NZXT Switch 810 - CA-SW810-B1 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0
Total Price: 3309.89