Setup for future animators

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My son who is now in the 9th grade is looking to get into animation (games) and we’re looking to set him up with his first laptop geared towards that type of use. I was hoping to get some advise on what hardware and software would be good to get him started. We’re trying to limit the expense to less than $1000 just in case he ends up wanting to be a dive instructor. And of course i welcome any advice on the matter, not just the build.
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  • Subhendu Sen
    As your son asked for animation/ graphic design related laptop. It is better to for a standard laptop but not so high configurations, while he is a beginner. During his learning phase, it might possible that, the laptop may be damaged for his different types of experiments which are all related his jobs & he is not an expert. While your budget is less than $1000, there are several laptops which can suit for him. You can take a look on Acer Predator Helios, MSI GT75, Lenovo 330 or HP Zbbok 15u G4 & many more.
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  • Subhendu Sen

    Moreover, game development is a computer & mathematics-heavy field that spans the entirety of the many aspects involved in creating a game. This includes everything from conception/ storyline to graphic design & programming.

    Actually there is no such global course related to gaming development/ animation. It is better you may contact good educational institutes for course etc.

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  • TheRealRaven
    It almost certainly doesn't matter. By the time it makes a difference in whatever your son's career becomes, he'll want (or need) a newer laptop.

    At this stage, a MacBook with animation software seems appropriate. Choice of software should start with your son's opinion.
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  • ToddN2000
    I would recommend a computer with an i7 processor, 16g ram and a good video card with 4-8 gig dedicated video memory.  As for the software one of the popular and widely used is 3DS (3d studio max by Autodesk) it is pricey. You pay a yearly rate and get unlimited software updates as you pay. Here is the link 3ds Max. there are others free modeling software programs that will teach him all the basic concepts and have good user group support and tons of YouTube video on how to do just about anything. Some of the free  ones are Blender and Maya. I play around with Blender myself. 
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