That's oversimplifying things a bit. I would go for something like this build which is well suited for applications that scale well to many processor cores for most tasks (like Houdini) and provides big bang for the buck in terms of rendering performance. 1x 2x 1x 1x 8x That would get you 128GB of memory, 20 processor cores at 2.2GHz (turbo of 3.1GHz), 512GB SSD, and a GTX 970 GPU which you could swap out for whatever in the build if you want more GPU bang. It comes to around $3,300 but might be a little more outside of the United States. If you plan to use Windows add another $200 or so for the license.
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