I've been animating for a small production company using the same hardware setup for a couple of years now, and fortunately, my bosses have recently decided it's time to get me an upgrade!
We work in an almost exclusively Mac-based office, and despite what I've read about people moving away from Mac in favour of PC setups lately, I'm still pretty dead set on getting a Mac, just for office workflow purposes.
Here's what I'm currently running:
Mac Pro (Mid 2012)
3.2 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon
32 GB 1066 MHz DDR3
ATI Radeon HD 5770 1024 MB
It's been a pretty reliable workstation, but nowadays I'm experiencing a bit of slowdown, especially when it comes to opening Adobe programs (After Effects and Media Encoder specifically, although even Illustrator has been suffering from a bit of slowdown lately.)
The 2019 Mac Pro is a little out of budget for us, and from reading a few forums, it seems as though the late 2013 Mac Pro is pretty terribly optimised for Adobe programs, so here's what I'm thinking of getting: