For After Effects it almost doesn’t matter if you use $100card or $1000 card… The similar story is for 3dsmax.. As it speeds only viewport
Medium range “gamer” cards are actually faster then those cheaper quadro (check the tests on the internet).
At this moment: GTX 760 is most bang for the bucks with the best price/speed ratio.
It looks great really, but I dont think it can shut down Facebook EMPIRE
Yup! Those are some very nice chars. and unfortunately they are totally under-priced. If I were you, I would turn to freelancing (illustrating for real clients) because those characters surely are worth much more than 4-7$
Very bad .. Hard disks are relatively cheap now so best practice is to Backup to external drive or even just have a copy on two separate internal hards. Dropbox and Google Drive are also good options if you have fast internet.