I've been trying to make pretty much exactly this crystal: http://wallpapersus.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/abstract-crystal-digital-art-3d.jpg
Now, the only thing I've used is Photoshop CS5, and it doesn't seem to be quite capable for that sort of work. I'm by no means a 3D artist either.
Still, I'm willing to pick up some 3D software to achieve this. What are the bare basics I require to render this sort of image? What software should I be using, if my main and only interest is on rendering something like that?
I've made simple models before, but never something with this sort of crystalline effect.