whats a good system to run maya in

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  1. shinigami24

    shinigami24 New Member

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    hey guys i wanna build or buy a new system soon, i'm gonna be running Maya on it, would like to have 2 monitors, what specs would you guys suggest anyone else in here running maya?
     
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    one word: hyperthreading.

    btw: I've run maya succefully on my p4 2.26Ghz w/ 21" moniter.

    I'de suggest at least a 64mb video card
    AT LEAST 512mb ddr ram because maya is a memory hog
    2.0ghz or greater processor
    most sony CRT moniters are cheap and work great in my opinion :)
     
  3. MartinBrice

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    I'm running Maya semi-perfectly on an Athlon 2400. You NEED a card comparable to the radeon 9700 - spend 400$ at least on the graphics card it will make or break your experience.

    My cousin has a better computer but a worse graphics card and Maya runs slow as lava.
     
  4. MartinBrice

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    If you want the System of the century for maya I'd suggest at least a dual processor system. This will allow you to work while you render.... and those render times no matter how fast your computer runs will be slow.
     
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    Athlon FX-51 :) Mmmmmm... 2.2ghz, dual memory controlers, 128bit memory path, 1600mhz hypertransport links.. yummm.....
     
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    As nice as the 64bit AMDs are, Maya has heavy SSE2 Optimizations so I'd personally say a dual Xeon (as fast as possible of course) is still the best bet. Other apps like lightwave are so heavily optimized that a singe P4 @ 2GHz can render faster than my dual AMD 2600+.

    That said, Xeons are pricey enough that I could have more than one dual AMD for the price, or an opteron system (similar price) and have 64-bit, more potent memory architecture etc. available too.

    Forget a gaming graphics card...on a budget I recommend what I do: Radeon 9500 (or 9700 or whatever depending on how tight the budget is) soft-modded to a fireGL X1. (Rivatuner does the mod, I run Dell OEM FireGL X1 drivers) Its free, easy, doesn't void your warranty as the hard-mod does. Performance in apps that use the advanced OGL features increases several hundred percent in some cases.

    As much RAM as you can afford, buy. I do 95% 2D design and I burn up my 1GB in no time. 3D is way more intensive...2-4 is the ideal spot right now I'd say but it all depends on your budget and how much you plan to do.

    Likewise with disks...I run a 15,000 rpm scsi as my main disk and WD 8MB Buffer drives for storage....if you run out of physical ram a 15K drive will handle the virtual memory (swap/page) fast enough that you can usually work still...I've chewed up almost 4GB of page on top of my 1GB physical and still had a workable (albiet slow) system. A 7200RPM desktop drive has no chance. Cost is the key...size, speed, money in wallet...chose 2.

    I could go on about sound subsystems and other stuff but I covered most of the key points...other than the video monitor. Its all you actually look at....get a good one! I run a Sony F-500R (perhaps the best CRT going, but not new and not cheep). If I had desk space and more money, I'd LOVE another (or 2 more :) ). Big CRT for your main monitor and one or two small (15 or 17") LCDs for tools and what not would also make a compelling setup and save on space.
     

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