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Old 12-29-2006   #1
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Default what's the best computer for maya?

I have a piece of crap dell and I want to buy a new computer. Does anyone know the best place to get a computer for Maya or where I can find a list of good components to build one?

I would just get a new graphics card and more ram but the graphics card is integrated so I can't upgrade. Go to hell, Dell.
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Old 12-30-2006   #2
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that's wery good computeur for work with maya, for gaming and all what you whant it's depend to your budget
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Old 01-04-2007   #3
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Default Best computer for Maya...

It depends on what you plan on using maya for. Animation or Modeling? or Both? The reason why I ask is because systems should be "purpose built" - especially if cost is an issue. There are systems that are designed for both... but depending on your usage ... you can save some big money and use it where it counts.

For maya - you should go to the autodesk website and check out the qualified hardware list. This will give you an idea as to what hardware is "compatible" with maya. In my experience - you want a video card that is on this list that does not have any outstanding issues... especially if you are modeling - you want to be able to interactively place your textures and this is not possible if you cant see them. Open GL is a tricky thing... so make sure your hardware is supported.
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Old 01-10-2007   #4
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First of all, don't get alienware. They are overpriced Dell's (not literally, but they are not what everyone thinks they are).

Secondly, it really depends on what you are going to use Maya for. People can spend way above $10,000 on one machine and still not have it perform the way they want it to.

The best idea is to do what one other person said and look on Autodesk's site and check to see what harware is compatible. I know for a fact that ATI cards don't do very well with Maya, so make sure you get an Nvidia.

Secondly, if you know enough about computers, build one (It'll be cheaper if you plan on getting an expensive comp). Checkout for the best prices.
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Old 01-16-2007   #5
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Default what about a mac?

hum...have you thougt in a mac? is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2007   #6
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Maya (supposedly) is really set up for Macs. However, my school has had a bad time getting things optimized for ATI cards on Mac mainboards. But these are not the Intel Macs, so you may consider a new Mac.

If you wish to stay with PC.. again, watch out for ATI .. it's not the card that's wrong, but the drivers themselves. Just like there drivers don't play well with all game engines.

Mainboard - something with a PCI card slot. It's for your really nice video card you are gonna get yourself. Avoid "on board" video card/processor as this is 1) a low end graphics card and 2) newer technology not ironed out yet. Consider heavily the new AMD X2 or DuoCore Intels. I favor an AMD/Nvidia card mix. But AMD just bought ATI but their composite boards aren't out yet, are they.

RAM - get lots of course. More is best. Don't forget to set up your virtual memory min/max to double your RAM total.

Video Card - I like my NVidia. Paint3D and PaintEffects with OpenGL yippie!! It's nice. My school purpose laptop has ATI and I swear I hear it scream for mercy when I enable "hardware texturing" viewport option.

Avoid Dell, if it's been so bad for you.
Avoid Anything with proprietary softwares wired into BIOS and Windows.
If you can build it yourself, do it .. Get a great board, CPU, graphics card, strong power supply and bunches of cooling fans.
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Old 02-02-2007   #7
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Check out , they really have good machines for animation, modeling and even render nodes , i've been using at school , i have to say they are awsome .
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Old 02-06-2007   #8
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Well, I would definitely recommend building a system yourself. It enables you to hand pick the components you want and save money on stuff you don't need. Also, as someone stated above, purpose built systems save money, but it is much nicer to have a machine that can do more than one task. I'm not a maya user myself though, but all 3d apps have the same hardware demands anyway so I think I can give you some directions.

The essential components are: processor, RAM, graphics card.

The processor speed is evident in any field of 3d work, so it's best to buy the fastest you can afford [although it will NEVER be fast enough, trust me ]. If you are looking for a single processor system I would reccomend the AMD X2 processors which give outstanding value for money and are fast and reliable, with a huge selection of good motherboards [look no further than ASUS]. Of course, if you buy one of those, be sure to get one for an AM2 socket, for future upgradeability. As for multiprocessor systems there seems to be a lot of different opinions on what is right, but I have not had much experience with those so I can't give you an objective recommendation.

As for RAM memory, buy as much as you can depending on your OS of choice. If you use WinXP, it cannot address more than 3gb anyway so that's it, but on Win64 get 4GB. It speeds up work, especially multi-application stuff, and is used extensively while rendering.

The graphics card you buy must support DirectX9, if not for maya then for most other applications. As far as I have heard nVidia cards do work better with maya so take one of theirs. As always, more expensive is usually better, except with the top of the range model card which is always twice as expensive as the second in line but rarely twice as good.

All other components are a matter of personal needs and preferences so I will not deal with them here, as this post is already too long...

Hope it helps.
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Old 01-03-2010   #9
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I been working in Maya sense 2.0 Maya started with PC before mac

and as for what card is best what or you going to run on system if just Maya
thin nvidia stay away from ati as ati crashes in Maya

Quadro FX video cards is the best to run cad program's like Maya 3dmax and other's but suck's badly on gaming they or made for workstation
more less get what you get payed for

as for runing both try runing Maya on a 64 bit instade of 32 bit
I say thin cause of ram 32 bit run's 3 gb as 64 run's 8 gb ram

sli is also best cause of duel video cards
don't just go by ram if dealing with cad programs look at what you need like Maya has a page that explain's what the card need's to have

here is what I run remind you I have 2 systems one for gaming and other for cad programs like Maya

pny quadro fx 570 256 MB ddr2 --- I run 2 of thim sli

dual quad core 3.0 --- CPU

xfx motherboard

4 gb ram --- 64 bit system well be 8 gb as soon as it get's here ordered

1.5 t sata and a 500 gb sata 1.5 t is for my Maya work and other cad work

water cooling system not needed but help's alote

1000 wt power help's a big lot

8ch cctv surveillance dvr card for camera's green screen and what not

m-audio 1010 lt for my studio

8 button mouse yes it is woth it great for Maya do not go wireless

32 LCD and a 54 LCD one for showing work and what not

this setup is perfect for Maya for work ONLY not for gaming

if you tryed runing game's it be like runing a game off a 300$ computer

my gaming system
well let you know as for this test I done the following for you all here
I installed Maya 3dmax and also my music editing softwhere like flstudio's

23 inc LCD

2 gb ram

xfx motherboard

duel Intel 3.0

1.5 t gb hardrive

nvidia geforce 9600 gso 2 of thim

as for Maya ran ok rander is very slow woow lol
froze up once

3dmax ok ran same as Maya

flstudio ran ok started to glitch up runing alote of sound at once

I guess you can run Maya on it but it hang's a bit

remind you im used to my workstation so

I also like to add here that my work station was not built in one day
I started off with cheep hardware worked up from there
I also got some of this stuff of ebay like my cctv for 64 $ I thank

I have used all tipe's of video card's and all into I got what I needed
and ati crashed everytime nvidia allway's ran Maya
I used to run 32 bit
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Old 01-06-2010   #10
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Default whats the best computer for maya

voted for november,i think it looks nice didnt mind the hardware

were supposed to vote for the looks right?
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