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  09 September 2013
Computer build for maya 2013- 2500$

Im putting together my first custom computer build and was hoping to get some input.
My primary wants/needs are maya performance, and I also use photoshop, mudbox, zbrush and after effects. My budget is around 2,500 and I want to keep it as close to that as possible.
Im most interested in getting something that will run maya as smoothly as possible under heavy scenes and high poly counts. I need something that can render and have good viewport capabilities.
I have put together a list at of what I think might work for my price range and wants and I would love to hear if anything on there is a bad call or if there is a better option. Thanks

Last edited by cwisbg : 09 September 2013 at 11:26 PM.
  09 September 2013
Looks pretty good. You might want to get 32gb of ram for After Effects work.

Also you could spend more on CPU and less on GPU. I've got a Geforce Ti660 that runs Maya pretty well.
  09 September 2013
Good call on the ram, updated. Any recommendation for a alternate CPU?
  09 September 2013
To extremely simplify things:
If you're doing still-frame / fly-thru animation / architectural stuff: the GPU is important for high density polygon counts when orbiting the viewport.
If you're deforming geometry (character animation and simulation) the CPU is the more important component.
  09 September 2013
If this build is just for cg/art work, I would definitely suggest an IPS/PLS panel over those 144hz TN panels. The 144hz are definitely worth it if you are doing lots of gaming (especially fps), but I would guess you aren't using this build for gaming based on your original post and the fact you chose a workstation GPU.

I would take peteys advice, and go for a cheaper GPU to have budget for a better CPU. The 3930k is a very solid choice for the Sandy Bridge E platform, but you would also need to buy a heatsink as it does not include one like the 3770k. I personally have a 7970 and a 3930k, and they both work wonderfully in Maya and Zbrush. You could also go with a 680 if you are interested in CUDA capabilities.

As for 32GB ram, it definitely would be great if you are going to be using AE a lot, but maybe for now stick with 16 with room to upgrade. I personally have 16GB of Corsair Vengeance, with 4GB allocated to a RAM disk, so 12GB available. I never have any troubles with RAM while using Zbrush/Maya/Photoshop, but AE will very often max it out. You could always meet in the middle and just get the 16GB plus an extra 8GB module for 24GB. Though many people will recommend you don't mix RAM kits, even if they are the same model number, I have had no issues with my RAM and it was pieced together from a 2x4GB kit, and two separate 4GB modules.

Hopefully that helps in some way, good luck with the build!
  09 September 2013
Yep as Pollos said the 3930k is great (I've got it).
  09 September 2013
Im starting to rethink my graphics card. Im defiantly gearing more towards veiwport performance, both in lighting and poly count. I have been doing some research and from the sounds of it the quadro series seems to be the best for this kind of thing ( at least for poly count, not sure on the lighting side). The 4000 is in my price range and to me sounds pretty good. Altho the gtx 780 also looks really nice, and is a bit cheaper.

The gtx
the quadro 4000

While I was looking around I saw the gtx titan, and a benchmarks site
( ) puts it pretty far ahead of the rest, and the stats blow away the 4000

More than I want to pay, but it looks pretty beasty.

Can anyone weigh in on this, is the titan worth it, or should I go with the 4000, gtx 780 or alternate?

Last edited by cwisbg : 09 September 2013 at 01:05 AM.
  09 September 2013
There are literally dozens of threads from the last few months, and several still on the first page, discussing exactly your questions and covering all the models you list.
Just trawl back through those instead of waiting for replies and seeing the same exact cycle of comments and opinions repeat itself exactly according to the same pattern over the next few days
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  09 September 2013
The Home edition of Windows 7 maxes out at 16GB memory so you'll need the Professional edition for the 32GB of memory.

Or go with Windows 8 which has a 128GB memory limit on the Home edition.
  09 September 2013
the 120 and 144hz monitors SUCK at color reproduction, nor are any of them higher than 1080p
  09 September 2013
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