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October 21, 2012 1:48:34 PM

Hi, I am trying to get a good 3D modelling PC for use with maya, I won't be doing anything really intense, but I need pretty good performance. but i'm on a budget. so i was thinking, what if i just add a workstation GPU, to my current computer, which has an amd athlon 64x2 4000+ cpu, which is a 2.1 ghz dual core, and an acer f690GVM mobo, which is pci, it also has 4 gigs of ddr2 ram, and a msi geforce 210. so what if i just replaced the 210 with something like an nvidia quadro 2000??? would that be good enough? or would i have to build a new PC?

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October 21, 2012 2:06:39 PM

Maya is very CPU and RAM intensive, I've used it before on a class.

What's your budget? Your system looks really outdated.
October 21, 2012 3:14:01 PM

Yeah, that's a pretty slow PC by workstation standards. I would build an entirely new pc. You should get a Xeon or 3770k (depending on if you overclock, price and what memory you intend to use), 16GB of memory and AT LEAST a Quadro 2000 or Firepro v5900. I recommend the Firepro as its faster in Maya than the Quadro.
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October 21, 2012 3:23:37 PM

It's just for modeling than it doesn't really use the cpu at all. The graphics card is holding you back and a quadro would help significantly for viewport performance. As long as it's not too complex, 4gb ram should be enough. I used to work on an old c2d 2.1ghz with 4gb ram, now has a 6570 and can handle upwards of 100k polys. It's the textures that will fill the ram otherwise I'm sure it'll handle more polys.
October 21, 2012 5:40:16 PM

how about an fx-6100 or an fx-8120??? i hear the 8150 is almost as good as the 2500k, which is more than good enough for me. or maybe something like an a10-5800k. would one of those cpu's + 8 gigs of ram and a firepro v5900 do fine?

October 21, 2012 7:32:46 PM

will this build be good?

BIOSTAR A960A3+ AM3+ AMD RX881 ATX AMD Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-F2A85X-UP4 FM2 AMD A85X (Hudson D4) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

one of the following cpu's
AMD FX-6100 Zambezi 3.3GHz Socket AM3+ 95W Six-Core Desktop Processor
AMD FX-8120 Zambezi 3.1GHz Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor
AMD FX-8150 Zambezi 3.6GHz Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor
AMD A10-5800K Trinity 3.8GHz (4.2GHz Turbo) Socket FM2 100W Quad-Core Desktop APU

NOTE: if i get the a10 i will get this mobo:
GIGABYTE GA-F2A85X-UP4 FM2 AMD A85X (Hudson D4) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory

AMD 100-505648 FirePro V5900 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Workstation Video Card

Hitachi GST Deskstar 7K1000.C 0F10383 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive


RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-730SS 730W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular PSU

Two MASSCOOL FD08025S1M4 80mm Case Fan

and One Rosewill RFA-120-WL 120mm 4 White LEDs LED Case Fan

i am looking for advice as to which cpu i should pick and if this build would be good for maya.