Best Computer For Autodesk Maya

Autodesk Maya is 3D computer animation software with powerful modeling, rendering, simulation, texturing, and animation tools for artists, modelers, and animators. If your workflow involves these processes, it would be worth it to consider a purpose-built Maya workstation.

In this article, we’ll be talking about the components you need to build the best workstation PC for Autodesk Maya.

Why choose us?

Parts like CPU cooler, Power Supply Unit, and chassis are often glossed over when putting together a system like this. Surprisingly, these parts have a massive effect on the lifespan and performance optimisation of the CPU, GPU and RAM. We only use parts that guarantee excellent cooling, airflow, and power delivery.

We’ve also got a lot of experience in putting these systems together, and our cable management is flawless. This not only means dust will be a lot less of an issue, but it will be much easier to work with when you eventually need an upgrade. This will only happen several years down the line, of course. Not to mention our cases just look fantastic.

Each Modena Computers Workstation is tailored to the personal needs of the user, but the features below would make for a great starting point for a Maya workstation.

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CPU – Frequency

Although this program is used for 3D modelling, which is undoubtedly a visual application, you may be surprised to know that it is not very intensive on a system’s GPU.

Tasks like modelling are single threaded applications, which means it’s important that the thread being used is able to run quickly.

For your Maya workstation, we would recommend an AMD Ryzen CPU. These CPUs boost up to high frequencies, and also feature great IPC. 

CPU – Core Count

Rendering in Maya will be where more threads would come in handy. A few years ago, this would have meant that an Intel Xeon CPU would be the only option for a Maya workstation, but this is no longer the case.

The latest generation of AMD Ryzen CPUs feature far more cores than earlier processors, with the Ryzen 5 being a 6-core, 12-thread processor. The Ryzen 7 takes this up to 8 cores and 16 threads, and the Ryzen 9 CPUs have as many as 32 threads. They’re also a lot more affordable than Xeon CPUs with similar specifications, and are much, much faster. This means that with AMD Ryzen CPUs, you’ll be able to get the highest core count and frequency in any given price range.

GPU

As we’ve noted above, a strong GPU is not necessary for a Maya workstation. We should also point out that it is not necessary to use a Nvidia Quadro graphics card for this application. We have found greater performance from regular Nvidia GeForce graphics cards, and these cards also have the benefit of being more affordable than Quadro cards with similar specifications. As such, a GTX1650 will have you covered, and also makes working with multiple monitors a lot easier.

RAM

Autodesk recommends at least 16GB RAM for Maya 2020. This is great as a starting point, but larger projects tend to use a lot more RAM. For that reason, we would recommend opting for 32GB if it is within your budget. This will allow for optimal performance even on projects like airports and hospitals, and will also leave enough headroom for other applications. It will also make the computer a lot more future proof.

Storage

Storage technology has come a long way over the past decade. Solid State Drives are known to be much faster than mechanical hard drives, but they’re also seen as pretty expensive.

It was pretty common to install the OS on a 120GB SSD, and everything else on a 1TB HDD, so that you could at least start up your PC super quickly.   

Recently it’s become more viable to just use a larger SSD, from around 500GB to 1TB, and this is exactly our approach with our PCs. Having everything stored on SSDs means you’ll be able to save and load programs, and also transfer data, at incredible speeds. The SSDs we use are M.2 form factor and use the NVMe protocol, which means they take up no additional space in your case, and are even faster than standard 2.5” SATA drives.

These drives save a lot of time, and that means the PC will pay itself off a lot faster. You also still have the option of adding in some HDDs if you need to.

Conclusion and Sample Configurations

As we said before, each Modena Computers Vulcan Workstation is custom built to the workflow and budget requirements of its user. It’s important to consider other programs you may want to use with this workstation.

During our consultation process, you can let us know exactly which programs you want to use with your machine, and we’ll be happy to help you understand what you need. 

Keep in mind that opting for higher performance right out of the gate offers much greater value than getting exactly what you need right now. A higher performance PC won’t need downtime to upgrade any time soon, and will also allow you to complete more work in less time. It could pay itself off a lot sooner than a more affordable option.  

Below are three examples of specifications to match three different budgets.

Vulcan Workstation

Entry-Level
  • AMD Ryzen 5 5600X (6c/12t) CPU
  • AMD X570 Chipset Motherboard
  • 16GB 3200MHz DDR4 RAM
  • Nvidia GTX1650 Super 4GB Graphics Card
  • 480GB M.2 NVMe PCI-e SSD
  • Windows 10 Professional x64 Digital License
  • 3 Year Warranty and Lifetime Support
  • Keyboard and Mouse
  • Monitor

Vulcan Workstation

Mid-Range
  • AMD Ryzen 7 5800X (8/16t) CPU
  • AMD X570 Chipset Motherboard
  • 32GB 3200MHz DDR4 RAM
  • Nvidia GTX1650 Super 4GB Graphics Card
  • 960GB M.2 NVMe PCI-e SSD
  • Windows 10 Professional x64 Digital License
  • 3 Year Warranty and Lifetime Support
  • Keyboard and Mouse
  • Monitor
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Vulcan Workstation

High-Spec
  • AMD Ryzen 9 5950X (16c/32t) CPU
  • AMD X570 Chipset Motherboard
  • 64GB 3200MHz DDR4 RAM
  • Nvidia RTX2060 Super 8GB Graphics Card
  • 960GB M.2 NVMe PCI-e SSD
  • Windows 10 Professional x64 Digital License
  • 3 Year Warranty and Lifetime Support
  • Keyboard and Mouse
  • Monitor
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