Maya on a Mac Mini

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  1. jade44V macrumors newbie

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    I just went through a Maya training class at work. I have a PowerMac G5 dual 2.5 at work, and I use it for After Effects work and eventually for Maya work also.

    The thing is this. All I have at home is a crappy little HP laptop that was never spec'd out for graphics work - it's a thin little laptop with Centrino and 256 RAM.

    I'm dying to get my hands on Tiger, which we don't have yet at work, and I need a computer to tinker with Maya on at home (I don't have the $$$ for a PM right now and don't want to limit myself for future expandability by buying an iMac).

    So, I'm thinking about just buying a little Mac Mini for now to run tiger and iPhoto and iMovie and practice some modeling in Maya. I already have a monitor and I'll scrounge a keyboard.

    Think I can get away with this? Maya 6.5 Learning Edition on a Mac Mini, until I can afford the PM I want? I know I can't expect to do any serious animation on it but for what I just described - sounds ok, right?
     
  2. JeDiBoYTJ macrumors 6502a

    JeDiBoYTJ

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    i've tinkered with a little Maya on my 1.5Ghz PowerBook. its not too bad, a little choppy, but it works. My friend is able to run Maya pretty decently on his 1Ghz PowerMac... I would think a MacMini should be able to run it, though it will get a little choppy.
     
  3. SLCentral macrumors regular

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    I work for a couple hours each day on a Powerbook 1.67GHz 15" and a Apple 30" LCD with no noticeable slowdowns. It takes a while to load up (I assume that b/c I have just 512MB), but once I'm in it and working, its fine.
     
  4. asim84 macrumors newbie

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    Help!

    I dont know if anyone can help, but i need a serial number for maya 6.5, does anyone know i can get one? i recently came across the package and want to learn it as part of my design work. help please!
     
  5. eva01 macrumors 601

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    buy it?
     
  6. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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  7. bodeh6 macrumors 6502a

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    Mac Mini with 1GB RAM should be able to good stuff in Maya.
     

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