First of all sorry if i'm posting in the wrong area.
It's just that I'm a Maya enthusiast,it being an ejoyable
hobby. I've mainly been following the lovely tutorials on
this site (and boy has it given me so much), also going along
from other materials.
It's come to the stage where I need to build a new computer
to run Maya fairly smoothly, especially for rendering.
I was wondering if anyone could give me any few pointers.
I was thinking maybe dual cpu asus board, 2x quad q660 processors, 2gb ram, x8800 nvidia graphics card?...
The brief specs you mentioned should work just fine. We run 3 systems with Quad 6600 and Quad 6800 chips. Fact is they outperform Xeon chips in raw render speed. We have Intel and Gigabyte motherboards.
Xeon chips are intended for servers and thus are more expensive and use more expensve ECC Ram, pricier and buggy mobo's and use a number of clocks for error check, thus the performance hit.) However, we haven't had any problems and our servers (HP) use Xeon's and RAID5 where it really matters.
However, these chips (Core Duo Quads) are socket LGA775 and if there is a dual socket 775 mobo out their I haven't found it! I don't think they exist actually.
For about $280us the a Core Duo Quad 6600 at 2.4ghz per core is a steal. 2gb Ram is a little low, IMO. Put 3GB in if you are using XP, put 8 gb in if you're Vista 64. Few LGA775 mobo's allow more RAM to be installed.
We also use Nvidia game card in some of the systems. They work great actually. Sometimes we'll see a rare anomaly. We have 7600GT 256mb and 512mb cards from various makers. The 8800 card should do fine.
Hope this helps. If you actually found a dual socket 775 mobo, what is it?