My wife is learning Maya and we need to decide on a system to run it affordably here at home. The range of options and details on systems is bewildering. Obviously, one could spend $10k on a system; but will one of the affordable gaming systems work effectively out of the box (like the Dell studio 9000)? We'd like to be around $1k for a PC, or is it futile? Alternately, would a midrange macbook pro run maya effectively? Thanks for any thoughts.