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I am learning 3DS Max and I think I need to do lot of animation and rendering.

I wanted to know how much (minimum) RAM and what CPU I need.

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From the 3DS Max homepage:

  • Intel® Pentium® 4 1.4 GHz or equivalent AMD® processor with SSE2 technology
  • 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended)
  • 2 GB swap space (4 GB recommended)
  • 3 GB free hard drive space
  • Direct3D® 10 technology, Direct3D 9, or OpenGL-capable graphics card (256 MB or higher video card memory, 1 GB or higher recommended)

And the usual stuff:

  • Three-button mouse with mouse driver software
  • DVD-ROM drive
  • Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 8.0 internet browser or higher or Mozilla® Firefox® 3.0 -internet browser or higher
  • Internet connection for web downloads and Autodesk® Subscription-aware access

So to sum it up, every machine from the last ten years or so should be able to handle it. 3DS Max therefore seems to scale quite well. If you have a small budget (i.e. for a normal office PC), you shouldn't run into problems at all, although the performance might not be the best. If you can spend some more, you'll absolutely be fine running the software.

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This answer is incomplete, as the OP wanted the configuration of the person, not the system ;p. – Journeyman Geek May 2 '11 at 9:15
@Journeyman Dang, how could I forget this! :D – slhck May 2 '11 at 9:16
I'd add tho, as i was going to in my answer (which is identical to yours other than that) , that the specification listed, is fairly close to the average system from close to a decade ago, other than the ram, and the video card. nearly any modern system, even laptops should be able to handle this – Journeyman Geek May 2 '11 at 9:20
@Journeyman True that - I put it in there. Thanks for the addition. – slhck May 2 '11 at 9:23
@all thanks guys , one thing is confusing me that suppose i want to make a complete 3d village with many building . can i still do that with same config. i mean there will be many small objects . how will max handle that – Moorage May 2 '11 at 9:46

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