PC spec priorities for Poser

  • Hi all,
    Since buying Poser (v11, not Pro-) a year ago, I've come a long way in understanding and making art. The most noticeable downside however is that I have it installed on a relatively low-spec PC so I'm thinking it's time to purchase a new machine.

    In brief, I currently have:
    Intel Core2 Quad 2.2Ghz x4 / 8Gb RAM / Nvidia 710 2Gb graphics / 1TB HDD

    My budget is not huge (around £750 - £1,000), so I'm wondering if any 1 of the above attributes is the best one to max out or whether it's best to balance them all.
    i.e. would 16Gb RAM make all the difference or should I go for a BIG graphics card?

    My current problems are mainly:
    Jerky camera rotation when I'm posing scenes (even in wireframe view)
    Slow render-time (I use Firefly, mainly at a setting close to the top-end on the auto set-up screen)
    Long delays switching between rooms (preview -> render -> materials)

    I'm mainly posing boxing matches, so 2 - 4 characters plus ring/arena, a dozen lights and a few props.

    Would really appreciate some simple spec advice if there is such a thing!

    Many thanks! :)

  • For rendering time you need as many cpu cores as possible, or to be more precise as many threads as possible. For general poser responsiveness you need as fast single core performance as possible. AMD processors clearly lead the way at the moment for cores per dollar, but intel processors usually have better single core performance. Since you won't be rendering with your gpu (you can only do this with the pro version rendering superfly), the graphics card unlikely to be critical and is an area where you can economise. Have a look on your current machine to see how much ram is being used during rendering, you can use resource manager in windows, to decide if you need more ram.
    This is all general advice so you will need to look around at what is available in your price range, but personally I would prioritise the cpu.

  • CPU and RAM appear to be the major components for what you are describing as your pinch points.

  • Your cpu is quite slow. Your gpu isn't great either.

    With Firefly, a GPU won't help you with rendering.

    For rendering with Firefly, you would need a faster CPU. I use a Ryzen 7, this is a lot of bang for the buck. I would go for 16 GB RAM, but 8 GB could work too if your Scenes aren't too large.

    For the jerky camera you will probably still need a faster GPU. New GPUs with enough horsepowers tend to be pretty expensive. I worked with an GTX 780 for quite a while, it should be fast enough for you, an used one is pretty cheap here in Germany.

  • As others have said, look to Ryzen. Keep in mind however that the 3rd generation of Ryzen will launch real soon (Not DAZ Soon). Good news is that whatever Ryzen motherboard you get will take a 3rd generation Ryzen, since they will be socket compatible. I'd call 16Gb or ram a minimum. You don't want to starve the system while rendering.

  • @j-naylor73 (and everyone else who has replied so far!)

    I set up a render last night and recorded the following:
    CPU utilisation throughout was averaging around 92% whilst RAM was around 50% so that does point the finger at what you've all been suggesting...

    For the record (although I don't fully understand this subject), I also recorded the CPU stats:
    Processes=156 / Threads=1820 / Handles=63950
    Base speed 2.66GHz / Sockets=1 / Cores=4
    Logical processes=4 / L1 cache=256KB / L2 cache = 6.0MB
    (Looks like I might have some Googling to do.)

    I'll check the Memory and GPU stats next when I'm rotating my jerky camera...
    Many thanks for your support so far - it's really appreciated and most welcome!


  • @ssgbryan

    Hi - one more word (I hope) from me on this -

    I've found a couple of PC models that are within budget, each with 16Gb RAM and a 6Gb GPU, also within my budget (and some nice SSD to boot).
    The only difference is CPU:
    Its: AMD Ryzen 7 7200 vs Intel Core i7-8700
    I've been into specs comparisons and can only see minor pros and cons here and there.

    Based on your and anyone else's experience, what's your gut-feeling between the 2?


    I'm thinking the Ryzen, but really appreciate your opinion. Thanks!!

  • I would mention that choosing a Ryzen versus and Intel would save you money but I've had problems with AMD chips claiming a lot but . The machine I currently use at work is an Hp Omen desktop (mid-range of the line, about $800USD) and the one I use at home is a custom-built Intel-based (Core i9, MSI Motherboard latest X299A or whatever) machine with dual GTX 750Ti (non-SLI) for supporting a large number of monitors, dual M.2 and additional SSDs for projects that require a lot of disk. .... personally if I were you I'd buy an HP Omen (or similar prepackaged gaming PC) at a good rate, like this one:
    000 lnk broke 000
    link is busted, try this:

    or, save some money and upgrade later:

    PS I do not work for nor am endorsed by HP!

    PPS Don't forget you can use your old machine to render to...

  • @rsk

    In modern versions of Poser (and just about every other piece of software), cores are more important than single core operating frequency. It isn't 1991 anymore. The Ryzen is faster, with more cores and cache, at the same power draw.

    The other thing to keep in mind is that the AM4 socket set will be supported through at least the next generation of Ryzen, so moving from 2nd gen to 3rd gen is a simple drop in (and probably a bios update). Intel will move to a new socket (because of an upcoming die shrink - And this time Intel really, really means it!, requiring a motherboard replacement.

  • I must respectfully disagree with ssgbryan over this to some extent. While cores are more important for rendering, for almost everything else in poser single core performance is more relevant. Just look at resource monitor while simple moving the camera around the screen. You will find a single thread running at 100% while the remainder are idle. No it's not 1991, but a lot of poser code seems to be from about this period, and only runs single threaded. So for general responsiveness single thread performance is important.

  • I use a Ryzen7. The single thread Performance is a bit lower than the I7-7700 (Intel about 13% faster), but when Rendering the Ryzen is about 75% faster. I don't have any problems when posing, IMHO the single core speed is not that important.

  • @rsk

    As above guys suggested or recommended I would go with Ryzen, I would wait as AMD preparing release of 3xxx series and with 3xxx there should be 16 core/32 thread Ryzen, if not then 12 core/24 threads

    AM4 will be supported until Zen2 and X570 series of motherboard should bring us PCI_E 4th generation etc

    If you do render then I wouldn't think on Intel CPU unless you are prepared to spend money, Intel chips usually cost more and performance in rendering depending on SW and mainly on developers and Microsoft itself

    16GB RAM should be minimum, 32GB I would recommend


    Not sure but I have built few Ryzen based PC which are mainly rendering workstations, for money you are hardly find better chips, Microsoft still didn't fixed Core scheduler for their ThreadRipper

    Buying prebuilt PC I wouldn't do, you can built own PC for lot less, yours posted HP Omen PC are using non K models, spec is meh, for same amount of OP should be built better PC, you can check render speeds of these CPU like is 7700 or 7100 etc

    Hope this helps

    Thanks, Jura

  • @jura11 Thank you for your reply...

    ...and thanks to everyone else who has taken time to give advice about this subject. I must admit that a few things went flying over my head so fast I didn't notice them. :)

    For me, budget is the main driver so although I realise things like 32Gb RAM is recommended, I simply can't afford it!

    I've found some affordable machines though with the Ryzen processor mentioned throughout this thread + a GPU which is way better than the one I have now and 16Gb RAM, lots of HDD + some SSD which is nice to have - all coming in under the £1K mark.

    Anyway, lots for me to ponder, but loads of new info from all of you to help me.

    Thanks again,

  • Glad we could help. And remember, you can always add ram later.

  • @ssgbryan said in PC spec priorities for Poser:

    Glad we could help. And remember, you can always add ram later.

    As long as you don't fill all the slots, i.e get 2x8Gb modules rather than 4x4Gb to get 16Gb that way you can add extra without having to throw away what you already have.

  • Why argue? What is valuable to you:
    (Ignore the "user rating")

    Intel scores "superior" in all categories except price. Not much different from the last AMD processor. Power users could do more for all applications.

  • @h-elwood-gilliland said in PC spec priorities for Poser:

    Why argue? What is valuable to you:
    (Ignore the "user rating")

    Intel scores "superior" in all categories except price. Not much different from the last AMD processor. Power users could do more for all applications.

    CPU userbenchmark is bit misleading website

    Off course 9900k is better CPU, it can be OC to 5.0GHz and 5.2GHz easily, have built one PC with that CPU and our best OC has been 5.2GHz, but it cost twice as 2700X

    2700 from AMD is too well worth it if budget is lower and you are not looking to OC

    I would have suggest check these benchmarks




    Hope this helps

    Thanks, Jura

  • @amethystpendant That's a good call - thanks for the reminder. Of course I know about this but I always forget when I'm buying the PC! :)

  • I wouldn't worry too much about 32GB versus 16GB. 64GB is just way out of the box anyway.

  • @h-elwood-gilliland 64GB RAM?? Man alive! I still remember upgrading my Atari 800 from 16K to 48K. Happy times.
    Anyway, FYI, I'm going with 32K RAM - they added it at a good price and only blew my budget a bit...