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I enjoying the rendering software podium, but I believe I need to upgrade my  graphic card, maybe more memory etc need advice. 

I have the following Dell XPS 8700
Windows 10 Pro
version 1703
OS Build 15063.966
Processor Intel (R) Core (TM) i7-4790 CPU @3.60GHz 3.60 GHz
Installed RAM 16.0 GB
System type 64-bit operating system, x64-based processor
I have Nvidia render Geforce GTX 750Ti/PCIe/SSE2 GLversion 4.60 Nvidia 388.13

Please if you can help me or suggest any upgrade so podium will run smoother and won't crash on me all the time.

The pass version was working fine the new version having trouble with it.

Thank you.
Stella 

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The graphics card is pretty poor, although upgrading it will improve SketchUp, it will not improve Podium.

Your CPU is good. You can get a faster one, but to get a significant performance improvement, you will be looking at a significant amount of money, and at that point it might be better to replace the entire machine.

If you upgrade the graphics card, you can run ProWalker instead, which can be faster with excellent quality, but not all Podium's features are supported. For that application you really need an Nvidia GTX 1070 or 1080 card. There is more information on ProWalker and graphics cards here. From what I have seen, ProWalker GPU will be ideal for what you do.

The single biggest improvement for this machine would be to add an SSD. Chances are that you have a mechanical hard drive, and that will be slow! Go to Crucial.com, and you can find an SSD that is compatible. Swapping your main hard drive is not difficult, but managing the swap and keeping your data is a bit techy. You'll need someone to do that for you unless you are comfortable with cloning your main system drive.

If you want a professional 3d machine, you probably ought to look at something like a Workstation. HP do some great ones. In my office, we have used HP machines for years and they are excellent. Affordable, fast, high quality and reliable. This is what I will be upgrading to.

There are specialist companies like Boxx, who produce excellent hardware, but their machines might be overspecced for you. I'm not impressed with Dell's line of workstations, they seem to think you can have an i3 processor in one, and many have integrated graphics [rolleyes]

However, first of all, there will be things that you can do to improve performance. The first thing to do is not add more light sources than you really need. Too many people like their renders to look like the interior of jewellery shops and add lots of lights which makes rendering more complex and a lot slower. Don't do this. Add only the lights you really need, and adjust the render afterwards in Podium Image Editor.

Secondly, you need to manage your polygon count. Using lots of components with a huge polygon count and complex material properties will slow your rendering down. As a rule you don't need bump or caustics for most materials for architectural type images. Refraction can also increase render time, and you only really need it for water and sold glass objects like vases and drinking glasses.

Most importantly - choose the optimal preset. Most of the time the interior default or interior default brighter presets are all you need. If you have fine joints on things like cupboard doors, you may need the interior fine AA preset. Actual quality is the same, but there is a more detailed final pass which significantly improves the appearance of edges and textures.

QMC and High presets are better, but can be a lot slower. For some scenes you may not actually notice much difference over the default presets.

Finally - do not render full resolution images when all you want is a test.

I routinely test at 800x600 or 1024x768. These are 'old' resolutions that are not used much any more, but the proportions fit nicely on paper. If you render at screen resolution and you have a large monitor, you will waste hours for no actual benefit.

Render at a lower resolution, and when you are completely happy with everything, increase the resolution, and the preset quality if you feel it really necessary.


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Good morning, thank you very much for your help I was thinking to get a HP with all the new and updated hardware.
Thank you again great advice.
stella

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The Prowalker is an additional fee or it comes with SU podium?

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You will need a separate licence for ProWalker GPU. However it is discounted for anyone who already has a Podium Licence.

It's only $129.

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