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15/11/2015 18:35:42

Not_Coen
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I've been here before but because my PC hasn't been up to running Muvizu efficiently and smoothly, I've been away for a long time. However, 'thanks' (says he with tongue in cheek) to the fact that my previous energy supplier persistently fought to NOT refund the £600 I had accrued in credit, I will soon be getting my hands on that loot thanks to changing suppliers ... and THAT means I'll soon be in a position to buy a new PC.

I've kept an eye on Muvizu's growth and expansion and see that the current description of a minimum system requirement is described as -

Windows XP or beyond
2.4GHz processor
Shader model 3 graphics card
2.3Gb HD space

So what would you recommend as a more optimum system requirement?

I haven't yet decided whether to go for Windows 7 OS which I can upgrade to 10 (if that offer is still a freebie from Microsoft), or whether to go for a 10 OS from the outset.

I want to be sure I'll have plenty of processing power and speed as I also do quite a lot of image processing with Photoshop. I don't go in for online nor offline gaming.

So - any recommendations for what would be a good, fairly future-proofed system as regards the further development of Muvizu?

Thanks.

Alan.
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15/11/2015 18:50:36

MrDrWho13Muvizu mogulExperimental user
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There are recommended requirements on this page: http://www.muvizu.com/Wiki/wiki/52/troubleshooting-recommended-computer-specifications however, I'd say these are slightly outdated.

Muvizu runs on the Unreal game engine, so you'll be looking for something of gaming spec (Especially the GPU). If you're planning to spend £600, then you should go for something like the FX6300 and GTX750ti, but if you're planning to spend a bit extra (>~£700) then you might want to bump up the GPU to a GTX970 or better.
As for the other parts, you'll probably get 8-16GB of ram (16GB would be your best bet since Photoshop tends to eat RAM), a power supply of 500W or above, and an SSD-HDD combination (perhaps 240GB SSD as the boot drive and a 1TB HDD for storage).

Windows 10 seems to be a good option now that they've sorted the majority of the bugs. If you get windows 7 and then upgrade later you run the risk of having strange errors floating across unless you do a fresh install. The cheapest place I've found in the UK for buying windows 10 is http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/software/operatingsystems/kw9-00139.html
The other parts vary but NewEgg tends to do pretty well.

I'll happily put together a list if you need one.

I hope this helps,
MDW13
edited by MrDrWho13 on 15/11/2015
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15/11/2015 21:58:21

Not_Coen
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Thanks for that.

I've just opened contact with the company who built my last two PCs and have asked for their advice on which are the best components to choose that will be above the minimum spec to run Muvizu.

In this forum I've seen queries about Unreal engine 4 and I've read that Unreal 3 is no longer being updated. I'm assuming that a graphics car that can cope with Unreal 4 would have no problems with Muvizu ... or is that too simplistic an assumption. (I'm IT savvy as far as use is concsrned, but NOT when it comes to the intricacies of technical specs).
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15/11/2015 22:09:51

MrDrWho13Muvizu mogulExperimental user
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Not_Coen wrote:
Thanks for that.

I've just opened contact with the company who built my last two PCs and have asked for their advice on which are the best components to choose that will be above the minimum spec to run Muvizu.

In this forum I've seen queries about Unreal engine 4 and I've read that Unreal 3 is no longer being updated. I'm assuming that a graphics car that can cope with Unreal 4 would have no problems with Muvizu ... or is that too simplistic an assumption. (I'm IT savvy as far as use is concsrned, but NOT when it comes to the intricacies of technical specs).

Pretty much any PC built since 2010 will pass the minimum requirements. I think getting something that supports Unreal 4 should have no problems with Muvizu, but there's a chance it'll be a bit overkill, giving it "less bang per buck".

On an additional note, if you're planning to spend a bit more, you'd be better off getting an intel processor (i5 or i7).
edited by MrDrWho13 on 15/11/2015
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16/11/2015 15:24:54

ziggy72Muvizu mogulExperimental user
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What MrDrWho13 says is all correct, but I'd also add one other thing - video card. Spend as much as you can on the video card. Seriously, the rest isn't that important, build your system around the video card. Muvizu won't use all the cores on an i5, let alone an i7, I've never seen it use more than 8gb (and my sets get pretty big), but Muvizu will drag a substandard video card to it's knees as soon as you turn the shadows and resolutions up, and will render out scenes in geological time scales. Spend as much as you can on the video card. I use a GTX 970, and have no regrets
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16/11/2015 16:10:12

MrDrWho13Muvizu mogulExperimental user
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Good point Ziggy, I didn't put enough emphasis on the graphics.
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16/11/2015 19:04:00

Not_Coen
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Thanks again for such helpful responses.
I'll certainly take on board (no pun intended) ziggy72's point about the graphics card.

My current computer could just about cope with Muvizu back when it was in its early stages of development but with all the later and latest developments, I can easily see the reasoning behind the advice. I'm especially keen to experiment with the keyframing and path functions as I'm used to using variations of those in two or three other animation programs that I used to play around with. I've noted requests for a tuotiral upload featuring these new developments, so I'll keep an eye open for whenever that happens.

Thanks again.
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