New PC 2023 for Painter advice.

Hello Painter People,


Looking for some advice or thoughts on which PC cpu and gpu would currently work best for Painter, in 2023.


A few months ago I purchased painter unfortunately my 12 year old PC can not really run it very efficiently, the cpu is at 100% load and it crashes a lot once the document size increases. As I intend to use this professionally and have previously done macs before and not going there again.. so it's going to be a full new PC.


I asked Corel technical support regarding what processors and graphics card work best with painter and just go a generic minimum specs advice.


  • Intel or AMD 64-bit multicore processor with SSSE3 (or higher)
  • 4 physical cores/8 logical cores or higher (recommended)
  • AVX2 instruction set support (recommended)
  • Modern GPU with OpenCL (1.2 or higher) compatibility (recommended)
  • 8 GB RAM minimum 16 GB RAM or higher (recommended)


As its for professional use so am looking at the top end processors and graphics cards. Without clear independent benchmarks it's just guess work at which hardware will be most efficient and effective.


Currently I am considering a Ryzen 9, something from the 7900 line up and possibly a RTX 4080, Unfortunatly amd cards seem not to preform well for creators.


Any thought or considerations on the best PC hardware for painter would be most welcome.

Thanks all!

  • Check how you use your PC in terms of RAM and file sizes often open same time. I'm at 32GB and often run at about 25% with browser and email open....up to 60% use with a couple big graphics things open. So 32GB OK for now but reqmnts grow, so get 64GB if affordable.

    If you check Painter performance tool, the majority of gains are from a good GPU. I have never tried AMD, I have used Nvidia for tens of years (now RTX xxxx) and it has always worked for all graphics programs. get the 4080 or similar if you can.

    A top end CPU always helps for everything.

    And be sure to get an SSD. 1TB probably sufficient but 2TB now affordable. And a backup HDD. I Use 2 HDDs installed in PC: 1 for all data (programs on SSD) and second HDD used to auto backup every day or 2 or if an important project. Then also I use a USB HDD 12TB to backup outside of PC every few months.

  • I'm running Painter 2023 on Windows 11 with Ryzen 7 3700X with a RTX3060 and 32GB RAM and am happy with the performance. I'd imagine this is a mid-tier PC set up at this point. I've also run Painter 2022/23 on a Surface Pro 8 i7 16GB RAM that has performed well. Usually I'm painting on a canvas about 2400x3000 pixels for reference. 

    Not every brush will use GPU acceleration. For example, my favourite category is Artists' Oils and they rely on the CPU. So check if your regular set of brushes are actually using GPU acceleration before you spend the money on a fancy card.