Mar 18 13

CNC PC Minimum Hardware Requirements

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AJAX/CENTROID CNC PC minimum hardware and benchmark requirements for proper CNC control operation.

Primary PC requirements:

1.) The PC CPU must have a minimum benchmark of 1500.  You can look up a CPU’s benchmark # using this website.

http://cpubenchmark.net/singleThread.html  

Notice that this is the “Single Thread” benchmarks chart.
Using a CPU with a single thread  benchmark rating higher than 1500 is required

2.) A SSD (solid state drive)  We only recommend Intel or Samsung SSD’s

3.) 4 Gig’s of Ram

4.) Windows 7 or 8

5.) 2nd Ethernet port, can be a PCI slot add on card see link below.

6.) A Shielded Ethernet cable, CAT5E

Secondary considerations, Use high quality components such as:

1.) Gigabyte or Asus motherboard with solid capacitors for reliability

2.) Antec or Coolmaster Power supply for reliability,  minimum 450 watt rating.

3.) Clean Windows 7 or 8 install (starting with a formatted hard drive) with NO bloatware, skype, virus protection, firewalls etc.  just windows and cnc11

If you are building your own computer the below are a great recommended build:

Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128649&cm_re=GA-H81M-S2PV-_-13-128-649-_-Product

CPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819117301
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116950

RAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148539&cm_re=Ballistix_4G-DDR3-_-20-148-539-_-Product

Reliable Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817153165&cm_re=Thermaltake_TR-500-_-17-153-165-_-Product

Extra Ethernet connection for internet connection
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA24G2178867&cm_re=StarTech_ST100S-_-33-114-005-_-Product
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832416806&cm_re=WINDOES_7_HOME-_-32-416-806-_-Product

Windows 7
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit – Newegg.com

Solid State Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167181&cm_re=Intel_SSD_120GB-_-20-167-181-_-Product