What hardware specs would I need for CAD/CAM

November 29, 2010 at 13:30:45
Specs: Windows XP
Need help fast! I'm new to CNC, and need to know what kind of system will run all my software, without spending a grand. I have RhinoCAD 3.0 w/RhinoCAM 1.0, Corel Draw, Autodesk/Autosketch. thanks...Mike

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November 30, 2010 at 11:46:55
None of those programs require high end hardware. Any modern decent computer should work. Look at the links to the respective home pages for each program below. System requirements are linked on the home screen.

Google is your friend.

BTW, We are not necessarily fast here but we are free




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November 30, 2010 at 15:13:24
Thanks, Ive known all of the requirements, that's why I'm confused. Everytime I mention CAD and CAM or that I'm designing and converting to DXF files for CNC, everyone starts throwin up flags, saying you need a workstation, a Tb of hard drive, quadcore, core i5 or better, or AMD phenom II, and a min. of 6Gb of Ram. But all this software was made for older computers, Win 95, 98, and XP, right? So I said, screw it, today I took my gf's 6 year old Gateway to a local pc repair guy, who's gonna wipe clean the virus' it had, install OS, updated and minimalized required software, and just give it a good tune up, for a $100, and he said the same thing you did, so I'm just gonna run with it. Maybe I'll get the new Saphire Radeon that just came out, if it's compatable, with that $1000 I just saved, hehe.
Thanks for your input, I appreciate any help I can get. If anyone else has any inexpensive tweeking ideas for me, please feel free! I'm unemployed and just trying to get a small fabrication business started with minimal funds. Thanks

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November 30, 2010 at 15:22:25
It depends on what programs you are using. If you were using Autocad then you might need something more.

How much do you want to spend and what, if any computer equipment do you currently have.

Rendering and 3D views workout the graphics card. So you should have a dedicated graphics card.

Don't go for the latest/greatest graphics card. If your girlfriends computer is 6 years old the type of card it uses, if a slot is even available, may be fairly obsolete. Newer cards all run in a PCIe x16 slot.

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December 1, 2010 at 09:46:45
I don't have AutoCAD yet, I'm gonna see if my Corel 9 and Rhno will sufficient enough first. The AutoSketch is an old Win95 version, and is loaded on the laptop, thats dedicated to my flamecutting/plasma table, with Flashcut CNC. So, I probably won't worry about loading it on my other PC. The Gateway just has the onboard Intel(R) video/graghics card, I think it said accelerator, or something, 64 Mg. 512 Mb of ram for now, but will probably add a 1gb stick. Has the older PCI slot, so like you said, the vid cards wont work, but I could still get a good one for it if needed. The ATI Radeon I put in my 8 year old Dell, seems to work pretty good.

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December 1, 2010 at 10:07:48
If in the end the hardware you have now isn't getting the job done then come back and ask again.

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December 1, 2010 at 10:35:44
Will do, and thanks again for your help

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