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Last Updated:  05-20-14

Baker's Gas & Welding CandCNC Corel Free DXF HYPERTHERM LubeCorp Manufacturing Inc. ARTSOFT MACH3 PRECISION PLASMA LLC Steel F/X SHEETCAM COPYRIGHT 2014 DESERT FABWORKS LLC - ALL RIGHTS RESERVED- WEB DESIGN BY: DESERT WEB MARKETING LLC    -     Contact Us   - COMPUTER

Computer:

Custom Built system consisting of  (We assembled components):

Diablotek CPA-0170 Diamond ATX Mid Tower Case

ECS A780LM-M2 AMD 760G Motherboard

AMD Athlon II X4 610eW Drive

Microsoft Wireless Deskto Processor Quad Core

4GB PC3-10666 DDR RAM

Patriot Torqx 2 64 GB Solid State Drive

Windows XP Professional Services Pack 3 operating system.

Sony Optiarc 24x DVDRp 800 Keyboard and mouse

Parallel port to connect to header on motherboard

Serial port to connect to header on motherboard

Additional Case fans

24” LCD Monitor

The computer that you use to control your plasma torch need to be a dedicated computer. Which means it should only run the machine torch and not be used for drawing parts or playing games.   

Some say it should only Run Mach3 (The machine controller program in our case)

We use SheetCam and Mach3 on our current system and have never had a problem and plan to do the same on this new system.

Since we are only running two basis programs on this computer it does not have to be a really high end PC.

There a few basic requirements that it needs to have to work correctly with Mach3.

Mach3 / Dragon Cut Controller Computer Requirements:

 Min Pentium 4 PC

2.4 to 3.4 GHz Processor

512M to 1G RAM

20G Harddrive

1280 X 1024 SVGA (no shared system RAM)

1ea 25 pin LPT (Parallel) Port

1ea 9 pin SERIAL(COM) Port

Windows XP SP2  or  SP3

Keyboard

Mouse


 Optimized Windows setup

No automatic updates running

Disable Remote Assistance

No Virus Checker or background file checkers

No unconnected Ethernet cards (disable if not connected to a cable/hub)

Turn off all non-essential background processes in Windows

Thing that wont work:

Any Windows 64 bit install

Any non-parallel port pulse card or control (e.g. Smooth Stepper,  USB drivers, etc)

Laptops (even with a parallel port)

We watched for deals on components on sites like slickdeals and built our PC  from scratch.  We went a little overboard.  This pc is more than you would need.

We went with a solid state drive as our primary drive.  We have 4 GB of ram which is more than is needed, but it was a package deal.  The PC is fully booted in less than 15 seconds, it runs very cool and  it is stable and reliable.

Older HP and dell systems that you can find on  Ebay will work just fine.   Although this system is on the high end of what you need it was still affordable with building it ourselves we only spent $250.00 on the system with the monitor, which is pretty good for a brand new system  of this caliber.