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Is this a good PC setup for Mach3 ?
« on: June 25, 2007, 09:10:29 PM »
Need urgent help on this please...

I have been experimenting with Mach 3 on a laptop (P3 550Mhz) for a couple days now and it works well, but I know my speed is significantly limited by the laptop.  So I have been looking for a dedicated PC for this machine, and today just took the plunge on a basic setup because I thought the price was decent...

- MSI K9MM-V motherboard, Micro-ATX, 1000Mhz FSB, Lan, USB, Video, Audio, etc.
- AMD Athlon64 3000+ Processor running at 1.8GHz.
- 1GB DDR2 RAM.

My intention is to run this headless and connect it to my local network, then remotely connect to it from another PC or laptop in the house to control it, so I don't care about the video capabilities etc of the mobo.  I'll actually disable the video on the mobo.  I'll be running Win2k if it works on this mobo.

Is this workable?  Or will Mach 3 complain about the missing video?  Also, I want to get the max speed possible from this setup, which I understand is 45kHz.  Can I get it with this setup?

I can return the mobo, CPU, ram, etc if I don't open it, so I want to find out asap.  Other option I looked at is a Biostar mobo with Celeron 2.5Ghz and 1GB ram from newegg (mail order) for about the same price.

Opinions?... please

Thanks,
-Neil.
Re: Is this a good PC setup for Mach3 ?
« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2007, 12:09:01 AM »
By the numbers it looks like it will run good, as long as you use a video card and not onboard video.
Re: Is this a good PC setup for Mach3 ?
« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2007, 07:57:47 AM »
Actually, I was planning on running it headless -- ie: no video, kybd or mouse.  I would remotely access it from another machine.  I'm still not sure if Mach 3 would like that though.  I'm still trying to figure out why Mach3 needs good video, as so far I only see some crude path plotting in a small window in the upper right corner.
Thanks,
-Neil.

Re: Is this a good PC setup for Mach3 ?
« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2007, 09:26:55 AM »
Another option, I just found, at a lower price is this...
- ECS K8M800 Micro ATX, socket 754
- Athlon 64 3200+ Venice 2.2Ghz.
- 1GB of DDR-400 Ram

Shouldn't this be faster than the MSI w/1.8Ghz above (the MSI uses DDR2-667 though)?

Thanks again,
-Neil.

Hood

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Re: Is this a good PC setup for Mach3 ?
« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2007, 04:18:41 PM »
Not sure what ECS mobos are like now but they were pretty poor a while back, suppose things have come a long way since I last messed with them though.
Hood