Sony PSP I use here at the mall free internet!
I prefer AMD processors with eBay acquired Quadro video cards.
Tried a few from Duron 650 to exponential beast 3600 and it made little difference 1000mhz seems to be good enough but remember to dedicate a machine to controlling a machine....think of computers as being male...we dont like too much to do or think about....so one thing at a time...and learn to trim the distractions (services) and we dont go far wrong....Dell have bought Alienware... RIP Alienware :sad:
I love my Apples, PC's are only tollerated for control purposes. Like Geof, my first Apple II was used to control my first diy cnc platform, but you could hardly call it a controlled router!!!
At first I was thinking about building a computer, but then stumbled on DELL SX260, the smallest desktop ever. Specs:
Processor: P4 2.66GHz 533MHZ BUS
RAM: 512DDR (Upgreadable to 2GB)
64MB Onboard video
HD: 40GB Hitachi
LAN: 10/100/1000 Gigabit Lan
Sound, Front and rear USB, etc..
Computer has a parallel as well as serial ports, and came with Windows XP Pro COA and disk. I figured it was perfect as an NC machine. The price was right too, and all for $195 on eBay! You really can't beat it. Has external power supply and consumes less than 150WATTS, and ultra quiet. Attaching a photo so you could compare the 4-axis HobbyCNC Pro board to the computer it's attached to...
Go Dell SX260!!!
at work i use a 1 year old tits out dell, no complaints with dell. xeon processors, a too much space HD etc. only bogs down when doing an extreme surfcam 3d offset contour
home 1 -ath 64 1.8g 1 gig ram, 160 hd Winxp
home 2 -1.1 intel. 512 ram. 20 gig hd. win 98
comp specs are overrated, dont believe them, or pay for them
At work, a Desktop 1.8 Gig Dell P4 with 1 GB RAM, dual 19" monitors with radeon video card. Running AutoCAD, Inventor 10 and MasterCAM X. Very happy with this set-up.
At home, Desktop Dell P3 with 512MB RAM, and a Toshiba C series lifebook laptop with 512 MB RAM. Happy with both.
My wife swears by her Power Mac G5.
Home built pc for the cad/cam Amd Thunderbird 2 gh, 1 1/4 gig of ram, ATI 256 Meg graphics card, DVD/CD read write, USB 2.0 plus firewire and an old HD 40 meg, gonna be ploppin in a new pair of Hitachi 80 gig drives soon.
Laptop, Acer Aspire 5100, AMD Turion 64x2, 1 gig of ram, 100 gig pata hd ATI graphics.
All running wireless network 802G
Plus a couple beater laptops at the machines for transferring programs.
Got a bunch of old junk in the closet taking up space. Heck, I've got an old Toshiba 286 laptop in the shop, it runs DOS 3.1 WOOOHOOOO
A force of one