1.) The multi core PC CPU must have at least a SINGLE CORE (any one core of the multi cores) minimum benchmark of 1500 for milling machines, 1000 for Lathes. You can look up a CPU’s benchmark # using this web site. AVOID all Atom "Mobile" processors or equivalents. Don't mistake the Multi Core Bench mark for the Single Core benchmark of a given CPU. Use the link below for proper single core rating.
2.) An SSD (solid state drive) We only recommend Intel or Samsung SSD’s. Do not use mechanical hard drives.
3.) minimum 4 Gig’s of Ram, more is better.
4.) Windows 10 or 11 that is configured for CNC control use see Step 3. below. very important to make the adjustments to Windows 10/11 for CNC use.
5.) an Ethernet port (not a USB to Ethernet adapter!)
6.) A 1920x1080 LCD monitor. 1920x1080 (HD) is preferred, other sizes with a 16:9 aspect ratio will work but screens may be shrunk to fit. Square 4:3 monitors will not work.
7.) Windows 10/11 should be set on USA English numbering system and region should be USA so number formats (periods in stead of commas) are correct for CNC12, and you will need a USA keyboard.
8.) UPDATE Windows to the latest .net Framework. Many features of the Acorn CNC software use the microsoft .net framework tools. Run Windows update to get the latest .net framework.
A discussion of affordable PC's that meet the requirements on the Centroid Tech Support Forum.
8.) A copy of the Acorn Installation Manual. found here in the All Acorn Documentation page on the Free Tech Support Forum.