I've convinced myself in the past few weeks that I need a cnc machine.:thumbup: So I've been all over the net and i am starting to understand what is required but am now to the deciding phase and need help with directions to take. I would like this thread to take on work in progress kinda theme, meaning as I go thru the process of getting cnc I will ask for guidance and recommendations. Even though this is for me , at the end maybe another newbie can follow the same route. As of now I have zero, make that negative zero knowledge of cnc operations, but do have some machining exp. the machine will be the taig cnc model ready to go minus computer. I've picked this one for size envelope and power. I have a rf 45 clone , but if I make it cnc without knowing what I'm doing , the cost to fix is just that much more. If I feel like upgrading after to a bigger machine we can make that decision if I'm comfortable doing cnc. Other than what I've researched so far, my understanding is cad, then cam then control system such as Mach 3. As of now I have chosen designspark mechanical or draftsight for my cad and will upgrade later as needed. I'm also looking at dolphin cad/cam. More for the ability to show simulations than anything but looks to be a thorough program. It is a 1k$ though. A little pricey for me , but this will be a home shop, making one off parts and maybe a small $$ making on the side. So first thing is the computer. Research points to a 8-12 ram. With 16 and up being optimal. Not really knowing much about comp. performance , the gamer style comp. looks to be the one. Has the requirements of most cad cam programs for decent prices. Is this neededor right?, some are saying u need a special processors made for cad work, Or a purpose built machine. Granted all work, cad/ cam and cnc will be done with this so needs the power to do so, and will be a standalone working only unit. Will the gamers be the wiser decision?