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I am unsure as to what I want to do with an ABIT AI7 (s478) motherboard.

Here is the "big spread":

-I will need a PC to power my up-and-coming CNC mill
-I plan to move to DDR2 and C2 Quad (Q6600) around Q2 '07
-I need money for the above-mentioned move, I could sell my current CPU/MB/RAM and make money off that to fund it.
-I need a parallel port to send data to the CNC (AI7 does have a parallel port, the DFI does not).

Scenario 1:
-I keep the AI7, buy a cheap 478 processor, RAM, HD, and some form of Windows XP (Home/Pro, doesn't matter). I would need to find an alternate way to fund my move to C2Q.

Scenario 2:
-I sell the AI7, and use the money from that to fund my move to C2Q. I would need to buy a parallel port PCI card from Newegg, to put into my current rig, and use this PC to power the CNC Mill.

Scenario 3:
-I sell my CPU/MB/RAM, and use that to fund C2Q. I would need to figure out some way to get a system to power the CNC, whatever it might be.


What would you do?
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post #2 of 5
whats a CNC Mill?
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A CNC mill is used to machine out 3D parts out of billet (block) metal. I would be using it to make various things.
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Ooh. A CNC man in the forums! I'd take number 3 myself. You could probably go into a used computer store and pick up some old Pentium III for cheap that gets the job done for your CNC work.
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I'm saying scenario # 3 as well.
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