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Help Build a strong computer for Trading

Crof 234 50 February 3, 2016 at 08:41 AM
Anyone have recommendations with current deals on a desktop build that will have strong processing/memory? Going to be running several trading platforms at the same time that hog memory, so the more the merrier.

Thanks in advance!!

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i can't imagine many day trading platforms are actually that resource intense, cumulative or otherwise.

they're being served their data from the network, not really processing it on your machine.

I'd imagine a serious trader would rather have larger and more monitors to observe things with.
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Quote from madmallard View Post :
i can't imagine many day trading platforms are actually that resource intense, cumulative or otherwise.

they're being served their data from the network, not really processing it on your machine.

I'd imagine a serious trader would rather have larger and more monitors to observe things with.
Need more info, how much are you looking to spend, how many monitors and what sizes are you looking to run, do you plan on using this machine for anything else, such as gaming...
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Need more info, how much are you looking to spend, how many monitors and what sizes are you looking to run, do you plan on using this machine for anything else, such as gaming...
No no gaming. I am looking to run multiple instances of Metatrader 4 and seen it be a bit of a resource hog. starting out with 2 but could go up to 8-10 at some point.

I don't need a nice video card. 2 monitors would be fine.

probably looking at
I7xxxx CPU
16G of ram i think should be fine unless i can go higher

price range. if possible ballpark $500 or less if that's doable.

Really don't need it to do much. just to be on all day and not lag with 10 instances of the platform running.

thanks guys
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No no gaming. I am looking to run multiple instances of Metatrader 4 and seen it be a bit of a resource hog. starting out with 2 but could go up to 8-10 at some point.

I don't need a nice video card. 2 monitors would be fine.

probably looking at
I7xxxx CPU
16G of ram i think should be fine unless i can go higher

price range. if possible ballpark $500 or less if that's doable.

Really don't need it to do much. just to be on all day and not lag with 10 instances of the platform running.

thanks guys
Im a trader as well, spread equity futures. The way I look at it is that this is my business and as such the computer which is the basis for the business shouldn't be skimped on. $500 is rather cheap for something that you base your business off of. Below is a link to the system Im currently building as an upgrade to my current system. Granted it's a bit more price but I also run 3 monitors and plan on upgrading to newer 34" ultra wide screens in the coming months. The video card matters if you plan on running any kind of higher end monitor. A $40 video card is fine for low end monitors but again if you're trading, screen real estate is important and not something you want to just ignore when it comes to parts.


[PCPartPicker part list](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/YLWz23) / [Price breakdown by merchant](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/YLWz23/by_merchant/)

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
**CPU** | [Intel Core i7-5820K 3.3GHz 6-Core Processor](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/inte...648i75820k) | $374.99 @ SuperBiiz
**CPU Cooler** | [Corsair H110i GT 113.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cors...w9060019ww) | Purchased For $95.00
**Motherboard** | [Asus X99-A/USB 3.1 ATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus...-x99ausb31) | $251.99 @ NCIX US
**Memory** | [Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cors...m2a2400c14) | $94.99 @ Amazon
**Storage** | [Samsung 950 PRO 256GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/sams...mzv5p256bw) | $188.95 @ SuperBiiz
**Storage** | [Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/sams...z75e500bam) | Purchased For $147.00
**Video Card** | [MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB Video Card](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-...80ti6gd5v1) | $609.99 @ Micro Center
**Case** | [Fractal Design Define S w/Window ATX Mid Tower Case](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/frac...dcadefsbkw) | $89.99 @ NCIX US
**Power Supply** | [Corsair RM 1000W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cors...ply-rm1000) | Purchased For $94.56
**Operating System** | [Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit)](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/micr...s-kw900140) | $87.95 @ OutletPC
| *Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts* |
| Total (before mail-in rebates) | $2075.41
| Mail-in rebates | -$40.00
| **Total** | **$2035.41**
| Generated by [PCPartPicker](http://pcpartpicker.com) 2016-02-03 23:49 EST-0500 |
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Quote from lingrouptrading View Post :
Im a trader as well, spread equity futures. The way I look at it is that this is my business and as such the computer which is the basis for the business shouldn't be skimped on. $500 is rather cheap for something that you base your business off of. Below is a link to the system Im currently building as an upgrade to my current system. Granted it's a bit more price but I also run 3 monitors and plan on upgrading to newer 34" ultra wide screens in the coming months. The video card matters if you plan on running any kind of higher end monitor. A $40 video card is fine for low end monitors but again if you're trading, screen real estate is important and not something you want to just ignore when it comes to parts.


[PCPartPicker part list](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/YLWz23) / [Price breakdown by merchant](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/YLWz23/by_merchant/)

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
**CPU** | [Intel Core i7-5820K 3.3GHz 6-Core Processor](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/inte...648i75820k) | $374.99 @ SuperBiiz
**CPU Cooler** | [Corsair H110i GT 113.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cors...w9060019ww) | Purchased For $95.00
**Motherboard** | [Asus X99-A/USB 3.1 ATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus...-x99ausb31) | $251.99 @ NCIX US
**Memory** | [Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cors...m2a2400c14) | $94.99 @ Amazon
**Storage** | [Samsung 950 PRO 256GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/sams...mzv5p256bw) | $188.95 @ SuperBiiz
**Storage** | [Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/sams...z75e500bam) | Purchased For $147.00
**Video Card** | [MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB Video Card](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-...80ti6gd5v1) | $609.99 @ Micro Center
**Case** | [Fractal Design Define S w/Window ATX Mid Tower Case](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/frac...dcadefsbkw) | $89.99 @ NCIX US
**Power Supply** | [Corsair RM 1000W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cors...ply-rm1000) | Purchased For $94.56
**Operating System** | [Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit)](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/micr...s-kw900140) | $87.95 @ OutletPC
| *Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts* |
| Total (before mail-in rebates) | $2075.41
| Mail-in rebates | -$40.00
| **Total** | **$2035.41**
| Generated by [PCPartPicker](http://pcpartpicker.com) 2016-02-03 23:49 EST-0500 |

thank you. much appreciated. will digest it all.
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Quote from lingrouptrading View Post :
Im a trader as well, spread equity futures. The way I look at it is that this is my business and as such the computer which is the basis for the business shouldn't be skimped on. $500 is rather cheap for something that you base your business off of. Below is a link to the system Im currently building as an upgrade to my current system. Granted it's a bit more price but I also run 3 monitors and plan on upgrading to newer 34" ultra wide screens in the coming months. The video card matters if you plan on running any kind of higher end monitor. A $40 video card is fine for low end monitors but again if you're trading, screen real estate is important and not something you want to just ignore when it comes to parts.


[PCPartPicker part list](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/YLWz23) / [Price breakdown by merchant](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/YLWz23/by_merchant/)

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
**CPU** | [Intel Core i7-5820K 3.3GHz 6-Core Processor](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/inte...648i75820k) | $374.99 @ SuperBiiz
**CPU Cooler** | [Corsair H110i GT 113.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cors...w9060019ww) | Purchased For $95.00
**Motherboard** | [Asus X99-A/USB 3.1 ATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus...-x99ausb31) | $251.99 @ NCIX US
**Memory** | [Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cors...m2a2400c14) | $94.99 @ Amazon
**Storage** | [Samsung 950 PRO 256GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/sams...mzv5p256bw) | $188.95 @ SuperBiiz
**Storage** | [Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/sams...z75e500bam) | Purchased For $147.00
**Video Card** | [MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB Video Card](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-...80ti6gd5v1) | $609.99 @ Micro Center
**Case** | [Fractal Design Define S w/Window ATX Mid Tower Case](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/frac...dcadefsbkw) | $89.99 @ NCIX US
**Power Supply** | [Corsair RM 1000W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cors...ply-rm1000) | Purchased For $94.56
**Operating System** | [Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit)](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/micr...s-kw900140) | $87.95 @ OutletPC
| *Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts* |
| Total (before mail-in rebates) | $2075.41
| Mail-in rebates | -$40.00
| **Total** | **$2035.41**
| Generated by [PCPartPicker](http://pcpartpicker.com) 2016-02-03 23:49 EST-0500 |
Thanks for the site. Very useful.

And as i said. i wont be on it all day. i just need it to run and not slow down or lag on me. Stability is more what i'm looking for than a powerhouse to day trade on with 4 monitors.

How's that look?

CPU Intel Core i7-4770S 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor $302.99 $2.99 $305.98 ($10.99 more than SuperBiiz) Buy
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $27.99 -$10.00 FREE $17.99 Buy
Motherboard Asus Sabertooth Z87 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard
Memory Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $69.99 FREE $69.99 Buy
Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $69.99 FREE $69.99 Buy
Storage Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive
Power Supply Antec HCG M 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $129.99 FREE $129.99 ($45.00 more than NCIX US) Buy
Total (5 / 7 Items): $593.94
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You have memory listed twice, don't think you need more then 16gb of ram. You'll also need a case and video card.
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Need more info, how much are you looking to spend, how many monitors and what sizes are you looking to run, do you plan on using this machine for anything else, such as gaming...
I would like to learn more about how to make money being a trader. Appreciate any good starting points? Books? ??? TIA
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I would like to learn more about how to make money being a trader. Appreciate any good starting points? Books? ??? TIA
lots of hours, days, months of trial and error.
Trying and learning different strategies.
Trading everything on Demo accounts before putting in actual money.
Putting in a little bit of money and getting used to losing. (you learn a lot more from losing then winning)
Getting more used to losing (and lots more learning)

Finding a strategy that works for you is key. Not everything works for everyone.

First figure out what you want to trade.
Stocks
Options
Forex
Ect....

about a generalized of an answer as i can give. Smilie
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You have memory listed twice, don't think you need more then 16gb of ram. You'll also need a case and video card.
case - already have a spare mid size case
Video card - i was questioning just running with inboard memory. But yea, ill probably grab something not too fancy.

ram. ill probably keep it at 8-12G

thanks everyone for your words of wisdom. the assistance is much appreciated.
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