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Quad-core laptop help

wildfire21 121 29 August 14, 2016 at 09:55 AM
Looking to upgrade to a quad-core laptop for less than $600.

Preferences:

1. SSD of at least 240 GB
2. Windows OS
3. Dedicated graphics card
4. 15-inch or 17-inch screen (preferably 1920x1080)
5. Minimum 8 GB RAM

Primary uses:

1. Trading (futures contracts, options, some stocks), platforms mainly thinkorswim and NinjaTrader
2. Web browsing on chrome while trading platform is open and running
3. Web surfing, watching videos

Looking to purchase before end of September 2016.

Closest I've been able to find so far is this: http://slickdeals.net/f/9005095-asus-x555da-as11-15-6-laptop-amd-a10-8700p-1080p-led-8gb-ddr3-256gb-ssd-amd-radeon-r5-graphics-dvdrw-win10-399-with-free-shipping?v=1

Am I asking too much in specs for price? B2S not offering much in deals so far.

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Is there a reason why you're specifically looking for a quad core? If you broaden your search to include the popular i5-6200u you'll find much more options and the performance difference isn't very much. And realize a dual core i5 can process 4 threads at once. So I personally wouldn't get hung up on core count unless you're doing processor intensive stuff (which your use cases seem to suggest not).
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Is there a reason why you're specifically looking for a quad core? If you broaden your search to include the popular i5-6200u you'll find much more options and the performance difference isn't very much. And realize a dual core i5 can process 4 threads at once. So I personally wouldn't get hung up on core count unless you're doing processor intensive stuff (which your use cases seem to suggest not).

Trading software very processor intensive. Multiple tabs open at same time within the same program.

Current laptop keeps skipping on time/downloads with as few as four items open within tos (thinkorswim) at once.

From what I've read in various trading forums, a more modern quad-core should help eliminate/drastically reduce the problem.
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If you aren't doing 3D modeling/rendering, gaming, or any GPGPU tasks (e.g. involving CUDA/OpenCL), the discrete graphics card part may not be that necessary and more RAM may be more beneficial (though still not necessary) depending on your usage habits.

None the less, based on the requirements you posted so far and if you're willing to install the SSD yourself aftermarket, a refurbished Inspiron 7559 would probably fit the bill if you can wait for the next Dell Outlet sale and grab it quickly.

Outlet link: http://outlet.us.dell.com/ARBOnli...665&~ck=mn
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Quote from Sephoroth View Post :
If you aren't doing 3D modeling/rendering, gaming, or any GPGPU tasks (e.g. involving CUDA/OpenCL), the discrete graphics card part may not be that necessary and more RAM may be more beneficial (though still not necessary) depending on your usage habits.

None the less, based on the requirements you posted so far and if you're willing to install the SSD yourself aftermarket, a refurbished Inspiron 7559 would probably fit the bill if you can wait for the next Dell Outlet sale and grab it quickly.

Outlet link: http://outlet.us.dell.com/ARBOnli...665&~ck=mn
Thanks, I'll keep an eye on it. Had a Dell laptop before my current Acer.

Trading programs surprisingly require both a lot of RAM and processing power/cores when one has multiple items up. Think or Swim likes to freeze up when the cash market opens and closes, and whenever there's a high-volume moment.
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