In the world of day trading it’s very common to see computer systems with five or 6 monitors, sometimes even more. A good friend of mine has 12 that he uses to keep track of charts, graphs and more across multiple platforms. Things like simultaneous display of all important programs, live feeds and even important websites. That’s pretty impressive if you ask me. So what goes into a trading desktop computer? There are 2 things he considers when putting are speed and reliability. I’m going to discuss some of the key components as well as the advantages to have such a system.
Key components of a trading desktop computer include the amount and quality of RAM, CPU (processor), video card or cards depending on how many monitors you want to use and the actual monitors themselves.
The Intel i7 is by far my favorite processor as of right now. It boosts quite a bit of speed, and while AMD makes good products, I still feel Intel has the edge. When it comes to RAM don’t be cheap. A full 8 gigabytes are recommended. There are lots of good brands, I prefer Corsair because of price and reliability.
LCD monitors are still the most economical and in fact have gone down in price. You can find 22’ Dell or Samsung monitors for under $200 now. Even better prices are available if you don’t mind some refurbished products.
Don’t forget dedicated video cards. One of my favorites is the NVidia GeForce 9600GT 512MB GDDR3 PCI-Ex16 2.0 which boost plenty of speed, but has a very reasonable cost.