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May 15, 2012, 06:16:10 AM
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Not sure if this is the right palce for this thread, so feel free to move it to somewhere more appropriate.

I've been thinking about getting a new computer recently, because at the moment I only have a laptop, and in recent times that has not really been keepig up with what I need it to do. It's also useless for mining bitcoins...

So I was thinking about what sort of computer to buy, what parts to put in, and what my major uses for it would be etc, and I thought about building a computer that would be mainly used for trading stocks. Now I'm posting here to see what any other traders use in there systems, or if anybody has a systems thats main purpose is for trading. I'd be interested to know what parts you've used, what sort of cooling method and how many monitors, 6 anybody..?  

I'm thinking dual graphics cards, probably 79xx
SSD + 1 TB 2nd HDD
I don't think I'd like to deal with water cooling, so plenty of fan power.

Interested to know what anyone thinks.
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May 20, 2012, 06:58:10 PM
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I think you should rent a server. The main feature of a trading machine should be, that's it's online 24/7, so it can react to any trends immediately.

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May 30, 2012, 02:39:09 PM
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if bigger is better, get a large case, even if you don't fill it completely. You get big fans, like 120mm + 140mm. They keep things cool and at a lower noise. http://www.lian-li.com/v2/tw/flashpage/p50/
The SSD is nice for a server that needs high IOPS, or if you handle many small files, like the booting of windows. It's not needed for every day use. You're better of putting 2 drives in raid1 (2x1tb=1tb) or of you want less space lost, 3 drives in raid 5 (3tb = 2tb). If one drive fails, simply replace the failed drive at no data loss.
The 2 79xx cards are an aboslute overkill, unless you want to play the latest FPS or use them in mining.

edit: I connected a 40" full HD tv to my pc. You can keep multiple windows open, without things getting tiny. You don't have to look at the bezels of the 6 monitors and 1 40" tv or even 2, are cheaper or same as 6 monitors
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May 30, 2012, 02:48:27 PM
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Why would use need dual 79xx?   A single low end card would be fine.  Not even sure why it is included there.

No need for plenty of fans, high end graphics cards, or powerful CPU.  Mid tower case, decent cpu, low end GPU, 4-8GB of RAM and save the rest of your money for monitors and custom monitor stands.  SSD isn't really necessary but is nice for making the system more responsive (especially under windows).
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May 30, 2012, 02:53:08 PM
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edit: I connected a 40" full HD tv to my pc. You can keep multiple windows open, without things getting tiny. You don't have to look at the bezels of the 6 monitors and 1 40" tv or even 2, are cheaper or same as 6 monitors

Pixels is what matters.  Of course it is cheaper.  It is at most 1920x1080 pixels.   6 1920x1200 monitors would have roughly 7 the pixel realestate.  Still 6 monitors is likely overkill.  A pair of 1920x1200 monitors or a single 2560x1600 is a good setup.
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June 01, 2012, 11:23:38 PM
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I'm in the midst of doing something similar (graphics design + number crunching PC), what is the purpose of these $800 cases? For example:

http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=pc-p50&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-a&cid=17610631288785215733&ei=OkzJT6vCJ4L4M6Oq_IkB&ved=0CEQQrRI

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June 01, 2012, 11:26:06 PM
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Also is there some issue with a 2x8 gb RAM setup? For some reason AVA direct doesn't allow this option.
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June 01, 2012, 11:35:14 PM
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if bigger is better, get a large case, even if you don't fill it completely. You get big fans, like 120mm + 140mm. They keep things cool and at a lower noise. http://www.lian-li.com/v2/tw/flashpage/p50/
The SSD is nice for a server that needs high IOPS, or if you handle many small files, like the booting of windows. It's not needed for every day use. You're better of putting 2 drives in raid1 (2x1tb=1tb) or of you want less space lost, 3 drives in raid 5 (3tb = 2tb). If one drive fails, simply replace the failed drive at no data loss.
The 2 79xx cards are an aboslute overkill, unless you want to play the latest FPS or use them in mining.

edit: I connected a 40" full HD tv to my pc. You can keep multiple windows open, without things getting tiny. You don't have to look at the bezels of the 6 monitors and 1 40" tv or even 2, are cheaper or same as 6 monitors
SSD's are worth it.  One of the best upgrades on a modern computer, IMO.  It makes the whole computer just feel incredibly snappy.

Also, you're missing the point if you think a 40" TV would fit the needs of a stock trader.  Pixels are the important factor, not how large the screen is.
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June 03, 2012, 07:52:29 PM
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I would go with multiple monitors - you can get a cheap USB box and attach many of them easily to a single computer. No expensive 3D cards are necessary since charts don't take a lot of crunching power - unless you're using HLSL to do real-time analysis or something like that.
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