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November 29, 2013 12:53:27 AM

I'm trying to build a day trading computer for my dad who's trying to get a computer to run two monitors. I know it doesn't take much but with the holiday season with all the sales here is what i came up with. The main concern is being able to day trade with the build, two 27 inch monitors, running static charts with live feeds. I don't know much about day trading and neither does he so any help would be appreciated.

CPU: i5 3570k
MOBO: Gigabyte z77 DS3H
GPU: ASUS 7870 GHz edition 2GB
Storage: Seagate 600 series 240gb SSD
RAM: Patriot Viper Extreme 1600 MHz 8gb (2x4gb)
Cooler: Cooler Master 212 Plus
Thermal Paste: Artic Silver 5
PSU: Corsair Builder 600w 80+ Bronze certified
Optical Drive: Samsung SH224DB
Case: Corsair 200r

After rebates and deals should be $660

PCPARTPICKER: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/jagura18/saved/2YLa

This is my second time building and this seems like a solid build. Just wondering if it would be fine for day trading. I might give him my old computer which is essentially the same but without the OCing power. i5 3470, msi b75, msi 7870 OC edition, 8 gb ram.
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November 29, 2013 4:17:33 AM

What you have there is basically a gaming rig, that would work just fine if a bit overkill.
If all he is going to be doing on this thing is browsing the web and general tasks, then you really dont need anything special in terms of hardware. Think a Core i3 and a HD7750 level of hardware.

If he is going to be running intensive applications (say stock predictive software, apparently that can get pretty CPU intensive) than you may want to upgrade that to an i5. Graphics card can stay at a 7750, because to run dual monitors doesn't require anything special, you could probably do it off the integrated graphics.

I would be looking at a build roughly along these lines.
- i3 or i5, locked processor
- H87 or B85 board, nothing too special
- HD7750
- 256GB SSD, though this depends on his storage needs, might need a HDD instead
- 4GB of whatever RAM, 8GB if you need the grunt
- 450W PSU
- Case would be something a bit sleeker like a Fractal Design Core 3000
- Aftermarket heatsink if noise is a concern
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November 29, 2013 7:23:38 AM

manofchalk said:
What you have there is basically a gaming rig, that would work just fine if a bit overkill.
If all he is going to be doing on this thing is browsing the web and general tasks, then you really dont need anything special in terms of hardware. Think a Core i3 and a HD7750 level of hardware.

If he is going to be running intensive applications (say stock predictive software, apparently that can get pretty CPU intensive) than you may want to upgrade that to an i5. Graphics card can stay at a 7750, because to run dual monitors doesn't require anything special, you could probably do it off the integrated graphics.

I would be looking at a build roughly along these lines.
- i3 or i5, locked processor
- H87 or B85 board, nothing too special
- HD7750
- 256GB SSD, though this depends on his storage needs, might need a HDD instead
- 4GB of whatever RAM, 8GB if you need the grunt
- 450W PSU
- Case would be something a bit sleeker like a Fractal Design Core 3000
- Aftermarket heatsink if noise is a concern


Okay so here is another route i am taking thanks to your advice

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2b8jt
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2b8jt/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2b8jt/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i3-3240 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8B75-M/CSM Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($161.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7750 1GB Video Card ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $526.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-29 10:16 EST-0500)

I would be saving $140 from what I first proposed but i feel the previous build would be lightyears faster than the i3. What do you think should is the $140 worth the leap in performance?

P.S. The PSU is only $30 for 600w compared to $28 for 430w so i will keep that along with the case which is $40
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