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New Trading Computer - Input Please

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June 9, 2009 6:24:21 PM

Hi, I'm looking for input on this new machine. I'm not gaming, I'm trading (futures). I will run two video cards to power 4 22" monitors, so I'll get two of the video cards. I think I'll get two of the hard drives and set it up as RAID 1. I'll be running xp for now, looking to upgrade when all the apps that I'll use are compliant.

I would appreciate input!

Thanks,

S

ASUS P6T SE LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail

OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory - Retail

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Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drives - OEM

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June 9, 2009 6:50:46 PM

Unless you are running 64 bit, 6GB is overkill, otherwise looks like a good system...

What trading platform do you run? I happen to be a developer on a futures trading system...
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June 9, 2009 6:56:02 PM

I work with traders every day. Here are the changes that I recommend:

You don't need a very powerful video card and you don't need 2. We almost always use Nvidia Quadro NVS series cards. The NVS 440 can take up to 4 monitors. the 280/90 series take 2 monitors.

Are you going to be running Bloomberg, Bridge, both or somewthing else?

If you are going to run XP, what out for the x64 edition. Lots of apps are not built for 64 bit windows.

If you are going to run Windows XP 32 bit, your PC will not see past the first 3 or 4 gigs.

RAID is recommended!
June 9, 2009 7:03:01 PM

BTW, the PCs that we recommend to client that can afford them are HP XW 8000 series PCs. If you are a trader, you want a company like HP behind you.
June 9, 2009 7:09:58 PM

Many thanks for the replies! Just what I was looking for.

I'm going to run Market Delta (probably several windows) for Emini trading.

Also Ninja Trader.

I'll check out the HP machine and the video card that was suggested.

Thanks also for the suggestions on DVD/PSU...
June 9, 2009 7:12:31 PM

XW series is being fazed out soon for the new Z series (Z800). I have clients running XW 8400s with Dual Xeons and 4 gigs of RAM... REALLY fast!
Xeons have huge caches that are good for most finanial apps.
June 9, 2009 7:15:02 PM

also:

I'm thinking 6 gigs memory because I'm assuming that Ninja will upgrade to Vista/Windows 7 and then I'll have a decent amount and could also add more.

Additionally, with XP I can utilize 4 gigs and my understanding is that with this mobo/memory it needs to be installed in 3s...3 gigs/6gigs etc....is this not the case? So, if I have 6gigs, XP should be able to use 4 of them.
June 9, 2009 7:23:44 PM

chrisa23 said:
Unless you are running 64 bit, 6GB is overkill, otherwise looks like a good system...

What trading platform do you run? I happen to be a developer on a futures trading system...

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As mentioned below, I'll run Market Delta and Ninja Trader, and maybe TOS for stocks...
June 9, 2009 7:55:43 PM

This memory is installe in pairs.

XP will see between 3 and 4 of those gigs depending on you Motherboard.

Wndows 7 will come in 64 and 32 bit versions.

Make sure Market Delta, Ninja and TOS run on 64 bit PCs. Thye probably do.
June 9, 2009 7:57:24 PM

Memory can be installed single or in pairs but they will run faster in matching pairs.
June 9, 2009 8:17:55 PM

rpoinvil1 said:
This memory is installe in pairs.

XP will see between 3 and 4 of those gigs depending on you Motherboard.

Wndows 7 will come in 64 and 32 bit versions.

Make sure Market Delta, Ninja and TOS run on 64 bit PCs. Thye probably do.



Cool, will do, thanks
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