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Day trading desktop build. Am I missing/ should I replace anything?

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June 3, 2012 10:26:12 PM

Hey guys, I'm new to the forums. I've been reading the forums and searching google for ideas on a day trading build and I am very close to finalizing an order. This will be my first time putting together my own computer, so I'm not sure if the sum of parts actually add up correctly. The whole idea is to have a computer that can have 4 monitors and display charts without any lag. My max budget is $1500, including monitors. I would like the setup to last a few years, so I tried getting parts that were in the mid-range of performance, or at least what I believed to be in the mid-range.

This is what I have in my shopping cart on newegg:

Case- Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid $54.99
Motherboard- ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 $121.99
Graphics card- VisionTek 900345 Radeon HD 5570 $179.99
Power supply- Corsair professional series HX650 $129.99
CPU- Intel core i5-2310 sandy bridge 2.9ghz 1155 $179.99
RAM- Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4) $54.99
Hard drive- Corsair Force Series 3 SSD 60GB SARA III $79.99
Optical Drive- Lite On Blu-ray burner 12X $68.99
Keyboard- Lite On SK-1788 $7.99
Mouse- Gigabyte GM-M6800 $14.00
CPU fan- Cooler master hyper 212 $29.99
Additional Case Fans- Cooler master 120mm 4in1 pack $13.99
Operating system- Windows 7 Home 64bit $99.99
Monitors- Acer S201 LED x 4 $399.96

Total: $1,436.84

Not sure if the CPU fan was necessary so I added it anyways, and the 4in1 case fans were cheap enough, and the case has an additional 3 areas where I can add fans. I'm not sure on the power supply also. I tried looking at 500-550W power supplies and the difference in price for a decent one seemed too miniscule to change for something 100-150W less than what I currently plan on getting.

Please let me know what you think, If I am missing anything, or should replace anything. I appreciate any help you guys can provide me.


Troy P.
June 3, 2012 10:42:56 PM

micro center got the ib 3540 for 150.00 last time i check..less money and get a faster cpu. the only thing i would change is the size of the ssd. you need to leave the ssd so that it can run trim and garbage collection. other that that it a good build.
June 3, 2012 11:38:07 PM

That's a nice computer there, but kind of an overkill. All you need is a decent ATI gpu with eyefinity and two dvi connectors.
That means you can pick up something cheap off of Craigslist that runs win7 and maybe upgrade ram and video. Probably for less than 300 bucks. That leaves you with plenty left over for screens.
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June 4, 2012 12:51:12 PM

Thanks for the replies guys. @smorizio, the 3540 deal is for instore only and they have no stores located in Florida =/. @Peettreedish, with an eyefinity card I thought the maximum monitors it supports is 3?... Also I switched the power supply with a OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W for $67, and to compensate for the money saved, I upgraded to i5 2500k, and a Crucial M4 128gig sdd and am still under $1500. What do you guys think? Thanks again!
June 4, 2012 7:28:51 PM

Look here

We have recycled computer stores here in AZ, you can pickup a used Dell with dual Xeons for about $250. I would think there is something similar in FL. Pick something like that up and decent card, and you have a cheap CPU for what really is just web browsing. Take the rest and invest it in something.

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June 6, 2012 6:42:38 AM

newer ati card can do more some of them up to 6 monitors but you need the right cables to plug into the video card headers. it tell you on ati product page how many monitors one card can run.
this one card can do 6. the card under it is the 7770.
June 13, 2012 12:11:49 AM

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July 4, 2012 2:14:08 PM

If you haven't built yet - or for others looking. Get a larger SSD, depending on which trading software you are using. I use Tradestation which caches a lot of data. It access this data a lot and also it is difficult to move it from drive c. I have 128gb which is plenty and it helps a lot.