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My Trading Computer

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July 19, 2010 – Comments (4)

I've recently built my own trading computer, which is a first for me because in the past I’ve always settled for an off-the-shelf desktop from a local electronics retailer. However, this time I decided to build my own desktop with custom components. Now, don't think that the better the trading computer, the better trader you will be; instead, think of what type of computer will best support your daily needs as a trader/investor in the financial markets. For example, a Forex trader may need something totally different than a Swing-Trader, and a Futures trader will need something totally different than a long-term investor.

The computer I built is no doubt impressive. I probably could have spent more money for additional bragging rights, but at some point, ROI becomes a reality and common sense must be heeded.  Ultimately, I had to draw a line on how much I was willing to spend; however, despite going with “good enough” in a few areas, this is the fastest computer I have ever sat behind. It is a machine that has made my trading experience much more seamless, especially when supporting an active blog, hedgefund, and other miscellaneous trading activities - activities that in the past took quite a long time because I was constantly flipping through windows on my 2 desktop screens and laptop. With my new desktop, I now have eight screens, which has definitely enabled me to be much more efficient (even while sparing one display for the occasional movie when I hit a lull).

Below I’ve provided the general specs on my machine, and I’ve added comments where applicable. I had a tech-savvy friend help me with my build, and I’m sure he’d be willing to offer some advice or provide a custom system build for a reasonable price. So, if you're interested in an upgrade to your trading platform, just shoot me an email.

Monitors

Eight (8) 22" Inch LCD Monitors

Comments: If you’re just looking at charts, spreadsheets, the Internet, and the occasional movie while you work, choose an economical TFT LCD display.  Graphic artists and professional photographers may opt for more expensive LCD displays for better color reproduction.

Here is the rest of computer (w/pics)

4 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On July 19, 2010 at 2:46 PM, TMFBerg (72.45) wrote:

Nice setup, SharePlanner!

Although, I think this guy has you beat :)

really big system

 

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#2) On July 19, 2010 at 3:00 PM, djemonk (< 20) wrote:

A value investor's trading computer is a chair.

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#3) On July 19, 2010 at 3:09 PM, Dobbes (< 20) wrote:

TMFBerg: The guy with that setup posts under the name Maestro on a different forum.  He does a lot of stat arb strats using options.  The station in the picture is able to execute voice activated trades.  It is not photoshopped.  There really are that many screens.

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#4) On July 19, 2010 at 3:38 PM, 1315623493 wrote:

Haha, you are ballin' ;-)

I have my own custom build, with a 36 inch flat screen LCD television as a screen. I hope to build a new system with a HD tv projector so that I can turn an entire wall into a screen, or set of screens. 

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