If a regular stock computer was a bicycle then a Day Trading Computer would be a Harley Davidson! The power, functionality, and speed are superior. If you're a day trader I would suggest doing some research and make sure you get exactly what you need. These computers come standard with a lot of stuff but look into any upgrades that could really make a difference for you. Great quality video cards are a must for day trading computers.
How much Muscle do you need in a Day Trading Computer?
Generally speaking your probably replacing your computer due to slow speeds that keep you waiting, upgrading only prolongs poor performance, and the inevitable breakdown. Purchasing a Multiple Monitor system, will get you a longer service life because the faster processing speeds of the CPU coupled withthe industries leading components will combine to delay the day you'll need to replace it.
Day Trading Tools and Support
Tick charts with multiple indicators applied to them, need faster processors. How fast? As fast as you can get budget wise. Tick charts with those convenient indicators can put a heavy weight on the processor's "things to do" list, especially when the markets volume is at it's peak.
The main problem day traders have time and time again, is lack of performance in their current trading computer. Also multi screen compatibility, and reliability. One can not emphasize enough just how crucial it is to your trading success, to not have down time in your stock quotes due to processing speed. In an industry where "every second counts," and the actual price of a trade can shift significantly in just a couple of seconds, it's never more important to have a reliable performing multiple monitors.
Choosing a Processor
When you want high performance-rich computing power, start by looking at the processor. Intel has made some groundbreaking advancements, revolutionizing desktop and mobile PCs, workstations and servers too. Not to mention the ability to display multiple monitors.
The i7 processor can perform about 30% more calculations per GHz than a Core2 processor used in a similar configuration. Additionally, the i7 processor has 4 CPU cores to improve performance when more than one software application is being used. This can be a major factor when running multi screens.
Ideal Specifications as a Minimum
Some Reliability Issues to Beware of
As stated on Intel's website, "overclocked processors can produce unpredictable results or system instabilities, which might not be readily apparent. The life of the processor may also be shortened. Then expected frequency is the frequency at which Intel warrants the reliable performance of the processor. If you have not intentionally changed the system bus frequency or ratio, Intel suggests you contact your PC system manufacturer or reseller to resolve the problem. If you bought an Intel processor that appears to be overclocked and installed it yourself, you should contact the processor place of purchase."
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