For the experienced day trader, milliseconds can mean the difference between gains and losses. But what makes the best trading computer? Lucky for you, we have nearly 20 years of experience building some of the fastest, most reliable PCs specifically for day trading and we’re willing to share some of that knowledge. Read on to learn more.
GPU capable of multiple displays – for most traders, multiple displays are a must for tracking various indices and markets in real time. To drive them, you’ll need at worst a mid-range graphics card like the GTX 960 which by itself can handle up to four independent HD monitors. For more aggressive set ups with six or even eight HD monitors though, you’ll have to invest in dual cards. We generally recommend 2 x GTX 960 for eight 1080p monitors and 2 x GTX 980 Ti (or the GTX 1080 when available) for multiple monitors at 4K.
Quick processor – most trading software requires a high speed, multicore processor to run those complex calculations. We recommend the i7-6700k for most day traders because of its four physical cores (with eight total threads) and high GHz clock speed per core. Six or eight core processors like the i7-5960X, while great for many workstation applications, are not necessary for trading.
Rock solid reliability – the fastest computer in the world is useless if it’s not reliable. That’s why for the best computer for day trading, we recommend only premium, high efficiency power supplies with at least a Bronze efficiency rating (for more info on PSU efficiency, check out this post). For hard drives, we also recommend solid states because of the long term reliability advantages they have over 7200RPM drives. The additional speed is a nice little bonus too.
For more information on building a stellar trading computer, check out our full buying guide at TradingComputers.us or our ProMagix TraderPro configuration which we’ve designed specifically for traders just like you.