A common question I hear is “why exactly do I need to research trading computers? Can’t I just use my old laptop?” The first thing you need to realize is that a trading computer is not your average computer. Traders are viewing a real time data stream that is constantly changing. This is very different from the standard computer user that is viewing a single page of a website, writing a document or reading email. Trading is much more resource intensive task. The trading computer needs to take this real time data and draw charts (graphs) and indicators in real time. Trading computer systems need to be much more powerful so that they can do the thousands of calculations to support this data flow and information. Computers from just 2 or 3 years ago simply do not have to power to handle this data flow; especially if they were bought off the shelf at a big box retailer. As for the 3 year old laptop; forget about it. Laptops are designed for miniaturization, not power.
The next question that usually comes up is “So what exactly do I need research?” To answer this, you need to think about how you are going to use the system and what is important to you as a trader. Do you need multiple monitors? Do you need to have a super fast computer to run automated trading strategies? Do you need awesome technical support? Are you going to run multiple platforms and other applications simultaneously? All of these items will affect what you look for in trading computers.
You will then want to know the top 5 components of an awesome trading computer system and how you can pick each component to match your needs. You will need to know at least the very basics on how a computer works so that you get a machine with enough muscle to handle your trading. You will want to know the best brands of these components and you will want to know which components work with each other and which ones are just not compatible. Lastly, you will want to know how you can save the most amount of money while still designing top notch trading computers.
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