Recommended Equipment

Recommended Trading Equipment as of November 2016

Very often, we receive the question: “What do I buy that will give me a great computer setup but isn’t overkill?”

With vendors selling “trading computers” for over $2,000 just for the PC, we feel that traders are often made to wonder if having the most powerful, liquid-cooled, overclocked PC out there is key to profitability. We disagree. We believe you need to keep your startup costs down but still get equipment that is solid and can serve you for 3 to 5 years.

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  • ManufacturerDell XPS 8900
    • Dell XPS X8900
  • Key Specs
    • Intel Core i7
      16GB RAM
      1 TB Hard drive
      Wireless Networking
      4GB nVidia GeForce GTX 745
  • Price
    • $871.36 with Free Shipping (Amazon) (Price drop!)
    • $779.99 +tax & shipping for CostCo Members
  • Comments
    • We don’t recommend buying refurbished or used

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Workstation Replacement 17″ Laptop

  • Manufacturer / ModelHP Envy 17"
    • HP Envy 17-s030nr
  • Key Specs
    • Intel Core i7-6500U 2.5GHz
    • 12GB RAM
    • 1TB Hybrid Drive
    • Full HD IPS UWVA WLED-Backlit 17″ (1920×1080) Display
    • nVidia Graphics Processor
    • AC Wireless Networking + Bluetooth
    • Bang & Olufsen Audio Processing
    • 6.9 pound weight
  • Price
    • $971.00 with Free Shipping (Amazon)
  • Comments
    • With USB to DVI Adaptors, this laptop can also be extended into a workstation at home

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  • Manufacturer
    • Crucial Technologies MX200 SSD
  • Key Specs
    • 500 GB SATA 2.5 inch Internal Solid State Drive
  • Price
    • $139.00
  • Comments
    • Set this up as your Operating System drive. SSD drives are superfast, have low failure rate and get your system up and running in a few seconds from power on.

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Using a single 4K TV as a Monitor

  • Manufacturer
    • Samsung 49″ Curved UN49KU6500 4k Ultra HD LED TV
  • Key Specs
    • 49″ Curved Screen with extremely vibrant colors
    • Motion Rate: 120
    • LED Backlight for low energy consumption
    • Only needs a single HDMI output on your PC (make sure your video card can handle the resolution)
  • Price
    • $522.44 (Price drop!)
  • Comments
    • This is my favorite setup. Get it with this HDMI cable. I use DisplayFusion (get it here) to manage the workspace and split into multiple desktops

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  • Manufacturer
    • ASUS VE248Q
  • Key Specs
    • 24″ Full HD 1920×1080 2ms includes connections for DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI-D and VGA. Back-lit LED Monitor includes VESA mount to fit stands listed below
  • Price
    • $159.66 (Price drop!)
  • Comments
    • These monitors fit perfectly on the mounts we recommend

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  • Manufacturer
    • Plugable USB 3.0 to VGA/DVI/HDMI Adapterr
  • Key Specs
    • Add more monitor outlets in full 1920×1080 resolution using your existing USB outlets. Can connect as many of these as your PC can support
  • Price
    • $49.00
  • Comments
    • Use this adapter to add more monitors as needed. These can be tricky when the drivers are first loaded, but work great on laptops and PCs once configured.

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  • Manufacturer
    • Logitech G400s
  • Key Specs
    • Optical Wired Mouse, High definition, Very durable
  • Price
    • $70.00 (Price Drop!)
  • Comments
    • Not absolutely necessary but an important tool

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  • Manufacturer
    • Pwr+ Quad LCD Stand
  • Key Specs
    • 24″ Max LED/LCD Monitor stand, Fully Adjustable
  • Price
    • $85.70
  • Comments
    • Long term, it is important to have monitors put together into a cluster rather than across a desk. A great way to gain back desktop real estate for your journal and notes

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  • Manufacturer
    • Pwr+ Hexa LCD Stand
  • Key Specs
    • 24″ Max LED/LCD Monitor stand, Fully Adjustable
  • Price
    • $131.10
  • Comments
    • Great for keeping 6 monitors at the right height and above your desk space. This is the one I use.

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  • Manufacturer
    • CyberPower CP1500AVRLCD
  • Key Specs
    • 900W 1500VA Uninterruptable Power Supply
  • Price
    • $139.95
  • Comments
    • Make sure your main monitor, your trading computer, your modem, router and any critical components are plugged in to the battery side. Test it by connecting everything and then unplugging from the wall to make sure it continues to run

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