So you’ve decided its time to start searching for computers for trading! Before you hop on google it would be best to arm yourself with a little bit of information, it could even save you some money! Buying from the wrong company could cause you to overpay by hundreds of dollars for potentially inferior technology! The last thing you should do is head over to a local retail store to buy a trading computer.
When it comes to finding the right computers for trading, its all about what’s inside the machine. The computer case might look fancy, with blinking lights and a fancy paint job, but if the component quality doesn’t match the looks then all you will own is a fancy looking paper weight. Are you getting the newest processor technology with 4, 6, 8 or more cores? Does your graphics card have the newest display technology for HD resolutions and DVI or HDMI connectors? Does the system have enought RAM and a new solid state hard drive instead of a slower mechanical drive? All of these are extremely important when shopping for computers for trading.
Security is also very important. Using modern anti-virus software will prevent hackers and viruses from destroying your precious data and costing you time and money. We recommend Microsoft Security Essentials, it provdides excellent protection and doesn’t take up a lot of system resources when running. Best of all, Microsoft Security Essentials is free! Its also good to have a reliable UPS power backup to prevent damage to expensive equipment during power outages and surges. Many of the good power backups provide 20 minutes or more of power during an outage so you can get your equipment properly shut down.
Since you’ll be running multiple software applications simultaneously, having more than one computer monitor is absolutely necessary, many day traders use even 4, 6 or 8+ monitors. This enables you to see all of the applications at the same time without having to “alt-tab” between them or spend time clicking on them on the Windows task bar. It is highly recommended that all the monitors be the same make/model with identical screen sizes and set to the same resolution. Most new monitors will come with a DVI connection, some HDMI as well. Both DVI and HDMI have the same image quality so either connection type will work.
Follow these simple tips to buy the best computers for trading you can find.