High-Performance Stock Trading Workstation
Stock trading over the internet is gradually becoming a more popular pursuit, in both full-time and part-time roles.
Because of the nature of the shifting markets, stock traders need a efficient, responsive system that can display a lot of information at once. As such, a dedicated trading workstation is different from most other types of computers.
There is no need for 3D-performance video cards, nor is there a need for exotic storage solutions found in media editing workstations.
Instead, we see users looking for a computer that is extremely responsive when trading, has support for multiple monitors, and is as reliable as possible.
Overall System Performance
This Stock Trading Workstation performs well in applications that require moderate CPU power, with potential for large numbers of display monitors.
Xeon E3-1275 V6 | H100i v2 | P10S-M WS | 32GB DDR4-2133 ECC | 860 EVO 500GB | GTX 1070 8GB SC | Pure Base 600 | G 550W | Windows 10 Pro | SilentWings 3 PWM
This Stock Trading Workstation is $3000 as Currently Designed
Workstations as Low as $1500 are Available
Financing is Available on Custom Builds via Square Installments
System Design Rationale & Upgrade Path
We've put a fair amount of thought into how we designed this system, and would like to explain why we chose the above components. We'll also explain the various upgrades to the system, as you might desire.
We chose the Xeon E3-1275 V6 for its high single-core performance and ECC memory support.
System Change: If you come across a need for more clock speed, you can easily upgrade to a different Xeon E3 no need to change the system otherwise. Needing more cores could require a new motherboard, and could involve more power and cooling as well.
To insure that the CPU remains cool under load, we've selected a very good aftermarket closed-loop liquid cooler. Water has a higher specific heat than air does, and thus cools much better. It can hold more heat energy per volume, thus moving more heat away from the source. Using water cooling allows you to push your CPU harder, while maintaining the same thermals, or run the CPU at the same settings, with lower noise (and still good thermals).
The higher-end liquid coolers such as the one selected above come with very long manufacturer warranties (upwards of 7 years), so the failure rate is extremely low.
System Change: This case has plenty of room for air cooling, and has a good amount of sound dampening foam. If you are unsure if your cooling idea will work with this case, please contact us for further review and assistance.
Because this system requires a high uptime, we chose a high quality motherboard from Asus. This motherboard has dual server-grade LAN ports, support for 1 M2 NVME drive, and up to 64GB of DDR4 ECC memory. Asus is widely accepted as the best manufacturer of motherboards.
System Change: Please ask us if you have a question about a potential system upgrade being compatible with your motherboard.
We went with 32GB of ECC memory to give the user plenty of room for open applications, especially in a high-use stock trading environment. The ECC support eliminates any mistakes in writing that might be made by non Error Correcting Code memory.
System Change: If you come across a need for more memory, you can easily add in more sticks, with no need to change the system otherwise. The motherboard selected supports a maximum of 64GB of memory, in a 4x16GB array.
The SSD was chosen for its low cost and high reliability. There are other cheaper SSDs of the same capacity, but they are not as reliable, and do not carry as long of a manufacturer warranty. We've also installed quite a few of this setup, and feel very confident in our choice.
System Change: If you come across a need for more storage, you can easily upgrade to a bigger SSD or HDD, with no need to change the system otherwise. If you want to add multiple NVME drives, you will need to change the motherboard.
The video card was chosen for its large memory capacity, and support for 4K resolution. This video card has a very capable aftermarket cooling solution, and will prevent any sort of thermal throttling from taking place.
System Change: If you come across a need for more graphical horsepower, you can easily upgrade to two video cards with no need to change the system otherwise.
Note: SLI is not supported by the GTX 1050Ti or GTX 1060. The only GTX 10XX series cards that support SLI are the 1070, 1080, 1080Ti, and Titan Xp.
The case was chosen for its high build quality, implementation of sound dampening foam, and incredible amount of cooling potential.
System Change: Reasons for changing the case can be very hard to pin point. If you have a question about the compatibility of the case selected with an upgrade, please contact us.
The power supply was chosen for its high build quality, ample power capacity, and respectable thermal efficiency. Upgrading the wattage will potentially make the fan run slower, creating less noise overall. A higher wattage PSU than necessary will also prolong the life of the unit, as it isn't being operated near peak load.
System Change: If you decide to upgrade any single major draw of power, you do not need to change the power supply. If you change multiple draws of power, you may need to upgrade the wattage on the power supply.