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Trading workstation specs - opinion request

I would like to ask your opinion on the following configuration of the desktop PC I am looking to buy as my trading workstation:
- Intel Core i7 Skylake 6700 3.4 GHz
- 32 GB RAM DDR4 2133 MHz
- 480 GB SSD
- H110 motherboard
- integrated graphics Intel HD Graphics 530
- PSU 400W
- nVidia quadro nvs 420
- 2 x Dell U2415 24" LED monitors.

I will run Ninja Trader and TT Platform with around 6 charts (each with Jigsaw Trading Depth&Sales) open in NinjaTrader and 4-6 MD Trader DOMs and 2-3 charts in TT Platform.

Do you think this will not overheat when running for around 12 hours a day?
Will it run smoothly and not freeze during news releases?

NVidia GPU will be added by me which will breach the warranty conditions but I have to do it as I cannot rely on the Intel graphics.

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Friend, could you clarify why you don't rely on intel graphics? I have lower level model (i3 skylake) but didn't put into videocard. Still works fine with two 23" monitors.

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I'm running a Dell precision workstation that is 5 years old with similar specs. I have dual video cards (both of which are not as good as your K420) running 4 monitors 10 to 12 hours a day, sometimes more. The machine barely gets warm. And trust me, I run the s!#t out of it. IMO that's a good setup and you'll be fine. This October I'm getting the Dell Precision 6320 mini tower, I7, Dual K1200's...basically the top end 3000 series. The specs will be almost like yours but with 64GB of Ram.
With your listed specs everything should run smoothly. Mind you, when things get really crazy, and I mean really crazy, most home systems could potentially "lag"...a little.


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You should be 'generally' be fine given the load of only 6 charts. I caveat this because if you are running tick intensive calculations where everything must be re-calculated after each tick and they are in depth calculations, then a news event like NFP might cause the computer some stress and lag in the charting. But if you're simply doing something like a few EMA's, you should be more than fine.

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Friend, could you clarify why you don't rely on intel graphics?

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First, for faster graphics performance. Second, for connectivity - there is only 1 HDMI output from my motherboard and I need to connect two monitors. Daisy-chaining them requires a DisplayPort so I would need a separate graphics card to do that.

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Thank you, friend. I have two video outputs on my motherboard, so i connected two monitors. I have 2 workspaces running, 16 charts and one Jigsaw tools set for ES on one of workspaces. Works fine, no overheating or lagging. Though my case has 3 fans in total. So cooling is quite extensive. Anyway your setup looks impressive so the bottle neck is the quality of components and assembling. Not configuration itself.

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