Need to replace my system which is about 4 years old. Do not want to build anything but just make a reasonable purchase.
Required: Reliable workstation with reasonably strong processor, Windows 7 64-bit, to connect up to 4 monitors (2560 x 1600), 3 year-onsite-service
- Dell Precision T3500
- HP z400
- Lenovo S20
All come with a Intel X58 express Chipset, at least a Xeon W3530 processor and can use two nVidia NVS 295 graphics adapters to connect the 4 monitors. Can be easily ordered online, no custom-built features required. The HP and Lenovo workstation come without the graphics adapters, so I need to get them separately to put them into the machines.
All machines can be upgraded to connect 8 monitors (HP officially only supports 6) by using NVidia NVS 450 cards, probably will never need this. Information overload confuses and does not help.
(1) Have not been able to find appropriate documentation on the noise levels generated by these systems - referring to fan noise under moderate processor load.
(2) Does anybody have an idea about the support levels for Dell, HP and Lenovo?
My current system is a Dell workstation. The only thing that I do not like is the noise.
Last edited by Fat Tails; November 28th, 2010 at 04:22 AM.
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I seem to be in a similar situation as Fat Tails...
But I want to upgrade my video card from having dual capabilities to three monitor viewing.
I have an old Dell computer with a 305 watt power supply. The video card I purchased is a ATI Radeon 5450 (Display: up to 3 monitors) The video card requires a minimum of 350 watts power supply.
I purchased a New Dell 375 watt power supply from a vendor, who claimed it was new. I just received it yesterday and opened it up today only to see that the wires are all dusty and the fan is dusty as well...but I figured I'll go and install and see what happens. Golly geez it boots up...note: my CPU temperature with the old power supply hovers around 50c, but with this new power supply my cpu temp shot up to 68c with in 5 minutes...thus replacing the power supply back to the original.
Can I run the video card with just a 305w power supply??? It uses a passive heat sink and it won't be used for games or any 3d graphics....it'll be used just for charts on 3 monitors.
I don't want to hunt down another power supply and wait for its delivery...brr
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I really don't know if graphic card will make your trading better. I think if you focus on trading computer, just make sure it got good CPU power, enough ram, enough harddisk, good enough graphic card to render chart (Even built in one will do an excellent job thesedays).