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Cores aren't everything, nor are they equal. I used to be pro AMD but their solution of "moar coars!!!" isn't a solution at all for the majority of workstation work.

I would recommend you avoid AMD at this point.

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Cores aren't everything, nor are they equal. I used to be pro AMD but their solution of "moar coars!!!" isn't a solution at all for the majority of workstation work.

I would recommend you avoid AMD at this point.

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I can second that. I ve had 3 AMD and the current one is self built I5-2500k 3.3ghz. Its about 2 years old and runs rock solid. 2 years of running about 16+ hours a day and not one BSOD. I am using G Skill 16GB with a 120GB SSD and a 750GB HD for storage. I see that you are going with MSI or ASUS. I personally had bad expereince with gigabyte and MSI. This time I went with ASUS and pretty happy so far. I upgrade every 3-4 years and so far this one is running really good. Using 2 27In and 2 24in screen with it. Let me know if I can be of any help.

The only problem I had with the build was the Windows 7 disc was faulty and it wouldnt load. Eventually I got another copy and used my code to load it and it worked.

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@GaryD,

Not quite a budget computer, more like a dream customized trader computer. At least, it can provide a good source of components designed and used by pros.

https://falcon-checkout.com/store/pc/configurePrd.asp?idproduct=1315

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I think with a current Z87 chipset you can use 3 displays just with the internal graphics of I5 or I7.

Would go for that as it is cost effective and environmentally friendly due to low energy consumption (of course one or two PCIe cards could additionally be added to that setup)

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Watercooling

Thanks for starting the tread.
I've started to look around components for a new system as well, so this is very useful. Overall your choices seem good to me, the only thing I would definitely change is make it fully water-cooled, this includes all major components such as computer chip(s), memory and graphic card(s). It has become a lot more affordable to do this, and it can make a lot of differences to your pc, especially if it's OC'd. It will also help reduce the noise if that's of any concern. I personally think going for the best is always better, even if it cost a few more dollars. This however all depends on where you are on your trading journey.

The other thing that could be of a possibility is to buy motherboard, pc chip, memory etc in a bundle rather then separate.

Look forward to seeing what you end up building. Best of luck!

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@GaryD,

Not quite a budget computer, more like a dream customized trader computer. At least, it can provide a good source of components designed and used by pros.

https://falcon-checkout.com/store/pc/configurePrd.asp?idproduct=1315

Cheers!

I looked at Falcon and at Digital Tigers Digital Tigers: Elite Performance Computer Workstations | Multi-Monitor Desktops, Laptops & Multi-Screen LCD Displays | Multiple Monitors | Trading Computers , those were where this whole build thing started. If I was going to buy one already made specific for trading, it would be a Falcon or Digital Tiger though. And if I was going to buy one off the shelf it would be Asus or Lenovo. There is an Asus with i7 & 16MB Ram, Windows 7 Pro, at a Tiger Direct 10 minutes from me for $799.00, which after all the research I have done sounds like a great deal...

For lower priced computers, the savings is not that much, but I can build a computer that would be around $2k through one of those two, for roughly $1k. The money saved will be spent in the time invested in the amount of learning I have had to do and the time to shop/order, build and setup a new computer, but when I am done I will understand so much more about how it all works. And, I get to choose exactly what is important to me for future ease of upgrading.

Here's an example; someone had asked why have an overclockable Z87 motherboard with a locked processor. At the time, I did not know, and if there was money to be saved in the build, why not?. I am past the age of being interested in gaming. But I learned today that to have the expandability to have up to 3 video cards (future), I need to go to that series. At build time, it only costs roughly $30 more to go with that chipset.

Plus, I NEED something to do. We have no kids, my wife works a lot, I do not watch TV, and I am very project oriented. I may even get a side window to admire my build.

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Thanks for starting the tread.
I've started to look around components for a new system as well, so this is very useful. Overall your choices seem good to me, the only thing I would definitely change is make it fully water-cooled, this includes all major components such as computer chip(s), memory and graphic card(s). It has become a lot more affordable to do this, and it can make a lot of differences to your pc, especially if it's OC'd. It will also help reduce the noise if that's of any concern. I personally think going for the best is always better, even if it cost a few more dollars. This however all depends on where you are on your trading journey.

The other thing that could be of a possibility is to buy motherboard, pc chip, memory etc in a bundle rather then separate.

Look forward to seeing what you end up building. Best of luck!

The water-cooled does not seem a requirement if I do not overclock. I do not want to overclock as reliability is far more important to me than speed. Plus, it is just another component to possibly fail. If I really need additional cooling I will go for a huge side-mount fan.

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I think with a current Z87 chipset you can use 3 displays just with the internal graphics of I5 or I7.

Would go for that as it is cost effective and environmentally friendly due to low energy consumption (of course one or two PCIe cards could additionally be added to that setup)

The board I am looking at will handle up to 3 video cards. Initially, to push 3 monitors I would not need a video card if I went i7. But my initial build will push 4 displays, and the build will be able to handle more if needed. And the $70 savings between the Xeon 1230 V3 (thanks to @Fat Tails) and the i7, will pay for my video cards.

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