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I think if you do not go for ECC memory then it is better to opt for the i7 4770k chip insteed of the xeon e3.
With that video card you can only run 2 monitors from it I think and the xeon will not have onboard grafics.

I do not know what the difference is between the 2 chips regards the stability of the system.

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Just went on sale and replaces the Corsair in my list

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I found a great site that calculates the power supply.

Thermaltake Power Supply Calculator

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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.

Agree reliability is key, and to handle if the internet connection goes down or the power or to have a redundant machine. I tried to implement a good disaster recovery strategy, not may things worse than being stuck in a position because of IT problems.

Cooling wise if you have good ventilation inside the machine and decently power efficient components no need for water cooling. Personally I have my office in a well ventilated room and it works just fine.

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great score!

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If wanting to run 4 monitors - grab a quality single card which is capable of doing so - much less chance of problems due to multiple cards. (Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 OC Edition 2GB ). In addition, you have a much higher quality card for plenty of onboard memory to keep you covered for a good while. One card is always a better solution than multiple cards in terms of reliability.
Also, can come down in the power of the PSU so your system is more efficient
Also dont need to fuss with a Z87 board for extra PCIe lanes - just grab an H series micro size (lower cost again), and yes chuck in a Xeon if you want (although, honestly, an i5 is more than adequate unless running applications that can benefit from multi-threaded CPU's)
go down to micro case such as Silverstone TJ08-E Case - why? awesome cooling while being quiet plus NO DUST due to positive pressure design. (PC's fill up with dust more than people realize - once you go to a Silverstone positive pressure case, you wont change)...and of course there is the advantage of the smaller footprint

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I found a great site that calculates the power supply.

Thermaltake Power Supply Calculator

Two things to note in power supply are what is the "available" power for your system and also make sure you are getting enough cables for your multiple graphics cards and that cables are sufficiently long enough. Nothing sucks more than buying a powersupply that comes up short on cables.

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Two things to note in power supply are what is the "available" power for your system and also make sure you are getting enough cables for your multiple graphics cards and that cables are sufficiently long enough. Nothing sucks more than buying a powersupply that comes up short on cables.

good point on the cables - makes it easy with just one card - no messing about
as far as "available" power - I think this is referring to manufactures who overstate their performance/have crap 12V rail - easy to overcome if sticking to Seasonic OEM (Antec)

A modern PC system is very efficient at idle – using 25 watts for a PC without video card is pretty normal, and an idle GPU will use 10 watts on top of that. And if you notice reviews, a high-end PC will use below 300 watts at the wall (as long as it has one GPU) which, if I subtract PSU inefficiency (~ 15%), it's pretty close to the middle point of a 500 watt unit which offers best efficiency.Too LOW and too HIGH rated PSUs are never a good thing ...

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Agree reliability is key, and to handle if the internet connection goes down or the power or to have a redundant machine. I tried to implement a good disaster recovery strategy, not may things worse than being stuck in a position because of IT problems.

Orlando is described as the "lightning strike capitol", though I never looked it up. I do know we get power outages a lot in the stormy months. And, where I live there are tiny blips of power outage, 1 second or less, several times a week during trading hours. I went with an APS XS 1500 to run everything I use for about 15m, and also have a laptop plugged into that with tether ability to my phone and a link to a 2nd router... But, very few power outages are as dangerous as the computer operator when it comes to trading.

Sierra Chart runs very smooth, does not crash, btw. Does Not Crash. others, do crash. Not that it does anything for me to continue to plug them. I just like not having other things to blame.

(I do want a Sierra Chart hat. Does anyone want to go in on a custom? )


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I am going a completely different, but similar, direction. I got familiar enough with parts and what they do to start analyzing "value", and compared that with a list of what I really want out of that computer.

1) Upgradability - I want to be able to use the bones for as long as possible
2) Reliability - I would choose stable over fast
3) Does the job required... No, Desired. What feels good. - as of today. I can always upgrade or scrap and buy new, and if I stay at the edge of the two above it does not hurt to start over.

I am glad I started thinking about a new computer in December with a deadline of April, and have learned a lot about computer parts and how they relate to each other.

I ordered my motherboard yesterday, bought my case local last night, ordered my processor a few minutes ago. Step One complete.

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