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Trading laptop - Alienware or Falcon Trading Systems?

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Any suggestions then? When I pick 32 GB Ram + SSD my results = gaming laptop.

That's true, 32 GB laptop are easier to find in gaming laptops, but you can find some (check Dell for example).
And unless having to very heavy optimizations 16 GB is more than enough.

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Agree on Falcon - they will build what you need to your specifications and if you’re not sure about the tech stuff, let them know what you’re doing and they will help spec it out for you. I have a desktop and it is a quality machine.

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Laptop 4K

Make sure you buy a lap top with a 4k monitor....... when you plug into your large monitor you can run a 55"TV. The resolution will be basically 4 - 27" monitors at 1080P all on one screen. I run a 50" 4k Samsung TV and works great!

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trading computer

have you checked out eddie z site?

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Not for a few years. Eddie does a good job!

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Computer just crapped out today so I'm looking to buy a new laptop just for trading. Mostly will be using it at home, but will take it to work sometimes too. Needs a large monitor and must be able to hook up an additional 34" monitor. I need something fast for scalping. Needs to be able to handle Jigsaw and QTrader at the same time along with screen recording software. Do I need 16 GB or 32 GB RAM? Get a SSD? So far I am looking at Alienware or Falcon Trading Systems, but am open to other suggestions. Thanks in advance.

I am using a laptop by MSI.


Gamers like it.

Complaint? The fan sounds like Boeing made it to start a jet engine.

The people in the trading room I visit can hear it, LOL. They tell me it sounds like Martian music.

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Trading computer

I have had many trading computers over the years, including many Dell computers, 2 MacBook Pro, 2 Asus, and ones I cannot remember. Through the years Dell became unbearable, and unreliable. Asus was a mistake, not only because it was unreliable, but simple things like purchasing a backup power adapter required dealing directly with China which was a disaster. Try to get a backup power cord for an ASUS trading laptop after you buy the laptop and you may have similar experiences to mine.

About 2 1/2 or three years ago I bought a custom trading laptop from orbital There were a few little technical problems that were not the problem of the computer with the startup which had something to do with using Windows 7 Pro because I wasn't ready for the later version. The computer was reasonably priced, I decked it out with almost everything, and I got a three year warranty. I have had absolutely no problems with this computer. I liked it so much that I went out and bought another new laptop with Windows 10 so that I would have redundancy and I upgraded to faster processors and the real fast M.2 PCLe SSD.

Both computers work great. The monitor connections are not exactly the same, and the newer computer had a metal jacket, and the older computer look like the kind of body would see on an Asus, but I cannot tell you exactly what it is because I know diddly squat about computers.

I would highly recommend the orbital computers. I should say for complete disclosure, that I had a little bit of a problem on the second computer setting up Windows 10. But the guy who runs it, I believe his name is Danny, got on the phone and help me work out the initial set up which required reinstalling Windows 10. After that I have had absolutely no problems with the computers. By far and away the best computers I have owned, and other than the initial set up absolutely no problem. However I would say one more thing: both computers are probably overkill, but they are fast, and while they are laptops, they are heavy. Both computers had the 1920x1080 17 inch screens, and I elected not to get higher resolution screens because I've had problems with the 4K screens on other applications. You can easily add two 27 inch high resolution external monitors to each laptop. I was also able to get back-up AC adapters with absolutely no problem from orbital, unlike my experience with Asus. The one drawdown with these computers is that they only go for two maybe three hours because they are really desktop computers in a laptop package. I haven't weighed the AC adapters, but I would guess there somewhere between two and 3 pounds. So you're carrying around a lot of weight with the computer plus the power cable, but as long as orbital makes computers like this I will buy an orbital the next time I buy a laptop.

I forgot to mention that I had ordered a trading computer from trading, and when I received it I was so disappointed with it and also how dim the screen was at full brightness, I immediately returned the computer even though the technical advice was good and they were very likable and accommodating people, if your eyes aren't happy you will not be happy. So I went with Orbital.

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Trading Laptop

Any cheap gaming laptop will do.
16GB Ram is plenty. Most are upgradable to 32 at least. If you find out that you are running out of memory you can upgrade later on.
The weakest link is usually the Hard Drive. An SSD with at least half a GB space will take care of that.
Make sure it has an HDMI out for a 2nd monitor.
Most will also have a C Type USB drive which using an adapter you can connect a 4k Monitor to it. (C-Type USB to Display port adapter)

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Noisy fan

As far as the noise goes it can be reduced by the following tweak in Windows at least:

Power management >

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SSD is not even a question. It can have a mechanical as storage and the SSD as boot drive. I would go as far to say forget SSD and go straight for M.2. That coupled with min of 16 Gb of ram.

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