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Trading laptop - Alienware or Falcon Trading Systems?
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Trading laptop - Alienware or Falcon Trading Systems?

Trading Experience: Intermediate
Platform: Sierra Charts, MT4
Broker/Data: IB
Favorite Futures: Crude, ES
Posts: 5 since Aug 2015
Thanks: 0 given, 3 received

Noisy fan

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

Power management >
Advanced Power management >
Processor Power management >
Maximum processor state:
Reduce from 100 to 90 or 80 depending on the performance vs fan noise reduction of your choice.

Riverside Ca
Trading Experience: None
Platform: TradeStation
Favorite Futures: Forex
Posts: 7 since Aug 2012
Thanks: 8 given, 14 received

Trading Laptop

I have purchased three trading computers from - two desktops with monitor arrays and one laptop with extra monitors. They offer solid machines ( military spec components) and excellent lifetime support. Not cheap but very good value. They will configure just about anything you want and can help you make a decision about what you need.
Very satisfied with my machines and their support.

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Philadelphia Pa/USA
Trading Experience: Advanced
Platform: Ninja Trader
Favorite Futures: NQ,CL,GC
Posts: 6 since Jan 2018
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Trading Laptop

Having been a certified tech, and trader for years......There is no such thing as a " trading computer"...That just means " more expensive than necessary" computer.

16GB Ram
SSD 512 GB minimum is nice - 256 GB bare minimum
a graphics card
I-7 fastest most reasonably priced processor which most $ 1000-$ 1200 priced laptops usually have these days.
HDMI out for the 2nd monitor for sure......

I don't see the point in 4K though.....not necessary...requires extra processing
1920X1080 15-17" screen fine.....Some laptops offer higher res screens but not as high as 4K
and they are pretty popular and not bad re resource usage.....

Alienware is overpriced in my opinion- HUGE if you get their traditional model.....I did enjoy mine when I owned it, but it was so big and heavy you could just carry a tower around with you! ( almost)

Investing in super fast internet like FIOS 1 GB is well worth the price for scalping in my opinion.
I just don't feel specialized machines are needed for our purposes. Good luck.


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Catskill, NY
Trading Experience: Advanced
Platform: NinjaTrader
Favorite Futures: NQ
Posts: 9 since Jul 2010
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Purchasing a Trading Computer

Hi, I highly recommend EZ Trading Computers. I purchased a desktop from them a bit over 1 year ago. Have been extremely happy with all aspects. Hardware & software. I in NO way benefit from my suggesting them.
Any questions, please let me know.
You do need to spend a penny to make a penny. I believe their prices are competitive. But you are not purchasing a mass produced computer. Quite the contrary!

Tarzana, CA
Posts: 21 since Dec 2016
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I really really enjoy the "help a trader out e-mails." Can you create a list of them please?

In other words, can you help me out with this?

Posts: 1 since Apr 2019
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Go with Falcon Trading Computers

ALC77 View Post
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.

Just purchased a Falcon Trading Computer. That's all you will need. They are wroth every penny...

Bristol, UK
Posts: 2 since Oct 2017
Thanks: 2 given, 6 received

My MSI rig has been rock solid...

I have been using my MSI GE72 Apache Pro gaming laptop for trading for well over 3 years now. 17" screen plus it can connect to 2 external montiors via HDMI and miniDP port. I trade with 2 x 24" LED monitors. In combo with the on-board 17" it's a great setup. i7 with skylake 6700HQ processor, 16Gb RAM, 256Gb SSD + 1TB HDD. It has an nvidia GTX960m which has never given me any issues and powers the 2 external monitors without a bother.

I recommend MSI because I travel a lot and although this beast aint the lightest (none of them really are), it's rock solid. It's been across the world with me several times. I bought this back in late 2015 and have traded hard and solid for many many hours on it since, so it's a good test. Backlit keyboard is great for the evening sessions.

The branded gaming rigs are the best in my opinion. I love this MSI and I would get another. Get the best and latest you can afford. Deffo get an SSD minimum 256Gb and get 16/32Gb RAM but make sure your processor is one of the latest too....and if you can, use another laptop or device for your email, surfing and youtubing etc.

Good luck!

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sacramento ca us
Trading Experience: Intermediate
Platform: Ninja Trader,Trade Station
Favorite Futures: es
Posts: 3 since Aug 2015
Thanks: 6 given, 14 received

I have a Falcon Trading computer haven't had any problems. I am thinking about getting another trading computer
I'm going to look at EZ trading computers also

hillsborough nj
Trading Experience: Advanced
Platform: TradeStation
Broker/Data: TradeStation
Favorite Futures: emini
Posts: 2 since Sep 2018
Thanks: 0 given, 1 received

I've been considering getting a new computer also. Just sharing my thoughts, I probably understand technology a little better than I understand trading.

I have a dell XPS desktop, i7-6700 processor, 16GB, 1060 graphics to support 3 high definition monitors, and 2TB HDD.

I use Tradestation and Excel. Google chrome seems to be a bit of a pig, but what can you do.

Looking at system performance with the task manager, during RTH, memory is usually about 50% used, CPU about 25%, and GPU about 10%.

Seems to me, a faster CPU and 32GB memory would be the most obvious ways to help. I think a better graphics card would also make a difference. Maybe I'll upgrade in the unlikely event that I make a little money.

I've been curious about why trading computer places seem to like DVI (as opposed to HDMI or DP) and 1920 resolution.

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Trading Experience: Intermediate
Platform: GSB + Tradestation
Broker/Data: Tradestation
Favorite Futures: ES, NQ, NG, S, EC
Posts: 0 since May 2014

Just an idea.

You might consider buying a cheaper laptop and use a VPS close to the exchange computers?


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