I'm resurrecting this thread to ask a comp power question rather than starting a new thread. Not sure if anyone will read it.
Anyway. I am deciding between 4 core processor and 6 core. I know I am going to get the answer that it won't matter but specifically I am wondering if anyone has experience or opinions on how more cores would handle range charts during intense moments of volume/volatility. I know that range charts are far more computationally taxing on the system and I would like to add more range charts to my layout but I have a single core now and it is totally maxed out with 3 range charts and 9 time charts.
I use a lot of charts because I like to watch correlations and money flows from market to market therefore I have NQ, ES, DAX, Euro, Yen, Oil, Gold, 30yr, 10 yr, etc etc etc all running at once.
Anyone have a thought as to whether the extra two cores will improve system performance AND perhaps more importantly will NinjaTrader 7 even use all the cores to begin with?
+1 on this. I bought at i7 930 on the cheap. I've converted most of my stuff to NT 7. From what I see, NT7 won't use the hyperthreaded cores but hits the 4 main cores consistently in backtesting/optimizations. Not sure if anyone can confirm the lack of hyperthreading?
I turned hyperthreading off and have the 4 normal cores running at 4.2Ghz stable....but the key was matching this with very quick RAM. I think 4 cores is fine...you'll need as much RAM as you can get. DDR3 is pretty cheap these days. If you go Intel the i7's are Tri-Core. AMD is dual i believe.
I would strongly encourage you to get a reallly good power supply too with good Amps.
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It's plenty for a trading box. I would focus on quality PSU (not necessarily more wattage), focus on quiet or near silent PSU and GPU, an aftermarket CPU heatsink+fan (again for quietness).
An SSD will make your charting application load faster, but once it's loaded will make zero difference really. Personally I would rather see you save your money and either buy a 800W UPS (CyberPower for instance) or get an external 1TB backup drive so you can backup your system nightly or weekly --- both of those are better investments than an SSD in my opinion, for a trading machine.
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With a Black edition CPU the multiplier is unlocked so you can OC by just increasing the multiplier. You need a bios that allows that though but it is common in machines that aren't bought in stores. The motherboard I have is here. BTW I put together a i7 Sandy Bridge machine for my neighbor and the motherboard was $100 more, some of the SATA ports were still SATA II and not all of the PCIe video slots were full speed. I don't think that machine would be any better for trading either.
I semi agree here but I would never go without an SSD now. If I have to restart NT in the trading day the last thing I want is to wait for it to start up and get the charts going. Heaven forbid the computer need rebooting too. With a SSD the boot time can be 20 - 30 seconds. If I need to start Skype, start Outlook (normally slowww) or open a browser (slowww Firefox) there is no wait at all. To me these are important on my machine for my business.