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Wow, you really went all out to reduce noise. I'm not that concerned about it really. It's a bit out of my price range and I think I am pretty happy with what I have but thanks for posting that.

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Wow, you really went all out to reduce noise. I'm not that concerned about it really. It's a bit out of my price range and I think I am pretty happy with what I have but thanks for posting that.

I am sure yours will be just fine and whilst I am totally stoked about the speed of my SSD, it is the artillery in my bazooka and I could probably have survived in the trading world without it.
However, now that I am spoiled...

which i reckon means, once you've ridden a llama, you can never go back to a pony or horse.

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For whoever else will reference this thread on their computer build, my compguru worked this one up as an alternative low cost trading rig with nice upgrade capabilities...(not intentionally hijacking your thread, brother haines;-)


Processor: Intel Core i7-930 2.8GHz 4.8GT/s LGA1366 Retail BX80601930 $285 newegg.com
Motherboard: Asus P6T SE X58 6.4GT/s chipset $205 zipzoomfly.com
Memory: Corsair XMS3 3x1GB matched DDR3 1333MHz 9-9-9-24 TR3X3G1333C9 $63 newegg.com
Video card: 1 x PNY nVidia Quadro NVS 295 256MB GDDR3 2xDisplayPort/SL-DVI 23W fanless PCIe2.0 x16 VCQ295NVS-X16-DVI-PB $147 newegg.com Each card supports two monitors.
Hard drive: Western Digital Caviar Green 500GB 5400RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3Gb/s 3.5" WD5000AADS $50 nextwarehouse.com
Optical drive: Optiarc DVD±RW DL 8.5GB 24x SATA black AD-7240S-0B $27 newegg.com
Power supply: Seasonic X-650 SS-650KM Active PFC $140 newegg.com
Case: Antec Solo quiet mini tower black 761345-18500-4 $90 nextwarehouse.com
Keyboard and mouse: Logitech Keyboard K120 + Mouse M100 $28 newegg.com
Speakers: Re-use existing $0 l
Operating system: Ubuntu Linux or re-use an existing license of Microsoft Windows XP or better $0 ubuntu.com
Productivity suite: Open Office $0 openoffice.org

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Anybody here notice a big difference in 1333Mhz memory and 1600Mhz memory? The difference is $40, and I'm not sure if its worth it.

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Anybody here notice a big difference in 1333Mhz memory and 1600Mhz memory? The difference is $40, and I'm not sure if its worth it.

If your motherboard and CPU will natively use 1600mhz without overclocking, then its worth it. If natively it is only 1333mhz then the 1600mhz will do you no good unless you overclock.

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Well I would just have to "overclock" the memory controller right? It almost seems like it doesn't qualify as overclocking. I mean, I wouldn't have to overclock the processor to get the memory to run at a higher frequency, right?

But lets assume for a moment that the faster memory will run at its rated speed. Then would it be worth the $40?

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Well I would just have to "overclock" the memory controller right? It almost seems like it doesn't qualify as overclocking. I mean, I wouldn't have to overclock the processor to get the memory to run at a higher frequency, right?

But lets assume for a moment that the faster memory will run at its rated speed. Then would it be worth the $40?

It has been many years since I used AMD. But with Intel, the memory speed is locked with the CPU. If you overclock the CPU, you'll need to overclock the memory. There are many expert guides on overclocking, so if you are considering it I suggest you read them prior to purchasing to avoid pitfalls (some CPU's are much better to overclock than others, some mainboards, memory, etc).

Personally, my system is 2 years old and is a Core i7 920 overclocked to 4ghz on air. When I build my next system, the focus will be on making it smaller and silent while still doing a modest overclock. It will be watercooled and will hopefully be a smaller form factor case.

I use eVGA mainboards and am very happy, they have an excellent forum with great advice on overclocking. You can probably find similar forums for whatever mainboard you select. I've been an AMD fan for a long, long time (my first AMD was a 386DX/40) but in recent years I think Intel has a commanding lead, which is why my last few CPU's have been Intel's. So I don't have a lot of experience with AMD's lately.

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Now I just need to select a UPS. Anybody have any suggestions? I have no idea what kind of specs I should look for.

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Now I just need to select a UPS. Anybody have any suggestions? I have no idea what kind of specs I should look for.

I own many of these:

CyberPower 1500
Newegg.com - CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD 1500 VA 900 w 10 Outlets UPS

Mine is older version. I have one for my monitors, one for my PC, one for my networking stuff (routers, switches, dsl/cable) and accessories. I also own one for home audio stuff, and have bought many more in the past at my job, for family members, etc.

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So, from a thread here on internet speed, the take-home, for me at least, is that internet speed is not highly critical for what we do. Latency or ping is an important factor though...

Speed within the computer itself is important, as think all would agree, namely the CPU. I've also read here about RAM speed (possible over-clocking, as with the CPU) and SSD's...

What are the seen benefits of a faster computer vs. a slower one, with respect to trading?

If two computers, side-by-side, would the faster one display the candles / bars in more real-time (sooner), submit orders faster, other examples? I'm trying to appreciate what is to gained...

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