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New Workstation(s)...

If I missed a hardware thread here let me know and I'll move the post.

I recently reached a point of clarity in trading where I realized my hardware platform and Internet connection was downright dangerous, so its UPGRADE time. Just took delivery of Workstation 1:

Dell Precision T3500 with Xeon W3520 processor
4 Gigs RAM
Win XP Pro
2x 160G HDD
2x Nvidia NVS295 monitor cards (four up to four monitors)
3x Phillips 19" WS LCD monitors

I've added a second broadband connection to the office, and the next purchase is a dual WAN router and a UPS for it all. Should all be ready to go in 2-3 weeks.

In the back of my mind (and pending the cash!) is Workstation 2 for charting, backtesting, news, and email... keeping Workstation 1 as an "execution only" box.

What hardware "makes a difference" in your office? Any suggestions or ideas to help me get this hardware thing right the first time 'round?


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Congrats on a new build.

I am a hardware freak, as you can see from this blog post:
Big Mike's Trading Blog: About my trading hardware and office

I also have a dual WAN router setup, it is mentioned briefly in that post. I recommend the TP-Link router for sure.

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for "execution only", I think any $1000 laptop should do - only install NT, no Antivirus, check email, chat room etc.
for backtesting, that's diff. story.

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for "execution only", I think any $1000 laptop should do - only install NT, no Antivirus, check email, chat room etc.
for backtesting, that's diff. story.

a other solution is take hardware and a windows xp version you will rip down. i mean close all services you do not need ...
it gives some windows xp application on the net or how you can make this ...

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Saturday I put to good use K. Rudds stimulus package (Other Aussies will know what I mean) and upgrade my workstation to

Quad Core 8200 @ 2.3Ghz
750GB SATA2 HDD @ 7200rpm
GeForce 8600 GT Graphics Card
2 x LG 22” WS LCD Monitors
Win XP Pro

I also have a Dell Inspiron Laptop for web surfing, emailing, and computing on the move etc.....

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I have the following. I am also a hardware fanatic.

A. Main trading computer.
1. Core 2 Quad Q8200, Yorkfield
2. 4x 160GB HDDs in Raid10
3. 2 pcs of PowerColor 3870x2 and they are Crossfired.
4. Gigabyte EX38-DS4
5. 4GB RAM
6. Dell 2407 Ultrasharp in landscape mode (centre)
7. NEC Multisync 2470WNX in portrait mode (left & right)
8. Windows XP

B. Mobile trading computer
1. Lenovo W700ds. 17" mobile workstation.
2. Windows Vista Business 64.

B. Server
1. 2x Xeon Quad Core E5320, Clovertown
2. 4x 500GB HDDs in Raid10 (Main OS)
3. 6x 1TB HDDs in Raid5 (File Server for Movies and Music)
4. Supermicro X7CL-3
5. 24GB RAM
6. Digium TDM-400P (Asterisk PBX)
7. Ubuntu 8.04 with VMWare Server 2.0 with a couple of other OSes inside
8. Headless

C. To replace (A) in 3 months.
1. Lenovo Thinkstation D20 with X5560 x2, Gainestown
2. 2x Nvidia Quadro FX4800 in SLi.
3. 4x 146 HDD SAS in Raid10
4. 48GB RAM
5. Vista64 or Windows 7 64. VMWare Workstation with several OSes. Then it will be Ninjatrader 7.0.

Router is pfSense, an old P4 Celeron. It can take dual WAN setup. Once I move to my new place, I will have both cable and DSL.

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Hi All,
Good bit of info. on hardware/OS. I plan to use it well.


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