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Here, GA
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The best trading computer is highly subjective and prone to ego trips. But here are a few things, broken down by category, to keep in mind when making a decision.

Category: Beginner / learning to trade
Any middle of the road off the shelf computer will do. Save your money to refund your account.

Category: Back testing
As has been mentioned in another thread NT has a gadzillion little files in the database so...
1 A: Fastest and biggest SSD your budget will allow to access those little files
1 B: Fast CPU your budget allows ( I7 or Ryzen 7 of better)
1 C: Lots of memory (Min 16 preferred 64)
2: A beast of a cooling unit (heat kills a CPU). If I could figure out a way to make a liquid nitrogen cooling unit I would. OK, that might be a little over kill lol.

Category: Trading
Two issues here: Internet speed and as best I can determine NT is a massive collection of Arrays and Dictionaries so a machine that can handle that is critical.
1 A: Fastest Internet connection your budget allows as well as the best home/office router(or co-located if need be)
2 A: Fastest CPU your budget allows ( I7 or Ryzen 7 of better)
2 B: Lots of memory (Min 16 preferred 32)

Notice that I did not mention anything about graphics cards. That is very dependent upon your screen configuration.

There are lots of specialty trading computer companies that sell these types of setups as well as retail store, BestBuy, Fryes, Microcenter, and of course Amazon. Or you can be adventurous and build your own.

The only thing I can guarantee about trading is this: The fastest machine in the world will not overcome a poor trading plan and the fastest machine in the world will not overcome a piss poor internet connection.

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Are you co-located at the CME?

Not at the moment. Dedicated server in NYC with maybe a 16ms ping time right now.
In future, I'd like to use Rithmic's data center colocation offer at $500/month
since some of my triggers are "reactive" and so the latency reduction would help a lot.

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