Building My Trading Rig (A Documentary)

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Tums, Feb 23, 2008.

  1. Tums


    I am long overdue for a new computer.

    I am going all out for an overkill.

    In the next couple of weeks, I will document my journey down the extreme gamers' path.
    Yes I am building a trading computer, but if you didn't know it, you would think I was building a gaming machine.

    There will be trials and tribulations.
    All lot of questions will be asked.
    Different opinions will be offered.
    Mistakes will be made.
    Probably stupid mistakes too.
    But hell, what the heck, I need a challenge.
  2. Professional traders require maximum security/stability and typically have a box dedicated to trading. Gaming and other types of personal computing are best isolated to a separate box. One avoided crash pays for a second box.

    Having said that… For the retail trader and gamer, here is a silent, ultra high end PC config.

    Each component is best-of-breed.

    Processor: Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 3GHz OEM: EU80569XJ080NL
    Motherboard: Asus P5E3 Deluxe X38 chipset
    Video card: MSI nVidia GeForce 8600GTS 2xDVI fanless PCIe x16 NX8600GTS-T2D512EZ-HD
    Memory: Corsair 2x2GB matched pair DDR3 TWIN3X4096-1600C7DHX
    Hard drive: Western Digital Caviar 250GB SATA 3Gb/s WD2500AAKS
    Optical drive: Samsung DVD±RW DL 20x SATA black SH-S203N
    Power supply: Corsair HX520W
    Case: Antec Solo quiet mini tower
    Case fan: 1 x Nexus 120mm Real Silent D12SL-12
    Monitor: Dell UltraSharp 3007WFP-HC 30-inch 2560x1600 LCD
    Keyboard: Logitech Media 967560-0403
    Mouse: Logitech G-9 Laser 910-000173
    Speakers: Logitech Z-5500 970115-0403
    Processor heatsink: Scythe Ninja Plus Rev B SCNJ-1100P
    Heatsink bolt kit: Thermalright LGA775 Bolt-Thru-Kit
    Thermal material remover: ArctiClean Surface Purifier 2-PC-SET ACN-60ML
    Thermal interface material: Shin-Etsu 1cc syringe X-23-7762
    UPS: APC Back-UPS RS 1500VA BR1500LCD
    Operating system: Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition ZAT-00008-cd
    Productivity suite: Microsoft Office 2007 79G-00007
    Firewall: Comodo Firewall Pro
    Active antivirus / antispyware: ESET NOD32
    Passive antispyware: SpywareBlaster
    OS optimizer: TuneUp Utilities
    Drive optimizer: PerfectDisk

    This configuration is designed so that only one case fan is needed to cool the entire system. No CPU fan, video fan, or other case fans are needed and thus it is silent.

    The specified video card supports 2 x 30” monitors.

    Alternative components to consider:

    There are more powerful video cards for gaming purposes (of no benefit to trading), but none are fanless/silent.

    Two RAID0 striped WD Raptor hard drives would be a little faster, but the Raptors are noisy.

    An excellent UPS upgrade is an APC Smart-UPS RT 2000VA SURTA2000XL.

    64-bit Vista probably will be ready for prime time by Jan 2009 with service packs, mature drivers, etc. At the moment Vista is not compatible with certain professional trading software, such as TT X_Trader.

    If internet security is of particular concern, a hardware firewall would be very effective: Juniper Networks NetScreen-5GT Extended Ethernet NS-5GT-201.
  3. bighog

    bighog Guest

    What is your definition of "COOL" ? :)

    I fail to see a Quad chip (which run hot and can have HOT spots) will NOT require a active fan. A single 120mm fan in the entire case, i think not, a cheap power supply as you memtioned surely will have a fan in it, maybe two. But, to each their own. it is your money. .. :D
  4. Chagi


    Just my personal opinion, but you could probably spend far less on your processor with reasonable performance.

    For example, you could go with the new Core 2 Duo E8400 for about $250 CND (dual core, 3.0GHz) or Core 2 Quad Q6600 (quad, 2.4GHz). I would personally choose the E8400 out of the two, question is - do you really, really need quad cores?

    I would also suggest a different case, perhaps the Antec P182. It's not going to be fanless, but at least you could likely run the fans at relatively low speeds. I'm probably going to choose this case myself when I build my next computer.
  5. nkhoi

    nkhoi Moderator

  6. lwlee


    I have heard some good things about Intel's Skulltrail motherboards. Apparently they're the latest and greatest, especially for gamers.

    A gamer's machine is usually the best platform since it's I/O optimized for greatest performances. So if you want the best machine, you can't go wrong with a gamer's machine.
  7. lwlee


    Definitely a very nice configuration. I would definitely opt for a RAID 0 setup just for added peace of mind. I've looked into an external HD RAID-0 setup with an eSata connector. Performance is just as fast but you can store your data somewhere else.

  8. Recently had this built. It is running perfect.
    I am testing it out as is till I decide how I will change things. This setup ran $1400. complete with everything listed.
    Had it built by a local small shop where I do a lot of business.

    This was the best price I could find locally on this but maybe there are sites for gaming that can beat this.

    Running multicharts, OEC data feed, even recording the day and cpu is low.

    * 1 Asus P5N -E SLI motherbord


    * 1- INTEL CORE 2 QUAD Q6600

    * 1- WD 150 GB RAPTORX SATA 10K

    * 1- ANTEC 900 ATX CASE



    * 2 - CORSAIR 2X1GB XMS2 DDR2-800 CAS4

    * 2 - EVGA E-GF 8600GT 256MB PCIE

    This is still in progress, but I find it great as is.
    I am running Fios into this for connection and the security suite that comes with Verizon.
    So overkill yes, but completely ended all cpu problems in the past I had.
    I wish you success on your challenge.
    You will be very happy that you made the change.
  9. Tums


    RAID 0 for peace of mind?
    Maybe you meant RAID 1?
  10. Tums


    Thanks for the suggested configuration.

    After checking out the price of the "extreme" CPU... maybe I should lower my definition of "Extreme". LOL
    #10     Feb 23, 2008