I'm planning to buy a new pre-built computer (right now looking at Dell and HP). - this computer will have no other software, will not be used for internet, movies, pictures etc. nothing but trading. Here is what I will be using: Broker: IB Software: Multicharts (sometimes Tradestation) Data provider other than IB One monitor / possibly add another 2 Strategies My trading style is a split between intra-day and swing. RTM. I take a lot of trades around the open and close. Automated. Is there anything I really need like SSD, a lot of RAM etc? I'm thinking of getting a basic desktop like the Dell XPS 8300 for $899 w/ Monitor. Why are people paying 2k+ for high end XPS or Alienware-type machines... Am I missing something? I don't mind paying more but don't want to pay for something fancy I don't need. Thanks so much for any advice. Hope I gave enough specifics and made sense as I'm not very tech-orientated.