I'm excited about this new box, because I'm eager to tinker with the i7 and all its new instructions, plus CUDA. New box specs: 550 Watt PS (might be too little, but if it isn't enough, I will get another one and swap this one out with my other box, which has a screwy PS] Motherboard: Genuine Intel DX58SO Motherboard with DDR3, PCI Express, X58 chipset Processor: IntelÂ® Coreâ¢ i7 processor i7-920, quad 2.66GHz cores, 8MB Cache, 4.8 GT/sec CPU Cooling: (1) Intel Certified High Performance Heatsink DDR3 Memory (1) 6GB DDR3-1333 Triple Channel Memory with Heat Spreader (3x2048) PCX Video (1) 2 x 896MB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 in SLI Audio (1) On-Board Integrated High Definition 7.1 Hard Drive 1 (1) 500GB Hitachi 7200rpm 16MB Cache SATA 300 w/NCQ Optical Drive 1 (1) 20x Lite OnÂ® DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner with LightScribe Labeling Technology, Optical Drive 2 (1) 16x DVD/48x CD-RW Lite On Combo Drive Media Reader (1) 8-in-1 Media Reader: SD/Mini-SD/MMC/XD/MS/MS Pro/MS Duo/MS Pro Duo Network Adapter (1) Integrated 10/100/1000MBps Gigabit Ethernet Network Adapter Network Adapter 2 or WiFi Adapter (1) None FireWire (1) 2 Integrated IEEE 1394 FireWire Ports, 1 front & 1 rear USB 2.0 Ports (1) 10 USB 2.0 Ports, 2 front & 8 rear I've got a rag-tag cluster of about 14 desktops that I use for trading and data-mining, but here's the new specs on my latest "main" box. The hope is I can use the CUDA features to speed up some calculations and keep the transactions under 200ms, since I have a ghetto, non-colo arrangement. When I make enough to justify it, I'll start colo'ing boxes one at a time. Biggest problem right now? I use up too much power in my apartment and am out of room, so I have to consolidate boxes and start moving into multi-core systems. Don't know how to get around it, if I pay for colo, I need to make more money trading. I started with an i7, non-server config, and am probably dumping an old p3 box running a linux 2.4 kernel. I live in a cold basement apartment, which is good for the computers but bad for me. The other day, I turned on my space heater and the thing started smoking and burning. I panicked, cut off the circuit breakers, than manually had to reboot all the boxes and kick back all the processes. My ping to the broker is around 85ms, estimated time for ticks to come out of my feed provider is probably 150-200ms, and my calculation time per stock is around 5-30ms (e.g., SPY takes longer to work with than something like, say, NTAP or DNA), portfolio goes up and down from around 100 to 700 stocks. Home connection is around 20MBps downstream, upstream is 1MBps [which is fine, though I am pushing the limits]. This is laughable by pro standards, but this is my home experimentation setup. I want to be a pro-day trader and not some Wall St. monkey. Some other issues: 1) Would like to get a new backup broker, a decent paper-trading broker, where I can write code to their interface and just turn it on 2) I really need some better cluster/process management stuff. I tried to compile Condor, but it wouldn't compile. Any suggestions on how I can manage all these boxes without doing stupid stuff like keeping 20 ssh windows open, or running ssh commands to dump status everywhere? 3) Database cycling. I know jack about DBs other than what I read from basic web tutorials, but I manually go in every weekend and lop off the data that's more than 1 week old. Is there a better way to do this, and what's it called?