Two years ago, I used to trade U.S. E-mini futures with eSignal as my charting platform and MB Trading as my trading platform. My current computer system was sufficient for the task. Beginning this coming January of 2009, I will be trading again. I am planning to trade Asian index futures with eSignal as my charting platform and Interactive Brokers as my trading platform. I plan to have 5 interval charts open on eSignal and IB TWS running simultaneously. This is my current computer system setup: Dell Dimension 2350 Pentium 4 2.0 GHz 1 GB DDR SDRAM (Max 1 GB) 30 GB Hard Drive PNY GeForce 5200 256 MB PCI Graphics Card Cable Service Samsung SyncMaster 213T 21.3" LCD Samsung SyncMaster 710N 17" LCD This is eSignal's current recemmendations: Recommended: Windows 2000, Windows XP, Vista IntelÂ® Coreâ¢ 2 Duo, 2.0 GHz or faster 17" or larger dual monitors with 1024x768 resolution 2 GB RAM 40 MB available disk space DSL or cable modem Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 Power User*: Windows 2000, Windows XP, Vista IntelÂ® Coreâ¢ 2 Q6600 Quad-Core, 2.4 GHz or faster 2 or more 19" or larger monitors with 1024x768 resolution 3 GB RAM 40 MB available hard disk space DSL, cable modem, T1 or T3 Internet connectivity Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 *A power user is someone who uses 1 or more of the following: - 5 or more tick charts - 10 or more interval charts - 15 or more drawn objects on a chart (either through EFS or the line toolbar) - CPU-intensive EFS or back testing studies (using multiple loops, global variables, etc.) - Tracking of a high number of active symbols - Tracking of E-Minis in a chart or in a Market Depth window My questions are: 1. Is my current computer system sufficient for my current trading needs or should I invest in a new computer? 2. If I should invest in a new computer, where should I purchase it from and what setup do you recommend? Note the following: - I do not want to build it myself. I will most likely get it from Dell, unless someone else has another recommendation (AVA Direct?) - My primary focus is value, powerful specs for my current needs, high reliability, and purchasing convenience. - I will continue to use my current monitors and will not purchase any new monitors. - I will have 4GB of RAM, either through the manufacturer or upgrading it myself. - More specifically, I want to know what specific processor and what specific video card (high-performing, for dual monitors, & QUIET) I would get. - Any other recommendations and suggestions will be greatly appreciated as well.