The Trader PC is our first ever computer designed specifically for traders, the idea is to provide a system pre-configured so that it will power through even the busiest trading sessions with ease.
Based along a similar specification and component list to the Ultra computers, the Trader PC has fewer options to make your choices simpler. If you’re not an expert in PC components you no longer have to worry, just go for the Trader safe in the knowledge it will easily handle your trading platform requirements.
CPU, Chipset & RAM
We have based the Trader machines with a brand new Intel Core i5 3.8GHz (7600k) CPU, this is one of the newest Kaby Lake processors and it performs really well.
The i5 is a Quad Core chip meaning that it is good at multi-tasking between many open programs and charts.
The Skylake CPU’s run best on a Z270 motherboard chipset which is exactly what we use. The ASUS motherboard manufacturers are classed as the leading brand and again, this is what is used in every Trader PC build.
RAM (or memory) is what a computer uses to keep your programs open, the more RAM the more programs, spreadsheets and charts you can run simultaneously. The Kaby Lake CPU’s use the fastest type of RAM called DDR4, we include 16GB of this RAM in all Trader PC builds which is a pretty substantial amount.
Your hard drive is where you store your programs and files, a slow hard drive can act as a bottleneck on system performance so it is crucial to ensure you have a new solid state drive (SSD) in your system build. (read more about solid state drives here.)
In your new Trader PC you will get a 240GB SSD as your main C drive, this provides ample storage space for Windows, your trading software installations and a large amount of data files.
An nVidia GT 1030 graphics card powers your system and uses a GT 710 alongside it, they let you connect up to 4 screens with ease, you can connect 4 HDMI monitors or 4 DVI monitors (or any mix of them) directly from the back of the Trader PC.
The GT 1030s offer effortless performance and are passively cooled making them completely silent in operation which is really nice.
If you want to power more screens you can opt for the twin AMD W4100 graphics cards, these can run up to 4 screens per card giving you a maximum of 8 monitor connections to use.
The W4100 cards have monitor outputs called Mini DisplayPorts on them, these need adapters to allow connection of standard HDMI or DVI screens however we helpfully include these in with the cost of the upgrade. You simply need to choose whether you want HDMI or DVI adapters.
If you are unsure then simply check which type of inputs your monitors have on them and then match them up. If you buy a Trader PC as part of a bundle from us with screens then you don’t need to worry, we will automatically include the right adapters and cables to allow easy connection of all your screens.
Case, Power, Cooling & Noise
We have chosen the really smart looking Fractal Design Core 2300 Case for the Trader PCs, these are fantastic looking cases that offer great system cooling options.
Power is supplied by a low noise BeQuiet power supply unit which gives a highly stable output and is (as the name suggests) nice and quiet.
The CPU is cooled by an Arctic Freezer block which performs really well and is also really low noise. Combined with the low noise graphics cards and the premium case cooling we install the overall effect is a PC that is whisper quiet. You will be hard pressed to hear anything from your Trader PC which is a real bonus in those long trading sessions.
Performance Pack Upgrade
We have spec’d this PC to be an amazing option for the Trader looking for something that will operate at a high level of performance no matter how busy the trading session gets. It is also really capable of handling lots of different charts, spreadsheets and programs at the same time.
For Traders looking for the absolute ultimate in system performance then we do have a Performance Pack upgrade available which will take it up to the next level.
Selecting the Performance Pack will give you an Intel i7 7700K CPU, the fastest mainstream Intel processor available. This will increase the processing speed of the PC and also aid with multi-tasking performance due to some advanced features on this chip.
The RAM will be boosted from an already high 16GB to an amazing 32GB, this will pretty much guarantee that you will never come close to running out of RAM no matter how many charts, spreadsheets or trading platforms you have open.
Finally, the SSD hard drive will jump from 240GB to 500GB in size giving you double the amount of storage space for your programs and data files.
To be clear, the standard specification Trader PC will already offer amazing performance right out of the box. The Performance Pack simply nudges it further along, mainly in multi-tasking capabilities but also in raw computing speed, it is a very nice upgrade but certainly not required.
Fantastic Machines for Traders
The Trader PC is a fantastic option for someone looking for a computer dedicated to trading use in either a home or office environment.
It has been designed to guarantee amazing performance levels across a wide range of trading platforms right out of the box.
We have purposefully limited the number of options available on this machine to make it a simple choice for customers who are looking for a top trading system but are not experts in computer components.
For customers who want greater customisation options then we recommend looking at the Ultra PC however if you simply want to buy a system ready to power your trading software with ease then the Trader PC is the one for you.
Written by Darren @ Multiple Monitors
Last Updated: January, 2016