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What is the Best Stock Trading Computer?

Dell Precision T3500 Workstation** Please read How To Choose a Computer for Stock Trading, to understand what are the important specifications required for a trading PC.

The Dell Precision T3500 is a favorite among active day traders and finance professionals as it is fast, powerful, quiet and reliable. With the ability to be customized with the latest 64-bit dual-core and quad-core Xeon processors, Dell has designed the Precision T3500 specially for the finance industry to deliver top-quality performance and reliability at a very reasonable price. An entry level dual-monitor capable T3500 costs less than $800 Direct from Dell.

Out-of-the-Box Multi-Monitor Capability

The basic T3500 comes equipped with the Nvidia NVS 295 graphics card which delivers stunning quality 2D graphics on dual monitors. This card has been specially designed to display financial data and stock charts. Each NVS 295 is able to drive two displays with up to 1920x1200 resolution in DVI each. The T3500 has dual native PCIe x16 slots allowing two NVS 295 cards to be installed which are able to display up to four monitors in total. If more monitors are desired, the T3500 can be fitted with the Nvidia NVS 420 or 460 for a capability of up to four monitors per card giving a maximum of eight monitors. One of the best LCD monitors, which many daytraders use with the T3500, is the 24 inch Dell UltraSharp U2410. It uses high quality H-IPS panels to display stunning stock charts at high resolutions. Read LCD Monitors for Stock Trading for more information.

Scalable RAM for 64bit Operating Systems

The T3500's RAM is scalable upto 12GB allowing the system to make full use of 64-bit Windows Operating systems like XP 64, Vista 64 and especially the latest and greatest, Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit (read Using Windows 7 on a Trading PC). With this capability, multitasking with many CPU and RAM intensive trading and financial applications is made even more efficient and effortless as compared to the older 32bit systems. Scanning for stocks using Tradestation or MetaStock is a breeze. The system hardly works up a sweat while running NinjaTrader with Zenfire feed while at the same time using Microsoft Excel with an API link to Interactivebroker's Trader Workstation for over 100 symbols.

Why Do Stock Traders Love The Dell Precision T3500?

This computer is drop dead quiet and you will be hard-pressed to hear it, even under heavy load. This is achieved mainly due to the presence of large heat sinks which reduce the need for multiple fans within the body. It has a sturdy, mostly metal construction chassis with plenty of room for expansion. Because it can use a 64-bit operating system, this system can handle large amounts of memory more efficiently than a 32-bit operating system can, making it more responsive when running several trading applications at the same time and switching between them frequently. The dual displays pumped out by the Nvidia NVS 295 (which come as a standard option) are very crisp and are handily able to run monitors like the Dell UltraSharp U2410 at resolutions up to 1920x1200 in DVI. Other options include the ability to install a second hard drive in order to implement RAID 0 or 1 so as to continually backup your programs and data giving you the ability to recover fast in the event of hard drive failure. Add to all of this a standard 3 year warranty from Dell and you have a system which gives a trader peace of mind.

Conclusion

When it comes to a reliable and powerful stock trading computer, it is hard to beat the Dell Precision T3500. If you are looking for a rig to replace your current one, you will not regret getting this system.

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