Workstations for Finance and Trading

It can be very intimidating to set up a workstation for finance, trading, or any other high-demand office application. What should you focus on to maximize its performance? Is there any difference between building this type of computer than one you would use for gaming purposes? There are similarities between these two, but they require different parts. Here are some quick tips

Workstations for Finance

Many financial applications – such as Microsoft Excel, Intuit Quicken or Quickbooks – don’t require much computer processing power for most tasks. You can think of these programs as being light weight when it comes to processing power needed. Though that doesn’t mean selecting a good set of parts is trivial either – quite the opposite! Choosing which parts work well together won’t just give you the performance required to complete many business tasks at once without error, but also keep your system stable through it all too. For starters

  1. Processor – As the brain of the PC, the processor is responsible for handling all standard computational tasks. Faster processors (more GHz) will generally result in faster workstation performance. Core count will only be relevant if you’re doing heavy multi-tasking or running loads of applications at once- otherwise, it’s mostly irrelevant in terms of performance.

The Intel Core i5-12600k, Intel Core i5-12400 and AMD Ryzen 5600G

2. Memory – System memory, also known as RAM, stores short-term information for quick access. When an application uses RAM, it is usually open at the time; therefore, having enough RAM helps prevent sluggishness and make multitasking easier.

Recommended RAM – 16GB DDR4-3200 for normal users, 32GB for power users

3. Hard Drive – Applications and files store themselves on the hard drive. The capacity of a drive is what most people think about when they buy one, but it’s important to look at how fast it can access data because that’s what makes your PC work faster. Your computer can do more things without waiting for it to catch up with faster drives!

Recommended Hard Drives – Crucial P2 NVMe SSD, Samsung 980 Pro

4. CPU Cooling – Heat can wreak havoc on any PC- which is why cooling needs to be taken seriously. Higher demands may increase the temperature of a processor so it’s important for it to release as much heat as possible to avoid damaging or shortening its lifespan.

Recommended Coolers – Arctic Cooling Freezer, AIO liquid cooler

  • Configure our ProMagix Eco20 – Budget Friendly AMD Based Workstation
  • Configure our ProMagix HD60 – A workstation from AMD or Intel, providing many upgrade options

Day Trading Workstations

Workstations for day traders usually follow the same general guidelines, but it can vary from person to person based on their work preference. For example

  1. Graphics card – While computers don’t need to run as fast as most gaming PCs do, it’s important to buy a discrete graphics card that can support the number of monitors you’re running. Most traders find 4 displays to be sufficient, but if you have more than 4 screens – then you’ll need 2 cards (or one really powerful one).

Recommended Graphics Cards – NVIDIA Quadro T1000 (supports four displays)

2. Processor – Whereas CPU core count was largely irrelevant when it came to traditional workstations, cores were significantly more important for those who traded stocks. In fact, the heavy and continuous multitasking required by stock traders would be optimized or even made possible by a 6-8 core processor. Core speed wasn’t something to ignore either – fractions of seconds could mean the difference between victory or defeat.

Recommended Processor – Intel Core i7-12700k, AMD Ryzen 9 5900X

  • Configure our TraderPro – Our custom-made day trading workstation
  • Configure our ProMagix HD60 – A AMD or Intel-based workstation with an abundance of upgrade options

Every customer has different needs, budget restrictions, and specifications. Unlike when we first opened in 1997, we still build each computer individually to order. Feel free to contact our team for support or any questions you may have about configuring your new device; we’re always here to help!

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