Trading Computer Hardware: What Really Matters?

Trading Computer Hardware: What Really Matters?

What really matters when building a trading computer? I talk about recommendations for CPU, memory, hard drives, networking, and power. I explain what components are worth spending your money on to build a computer well suited to trading.


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Hypothetical performance results have many inherent limitations, some of which are described below. no representation is being made that any account will or is likely to achieve profits or losses similar to those shown; in fact, there are frequently sharp differences between hypothetical performance results and the actual results subsequently achieved by any particular trading program. One of the limitations of hypothetical performance results is that they are generally prepared with the benefit of hindsight. In addition, hypothetical trading does not involve financial risk, and no hypothetical trading record can completely account for the impact of financial risk of actual trading. for example, the ability to withstand losses or to adhere to a particular trading program in spite of trading losses are material points which can also adversely affect actual trading results. There are numerous other factors related to the markets in general or to the implementation of any specific trading program which cannot be fully accounted for in the preparation of hypothetical performance results and all which can adversely affect trading results.


  1. Carpe diem on November 17, 2020 at 3:41 pm

    Anyone here that remembers the Commodore 64 with a cassette player as their first computer?

  2. Existent Being on November 17, 2020 at 3:42 pm

    The real question is: what are your mouse specs? Anyway, built my computer in February just as a general workhorse/gaming PC. Specs are as follows:

    Processor – AMD Ryzen 5 3600
    Motherboard – Asus TUF x570 Plus
    GPU – AMD Radeon RX 5700 8GB GDDR6 (PowerColor Red Dragon)
    Memory – G Skill Ripjaws 16 GB DDR4 (forget which one specifically)
    Storage – Samsung 970 Evo M.2 500 GB (and an extra 860 Evo M.2 SATA 1TB my brother gave me for additional storage)

    Edit: Aw dang, I see you already gave away your mouse specs. Keep the good stuff a secret!

  3. Ernest Gyamfi on November 17, 2020 at 3:43 pm

    What’s the size of your monitor?

  4. Michael Josemans on November 17, 2020 at 3:45 pm

    like your talk about the extras that you need to one else has done that..Awesome video

  5. Roshan Baig on November 17, 2020 at 3:46 pm

    What software do you use for trading?

  6. Ace Trades on November 17, 2020 at 3:48 pm

    Great video bro! If a day trader isn’t using your free trading room, they either have a good excuse, or they are an idiot.

  7. muinagh on November 17, 2020 at 3:49 pm

    Can anyone recommend a good over the counter PC that meets these requirements (not a computer person) Thanks.

  8. rosmeteniuc on November 17, 2020 at 3:50 pm

    Processor Ryzen 9 3900x , 64 gb RAM 3600 Mhz , Motherboard Asus hero 8 , Graphic card gtx 1060 6gb and want to change it soon with a new AMD card that will be available in Q2 2020 or maybe AMD PRO WX with at least 8GB .
    The monitor 27 inch 2k ips 144 hz .

  9. Andy MacLeod on November 17, 2020 at 3:55 pm

    To be honest, trading software doesn’t require a great pc. A basic laptop (ideally with a larger screen) is enough to start with… My 8GB 2014 MacBook Air still runs Das Trader with no problems (through bootcamp)… The great thing about a laptop is that you never have to worry about power cuts, you can connect to mobile WiFi if you’re having a problem with your router and, of course, it’s portable… Once you are ready to upgrade, a trading station is a personal thing. If you want more monitors, add them. If you want a desktop setup, go for it… it probably won’t make much of a difference to your profitability but you might find it easier to monitor the market…

  10. Savalis Adkins on November 17, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    Dude huge thanks, I really like AMD and Nvidia products. Gonna switch from intel as soon as I can.

  11. Jamell Carter on November 17, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    I feel like a goof with my iPad Pro

  12. Endrin Muhadri on November 17, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    Hi seth
    I wanted to ask what about
    I Mac 21.5 inch, mid 2011
    Processor: 2.7 GHz intel core i5
    Graphic: AMD Radeon HD 6770M 512 MB

  13. Fawad Rabbani on November 17, 2020 at 3:58 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing. Question: Do you recommend wireless mouse/keyboard or no? Also in terms of monitors, whats ur thoughts on 2 wide screens instead of 3 or 6?

  14. Fredyzord on November 17, 2020 at 3:59 pm

    Laptop Gaming MSI, I7-8750H, GTX1060 (6gb), 16gb ram, SSD NVME 240gb, 1TB HDD, 2x Monitor 21:9 (Total 3 monitor) Plataform Ninja Trader 8 (Life Time license) , this is my trader setup, is good? Is a laptop but i need :/

  15. FreeMind on November 17, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    Thanks for sharing your love for computers and helping us build our own PC. Exciting journey 🙏🏼😊

  16. Funk That on November 17, 2020 at 4:01 pm

    One big thing I would add to this video is to try and use hard wired Ethernet and not Wifi. If your router is not close to your computer then use a PowerLine adapter. Latency can be a big thing in Trading 🙂

  17. vujadinovic on November 17, 2020 at 4:03 pm

    whether an external 1TB hard drive can serve as a space where applications will be inserted and used as if they were in a computer. while it is permanently connected to the computer. because I have very little space on my computer. whether it will remember the application data when turning the computer off and on as if it were in it?

  18. asok kumar on November 17, 2020 at 4:07 pm

    Pl recommend good mb for Ryzen 5 3600 for trading only

  19. Andrés Juan on November 17, 2020 at 4:10 pm

    Thanks for recommending me to Mr Paul Shahrim’s trading platform

  20. TasteFul Refin'd on November 17, 2020 at 4:10 pm

    Hello, I am a new day trader and I want a fast system. Please kindly advice if you think i should go for a system with these features:

    System Type: bit operating system, x64 based processor.

    AMD 12 9730P
    CPU speed: 2.8 GHz (3.5 GHz max turbo boost)

    CPU cores: 4

    CPU Cache: 2 MB L2

    TDP: 35 W (cTDP 25/45 W)

    Integrated graphics: Radeon R7 Series

    Memory: 8 GB

    Speed: PC4-17000 MB/s

    Type: DDR4-2133

    Hard drive:
    Size: 1 TB

    Interface: SATA

    Rotational Speed: 7200 RPM

    Integrated Bluetooth 4.2 and Wireless LAN 802.11a/b/g/n/ac featuring Dual-band (2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz) 1 x 1 technology

  21. The Gifted Teacher on November 17, 2020 at 4:12 pm

    How does an i9 processor compare to the AMD processors you were mentioning?

  22. patrick sullivan on November 17, 2020 at 4:18 pm

    underrated video for sure

  23. hyperlicht on November 17, 2020 at 4:19 pm

    Hi Seth,
    Fantastic information – thank you. Could you please provide more information re: screen recording via the 20-series or 1600-series cards? I Googled and only found ShadowPlay but can’t seem to find about about built-in codecs, etc. Thank so much.

  24. Saturday7x on November 17, 2020 at 4:20 pm

    Thanks for the video I appreciate it. Do you think a 2020 MacBook Air will be good enough? It will be connected to a 27’’ monitor…power E*TRADE and tradingview. It only has 8mb of ram and the intel core i3.

  25. Tom on November 17, 2020 at 4:25 pm

    For those wanting to run a laptop and 2 external monitors, I highly recommend the ThinkPad P series workstation (i.e. P53 or anything P50 or higher). No need to buy a desktop tower and separate UPS. A tower/desktop is required if you want more than 2 external monitors, but if you want a one-machine solution, the ThinkPad P seems to be up to the task. They are high performance and bullet proof, at least in my experience. Also, make sure you run an ETHERNET cable to the laptop and do not use Wifi for best performance. See:

  26. Colorado Springs Runner on November 17, 2020 at 4:26 pm

    I watch a lot of your content. I appreciate your channel. Thank you for what you do. Sorry if I sound stupid, but if I buy all of those things, what else do I need? A motherboard, and the box? I’m not a computer guy, but I think I can assemble one. Is there a computer I buy, then swap out the factory components for these items? Thank you!

  27. Archie P on November 17, 2020 at 4:28 pm

    I am running a 486DX with 4 MB RAM

  28. SpeculatorSeth Day Trading on November 17, 2020 at 4:28 pm

    What do you have in your trading computer?

  29. diderot555 on November 17, 2020 at 4:29 pm

    Hey great video! thanks.
    Everyone recommends a desktop, but what about a laptop like XPS with i7 and 16gb rab connected to 2-3 monitors? Will it be enough? (running TOS)

  30. Trading2471 on November 17, 2020 at 4:31 pm

    I heard from someone else that a workstation card like the nvidea quaddro is more stable than the gaming cards, your thoughts?

  31. JR on November 17, 2020 at 4:33 pm

    I use 2 24′ monitors for trading. What works really well instead of more monitors is Virtual Desktops. Especially if you have charts that you watch every now and then.

  32. Kai Wright on November 17, 2020 at 4:35 pm

    Holy bageezus this is the exact video I was looking for as a newbie methodically taking steps to get started, finally looking at hardware, thank you so much 🙏🙏