The difference between having a box standard computer and an optimised computer are worlds apart.
Most of the time, computers that are sold through companies as bundles are focusing on profits and not hardware.
In fact, what you might think is a good deal – most of the time it turns out it’s not.
You see, within a computer, you can build using many different parts from different companies.
You can have good hardware but if they are not efficient with working with each other, your performance is subpar.
That is why Apple computers outperform most desktop computers.
Because they are built to work with each other and each part of the hardware was made-to-fit.
However, if you find computers that are built to work together seamlessly, the price tag will be higher…
… But it will be working for the next 3-5 years.
To put it into comparison:
Bundle computers = £50-£100 watches -> You can see the hand shudder at every second.
Optimised computers = Rolex -> The hand moves around smoothly.
In trading, we want the smoothest possible solution.
Heaven forbid that your computer slows down mid-trade and you end up executing at a worse price…
Here are the key components of any powerful computer that you must consider before buying:
The CPU is the powerhouse behind the most powerful trading computers available.
The higher the number on a CPU the more powerful the processor.
For trading, you want a CPU that is at least 2.6 GHz as you will be running many monitors/screens/tabs open at once, and it is the CPU that allows for multi-processing.
Ram is vital to your set up too.
This is the fuel behind each task/or process.
Again, like CPU, the higher the RAM – the faster the computer.
We’d recommend a minimum of 8GB for any trading computer but bear in mind that 8GB is still quite low for most uses.
Ideally, you want 16GB or above.
SSD Hard Drive
This is always overlooked.
There are two types of hard drives that can be used, HDD and SSD.
Forget about HDD.
SSD is important.
The difference is worlds apart.
The HDD is slow and cumbersome, whilst the SSD is lightning fast.
Using an SSD means that the computer can access files and load them much quicker compared to it’s dated HDD hardware.
For SSD, you want to have at least 256GB and above as most operating systems take up around 15-20GB.
Best Trading Computers FAQs
Can a computer for $100 work?
Yes, it can but you will be needing a new computer in the near future. These bare minimal computers are the junk food of the computer world.
How many monitors should I use?
More monitors does not = more profits (sadly). It does make trading slightly easier due to more charts/information available to you quicker. If you don’t have access to Bloomberg terminal the 1 or 2 monitors will be fine.
How will a trading computer improve my trading?
It won’t directly improve your trading. At the end of the day, that is your job still!
It will make processing data and charts seamless and efficient.
If you compile a lot of data from COT Reports/ ISM/GDP data etc. Then having lots of excel sheets up at once can certainly drain your standard computer’s resources.
I found a computer but it’s HDD and not SSD.
SSD is a massive difference to HDD. It’s significantly faster, silent and way more efficient. It’s one of the most important aspects when purchasing a computer, don’t skimp on it!
H3: How long do trading computers last?
These computers are BEASTS. They have a large upfront cost because you are getting tomorrow’s technology – today.
They can last you 3-5 years EASILY.
So treat it like an investment.
Best Trading Computers Reviews
#4. Apple Mac Mini
The Mac Mini is the power of the iMac without the burden of the screen attached.
This beautifully built small-form Mac Mini packs in some amazing specs and pulls out excellent tricks to do that.
It’s not cheap, but it’s very competitively priced compared to other small PCs, particularly considering what it’s capable of.
Eighth-generation 6-core Intel Core i5 processor
Intel UHD Graphics 630
8GB 2666MHz DDR4
Ultrafast SSD storage
Four Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports, one HDMI 2.0 port, and two USB 3 ports
Gigabit Ethernet and 802.11ac Wi-Fi
The latest version of macOS
If you are not a fan of the iMac’s all-in-one look, then look no further – the Mac Mini gives you the umph you desire without the screen.
Like all Apple products, they are engineered to last thanks to their bespoke internal architecture to ensure maximum efficiency with each piece of hardware.
Similar to the iMac, if you purchase the Mac Mini for your trading then you will be pleasantly surprised.
This doesn’t come with a monitor, so you have to add extra costs into that. However, with that being said, it does mean you can choose any monitor you’d like – for example a curved monitor.
So it’s not all doom and gloom.
When we mention specialist software, we are not talking about MT4…
Quiet, fast and reliable
Affordable power-house of a machine
Great value for a small computer
The integrated graphics card isn’t great
Could have higher storage space
21.5-inch (diagonal) 1920-by-1080 resolution display
Seventh-generation dual-core Intel Core i5 processor
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640
Ultrafast SSD storage
Two Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports
Four USB-A ports
Gigabit Ethernet port
FaceTime HD camera
802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2
iMac, Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2, Power cord, Lightning to USB Cable
What you get here is a solution that fits many retail traders criteria.
It’s lightning-fast and able to cope with the most demanding of users.
The iMac is the ultimate all-in-one and extremely configurable.
Plus, it looks nice…
If you use sophisticated trading software, you will need to run an emulation of Windows virtually.
This mimics a Windows computer but allows you to run Windows-only software on a Mac OS.
This isn’t ideal for more sophisticated traders as specialist software tends to be more demanding…
When we mention specialist software, we are not talking about MT4…
An affordable solution for the most demanding trader
The built-in powerful 4K screen allows for trading platforms to excel on it
An all in one solution that will last a retail trader a few years
Limited ports to increase multiple-monitors
Unable to upgrade the hardware easily – not making it 100% future proof
May need to download a Virtual Machine software to run some specific Windows Only trading platforms. (Although this is not the case for most).
All you would expect from an XPS desktop, now more powerful than ever.
The XPS were planned and designed for optimal efficiency and expandability from the ground up. These desktops have been designed to keep up with you.
Quick, smooth performance, the XPS is the most efficient XPS desktops ever, giving traders the power to blast through system-intensive applications.
Equipped with the newest 9th Gen Intel Core processors, nothing will slow you down.
Works straight out of the box, therefore no set up necessary.
An excellent machine with a powerful performance to match it.
Even at this price, sometimes the fans tend to be a bit loud considering the premium price paid.
A great computer for day trading
Expertly put together by Dell so it will work straight out the box
Will run everything you need for trading all at once
Fans can be a bit loud if you leave the computer on for a long period of time of intensive work.
Bloatware included with all Dell systems – these are promotional/software that you don’t need. You can uninstall these instantly.
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