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New Laptop Computer for trading

What is the best laptop computer for trading forex. How much RAM? SSD drive? Hard Drive? I look forward to seeing what people have to say. Thank you for your input.

Sat, 07/06/2019 - 6:43am

I have 8 GB Ram and 250 GB SSD Hardrive. A SSD Harddrive makes it a lot faster so I think you absolutely should have that. If you can afford more Ram it's good but not necessary I think. It's also good to have a good processor like Core Intel-5 and more than 1 screen. I have two screens, but you can have more.


16GB is all the Ram you should ever need these days,
But get the biggest SSD you can afford, just recently ut a 2T in my PC.


I bought mine from this website on sale.


shawnherring13, first off, understand that laptops maintain the temperature by stepping down the voltage, what does this mean?

- when voltage is stepped down, the cpu/laptop will run slower than what you might expect with a desktop computer

next; the cpu...

what you buy today is already out of date, meaning, if at all possible purchase a laptop with an intel i7, and a speed of 3.0 or higher...remember, a laptop is going to run slower.

memory, 8gb is okay, i would highly recommend starting with 16gb...for what i do, i can easily push the limits of 16gb...for the typical user, 16gp will be more than enough.

price, this is a critical point to understand..."THERE ARE NO DEALS, IN ELECTRONICS", if the price is to good to be true, guess what, there is a reason for that.

i'm a geek, i have been for a long time, i've seen the good, the bad, and the ugly of computer design, i understand the tricks of the trade, when it comes to chip, amd, etc.

they do not give anything away, the margins are to small, for manufactures to give anything away for free.

if you have the money, you can go with a gaming laptop, why? long as it is a true gaming laptop, there will be no speed loss, as the laptop is built to the specs of a desktop.

hint: if the laptop is ultra's not a gaming laptop, nor could it ever be.

for my clients...i recommend hp laptops, and i have yet to have anyone be disappointed.

for desktops, at present, i go with dell refurbished units, often off lease...optiplex is the model of choice.

this will probably step on some toes...go with intel, amd has come a long way, however, they still fall short. you're not saving money. with amd your spending less, to get less, no matter how much the numbers look the same, the two are not the same.

here are a couple possibilities, both are i7, with big 17" monitors...

hard drive is an ssd, only 256 gb...might be to small, price an upgrade...

standard hard drive, 1 tb of space...

the reality is this, for trading, the hard drive is not as big of an issue...can it make a difference, yes, yet it all depends on your budget.

one last note...i always recommend going with the professional version of windows, the home version is often crippled.

okay, have fun.


burton - Thanks for your comments. Very helpful to give perspective on a computer purchase for trading!


Old_Dog, you're welcome.


Good Info Burton, I'm in the market. You post is about 8 mos or so past at this time. i9 processors are out now, would you purchase the intel i9 or continue recommending i7? Would appreciate your input, especially if there may be any other updated information you might supply. My daughter is in the Apiary Fund, like you she has been quite happy with her HP (unsure of the specs, other than it is i7 processor).
Thanks in Advance, hope you see the message!


I had a lot of trouble with my computer last year. It would restart at will when I was trading( It did at boot camp in may too(so embarrassing)lol. Couldn't figure out what was wrong with it with at least three people looking at it. It has 12 gb and 2tb(Dell). I finally rented one rent a center style for fomc in October. It didn't have one glitch for 10 hours of trading. So, I bought a new computer in November( Lenovo 8gb 256ssd windows 10(not 10S)) and I don't believe I have had one losing day since. Since getting the new computer the old one has not had the restart problem anymore either. Good luck trading!



I did not realize this was your area of expertise...I will be seeking your assistance in the future :)



If you are running Windows, there's a setting for automatic updates and restarts. There's also a setting to set Active Hours to prevent updates/restart during active hours. If you don't want your computer restarting when you're inactive, turn off the Automatic Updates and set it to manual. You can search the internet on those topics if you don't know how to do it. Or ask a computer wiz to help you.


Hard drive:
SSD is much faster. A must in my book.

4GB is slow.
8GB is decent.
16GB is better. A minimum for me.
32GB is sweet. What I have.
64GB is awesome. Harder to find for laptops. Desktops have this option. What I have too.
128GB. Above what you ever need. More for work computers/ mainframes.

CPU Processor Speed:
2.0 Ghz is decent
2.5 Ghz is minimum for me
3.0 Ghz or better is much sweeter.
After RAM, the processor speed is your next limit.
In general, the higher the CPU core generation, the faster it is (but not always true).

CPU Cores:
1 Core is slow/old. Not acceptable anymore.
2 Cores is slow.
4 Cores is good. Minimum for me.
6 Cores is better. What I have.
8 Cores is sweet. Very hard to find for a laptop. I have this for my desktop.
16 Cores. Way beyond what you need. For work computers/ mainframes.

The more cores you have, the more processes/tasks can run concurrently (not quite the same as parallel for techies).
Overall, your computer processes things in quicker/shorter periods of time with more CPU Cores.

Disk space:
Don't even consider it.
External disk drives are so much cheaper.

Buy the laptop/computer for the Memory and CPU specs. It is worth the higher investment.
I have regretted the cheap laptops/computers every time I bought one.
The expensive laptop/computer has always been worth it.


Thanks for your comments everyone. I currently have a MacBook Pro but I have been using an old laptop to run Alveo which is not the best.
This is much needed information as I will be buying a new laptop in the next couple of days.


FXGold - I sought and followed Burton's suggestions on my last trip to the States. Been very pleased with my new laptop; thanks to Burton, he obviously is quite seasoned in this arena!


Thank you for these recommendations! I used them to purchase a new (mid-level) Lenovo IdeaPad L340-171RH Gaming laptop to use for trading.

Processor: 2.6GHz
Large screen: 17"

It is too early to tell on the performance, but I am liking that it is fast, portable, and easy to view.