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After being part of the BBT community for a year and switching to live trading, I decided to go ahead an invest in my trading setup. During my 1st year, I was just using a laptop and a 27 inch monitor as I didn't want to invest much without being consistent first. I decided I was going to invest in a decent setup only if I could cover it with day trading profits and I did during the month of March.That was my gift to myself.

I  bought a Lenovo Thinkpad Tiny P330 for $878 incl taxes with the following configuration:

  • Processor : 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8700T 6 core processor (2.40GHz, up to 4.00GHz with Turbo Boost, 12MB Cache)
  • Operating System : Windows 10 Pro 64
  • Memory : 16GB DDR4 2666MHz
  • Video Adapter : NVIDIA Quadro P620 2GB 4 x Mini DP
  • M.2 Storage Card : 256GB Solid State Drive, PCIe-NVME, M.2, Opal
  • Networking : Integrated Ethernet
  • WiFi Wireless LAN Adapters : Intel 9560 with vPro 802.11 (2 x 2) & Bluetooth 5.0

It supports up to 6 screens, 1 @ 4k 60hz using displayport, [email protected] 4k 30hz using HDMI and 4 @ 4k 60hz using Mini displayport but I only have 4 screens connected as I this is enough for me right now.

The monitors are Dell U2718Q: 27" 4k resolution at 60hz. Retail price is about $450-$500 per monitor but I was able to get them factor refurbished and/or used for about $250 each on Ebay.

I also got a UPC battery at amazon for $90. So total cost about $2,000 for the whole setup.

 

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Here is my setup. I don't do gaming, so my computer is cheap but powerful enough to support two trading stations if you need to and in addition I heavily use my computer for statistical analysis. Total cost with monitors, desk, battery backup ~ $1800 if you buy most of your stuff on ebay, which I don't see why you should not. 

 

PC - Dell Precision Tower 5810, 4 physical core XEON at 3.5Ghz, 16GB memory (DDR4 2400Ghz). I bought this off ebay for about $350. You can look for more powerful versions of Dell Tower with even 2x6core XEON processors and up to 256GB of RAM. Your budget is the limit. 

The computer came with an NVIDIA Quadro K2200 video card, so I had to replace this one with a card that supports more monitors.

 

Video Card - VisionTec Radeon HD 7750. Supports 6 mini display ports. I bought off ebay used for $155. Here is a version of it on amazon. I am impressed with the card, and so far it even works well with the Ubuntu system I have on double boot on the same machine. 

https://www.amazon.com/VisionTek-Radeon-7750-GDDR5-MiniDP/dp/B00C7EPSVS/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=radeon+7750&qid=1556235510&s=gateway&sr=8-3

 

Monitors - I already had a 32inch monitor so I decided to build a 4x32" WQHD. I have two more ports on videocard to expand if needed. 

2x Samsung s32d850t - one off Amazon for $400 a year ago, and another one from ebay used for $200. 

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00L3KNOF4/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

2xAcer ET322QU from Newegg, brand new, for about $200 each. Obviously the samsung are much better monitors, but the ACERs are ok for this job. I think it is this model:

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=0JC-000P-007P5&Description=Acer ET322QU&cm_re=Acer_ET322QU-_-0JC-000P-007P5-_-Product

 

Monitor stands - I needed tall stands for the second row, and one shorter one for first row. Here is my choice, works fine.

Vivo Extra Tall Stand V011 - 2x$38

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01BO42XK0/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Gibbon Mounts SIngle Monitor - about $20

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078WP31LS/ref=sspa_dk_detail_5?pd_rd_i=B078WNGF9N&pd_rd_w=rNubY&pf_rd_p=8a8f3917-7900-4ce8-ad90-adf0d53c0985&pd_rd_wg=cHTwm&pf_rd_r=MQ6PW2TDGNQM3GRK2BJY&pd_rd_r=bd467261-67b6-11e9-af2b-df456cd2a423&th=1

 

Mouse - yep, I think I am developing a wrist problem with a typical mouse, so I tried this one and so far I love it. I think this may not fit small hands or very large hands. For me it is just right, with a little difficulty to use the scroll wheel - need a longer finger. But the ergonomics of it is brilliant. $15

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FPAVUHC/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o04_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

 

Battery - APC UPS BX1500M - $160. With the current PC/monitor setup it shows 22min work on batt with 4 monitors on, and 60min on batt with 1 monitor on. Planning t by a separate support for my router package.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06VY6FXMM/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

 

Desk - IKEA - total for desk maybe $320 at most. Overall the desk seems very strong so far given all the load on it. I keep it in a standing position.

Skarsta desk. I did not buy the top as those were flimsy. Instead I bought a different top and just screwed it in. The price of desk will drop a little if you don't take the original top.

https://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/S49084965/

Desk top - Gerton - this is so strong you can dance on it.

https://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/50106773/

 

Laptop - MacbookPro 15", i7 4 core, 16GB, extra video card can support 3 monitors. I just installed Windows 10 Pro via the BootCamp (it has to be Win 10, as it won't accept Win 7). The Windows itself you can download from MSFT website and create an iso image. Then buy a legal code from ebay for about $7. I have to admit that I have not yet tried to plug 3 monitors to it with the Win system, so I maybe in for a surprise. 

 

If you have any questions or believe I can help you with something please reach out. 

 

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Expanded my main trade station by adding 5x 32" displays...3x Samsung curved  and 2x Dell flat. The PC is a iBuyPower i-7 with a RTX-2070 GPU. Between the 2070 and the onboard GPU it can handle 6 displays.

Then also added 2x AOC 15.6" portable USB monitors to my laptop travel setup. I am planning on getting a couple more of these since they are so simple to add via the USB and HDMI ports. My main laptop is a 17" ASUS ROG i-7 gaming rig.

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paint keyboard hotkeys

I saw my daughter painting with these acrylic paint markers and decided to try a trick. Cheap MSFT keyboard. Decided to not paint on top of keys so it does not annoy me when I touch the keys. 

I uses SHIFT as the main auxiliary key for all. I enter a position as a % of BP. My hotkeys to exit a position use SHIFT only to remove liquidity and CTRL+SHIFT to add liquidity.

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I switched from the AOC to the higher resolution 1920x1080 Lepow monitors on my laptop travel rig. Initially, bc different resolutions on laptop screen and travel monitor cause an issue scaling windows (e.g. in DAS and other programs) that make it difficult to work with the same program across multiple screens. Well, not only is the resolution problem fixed but the Lepow monitors are a lot lighter, less bulky and there's no more power issue that can sometimes cause flickering of the screens using the USB-C and/or HDMI+USB-C(power) ports supplied on Lepows monitor. 

 

USB-C ports can support higher voltage and supply more juice than regular USB-A or -B ports so if your laptop has one, this might be an option. The Lepow monitor does not have a regular USB-A or -B port. I picked them up after reading all the rave reviews on Amazon. They are on par for price as the ASUS screens.

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On 7/6/2018 at 12:54 AM, Aiman Almansoori said:

Hi guys! I finally got my trading station ready! First of all I really want to thank everyone posted here, I read every comment, every detail and everything you posted, in conclusion I could build my own trading station!

I actually lost all my trading capital building the station and hopefully becoming a life time member, but after thinking about it and reading @Andrew Aziz book I learned that it's an investion I've to do in order to become a successful trader. First lose money! Then make it :D, I'll be in simulator until I save money for trading 😄

So, let's go to the details!

1)Graphic card ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 8GB ROG STRIX Graphics Card (STRIX-GTX1080-A8G-GAMING) I wanted to buy the MSI Gtx 1080 gaming 8 x8gb but it wasn't available in my country, so I went with this

2)Mother board GIGABYTE H370 AORUS Gaming 3 WIFI (LGA1151/Intel/USB3.1 Gen 2 Type A,Type C/HDMI/M.2/ATX/DDR4/Motherboard) 

3)Ram CORSAIR VENGEANCE LED 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 2666MHz C16 Desktop Memory - White LED

4)CPU Corsair CX Series 750 Watt (2017) 80 Plus Bronze Certified Non-Modular Power Supply (CP-9020123-NA)I actually got 100w, but couldn't find it in amazon, you actually don't need 1000w, 750 is more than enough! I think even 650 will work, but I couldn't find 750 in my country as well

5) Cooler ARCTIC Freezer 33 eSports ONE - Tower CPU Cooler with 120 mm PWM Processor Fan for Intel and AMD Sockets - for CPUs up to 200 Watts TDP - Silent and Efficient (White)

6)Processor Intel BX80684I78700 8th Gen Core i7-8700 Processor 

7)SSD, ADATA SU800 256GB 3D-NAND 2.5 Inch SATA III High Speed Read & Write up to 560MB/s & 520MB/s Solid State Drive (ASU800SS-256GT-C)

8)Hard disk 2tb WD Blue 2TB Desktop Hard Disk Drive - SATA 6 Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD20EZRZ

you'll need an ATX box I believe but it depends on your style :DD

With the box this whole setup cost me 1450$ from a local store, I also have 4 philips monitors 24 inch each cost 100$+ a cheap desk xD 60$, gaming mouse and keyboards because I love games, both cost 80$, and a stand for 6 monitors which cost 120$, 3 hdmi cabels, 1 adapted from vga to display port, another from hdmi to display port. I believe that's all!

 

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Hi Aiman

 

Good day , great set up. From yourname i assume you are form UAE :). I am from Muscat and a new member here in this community. Can you share your mobile on email , perhaps i can contact you to know more about setting up trade station :).

[email protected]

 

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Old free TV uptop. Curved 34"UW MSI, and 27"vertical on right (looking to get another on the left side). 

i7 4th gen. 16gb ram, 512 SSD (SSD, or M.2 is a must in my books). 

Looking to get wired peripherals as next upgrade and then a adjsutable deks for stand/sit. 

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 TIP: When Andrew and Benzinga Squawk speak at same time it was hard for me to understand both. So I have squawk on my laptop. Its much easier for me to understand both when played on two different speakers.

 

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On 8/27/2018 at 12:38 PM, Esam E. said:

Hello Everyone,

Just found this link in the Forum and thought I would share my build. I apologize in advance for the low contrast pics., my camera did not do well with the low light.

Specs:

- Running an Intel i7-8700 liquid-cooled with a Deep Cool Captain 240EX and running on an ASUS Prime Z370-A Mobo with: 16GB G-Skill Trident RAM; EVGA Superclocked 1070Ti Black Edition; Samsung 960 EVO NVMe M.2 512GB SSD; SP 256GB SSD; Corsair Carbon ATX Tower; Elgato Stream Deckeck; CyberPower 750W APU (not pictured); Rottay Mechanical Keyboard (MX-Brown switches); Logitech G-Pro mouse; and Windows 10 Home.

- Main Monitor: 43.5" LG 4K ISP Monitor wall-mounted w/ Luminoodle Bias-LED lighting (I have 5 full Montages [1-min, 5-min & L2], Top List and MarketViewer on this one)

- Right Monitor: 24" HP 24ea (One additional full Montage, three addt'l charts [SPY, QQQ & VIXY], plus all relevant account information)

- Left Monitor: 27" BenQ 4k ISP Monitor (Trade Ideas & BBT Chatroom on this one)

- Small Monitor: 5" LCD HDMI, meant for a Raspberry Pi that I mounted inside the case to monitor internal temps (running CAM software)

Special thanks to Andrew for the DAS Layout file and Robert H. for the StremDeck Hot Keys List, plus all the other countless folks for their meaningful input and comments throughout the Forum.

Thanks for checking-out my post. Happy Trading to All!

Cheers!!

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This is my favorite setup of them all. I have the same LG 43 Inch monitor and you got that right monitor to fit flush perfectly. You’ve inspired me to do the same. Plenty of great ideas from you all! 

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Cyber monday update broke the bank. Most expensive rig on the site I'm sure. #If you know you know

Banana- $150,000

Anker vertical mouse-$30

Steel series pad-$15

G910 fully customizable RGB and macro keyboard- $120

Fourth screen(27")- $180

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