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Hi all,

I am currently in the process of choosing a Windows laptop for day trading ( to run DAS ), and I am having trouble with knowing what to purchase. I have been looking into gaming laptops, but it is difficult since I have always been a Mac person. 

In my research I have come across the MSI - Thin GF63 15.6" 144Hz Gaming Laptop. The other specifications are listed below:

- Intel 12th Gen Core i7
- 2650H with 32GB Memory
- NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050

I also already have a very large LG Ultrafine 4K monitor. Has anyone else used this laptop or computer brand before? I also looked into Dell, but they might be out of my price range at the moment.
Here is a link to the product as well: https://www.bestbuy.com/site/msi-thin-gf63-15-6-144hz-gaming-laptop-intel-12th-gen-core-i7-12650h-with-32gb-memory-nvidia-geforce-rtx-3050-1tb-ssd-black/6559383.p?skuId=6559383

Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!

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Hello Sophie,
I have an extensive background in Information Technology from both a career and educational perspective. Glad to weigh in on your post. You have many options to consider if you want to run the thick install of DAS Trader Pro. Given I don't know what else you are anticipating to be running in parallel on your system I wanted to establish some assumptions:

- You are focused on leveraging the DAS Trader Pro thick install versus the web interface for your trading activities
- My feedback is not taking into consideration other running software, processes, etc that "could" impact your overall system performance and experience.
- I am assuming you are seeking the best price performance recommendation maintaining a frugality approach in overall cost build up in the recommendation. 

First, let's review the DAS Trader Pro requirements:

  • Minimum Core2 Duo 2+GHZ processor
  • Minimum 4GB of RAM
  • Cable or DSL (at least 10/10 DL/UL speed recommended)
  • Windows 7, Server 2008 or higher
  • Secure updated web browser
  • DASTrader Pro program enabled in Windows Firewall


The application itself is not very compute resource intensive at all. There are many reasonably priced systems that can easily run DAS Trader Pro. The system specifications you outlined in your initial post far exceed the requirements to run the application extremely well while also running many other applications and functions in parallel. Most of my hands on hardware experience has been with Dell manufactured systems (e.g. Alienware, Optiplex, etc), however, the MSI model typically is in the top five systems in terms of cost, performance, and overall user experience. The system you shared would definitely meet the needs that you are attempting to achieve. 

I wanted to speak to your Mac commentary. I want to raise your awareness that you can effectively use DAS Trader Pro on an Apple OSX operating system. If you still have your Apple system there are a few avenues you can pursue to enjoy the Mac experience and setup while running the DAS Trader Pro application. There are three primary options:

1.) Run a virtual machine with VM software and Windows OS on your Apple system (OSX) system
There are many different softwares that can run what's called a virtual machine (VM) on your Apple OSX. A few examples:


VMWare Fusion

The easiest way to envision how the above products function is to think about the ability to run Windows OS as if it were an application on your Apple OSX system. It would be no different than if you had multiple browser pages running at the same time or multiple applications from a usability stand point. The idea with this setup is that you would still be able to do everything on your Apple system and have this separate window with DAS Trader Pro system running concurrently. It is very seamless to interact with and would overcome the gap of not being able to install and run the DAS Trader Pro software directly from your Apple system. Keep in mind there is a licensing cost for the software I listed above, but it is way more cost effective than purchasing an entirely different system just to run Windows.

2.) Align to the DAS Trader Pro guidance of an AWS EC2 instance running Windows OS
DAS Trader Pro provided guidance and a recommendation, but in my opinion it is a much more challenging setup as you have to know how to leverage the AWS Cloud environment as well as understand how to provision, configure, and maintain what is called an AWS EC2 instance. This is just another form of a virtual machine, but with a ton of added complexity. I wanted to call this out because this is their recommended approach, but in my opinion not the optimal choice. You can review the guidance here:


3.) Build Windows OS on your Apple system
Through software called Boot Camp you can configure an independent partition on your disk to be able to boot to Windows as if the system was Windows native. This essentially allows you to use your underlying physical hardware as an independent Apple system and Windows system from the single device. Because this boots to either Windows OS or Apple OSX it is not as seamless as the virtual machine experience, but it will allow you to achieve cost avoidance in having to procure an independent hardware if you want to continue to leverage your current Apple system. 


NOTE: In all of the above recommendations, there are system resource (RAM, Processor, Disk space, etc) requirements that are crucial to keep in mind as that will be a firm contributing factor to the overall functionality and experience. Would be happy to discuss the specifics if you have a real interest in pursuing any of the paths I have shared.

I hope you find value in my feedback and please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any additional questions!

Edited by RandyB

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