EMINI FUTURES DAYTRADER WORKSTATION COMPUTERS
Having the right equipment to trade is crucial to your trading career. You will need a computer that is set aside for trading and you will need to bring it with you to your training. We will configure your computer on the first day of your training. Since the computer is your only equipment for this new career, we encourage you to call Paul Quillen at 770-382-9656 with any questions and for personalized assistance in determining which computer and/or components are right for your daytrading needs. Also, as techonology constantly improves, we constantly search for the best value and quality components, and constantly update this page with our latest recommendations. Feel free to use our research each time you're making an upgrade to your existing trading components.
You can order the custom built computer, laptop and monitors recommended below through Professional Computers. They are a very reputable company who have been building custom day trading computers according to our specifications since 2003. Please contact Alton Vandiver, Professional Computers, at 770-382-7030 for details and current pricing. Ordering Information is also at the bottom of this page.
If you are building your own computer, a summary of our Trading Computer Specifications is at the end of this page. Again, Paul is available to discuss your computer's specifications.
Information on recommended monitors, setups and monitor resolutions is located at the end of this page.
Emini Futures Daytrading Workstation: $1,647
Emini Futures Daytrading Course Workstation Laptop Computer
15.6" Ultra High Resolution Monitor: HD 1080p 1920 X 1080 native resolution
Includes a Mini-Display Port jack in case you want to connect an external monitor.
Call Alton at 770-382-7030 for pricing, as specs and pricing change weekly.
Lenovo Thinkpad Laptop Computer Specs:
Display - 15.6" 1920 X 1080 LED
Processor - Intel® Core i5 4300M / 2.6 GHz (3.3 GHz) (Dual-Core)
Video Display Controller - NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M / Intel HD Graphics 4600 - 1 GB
Mini-Display Port jack for optional external monitor
Memory - 4 GB Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1600 MHz
Primary Hard Drive - 500 GB, 7200 rpm
CD-ROM/DVD-ROM Drive - DVD-RW Drive
Battery - Smart Li-ION Battery
Network Adapter - Integrated 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet LAN
Intel Dual Band Wireless AC7260 802.11b/g/n
Microphone - USB desk mic with mute switch for those that prefer it over the built in mic.
Operating System - Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
Warranty - 3 Year Limited Depot Warranty
Accessories Included - 110V/220V Autoswitch AC Adapter and Power Cord, Manual, Utility Driver Disc
Call Alton at 770-382-7030 for current pricing, as pricing changes frequently.
Optional: Solid State Drive (SSD). Call Alton at 770-382-7030 for upgrade pricing.
It is unnecessary to have more than two monitors for trading when using the DayTradingCourse.com methodology.
The most popular monitor setup for a desktop computer is a pair of 24" or larger flat panel monitors (1920 X 1080 or 1920 X 1200 native resolution) with DVI or HDMI inputs.
If you already have monitors you would like to use, make sure they meet the minimum specifications. The minimum satisfactory resolution for charting is 1680 x 1050 but not recommended because 1920 X 1080 monitors are now very common and inexpensive. A lower resolution monitor can be used for order entry, web browsing, email, etc. Can you use lower resolution? Yes, certainly, but it is not preferrable long term. Also, the LED backlit monitors are slightly brighter than the older technology flourescent backlit monitors.
When comparing flat panels of the size we use, the other specs are almost always acceptable. The important consideration then becomes the warranty. Get monitors with a 3 year warranty.
The recommended monitor below is a high end 24" flat panel with 1920 X 1200 resolution and the latest technology for graphic intensive applications, i.e. charting. LED backlit for solid-state reliability and fast startup. Flexibility with analog, DVI, and Display Port inputs. This is the ideal external monitor for the laptop computer listed above, which has a Mini-Display Port jack for an external monitor. Manufacturer Warranty is 3 years parts, labor, and service. You can order this monitor from Professional Computers for $269.99 each. A pair of these monitors are perfect for use with the desktop computer above.
24" Screen Size
Widescreen LED backlit
Analog, DVI, and Display Port inputs
(2) USB Ports
1920 X 1200 resolution
Over 2M pixels, 0.27mm Pixel Pitch
16 Million Display Colors
250 cd/m2 Brightness
3,000,000:1 DC - Dynamic Contrast Ratio (1000:1)
170° (H) / 160° (V) Viewing Angle
60Hz Refresh Rate
5ms Response Time
90° Pivot, 35° Swivel, 4.7" Height, and Tilt adjustable
Brushed Aluminum and Black
ENERGY STAR, TCO and EPEAT GOLD certified
Theft Deterrence feature within the included HP Display Assistant software to prevent unauthorized use.
3 year warranty
Call Paul Quillen at 770-382-9656 if you have any questions about day trading computers or mulitiple monitor setups.
Trading Computer Specifications Summary
Again, call Paul Quillen at 770-382-9656 if you have any questions about day trading computers or mulitiple monitor setups.
All of our trading software is 32 bit and works fine on either a 32 bit or 64 bit Windows computer. Preferrably Windows 7. On a new computer always get 64 bit.
Note: I don't recommend Windows Vista or Windows 8 (until we can no longer get Windows 7 anywhere -- we still can). Windows XP is being orphaned in April 2014 and thus is no longer recommended. Windows 7 works great and is my recommended operating system, specifically 64 bit. Get 8 GB of RAM. Almost all 32 bit software works fine on a 64 bit computer.
Trading Laptop Specifications Summary
In addition to the specifications for the desktop computer listed above, your trading laptop needs a DVI or HDMI or Display Port video jack for an external monitor.
The native resolution of the monitor in the laptop's lid is the most important specification. The preferred “native” resolution would be 1920 X 1080 or 1920 x 1200.
If you want a laptop computer, we recommend you order the custom designed laptop above, or call me and I'll help you find one locally that will work. The number one problem we've found with with most off-the-shelf laptop computers is a low monitor resolution. The second problem with most off-the-shelf laptop computers is that the external monitor jack is frequently analog, not DVI or HDMI (digital). When looking for a day trading laptop, the category of laptops that daytrading requires would be considered "Gaming Laptops" due to the larger and better quality screen size, snappy graphics cards, and high performance processors to handle real time data.
You may wish to go to Laptop Computer Specs to see the full list of recommended laptop (notebook) computer specifications, as well as factors to consider when deciding between a laptop and a desktop computer.
Call Paul Quillen at 770-382-9656 (Eastern Time Zone) or email us if you have any questions about day trader computers, mulitple monitor setups, or daytrading laptop computers. Also note that anything computer related can change overnight, so call if you have any questions.
How to Order
Planning ahead and allowing at least 2 weeks for your custom made computer to be built and burned-in is appropriate.
Order these custom designed Emini Trader Workstation computers from:
Professional Computers & Service, Inc.
207 East Felton Road, Suite 106
Cartersville, GA 30121
Call Alton Vandiver at 770-382-7030 between 10 and 6 Eastern M-F.
Prices and components can change, so always call and check with them.
No sales outside the continental United States.
Please allow 2 weeks build and burn in time; 3 weeks for laptop.
Prices don't include shipping and/or sales tax, if applicable.
No sales tax if shipped outside of Georgia.
Since these are custom built computers, all sales are final. No refunds.
Paul Quillen, Founder and Head Instructor
Mickey Young, Instructor
Etowah Valley Inc.
35 Alex Drive NW
Cartersville, GA 30121
770-382-9656 (Eastern Time Zone)
770-456-5214 (24 hour FAX)
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