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Gaming or Trading? Same type of computer specs?

by Beth Bjerregaard / April 11, 2006 2:40 AM PDT

My wife's a stock trader and we've had some response time problems with her current system. Testing's been done on our broad band connection and it's fine. So now I'm looking into a "game" type of system that has the best possible graphics, about 1 GB of RAM, fast processor and a fast response monitor (i.e. 4 ms). Does this sound about right and any other suggestions? Believe me, bad response times have equaled loss money......:(

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 11, 2006 2:45 AM PDT

Since even an old 486 could tax broadband connection speeds, today's monsters are more than capable of responding quick enough.

What's the current system?


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also, what type of trading software is being used
by ramarc / April 11, 2006 3:05 AM PDT
In reply to: Doubtful.

java-based programs can be sluggish, especially on older/low-end PCs.

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No Java.....:/...
by Beth Bjerregaard / April 12, 2006 2:18 AM PDT

....just some basic exe file that displays tons of number lists and graphs in multiple boxes depending on how the user sets it up.........

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Here's the current system specs........
by Beth Bjerregaard / April 12, 2006 2:15 AM PDT
In reply to: Doubtful.

OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2 Build 2600
System Name HPDESK7975
System Manufacturer HP Pavilion 04
System Model P5271A-ABA 7975
System Type X86-based PC
Processor x86 Family 15 Model 1 Stepping 2 GenuineIntel ~1992 Mhz
BIOS Version/Date Award Software, Inc. 3.11, 11/22/2001
SMBIOS Version 2.3
Total Physical Memory 512.00 MB
Available Physical Memory 123.31 MB
Total Virtual Memory 2.00 GB
Available Virtual Memory 1.96 GB

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For trading, should be fine.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 12, 2006 2:21 AM PDT

Unless the trade software (not noted) is as the other member so kindly noted is running under a JVM which can cut speed. The only cure for that is brute force since it's unlikely you'll be able to pressure the author to do better.

-> Look at the new dual core CPU based machines.

My short first response to sluggish machines is:

1. Flip the IDE channels to PIO and back to DMA as noted at
2. Scan and eject pests found by HOUSECALL and EWIDO (google.com)
3. Run disk cleanup.

While some may note going to 1GB RAM, there is not enough evidence to tell if that would help yet.


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Build or buy?
by nathanpsz2 / April 11, 2006 6:19 AM PDT

I'd suggest that you build; it's the best value for money, and you can get exactly what you want.

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