Trading requires a lot of analysis, attention to detail and management. It is a visually strenuous job and having a decent setup with multiple monitors will go a long way to help you achieve your goal.
My workstation is arranged so that I am comfortable while I am at my desk. I have a minimalistic approach to my desk space because I want to reduce all the clutter and distraction while I trade.
Dell XPS 8500
I am a strong advocate for Solid State Drives (SSD). If you were to choose only one upgrade from this list, I would choose to upgrade to an SSD. The difference in speed between an SSD and a standard hard drive is substantial. It cuts down on Windows 8 and program boot up times. My computer will boot up Windows 8 from the off position to the desktop with the mouse cursor in about 15 seconds. Keep in mind, Windows 7 boot up time is longer. Trading software will also load up much faster. Overall it is a huge improvement in the computer’s performance. The standard for SSD pricing nowadays is 50 cents for every 1 GB.
Four Dell UltraSharp 24” (U2412M)
Getting high resolution monitors will give you the highest efficiency since screen real estate is so important when trading. I found that it is more important to have
higher resolution than to have a bigger monitor.
Peripherals and Accessories
Rosewill Mechanical Keyboard (RK-9100xR) and Logitech G400 Gaming Mouse
It is imperative that your keyboard and mouse are wired. Sometimes when a keyboard is about to die, the keys will repeat itself. When you want to buy 500 shares, you are going to get 5000 shares if you are not paying attention. The last thing you want to do is be in a trade and the batteries to your peripherals die.
EVGA UV 39+
I am using this external video adapter that connects to my computer via USB 3.0. I recommend connecting this to a USB 3.0 port because there might be some noticeable lag with USB 2.0. It is a much easier and affordable solution if you want more than 2 monitors because you don’t have to add another video card, plus some motherboards do not have an extra slot for another video card. One of these adapters will support 2 additional monitors via 1 HDMI port and 1 DVI port with a resolution of up to 2048x1152. Buy two of these boxes and you can have a total of 4 extra monitors! I believe computers can only support 2 of these boxes. I bought this on Newegg for about $55.
The monitor stand that I am using is from eBay. I bought one from Monoprice with the exact same 4 monitor orientation and the arms holding the monitors up kept sliding down. The one on eBay is much more studier and expensive. It was about $80.
Height Adjustable Desk
Base - Uplift Desk 900 Sit-Stand Ergonomic Desk Base
Table top - IKEA 59”x29.5” Linnmon Table Top
I purchased the base from Uplift ($469) and I went to IKEA and bought a separate table top ($36). The table top is much thicker than the ones offered from Uplift. Since my monitor stand is secured by a clamp, I figured the thicker the desk, the studier it would be. The Uplift desk is electronically controlled and has 4 memory settings for different heights. This legs on this desk are very sturdy and can support more weight than other height adjustable desks.
Herman Miller Aeron
Surprisingly these chairs are sold at a huge discount on Craigslist. I was able to find one for $325 in very good condition.