As of December 2015, we recommend the following equipment for traders seeking to purchase or upgrade their equipment:

Recommended Trading Equipment

Part Manufacturer Key Specs Price Link Comments
PC Dell XPS X8900 Intel Core i7
1 TB Hard drive
Wireless Networking
4GB nVidia GeForce GTX 745


We don’t recommend buying refurbished or used
Solid State Hard Drive Crucial Technologies MX300 SSD 525 GB SATA 2.5 inch Internal Solid State Drive $149.99 Set this up as your Operating System drive. SSD drives are superfast, have low failure rate and get your system up and running in a few seconds from power on.
Monitor ASUS VE248Q 24″ Full HD 1920×1080 2ms includes connections for DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI-D and VGA. Back-lit LED Monitor includes VESA mount to fit stands listed below. $159.99 These monitors fit perfectly on the mounts shown below
USB to DVI Adaptor Plugable USB 3.0 to VGA/DVI/HDMI Adapter Add more monitor outlets in full 1920×1080 resolution using your existing USB outlets. Can connect as many of these as your PC can support $46.95 Use this adapter to add more monitors as needed. These can be tricky when the drivers are first loaded, but work great on laptops and PCs once configured
Mouse Logitech G400s Optical Wired Mouse
High definition
Very durable
$85.99 Not absolutely necessary but an important tool
Monitor Stand (4) Pwr+ Quad LCD Stand 24″ Max LED/LCD Monitor stand
Fully Adjustable
$85.70 Long term, it is important to have monitors put together into a cluster rather than across a desk. A great way to gain back desktop real estate for your journal and notes
Monitor Stand (6) Pwr+ Hexa LCD Stand 24″ Max LED/LCD Monitor stand
Fully Adjustable
$114.90 Great for keeping 6 monitors at the right height and above your desk space. This is the one I use.
Battery Backup CyberPower CP1500AVRLCD 900W 1500VA Uninterruptable Power Supply $129.95 Make sure your main monitor, your trading computer, your modem, router and any critical components are plugged in to the battery side. Test it by connecting everything and then unplugging from the wall to make sure it continues to run
*Prices and links valid as of April 2017

Disclaimer: Stage 5 Trading Corp recommends this equipment to the community as a convenience. Stage 5 Trading as not guarantee the functionality or quality of these products; neither expressed nor implied. Please contact the vendor or manufacturer directly for technical support issues.

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