Trading Computers Buyer's Guide

By Scott Tafel, founder of and

Memory / RAM

trading computers memory

The minimum amount of memory you should get with a new trading computer is 16GB. 8GB is OK for a small laptop that is used to just check on your existing swing trades. 32GB of memory is nice for future-proofing your computer and if you have a lot of charts. Some trading programs can accumulate memory usage in the form of market data until the program is closed and re-opened, which is another reason to get 32GB.

Memory that is a little faster is unlikely to produce any noticeable benefit to your trading computer. Faster memory is usually selected using a quick test of the memory that comes off the production line. This test is often too quick for a thorough examination of the memory, such that you may find it causes your trading computer to crash when running it at its full advertised speed. I would recommend getting the most reliable memory rather than the fastest memory. I have found that memory sticks made chips from Samsung, Micron and Hynix are extremely reliable.

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