View Full Version : Any thoughts on this for start of new system?
01-28-2007, 04:41 PM
Looking for input on mb and chipset for building new computer. I daytrade commodities and am looking to build a new computer. Someone in a chat room I'm in suggested the Asus P5N32-eSLI MB and the Intel Core2 Duo E6600 as a starting point. They said the MB will handle the data processing demands in the charting package I use very well instead of getting bogged down during peak data throughput times because it splits the load. I've read the E6300 is easily overclockable, but it uses the 2mb cache and the the E6600 uses the 4mb cache, will that make much of a difference? This computer will be almost exclusively for trading, but I may use it also in my pursuit of a masters in Comp sci, so whatever programming needs that may entail would be the only other main use.
Thanks for any input!
01-29-2007, 07:52 AM
Unless it's a real interest for you I wouldn't even make overclocking a consideration. The dual core procs these days run circles around even the last generation P4s. If you're doing number crunching, the dual core will be a big step up from whatever you have today.
How much data are you talking about - hundreds of numbers, thousands, hundreds of thousands? If you're in the hundreds of thousands range (or if cost is not a huge issue), then go with the E6600. Larger internal cache will certainly help with processor intensive tasks (like charting & mathmatical functions).
01-29-2007, 09:16 AM
Thanks! For the 1st hour or 2 of the trading day the data is coming in large sets and quick and then getting processed via mathematical formulas to plot various indicators on the charts. I could probably live without overclocking and shell out a bit more cash for those times. I haven't overclocked anything before and I'm realistically better off not fooling around with the computer I'll be using as my main work/trading machine. Maybe give it a try on new backup computer I'm going to need also.
Thanks for the input!
01-29-2007, 09:49 AM
Yeah, back in earlier days of this forum I would've loved to talk OCing, but with dual-core chips, and now quad-core processors too, there really is no need, especially if you're doing high-end work for a business app.
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