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With my first build I sought to create a cool, stable multitasker for home office use. Built with Intel Xeon for multi-threading on a sub-$1000 budget, this machine will be used primarily for currency trading across three or four 24" monitors and to a lesser extent for photo editing in Lightroom/Photoshop.

My trading system is discretionary (i.e. Not 24hr automated), but it didn't take long to decide on a XEON E3. Solid, budget Mobo with non-ECC memory in dual-channel configuration. Couldn't be happier.

My only hangup is that the three-prong fans supplied with the Corsair 200R cannot be speed-controlled by the Mobo, as the machine runs at cool enough temps with the fans on max.

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  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks good!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

N00b here, but I didn't know that regular memory could work with Xeon, I thought it had to be ECC..? Otherwise, nice build.

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks. It looks like the Xeons support ECC and Non-ECC memory -- handing the decision off to the H97M, which definitely does not support ECC.

The Xeon is supported in ASRock documentation, so no surprises there.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the 200r... looks like a good budget case!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

It's well-sorted and sturdy for what should be $50 after a rebate.

Now I just want to keep building these thing. Fun

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  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

What's funny is that the E3 Xeons are regarded as trash in Korea for some reason, despite that if you don't want to overclock/don't have money and want to do video editing, it's a fantastic way to shave some money.

The only real problem with this build is that you bought a SSD that's about as fast as a HDD because Kingston is an ***. Still +1

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Wait! I updated the parts list. I used a Samsung Evo!

It's important to me that everyone like my build. No more lies.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, I'm looking to build a similar system for futures trading for my dad. The main difference is I'm going with a g3258 processor instead.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool. Building has made me more thoughtful of my system as a whole. I run multiple instances of a program called MetaTrader, and I'm learning more about cores, hyperthreading, professor affinity, memory utilization etc.

It's always great to have a machine tailored for your needs

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I've played around with MetaTrader before. And I'll be honest, I'm not a fan. After seeing all the promos and demos of the software, I thought I'd be using it. Turns out I've become more adept with Think or Swim's platform instead.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah, I see. Yeah, I chart FX in MT4 and place trades in Oanda FXTrade and ToS for commodities.

I got all setup with MBTrading to see about cTrader, but just learned they'll be dropping support for it shortly. Trading in the U.S. = PITA

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice Rig, I built practically a mirror imagine of this myself for trading about 3 months ago streaming on 3 - 23.6 inch monitors, it's almost paid for itself already :)

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/EB_Capital/saved/mFzG3C

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks good. I might need to follow on 16gigs RAM. We'll see

I was actually working with a MacBook Pro running crossover/bootcamp... Happy to be without that stress

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Let me know how that goes if you do, so far performance for me has been excellent though so I don't see the need just yet. Yea I also had a Macbook Pro with just an external hooked into it but it was from the college days purchased in 2009 and just couldn't keep up anymore, night and day with this new rig. Good luck out there in the markets, was thinking of trading some currency pairs soon, I've just done purely options and equities up till now.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm planning on building something very similar as my first PC, but I'm curious about why you opted for the CPU cooler given that the CPU cannot be overclocked. Does it have a tendency to overheat with the stock cooler?

Aside from that, I was planning on building something very similar (down to the same SSD, CPU, Mobo, and even GPU) but with 16GB of ram and a microATX case.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

It's arguably overcased and overcooled, but I just didn't want any surprises. It runs cool and looks purposeful for its tasks.

Happily running Windows 10

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice Build, nice price. I am actually building something for a friend with very similar needs, Metatrader, MT4 etc.

Now that you have used this for a few months is there anything you would do differently now? Mostly interessted if your still happy with the XEON option without ECC.

One requirement is to be able to hook up 4 screens in the future... not sure whats best card for that.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Hope your build is going/went well.

There's really nothing I would have done differently at this point. I probably could have saved a little cash had I taken more time in purchasing.

ECC isn't really relevant to what I'm doing (I hope....), so no qualms there.