The Best $1,500 Stock Trading PC Build – May 2022

By Ari Altman | Published April 29, 2022 | Updated April 29, 2022

Phanteks Evolv mATX Turbocharge Your Trading!

If you’re looking for the ultimate Stock Trading PC Build, this is the one! It’s informed by three guiding principles: it must be fast, quiet, and classy. You’ll have all of this and more for around $1500, and indeed this system will instantly start paying for itself as it maximizes your trading potential.

This Month’s Build, Powered by Intel!

The May 2022 edition of the Stock Trading PC Build is better than ever, now featuring Intel’s insanely-powerful Core i9-12900 16-core, 24-thread CPU. It will make quick work of anything you throw at it. Do you have a dozen windows open, full of charts, graphs, and news feeds? No problem, the 12900 can handle it, and the built-in graphics will make it look smooth even on a premium widescreen monitor like the ultra-wide 34″ 3440×1440 model we recommend later in this guide! And the best part: while the waning cryptocurrency mining craze has left stand-alone video cards overpriced, this system isn’t affected, thanks to the built-in graphics capability.

Backing up the CPU is 64GB of fast DDR4-3600 memory, giving you an amazing combination of speed and capacity. Also in this system is an ultra-responsive 1TB PCIe Gen 4 solid-state drive. For a Stock Trading PC Build, serious speed is important, because when you’re in the groove, you’ll be getting multiple streams of data hitting your drive constantly, and this one can take it! To make your Stock Trading PC Build look great without hogging a ton of desk space, we recommend the compact glass- and aluminum-clad Phanteks Evolv mATX chassis. Finally, to keep it running quietly and efficiently, we spec a 650W Gold-rated power supply and a fantastic tower cooler from Scythe.

A Few Other Notes

If you’re looking to complete your system, feel free to browse our Monitor Buyer’s Guide and Peripherals Buyer’s Guide, although you’ll also find our favorite picks for a trading PC listed later on this page. Throughout our guides, we provide direct product links to Amazon and Newegg in the US, and these links will auto-convert for our readers in Canada, the UK, and several countries in the EU, with regional substitutions made based on availability. To support this site, please use these links if you purchase any of the products we list.

Required Components

  • CPU

    Intel Core i9-12900

    $520

    Intel reclaimed the performance lead with its 12th-Gen “Alder Lake” CPUs, and the 12900 is the CPU to get for extreme performance in professional applications. It handily beats the Ryzen 9 5900X and 5950X in traditional apps thanks to its incredible clockspeeds, and with its 8 multi-threaded performance cores plus 8 efficiency cores, it’s also a beast for content creation or multi-tasking! Note that the 12900 is significantly less expensive than its 12900K cousin, with the primary difference being a lack of overclocking capability in the 12900, but for professional apps, that’s just fine, because instability would cost money!

    The Guru’s Tip

    This CPU includes a cooler, but it's really not adequate for the CPU's power level, so definitely pick up the upgraded cooler we list later in this guide. Also make sure not to buy the 12900 "F" version, which doesn't have built-in graphics.

  • Motherboard

    MSI MAG B660M Mortar WiFi DDR4

    $179

    This full-featured Socket 1700 board from MSI is a perfect match for Intel’s latest CPUs. It offers a potent 12+1+1 VRM design, two PCIe Gen 4 M.2 slots, a PCIe Gen 4 video card slot, eight USB ports (including a Type-C port), and integrated WiFi 6 plus 2.5Gbs LAN. Note that it conforms to the DDR4 RAM standard, allowing the use of less expensive memory while maintaining similar performance to DDR5-based systems.

    The Guru’s Tip

    This board's HDMI 2.1 and Displayport 1.4 video outputs in combination with the built-in graphics on the Intel CPU can drive any monitor at full resolution, and together allow for simultaneous use of two ultra-high resolution monitors. Check out our recommendation later in this guide!

  • Memory

    Patriot 2x32GB Viper Steel DDR4-3600

    $240

    This ultra-dense Viper Steel kit from Patriot allows you to push your RAM capacity to the max. It offers dual 32GB sticks, running at a fast 3600MHz with impressive 18-20-20 timings for excellent all-around performance on any platform!

    The Guru’s Tip

    With 64GB of RAM on board, you'll never run out of capacity! Note that to run this RAM at its full speed, you will need to select the XMP profile in the motherboard's UEFI (aka the BIOS).

  • Solid-State Drive

    WD_Black SN850 1TB NVMe

    $150

    The fastest M.2 drive on the planet…. that title has been held by many drives, but for now, the WD_Black holds it. Powered by amazingly-fast NAND flash, and maxing out the PCIe Gen 4 bus, it’s the one you want!

    The Guru’s Tip

    Install this in the top M.2 slot, which you can access by removing the pre-installed heatsink on the motherboard. Make sure to put it back in place after removing any protective tape on the thermal pad once the SSD is mounted!

  • Case

    Phanteks EVOLV mATX Tempered Glass Gray

    $140
    This compact, ultra-stylish case from Phanteks truly stands out from the crowd. The case is wrapped in gorgeous 3mm-thick aluminum panels, which give it a truly premium feel. It also features dual hinged glass doors, which look great and provide easy access to the interior. It doesn’t skimp in the cooling department either, with factory-installed 140mm fans in both the front and rear of the chassis! This particular version comes in Phanteks’ trademark anthracite gray color, which looks very pro!
    The Guru’s Tip

    Keep in mind that this is a micro-ATX case, which means it requires a micro-ATX motherboard, such as the one we recommend.

  • Power Supply

    Phanteks AMP 650W Gold

    $90

    The AMP 650W from Phanteks offers exceptional performance at a great price. It features 650W of Gold-rated power, fully-modular cables, a low-noise fan design with zero-fan mode, and an ultra-compact form factor at just 140mm deep.

    The Guru’s Tip

    While you don't need this much power for a system like this, the price on this power supply is unbeatable, far lower than less-capable units.

  • CPU Cooler

    Scythe Fuma 2 Rev. B

    $66
    Offering amazing performance thanks to its big heatsink and dual 120mm fans, along with excellent compatibility thanks to its offset design and 155mm height, this is our favorite cooler at any price. The latest Rev. B version swaps out the “classic” grey fans with more on-trend black models, and ups the RPM level from 1200RPM to 1500RPM. To keep noise in check, the new Kaze Flex II fans use a specially-designed fan frame to minimize turbulence on heatsinks and maximize static pressure.
    The Guru’s Tip

    This cooler includes the Intel Socket 1700 adapter required for use with the Intel 12th-Gen CPU.

  • Operating System

    Windows 11 Home USB

    $139

    Windows 11 take everything people loved about Windows 10, and then takes it to 11! It adds significant under-the-hood changes to make it faster and more secure, and of course, the interface is sleek too!

    The Guru’s Tip

    Windows 11 is definitely the OS you want to take full advantage of the hybrid design of Intel's latest high-performance processors.

Optional Products

  • The 34-inch Widescreen Monitor

    Philips 346E2CUAE

    $390

    It wasn’t long ago that monitors with the specs of this model would cost twice as much, so there’s no doubt that Philips is offering tremendous value in a high-end model here. You get a huge 34″ curved VA panel with a resolution of 3440 x 1440 , 121% of the sRGB color gamut, and an adjustable stand to allow for an ergonomic position. It’s equipped with Displayport and HDMI inputs, plus a USB Type-C port to connect to laptops. The best part is that it’s protected by a 4-year advanced exchange warranty.

    The Guru’s Tip

    Both the HDMI and Displayport outputs on the Stock Trading PC will support a monitor of this resolution, so feel free to grab two if you have the space for them!

  • The Ultimate Business Keyboard

    Logitech MX Keys Wireless Illuminated Keyboard

    $120
    The sleek, full-featured keyboard is our top pick for serious office productivity use. The low-profile keys and metal frame give it a very professional look and feel, along with a solid typing experience. It also offers backlighting to make typing in the dimly-lit conditions easier, and being wireless, you can easily move it out of the way when you need more desk space. Finally, Logitech’s Flow Control software allows you to use it on multiple systems simultaneously!
    The Guru’s Tip

    This is the perfect complement to the MX Master 3 mouse recommended below!

  • The Deluxe Wireless Mouse

    Logitech MX Master 3

    $100
    Nothing can bog you down faster when in the midst of a quick trade than a mouse tangled up on its cord. So we strongly recommend a wireless mouse, but not just any wireless mouse – the MX Master 3 from Logitech has an incredibly comfortable profile, ideal for use all day long, along with the most innovative scroll wheel ever to make its way onto a mouse. Its built-in battery will last up to 70 days before needing a charge. And it can even track on glass!
    The Guru’s Tip

    This mouse can even be used with multiple systems at once, like a laptop and this desktop PC!

  • The Deluxe PC Speakers

    Logitech Z207 Multi Device Speakers

    $50
    Logitech’s Z207 speakers sound and look great without taking up much space. They’ll also work with any Bluetooth audio device, so you can switch over to phone or tablet audio with the push of a button. Logitech has packed a ton of value into this slimline speaker kit!
    The Guru’s Tip

    You'll want a set of speakers for Zoom calls or market news!

  • Webcam

    Logitech C920x Pro HD Webcam

    $70
    Need to use your PC for video conferencing? No problem! Just add this high-quality 1080p webcam from Logitech, which includes a built-in microphone. Just remember that if your monitor doesn’t have built-in speakers, you’ll also need stand-alone speakers for web conferencing to work. We’re amazed at the number of people who use headphones for video conferencing when it’s so much more professional to use gear attached to your PC, rather than your head!
    The Guru’s Tip

    Avoid no-name webcams at all costs. They've flooded the market as more people work from home, and they are almost always of dubious quality!

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