The Best $1,500 Stock Trading PC Build – September 2021

By Ari Altman | Published August 26, 2021 | Updated August 26, 2021

Fire Up 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 just $1,500, and indeed this system will instantly start paying for itself as it maximizes your trading potential.

This Month’s Build, Powered by Intel!

For September 2021, the $1,500 Stock Trading PC Build continues to feature Intel’s awesome Core i7-11700K 8-core, 16-thread CPU. It will make quick work of anything you throw at it, and also has a supercharged built-in UHD 750 graphics chip, 50% faster than previous versions. Do you have ten windows open, full of charts, graphs, and news feeds? No problem, the 11700K can handle it, and the UHD 750 graphics will make it look smooth even on a premium widescreen monitor like the ultra-wide 38″ 3840×1600 model we recommend later in this guide! And the best part: while the cryptocurrency mining craze has caused prices of stand-alone video cards to skyrocket worldwide, this system isn’t affected, thanks to the built-in graphics capability.

Backing up the CPU is an awesome 32GB of ultra-fast DDR4-3600 memory, giving you an amazing combination of speed and capacity. Also in this system is an ultra-fast 1TB PCIe Gen 4 solid-state drive. When you’re in the groove, you’ll be getting huge 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 and classy Phanteks Evolv mATX tempered glass chassis, and to keep it running quietly and efficiently, we spec a 550W Platinum-rated power supply.

A Few Other Notes

If you’re looking to complete your system, browse our Monitor Buyer’s Guide and Peripherals Buyer’s Guide, although you’ll find our favorite picks for a trading PC listed later on this page. Throughout our guides, we provide direct product links to Amazon 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 i7-11700K

    $397
    For exceptional multi-tasking performance, Intel has you covered with its awesome Core i7-11700K 8-core, 16-thread processor based on the latest Rocket Lake design. It will handle all the data you can throw at it and beg for more, and more importantly, has built-in Intel 750 graphics that are 50% faster than previous gen onboard graphics!
    The Guru’s Tip

    This CPU does not include a cooler, so make sure to pick up the model we recommend later in this guide.

  • Motherboard

    MSI MPG Z590M Gaming Edge WiFi

    $270

    This board has all the features you could possibly want in a high-end build, despite conforming to the compact microATX form factor. It offers extreme power-handling, overclocking capabilities, built-in 802.11ax (WiFi 6) networking, 2.5Gbps LAN, and eight USB ports (including Type-C). It also has dual M.2 slots for solid-state drives, the upper one which supports the latest PCIe Gen 4 standard used by the fastest drives on the market.

    The Guru’s Tip

    This motherboard's built-in HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort video outputs are both capable of driving the largest, highest-resolution monitors on the market. That's what allows you to use this system without a video card!

  • Memory

    Crucial 2x16GB Ballistix DDR4-3600 C16 Black

    $170
    For this build, you need lots of high-speed RAM, and this 32GB DDR4-3600 kit will do the trick! It not only offers a high frequency, but also has tight 16-18-18 timings that most other 3600 kits can only dream of.
    The Guru’s Tip

    With 32GB 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

    Samsung 980 Pro 1TB

    $190
    For storage, head straight for the 980 Pro 1TB drive from Samsung. It uses the new PCIe 4.0 interface provided on this system’s motherboard to massively accelerate I/O operations. But this isn’t just any PCIe Gen 4 drive, it’s the fastest PCIe Gen 4 drive!
    The Guru’s Tip

    During trading hours, your Stock Trading PC Build is going to be downloading data every millisecond, and this drive will keep up!

  • Case

    Phanteks EVOLV mATX Black

    $130

    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!

    The Guru’s Tip

    Note that this is a micro ATX (mATX) case, which is slightly smaller than standard, and requires an mATX motherboard, which we of course have listed in this guide. Please be careful about selecting a different model unless you are sure it is also mATX.

  • Power Supply

    be quiet! Straight Power 11 Platinum 550W

    $120

    This compact PSU will easily fit in this build, while providing virtually silent operation thanks to its Platinum-rated efficiency and Silent Wings 3 135mm fan. Another nice perk is its fully-modular cables, which means you just connect the cables you need, keeping things neat in your system.

    The Guru’s Tip

    The ultra-high efficiency of this PSU will save you money as you trade, which keeps more money in your pocket!

  • CPU Cooler

    Scythe Mugen 5 Black

    $60

    Offering amazing cooling along with very low noise levels thanks to its big heatsink and powerful but quiet Kaze Flex fan, the Mugen 5 Black is the perfect pick for this machine.

    The Guru’s Tip

    The blacked-out color scheme and impressive stature of this cooler will also give your trading PC an all-business look!

  • Operating System

    Windows 10 Home USB Flash Drive

    $130
    Windows 10 was a big step up from Windows 8.1, and Microsoft continues to support Windows 10 users not only with regular security updates, but with major content releases every six months. And the USB version installs in under 5 minutes, meaning you can get right into using your system!
    The Guru’s Tip

    Windows 11 is coming in early 2022, and it will be a free upgrade for all owners of Win10!

Optional Products

  • The 38-inch Ultra-Wide Productivity Monitor

    Acer XR382CQK 37.5″ Ultra Wide Curved

    $900

    With a massive resolution of 3840×1600 and a highly-curved 38″ panel, this ultra-wide from Acer is the perfect professional monitor. It can easily support viewing three standard-sized windows side-by-side. We prefer this monitor to 4K models for serious productivity work, as running a typical 32″ 4K (3840×2160) monitor at native resolution will make charts and documents unreadable. You’re much better off going with an ultra-wide model with slightly lower resolution, as it will actually provide more usable space on screen.

    The Guru’s Tip

    To take advantage of this monitor, you can use either the built-in HDMI 2.0 port or the built-in DisplayPort on the system's motherboard.

  • Keyboard

    Logitech G815 Mechanical Keyboard (Linear)

    $170
    This groundbreaking keyboard combines the responsiveness of a true mechanical switch with a slim, professional design that doesn’t scream “gamer!” It’s quite simply the only keyboard of its kind, and it’s our new favorite. It comes in three models: linear (quietest), tactile (with feedback), and clicky (audible click).
    The Guru’s Tip

    By the way, we know RGB backlighting isn't the favorite of every professional, but don't worry - you can dim it or shut if off entirely!

  • 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 Headset

    Corsair Virtuoso Wireless Headset

    $160
    Combining ultra-high-end performance with incredible comfort, this wireless headset from Corsair is the ideal all-day companion for listening to the latest market news. This headset also has an audiophile-grade microphone, perfect for teleconferencing.
    The Guru’s Tip

    This headset also looks very professional, so no one needs to know it's actually marketed as a gaming headset!

  • Webcam

    Logitech C925-e Webcam

    $80
    Need to do some teleconferencing? No problem, just pick up this high-quality USB webcam from Logitech!
    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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