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Forex, or foreign exchange, is the market for buying and selling currencies. Stock trading involves buying and selling shares of publicly traded companies. Both involve analyzing charts for trends and predictions. Each trading software will specify the compatible operating system, processor types, graphic cards and the minimum RAM. Typically, you want to ensure your specifications and significantly above these to ensure your computer runs effectively. Stock & forex trading software is not a very graphics intensive software, but most people do tend to use multiple monitors at their workstations in order to see and analyze multiple charts. Therefore, we still recommend going with a dedicated graphics card in the mid-range level. On top of running your other software, stock & forex trading software along with your other software also utilizes RAM. We recommend at least 16GB of RAM just to be on the safe side as the latest operating systems are also becoming more and more RAM intensive. However, if you work with multiple applications simultaneously, you may need 32GB or more of RAM. Most stock & forex trading software uses multi-threaded processes. Therefore, your CPU choice should weigh both on the CPU Clock speed and the core count. We only recommend a Solid-State Drive for your operating system and programs instead of a traditional mechanical hard-drive. You can use a mechanical hard-drive as a secondary drive for storing your data if you wish.
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