The chassis is the building block of your PC, but not all are created equal. Here’s how to pick out the perfect chassis for your new trading computer.
- A good computer chassis should handle all of the components you need now and have enough room to allow for future expansion. Take it from us, nothing is worse than trying to add a new hard drive to your desktop only to find no room at the inn. To be safe, we suggest five or six 3.5” slots for hard drives and at least one 5.25” slot for your optical drive.
- Sufficient airflow is critical to the long term stability and overall longevity of any high performance PC. Many computer chassis actually hinder airflow, trapping heat alongside vital components and degrading their performance over time. A good chassis has proper venting at front and rear with 120mm fans to pull cool air in, and push the warm air out. Our custom designed GX3 chassis even has a top vent and fan, allowing heat to travel as it does naturally – up and out of the computer.
- Choose your chassis material wisely. Computers built in plastic or steel cases do very little to dissipate heat, instead trapping it inside the PC. We recommend and only use aluminum, a material that turns the PC into a giant heat sink for passive cooling even without fans.
- There’s nothing more frustrating than needing to pull out your PC to access rear USB or audio ports. These days, many chassis have USB 3.0, microphone, and headphone ports embedded in the top for quick and easy access. It’s totally worth it.
- Lastly, don’t ignore case aesthetics. Many of the trading computers on the web are built in flashy or garish cases you’d rather not see every day. Subtle lighting, clean lines, and no frills can mean the difference between a PC you hide and one you can’t wait to show off to company. It’s a professional workstation, after all, not a gaming PC.