The new AMD chips do look great. If you are planning on building a new system around their CPUs I would suggest going with a minimum of 16gb of DDR4 RAM. Like you said it seems each update that comes out requires more and more RAM. As of right now, 16gb is more than enough for the average user, but if you are looking to future proof your system 32gb might be your best bet option.
On to your graphics card, the AMD Radeon 5450 is a relatively old card compared to today’s standards. It is difficult to determine the exact card that best suits your needs. So many factors can be attributed to the card that suits you. Factors such as pricing and the programs that you use should also be taken into effect. If you plan on using programs such as CAD or Photoshop along with your trading programs, you may want to invest in one of the newer cards that will maximize your performance. To some extent, gaming GPUs and workstation GPUS can be used somewhat interchangeably, but in your case, I would suggest sticking with a workstation card. A workstation card will arguably save you more money and they are known to be much more stable than your average gaming GPU. Due to the recent decline of Crypto, the Crypto mining community, and the announcement of Nvidia’s new RTX series cards, there have already been some major price reductions in many of the “older” cards. Either way, I would suggest looking into a new GPU that supports more than two video outputs, that way you can utilize more than two monitors if you are looking to do so. Here are some cards from AMD that may be up your alley: https://www.amd.com/en-us/solutions/professional/workstations/cad. Again this is purely personal preference and it truly comes down to the card that best suits your needs.
Speaking on Sierra Charts graphics, the Sierra Chart platform is not the most aesthetically pleasing platform to look at. What they lack in aesthetics more than makes up for the features that are packed into this platform. It seems that most traders are more than willing to compensate for the lack of aesthetics when there are so many great technical analysis tools on the platform. Have you ever considered upgrading your monitor? Maybe you should consider upgrading to a slightly larger monitor as well, maybe a 27 inch. A nice monitor can go a long way when it comes to graphics and coloring. Like I mentioned in my last post, I don’t think a new GPU would help out too much with Sierra Chart’s graphics and coloring, but it definitely would not hurt. I’m sure you would notice a great improvement even with a slightly newer card for all functionalities on your computer.
For your current internet speed, 150 MBS is more than enough for what Sierra Chart requires. 300 MBS would probably be overkill, but again it could not hurt. If you are currently not running a hardwired ethernet connection to your computer, I would focus on a direct LAN connection first as using a connection over WIFI could create some latency issues and is much less reliable.
As you mentioned, I’m sure this post will help out the community greatly. Although most users are usually focused on the software side of things, it is always important to stay up to date with the most recent hardware. When it comes to poor computer performance when running trading platforms, the hardware is typically the root cause for the majority of the issues experienced. In a market so volatile such as the futures market, staying on top of the slightest shift in the market is extremely important. I would suggest for traders to never neglect the hardware they are working with. Keeping your computers up to date with the latest hardware is a surefire way to maximize your performance.