Best Cheap Computer Setups for Matched Betting

Best Computer Setups for Betting

If you’re looking to get into the world of so-called no-risk betting, or if you’ve already started but you’re looking to take it to the next level, you’ll probably want to look at having a good computer setup.

One of the main ways that many people can improve their efficiency and profitability is to take their bets from a mobile or tablet, or perhaps some smaller laptops, and move them to a desktop computer.

Why is it important to find the best computer for matched betting?

This is pretty simple; your profits should rise substantially as a result of being more efficient.

Or, you could make the same profits in much less time, giving you more time to spend away from the computer screens (should you want to!).

Let’s get stuck in and look at the best computer setups for matched betting and the types of things you should be looking at and considering.

At the end of the post, I’ll also show you my current matched betting setup.

Before we show you the best, cheap desktops for the previously mentioned needs, let’s look at something that will accompany your computer for maximum betting success.

Dual Monitors

One of the best steps you can take to make your work, free time and overall user experience that much more enjoyable is to get an extra monitor.

With two monitors you can finish your work faster, as you won’t need to open different tabs or programs and switch between them as often.

Research suggests that office workers get an efficiency boost of around 35% by using two monitors rather than one.

I believe that matched bettors typically receive an even higher boost due to the nature of the tasks we have at hand; we almost always need more than one window open. For example, an oddsmatcher, a bookmaker and an exchange (at minimum).

Two monitors speeds the process of laying a bet up by probably 50% on average.

By saving time in bet placement and other places too, as a result of the dual monitor benefits, you’re going to be saving a load of time each day; hours saved a week and potentially weeks of time every year.

Here are some great choices:

HP 24f Full HD Monitor

An incredibly good looking, ultra thin monitor that is a lot more affordable than its appearance would have you believe.

Even though matched betting is a great way to make money there can be times when you just don’t want to grind out some bets. Having something like this certainly makes sitting at your desk more appealing. 

It’s available in a variety of screen sizes from 21.5 inch up to 27 inch. 

Features

  • Full HD, 1920 x 1080 Resolution
  • Great Price
  • 4.5 Star Customer Rating

You can check out the price of it here.

Dell SE2219H 21.5 Inch LED-Backlit LCD Monitor

Another affordable, clean looking monitor, this time in black.

With a thin bezel outline you should get a good view of what’s onscreen from a variety of angles.

This monitor is a good size at 21 inches, reltivley high quality and will allow you to get a lot of information up on screen at one time; perfect if you’re trading or in-play arbing.

Features

  • Full HD, 1920 x 1080 Resolution
  • LED Back-lit LCD Screen
  • 4.5 Star Customer Rating

You can check out the price of it here.

HP 32s Full HD 31.5 Inch Monitor

A giant monitor, measuring 31.5 inches, that would work great if you’re looking to maximise the space you have, but don’t quite have the room for dual screens.

By choosing a larger display it’s easier to view multiple tabs if you’re comparing odds across different bookmakers. With a display that delivers 70% more screen than a 24” monitor, this HP model has certainly got you covered. 

Although the individual cost of this monitor is more than the others it works out roughly the same when used as a single display, rather than a dual screen.

Features

  • Full HD Display
  • 1080 x 1920 Resolution
  • Large Screen Size
  • 4.5 Star Customer Rating

You can check out the price here.

There are plenty of other monitors that are great choices, but because of the fact new screens are regularly released (and some are discontinued), it’s hard to keep an up-to-date list.

It’s worth checking out the monitors on Amazon here, and you can be confident that the well-reviewed items should be suitable for the task.

Best Cheap Desktop Computers for Matched Betting

Before we dive into the world of PCs, you have to figure out what your desktop will serve you for. That’s the first step that you need to take before buying your personal computer.

Generally speaking, we don’t need highly powerful computers with amazing specs for betting on.

This is because you won’t need huge amounts of computer power for the majority of betting related tasks.

However, we do need something capable of powering two monitors effectively, running web-based software (like oddsmatchers and other tools) and casino games – this is where the majority of computer power will be required.

Luckily for you, we’ve already found you some good options.

In order to help you make the best decision for you, we’re suggesting a few different choices below.

First, let’s look at the specs we recommend in case you want to try to find an alternative option:

Recommended Minimum Specs

  • 8GB RAM
  • 2.4GHz+ dual-core processor
  • 256GB SSD or 250GB HDD
  • Windows 10+

We’re now going to take a look at some of the options available that fit the above criteria and are available for a reasonable price.

It’s also worth noting that you can pick up many great deals on Amazon for refurbished computers (check them out here) but because the refurbished computers that are available tend to change regularly, it makes it hard for us to include them in this post.

The options below are all below £600, but you can pick up refurbished desktop computers that are more than suitable for matched betting for below £300.

HP Elite 8300 SFF Desktop PC

This PC should have no trouble running all of your betting needs. It should run all types of software, from matched betting right up to more labour intensive Poker HUD software.

The best part is it will allow you to do all of that while remaining pretty affordable. You’re not going to find many cheaper options. 

Features

  • Intel Core i5-3470 3.20 GHz
  • 8 GB RAM Memory
  • Hard Drive: 256 GB SSD
  • Windows 10

You can check out the price here.

Dell OptiPlex Desktop PC

This Dell PC is another budget option that is perfectly capable of performing multiple tasks. Whether it’s watching high definition Youtube videos or running multiple markets in your trading software, it will have you covered.

This also comes with extra memory should you need it.

Features

  • Intel i5-2400 Quad Core
  • 8GB DDR3 RAM
  • 240GB SSD + 500GB HDD
  • Windows 10

You can check out the price here.

ADMI Desktop Gaming PC

If you’re looking to invest a bit more money into your computer setup, this could be for you. 

Still under the £300 mark but with a huge hard drive and improved graphics card. It’s not only functional but looks the part with adjustable, coloured LED lights.

It will run faster than the more budget models so you shouldn’t experience any lag when using multiple programs. 

Features

  • AMD A10-9700 QUAD Core
  • Radeon R7 Graphics
  • 8GB DDR4 2400Mhz RAM
  • 1TB Hard Drive

You can check out the price here.

Fierce MA-11 Budget Gaming PC

Fierce MA 11 Gaming Computer for Matched Betting

Whilst this is intended to be a ‘gaming’ computer, this is ideal for matched betting; running casino games and various pieces of betting-related software.

Based on the specs, it’s more than adequate for your needs.

Because it’s made by a lesser-known manufacturer, it means you also benefit from not paying for the premium price that comes with many brands due to their reputation.

However, many companies have good reputations for a reason, so this is also worth factoring into your decision.

You can check out the price of it here.

We could list many, many other computers. It’s really not that hard to find something that meets the minimum requirements that are recommended.

It’s important to shop around, find something you like that is within your budget.

Try to look at reviews and make sure that other genuine shoppers have opinions on the product that could help you out.

Keyboard and Mouse Set

A very stylish option but also very practical. You will want to choose something that has adequate spacing between the keys. 

No-one wants to mis-type and end up entering the wrong stake as you’re trying to fire in a quick bet. While we can’t take that threat away completely, a good keyboard will minimise the chances of this happening.

It also comes with a wireless mouse.

You can check out the price here.

Laptops

We understand that everyone might not be able to have a desktop PC.

Whether you work on the go or you’re a student and don’t have the budget. Matched betting is an incredibly diverse system because of how easy it is to make a second income. 

Laptops might not be our recommended way to do things but the beauty of matched betting is that it’s perfectly acceptable. 

The downsides are less screen space and the negative effect that has on effiency.

However, the options we are about to show you will be more than capable of providing you with the support to matched bet. 

HP EliteBook 840 G1 14-inch Ultrabook

This is a really great laptop for the money. It is a refurbished model but it has been inspected by Amazon and receives a one year warranty.

This shouldn’t put you off as in return you get a similar processor to a budget PC and 8GB of RAM as standard. 

In non nerd speak, that means this is a machine that will exceed your performance needs for betting. 

You do compromise on screen size but the practicality of a laptop will be necessary for some people. 

Features 

  • 14 Inch Screen
  • Intel Core i5 4th Gen Processor
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 256GB SSD Hard Drive
  • Under £350 

You can check out the price here.

ASUS VivoBook X420 14 Inch Laptop

An affordable but great looking laptop that will cover all your basic needs as matched bettor. 

A thin design with a nice screen and good battery life, it is a viable option for someone who can’t use a PC.

Features 

  • 14 Inch Screen
  • Intel Core i3-7020U Processor
  • 128 GB SSD Hard Drive
  • 4GB RAM
  • Great Price

You can check out the price here.

Acer Nitro 5 AN515-42 Gaming Laptop

A pricier option but when you way up the costs of a PC tower and dual monitors, this is in the same ballpark.

For your money you get a brilliant processor, graphics card and huge amount of memory.

How many of us have got an ancient laptop that takes an age to boot up? Do yourself a favour and whack it on ebay and put the money towards something like this.

This will not only cover your betting needs but will become your go to laptop for doing everything!

Features

  • 15.6 inch Full HD IPS display
  • AMD Ryzen 5 2500U Processor
  • 8GB RAM
  • 1TB HDD Hard Drive

You can check out the price here.

Computer Chair

If you’re serious about betting you’re going to be spending a minimum of a few hours a week sitting in front of your computer. 

It’s important to get something that you are going to be comfy spending time sitting in. You don’t want anything to put you off making money.

If you resent sitting in front of your computer it could be time to treat yourself to a new computer chair. 

High Back Executive Adjustable Office Chair

A great budget option that doesn’t compromise on support.

It is ergonomically shaped so it provides back support as well as having a high back that will support the head and neck. 

Adjustable height and tilt should make this suitable for all shapes and sizes.

A mesh back will be breathable and cool, even if you get a bit tense watching your bets come in!

In all seriousness, speaking from experience, a good chair is an underrated part of your computer setup. You don’t want to get bad betting back…

You can check out the price here.

My Current Setup

I would not recommend my current setup to people, but I figured it would be worth sharing as I get people asking.

I currently use an iMac, rather than a Windows desktop computer.

I bought this in my first year of matched betting with my profits from Cheltenham festival.

I thought it would be a good investment because I wanted to do videos and editing on top of betting.

It turns out it wasn’t a great decision, I should have gone with a suitably priced desktop that would have offered significantly more powerful specs without the Apple price tag.

What can I say? I wasn’t clued up, evidently.

This is the iMac I currently use (Apple iMac with Retina 4K Core I5 3.4 GHz 21.5″) and the second monitor I use is this one by AOC.

My computer setup

My current setup that I’ve shown previously on the Beating Betting YouTube channel

About the Author

This post was written by Luke Jordan. Luke is the founder of Beating Betting and has been teaching people about low risk betting strategies since the start of 2016.

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5 thoughts on “Best Cheap Computer Setups for Matched Betting

  1. Siobhan Rowan says:

    Hello Luke,

    I’m looking to start my way in matched betting and hopefully progress through reload offers into sports betting. I’m appreciating your articles and reviews greatly- thank you!- but I note you don’t seem to recommend laptops. And you appear to recommend using Windows desktop with 2 large monitors?

    I divide my time between Wales and London – almost of age to be retired from ‘regular job’ now- and I use a Macbook. I notice also that Geek Toys, which you recommend, doesn’t seem to have a Mac equivalent? I see that you use a Mac computer. What do you use?

    many thanks

    Siobhan

    1. Luke says:

      Hi Siobhan,

      The ideal setup would be a computer with two monitors but that’s because I’m often doing things frantically and I usually want as much information as I can get. Laptops are definitely suitable. Many people manage by placing all of their bets on mobile, but I found that just a bit too fiddly and inefficient for my personal taste.

      I did use a Mac and I was using the RacingTraders software on there, but I’m now using a Windows computer. I guess I should update this post when I get chance :)

      Good luck on your betting journey!

      1. Siobhan says:

        Thank you Luke,

        Clarification helpful.
        So ‘Racing Traders’ is ‘Geek Toys’ equivalent?

        Cheers,
        Siobhan

        1. Luke says:

          They’re different products from different companies but both do the same job, with different features and whatnot.

  2. Luis says:

    Would you recommend separate laptops or virtual machines?

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