I monitor up to 20 markets in a single time frame, focusing on around 5 at any one time. Those 5 I look at in 3 time frames. I currently use 2 monitors as I am in the process of changing 2 and that will bring me up to the max I can do on this P.C (2 monitors are 19" and 2 are 23" widescreens)
One of the 19" is for trading platform, another for news/spreadsheet.
The 23" are used for charts.
Oh and desk is handbuilt by me and I sit on a gym ball and have other gym equipment here!
Last edited by rassi; June 17th, 2011 at 02:17 PM.
Personally I use four 1920x1080 Samsung LED screens in a 2x2 config. I'm running Sierra Charts, Broker's DOM, Firefox etc.
Just waiting for 30" 2560 x 1600 to become more mainstream so I can have 2560 x 1600 as the center piece flanked by 1600×1200 20" monitors either side in portrait mode.
I already collated this information on workstation video cards that may be useful to anyone looking at driving 2560 x 1600 screens. Note that as HDMI does not go this high, You'll need either a Dual-Link DVI, or DisplayPort.
2 x DisplayPort monitors at resolutions up to 2560 x 1600 each / 256MB RAM - 64bit / Full length - Half height
Nvidia Quadro NVS 420 PCIe x1 x16
4 x monitors at resolutions up to 2560 x 1600 each / 512MB RAM - 64bit / Full length - Half height *HAS FAN*
(VHDCI to Quad DisplayPort dongle / VHDCI to Quad DVI-D (Single Link) dongle)
Nvidia Quadro NVS 450 PCIe x16
4 x DisplayPort monitors at resolutions up to 2560 x 1600 each / 512GB RAM / Half length - Full height
Matrox M9128 LP PCIe x16
2 x DisplayPort monitors at resolutions up to 2560 x 1600 each / 1GB RAM / Half height
Matrox M9138 LP PCIe x16
3 x DisplayPort monitors at resolutions up to 2560 x 1600 each / 1GB RAM / Half height
Matrox M9148 LP PCIe x16
4 x DisplayPort monitors at resolutions up to 2560 x 1600 each / 1GB RAM / Half height
I'm just a beginner so don't take anything what I say for advice. But I like to read what others trade with so I just thought I'd present my 2 cents. I'm not a complete beginner. I've been learning to trade for several years. I've now come to the point where I feel I can call myself a beginner.
Anyways. As a beginner I can't have too many monitors. I like to have good visual representation of what is happening. That means charts to me. I only have two 24" monitors. On one I track three time periods of spot gold and silver in six charts. On that monitor I flip between that and tracking two stocks in my trading platform. On the second monitor I have the order entry screen with a graph charting the stock I am currently trading, price ladder, account info, etc. Then I have half dozen Stockcharts charts open in various tabs which I flip through.
I am focusing on identifying trends, pivotal points, staying with the trend, staying in the trade when it is in your favour. I wish. I've had so many chances where I bail waay too soon and/or flub the entry. How to take a great day and lose money.
I would just love to have a couple more monitors. I could organize it so I didn't have to do any flipping.