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Hardware lust: trading PC with 6-monitors

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I am also considering a display card with Eyefinity technology since I wish to have 6 monitors output at the same time.
But I worry that the computer will become very slow afterward, as too many thing display on the screen.......

May I know which hardware is most important to ensure the computer can run very smooth.....?

First and foremost, see the specs required by Eyefinity cards.

Probably an i5 or i7 processor, at least 8Gb of RAM...

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I am also considering a display card with Eyefinity technology since I wish to have 6 monitors output at the same time.
But I worry that the computer will become very slow afterward, as too many thing display on the screen.......

May I know which hardware is most important to ensure the computer can run very smooth.....?

Not an expert about graphic cards so take it with a grain of salt but I found this trading related review of Eyefinity:

Why Eyefinity Cards Are a Poor Choice for a Trading Computer | Multiple Monitors Blog

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Not an expert about graphic cards so take it with a grain of salt but I found this trading related review of Eyefinity:

Why Eyefinity Cards Are a Poor Choice for a Trading Computer | Multiple Monitors Blog

Agreed. After having two Eyefinity 6 cards, a Radeon HD5870 Eyefinity 6 and HD7870 Eyefinity 6, both of them sucked for trading. And I don't play games so can't comment on that.

Much better off with the much older and cheaper FirePro 2460's. Each card supports 4 monitors. I have two cards, and while slow, they are 100% reliable, 100% silent (passive). They can play 1080p video from YouTube without a problem, which I do occasionally to watch trading related stuff. But they won't win any awards for speed. For charting, they are more than enough. If they weren't enough, I wouldn't be using them - I am an expert at "overkill".

Keep in mind the AMD FirePro cards are DisplayPort, so they work best with DisplayPort monitors. If you have older DVI monitors you can only run 2 per card due to RAMDAC considerations with active/passive devices. Better to craigslist/ebay your old monitors and buy new ones, in my opinion. The new LED monitors are much more energy efficient and produce less heat, and I paid $279 directly from Dell over a year ago, probably cheaper now.

My primary workstation is a i7-2600k overclocked to 5ghz on water, AsRock Z77 Extreme9, 32GB ram, 2x256GB Crucial M4 in RAID 0, 2xFirePro 2460's, 6xDell U2412M's, Win7 x64.

I also just built a second machine, i5-3470 which I intend to overclock to 4.5ghz or so on air, Gigabyte G1 Sniper, 32GB ram, LSI 9211-8i w/8x3TB WD Red drives in RAID 6 [16 TB usable after parity and overhead], headless. This is my secondary workhorse machine and media server, running Debian, and replaces my old Q6600 system with 7x1.5TB RAID 6.

I have a couple other machines as well, including a Xeon E3-1260, 64GB and i7 920 12GB. This doesn't include my servers in Chicago at Steadfast.

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Cheers DJ, nice setup.

I haven't had a chance to make my six monitor setup "pretty", but here is a raw shot.

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- hex tyke supply stand (alignment not great, as you can see)

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Mike can you comment on the stand? Is it the curved model (this: Hex Monitor Stand Free Standing Curved Arm - Hex Monitor Stands by Tyke Supply) or the "staight" model.

I cant find many reviews on the stand. Most seem to like it, but one person mentioned that you cant configure the arms close enough to each other vertically and therefore have a gap like in your pic. Is this your experience? That would drive me nuts. For the price I'd like to make one of these works, but if this is the case (that there is a gap) I might bite the bullet and pickup another ergotron and go with 8 screens.


BTW I have 3 of those keyboards and love them. Used to have a Razor mouse too, but I tried a much cheaper Logitech MX518 and loved it, and now migrated to them for all my setups.

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Mike can you comment on the stand? Is it the curved model (this: Hex Monitor Stand Free Standing Curved Arm - Hex Monitor Stands by Tyke Supply) or the "staight" model.

I cant find many reviews on the stand. Most seem to like it, but one person mentioned that you cant configure the arms close enough to each other vertically and therefore have a gap like in your pic. Is this your experience? That would drive me nuts. For the price I'd like to make one of these works, but if this is the case (that there is a gap) I might bite the bullet and pickup another ergotron and go with 8 screens.


BTW I have 3 of those keyboards and love them. Used to have a Razor mouse too, but I tried a much cheaper Logitech MX518 and loved it, and now migrated to them for all my setups.

Yes, the curved arm - mine is the desk clamp version. There will be lots of gaps, it is unavoidable for this config. You might find it extremely unappealing. For me, I am used to it and don't mind.

Yes on the keyboard, I like it very much and it is backlit which is useful at night. Mouse is a Razor Death Adder, it is OK but not worth the money.

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Yes, the curved arm - mine is the desk clamp version. There will be lots of gaps, it is unavoidable for this config. You might find it extremely unappealing. For me, I am used to it and don't mind.

Yes on the keyboard, I like it very much and it is backlit which is useful at night. Mouse is a Razor Death Adder, it is OK but not worth the money.

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Are the gaps horizontal and vertical? Its never hard for me to find an excuse to spend money on computer stuff I guess, although I kinda wanted to save money this time around, haha.

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Are the gaps horizontal and vertical? Its never hard for me to find an excuse to spend money on computer stuff I guess, although I kinda wanted to save money this time around, haha.

Look at my picture and focus on where the monitors have edges near each other. You can see the gaps.

This is because the top row of monitors tilts down and the outer edge of monitors (both top and bottom) tilt inward as well.

There would be no way to eliminate the gaps in this configuration unless you had no down tilt and no angle/inward tilt. That would be unusable for me, because I couldn't see the monitors easily.

So I choose to see the monitors easily + have the gap.

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Look at my picture and focus on where the monitors have edges near each other. You can see the gaps.

This is because the top row of monitors tilts down and the outer edge of monitors (both top and bottom) tilt inward as well.

There would be no way to eliminate the gaps in this configuration unless you had no down tilt and no angle/inward tilt. That would be unusable for me, because I couldn't see the monitors easily.

So I choose to see the monitors easily + have the gap.

Mike

I can see that mike... hence my questions. I guess I am asking not just about how you have it setup, as obviously you have the gaps, but the inherent design of the stand.

AKA: If you didnt tilt your monitors as such, *could* you create a wall of monitors, per se, with no gaps, or does the design of the stand (aka the mounting holes that allow vertical adjustment of the arms or how the monitors move horizontally) make it virtually impossible to do so.

I would value your analysis over someones on amazon or the like.



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Stand up Desk

Mike,
Do you think you could eliminate most of the gaps if you were at a stand up desk and were viewing directly the area where the top and bottom of the monitors meet? I, of course, don't have either 6 monitors or a stand-up desk to try this.

Poor man's fix: hang some black paper strips behind the gap's of the offending monitors.

One last question, tonight, I understand your "box", rack, is in a closet. Were cable lengths of any concern and does the closet have a/c?
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I can see that mike... hence my questions. I guess I am asking not just about how you have it setup, as obviously you have the gaps, but the inherent design of the stand.

AKA: If you didnt tilt your monitors as such, *could* you create a wall of monitors, per se, with no gaps, or does the design of the stand (aka the mounting holes that allow vertical adjustment of the arms or how the monitors move horizontally) make it virtually impossible to do so.

I would value your analysis over someones on amazon or the like.



Thanks.

Yes, it is possible to have no gaps, but you would need to be probably at least 4 feet away from the monitors because the outer ones would be facing straight out instead of inward. And at that distance, you couldn't read the screen.

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