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guys here is a pic of the desk. The pic is not very pretty with gaps. But sitting in front no real gaps as it is all leveled when looking at it from the chair..except the bottom row which does have a bit of space. Its a small room....so could not take a pic sitting in front

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I'm looking for some ideas for my new office...

Please post some new stuff guys, 2014 edition!

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Probably wont give you any new ideas but this is what I have.

6 24" monitors arranged using eyefinity - grouped the bottom 4 into 2 virtual ones so windows sees only 4 and enables me to arrange them 2x2. Spare laptop, spare keyboard and mouse, redundant internet connection and a UPS that will power the desktop and 1 monitor for at least 30 minutes.


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I wonder how many monitors Paul Tudor Jones has?

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I'm looking for some ideas for my new office...

Please post some new stuff guys, 2014 edition!

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Hi Mike,

Just in time, Stefan Didak, the world famous home office setup as he used to call post some pictures recently regarding his new setup. I think it is overkill for a trader but there are definitely lots of useful information for a smaller setup.

I am also considering create a new setup in first half of 2014 and although I thought in 6x 24" monitors, I have ended up with only 2x 27" from DELL. I think it is more than enough to trade. Right now on my 24" monitor I can have enough information to trade one and maybe two instruments. So with 2x 27" it will be more than enough.

Sometimes I see people with 4+ monitors but they just have a chart or maybe two in each monitor. Either someone has some eye problems and need to put letters bigger than usual, or any 24" can have 4 charts easily. I have a workspace with 9 charts and I can perfectly see what's going on in each of them.

Besides the 2x 27 Dell U2713H (27" 6ms IPS) monitor, I will have the following (it could change if I take more time to build them):
- Processor: Intel Six-Core i7-4930K ( Average CPU Mark: 13491)
- Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth X79
- RAM: 32GB - Gskill Trident X DDR3-1866MHz 4x8GB (F3-2400C10D-16GTX)
- HD1: 250 GB SSD - SSD Asus RAIDR Express 240GB (the fastest I am aware off)
- HD2: 4TB 7200RPM - Western Digital Red 4TB SATA III 64MB
- Graphics Card: Asus GTX770 2GB DirectCU II OC (2 Monitors)
- UPS APC Smart-UPS 1500VA (for the desktop and 1 monitor - the main one)
- Wacom Intuos Pro L (instead of a mouse)

I will also have a laptop with 4G connectivity in the case I have a problem with my desktop or 100mbps fiber channel connection. For the laptop I am considering the new Surface 2 Pro.

For the desk I will go for a IKEA Galant with the extension one and the chair will be a Herman Miller Embody.

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I'm looking for some ideas for my new office...

Please post some new stuff guys, 2014 edition!

Mike

for lower operating temps of all components, silent operation, increased component reliability and reduced dust build up due to a lower requirement for numerous high RPM fans, go custom water cooling..
my rig sits on my desk and i cant hear it, plus it was a bit of fun to boot
Oh, and 1 single 280mm rad is more than enough to effectively cool a CPU, Multi GPU and motherboard.




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for lower operating temps of all components, silent operation, increased component reliability and reduced dust build up due to a lower requirement for numerous high RPM fans, go custom water cooling..
my rig sits on my desk and i cant hear it, plus it was a bit of fun to boot
Oh, and 1 single 280mm rad is more than enough to effectively cool a CPU, Multi GPU and motherboard.




That is some pretty hardware, I am jealous. What are you running under the hood?

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That is some pretty hardware, I am jealous. What are you running under the hood?

g'day, nothing fancy, i just like my pc dead silent - the fans all run well under 1000RPM
Z68-UD5 mobo, 7970 DC11 TOP for the four displayport outputs, sandy bridge xeon multi threaded CPU, 16GB memory, run the OS on a Samsung 840 SSD, another for docs etc, a couple of WD HDD's for media and synch/backup
dedicated sound card, upgraded ethernet controller, corsair az750 psu
all the water blocks are EK, D5 Vario pump in a Koolance res, 360 and 120 rads, noiseblocker fans, bitspower fittings, Koolance QD3and QD4 quick disconnects. Silverstone ft02 is easily my favourite case having owned a few over the years

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for lower operating temps of all components, silent operation, increased component reliability and reduced dust build up due to a lower requirement for numerous high RPM fans, go custom water cooling..
my rig sits on my desk and i cant hear it, plus it was a bit of fun to boot
Oh, and 1 single 280mm rad is more than enough to effectively cool a CPU, Multi GPU and motherboard.

Hi Kickmic, great setup you have there.

Have you measure how much noise comes from those fans in terms of dB, with the computer case closed? Because they would be really silent, no?

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Hi Kickmic, great setup you have there.

Have you measure how much noise comes from those fans in terms of dB, with the computer case closed? Because they would be really silent, no?

hi and thanks

noiseblocker multi-frames running at under 900RPM can not be heard with the case closed from where i sit, which is 1 metre away.
for specific dB readings, you can refer the review at silent pc review Fan Roundup #6: Scythe, Noiseblocker, Antec, Nexus, Thermalright | silentpcreview.com

all the fans (inc the larger Phanteks 140 for the drives) are PWM. I have a preference for PWM over voltage control, as voltage control builds up heat (due to resistanc

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Is more than 2 or 3 monitors essential for good trading? I was wondering if at some point several monitors become a distraction or if an extra monitor can only ever be viewed as a good thing?

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I look at so many charts, i need more than one monitor and they are tiny, so bigger and more of them would help. I have only 2 for charts one each on one pc. One for ninjatrader and trade execution and the other monitor is switched with kvm for forex mt4, TOS, and other pc for email web etc.

TOS i use for watching djt, sox, financials, tick, trin, vix, appl, oil, and comparisons of some combos of them. In ninja i watch 6e, 6j, 6c, 6b, 6a, ym, es, nq, tf, zb, dx, and 5 time frames of the one contract i am focusing on and a dom and time and sales linked, and time and sales constant for zb, huge blocks of the 30-year bond can be a clue...

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2014 Setup

I have decided for me the ideal setup is (6) 32" monitors stacked over and under with the right and left facing 30-45degrees inward toward desk chair. i will have (2) 22" monitors mounted over top of top left and top right 32" facing downward. 20ish degrees. I will probably go with 32's over 27" just because its my preference... For now my setup is shown in pics. (2) 50 left right facing inward, (2) 32" center over and under with a 22" under bottom 32" which is used for surfing during trades.... I can trade 2 instruments and never close a screen and surf on the 22" while my eyes can easily glance to trades in progress.....

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ran across the article for those interested....



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good setups guys. I think the chair is as important as the view, and agree with the earlier comment ergonomics of the screen and desk saves a lot of pain. what types of chairs have you gents gone with?

I've basically gone with the same one as my day job. So I feel like I'm at the office at home or away. not entirely the most healthy thing for me mentally come to think of it..lol

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good setups guys. I think the chair is as important as the view, and agree with the earlier comment ergonomics of the screen and desk saves a lot of pain. what types of chairs have you gents gone with?

I've basically gone with the same one as my day job. So I feel like I'm at the office at home or away. not entirely the most healthy thing for me mentally come to think of it..lol

I got tired of spending $200 on a chair that would only be perfect for a year or two. So, I went to the pick and pull and got me a leather drivers seat out of 2008 Mercedes-Benz. Welded my old base to the seat, bought a new lift, and I am loving it. If I had time I would have wired it up to utilize the electronics (seat warmer, lumbar, and recline). Maybe my next one.

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I got tired of spending $200 on a chair that would only be perfect for a year or two. So, I went to the pick and pull and got me a leather drivers seat out of 2008 Mercedes-Benz. Welded my old base to the seat, bought a new lift, and I am loving it. If I had time I would have wired it up to utilize the electronics (seat warmer, lumbar, and recline). Maybe my next one.

Lol that sounds awesome. Please do post a pic of it I've you can would be great to see.

A mate of mine showed me a site (I don't recall the name off the top of my head), but they made office chairs out of old jet ejector seats and other jet components.

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I got tired of spending $200 on a chair that would only be perfect for a year or two. So, I went to the pick and pull and got me a leather drivers seat out of 2008 Mercedes-Benz. Welded my old base to the seat, bought a new lift, and I am loving it. If I had time I would have wired it up to utilize the electronics (seat warmer, lumbar, and recline). Maybe my next one.


Oh, yea... I'm getting on that project


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I got tired of spending $200 on a chair that would only be perfect for a year or two. So, I went to the pick and pull and got me a leather drivers seat out of 2008 Mercedes-Benz. Welded my old base to the seat, bought a new lift, and I am loving it. If I had time I would have wired it up to utilize the electronics (seat warmer, lumbar, and recline). Maybe my next one.


ROFL...those Benz car seats are nice,those old ones used to be hard not sure on the newer ones. I think they have softened them up.

BTW Hammerhorn,where did you get yr PC rig above and what was the final price?


Got to love how guys think.


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Probably wont give you any new ideas but this is what I have.

6 24" monitors arranged using eyefinity - grouped the bottom 4 into 2 virtual ones so windows sees only 4 and enables me to arrange them 2x2. Spare laptop, spare keyboard and mouse, redundant internet connection and a UPS that will power the desktop and 1 monitor for at least 30 minutes.



I really like LG monitors even better than my new Dell monitor.

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Do you all think that it's important to have all screens in a multi screen setup be identical or the same model/age? ie I have 3 24" BenQ 1920x1200 TN based screens, if I want to add say 1 or 3 more, should I bother trying to get identical ones, or perhaps just go for some newer 24" or 27" IPS screens?

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I have a total of 6 monitors and one is an oddball. The only thing I notice about it is the color is slightly different on the one screen. I might be able to adjust it to be closer or maybe not. Haven't tried really. But for charts I don't think different monitors really matter. I tried watching a movie on all 6 screens once ... that lasted about 15 seconds

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I have a total of 6 monitors and one is an oddball. The only thing I notice about it is the color is slightly different on the one screen. I might be able to adjust it to be closer or maybe not. Haven't tried really. But for charts I don't think different monitors really matter. I tried watching a movie on all 6 screens once ... that lasted about 15 seconds

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Maybe I wasn't clear, 5 monitors are some other brand that I can't remember and only a year old and the 6th is a dell refurb from 4 years or so ago. The color difference doesn't bother me as it's just charts I use the computer for. Futures op was asking about mixing monitors, I don't think it's a big deal for trading. If your gaming or watching movies that's something else

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Ok it is time too show me my trading desk

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Ok it is time too show me my trading desk



Nice setup in a beautifully lit room... perfect


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If you're serious about day trading, I'd highly recommend a very comfortable high back chair...

A clean desk and the fewer the monitors the better (max two) but hey what do I know...

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the fewer the monitors the better (max two) but hey what do I know...

Sure, if you trade one or two products only and if you prefer the singular focus of what you are trading (some might call it myopic, some might call it simply focused) and don't need to see anything else. Otherwise, two is simply not enough.

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If you're serious about day trading, I'd highly recommend a very comfortable high back chair...

A clean desk and the fewer the monitors the better (max two) but hey what do I know...

-Bill_M

I agree with that. I traded 4 markets and went down to trading only on and use 2 monitors to have the desired information for that market. Result my P/L went up because I do not get frustrated because I missed a trade because I was watching another instrument and then I was getting more frustrated when I missed another setup on the other instruments etc..

No I use 2 for trading and on is for distraction email etc the 4 is turned of, will be the donor monitor for my 3 year old kid

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ROFL...those Benz car seats are nice,those old ones used to be hard not sure on the newer ones. I think they have softened them up.

BTW Hammerhorn,where did you get yr PC rig above and what was the final price?


Got to love how guys think.


Muchos gracias

Sorry for not getting back sooner, got the damn flu and now getting caught back up for a while now.

I got the seat for $30 dollars at the local scrap and pull. Found a newer smart phone under it too, which works fine. Gave it to my 3 year old for him to act like his mother.

Will take a pic of the seat when it is all done. I am using it now and loving it, but I need to add arm rests soon. I am going to take 1 3/8" galvanized pipe (for chain link top rail) and bend it from the back to the bottom. Then mount polished oak on top of the painted matte black pipe.

I did screw up on mounting the base. The back of the seat weighs 30 to 40 lbs and I was concerned with the center of gravity so I shifted the seat center (based on the original store bought seat center for the base) back. I was concerned with the chair falling when rocking back. It was also an easier place to weld due to the existing steel.

What actually happened is that it was very, very hard to rock back. Solved this by grinding down the existing adjustable compression spring to reduce its strength. Not an ideal solution.

The next chair I plan on welding two pieces of heavy steel to the bottom that will have adjustable slots for bolting the base to the chair. No more guessing where the best location will be. This will also give me the piece of mind of a stronger chair as the existing steel is a little thin.

Oh, I also had to modify the chairs resting position as it did not sit back enough for me. I wanted it to have the same slope as it did in the car. Again this is something I would solve with washers on my adjustable bracket in a few years.

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@Hammerhorn , a little off topic but you aren't by chance a fly fisherman?

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@Hammerhorn , a little off topic but you aren't by chance a fly fisherman?

Use to be a spin and fly fisherman, especially cutthroats. Now I bait fish with my oldest (three years old), but prefer to trap crawdads in the cold clean rivers of the Sierra. Much more instant gratification catching a hundred crawdads over a fish or two. We both get board bait fishing.

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Since my last trading desk share, I've moved...here's my new setup - 7 screens with room for 1 more. I have 4 22" (Dell), 1 24" (Dell) and 1 27" (ASUS).

I have three machines running.

1.) PC - Trading computer with Tradestation
2.) Linux box with dual Xeon, 24-core and 48GB of RAM. I run a lot of my EOD analysis via automation on this machine
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I use an Iogear 4 port KVM to switch between the three.

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Since my last trading desk share, I've moved...here's my new setup - 7 screens with room for 1 more. I have 4 22" (Dell), 1 24" (Dell) and 1 27" (ASUS).

I have three machines running.

1.) PC - Trading computer with Tradestation
2.) Linux box with dual Xeon, 24-core and 48GB of RAM. I run a lot of my EOD analysis via automation on this machine
3.) Mac mini - used for my day-to-day browsing, coding, etc.

I use an Iogear 4 port KVM to switch between the three.

Nice paper weight ya got there....

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Nice paper weight ya got there....

Those papers were acting up so I set her down there to keep an eye on 'em

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Since my last trading desk share, I've moved...here's my new setup - 7 screens with room for 1 more. I have 4 22" (Dell), 1 24" (Dell) and 1 27" (ASUS).

I have three machines running.

1.) PC - Trading computer with Tradestation
2.) Linux box with dual Xeon, 24-core and 48GB of RAM. I run a lot of my EOD analysis via automation on this machine
3.) Mac mini - used for my day-to-day browsing, coding, etc.

I use an Iogear 4 port KVM to switch between the three.

What are the specifications of your trading PC? Does your LINUX box run an actual automated strategy with money backing it or does it simply run an analysis which you base your further trading off of?

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This is my setup :



Using 6 philips 272P4 high resolution screens, tilded vertical (they come standard with the support
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Very nice, your running all of those screen on a single card?

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This is my setup :



Using 6 philips 272P4 high resolution screens, tilded vertical (they come standard with the support
Intel i7-4960X (6 core)
32Gb ram
256 GB SSD
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AMD Firepro W600

Love the vertical screen setup.

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What are the specifications of your trading PC? Does your LINUX box run an actual automated strategy with money backing it or does it simply run an analysis which you base your further trading off of?

My PC (tradestation, etc) is an intel i7 2600 with 32 GB of RAM running Win7 64bit. I've got a 256MB SSD for the main OS drive and 1TB RAID for data.

My linux box is a dual XEON x5570 quad-core (8 thread) machine with 48GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD with multiple TB's of RAID for data. I run quite a bit of analysis using python on the box. The analysis drives lots of things including running some live strats through IB.

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07:00 with the ocean view is my favorite.

This is also a good video for inspiration:-

I love the setup of Tom Grisafi.


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Very nice, your running all of those screen on a single card?

I have the same card, AMD FirePro W600, yes it has (6) mini-DisplayPort outs and can power six DP monitors at once.

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I have the same card, AMD FirePro W600, yes it has (6) mini-DisplayPort outs and can power six DP monitors at once.

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the only probem i have with the AMD w600 is that it doesn't handle the screen safe well
it pops up with a warning, if the screen goes in power save mode
and when moving the mouse comes back

maybe it's a driver issue
but would be happy to hear other people's experience

seems like the screeen sends and signal to the card when in power save

even worse if you power donw a screen
the desktop goes all crazy
even in horizontal mode

besides that...
perfect screens, excellent graphics card
good performance and good resolution
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the only probem i have with the AMD w600 is that it doesn't handle the screen safe well
it pops up with a warning, if the screen goes in power save mode
and when moving the mouse comes back

maybe it's a driver issue
but would be happy to hear other people's experience

seems like the screeen sends and signal to the card when in power save

even worse if you power donw a screen
the desktop goes all crazy
even in horizontal mode

besides that...
perfect screens, excellent graphics card
good performance and good resolution
fast and good

It's funny, I used to get that every day in power save mode at night in Dallas.

Then I moved the whole setup here, and now that error is gone. But I have a new worse one, one of the monitors always "lags" but a few milliseconds when turning on, causing all my charts to fly off that monitor and on to other monitors. I have to then exit Sierra and reload to put them all back on the right monitor (much faster than dragging them). Extremely annoying.

It's not the monitor as I changed to a different monitor and it made no difference. Apparently a driver issue.



Now that I am thinking about it, I'll go update to the newest release.

And we're off topic so I won't post more in this thread, but if you find a fix please let me know.

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It's funny, I used to get that every day in power save mode at night in Dallas.

Then I moved the whole setup here, and now that error is gone. But I have a new worse one, one of the monitors always "lags" but a few milliseconds when turning on, causing all my charts to fly off that monitor and on to other monitors. I have to then exit Sierra and reload to put them all back on the right monitor (much faster than dragging them). Extremely annoying.

It's not the monitor as I changed to a different monitor and it made no difference. Apparently a driver issue.



Now that I am thinking about it, I'll go update to the newest release.

And we're off topic so I won't post more in this thread, but if you find a fix please let me know.

Mike


I have personally had this happen to me on my platform as well. I never understood what it was. My charts on one monitor would all be totally off and moved towards the main screen. Not sure if it's due to crappy monitor or GPU.

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This is my setup :



Using 6 philips 272P4 high resolution screens, tilded vertical (they come standard with the support
Intel i7-4960X (6 core)
32Gb ram
256 GB SSD
2X2TB 5400 rpm
AMD Firepro W600

i love this, but personally I couldn't move beyond 4 vertical because it would totally destroy my stereo image by pushing the left and right speakers too far apart



curious - how quiet is the AMD pro card? I use a gaming model card, the 7970 that has six outputs (4 x displayport, 2 x DVI), because I was able to place a waterblock on it therefore removing cooling fans from the card - my PC is dead silent at 50cm

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i love this, but personally I couldn't move beyond 4 vertical because it would totally destroy my stereo image by pushing the left and right speakers too far apart



curious - how quiet is the AMD pro card? I use a gaming model card, the 7970 that has six outputs (4 x displayport, 2 x DVI), because I was able to place a waterblock on it therefore removing cooling fans from the card - my PC is dead silent at 50cm

Love your setup very clean. Specs on screens and PC?

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Love your setup very clean. Specs on screens and PC?

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@tigertrader

I was hoping you could talk about your trading desk setup a bit. You look at a lot of different charts, are you swapping between these or are they up all at once?

After I moved from six monitors to three, I'm feeling like I made a mistake. I end up using one monitor for web, one monitor for DOM's and account tracking and email, and leaving only one monitor for charts. It's not enough...

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After I moved from six monitors to three, I'm feeling like I made a mistake. I end up using one monitor for web, one monitor for DOM's and account tracking and email, and leaving only one monitor for charts. It's not enough...

Mike

Mike, have you tried displayFusion Pro? Rather than treating your realestate as only three spaces, you can split up the realestate into a custom grid, and the grid can change proportions based on specific application requirements.

For example, TWS for me always opens in the top left quadrant of my 4 vertical screens. My browser always opens on the second screen, a custom height, and location.... and this applies to every application I use.

In addition to the max/min buttons, I have added a further 16 sizing/position options. This is great for charts. A chart will fill the first 3 monitors when I do prep, and once finished, I click another sizing button to move its location so I can continue to monitor etc

The taskbar runs across the bottom of the entire 4 monitors, and any minimized window always sits in the taskbar of the screen you had it "maximised" on.

In addition, I also use "Desktop Pins". Say for example I'm watching "An afternoon with Big Mike" while at the same time looking over charts. When I adjust say a chart that spans across two entire monitors, but within a small area of that chart, I want to continue to watch the video, then Desktop Pins will hold the video at the front of the screen, allowing me to make adjustments to chart without interrupting the video.
Another useful option is holding a dom or order entry window at the forefront while viewing a live chart.

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I'm about to change my hardware, I have some doubt between a solid state hard disk and a traditional one. What do you suggest? I mainly run automated strategies, I guess if a solid state can give me that extra speed and most important reliabilty since there are no moving parts.
I think I already answered myself but on the Dell site the difference between the 2 configurations stay on about 2000 usd because the one with solid state hd comes with double xeon as well, so I'm thinking about it.

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and I'm ready to change my hardware, after having compared all features I think I will go with this configuration:

Intel Xeon E5-1660V3, 8 core, 3,0-3,5 GHz 20MB
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At the end my doubt was to put or not two Hd in raid 1 (mirroring) but Samsung is given with 1,5 million hours MTFB and I was worried to loose some speed with Raid.
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ATI FirePro W7000, 4096 MB GDDR5
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A

i owned that case and found the cooling particularly for the GPU poor. The stock fans are pretty bad, often users replace them. The front intake grille can noise if the front fan spins too quickly. Great looking case, just a few flaws being the first mid tower in this series.

I replaced the case with an FT02 which is superior cooling wise, keeps out dust (unlike the Corsair) and the finish and build quality are far superior also.

I use four displayport cables connected to a GPU and the FT02 secures them so they avoid the pull of gravity overtime - see how the cables exit the case at the rear



Also, The AMD Pro cards are slow to receive driver updates - Big Mike and a couple of other users have experienced issues from what I have read in this thread. I'm also not sure how quiet these cards are. I opt for a gaming card to overcome these issues.

Gigabyte 970 has 3 displayport and 1 HDMI to run four monitors.

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i owned that case and found the cooling particularly for the GPU poor. The stock fans are pretty bad, often users replace them. The front intake grille can noise if the front fan spins too quickly. Great looking case, just a few flaws being the first mid tower in this series.

I replaced the case with an FT02 which is superior cooling wise, keeps out dust (unlike the Corsair) and the finish and build quality are far superior also.

I use four displayport cables connected to a GPU and the FT02 secures them so they avoid the pull of gravity overtime - see how the cables exit the case at the rear



Also, The AMD Pro cards are slow to receive driver updates - Big Mike and a couple of other users have experienced issues from what I have read in this thread. I'm also not sure how quiet these cards are. I opt for a gaming card to overcome these issues.

Gigabyte 970 has 3 displayport and 1 HDMI to run four monitors.

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Thank you! Your advices are really helpful! I had indeed some doubt on the case. At the end the shape looked good and I thought one 200 fan + 120 fan on the back would be ok for cooling but I'm thinking again after your comments.
@kickmic ...I ordered it with FT02 case . Thank you for your help!

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@kickmic ...I ordered it with FT02 case . Thank you for your help!

nice one!

if you are building yourself you can pick up little plastic cable saddles to aid cable management



EDIT: here is an indepth review of the case

https://silentpcreview.com/article1250-page8.html

I no longer use the stock fans as I went custom water cooling, however when I did, I added a fan controller to reduce the speed even more of the intake fans - linked below will convert the fans to adjust the speed according to the temperature of the CPU

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@kickmic ...I ordered it with FT02 case . Thank you for your help!

nice one!

if you are building yourself you can pick up little plastic cable saddles to aid cable management



EDIT: here is an indepth review of the case

Silverstone Fortress FT02 Revisited | silentpcreview.com

indeed, after your advice I read a lot of stuff on it and Ft02 is probably the best mid case on the market.
Unfortunately I'm not able to build it myself, I choosed the components but I've to do the job to my supplier.

Your system look great, you did a fantastic job on it! I love water cooling, but I guess it's something you have to be able to manage and I'm not good with hardware building ...so I stuck to fan.
I will post a picture of my setup when it's done. Thank you

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my setup is almost complete, still is messy with the cables and I'm waiting for two dvi connectors to connect the highers monitors. The new worstation works really great compared to what I was used to

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and I'm ready to change my hardware, after having compared all features I think I will go with this configuration:

Intel Xeon E5-1660V3, 8 core, 3,0-3,5 GHz 20MB
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At the end my doubt was to put or not two Hd in raid 1 (mirroring) but Samsung is given with 1,5 million hours MTFB and I was worried to loose some speed with Raid.
Any advice is still much appreciated but only before I complete the order

The X99 Boards are able to use the Memory as a Ram Disk if you have at least 16 GB Memory installed...that is way Faster than an SSD Drive....about 20X faster from what i have read.
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my setup is almost complete,

great case!! what cooler is that mounted on your CPU?
what configuration of hardware did you end up with?

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great case!! what cooler is that mounted on your CPU?
what configuration of hardware did you end up with?

Thank you I followed your advice regarding the case and I'm happy I did
Honestly I don't know which cooler they gave me, I didn't asked they didn't say and it is not written anywhere. I know they usually use alpenföhn but I don't know the model.

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The X99 Boards are able to use the Memory as a Ram Disk if you have at least 16 GB Memory installed...that is way Faster than an SSD Drive....about 20X faster from what i have read.
That is a Very Fast Machine.

I didn't know that about the X99 boards, thank you

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Thank you I followed your advice regarding the case and I'm happy I did
Honestly I don't know which cooler they gave me, I didn't asked they didn't say and it is not written anywhere. I know they usually use alpenföhn but I don't know the model.

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that's a serious piece of kit
should handle web browsing and word documents exceptionally well

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should handle web browsing and word documents exceptionally well

absolutely! what else should I do with a computer?

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I'm looking for some ideas for my new office...

Please post some new stuff guys, 2014 edition!

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Does anyone have experience with the new curved monitors, like the 34" LG or 34" Dell?



I'm trying to figure out if it is practical to have two or three side by side.

Right now, I have three 30" monitors and when sitting in the middle I can barely touch the edge of the left and right monitor if I put my arms out.

I am trying to figure out the angle of the curve and what that would look like from a practical use standpoint, like whether or not the image on the left or right monitor (assuming a triple monitor side-by-side setup) is really usable when at a normal distance.

When you look at the Dell from a top down view:



The curve is quite minor it would seem.

And two side-by-side of the Dell:



The Dell is listed as 32.5" in width, so 65" for two or 97.5" for three. What, if any, impact would the curve have on these measurements?

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The Dell is listed as 32.5" in width, so 65" for two or 97.5" for three. What, if any, impact would the curve have on these measurements?

Excellent question Mike. Surprised that the specs don't detail that.

I also use 3x 30" so this would be an interesting upgrade.
Dell have them on their website for $1199 but the U3014s are still $1599 ?!?!?

One question I would have is what graphics cards would you need. I recall that when we were looking at the 4k monitors the graphics card requirements where very high. It's not 4K but it's 20% more standard 2560x1600.

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Excellent question Mike. Surprised that the specs don't detail that.

I also use 3x 30" so this would be an interesting upgrade.
Dell have them on their website for $1199 but the U3014s are still $1599 ?!?!?

One question I would have is what graphics cards would you need. I recall that when we were looking at the 4k monitors the graphics card requirements where very high. It's not 4K but it's 20% more standard 2560x1600.

My 30's are 2560x1600, so this is actually less height (1440p) which really sucks, 3440x1440.

I think for trading 16:10 is the way to go. 16:9 is not terrible. But here, 3440x1440, we are 21:9 so really going the wrong way. But, I still think I could make it work with my charts.

The LG:
LG 34UM95-P: 34? Class 21:9 UltraWide? WQHD IPS Monitor (34.0" Diagonal) | LG USA

Is cheaper than the Dell, but it's not clear if it supports DisplayPort 1.2 MST.

Anyone, not my intention to derail the thread. I was hoping someone here could comment on using multiple curved monitors or provide some better pictures and first hand experience.

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Did upgrade my chair, took the best available at Costo !!

Here it is:


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This is the reason why I want a furniture company or craftsman to begin making an adjustable trading desk. A trading desk that has a mechanical advantage to raise and lower the desk. My choice would be from near floor height for sitting on the floor, to the height of a standard desk for using a office chair, to standing.

Right now I either trade from a desk or sitting on the floor. In both situations I like to use one of those cushions that has an open spot for your spine. This seems to help my back.

An innovative craftsman could likely make one. Does anyone have contacts?

I believe a desk like this would save many a traders necks, spines and wrists.
The ability to trade from a coffee table height sitting on the ground(my preference) to sitting in an office chair or on a swiss ball(second preference), to standing.

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Hi guys,

Did upgrade my chair, took the best available at Costo !!

Here it is:


I have the same chair. Very comfortable.

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This is the reason why I want a furniture company or craftsman to begin making an adjustable trading desk. A trading desk that has a mechanical advantage to raise and lower the desk. My choice would be from near floor height for sitting on the floor, to the height of a standard desk for using a office chair, to standing.

Right now I either trade from a desk or sitting on the floor. In both situations I like to use one of those cushions that has an open spot for your spine. This seems to help my back.

An innovative craftsman could likely make one. Does anyone have contacts?

I believe a desk like this would save many a traders necks, spines and wrists.
The ability to trade from a coffee table height sitting on the ground(my preference) to sitting in an office chair or on a swiss ball(second preference), to standing.

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I have the same chair. Very comfortable.

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Man, I really miss Costco!

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Hi guys,

Did upgrade my chair, took the best available at Costo !!

Here it is:


Cool, I only dislike Oracle on top of Linux

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Hi Guys,

Did upgrade my actual physical ''desk top'' ... Here are some pics:

Thanks to my brother and father who did actually extract the cedar themselves from the family land and made the wood pieces from their own wood mill saw:








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That's a good one.




You should add a slider, so that you can also use it when lying in the bath tub.

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You should add a slider, so that you can also use it when lying in the bath tub.

that's why i prefer a trading robot ;-)
you can take a bath and go to the toilet relaxed
or not ?

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HAHA! That looks like a sim traders desk to me...

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You should add a slider, so that you can also use it when lying in the bath tub.

I'd like to order two of these! Funny but not!

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Sad but true!

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here is mine, recently moved to Mexico City and couldnt take my whole system with me so donated it to my family overthere....so went from nice 4 monitor system setup to "just 3" with a laptop. yesterday build myself a custom laptop stand as all electronics and monitor stands are like 2-4 times the price of in Europe...but works just fine so far

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here is mine, recently moved to Mexico City and couldnt take my whole system with me so donated it to my family overthere....so went from nice 4 monitor system setup to "just 3" with a laptop. yesterday build myself a custom laptop stand as all electronics and monitor stands are like 2-4 times the price of in Europe...but works just fine so far

You built that stand ? pretty impressive

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Finally, my new PC is up and running. Four 22" (1 existing and 3 new) screens on the new machine and the two 19" on the laptop.

Here are the specs too...
  • Mobo: ASUS Z77(P8Z77-V DELUXE)
  • Cpu: I7 3770
  • Cpu Fan HR-02
  • Ssd: Samsung 830 512 GB
  • Graphic Card: Nvidia/colorful GeForce GT 640 Quad Screen
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  • Case: Coolermaster Silencio 550
  • Power Supply: Antec TP 550
  • System: Win7 Pro 64 English
  • Screens: Dell E2213 x 3
  • Stand: 6 screen Aluminum - Black

Well I've finally settled back in Australia, after 12 years in China. I grabbed a new video adapter and a couple of Acer screens and added to my setup. I've rented an office this time, a 5 minute walk from our townhouse here in a Brisbane suburb. Got to start all over again after finally finding success on the Dax the last few years. I'm going to try and trade the SPI or the NKD, I'll watch them both for a while and work on some plays. Trying to get a data feed for the HSI/HHI as well that supports historical data. Also going to look at some 1:1 index spreads.

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Well I've finally settled back in Australia, after 12 years in China. I grabbed a new video adapter and a couple of Acer screens and added to my setup. I've rented an office this time, a 5 minute walk from our townhouse here in a Brisbane suburb. Got to start all over again after finally finding success on the Dax the last few years. I'm going to try and trade the SPI or the NKD, I'll watch them both for a while and work on some plays. Trying to get a data feed for the HSI/HHI as well that supports historical data. Also going to look at some 1:1 index spreads.

Got a pretty good connection here now, NT is finally working well. Its not locked up once on me today, the first time since i purchased it.

Hi xiaosi

Good to hear you are settled in BrisVegas, I actually live down on the Gold Coast!!!!

Setup looking good and a lot of points you brought up there resonated with me. I too have been looking for office space outside of home but in the end couldn't justify the cost. How did you look at this situation??

Also, are you still trading the dax? I feel as though mastering this market, there is no need for anything else. It really knows how to move.

Anyways good luck and take it easy.

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