Multi-screen trading computers: my own 8-screen setup
Last of 3-part series on multiple-screen trading computer
The 2-screen and 3-screen setups in my earlier posts were built with ease and budget in mind. In this post, I look at higher performance that comes with higher price. This kind of setup is most used by gamers. Some traders may be more budget conscious but those who want power performance may want to look something that I have: a desktop armed with 2 Geforce graphic cards used for gaming. It gives me maximum graphic performance and connections for 8 monitors.
Key component: graphic card
Multiple graphic cards can be installed in a desktop. They are essential for graphic performance but crucial in another way: the more graphic cards installed, the more ports for monitors to connect to.
Costs & functionality
Depending on brand and performance, a normal graphic card could cost $200-$400 but high-end ones can cost up to $500-$1000. This really depend on each individual preference.
For more own use, I have a Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 graphic card which has 4 ports. It is a plug and play system. Just connect monitor cables to the ports. However, I also installed software drivers so that I can tweak its settings to maximise performance. The graphic card shown in the picture above is ready for a 4-screen setup.
This is the control panel for the graphic card. It allows many feature of the graphic cards to be used to maximise the performance of the graphic card. One of the settings is the multiple screens display setups.
Each GeForce GTX 680 supports 4 screens. Using splitter cables and multi-screen adaptor together, we can exactly tweak to the kind of set-up that one desire.
If you are thinking “I want more” at this point, go for 2 graphic cards.
This picture shows how a 2nd graphic card installed into a desktop looks like. Now you have 8 plug and play screen ports ready to use.
You can have as many screens you need by increasing 1) number of graphic cards which adds to total number of ports or 2) make use of splitter cables or multi-screen adaptors to add the number of monitors that each port can support.
However, please remember that as more screens are added, more power is needed. Make sure your machine can support and have enough power to to keep it going. Use just what is needed will be sufficient. A set-up that “overkills” your usage will be wastage.
Power up your trading with screen power
Lastly before this blog come to an end, let me share a joke that I have heard before. Fix a 55-inch HDTV on your machine to trade and you could see a Head and Shoulders chart pattern as huge as a human size. You will never miss any chart pattern ever. =D