When I’m traveling I simply use my laptop and am convinced not much else is needed for a trader. Multi-monitor setups are nice but don’t go overboard… 90% of traders lose money and trust me, it’s not because they don’t have enough monitors.
When I first left teaching in public schools about a year ago I started with 1 desktop monitor and a laptop. Then I upgraded to 3 desktop monitors which you can read about here and now I run 6 because this is my business and it simply makes my job easier. In addition, I write all of this off so why not. I run E*Trade Pro on 3 screens, both premium chat rooms on 1 screen, EquityFeed on a screen and FireFox on the last screen.
Here are the latest components I use to run this setup in case you’d like to build something similar. I ordered almost everything other than the mounts, cables and tower from Newegg.com. I found Amazon.com had the best prices for the mounts and cables and I bought my tower from BestBuy.
I assembled this on my own with the help of a friend. It’s really not that hard but if you’re new to computers your local computer store will assemble it for a small fee. You’ll need Windows and what not once it’s put together. I’m looking to upgrade the size of my tower soon, it’s packed tight to be quite honest, however all of this should fit in any midsize tower like my current enclosure.
The sweet part about this setup is 1 graphics card runs all 6 monitors which makes use and setup very convenient. The 6 mini displayport cables go from the back of the graphics card to displayport on the monitors. A lot of monitors don’t have displayport connections which is why I went with the ASUS line.
The tower rests on my desk behind the right monitor and you’ll need at least an 8′ desk to support this large setup. The monitor mounts are simply the best mounts I’ve ever worked with, very smooth and take no time to setup. Email me firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any other specific questions but this should point you in the right direction.
Monitors – 6 ASUS 27″ Displays
Video card – 1 VisionTeck 900373 Radeon HD 6870 2GB
Mounts – 3 Visidec VFS-DV
Motherboard – 1 ASUS Crosshair IV
Processor – 1 AMD Phenom II 3.2 GHz 6-Core
RAM – 4 4G G.SKIL Ripjaws
Hard drive – 1 OCZ Vertex 2 SSD
Power supply – 1 Antec EarthWatts 750W
Tower – 1 Antec Nine Hundred Two V3