One of the best features of modern computers is that they support plugging in a lot more monitors than used to be possible. This allows you to widen your view, improving your productivity and reducing the chance of RSI. The only downside is usually the cost – it’s hard to justify more screens when you can’t take them with you. This guide will help you to run a 6 monitor setup, using simple tips and tricks. Visit this page to learn more from the experts.
Do I really Need A 6 Monitor Setup?
Before getting started it is recommended that you should ask yourself why you want to run a 6 monitor setup. If you’re doing this for purely productivity purposes it’s likely that a more expensive monitor with a bigger screen will be better, since they will allow you to have all your open applications on one screen and can split the rest of your desktop into four panes. If you only have one spare monitor (or four monitors) then running a single setup is best.
To some people, the ability to multitask is the most important thing about a computer. If you’re using a spreadsheet, browsing the web, answering emails and watching a video all at once then you’ll have six tasks running on the same monitor. If your desk is big enough to comfortably fit these monitors – known as an ultra-wide monitor – then it’s a good idea to do so.
The graphics card is often overlooked. When you first plug in a monitor to a computer that doesn’t have graphics capabilities it will likely look horrible. Whether you have integrated graphics or an extra graphics card is not important. A strong graphics card will allow you to put all of these monitors on one card, thus keeping the cost manageable. Two graphics cards are required, which means that you need an AMD or Nvidia card with their proprietary interface to run your six monitors without any problems.
The following is a list of the most common graphics cards.
AMD: HD 630, Radeon RX 470 , Radeon 560X and Radeon 560 HD Nvidia: GT 730 and GTX 1060 (and equivalents). Plus: GT 730 and GTX 1060 based laptops.
Six monitors will require your video card and computer to support at least six outputs. You need a minimum of one DVI, one VGA and two HDMI ports for the computer itself. The graphics card must support the same amount of ports, as well as two extra DVI or DP (DisplayPort) cables – for each two monitors you want to plug in.
Finding The Right Hardware
It is very important that you get the right hardware for your 6 monitor setup. It is a waste of time to invest in expensive hardware with limited functionality. You need enough video ports to connect all six monitors and make sure that your graphics card has enough outputs. If you manage to get the hardware, the rest is down to luck. For the computers, the best option is to go for a mini-ITX.
This will give you enough space to add components, whilst keeping the computer small. If you get a large case then there is often so much room that you can’t do anything with it. The most important feature in this budget is an integrated graphics card and processor, as they are cheap and more powerful than dedicated graphics cards on the market.
PCIe Port Connection
The PCIe slots that accept Graphics Cards are a part of motherboards. These are not all the same, but they will almost always be compatible with a new graphics card. You’ll want to get your graphics card with the most PCIe connections possible to make sure you can run six monitors (and hopefully more down the line). Connecting multiple monitors is very important as it’s what makes this entire system redundant and independent.
Depending on the type of monitor that you get, it may not be very easy to setup or connect it to your computer. Most of the time it’s a case of plugging in both ends into the right ports, but if you’re having trouble then refer to online guides. There is no real point in buying good monitors if they can’t connect correctly and work at their best.
And finally, you need to set up the software. The hardware is only part of the set up. You need to be able to see everything on all of your monitors, and this is where software comes in. The software needed will depend on your graphics card and motherboard, as they are all different. If you have any problems with this then refer to forums and other websites for help. Usually, you can easily modify your 6 monitor setup via system settings.
Congratulations, you’ve just successfully set up a 6 monitor setup on one computer! There are many ways to achieve this, and the methods that I have described here are by far the most common. They take some time and patience but if you have the money, then go for it – it’s worth it. If you don’t have time to put this up together, you can always buy premade setups.