Registered: Apr 2009
10-14-12 12:23 AM
Quote from WinstonTJ:
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I think the question you are asking is how many monitors can you run while not giving up machine performance.
I'd say you can run 2-3 monitors easily, a quad setup without problems but you may get bogged down. If you go more than four monitors you would probably want the 5400 series CPUs as you'd take a performance hit.
It depends upon applications. Years ago, I ran 4 monitors from a P4 without any slowdowns and low CPU usage.
If he's running "commercially available, standard software" (like MetaStock), it's likely he can run 8 monitors in a trading setup without a noticeable performance hit. However, if he is running custom software, custom indicators, or more than a couple of tic charts, he will want more horsepower. Most stock software is designed to run from RAM... but when you get into custom things, the CPU likely has to do the work.. and too much of that can slow things down.
How can one tell? Check CPU usage in the Task Manager when running the full load of trading and multi-tasking apps. If CPU usage is low, then no worry about slowdown. If CPU usage is high AND running tic charts, change tic charts to something longer... 1 minute, 5 minutes, and check CPU usage again.... should have dropped way down.
Only way to know for sure is to try it out.