A Beginner’s Guide to Multi-Monitor Setup & Configuration

Have you ever wondered how much more efficient you could be with a multi-monitor setup? Then again, you can also have a lot of fun with it. Imagine your 6 monitor setup as a mini-cinema and games screen. You can view more options as to what type of computer can allow you to create your awesome work and entertainment space. 

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Getting the Right Equipment for your 6 Monitor Setup 

If you’re new to the multi-monitor concept then you might be wondering if you jump straight into having 6 monitors. Actually, many people like to start with two or three monitors and evolve their setup from there. It’s easier to get used to the equipment and test out what’s going to work for you. Either way, you’ll need to decide what tech you need for your two, three, or even 6 monitor setup, as detailed below: 

  • Desktop or laptop 
  • Processing power
  • Graphics cards or video card
  • Monitors
  • Cables 

Desktop or laptop 

These days, laptops can be just as powerful and just as capable of dealing with multiple monitor setups as any desktop. The decision then becomes quite personal. For example, do you prefer having the flexibility of disconnecting your laptop from your 6 monitor setup and perhaps moving to the sofa in the evenings? Alternatively, do you get frustrated by the limited power supply capabilities when compared to a desktop? 

Processing Power

Regardless of what type of device you choose for your 6 monitor setup, you’ll need to make sure that you have enough RAM and CPU power. A good rule of thumb is to have at least 16GB of RAM although many people opt for 32GB or 64GB to run their multiple monitor setups, depending on budget. 

In terms of processors, most computers use Intel or AMD and you’ll see them specified according to how many cores they have. Essentially, the cores allow the processor to work on several things at once, making your computer more efficient. Normally, you’ll opt for a CPU of at least 2.6GHz but higher, for example, 3.8GHz, if you have the budget. 

Graphics cards or video card

Most computers have an integrated graphics card these days. Nevertheless, it’s worth highlighting this piece of technology because it’s so critical to running multiple monitor setups. 

Essentially, a graphics card runs all your visuals and graphs across all your screens so, as you can imagine, it needs a certain amount of power. Radeon and NVIDIA are the most popular brands when it comes to graphics cards with either 4GB or 6GB, as an example. 

Monitors

It would be difficult to have a 6 monitor setup without some screens. The main specification is the resolution for your display although, you’ll also want to consider screen size. Most people who are using their multi-monitor setup for work, go for flat screens. In those cases, there are basically three different types of LCD screens with different costs. 

A good approach is to go for the cheaper TN panels, rather than the VA or IPS. That’s because their resolution is more than good enough and the price is much more affordable. By contrast, gamers sometimes opt for curved wide screens as well as VA or IPS panels. Then again, they often settle for TN panels because they work with higher refresh rates that high-resolution screens can’t keep up with. 

Cables 

Clearly, you’ll need to connect your 6 monitor setup through the right ports and into the power supply unit. The main Display port styles you can expect are HDMI, VGA, DVI, and USB types. If you’re not sure what you have then the easiest is to take a photo of your ports down to your local computer shop. If you have a laptop, you might also need a ports hub because most laptops don’t have enough connectors. 

Installing your 6 Monitor Setup 

Now that you have everything you need, the best place to start is to arrange everything as you wish and to lay out the cables before connecting your multi-monitor setup. Essentially though, all the monitors are connected to each other and then back to your main device. After everything is connected, you’ll need to make sure you go through your settings correctly as described below:  

  • Configuring Windows 10 or Mac
  • Optimize your settings
  • Install DisplayFusion 

Configuring Windows 10 or Mac

Both operating systems should pick up that you have a multiple monitor setup. If not, or if you have different models of monitors, then you’ll need to go into settings. From there, you can Select and Rearrange Displays. You can also use the Scale and Layout section to amend any resolution issues. 

Optimize your settings

The best way to optimize your 6 monitor setup is to play around with the settings and find what matches your style. For example, do you want your taskbar on all your screens or just on one? Arranging your wallpaper across all the screens can also be fun. The most useful trick to operating multiple monitor setups though is to maximize your shortcuts. Make sure you look up the relevant ones for your Windows 10 or Mac and you’ll find your job becomes a lot easier. 

Install DisplayFusion 

This is the most famous app for giving you even more shortcuts. Basically, when working with multiple monitor setups you’ll find yourself doing things like losing your cursor. DisplayFusion can give you useful tricks, amongst others, to avoid that problem. 

Final Recommendations for your 6 Monitor Setup 

Having a multi-monitor setup can be both very efficient and great fun. Sometimes, it’s easier to start with two and three to get used to the equipment and develop your own workflow. Either way, make sure you have the right equipment, and then the rest is easy. You’ll be up and running in no time at all. 

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