See my profile for a description of the workload and OS I throw at the sucker... All Linux, lots of different jobs, lots of heavy load.
This reflects the first "finished" build of the machine; as of 2015-11, I'm adding more kit to the beast.
Now, I present to you a total crazy rant (but hyper-persuasive and entirely true) which I have titled:
---"WHY YOUR BUILD TOTALLY HAS GOT TO INCLUDE MULTIPLE DISPLAYS IN ITS DESIGN..."--- 2015-11-24 by Seth "Fingers" Flynn Barkan
Absolutely can't understand how I EVER got along without having a serious multiple-display workstation for this past decade and a half... do yourself a favor: if you are a serious coder, sysadmin, researcher, writer, or even use your workstation to produce audio or video content (like my weekly podcast, www.bestlinuxgames.com, or my bajillion youtube videos or whatever), spend the money now... it's NOWHERE NEAR as expensive as you might imagine, the equipment in terms of mounting options is generally easy to use, versatile to meet your setup's spacial requirements and layout, is of generally high quality in terms of sturdiness and reliability, and (depending on how crazy you wanna get) basically inexpensive. Furthermore, the system requirements needed to power such a system (running desktop Linux etc. on multiple displays) are a slam-dunk these days... thanks to DisplayPort technology, a decent video card, some research, patience, and the drive to FINALLY SIT AT THE HELM of a truly batshit crazy workstation that looks like it came from some futurist's wet dream (and lets the user absolutely FLY in terms of productivity and ease of use), the only real consideration that might hold anyone back from deploying their next major build for a daily driver with as many displays as possible is really just the raw physical space available for the workstation's monitors. Seriously, u can get perfectly servicable 20-24" monitors (VESA mountable, HDMI or DVI compatible, and many with built in speakers even) for basically a hundred bucks per monitor... the mounting hardware will probably average you around 50 bucks per every 2 monitors you intend to use. So for like $500(ish) invested in the actual physical displays for your new rig, you have now TRIPLED your screen real-estate (possible even with some "less-than-formidable/non-gaming" GPU cards)... Don't overlook this fabulous opportunity to buy and deploy this kind of crazy serious build (which, literally, up until only a year ago, belonged completely in the realm of fantasy, not buildable, deployable reality)... Trust me: if you are a serious programmer, dev, sysadmin, or work in a studio-production-esque environment, or even if you just SERIOUSLY USE THE LIVING HELL out of your main workstation ALL THE TIME, making this decision to go for LOSSA FRIGGING DISPLAYS is one you will NOT regret. Thank me later. Cheers/HTH - Seth Flynn Barkan