My computer setup (click the pics to enlarge):
- Two 27″ Samsung P2770HD monitors
- Alienware 23″ OptX 2310 3D monitor (and Nvidia 3D Vision glasses)
- 17″ MacBook Pro
- Bose QuietComfort 15 Noise Cancelling headphones
- Logitech MX5500 keyboard/mouse combo
- Logitech MX Air mouse
Overall, I’m not a very materialistic person but I think you should be very happy and comfortable with the location where you spend most of your time. I absolutely love my setup and I use it mainly for grinding poker, doing recreational programming, or simply relaxing.
I use the leftmost monitor for the Xbox 360 (and connect it to my PC with Media Center to watch poker videos). I generally dual-monitor, filling the right monitor with poker tables and use the middle monitor for web browsing and poker videos. I could never [happily] go back to using a single monitor after using two monitors for the last few years.
One thing that I think is very important for a poker setup is redundancy. I have a redundant (wired) keyboard, two redundant mice (one wired), and just recently a second internet connection. Once you start playing pots approaching the cost of a year’s worth of internet bills, you can easily see the merit in having such redundancies. A friend of mine recently disconnected from the internet when he was in a $1200 pot with the nuts (best possible hand) and didn’t connect in time… yikes!