OK, finally dropped some bucks on computer upgrades, including new monitors. I'm now running:
AMD Phenom II Black Edition X4 965 (stock 3.4 GHz, overclocked to 3.8 GHz so far)
2x EVGA Geforce GTX 480 cards in SLI for NVIDIA Surround goodness
3x Samsung SyncMaster 2494SW 24" 1920x1080 monitors
Win 7 x64
Fanatec GT3RS wheel and Club Sport pedals
Sitting those monitors on my desk with the standard pedestals just took up too much room, and I couldn't get them anywhere near to where I wanted them for iRacing purposes. So I had to figure out some way of mounting them so they could be easily moved around.
I started looking around at different sites, and found a few different ways of making triple-monitor stands on the cheap. This guy had done at least three different setups for his monitors, and I took some of his ideas. All the images below are clickable for larger pictures.
First, I started with a length of 2x6 board that I would cut into three pieces, one for each monitor to mount to. This would allow me to get the three of them mounted on a straight and level line, I hoped. And I'd hang the side ones off the center one using door hinges.
I cut out some 200 mm x 100 mm VESA mounts out of 3/4" plywood from some cheap old end table I no longer needed. And they just screw into the VESA mount cutout on the backs of the monitors with M4 screws.
Once those were on I could mount the 2x6 board to the center monitor.
Once that one was attached I sat one of the side monitors next to it so I could see how much droop there might be from the hinges. If I had just attached the side monitor to the 2x6 so the VESA mount were even with it then it would have drooped quite a bit. Just the weight of the side 2x6 on its own was enough to droop a noticable amount once the second monitor was in place. I drew a line on the VESA mount so I could tell how to screw it into the side monitor.
And then did the same for the other side. So here she be, 43.6 lbs of displays (once the pedestals were removed) just waiting to get mounted to the wall.
The wall mount I got was a freebie, but was meant to hold something like a small kitchen TV, and so it had a shelf to accomodate something like that. It's attached at/near the center by a ball swivel kinda thing, and this left a fair bit of shelf hanging off the front of it that I could bend down to mate to my 2x6. This was a PAIN to bend, haha. I screwed it to a couple pieces of 2x6, then screwed that to the porch post outside, and just started reefing on it for all I was worth. That bought me maybe 45 degrees, haha. So, out came the maul, and the beating commenced. That's what all the marks on it are from. But it did finally get the 90 degree bend I wanted, heh. Here it is, mounted to the wall and most importantly, level! It's rated for 80 lbs., so it should be more than enough to handle the 43.6 lbs. I have on it.
And here we go, in "desktop" mode. No pedestals! :)
This gives me a reasonable amount of usable desk space for when I'm not racing/gaming. And, yes, that is indeed a Microsoft Trackball Explorer. Best pointing device ever invented. Period. :)
In this position the mount is bent to 90 degrees and everything's pushed slightly to the left. My buddy says to me, hey, you even have a ton of TV shelf left to actually use as a shelf! haha
And then we have "gaming" mode.
In this position they are pulled all the way forward and the arm is fully straightened out. This puts them just off the nose of the steering wheel housing. Which, naturally, does away with any desk space. Good thing we don't need much of any at this time. hehe
And here with everything fired up, in desktop mode.
I screwed up one measurement, concerning the height for the bracket on the wall. I was supposed to have 6" clearance between the desktop and the bottom of the monitors, but I have only 4" here. I measured to the top of the arm bracket, instead of the arm itself. D'oh! Oh well, I can move the bracket up another 2" on the wall sometime, heh. It's still usable right now, but it will be a little bit nicer to have the extra 2" to work with.
And here we are in gaming mode with iRacing fired up, sitting on the grid at the Indianapolis road course. According to iRacing's field-of-view calculator this setup gives me 123 degree FOV. :) Life-size racing view. OH YEAH, BABY!!
Here's the view from about where your head would be. NVIDIA Surround bezel management works nicely, making the monitor bezels akin to window frames. The image still spans that dead area as if it were still being drawn behind there.