Multi monitor multi computer setups

Not sure is this best place to post this?

I have 4 Samsung 193p monitors on one computer with a Matrox g450 quad card and a backup computer with 2 Samsung 970p's. The Samsung 193p's have two separate inputs for RGB and DVI connections the 970p's have only one.

What I want to do is use all 6 monitors on the first computer by adding a dual card and use this as my normal configuration. But I still want to be able to use 2 of the 6 monitors on the backup computer as needed (both computers running)and I would like to be able to switch back and forth without need to restart computers.

I am also thinking about using the same keyboard/mouse for both computers. If I do combine keyboard/mouse I am leaning towards a hardware solution not a software one as I am not sure I need the pro/cons of the software solution (i.e. firewalls and network, ethernet security issues, ability to drag drop etc).

Could I use 2 of the 193p monitors using the DVI's to connect one computer and the RGB's to hook up the other computer at same time and use a A/B switch or the monitors themselves to select which computer signal to use (without need for a restart).

Is their a easier way to do this or is it even possible?
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  1. To use same keyboard and mouse you need a KVM Switch - Keyboard, Video, Mouse. Clicky
    Now you wont really need the video part but its there if you need it.
    Usually hit the scroll lock key 2 times real fast to switch computers.
    As for the monitors. Try this:
    Hook 2 of the 193p monitors upto the second computer with the normal vga cable. Hookup the dvi cables to the main computer. Hook up the rest of the monitors to the main computer.
    There should be a button or something on the 193p monitors to select the input: vga or dvi.
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    2) You can get a USB to VGA Adapter, or USB to DVI Adapter that will allow you to add an extra monitor to your computer
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    3) You can replace or add an extra video card to your existing computer, depending on how many monitors you wish to support.
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    graphics card. For this reason, I am going to write an entirely seperate post on that topic and will link to it here, very soon.

    Multi-Monitor Graphics Cards

    Once you have your multiple monitor system set up and ready to use, you will need to enable all of your monitors in
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    How to Setup Multiple Monitors (Instructions)

    This is what it will look like when you are done:

    Multi-Monitor Video Demo 1
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