Newegg also has a couple Asus 22-24" 1920 x 1080 monitors around the $199 range. Samsung has a good rep, though the only Samsung I've ever seen that I like is the 40" LED ;)
Absolute best advice is to try to dig up some ones online that you like, and then see if you can find them somewhere in house to look at them. Most monitor specifications are really absolute bullsh**
response time: 2-5 ms is good, grey to grey is fudging the numbers a little
Contrast ratio: The world's biggest headache. Higher is supposed to be better, but this number has been a marketing gimick, especially lately. Add to that dynamic contrast ratio [my monitor has 1 million:1 dynamic for example--yes, for $199] The ONLY way to really tell whether or not you like it is to stand in front of it. I know that's a pain, but it's worth it in the long run.
Then again, if you LIKE your current monitor, why addict yourself to something larger, shinier, and more crispy? ;)
So with all these bright beautiful monitors running around. Say you have a tower without HDMI hook up. What part do i need to allow that and about how much is it? Or do those have to come with a GPU or something? (sorry for my lack of "knowledge")
There are DVI to HDMI cables [my monitor came with one] and they make DVI to hdmi adapters. I think I paid $10 or $15 @ Wal Mart for the ones I have. Edited, Aug 23rd 2010 10:20pm by seneleron