Well if your gonna play new games. and you have a decent gfx card a widescreen will be fine.
Not saying you need a decent card to have a wide screen monitor. just saying you can throw it into a aspect ratio and it will do fine. all new games allow you to chose your screen size and aspect ratio so widescreen will be no problem.
I have the 20" and I never see any ghosting. I do see tearing from time to time, but thats why god invented v-sync. These have great color representation, high contrast ration, a few different settings depending on why you are doing (gameing, movie, internet, sport... ). These also have a great resolution (at least the 20", I can really only speak for that one).
As long as you get a lcd with lower then 6ms gtg, high contrast ratio, a good color representation, and a good price.
Look at LG too. I have a Samsung and an LG at home, plus a Viewsonic at work, all widescreen LCD, all 5 ms, 1680x1050, all very nice. OK, I have no idea how well the Viewsonic does in games, but it's great for everything else.
Edit: buy your LCD from a local store with a good return policy. You want to be able to return a monitor for full refund with no shipping costs or penalties if it has dead pixels. For example I got my monitors from FutureShop, and they even let me hook them up to one of their computers and check them. I believe (90% sure) newegg will not let you exchange or return a monitor if it has 5 dead pixels.
i have Sumsung 225BW, and it was great so far. I would suggest go with Wide screen it's the future, and very convenient u get more screen for buck easy to work like opening 2 windows side by side.
Games look stunning in wide screen as well. And even if u stumble on some odd game that only support 4:3 it will center the picture and u will get 2 black bars on left and right but same 19 inch square
my old LCD was rated 25ms response time, then 225BW is like 5ms but in most cases i can't even see any difference.
19 inch Wide Screen is the best price wise and plenty big just make sure u get 1 with DVI and use it because everyting looks bad with D-sub. And ya its worth checking local stores to, i got my from Best Buy for 250$ after some sale and i seen many good deal in Staples as well.
It aint about size it's about ratio as you can tell most of us bought 22in wide screen's for about 3 to 350 and they are grate for the newer game's. but if you are about the older game's like SOF-2 then they arnt going to support 1680X1050 so where are you then. If you like the older game's you should buy a nice 4X3 or standard 19in in the 5or less ms range's. But if you want the newest deal then the 22 or better 19X10 or 19X9 is your deal. what ever your into, We all bought 22in's and miss our 19in's really bad. What are you going to do? [Judge]BadArthur