I hate LCDs for gaming. The technology has certainly gotten better, but even the best among them are still nowhere close to as good as I'd like them to be. I know I'm pickier than most, but I can't stand even the slightest tinge of ghosting, and there's not a single LCD out there that can claim the same performance as a good CRT. I'll move to the skinny screens when OLED becomes affordable.
That said, I'm in the market for a new CRT and am wondering what my options are. Is NEC still making them? I'm looking to get a 19" or 21." I'd rather not buy used, as I'm hoping to get a few good years out of the tube before it starts fading.
I guess I have to eat back the words in my earlier post
if you want a new high-end CRT and can actually find one, expect to pay a hefty premium
mine can go up to 100hz at native 1600x1200 resolution, has monitor hood, has calibration with profiles, has super bright mode, has 2 video in ports with switch, has built-in powered USB hub (more of a convenience), and has custom drivers
this is the minimum you should expect if you are going for a high end CRT
This is a good monitor and it's not a fortune to buy. http://preview.tinyurl.com/327wf8
With usb hub, but way more expansive. http://preview.tinyurl.com/35eoto
Thing about a crt monitor is you'll often get about 8 to ten years out of it before it starts having trouble. Or it dies right away. The NEC has a 3 year warranty so keep you paperwork on it.
Medical device makers still use crt monitors a lot but they get a huge markup.