The 24-inch class Asus VH242H (the screen actually measures 23.6-inches) is considered to be a strong performer and exceptional value among similarly sized monitors. Excellent colors are not significantly marred by grayscale performance that's stronger with dark shades than light. Pixel response is fast enough to make the VH242H a good choice for gaming and movie watching, and the 1,920-by-1,080-pixel resolution can display a high-def image in all its glory without scaling or cropping. We saw some grousing about the lack of USB ports, but the inclusion of an HDMI input (but not an HDMI cable, unfortunately) is a major plus considering this monitor's attractive price tag. $169, ebay, $179 Sears, newegg customers rate 5 stars,pc mag and hot hardware gave exc reviews. I think its a good place to start.