If you really want CRT quality from your monitor, you're gonna have to spend more than $250-300 most likely...
LCD monitors really aren't quite there yet in my opinion... you need an IPS display for the color/contrast comparable to a CRT but you need 120Hz refresh rate to have responsiveness comparable to a CRT.
And there are no 120 Hz IPS displays out there that I'm aware of. Manufacturers have gotten lazy with monitor tech.
Since you don't game, I'd recommend going with IPS over 120 Hz, but I'm not aware of any IPS displays in the $250-300 range worth recommending (someone else may know of some).