well, the price isn't that much of an issue since my parents are going to pay for either all or part of it as a birthday present. i've already done some pricing, and anything under $500 should be more than reasonable.
i found one that i'm going to go ahead and grab. its an Acer 24" monitor from Newegg.
its a good price for a nice monitor; so, i can't complain too much.
anyways, thanks for the help.
See the struggle of the faithless lot as they negate their time
How low to sink to the depths of their frame of mind