I thought and thought and read some reviews then thought some more....
I wound up going with a Viewsonic 19" UltraBrite A91f+ Flat Screen CRT.
$200 with my little discount... and wow its amazing... HUGE and BRIGHT!
I couldn't see spending $400+ on a monitor... not yet. They simply aren't reliable enough... for that price range.
Viewsonic has always made great monitors... and I am thoroughly impressed by it.