I'm looking for a new 22" LCD or TFT monitor to go with the pc in my system specs (graphics card 8800GT). Apologies for the fact that I know near zilch about monitors... Also, I don't think I'd really be wanting a monitor greater than 22". The current 19" I have is quite satisfactory, and I'd be preferring having better fps on a smaller monitor rather than having my gfx card have more pixels to render and slow down significantly. Plus there's the budget issue as well. I'd be preferring to buy a really good 22" rather than some mediocre larger monitor. Does it make a difference whether it says LCD or TFT? Is one a better quality than the other? For me these are the things that are important: 1) Good pixels, and good after-sales service 2) Having a dvi connection to connect to my 8800GT (vga, scarts, etc etc are not necessary) 3) Should I choose wide-screen or square? I'm currently using a square 19" olidata... it appears that square monitors are being phased out? Would my games be looking good on a wide-screen monitor? I know Oblivion gives the resolution choice, and Crysis... 4) I wouldn't be using the monitor's speakers at all. So I'd rather spend the same amount on a monitor without speakers and get a better quality one. 5) I don't understand the hype about viewing angle. While gaming my head faces the monitor at all times, if I'm really gaming intensively and get immersed and lost in the game I might be moving my head some 5 degrees or so but I wouldn't be needing to get a good view from 170 degrees... Lol so I wouldn't really be caring whether I get a 170 degree view capability or a 150 degree one. Unless what I'm saying is stupid... 6) What I want is a bright crisp clear image, beautiful colours, with no ghosting, and minimal black dots (dead pixels). I'd hence take that as meaning that a 2ms response time monitor would be better than a 6ms response time one? 7) Is there any advantage of getting one of the more modern ones with the glossy screen? My dad's got a laptop with a glossy screen - he even paid extra for it way back then - but I don't like how it shows all reflections. I wouldn't want to have to see a mirror image of my room window on my monitor while gaming... Do glossy screens have any advantage to outweigh the disadvantage of mirroring the inside of your room? 8) I have got advice that: anything under 6ms generally means the monitor is "TN Film." TN film is standard amongst LCD screens these days. It's not 'junk' but it's not the best quality. When buying a monitor you want to find ones that are "PVA-panels." However, what is the advantage of PVA panel monitors? How can I recognise them? I've been touring some shops, locally and online, and they don't mention if the panels are PVA or TN film. Apparently if the viewing angle is higher than 176/176 then it'd be a PVA panel. But as I said before, viewing angle isn't that important for me. This also conflicts with my 6th preference above. Does this mean that for a monitor to be good its response time must be greater than 6ms? 9) Many online shops / local shops here do not specify whether the response time is grey to grey or the other thing... (white to black?). How can I get to know which one they're referring to? (Lol no I don't trust sales reps...) 10) What contrast ratio would you be recommending for good gaming? Can one see a visual difference if one is gaming on a 1000:1 contrast ratio or a 3000:1 contrast ratio? For example, the first link I quote below says Contrast Ratio: DC 3000:1 (1000:1). What does that mean? Which one is it? Is it one or the other or are they just playing with words like they do with the ms response thing and quote grey to grey and whatnot? 11) What brightness would you recommend for good gaming? How does that specification affect the picture I'd see on the monitor? The ones I looked at all have the brightness of 300 cd/m2. Is that good? 12) What'd be a reputable brand you'd recommend? I was giving preference to Samsung, but I'd appreciate your views... Lastly, I'd be much preferring to purchasing the LCD from a local shop here in Malta rather than from the place where I regularly buy my parts (OcUK). I haven't any complaints whatsoever against OcUK, but purchasing locally it's more comfortable, I know what I'm getting (OcUK say that I might get a different panel!!!) and in the case of rma it's definitely less hassle. This is what I had my eyes upon: Local shops (preferable) : http://www.razercomputers.com/index.php?p=prod_det.php&cat_code=TFT&prod_code=223BW http://scanmalta.com/item.php?WebCategory=monitor&ProductCode=TFT-L18603 OcUK: http://www.overclockers.co.uk/productlist.php?&groupid=703&catid=17&subid=949&sortby=priceDesc Thank you from bearing to read all of this. I'd be appreciating ANY reply, certainly not expecting someone to answer all my questions. All feedback is welcome, and thanks once again. I really want to spend my money on a good monitor this time. I'll definitely be preferring to spend more and get the best, as long as I can enjoy what they offer, because as I said there is plenty stuff out there with other connections than dvi, with speakers, with other stuff which I will not be using.