I edited my choices, the LCD is now a Planar 17.4", not a Dell 17" Hello. I'm new to this forum (I've been lurking for some time though). I have used the search function to help me make some decisions already but there is one thing that I haven't been able to get enough input on to help me decide which monitor to get. Will I be happier with a 19" (17.9" v.i.s.) CRT or a 17.4" v.i.s. LCD Flat Pannel? (See the specs for each below). Actually, I already ordered the 19" CRT with my new PC from Dell on 1/3/02. (Their customer service rep said the PQ is better with the CRT specified). I just keep 2nd guessing myself wondering if I made the right choice. I love the Flat pannel I use at work, but that is strictly for business applications and some web surfing; no games, no DVD. I believe it's not too late for me to amend my purchase order so I need some thoughts from you very soon. I do want the best PQ that I can get, though I have to (that is to say, I want to) make a choice from the monitor choices offered by Dell. First let me say that I am not an avid gamer though I enjoy a game now and then. That is partly because my old PC is totally obsolete (PI 133MHz 64MB RAM 2Gig HD Win98 unknown video/audio cards). I suspect I may get a little more into gamming after getting my new PC, or at least my son will have an alternative to his Playstion or Nintendo. My PC is for general use: burn CD's, games, business applications, word processing, son's school work, web surfing (I'm an active member in the Audio & HiFi area at avsforum.com), e-mail. I will also use it to listen to CD's (and perhaps to watch DVD's) in my bedroom. In the hopefully near future I want to purchase a digital camcorder w/ still picture capability, so I want the ability to transfer/edit stills and video as well. Although this will not be a dedicated HT or Gaming PC, I want the best PQ I can get (within the monitor choices offered by Dell and my budget (of course). (The Planar LCD is offerede by Dell though not listed in the link I provided). CHOICE 1 (CRT): P992 FD Trinitron (customer service rep claimed it has a flat screen, not usual slightly curved screen, but I'm not sure about this) Monitor Size: 19" Vuiewable Screen Size: 17.97" Dot pitch: .24 - .25mm AG Horizontal Scan: 30Khz - 107Khz Vertical Scan Refresh: 48Khz - 120Khz Optimal Resolution: 1024 x 768 or 1280 x 1024 @ 85Hz Dimensions: H: 18.50" W: 17.80" D: 18.20" Monitor Weight: 56.10lbs CHOICE 2 (FLAT PANNEL / LCD): Planar PV174 Display Panel: 17.4" color active matrix LCD (TFT) Color: 16.7 million Viewing Angle: 160° Horizontal and Vertical Brightness (typical): 220 cd/m2 Contrast Ratio (typical): 400:1 Response Time (typical): 15 ms rise, 10 ms fall Refresh Rate: 50-90 Hz analog 56-85 Hz digital Supported Resolutions: SXGA (1280 x 1024), XGA (1024 x 768), SVGA (800 x 600), VGA (640 x 480), and others Audio Stereo speakers with integral amp, 1W/channel Pixel Pitch: 0.27 mm x 0.27 mm Display Active Area: (WxH) 17.4-in diagonal, 13.61-in x 10.89-in Display Dimensions: (WxHxD) 17.5-in x 17.8-in x 8.8-in Weight 18.9 lbs/8.6kg Supply Voltages: 110-220 VAC, 50-60 Hz Power Consumption: 50W max (5W standby) Video Inputs (Type): Analog RGB, Digital DVI External Connections: DC input connector: standard receptacle Video-input jack(s): Analog D-sub 15-pin & Digital DVI 24-pin Audio port: Standard 1/8-inch audio jack USB Hub: USB (1 upstram, 2 downstream) Features: Multi-language support, On screen display (OSD) Options: Built in VESA compatible (75 mm) Software: Pivot® Pro version 6.0 included This is the PC I ordered together with the P992 FD Trinitron CRT: Dell Dimension 8200 series P4 @ 1.8Ghz 80 GB Ultra ATA/100 7200 rpm HD 256 MB PC800 RDRAM @ 400 MHz Windows XP Home Edition OS NVIDIA GeForce3 Ti200 graphics card (4x AGP 64MB DDR DVI but no TV Out! ) Turtle Beach Santa Cruz DSP Sound Card 16X Max. Variable DVD-ROM Drive 24x/10x/40x CD-RW Drive with Roxio's Easy CD Creator Microsoft Office Small Business software bundle Norton Antivirus 2002 (90 day introductory offer) Dell Jukebox powered by MusicMatch 6.0 for XP Image Expert 2000 for XP, Dell Edition 3.5" Floppy Drive 56K Telephony Modem for Windows XP Intel Pro 100+ PCI Ethernet Network Card Dell Enhanced Performance USB keyboard Microsoft Intellimouse Explorer 3 Yr Ltd Warranty / 3 Yr Ltd At-Home Service + Lifetime Phone Support 6 months of DellNet By MSN Internet Access So, knowing the rest of my PC's components, which of the two monitors specified above do you suggest I get, and what are your reasons for your recommedation?