The Dell 24″ widescreens are fantastic looking. Well worth the investment if you can pull the $.
I would totally advise against 17″ monitors. You can find good-okay 19″ CRTs ($100 apiece) if price is a concern. Shop around and get a nice pair. At least 19″… Your eyes will thank you come 2 am on the 2nd consecutive all nighter.
I use a nice pair of Viewsonic GS790 monitors on my rig, and I won’t change em till they die.
While Viewsonic made pro-level CRTs, I don’t believe their LCDs are all that great (never could get them to tell me who manufactured their screens). I bought one of their LCD HDTV monitors, and returned it almost immediately the image was so watery and the colors so far off.
If a 17″ monitor is put next to a 19″ monitor of the same resolution, the image is smaller, but tighter and generally looks better, to me anyway. So unless you are moving up in resolution, usually to 1600X1200, a pair of 17″ monitors is not a bad deal.
I have looked at the Dell and the colour and luma levels are way off. This probably doesn’t matter cause you’ll be looking at a grade 1 CRT for the video anyway, however I think it’s better if every display device is as close as possible to being correct.
The Samsung panels have always been great, I had two 19″s. I then upgraded to 20″ displays and got the BenQ. I only got the two 2091s because that’s all I could get at the time cause one of the Samsungs had failed, however they were every bit as good as the Samsungs in colour and luma levels.
I have noticed that cheap LCDs, like the Dell 24″, are cheap for a reason.