All right, well here's the scoop. I have an eternally old desktop, and I have some upgrades in mind. However since I only upgrade about once every 3-5 years, I am rarely 'in tune' with good products and often miss out on things that more regular replacement people know all about. So first up, a monitor. I know you guys, or at least some of you, love the CRTs, but those are too bulky. I have a huge 19 incher and that thing's just too much to haul in and out of the dorm. What I want is a 22 inch LCD with at least one HDMI slot and a minimum resolution of 'true' 1080i or 720whatever as opposed to fake 1366/768, as I've found 1366 to be undersupported and result in a lot of bad scaling. The price should be between $100 and $200. And it shouldn't be some 'crud' monitor, I'm asking you guys as you've probably bought more LCD monitors than I have. Next up, something to do with sound. I have preserved my hearing by listening to music only on low volume and using shotgun ear protectors against loud noises. However, running a cheap $30 2.1 Altec Lansing sound system off a built-in motherboard thing is... pretty wimpy, even my old Audigy 2 ZS on my laptop is better sound-quality wise. However I am not an audiophile so I do not know whether an amplifier, bookshelf speakers, a 5.1 system, or whatever else is best. I'm not willing to spend more than $100 on the whole though so I want to see potentially a cost effective solution, since unlike my monitor I have junk right now anyway.