I haven't looked at anything to do with the oven yet. As I said, boring.
Monitors are coz we quite fancy them, really - J's got a not-that-good LCD (it's adequate, but tech has moved on) and I've got a CRT that's starting to make a high-pitched noise all the time. And these days you get wide-screen largish monitors for not all that much in the grand scheme of things. The plan, such as it is, is to buy J a monitor first and then I'll play some quake on it and see what I think. Then if it's OK we'll get me one of the same. And if it's not then we have a baseline for "better than" which we currently don't really. Although, having said that, J's current monitor is OK so I don't think I'll end up being that fussy.
But once you start looking into it, it all turns into a twisty maze of monitors all alike, and I couldn't find any recent looking round-up articles. I did find http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/ which does reviews & has a selector thingy to give you ideas. But that's a site I've never heard of before, so it gets the requisite pinch of salt. And as always with tech reviews there's lots of talk about things I'm not sure we'll ever notice (various sorts of backlight whatnot, for instance, some of which are technically better but will we care?). I think we're looking at 22" or 24" monitors, and I guess it's going to be 1080p coz nothing seems to be anything else (unless it's lower). Which niggles at me, coz that's a telly thing, monitor res does not have to be HD telly res - and certainly I can't see why either of us would be watching films/telly on the computer when we've perfectly good TV setup at the other side of the room.
We were looking at the Samsung Syncmaster B2230H, coz it's on amazon for ~£130 at the mo. But buried in the reviews there was a note that the monitor settings buttons don't work if you have it plugged in via DVI and you need the windows software to alter things (or plug in via VGA set it up then replug). Which seems bizarre, and possibly a deal breaker. But equally, I can't find anything else about that via google, just that same amazon review. Gah, it could've been simpler, couldn't it?