I just ordered me an NEC LCD2490WUXi2 monitor, the better to look at your pictures, dear reader.
The next step is to have me built a new computer, as I am outgrowing the old one. My price range seems to coincide with dual quad-core Opterons. Right now I have an early model Athlon64 that doesn't support current AMD64 binaries, a few of which I do use; I am running 32-bit Flash, for instance, instead of the 64-bit build for Linux. Also there is no hardware virtualization. Also I can't simultaneously update my software (which in most cases is compiled from source code) and play videos, without the video failing to keep up. The bigger screen area means I won't have so much trouble putting a tiny video in the corner of my screen while making fonts or whatever, even with this older computer, or so I hope. My current video card is several years old but it was one of the better ones available at the time.
I'm thinking of buying from Thinkmate.com. I like their on-line configurator. Taking into account pricing, I would probably get the slowest clock rate of the CPUs, but I would get 8GB of memory instead of the default 4GB. I'm thinking maybe getting a terabyte drive with Windows and Ubuntu on it, and a second such drive with nothing on it, so I can partition it up and install Gentoo in a leisurely way. A different scheme may make more sense, if one takes into account RAID, but, egads, if there is anything I hate thinking about, it is hard drive layout. I've always ended up just shoving these issues aside.
I do have little idea of how I am going to do backups. DDS-4 tapes are another thing I have outgrown, though there does remain the possibility of my putting a SCSI card in the new box so at least I can do it. The tapes have saved me before, but I haven't used them sufficiently, especially since I started putting things like my fonts and programs in public source code repositories and so backing them up that way. Those things are backed up, with the result that other things, which would have gone onto a tape along with them, are not being backed up as often.