I'm trying to find a monitor to buy for a custom PC I plan on building. I don't know much about monitors, so I'm trying to figure whats the most important thing I should be looking for in a good monitor such as contrast ratio, or pixels size, resolution, response rate, etc. I intend on using this monitor for more than just gaming.
As Zyprius has stated, the best thing you need to look for in a monitor is the contrast ratio and the response time.
You can research the Samsung 206BW monitor, in my opinion is the best 20" monitor that you can get with the best contrast ratio and response time. It has a 3000:1 contrast ratio and a 2 ms response time.
The higher the contrast ratio, the better. The lower the response time, the better.
Zyprius also has a good monitor with a contrast ratio of 2000:1 and a response time of 2ms. It is also a Samsung. Although mine is widescreen, his is not. Mine is basically a step above his and that's about it.
I am sure that he will be able to find his monitor to tell you more about it because I am fairly uncertain on other aspects of his model.