In need to set up a second computer in my house so that my brother can work on architectural projects in the evening. Through my work I have access to lots of computer parts and can easily build a system for him. I'm going to need a wide screen monitor for him to use.
My current set up on the computer I use for photography is two monitors: a 19" LG Flatron 1952-BF and a 15" Kogi. The Flatron has good color and I have no complaints with it. The Kogi's colors aren't so good but I use it for all the Photoshop text boxes - dragging them over there and freeing up the main working space on the Flatron. Sometimes I'll keep a browers open over there if I need to follow some instructions. This is working pretty well. It may not be graphic designer quality but I am getting very good prints with this setup.
Here is my question. Since I have to find a new monitor should I just get another cheap, wide screen monitor for the architectural use or hand down my 19" monitor and get something more appropriate for photography?
If I upgrade my wide screen monitor, what should I be looking for? I've seen posts that recommend NEC PA series or Dell Ultrasharp HD screens. These run into the $1,500 range, which is out of my budget, and I'm note even certain what I would be getting out of them. (Or even if my current graphics engine will support them!)
What should one be looking for in a monitor for photographic processing? Are there monitors that are particularlly favored for this application based on price and performance? Black Friday is coming - has anyone seen a killer deal for a recommended monitor?