I'm not dissing on Seagate or anything, but you can do so much better in the same price range. 16MB cache is relativaly new, and there is a great increase in performance. Team it up with SATA, and BOOM you got a kick *** hard drive. The only reason I chose the Maxtor is because I have a very good personal experience with it. I have one currently residing in my HTPC (Home Theater PC). And I must say, it is fast. Another reason I didn't suggest the Western Digital is because their 16MB cache hard drives are SATA 2, and I'm not sure if SATA 2 compatible with SATA 1. If it is, then here's the WD drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822144701
As for monitors, what are you looking for here? LCD? CRT? 17"? 19"?