isnt max resolution way higher on a good crt?
Yeah, it typically is, but most people don't go over 1024 anyways due togfx card limitations. I run my LCD at 1680x1050 (native resolution) it looks great and even though most CRT's can go higher than that, I doubt many people ever use it.
One thing about CRT's though, they still look good at any resolution, to where LCD's start looking not as good when not in native resolution. Make sure you have a system that can run the screen at native for games.