scottsmoron, start by letting your monitor sit OFF, unplugging your VGA/DVI cable from your monitor, and then turning the monitor on. See how long it takes to turn up a "no input" display. If that is fast enough for you, then, as the others have pointed out, it's probably Windows that is taking so much time, and you should look into making your machine faster.
Being an adult doesn't mean you have to know what you're doing. It just means you have to look like you know what you're doing.