Best Buy has the 24" LG on sale for $499:
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp ... 0290207389
Edit: Oops. It looks like they bumped the price back up.
I got mine for that price several months ago and it's been a great monitor for gaming, movies/TV and photo/video editing/web design. It's great for gaming as it has very low input lag. Viewing angles are excellent and backlight bleed is non-existent. There is some slight ghosting but really not that noticeable unless you look for it. Scaling for games is very good. I can drop it down to 1680x1050 and it still looks sharp. NVIDIA's aspect scaling doesn't seem to work for me, so I let the monitor scale or use 1:1 pixel mapping.
The stand is very sturdy and is of high quality. The base is heavy and not too big.
Calibration is necessary for this LCD and it really looks great afterwards. Text is good but only over the DVI-HDMI connection. One fault of this LCD lies within the color temp selections. sRGB mode is the only mode that looks correct. So, you're stuck calibrating using software or via the video card CP.
There are some people that have reported a buzzing sound with this LCD, so that might be a problem. Others have reported an issue with it not coming out of sleep mode and needing to reboot the computer. I've not encountered these issues.