My 12-year-old daughter is saving up to buy a computer. She's got $500 and her birthday is coming up in July, so I expect she'll have $700 or more by then, possibly as much as $800 or $900, depending on how generous the grandparents are. We can get an .edu discount, so she could buy a new mini for $579, but would still need a monitor (we've got a good keyboard and mouse she can have). I don't want her to buy a used or refurb computer because of the warranty, plus I think it would be better for her to have an intel mac for future compatibility. She doesn't need much power, mostly uses the computer for web/email/online games/MS Office/iPhoto. So, the question is, what's the cheapest price for a reasonable monitor to go with the computer? Everyone seems to say you can get a good 17-inch monitor for under $100, but when I actually search using froogle, etc., there really are few offerings out there. And second, should she hold off buying until she can get a minimum of 1GB memory? I don't think she really needs the capacity now, but I could see her getting into garageband in the future, and that will probably perform better with more memory. So, what I'd like to see is MR members' recommendations for a $700 setup (with .EDU prices) and an $800 setup. Or make your case for holding out for an iBook. Then I'll share your suggestions with Nora and let you know what she thinks. Edit: it would be most helpful if you could give SPECIFIC monitor recommendations, with prices/website for availability. Thanks!