So I've been gifted a specced up early '09 model Mac Pro after a friend upgraded to a new Mac Pro. I've had iMacs since '08, so I haven't had a need for monitors, so find myself in a situation where I have a computer and no monitor. I don't believe I can use my iMac in target mode because a) I don't have a mini DisplayPort to mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt to Thunderbolt cable b) My iMac's HDD has failed to the point where the computer no longer recognizes it and therefore cannot startup, so I don't believe it will start up to a point to let me put it into target mode. Which leads me to my question: I don't particularly want to spend $1000+ on a new Thunderbolt display. Secondly, because the Mac Pro has a mini display port and not Thunderbolt, the associated ports on a Thunderbolt display wouldn't work anyway. If I'm going to get a newer Apple Cinema Display, I need the '08 model, which is Mini DisplayPort, not Thunderbolt. So I've found locally someone selling the previous aluminium Cinema Display 23". These have two FW400 and two USB2.0 ports, which would work fine with the Mac Pro. They seem to be in fine condition, and would match the silver Mac Pro tower more than a black monitor, but as they are old models (and the panels themselves could be 8-10 years old), I wonder if it's worth spending just over $400 on two. The other option is to get two standard 24" monitors from somewhere like Officeworks, which could end up similarly priced (or a bit cheaper). The upside to this is the screens will be brand new, and they will come with at least 12 months warranty. As far as I can tell, getting a brand new cheap 24" monitor or an older 23" Cinema Display will get me a similar display quality, with the Cinema Display giving me extra ports and a better stand. A generic brand new monitor will get me a brand new display (which means potentially a longer display life, as it's not already 8+ years old) and warranty, at the compromise of USB ports (FW is neither here nor there), and with a worse stand. What's better? Any help/tips as to what I should go with, or recommendations for different monitors are greatly appreciated!