Just make sure you get a monitor that works well in potrait. Many (even those that come with stands that swivel to portrait) look like shit in portrait mode. Something about the eyes seeing it at slightly different angles.
I'm not sure what spec to look for when finding a portrait-friendly screen, perhaps someone can enlighten me.
Well, since they only have to drive 1080p at 60Hz with most of the shaders turned off, they don't need near as much processing power as hardcore gamers running dual 1920's at 120Hz with all the options turned up to 11 with their music player, teamspeak and a web browser with item maps and strategy guides all going in the background.
Consoles never have been and probably never will be as powerful as a serious gaming rig.
Heck, Infamous (1 or 2, don't remember which) doesn't even show a start menu, it just loads directly into game and starts you in a safe location in case you're getting something from the kitchen while it loads.
Now Assassin's Creed on the other hand... Sweet Jesus it took me 10 minutes just to figure out how to quit the PC version the first time.
Machines certainly can solve problems, store information, correlate, and play games -- but not with pleasure. -- Leo Rosten