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To the OP - If you're going to try another display, you might want to give plasma technology some consideration.
The conventional view is that plasma puts out something much closer to a "CRT-like" picture, and generally speaking, they'll make a more marginal SD signal look better than an LCD can - which may matter if you're going to sit closer.
Even if you do get HD, you might want to consider if you'll still be watching any SD at any time, and if so, how much, and how important the PQ from those channels will be to you.
Anyway, no matter what you decide to do, definitely swap out the display you have now, even if it's with another of the same model, because of that very-noticable, uneven edge-lighting. That's a quality control issue.