I had a quick poke for a few articles and came across this one with our very own Jeff Shewe http://www.adobe.com/digitalimag/pdfs/phsc..._colormgraw.pdf
which seems to concisely cover the very basics. I still need a few questions answered but I guess some more hunting should get me there.
I'm familiar enough with file formats, printer profiles and soft proofing but am concerned that perhaps I'm missing something in the overall calibration of the system, like for example, having Lightroom and Photoshop using the Prophoto space and then having the monitor set to sRGB. This bit, I don't understand. I have just switched to the NEC monitors using Spectrview so some more reading on them will be necessary. Also, I'm a bit concerned about the 3800. From what I read in these forums, there seem to be a lot of people having bother with it in one form or another. We'll see. I had a 2400 (I think) before, and it was terrible. Track marks and splodges were a common issue and it didn't take long to get cheesed off with it.
Thanks for taking the time to advise me Mark.