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Is there a certain time of year when the latest, greatest computer monitors are announced?

Looking around my computer room, it appears I've recently become quite hooked on buying videocards.

Since Christmas, 2010 I've bought all of the following:

EVGA GTX580 HydroCopper

EVGA GTX590 Classified x 2, soon to be watercooled.

MSI GTX580 Lightning XE x 2, unable to be watercooled, but unnecessary since they run so cool as is.

I have no idea why I've suddenly become obsessed with these things. What I should've done was start with a kick-ass monitor and gone from there.

Now, I want a monitor that is worthy of these cards. The monitor in my sig certainly doesn't fill the bill. It has a very good image quality, but not good enough.

The best I have found, so far, is a Dell UltraSharp U3011.

I really have no use for a 3D monitor and while multi-monitors look quite good at a distance, I could never get used to the bezels between the monitors during actual use.

That leaves large LCD monitors. Not the large format type. The 30" Dell I mentioned is about the largest I would want. A large TV type screen would just look ludicrous and probably not even have the resolution, image quality and frame rate that could match the 27" ASUS I now use.

I have no idea how long the Dell U3011 has been around. It seems as if I've been reading about them for about 3 years. This is why I titled this thread the way I did.

I'm thinking there may be a new model of the U3011 fairly soon. It's been out too long for Dell not to be working on a successor.

I'm willing to pay no more than $1500 USD for a large, high quality, high resolution monitor suitable for gaming and movies, and, for now, the Dell appears to be my best choice.

I'm wide open to suggestions of and news about any new monitors soon to be released. Or any present monitor equal to, or better than, the UltraSharp 3011.

My time frame for an upgrade is within the next 2 months. The last of March to mid-April latest.

I know how it is with computers and their peripherals. There will always be something better tomorrow, next week latest. I won't make the mistake of waiting for the next best thing.

I've found that the local Sears can get me one of the Dell U3011's, or several other brands, whenever I decide to get one, so I'll be able to avoid BestBuy or any on-line store. The warranty and especially the bright or dead pixel policy is of the utmost importance. Both of which are part of the high-quality monitors I'm searching for.

One thing I forgot to mention and this is important. I could really use a monitor with a remote control. The Dell doesn't have one. As the ASUS I'm now using, my new monitor will be wall-mounted.

I've looked through the site for the U3011, http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c=us&cs=19&l=en&sku=224-9949 , but can't find exactly where the OSD controls are located.

I just checked the distance from my eyes to my monitor and it's about 50". If I mounted a new monitor on the top shelf of my desk the distance would be, wow, 38". It's just an illusion the the monitor is much further away. I don't think I'd have any problem with just a 12" difference in viewing distance.

I guess I've just become accustomed to a remote control. But, even if my present monitor were desk-top mounted it would be difficult to get to these top-mounted control buttons. Maybe the Dell has them mounted at the bottom? All it says about them at the link I just posted is:

"Easily manipulate the on-screen display with capacitive-touch switches for setup and screen optimization." No picture or description of where they're located.
I also own an X-Rite i1 Display LT Monitor Color Correction with i1Match Software: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832699001 , that I had to buy as a Combo Deal so I could buy the ASUS Mars II, that I had to RMA due to quite a list of problems. Failure of the drivers, even on the included CD, to recognize the card as even being installed. After I finally got the Forceware 285.62 drivers to install and load, the card would continually, randomly crash to a black screen. I checked with ASUS, who confirmed that there would be no more drivers written specifically for this card so I had no choice but to send it back. Whenever it decided to work correctly it was worth every penny. But as it kept crashing it wasn't worth a dime to me. I wouldn't put up with such crap on a much less expensive card. Certainly not one that cost so much.
Thanks for reading this overly long post and any help you may offer. I could've made a much shorter post but I realized that if I did, I would be writing much more to answer your questions. Now, you know exactly where I'm coming from.
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Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Samsung SSD 840 500GB Toshiba Desktop 3.5" SATA 6GB/s 3TB 7200RPM 64M... Pioneer BDXL Corsair H100i 
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Windows 7x64 SP 1 Dell U3011 Duckyshine Year of the Snake Corsair 1200i 
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