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A little background:
I bought an ASUS VS247H-P about a year and a half ago. At ~$170 on sale, it was worth the upgrade from my four-year-old HP 21" and has served me well. I like the no-glare matte finish, but the cartoonish (for lack of a better word) colors has always irked me. Brights are too bright, darks are too dark, reds/oranges are especially horrible (OMG Orgrimmar!), and despite my best efforts to calibrate it, I've never been able to get a solid, well-balanced color range.

The situation:
I recently got a new desk/chair combo has me sitting an extra foot or so back from the monitor. Consequently, everything seems that much smaller now, and the once-monstrous 24" monitor now feels much more similar to how the old 21" did before I replaced it. Couple that with a new job and a higher salary, and I'm feeling the itch to upgrade.

I'm mainly looking at 27" screens, and would prefer an IPS panel since from what I can tell they appear to have the best color integrity, and that's what I'm looking for the most. I use it for typical home computing and moderate gaming, mostly MMOs (WoW/World of Tanks) and Strategy (Starcraft, Civ, and the Total War series) with a little bit of Skyrim. My price range is up to about $400, but I'd prefer to keep it closer to $300 in order to minimize wife aggro.

The Questions:
1) Resolution: I've seen a lot of arguments over the merits of 1080p at >24", with a very vocal camp insisting that anything less than 1440p at that size is a waste and looks stretched, fuzzy, or otherwise distorted, another camp swearing it doesn't make a difference, and a group in the middle saying it only matters if you're doing photo/video editing or other things that would really require the higher resolutions. Is there any merit to this? Or is it the sort of thing that the typical user won't notice terribly much.

2) GPU: I'm running a roughly year-old Sapphire Radeon 7850. I imagine 1080p would run the same on 27" as it does on 24", but would it see a drop at 1440?

3) Monitor Selection:
The ASUS MX279H looks appealing because it's 27", IPS panel, comes from a brand I'm familiar with and trust, has attractive styling (although frankly I could do without the silver), and is at a good pricepoint.

The Dell S2740L is also at a good pricepoint (free earbuds too! woot woot!), also IPS, and also gets good reviews on amazon and the egg. My only concern here is the glossy panel. I have blackout curtains I'm planning to install in my office, but I'd still like to minimize glare as much as possible.

The AOC 2757 looks nice, has a great price, and seems to be available at my local Best Buy (I think I'll go try to look at it later today). I don't know the brand, though, so I really can't say much other than that...

I've also seen a TON of off-brand Korean monitors from brands like QNIX and X-STAR, which seem to be made using factory-rejected Samsung PLS panels thrown into cheap cases and re-branded. I'm not usually one to go for off-brands, but I've seen a lot of people here singing these monitors' praises. They boast 27" 1440p PLS panels for less than half what a Samsung or LG product with the same numbers would go for.

Any guidance the good people here can give me would be appreciated.
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I'll keep recommending the Qnix QX2710 and X-Star DP2710 until something better comes along, so that has my vote.

Considering the amount of performance you get for the price, they simply cannot be beat.
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