Did some research over the week and I've come upon these nice monitors.
3. I prefer HDMI over DVI, but if there isn't an hdmi port then I'm fine with DVI, all for the sake of getting nice refresh rates (or am I missing something here.
I think you are missing something. DVI and HDMI are pretty much the same thing (datawise) when it comes to video. HDMI carries an audio signal. Even then you'll need a video card that outputs audio through the HDMI port correctly if you are going to be using it that way. Otherwise you lose nothing with DVI nor do you gain any with HDMI in terms of image quality or refresh rate or any of those things.