i know it's a little above budget but....http://www.amazon.com/HP-2511x-25-Inch-LED-Monitor/dp/B004G8QO8E/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1360559284&sr=8-1&keywords=hp+2511x
it's beautiful. used in a build for my brother in law. almost didn't give it to him.
I saw that at microcenter today when returning something and picking up a cable. I have to say, wow, it was very nice. The dell ultrasharp was also very nice, as were a couple other monitors. That said, for the price this one definitely has an edge.... Thanks for the recommendation. I just wonder about the longevity... hearing some issues with parts of that monitor dying quickly.