DVI and HDMI are basically the same @ 1080p. Most people use DVI as its a very easy option.. there is no need to specifically use HDMI, espeically when the monitor will have a DVI cable included. I'd prefer the dell, over the "Feature Rich" Asus. The 3D like you said is basically crap, and the speakers are horrible quality, you are much better off using speakers. Once upon a time I used to only game through a headset, now I much prefer using speakers, so if your looking to have a fairly permanent place for your gaming rig, look into getting a set of speakers when you have the cash. The Dell monitor, whilst having less "features" will have much better product support if anything goes wrong, and the build quality really beats most brand and in my opinion Asus. Its kind of like buying a Volvo or a Volkswagen if you have ever heard that expression It may not have the features, but its not gonna break, and by the add chance something goes wrong, it will be fixed easily and quickly.