Actually if you look at a TN panel (ex. V2400W) vs. a VA panel (ex. FP241W) you *will* deduce a difference in color contrast, color reproduction, viewing angles, etc. I saw the two next to each other in person and the differences were striking! TNs are in general, better for gaming though.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a FP241W so I am going home with a Samsung 2443BW as I type this.
As for your “lottery” statement, that is/was true: for certain models, the manufacturer would have the nerve to use two completely *different* panel types. (rolling eyes)
I guess you are one of those that get bothered by noise easily; either that or your fan is broken! (check for dust lately?) Mine is not noisy at all on stock, but I realize it’s a matter of opinion. I just added a second 12cm fan to the front of my case to cool my hard drives, and that fan wasn’t noticeable either.