So yesterday I received my new "SAPPHIRE Radeon 6950 OC Edition" this is the first major upgrade to my graphics...WOW this thing is incredible. So I use FRAPS to check the frame rates on all my games. Skyrim and Dirt 3 lock to 60 FPS on both low and ultra high settings and sometimes "twitch" to 59 lol, not that im complaining about 60 FPS but I feel like Im not getting the best out of this card. Battlefield 3 gets 90+ on ultra for some reason (without AA), I even tried lower end games, even Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 locks at 45 with the settings set to both low and high and Diablo II locks at 25? wtf? Grand Theft Auto San Andreas locks at 60, So why does this happen, I have already updated all the drivers off the AMD website, it automatically detected and installed them.
For the games looked @ 60, make sure you don't have V-Sync enabled. V-Sync synchronize the FPS to your monitors refresh rate. MW3 I had the same issue, didn't figure out why I have HD 6950 too. For D3 there's some bugs being solved right now with Blizzard a member here reported 35 FPS with GTX 670.
ok, if you monitor can do 60Hz, that means it can refresh the image 60 times per second. if your gpu is doing more than that it may create tearing (where the screen is trying to show two images at the same time).
You can get 120hz monitors (that are meant to be a lot smoother even in the desktop) here every frame up to 120fps will be shown.
120hz monitors are also typically 3d capable.
Your proposed monitor is 60hz regardless of resolution (often lower res support higher res, mine hits 75hz at lower res for instance)
that's fine then, be prepared for it in other games. If you v-synched it then you'd get what your monitor can display and no more, and probably maintain cpu resources free for when it does need a frame. There is no harm in v-synch if you can maintain 60. if you are always below 60 then turn it off. Nvidia's adaptive v-synch solves that problem.