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I game on a 40 inch Plasma TV 60Hz refresh rate and since since my PC is running most games at 100+ fps average @ 1080p I was thinking about buying an HDTV with a refresh rate of 120hz

Question 1: is it worth buying an HDTV 120Hz for gaming? will it improve experience given the high refresh rate combined with 100+ fps from games?

Question 2: how important is the response time? I know the lower the better, but would 6ms or so be acceptable?
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No, it is not worth buying a HDTV 120Hz for gaming, I don't believe there are any "real" 120Hz TVs yet. TVs make artificial frames between real frames, for the appearance of 120 Hz. Which introduces a lot of input lag when gaming.

It is worth buying a 120Hz monitor with low input, as these are real 120Hz refresh rates, not artificial.

Here is a guide on the other hand to essentially overclock your 120 Hz TV in an attempt to make it a real 120 Hz.
http://www.blurbusters.com/faq/120hz-pc-to-tv/

I also don't think you can do this properly with a standard HDMI 1.4 cable, it only supports the 3D type of 120 Hz, 60 Hz per eye.
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Correct, virtually all 120Hz, 240Hz, 480Hz, etc TVs use interpolation to create additional frames from a 60Hz source. This is NOT what you want for PC. Your GPU can put out 120Hz so you want a display that will display only what your video card is providing and not performing any post-processing (which increase input lag).
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No, it is not worth buying a HDTV 120Hz for gaming, I don't believe there are any "real" 120Hz TVs yet. TVs make artificial frames between real frames, for the appearance of 120 Hz. Which introduces a lot of input lag when gaming.

It is worth buying a 120Hz monitor with low input, as these are real 120Hz refresh rates, not artificial.

Here is a guide on the other hand to essentially overclock your 120 Hz TV in an attempt to make it a real 120 Hz.
http://www.blurbusters.com/faq/120hz-pc-to-tv/

I also don't think you can do this properly with a standard HDMI 1.4 cable, it only supports the 3D type of 120 Hz, 60 Hz per eye.

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I game on a 40 inch Plasma TV 60Hz refresh rate and since since my PC is running most games at 100+ fps average @ 1080p I was thinking about buying an HDTV with a refresh rate of 120hz

Question 1: is it worth buying an HDTV 120Hz for gaming? will it improve experience given the high refresh rate combined with 100+ fps from games?

Question 2: how important is the response time? I know the lower the better, but would 6ms or so be acceptable?

Q1: Not worth if it's interpolated 120Hz like most normal HDTV's (not true 120hz), you need to turn that 120Hz feature off to get the inputlag as low as possible when gaming on a TV.

If it's a overclockable TV: maybe...

See blurbuster website that is posted here earlier

Q2: Inputlag is more important than response time imo.
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