27" or 24", WQHD or FHD, TN or IPS panel?

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I’d like to replace my generic 24” 60Hz BenQ V2410Eco monitor with something more adequate for my use. As I’m a bit more than a casual gamer, high[er] refresh rate and pixel response rate and low display lag would be my main priorities. But at the same time I wouldn’t want to sacrifice color accuracy. Most if not all gaming monitors use TN technology, which provides the best pixel response and supports refresh rate of 120Hz and higher but at the same time is the worst in terms of viewing angle, contrast and color accuracy. So far I’ve seen only one gaming monitor (Eizo Foris FG2421) with VA panel that seems like a great compromise between the TN and IPS screen technologies. I consider monitors within 500 euro price range but I’m prepared to stretch my budget if this would make a difference.

My system specs:
CPU Intel Core i7-860 2.8GHz
RAM Corsair Vengeance 2x4GB dual-channel DDR3
Video card ATI Radeon HD7870XT (GPU chipset Tahiti LE) with 2048MB VRAM
Primary drive Intel SSD 330 180GB
I sit some 0.8-1 m (2.62-3.28 feet) from the monitor.

1) If I want to buy 27” monitor what resolution should I get? I’ve read that 1920x1080 can look quite pixelated and blocky on 27” monitor and is not as good for general day to day office work.
2) Will my video card be able to run games on high settings at 2560x1440 with acceptable frame rate if I get 27” 2560x1440 monitor?
3) Provided that in games the frame rate at 2560x1440 resolution will not exceed 60, would I be better off with 60 Hz monitor that has better color accuracy and viewing angle than TN panel or will I totally lose on gaming side of things with IPS panel, for instance?