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How much longer until the Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650 will be "obslete"?

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July 23, 2014 3:57:52 PM

Hi, below are my "main" specs.

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650 Processor
2GB OCZ Reaper DDR2 RAM
2GB Kingston HyperX DDR2 RAM
GIGABYTE GA-EP43-UD3L Motherboard
GIGABYTE GTX 670 Graphics Card (Replaced my old Graphics Card in March of 2012, but cannot remember what I had before that as the old Graphics Card was tossed out.)

Also, this machine was built in January of 2010 but I am concerned it is starting to become "obslete" and I need to know when I need to upgrade my system. Thanks.

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July 23, 2014 4:18:45 PM

You look to upgrade approx 24 hours after you find some game or application that does not run well on it.

I have a 1998ish Dell PIII 300Mhz laptop. Obsolete? No. It does exactly what it needs to do, and no more. Interface with the car OBDII serial port.
I have a 2004ish Compaq Sempron something. Obsolete? No...it does exactly what it needs to do...be the house firewall box that sits in the corner.
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July 23, 2014 4:29:56 PM

NotShawn said:
Hi, below are my "main" specs.

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650 Processor
2GB OCZ Reaper DDR2 RAM
2GB Kingston HyperX DDR2 RAM
GIGABYTE GA-EP43-UD3L Motherboard
GIGABYTE GTX 670 Graphics Card (Replaced my old Graphics Card in March of 2012, but cannot remember what I had before that as the old Graphics Card was tossed out.)

Also, this machine was built in January of 2010 but I am concerned it is starting to become "obslete" and I need to know when I need to upgrade my system. Thanks.


Like the vet said. When it can't do what you need from it. Forget about any kind of incremental upgrade to it. You will need to start from scratch with a new, complete build. You did good with 4.5 years. I upgrade about every other week lol.
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July 24, 2014 1:51:04 AM

I'm still using an eight years old q6600@3.0ghz next to my I7. The q6600 bottlenecks my oc'ed 660ti (pretty much equal to 670 quite a lot in cpu intensive tasks. In not too cpu intensive tasks it does too, but not like making games unplayable.
Upgrading is/was not needed, I just found the I7 4790k release to be a nice time to do so. I don't regret the update, though. Those cpu's aren't even comparable to each other.
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July 24, 2014 6:48:28 AM

To be honest, with a bit more Ram and an overclock you will still be able to play tons of games on that.

As others said, its time to upgrade when it cannot do something you want to in an acceptable manner.
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