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Can the Intel C2Q Q9550 still handle today's games?

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I just bought a Q9550 off eBay for a great deal. Can it still handle AAA titles, when paired with a EVGA GTX 750ti SC? What settings could I play on? Thanks.
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  1. If you can overclock it it should be OK. The 750ti is going to hold you back at 1080p. More GPU will make the most difference R9-285 or whatever is at that level now will make a huge difference. You didn't say what motherboard or memory you have. There can be a lot of difference there on a computer old enough to run that CPU.
  2. It will play them, but you're not going to be getting great frames and the CPU is by far the weaker piece. That's kind of a meager setup for AAA titles at 1080p, but you can probably run games adequately on low or bump the resolution down to 720p.
  3. I agree 750ti is a very nice card at 720p. It will take about 3,7GHz and an R9-285 to hold 30fps in Firestrike though. But if you can keep the resolution down you should be OK.
  4. Addressed to everyone:

    I will be playing at 768p and with 8GB DDR3 RAM. The motherboard can't OC, as it is a Dell C27VV (OEM).
  5. teflonfrog said:
    Addressed to everyone:

    I will be playing at 768p and with 8GB DDR3 RAM. The motherboard can't OC, as it is a Dell C27VV (OEM).


    I think you'll be fine then, but you still won't get great frame rates in multiplayer AAA titles like BF1 because of the cpu, it's just too weak to handle that many instructions.
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    From experience I can tell you this, with my OCed Q6600 @3.4Ghz + an old HD 4850 I had 13-60 fps (most of the time 30fps) on Assassins Creed Black Flag at 1280x720 all low quality, the same old HD4850 with my then non Oced FX-8320 I got 60-130fps at same res all on high.

    The first Core architecture is way too far behind for current games.
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