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Is core 2 quad q9550 a good choice for new games?

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January 2, 2013 7:12:19 AM

:)  :)  Hello, I'm upgrading my core 2 duo cpu to a core 2 quad q9550 2.83 and I have a nvidia gts 450 graphics card and I have some questions about the c2q:
Is it good for new games like gta 4 and gta 5 and battefield 2?
and would it do me good for future games?
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January 2, 2013 8:12:37 AM

It'll suffice for now, but it'll have to be overclocked to do the more modern games. I would replace your motherboard & CPU with either a Core i3 3220 or a 3450 - you'd get much better framerates, you could basically put any graphics card with it, and it'll keep you from paying more money to upgrade in a year a two.
Hope I was of help!
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January 2, 2013 8:39:23 AM

I would recommend get new mobo + cpu.even i3 3220 is good for games.that quad core will not be future proff.you can get 3rd gen i5 for that price.
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January 2, 2013 10:22:21 AM

It depends on how much you can get the q9550 for. If you can get it cheap, I would overclock it a little and then spend the money for a better graphics card. When the q9550 is clocked to 3.6/3.8(which is easy on most boards), it will be roughly equivalent to a stock i7 940 or 950.

If you're not willing/able to overclock, then you might be looking at a 3 component upgrade, cpu,mobo, graphics card.


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January 2, 2013 11:22:14 AM

bro I'd recommend an i5 3570k ..but you might have to change the mobo as it requires lga 1155 socket...
its the best gaming CPU in budget...
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January 2, 2013 11:33:40 AM

with a GT450, a Q9550 is more than enough in any game.
You will run into serious GPU bottlenecks long before you run into CPU bottlenecks.
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January 2, 2013 12:50:25 PM

The Q9550 is still fine for games.

Can you get better performance from an i5-3570k? Sure, but you basically need to upgrade your motherboard and RAM.

I would say if you get the Q9550 for about 1/3 the cost of upgrading your PC around the Core i5 CPU, then I would say it is worth it.
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April 12, 2013 3:09:24 PM

I'm still using Q9550 with... 260 gtx on 24" LCD. Fantastic. I can play basically any game I want (no dx11) and I don't think to update/upgrade for some time. WHEN I will get to the point that there will be PLENTY of dx11 games (now its like... ONE ;)  , than I will switch to some dx11 and use that computer for another 3 years :) . So in my case I'm going to use that processor for next 5 years. REALLY. BTW. Get the SSD. I put 830 Samsung and Win 7/8 is fantastic. REALLY. Save your money, there are better things to spend them :) 
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