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?
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!
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.
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