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There is nothing wrong with the Q9650/5870 setup performance. I never drop below 50fps on it and average around the 80fps mark with also spikes towards the 140fps mark depending on the map. With using the same video card in the i5-2500k the min fps I see has changed from 50fps to 100fps. Min fps is the most important thing to look at here.
W4LNUT5, lets hop in the same server and do some comparing. What time zone are you in?
I'm in the EST time zone. I'd be willing to hop on the Overclock.net 32man rush server if you'd like.
I don't doubt that you're seeing those fps, but I'm certain it's not representative of all C2Q's compared to the i5-2500k. I really see your Quad as under performing because of something. My quad is only at 3.2ghz, and it's an older Q6600, and I'm seeing better fps at higher resolution (granted I am using a 480, and not a 570 or 5870)