that cpu will choke big time in Hitman. even my 2500k at 4.4 cannot maintain 60 fps for some areas and thats more than twice the cpu power of a stock Q9550.
Q9550 is a severe bottleneck at that graphic fidelity. I upgraded from a Q9550 to a 2500k and the results were astonishing. I realize you probably don't to spend the money to get off the LGA775 chipset, but right now you're GTX295 is mostly going to waste.
lol, I am not some noob here. yes maxed with MSAA and max shadows the game would certainly not stay above 60 fps from a gpu standpoint. I was running settings that my gpu could easily stay above 60 fps on though. the few places where it has dipped below 60 fps on those settings has been because the cpu. I can lower the res to 1280 in those spots and have the same framerate.Considering a GTX 680 can't even maintain 60 FPS with everything maxxed at 1080p, I don't think the CPU is the biggest concern here.