Low FPS on Star Wars The Old Republic, How to fix?

Ok, thought I could handle ToR with my NVidia 9800GTX+ with my 24inch Samsung LED monitor at 1920x1200 resolution. However, as I tried grouping with friends for my first boss I was at 3-5 frames per second, nearly impossible to tank with. Thus, with the support of my wife to upgrade my system I come to my fellow gamers.
What should I do to optimize my system? I've heard arguments both for the NVidia GTX 560 TI as well as the ATI Radeon 6950 are good options. I thought about adding in more RAM but I'm at the limit for my motherboard with 4gig DDR 1066 (2 x OCZ Platinum 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit), motherboard is about 5 years old. Is this a quick fix or is it just time to rebuild?

My dxdiag results:
Card name: NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX/9800 GTX+
Display Memory: 512.0 MB
Current Mode: 1920 x 1080 (32 bit) (60Hz)
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz (4 CPUs)
Memory: 3070MB RAM
Page File: 2642MB used, 2313MB available
DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
Operating System: Windows XP Professional (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 3 (2600.xpsp_sp3_gdr.111025-1629)

My wife's computer, which has no issues, is only one step up from mine, but it is attached to a 19inch LCD. Here's her dxdiag results
Card name: ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series
Display Memory: 1024.0 MB
Current Mode: 1280 x 1024 (32 bit) (75Hz)
Processor: AMD Phenom(tm) II X3 720 Processor, MMX, 3DNow (3 CPUs), ~2.8GHz
Memory: 3326MB RAM
Page File: 2353MB used, 2856MB available
DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
Operating System: Windows XP Professional (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 3 (2600.xpsp_sp3_gdr.111025-1629)

Your assistance is greatly appreciated, I'd really like to not have to build a computer this month to play with friends...but I'll do what it takes...
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  1. You're going to be a bit limited by your processor and memory but I think that a graphics card upgrade alone will get you a big improvement on games. A 560 is a good choice, but you may even be able to find an older 460 now that that line is getting discontinued. I saw some 460s at Frys a couple of weeks ago at big discounts. You could go bigger than that on the graphics card but I think that you'll be processor/memory limited. Are you overclocking your processor and memory at all? What chipset is your mother board running?
  2. its not the cpu its the gfx... the 98gt maxes out at 1080i yes your screen will register it at 1080p but it is receiving a 30hz interlaced signal from the card meaning your never gonna get above 40fps at that rez. drop the rez to a maximum of 1680/1050 and you should notice a pickup in fps. also drop your gfx settings to minimum and start increasing them 1 at a time till you have acceptable visuals and playable fps..
    you have a q6600 which is now classed as mid entry level gaming quad. but your gfx is minimum required. if you can upgrade your gfx to a maximum of a gtx 460, anything more and you will likley bottleneck the cpu on some games.
  3. Sadly, my motherboard or video card just died a few hours ago, I no longer get anything from the POST, just a series of long beeps. So now I am building a new PC and making this a moot point. Thanks for your comments!
  4. what was the beep code? how many beeps and how long. long beeps last a second or more. short about .5 of a second.
  5. Haven't tried this yet, but according to all the attention it's getting on the SWTOR forums, I'm excited to try it...

    Set the Launcher and SWTOR.exe to run in Windows XP SP3 compatibility mode.

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