Time to upgrade, but which component first?

hey everyone, just looking for some advice; finally got a job and feel its time to upgrade my pc , with a view to playing this years games at highest settings ( new fallout etc). my question is, what needs to be upgraded first, as im not sure what is bottlenecking my system, and what suggestions for mid-high end components have you?

Vista 32

2gb nividia Ram

core 2 duo E8400 @ 3ghz

GEforce 8800 gts

XP Powersupply ATX 630W Retail SLI,

Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L, P35, Socket-775,ATX, GbLAN, DDR2, ICH9, PCI-Ex1

what needs to be dome first? windows 7+ram? graphics card?
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  1. well i would wait until december to upgrade as ati will release it s 6xxx series and intel will be releasing its new cpus i think, i would wait for black friday on newegg they have some pretty good sales then
  2. Win 7 64.

    Both a core2quad CPU and 4GB RAM would be nice boosts, but they wont be useful when you take the next step and upgrade the CPU/RAM/Motherboard.

    Until you increase the CPU and RAM, upgrading the graphics card will give you limited return on investment.
  3. I would say buy 2gb of RAM and one GTX 460 1gb card, then whenever you upgrade your entire system, add a second 460.
  4. thanks guys
  5. What's your budget. The 8400 is a bit of a bottleneck in modern games.

    If limited -- 2GB more of ram, GTX 460, Windows 7.

    If not -- a total system rebuild would be appropriate at this point.
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