Need help upgrading my old gaming PC (xps 630i)

Long story short, my aging dell xps 630i simply can't handle newer games like Battlefield 3, but I haven't got enough cash for a new system.

What new components should I buy to get the most out of my system? I have around 400+ dollars to spend (although things are generally more expensive here in Norway, compared to stock american prices)


I think this is all the important stuff:

GPU HD 3870x2
Processor Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E8500
RAM 4gb
PSU 750w
storage: Some basic 500gb thing
Motherboard Nvidia nforce 650i ( I think)
OS Name Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate
Version 6.1.7601 Service Pack 1 Build 7601
System Manufacturer Dell Inc
System Model XPS 630i
System Type x64-based PC

All help is aprechiated.
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  1. This topic has been moved from the section Computer Brands to section Systems by Area51reopened
  2. Other than video looks strong. E8500 is not a small cpu even now. When you go to replace the E8500 you'll need MB, CPU, Memory and that would shoot the $400 w/o leaving enough for the video you need. http://www.neoseeker.com/Articles/Hardware/Reviews/intel_e8500/

    Recommended config for Battlefield 3 is:
    OS: Windows 7 64-bit
    Processor: Quad-core Intel or AMD CPU
    RAM: 4GB
    Graphics card: DirectX 11 Nvidia or AMD ATI card, Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 or ATI Radeon 6950.

    If you drop the 3870x2 (good choice, you got a long life from those) and replace with hd6950 or GeForce GTX 570 or pair of 6850s... you should be more than playable.
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