Should I upgrade cpu/gpu/ram?

Hello, lately I've been thinking about upgrading my computer, specifically to play modern games at better detail. I don't have unlimited resources of course, but I should be able to upgrade 1 or 2 parts, but first, I need to know which parts to upgrade to get the best result!

And so I've come here to ask:
My current setup is a few years old.
Intel Pentium Dual CPU E2180 2.00 GHz (LGA 775)
ATI Radeon 3870 HD (512 MB)
2 GB DDR2 RAM
PSU: 500W

Now, I would like to get some more performance and FPS in games. So I ask you, what do you think I should upgrade first? Thanks for all responses in advance!
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  1. How much do you have to spend and what resolution are you playing at?

    The GPU should make the biggest apparent difference in games, but the CPU is still a big limitation. You might be able to pick up a used Core 2 Quad and a solid GPU used on here or other forums for a decent price. Again, I have no idea in terms of your price range.
  2. I'd like to be looking at 250$ tops, but realistically about 200$. Right now, I play at 1440x900 (wide) res. Thanks for your reply.
  3. AMD Athlon II X4 640 ~$100 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103871
    ASUS M5A78L-M LX AM3+ ~$65 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131728
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 ~ $25 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231274
    SAPPHIRE 100323L Radeon HD 6570 1GB DDR3 ~$50 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102934

    This would work for around $240.
  4. That looks very balanced and for a reasonable price. Only problem is that I'm from Europe and newegg doesn't support international shipping. Any ideas?
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