About to upgrade CPU. What should be replaced first?

Hi. I've been thinking of replacing the components of my CPU. I was thinking of replacing the motherboard and the graphics card for better gaming experience, though I tend to play lighter games with less eye-ripping graphics. Just so you know how bad is my computer, Need for Speed The Run still lags even when running it with the lowest possible graphics and 640x480 screen resolution, ha ha. I'd be happy to play those kind of games in medium/high graphics. No need for very high/ultra graphics.

Operating Sytem : Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
BIOS : Bios Date: 12/04/08 Ver 08.00.14
Processor : Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q9400 @ 2.66 GHz (4 CPUs) ~ 2.7 GHz
Memory : 4096MB
Page file : 2223MB used, 5965MB Available
DirectX Version : Direct X 11
Motherboard : Intel P5QSE

Name : ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series
Manufacturer : Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
Chip Type : ATI display adapter 0x9440
DAC Type : Internal DAC (400MHz)
Approx Total Memory : 2296 MB
Current Display Mode : 1360 x 768 (32 bit) (60Hz)
Monitor : Generic PnP Monitor
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  1. Here's the components you'll need to look at for an upgrade
    1) Motherboard,- see CPU comment below
    2) CPU, the Intel P5QSE only supports up to your current processor an upgrade will require new motherboard also
    3) Ram, the Intel P5QSE uses DDR2 ram, current motherboards use DDR3
    4) Operating System, unless you have the retail version of Windows, you'll need a new license
    You can upgrade the graphics later since those upgrades alone should improve your gaming experience a bit. Conversely, you can get the most expensive graphics card you can afford and throw it onto your current system which should also provide some kind of improvement (and give you a goal for the rest of your upgrades)
    Hope it helps
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