System Upgrade or Replacement time, advice needed

My graphics card appears to be acting up (freeze, crash etc.., on games that have had no issue before, temp replacement card fixed problem) and this has given me the itch to upgrade my computer. This will be my first upgrade since assembling the computer in 2009. Budget is important to me and keeping the cost as closer to $1,000 than $1,500 would be nice.

I am looking for advice as to what to upgrade, in which order, taking into consideration age, potential bottlenecks, and value for the money when replacing parts. If I should replace the CPU to the limits of the current Motherboard or take this opportunity to replace it as well, cost is a consideration. I do not over clock or tweak any settings manly because it is outside of my current skill set. It is also ok to tell me there is nothing worth saving from the current computer.

One option I am considering is to make this “new” computer a dual boot Windows 7 / XP, another option is to keep it as a XP only and deal with OS upgrade another day, or bite the bullet and make it a Win 7 only (assuming all my old software will actually work in Win 7).

Uses; general office use + games such as Civ 4, WoW, Guild Wars 2, (sometimes old games in a Dos Box) etc… very rarely if ever play an FPS.

Below is my current system all advice appreciated.

Windows XP Media Center Edition 32 Bit

MB GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3L 775 P45 RT
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128345

CPU INTEL C2D E8500 3.16G 775 45N R
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115036

VGA EVGA 896-P3-1255-AR GTX260 RT
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130434

PC Power and Cooling SILENCER 750W QUAD S75CF Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341011

CASE ANTEC THREE HUNDRED BK RT
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042

MEM 2X2G MUSHKIN 996587 R
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820146731

HD 640G WD WD6401AALS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319

SAMSUNG SH-S223Q/BEBS 22X SATA DVD Burner Black Drive

CPUCOOLER ARCTIC P4 ACFZ7-PRO R


Thank you in advance for your advice
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  1. i see some parts can be reused :
    - PSU silencer 750w
    - case antec
    - hdd 640GB
    - DVD burner

    things to upgrade :
    - cpu to intel i5
    - mobo to h77
    - graphic card to gtx 660 or radeon 7870
    - 128GB ssd
    - 2x4GB 1600 ram
    - win 7 64 bit OS

    do you agree ?
  2. http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/endofsupport.aspx

    It's advisable for all the "straglers" to junk the XP systems (sure re-use the basics) and make 7 their new long term OS. The future looks dark.
  3. Thank you.. why I am thinking of a dual boot system. Keeping XP for some legacy programs and Win 7 for most everything else.

    Unless of course the "virtual XP" is just as good as a Dual Boot.

    And Windows 8 should or should not be considered?

    Thoughts?

    Update:
    Found this link for "Hyper V" - it appears to be the way to run XP software in Win 8. Does it compare well with Win 7 XP Mode?
    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36188
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