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So just for example, if i get a good Graphics card will it even increase my gaming performance at all cause of my CPU?
Depends on the game. Oblivion was quite harsh on the CPU but we don't know until it's out. I'd wait for the game and save up some money. I'd say you will have to upgrade both CPU and GPU if you want fluent gameplay with decent settings.

Sidequestion, what resolution will you be gaming at? Lower resolution -> more CPU demanding, higher resolution -> more GPU demanding.
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Hgher Resolution,
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Which do you think is more important for games like Skyrim, just a guess really
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What resolution exactly? If it's full HD resolution then I'd lean towards GPU upgrade
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So just for example, if i get a good Graphics card will it even increase my gaming performance at all cause of my CPU?
Your CPU is a little better then mine was, but my 9600gt was being bottle necked by my athlon x2 5000+ at 3.2GHZ. When I upgraded to my current Rig my FPS were increased by 3-4 times with the same GPU. (20 > 91 FPS in Black ops, 30 > 80 FPS in BC2).
With your current rig if you upgrade to a phenom II x4 CPU + am3+ MOBO your FPS will rise and you'll be able to play games like BF3 easily but you also need a better GPU to play it at more than minimum specs.

Personally I would do the CPU + MOBO + RAM upgrade first and then save up for a better GPU.
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1680 x 1050
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Alright thank you
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Im just hoping i can play it on high if i increase my CPU, Cause im planing on getting a CPU then saving for a really good GPU, what d oyou think, a good idea?
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Also check the power usage of your current GPU and/or CPU and what you plan to upgrade too... If the power usage is higher on the upgrades you plan to put in...you might need to upgrad PSU also.... it depends on the brand and wattage of your current PSU....

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Which do you think is more important for games like Skyrim, just a guess really
I really can't tell. Considering Oblivion I'd say CPU but then again Skyrim has some pretty impressive graphics.

I also had a Athlon X2 3800+ back in the day. It bottlenecked my 8800GT like crazy. I upgraded to a Phenom II X3 and I was so clad I did. I'm not very familiar with the first gen Phenoms so I can't really tell if they would bottleneck one 9800GTX at high resolutions.

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Im just hoping i can play it on high if i increase my CPU, Cause im planing on getting a CPU then saving for a really good GPU, what d oyou think, a good idea?
Wait for the game If you are entirely sure you could get around $150-200 together after CPU upgrade I would do the purchase but otherwise, no.
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