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I'd say RAM and cpu upgrade for now. Your x1900gt, while a bit older, should keep up okay with the games you mentioned with a faster (and hopefully dual-core) cpu. I'd say my 1950pro isn't that much better than your gfx card (I think only the memory bandwidth is different), and I can play crysis on medium settings (some low) @ 1280x1024 with an average of above about 40 fps in the crysis bench with my CPU at 3.0GHz). So I'd say RAM and CPU are more important at this point for system longevity than a graphics card upgrade.
    
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If it was me, especially given that DDR>$ than DDR2, I'd scrap the 939 and look for a cheap mobo (like an ecs p33) and c2d combo deal. Look for a known good overclocking processor like the e2180, two sticks of decent ddr2-6400, and the cheapest 9600GT you can find. Should be able to pull that off for under $300 no problem. Then you'll be basically up-to-date or close to it, and that setup, overclocked, would handily beat an opty 170 with 8800GT in most situations, and lag behind it only very rarely.
    
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If it was me, especially given that DDR>$ than DDR2, I'd scrap the 939 and look for a cheap mobo (like an ecs p33) and c2d combo deal. Look for a known good overclocking processor like the e2180, two sticks of decent ddr2-6400, and the cheapest 9600GT you can find. Should be able to pull that off for under $300 no problem. Then you'll be basically up-to-date or close to it, and that setup, overclocked, would handily beat an opty 170 with 8800GT in most situations, and lag behind it only very rarely.
Good idea. I guess it depends on how much they have to spend, and how much they'll have to spend in the future. To be honest, for gaming, I didn't see a huge change in games when I went from my previous S939 4400+ X2 to my current e2180. Other things I saw a huge difference in--benchmarks and video converting (not surprising given a couple factors--faster CPU, and possibly my gpu is the limiting factor in gaming performance). But still, it more or less kept up with current games. So if he can get a CPU and RAM (2GB) for less than a new intel setup, then it's understandable to do so. Of course, if it is more or less equal in price, then I'd say of course, upgrade.

@OP--how much do you have/would you be willing to spend?
    
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