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To be honest you could do with replaceing both CPU and GPU. However you feel about your GPU,it really isn't all that great specially if you want AA specially in teh newer games.
Personally i would change the GPU first, then the CPU.
Also you have really already answered your own question, but not with the answer you would like : "The worst thing seems to be resolution, if I run games at something like 1024x768 everything is fast and smooth but the picture is awfull thanks to my monitor being a flat panel. If a better CPU above all will help run native resolution with out lag then job done." That means that your main probolem is with the GPU. Yes your CPU is weak but changing it would not do too much to improve the situation
Hmmm yeah I guess if a better CPU will not reduce lag in higher res then the answer would be a better GPU, one that can run 1650x1080 without lagging.
It just annoys me that the main problem being my monitor letting me down, if I had a CRT I could run lower res and keep a quality picture!
I cant use any scaling options in the NVidia control panel as the monitor is VGA only and not DVI, I'd quit happily put up with black bars top and bottom.
Atleast you have answered my question even if as you say not the answer I was hoping for, upgrading the CPU I want to do soon anyway but not the GPU also or even a new monitor for the sake of a DVI cable!