Trying to run Grand Theft Auto 4 on My PC


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Ok guys lets start off with my system specs:

Systemax Desktop PC
AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4600+
2.41 GHz
2 MB of Ram
Windows XP Professional
Sound Blaster Audigy Sound Card
Nvidia 7600 GT
250 GB Hard Drive
160 GB Hard Drive
80 GB Hard Drive

The ingame Graphic settings are set as follows:
resolution of 800x600
Texture settings at low
shadow quality set low
draw distance set at 15

With these current settings I am averaging 10 to 15 fps. I get frame rate hits when when I'm in a heavily populated areas. But other than that I can play the game. I'd like to be able to play the game at a higher resolution like say, 1024 x 768 or 1280 x 1024. I'd also like the graphic settings to be increased a little bit so that way I can enjoy a little more detail but still maintain smooth fps. At first I thought maybe a new graphics card is in order but the more I think about it the more I believe I need a new Processor.

The question is which processor should I get thats not expensive? Currently my computer handle games such as Call of Duty 4, Mirrors Edge, Crysis: Warhead, Transformers The Game and Resident Evil 4. All of which I can play at 1280 x 1024 with graphics settings set to medium or high and have really good frame rates and no lag.

I'm gonna have some extra money here pretty soon but I just don't know what kind of processor I should get.