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should i upgrade my processor or my video card?

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i am looking to upgrade my computer over the summer but i'm not sure if my processor will bottleneck my new gpu.

right now i have
cpu: intel core 2 quad q8200 with 8gb of ram.
gpu: nvidia 9800 GT 512mb ram

my goal is to be able to play borderlands 2 at 1680x1050 at near maxed out.
my price limit is 300-350$.
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Antec Phantom 500 
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I believe that your video card is by far the bigger constraint in terms of gaming, even though your C2Q is getting a bit long in the tooth.
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