Upgrade of CPU or Graphic Card more feasible?

Hello all,
this is my first post here, so please forgive any rookie mistakes I might make.

My current system is as follows:

CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 2.5 Ghz
Graphics: Radeon HD 6870
RAM: 8 GB DDR2 (2 x 4)
Motherboard: Acer WG43M
PSU: 530W (Be Quiet I think)

So here is my question. I kind of have the feeling that my system could use a hardware upgrade, and considering that my RAM is still DDR2 and my motherboard doesn't allow many more upgrades combined with my CPU being a bit dated I figured that upgrading the motherboard along with the RAM and CPU would be a feasible thing to do.
On the other hand, would I get more of an improvement in gaming experience if I firstly upgraded the Graphics card? It is a bit newer than the rest, still a few years old, and it shows.
So from what upgrade could I expect the most improvement? All this is with gaming in mind, and also playing on 1080p.

Many thanks in advance!
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  1. You will get more raw preformance with a new gpu, but you will get masive stuters and bottlnecks if you plan on buying a decent gpu
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    I used to have a similar motherboard on an old computer. If you do decide to upgrade your GPU, make sure you get it from a place with a good return policy. I had some serious issues with my aging motherboard running a new GPU.... it just wouldn't work and there was nothing I could do to get it to work. I was stuck with a new unused GPU until I was able to build a new computer from scratch.
  3. Thank you for your input! Any more opinions?

    Would my CPU severly bottleneck a lets say R9 380?
  4. In most newer games, especially open world ones i would say you'd gea bit of bottlnecking, you will still get more preformance with upgrading the gpu first though, you will just get frame drops which are preatty annoying.
    So basicly your options are either get a new cpu and play games at very slightly higher setting smoothly, or get a new gpu and play games on much higher settings but with more stuttering (if the gpu works with your mobo)
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