Cpu or gpu?

So I'm looking to build my first gaming pc. I've been operating under a budget of about 700 dollars (I still need an OS, so only 600 for parts) but I suddenly came into some extra money and now I have an additional 100 bucks to spend. I can't decide if I should put it into the cpu or the video card.....I do want to do a reasonable amount of multitasking. The extent will likely be fraps, a game, and some browser tabs. With this in mind, should I upgrade from an i3 to an i5? Or, alternatively, should I upgrade from a 6870 to something like a 7850?
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  1. ct1615 said:
    how about both and split the cost for an entry i5 (still plenty fast for any modern game) and the AMD 6950?

    I3 + AMD 6870 = $290 out the door

    i5 2400 + AMD 6950 = $390 out the door



    Hmm. What's the performance difference between the i5 2310 and the 2400? I'm trying to save every bit I can here XD
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