Need Help with Upgrading my Gaming PC

My current build is as follows:

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6420 @ 2.13GHz (No OC)

CPU Cooler: Stock Intel

Motherboard: Abit AB9 (Not Pro)

RAM: 6gb Crucial DDR2-800 (2x1GB, 2x2GB)

Storage: 1x320gb SATA HDD , 2x500gb SATA HDD (RAID 0)

GPU: XFX Radeon HD4650 1GB

Case: Generic Full ATX case with 3x80mm fans and 2x120mm fans

Power Supply: 450 watt FSP Group PSU with 120mm fan

Optical Drive: External USB 2.0 (I prefer this)

Monitor: 2x19" LCD (1366x768)

Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate x64 and Windows 8 Professional x64

Keyboard: Generic USB

Mouse: Generic USB

These are all hand me down parts or extra parts from my daily job. I am just now getting back into PC gaming after a long hiatus due to many changes in my life. I am currently playing Borderlands 2, Diablo 3, and Blacklight Retribution on this rig and loving every minute of it. I would love to play Battlefield 3 and eventually get rid of my Xbox 360. I can tell that I need more power, but not sure where to upgrade and if it is even worth upgrading. I've looked into doing an i3-3220/hd 6870 build, but it is really hard to come up with $5xx right now with a new house and a new baby.

Any input would be appreciated.
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