Which Graphic to Buy?

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Basically, my graphic card is the NVIDIA GeForce 8500gt. It recently died as I got a friend's graphic card and slotted it into my computer and everything's fine. I'm going to be buying a new graphic card and I would like to ask your expert opinion on which card to get. I'm looking for something in the price range of the 8500gt and maybe slightly better. Please give me some suggestions
 

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Hi, it would help greatly if you posted some of your system specs like case form factor (ATX, mATX, etc.) power supply, CPU and operating system. Having said that I am basing this recommendation on the card you are migrating from . The XFX 9600 GSO would be a nice upgrade from the 8500 gt, also it comess with a free copy of Call of Duty 4. An older game but still fun to play and getting something free is as good as it gets.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=747628&SRCCODE=PRICEGRABBER&cm_mmc_o=2mHCjCVybgwTyz__wyCjCVqHCjCdwwp&cpncode=00-328439-2

$29.00 after instant saving and rebate. $50.00 before rebate with free game not bad at all.
 
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Sorry, here's some of the pc specs.

OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit
Motherboard: Gigabyte M57SLI-S4
RAMs: 2.00 GB
PSU: Cooler Master, RS-460-PCAR, 460W
Processor: AMD Athlon 64x2 Dual Core Processor 5400++
Monitor: Dell Computer DELL M782

I'm probably a casual gamer. I play games like Call of Duty. My computer can only play up to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 as it can't do Black Ops due to the graphic card and cpu speed. Is there any other information that you require?
 
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This might sound silly but according to the "can you run it?" diagnostics, it is not only the graphic card but the cpu speed is a little slow for black ops. If I change my graphic card to something that can handle Black Ops; my cpu speed will still be slow and I probably still can't play Black Ops, right? Is there anything I can do to improve the cpu speed?
 
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I see. Thank you for taking the time to explain but wouldn't overclocking effect a graphic card on the long run? Anyhow don't worry about the 8500gt; it's definitely going to be replaced since it can no longer perform and of the fact that it is of 3 years old.
 
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Thank you for your thoughtful suggestion
 
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