Upgrading from GeForce 9500 GT 1GB

At one point and time I was computer savvy but I have fallen way behind on the newest toys in the tech universe. I have this Geforce 9500 GT 1GB in a PCi2 slot and wish to upgrade due to gaming needs escalation in graphical criteria. The problem I am having is poor textures and I have to turn any dynamic shadows off or my frame rate drops to unplayable numbers.

My current system is:
ASUS M4A785-m mother board
AMD Phenom(tm) 9600 Quad Core 2.3GHz
8.00 GB DDR2
nVidia GeForce 9500 GT w/ 1GB
Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
750 watt power

I play MMOs but I am an avid WoW player and Warcraft has problems with over clocked cards so I'm not wanting to back the clock speed.

Also i have it hooked up to a TV via the satellite jack with a composite cable converter so people can watch whats on my screen on the TV as well.

What is the best I can put in here. Money doesn't matter.

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  1. My advice is to change your processor too. Here is the list of the cpu's what your mobo support http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/AMD_AM2Plus/M4A785M/#CPUS
    I recommend that because your processor is weak too for the high demanding games.Buy an Phenom II X4 955 , 965, 970. Before you change the cpu update your bios.
    I recommend you this 560Ti : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125401
  2. Get a Phenom II X6 1100T. ONly good AMD CPU in the last 5 years. I recommend a 560 or 6870/6950.
  3. the beast you could use without bottleneck is probs a 6970 or a 570
  4. Money no object?

    First, what is your Exact PSU? If it is pretty decent stay with it, if it is not, I don't recommend to do any step ahead. Get this:


    Then upgrade your CPU, get this. Why you should upgrade is because you need a good CPU to make a balance to your gaming system:


    (AM2+ Cooler should work well in an AM3 Processor since it uses identical socket. Also if you are asking an AM3 Processor should work well in an AM2+ Motherboard :) )

    Then get this:


    You should be able to achieve what you want with these steps with I think without any over-power things I hope.

    P.S. Make sure you uninstall old graphic card drivers, and update your motherboard's drivers (all!).
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