Upgrading 8800 GTS - looking for help/suggestions

I've spent some time looking into the 5k/6k series AMD and 400/500 series GeForce GPUs and I am a little lost in terms of comparing these to the 8800 GTS.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: as soon as I decide what to get
BUDGET RANGE: looking for sub-$100 cards since I'm upgrading such an old machine. sub-$80 would be even better. This can be after rebates.
USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming mostly, it was originally built for WoW (no longer play).

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY:
GPU - 8800 GTS
PSU - Antec True Power Trio TP3-650 650W

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS:
CPU:Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale OC @3.8
FSB @ 423 w/ 9x cpu multiplier (OC @ 3.8)
Mobo:GIGABYTE GA-EP35C-DS3R Rev 2.1 Bios F4
I've found conflicting posts about whether the 2.1 pcie standard is supported by my board. I do know it will only run @ 1.1 though.
RAM:6GB OCZ Reaper HPC DDR2
running at just over 800Mhz to support OC

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: amazon.com, newegg.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: U.S.

PARTS PREFERENCES: whatever gets the job done!

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1080p native, running newer games @ 1024x768

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I am trying to squeeze the last bit of life out of it before I bite the bullet and buy a new machine. Hoping to get about 10-15 more fps in mechwarrior online (sitting around 0-9 FPS in combat on low settings).

According to the mechwarrior public forums:
Quote:

MechWarrior Online Minimum System Spec:

CPU:

Core 2 Duo E6750 2.66GHz

Athlon II X2 245e

GPU:

GeForce 8800GT

Radeon HD 5600/5700

RAM: 4 GB

OS: Windows Vista 32-bit

DirectX: DX9

HDD Space: 4 GB
MechWarrior Online Recommended System Spec:

CPU: Core i3-2500 AMD Athlon II X4 650

GPU: GeForce GTX 285 Radeon HD 5830

RAM: 8 GB OS: Windows 7 SP-1 64-Bit

DirectX: DX9

HDD Space: 4 GB

Right now a duo core system is our minimum spec machine but it is also our main focus of concern. It is playable on those specifications and I have tested it myself but it is currently very much a minimum spec type of experience running on low-detail settings. It’s obvious that a Quad core system is the key as even the earliest Core 2 Quad systems run the game very well and it is our goal (since there are still so many out there), to optimize the Core 2 Duo systems to run much faster.
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  1. Ended up just adding another 2gb of the same ram to get it back in dual channel, upgrading the gpu, and buying a SSD. Thanks for reading all! :)
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