Looking for help to upgrade my computer

Hello, I have no idea how computers work but I want to upgrade mine. Specifically I am looking to upgrade it so it can handle World of Warcraft better (a decent fps at high settings). I have this 2-3 year old computer:
http://www.amazon.com/Dell-Professional-Professionally-Refurbished-Refurbisher/dp/B0057GPUXE or
http://reviews.cnet.com/desktops/dell-optiplex-960-mt/4507-3118_7-34139857.html.
I want to know what I would have to do to upgrade it to play the world of Warcraft game. I am assuming the main thing is changing the graphics card but I am not sure if it would handle a better graphics card, Also being a novice I want to know how easy it is to upgrade it and if it cost effective (or if it is better to buy a new desktop altogether) .

Anyways I would really appreciate if you could be as thorough as possible as in give names of graphics cards I could upgrade to, the prices etc

THANK YOU!!
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  1. I looked it up and the graphics card slot is only a PCI-E x16 1.0. Had it been a 2.0 slot I would have reccomended a AMD 7750 graphics card but as it is now I highly reccomend a new build from scratch. Granted, you can TRY the 7750 GPU in your Optiplex and see if it runs the game well but im not sure it will. If you do, try this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131461 it's $100

    Edit: I reccomend the 7750 because it's the most powerful GPU on the market that doesnt require a PCI-E power connector, a big plus for the 300 watt PSU in the computer you have now. And it's single slot.
  2. is there a desktop I could buy under say 300-400 dollars that would handle wow better than if I upgraded it to 7750?
  3. Dead you have one major problem with the card you listed. It's not low profile and he has a slim case. So normally I'd recommend something better than a 7750 but that's the best you can put in your computer. This one will work
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161418
  4. This topic has been moved from the section Graphics & Displays to section Systems by Mousemonkey
  5. Alright so all I need to do is upgrade to the 7750 gpu? No new ram or PSU?

    edit: Someone suggested that I upgrade my PSU to this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371045
    and then go with the 7770
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102967
    Would that work?
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