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Old 04-17-2012, 08:16 PM   #1
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HP Pavilion a6040n PC specifications - HP Home & Home Office Products

This is what I currently have.

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of WarŪ II

This is what I want to run on max settings.

What can I keep/upgrade to minimize cost, but still have a machine that can run this game in optimum settings?

Just want to keep things compatible with pre-existing hardware.

Preferably no more than $400, but if needed, I will go as high as $700... (Ouch, but I will make it happen gradually over-time)

To my understanding, the two things that need to be upgraded, is the processor to a 3.6ghz dual core, and the video card to meet 512mb.

Any any of you know of that would meet the required specs to max it out, but still be compatible with pre-existing stuff, and minimize cost?
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Old 04-17-2012, 10:02 PM   #2
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Will this upgrad kit work with the rest of the stuff?

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Old 04-17-2012, 10:14 PM   #3
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Is all of this compatible?
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EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) FPB 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
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Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit - OEM
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McAfee Antivirus Plus 2012 - 1 User
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COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel ...
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AMD FX-4100 Zambezi 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor FD4100WMGUSBX
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Old 04-18-2012, 04:22 PM   #4
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all is compatible but i would skip out on the anti virus and pick up a new case for the pc, i couldnt find any specifics on the form factor the hp case supports for the motherboard. Also if you are not planning on overclocking your cpu, i dont think you will need the aftermarket heatsink cooler because the cpu comes with a stock one and the stock AMD heatsink coolers are good
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"stock AMD heatsink coolers are good" - I have seen random comments online negating this, but my previous stock was able to keep a fair amount of control over a Phenom II x4, so that's something.
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