Want can I do to increase preformance.

So recently I purchased a GTX Geforce 550 ti (the only one i could afford), thinking thats all I could need to run a game fast. Apperently there alot more to it. I really want to increase my CPU or GPU and RAM but im all new to this so Im nto even sure how to or which I should do first. People are using "overclocking" which I don't understand either. Just wondering on any options that you guys have? Thanks a bunch.

Here are my specs by the way.

Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (6.1, Build 7600) (7600.win7_gdr.110622-1503)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: HP-Pavilion
System Model: NY705AA-ABA p6204y
BIOS: BIOS Date: 09/10/09 10:25:18 Ver: 5.43
Processor: Pentium(R) Dual-Core CPU E5400 @ 2.70GHz (2 CPUs), ~2.7GHz
Memory: 6144MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 6144MB RAM
Page File: 2988MB used, 9296MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
User DPI Setting: Using System DPI
System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
DWM DPI Scaling: Disabled
DxDiag Version: 6.01.7600.16385 64bit Unicode

And my graphic card.

Card name: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti
Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip type: GeForce GTX 550 Ti
DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_1244&SUBSYS_15563842&REV_A1
Display Memory: 3793 MB
Dedicated Memory: 977 MB
Shared Memory: 2815 MB
Current Mode: 1600 x 900 (32 bit) (60Hz)
Monitor Name: HP 2009 Series Wide LCD Monitor
Monitor Model: HP 2009
Monitor Id: HWP2827
Native Mode: 1600 x 900(p) (60.000Hz)
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  1. There is not much you can do with a HP since it will not let you overclock CPU and overclocking that GPU would be pointless without CPU overclock.
  2. Unfortunately, the CPU is limiting your system at this point in time. Installing a faster graphic card may give you a small boost in performance, but will mostly be bottlenecked by the slow CPU.

    Other than a new CPU, the only real way to improve performance is to play at lower resolution.
  3. You can upgrade to -
    Intel Core 2 Quad (Y) Q9xxxx

    Intel Core 2 Duo (W) E8xxx

    Intel Core 2 Quad (K) up to Q6600

    Core 2 Duo E6x00 (C) up to E6700

    Core 2 Duo E4x00 (C) up to E4400
  4. ^^

    As long as they are compatible with the HP's motherboard. If the BIOS can recognize those CPUs, then an upgrade would be pointless.
  5. The link does not work. It led to a page that basically stated:

    HP was unable to find the page you wanted. Please view the information below to get support for your product.
  6. Not sure about that, works for me - see if this works if not then copy and paste the computer' model on google - http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c01916920&tmp_task=prodinfoCategory&cc=uk&dlc=en&lc=en&product=4081965

    HP-Pavilion p6204y
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