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Upgrading an old compaq presario cq5320f

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Hi I have an old compaq presario cq5320f that I wanted to upgrade the power, graphics card and memory. Can anyone share some links to these so I can purchase them. 

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@Jonr2134 , welcome to the forum.

 

Here is the Product Specifications page: https://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c01949110

 

It has all of the compatible processors and memory listed in the sections titled "Processor upgrade information" and "Memory upgrade information".  Here is the memory that is recommended by Crucial Memory: https://www.crucial.com/compatible-upgrade-for/hP---Compaq/presario-cq5320f

 

The maximum memory supported by the motherboard is 4 GB.  I don't believe that you will see much performance increase with an additional 1 GB of memory.  On the other hand, an upgrade to a Quad core processor would probably help considerably: AMD Phenom II X4 9xx/9xxe/8xx Quad-Core (Deneb).  I am not certain how available they will be at this point.

 

You can buy any standard ATX power supply unit (PSU).  I like Corsair products.  A fully modular PSU is best in smaller mid-size cases because you only have to use the cables that are absolutely necessary.

 

I suggest that you consider upgrading you hard drive (HDD) to a Solid-state Driver (SSD).  Crucial has several listed in the link that I provided.  Here is a HP Knowledge Base article to help you with the transition: https://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Desktop-Knowledge-Base/Upgrading-Desktop-or-Laptop-to-a-SSD/ta-p/73048...

 

I will never have another computer without a SSD boot drive.  It will increase boot speed and moving between pages while browsing.

 

As for a video card, you are very limited.  All of the newer cards require UEFI in the motherboard instead of a standard Legacy BIOS: https://www.howtogeek.com/56958/HTG-EXPLAINS-HOW-UEFI-WILL-REPLACE-THE-BIOS/

 

The last series of cards to not require UEFI were the GTX 660/670's.

 

Truthfully, I an not certain how much performance increase you will see with the upgrades, except for the SSD.  The computer was released in 2009.  A computer is only as good as its weakest link and yours is the motherboard.

 

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