max upgrades for Compaq Presario CQ5210F?

hi good day..
the internal hard drive of my Compaq Presario CQ5210F desktop got failure.

my questions are
1. can i replace my old 500gb hard drive to a WD Green 4TB Desktop Internal Hard Drive or a 2 - 3 TB with a 7,200 RPMs hard drive ?

2. do i need to change my power supply if i put the 2-4TB hard drive on my Presario CQ5210F desktop?

on january - feb i plan to build a gaming CPU since my Presario CQ5210F desktop are very old and outdated. since its only DDR2. i originally plan to buy a 2-4 TB internal storage device for my gaming CPU.

3rd question, can i buy a latest 2-4 TB internal hard drive and put it on my Presario CQ5210F desktop for now then later when i already build my gaming CPU and transfer it?

i read that latest GPU as backwards compatibility,

can i install Redeon R9 270X 2gb DDR5 GPU on my Presario CQ5210F desktop?

(cause im playing Ragnarok online game and i got lag when ever i play in War of emperium)

last if i put the GPU Redeon R9 270x on it, will it stop my lagging issues?
(my internet is stable i can play it without any lags if few only players are around)

thank you for you answers
sorry im new in the computer world.
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  1. Hi, I may suggest you to do anything you want to do with your upcoming system, but the current one.

    I think a 2TB drive with 7200RPM will be safe but not 3/4 TB drives (your current system) cause drives larger than 2.2TB needs to be formatted in GPT partition, and for that GPT format, you must have a UEFI BIOS on MB. I doubt you have a UEFI BIOS on MB.

    No, you don't have to replace the PSU for the HDD to run.

    Yes you can transfer the drive later on your new system, but you will need to do a repair install of OS.

    I don't think or almost certain that you cant install R9 270x on your current system, cause your PSU wont support the GPU. And yes all GPU's are forward/backward compatible.

    And lastly if I live that long (jan-feb 2014) I will help you to pick a rocking system. See you. Good luck.
  2. yes, stick to 2tb drives. Their price is the sweet spot for drives and you wont have issues on the old or new system with them. You can even get an SSHD in 7200rpm if you wanted to see really fast boot times.
  3. thanks mr. lonewolf for more detailed information.. i understand i bit more about my unit..

    my follow up question is.
    if ever i change my PSU to a 500-650 watts can i use the R9 270x 2gb DDR5 with my current unit or still not?
    or how about Redeon HD 7790 1gb can i use it on my current desktop or do i still need to change its PSU?
    R9 270X or HD 7790 will since i only plan to use it in playing Ragnarok online game.. so i really dont need any high end GPU..
    of if there is more cheaper GPU that will let me play Ragnarok game without any lag.. (even on /effect off setting will do) my budget for GPU is 100-200$ only XD
    any advice will do thanks

    i plan to buy a hard drive, 500-650 watts PSU and a GPU this week end, then after two weeks processor and mobo then so on till i have them all..
    so i really need of some advices.
  4. Best answer
    Radeon R9-270X - requires 24 Ampere on +12V rail and a 500W PSU minimum and requires a single PCI-E 6-pin supplemental power connector.

    Card Dimensions 10.24" x 5.08" x 1.50" approx. may vary from vendor to vendor.

    Radeon HD 7790 - requires 21 Ampere on +12V rail and a 500W PSU minimum and requires a single PCI-E 6-pin supplemental power connector.

    Card Dimensions 8.5" x 5.1" x 1.5" approx. may vary from vendor to vendor.

    If you use this PSU all your needs will be fulfilled :

    PSU Dimensions 5.5" x 5.9" x 3.4"

    Ragnarok Online (PC) System Requirements :

    Now here is the real question would your case/cabinet be able to fit those components (GPU, PSU, HDD) inside ? Make the measurement's.

    So if I may suggest you, go with HD 7750, which requires less power to run, not required 6 pin PCI-E connectors, might not have to replace your PSU, and will be able to handle the game perfectly.

    Radeon HD 7750 - requires 16 Ampere on +12V rail and a 400W PSU minimum

    Measured power consumption R7750
    1.System in IDLE = 155W
    2.System Wattage with GPU in FULL Stress = 188W
    3.Difference (GPU load) = 33W
    4.Add average IDLE wattage ~10W
    5.Subjective obtained GPU power consumption = ~ 43 Watts

    Card Dimensions 7.8" x 5" x 1.7" for this one :

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7750 1GB Video Card ($122.74 @ Amazon)
    Total: $122.74
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-30 14:28 EST-0500)
  5. i will take your advice..
    i will buy this items for now..

    Asus - Radeon HD 7750 Graphic Card - 820 MHz Core - 1 GB GDDR5 SDRAM - PCI Express 3.0


    WD - Mainstream 1TB Internal Serial ATA Hard Drive for Desktops

    (i choose this 1tb because its also 7,200 RPMs and kinda cheap compare to WD Black. but im not sure if its a good decision since its not SATA. its says its a serial ATA which i don't know what it is)

    should i buy a SATA instead or can i use that Serial ATA on my current Compaq Presario CQ5210F desktop?

    and with this two items.
    would it work to my current Compaq Presario CQ5210F desktop?
    (without changing my PSU or do i stll need to change my PSU?)

    thanks for the help!!
    this forums helps me a lot since i learned many things from here.

    me (newbie in the computer world heheheh)

    THUMBS UP tomshardware!!
  6. SerialATA means SATA, same thing, nothing to worry about.

    Yes, I think the GPU will run on your current PSU, as it takes little power to run. I couldn't find out the wattage about the PSU of yours, so it will be better for you to check. Open the left side panel of the case and look for the PSU, and look into the sticker, if you found that its 400W then you are safe to run the GPU. Else you have to buy one.

    HDD will run fine on the PSU, nothing to worry about.

    And you can go with the GPU I posted earlier, more fast than your chosen one. Its 900MHz compared to yours 820MHz.

    You can go with this HDD too, cheaper and this one rocks :

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $59.99
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-01 13:24 EST-0500)

    Good luck.
  7. thanks mate!!
    thank you very much mr lonewolf7
  8. thanks mate!!
    thank you very much mr lonewolf7
  9. You are welcome.
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