If you want to run the latest graphics editing software or 3D games, then you will need a very powerful computer. Rather than buying an entirely new computer, it is possible to install hardware upgrades so as to improve its performance. This article will show you how to obtain a fast computer by adding RAM, changing components and optimising your software.
Optimising your software
Before you spend money on new components and memory, it is better to ask the question "how can I clean up my PC?". Start your PC checkup by removing any software which you no longer use and pay particular attention to the start-up routine. You will be surprised to find that there are many running background processes that eat up your system resources. These applications are typically application launchers or update clients. Removing them from the start-up menu and msconfig menu can have a dramatic effect on your PC's performance.
Installing new software
If you have cleaned up your PC and you are still unable to get the required performance from your machine, then you will need to spend some money on upgrades. First, calculate your budget. As component form factors as well as technology advance, motherboards can become obsolete. If you can afford to buy a whole new motherboard package, this is the best option. It will give you some degree of future proofing and will allow you to choose from the latest and greatest components. If you do not have the money for a full upgrade, then adding memory is the best way to get a noticeable improvement in performance. Make sure that you consider the speed of the RAM modules, not just their physical capacity. RAM varies in quality and performance. People on a budget must think carefully about which components will give them the best return on their money. If you are a media enthusiast, then upgrading to larger and faster hard drive is a better move than buying a faster processor. Similarly, installing a top of the range graphics card is a better move for a gamer than it is for someone who uses his computer for stock market modelling. Visit your local specialist PC store and chat to the staff about exactly what you want from your machine.