In a sense, PCs are never strong enough. New components emerge faster than lighting, and after a couple of years, your beloved tech friend becomes nearly obsolete. Moreover, while brand new PCs run like clockwork, they tend to slow down over time. Still, those who have a need for speed should know that there is no need to break the bank and buy a new computer. Here, we present some straightforward ways of solving problems in the performance department.
When your system is up and running, the first thing you’ll want to check is whether the apps and programs are the culprits behind a sluggish performance. They can cause memory leaks and use large amounts of memory in general, taking as much as 99% of your CPU resources. So, use the Task Manager first and click CPU, Disk, and Memory tabs in order to receive an overview of apps that use the most resources. You may close the apps manually or force it to close via “End Task”.
Next, you should realize that some of these apps go up every time you turn your computer on. Fortunately, they can be disabled via Startup Tab. Namely, upon typing ‘msconfig’ there you should receive a list of all the apps that start when you boot the machine. Keep your eyes open for those you do not recognize and tread carefully when deciding on what to do with them. Also, note that you can utilize programs like CleanMyPC to get rid of all of the unwanted apps, as well as clutter they leave behind.
A fresh start
One of the most important steps is scanning the system for malware and adware. Apart from regular antivirus checks, use Malwarebytes to deal with “potentially unwanted programs” (PUPs). Sometimes, however, you computer simply requires a fresh start. This involves backing up all the data you need and reinstalling the operating system. Before that, you could check if the defragmentation makes any difference, but bear in mind that reinstallation almost always speeds things up, making everything work like a charm again.
Overclocking is another popular way to give your machine a performance boost. Now, first off, you need a solid cooling system to support this overhaul. The hard rule is that the more voltage your PC needs, the more it heats up. Also, there is only so much voltage you PC can take. The changes usually range from 0.2 GHz to 1 GHz in overclocking potential. You have to bid farewell to your warranty, though, so you should really know what you are doing. Call a knowledgeable friend or a pro if you are not sure about the technicalities.
Components like graphic cards weigh heavily on overall performance, especially when they are not compatible. If you need a graphics card for gaming you should choose one that does not overload your PC. Furthermore, one component that is worth investing in is a solid-state drive. SSDs are much more expensive than HDDs, but they have more power. You will notice the improvement in boot speed, and also when transferring files and opening programs.
A bag of tricks
To our utmost dismay, PCs grow slower over time, or they sometimes freeze completely. Well, you can save both money and nerves by relying on these easy tricks. They involve common software tweaks and modifications, but also hardware additions and overclocking. If nothing does the trick, then maybe it is time to let the old configuration bite the dust and buy the new one.
Dan Radak is a marketing professional with ten years of experience. He is currently working with a number of companies in the field of digital marketing, closely collaborating with a couple of e-commerce companies. He is also a coauthor on several technology websites and regular contributor to Technivorz.