Definitely one of the most popular question new and inexperienced users ask their savvy peers or relatives. The notion of the complexity of computers is quite clearly understood, even by the youngest and oldest member of our community, but still, the everyday user expects a magical, one-click solution to this problem. There isn’t one, which shouldn’t be taken as a discouragement.
Speeding up your computer can be translated into – which parts need attention? The speed depends on so many components, that the final result is an optimal sum of their individual performance and cooperation within the system.
Before we get into the basic steps, we first, need to make sure our computer is not slowing down in the first place. Assure yourself that’s not happening by doing two things:
- Regular hardware maintenance: daily dusting off the keyboard, fans and any vent opening using a portable blower, hand pump, specialized USB tool, whatever that blows slightly pressurized cool dry air.
- Regular software maintenance:(depending on the amount of work done)
cleaning of unnecessary files and uninstalling of applications you don’t need, shutting down unnecessary applications, regular updates, and upgrades.
This is seemingly unimportant routine, but you’d be amazed to know how much dust hurts electronics by not allowing proper cooling, with the end result of decreasing the component’s efficiency and rapidly shortening its lifetime. Heat is a major slayer of electronics. So, before asking yourself this question again, at least check if you’ve done you homework in the first place.
But, nothing lasts forever. Even with the most delicate care received, every component will eventually reach its top usage and become slower or unresponsive. That’s when the inevitable costs come.
Hardware upgrades are the necessary evil when it comes to computer speed. One thing is quite important for the common user to understand: more powerful component, or a mix of powerful components for that matter, doesn’t necessarily mean a faster computer. There’s a key element that most users are missing in the formula, and that’s compatibility.
Compatibility should be taken into account before buying the computer in the first place, but it’s also of crucial importance for upgrading an existing one. And I’m not talking only about compatibility between the components in your system, but also about compatibility between you and your system. The system was built to be compatible to your needs, so it should be upgraded in the same manner.
A professional can tell you which component is most likely to cause the slowing down (hopefully it’s only one). We all know some technicians and clerks will say anything just to land a sale, so go for a second, and even a third opinion. Do the same for the possible replacement component to determine its compatibility with the system. This way you can rest assured your components are working smoothly together.
Of course, don’t go always for the most powerful component, even if budget is not an issue. Upgrading your RAM memory from 2 to 16 GB’s will not make any difference if you only need 1.5 GB’s to do your thing.
So that’s pretty much all there is to it. If we could sum it up, it would be that everyday attention combined with a bit of tidy usage makes all the difference and will keep your computer running smooth all the time.