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Four Factors to Consider When Upgrading Your Computer

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Four Factors to Consider When Upgrading Your Computer
There are of course many reasons your computer is running slow, often it’s a virus or the machine just got too much things going on at any given time and it just can’t handle them. Some people tend to think that a five years-old computer can do everything that a new computer can do; they believe if it’s not broke, it isn’t necessary to fix it. Technically that’s an acceptable rule, but not for your computer really, the technology develops so fast that in about 6 months even the most expensive desktop is no longer state-of-the-art. There are a few things that you can do to make your computer more responsive and faster. The following tips aren’t limited to desktops; you can apply them for laptops and netbooks as well:

Processor or CPU
If you are still running a dual-core processor, get a quad core. You can also overclock your processor to get some extra performance out of it, some people can even push a Core i5 to 4 Ghz easily. However, overclocked processor may void your warranty and cut its lifespan.

The Video Card
Fine-tuning graphics card won’t exactly accelerate your entire system like overclocking a CPU, but it may make things look really nice. If you use Windows 7 and want to use all of its potentials, you should get a decent card.
With a good graphics card you can speed up, a few things you often do, they can help in video processing and encoding which does improve the processes slightly. Try to get the latest family, for example Radeon HD 5800 series or GeForce 300 series, although high-end cards released 2-3 years ago can still handle the job adequately

RAM
It is obvious, more RAM equals higher performance, we all understand this. That does not mean you should run out to the nearest store and grab 12 GB of RAM, If you only need 2 GB of RAM and now you have 4 GB, upgrading to 12 GB will have no effect whatsoever to the overall performance.
RAM also depends on the OS type, 32-bit versus 64-bit. With a 32-bit system, the OS can only use 4 GB; while with 64-bit OS you can use up to 192 GB of RAM, which should be enough until the latter half of this century.

Storage
Let’s face it an IDE hard drive is obsolete now, today’s standard is SATA II hard drives which have higher speed. When it comes to conventional hard disks though, the commonly used type is 7200RPM, although you can get a 10,000RPM type or higher.
Those who prioritize on speed, instead of capacity and costs, SSDs are the perfect choice and they’re steadily coming down in price. These are a lot faster than ordinary mechanical hard drives, with an SSD, your Windows 7 can boot in seconds!
The recommended configuration is by using the SSD as your primary hard drive, where you place the Windows installation, often-used games or applications and also swap file. To compensate the limited storage, you should use a 500 GB 7200RPM SATA II mechanical hard drive as a second hard drive to store large-sized files. So, in case you want to encode a 2 GB video, transfer it to your SSD, run the video encoder software and watch it flies at Mach 4!
The cheapest SSD is around $115, for a 32 GB type, which is enough for a Windows 7 installation and a few applications, which leave 10 to 20 GB of free space, while the most expensive SSD is around $800 for a 256 GB

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