Many people buy the latest model computer in order to have fast and speedy computers. For a layman, it might be easier to just buy a new machine, instead of upgrading their existing computer or optimizing the software. But if you are someone who can understand some basic concepts of computer hardware, it is not usually a good idea. Instead, you should first analyze your current hardware and software and decide the best course of action. Following are some valuable steps to analyze your computer and see what you actually need to speed up your computer.
- Check The Software First
No matter how powerful your computer’s hardware is, unnecessary, or even worse the malware, can slow down your PC to a level that you would want to throw it out of the window. Make sure that your computer is free of malware, including adware. Most legitimate programs add utilities to start automatically. Check these utilities and remove them from automatic startup if necessary to speed up your computer.
- Upgrade The Disk
Before you move to the processor, RAM, or graphics card, remove the old spinning hard disk and install a solid state drive, also known as SSD. The disk is often the bottleneck in modern systems.
If your system is not very old, it is reasonable to expect that you have at least 4 GB RAM in your computer. If not, add more RAM. It is enough for browsing, office application and most graphics applications. But if you play high-end games or use virtualization software to create virtual machines, you might need 8 or even 16 GB of RAM.
- Graphics Card
Most graphics cards are quite enough for browsing or office apps. But if you play high-end games or use a specialized graphic-intensive application, upgrading your graphics card will significantly speed up your computer.