What often you do when speeding up a slow computer?

Before taking any solution to speed up your slow computer, you need to learn which you should do and which shouldn’t. Some factors may assist to boost the performance of your computer, but a few don’t. Hence, you need to take care of what you are planning to do because sometimes, it will bring bad than good to your computer.

In this article, I will help you list out a few good and bad things you need to apply to speed up your computer. These solutions may or may not fit your situation, so make sure you know what you are doing before proceeding.

1. Clean up all temporary files

One main reason that makes your computer, especially Windows PC, runs slow is because it’s running out of storage space. Your system will keep the primary disk always free to store installed apps, as well as necessary files.

However, when it runs out of storage space, the system won’t work properly as it needs time to locate free space to store those files. Therefore, it will take a lot of time to search, and so it runs slow. That is the reason why you have to clean up all temporary files on your computer frequently to keep it runs faster and smoothly.

2. Uninstall unnecessary apps

This solution has the same reason as above, to gain back free storage space on your computer and reserve it for other apps. Besides, if you have installed too many apps on your PC, it may indirectly slow down it by adding too many startup items.

By that, you need to check again and uninstall any apps you feel you don’t actually need. Also, check startup items again and remove the ones that don’t need to launch with the bootup process.

3. Switch to solid state drive

If you have about $100 to spend, I would suggest switching from the traditional HDD to SSD (solid-state drive), which delivers a better performance. That said, it will boost the performance of your computer and help it runs faster.

With a fast disk drive, your computer will be booted up faster, as well as apps run faster. In general, SSD will boost the performance of your PC around 30%, and you can realize it runs faster than before using SSD.

4. Add more RAM to your computer

If your computer lacks RAM, I would recommend adding more RAM. This solution will help your computer run smoother because now it has more physical RAM to work with. The ideal amount of RAM for a personal computer should be around 4GB to 8GB.

Things you need to know when purchasing a new computer

When building a new computer, there are many things you need to consider before making your decision. The reason is that you have a limited budget to spend. Therefore, carefully choosing hardware will help you to save money, but still having a powerful computer.

In this post, I’m going to tell you a few things you need to know when purchasing new hardware for your computer. If you have a plan to build a new computer or buy an all-in-one computer, this is a right guide for you. However, if you don’t have any limitation on the budget, then don’t need to care much about these factors.

1. The latest processor vs. the older one

The factor is that you don’t really need to select the most recent generation of processor. Instead, choose the one that older a bit and will definitely help you to save up to a few hundred of dollars.

For example, the latest version of Intel processor at this moment is 7th Kaby Lake. When selecting this line, you have to spend around $500 for the chip only. However, if you choose 4th Haswell, that will be cheaper and help you to save money. It’s very easy to find 4th Haswell processors for around $250 to $300.

2. How many RAM would be enough?

If you use this computer for Windows operating system, I would recommend using at least 4GB of memory to help it runs smoothly. However, if you have a limited budget, 2GB or 3GB would be enough. But honestly, if you want your computer has a capable of running large apps or open several browser tabs, then 4GB or even 8GB of RAM is an ideal condition.

3. Power supply unit

Power supply unit, or also known as PSU is the last thing you need to focus. Usually, I often choose a 500-watt PSU, and it will be right to power for all components of the computer. However, you need to recalculate the power supply value when you add more hardware, such as more solid-state drive, or even graphics card. Therefore, if you have any plan to add more components in the future, make sure you select the right PSU that has a capable of handling that hardware.