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I was wondering how to increase my computer speed it runs fine now but anything more I could squeeze out would be great. I have an Intel Core i3 processor ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470 with Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit. Is there any programs that anyone recommends or tweaks that I can do to my computer?

asked Jan 07 '11 at 01:12

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Tyler Hunt

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some simple tasks you can do to make sure your computer performs at its best,

  1. Defragment, it can reduce your hard drives seek time.
  2. Eliminate unneeded start up programs.
  3. Eliminate background tasks.
  4. Remove any spyware.
  5. Remove any programs you do not use.
  6. Try to find smaller more efferent programs to run.

the biggest lag in a computer is the hard drive, if you have a faster working hard drive you will notice a speed increase particularly during startup.

answered Jan 07 '11 at 12:01

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I always suggest adding more memory. That is if you have slots to upgrade. Also if you are doing fine now, WHY DO YOU NEED MORE SPEED! :D Just a thought... Hope it helps, if I run across any software that I think will help ill send you the link.

answered Jan 07 '11 at 01:20

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Allen Resha

Thank you and I guess I am a speed freak I dont know sometimes things lag not often and it just kind of annoys me.

(Jan 07 '11 at 01:21) Tyler Hunt Tyler%20Hunt's gravatar image

more memory will only help if your filling it up now...

(Jan 07 '11 at 11:54) trueb trueb's gravatar image

Doesn't it also depend on what kind of operations you are trying to optimize it for?

(Jan 08 '11 at 04:02) sulljason sulljason's gravatar image

Game Booster helps your free up some RAM. It's good when you need it for gaming, but some services are essential, like anti-virus.

answered Jan 07 '11 at 06:22

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Here is another great question: "My PC, how to make it faster?"
Many unexperienced users try to find the answer to this question when there computer works slower or it doesn't run as fast as they want... well ... here is the "tip" and the "solution":

The tip: There isn't any software that will increase your computer's speed, all of the applications out there are making kinda the same steps:

  • 1) they install and activate a service/process on your computer and monitor different activities;
  • 2) when they found a bunch of actions that they thing they can make them simpler, they reserve themselves your computer's resources(RAM, CPU, ...) and "simplify" or as they call it "optimize" the computer.

Well the thing is that in this process precious cycles of your CPU(search or ask someone to explain what those cycle are) are wasted and in some cases your computer will go slightly faster, but the majority of those times they go bad.

Now the solution: if you wish to have a fast PC then first invest not in Ghz of your CPU but in bus(the speed of the connection between CPU and other components) or the speed of your RAM (1066,1333... or bigger), that was the hardware part ... now ... the software one: try to establish the porpoise of your computer, if you want to play games then install only game related software, and only what's necessary, the same goes with other categories... but here is the most important thing to remember ... every software whether it's a game or application it will make from minor to big changes to your operating system(windows,linux,mac,...),that is because the programmers were not very vigilant in creating that software, and this mistake will scratch your OS permanently ... that's why your computer will run slower!

Now to fully answer your question: No, there isn't, and if someone will contradict me, then either he/she is a very stupid person or he/she has a very compelling and truly tested example!

This answer is marked "community wiki".

answered Jan 07 '11 at 06:51

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The best way without upgrades is to keep your drive clean,un-install programs you no longer use and defrag your hard drive often. Another free app to help your computer stay clean is"C Cleaner" it will keep your cache and temp folders empty. Also as mentioned above install more memory if you need it,4 gb should be plenty for your system unless you do a lot of video rendering than you can use up to 8 gb's.

answered Jan 07 '11 at 11:10

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If you haven't maxed the RAM, do that. Also defragging should work

answered Jan 07 '11 at 16:22

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Maxing the RAM on a 64bit system would cost a small fortune. Especially DDR3.

(Jan 08 '11 at 04:01) sulljason sulljason's gravatar image

The RAM isn't used 100% by the programs, many applications have functions and transfer some parts from RAM to HDD ... so ... maxing the RAM isn't a very good idea ... and it is a expensive process ... if you don't have anything else to upgrade like a HDD to SDD , then you can raise the RAM speed!

(Jan 09 '11 at 09:03) UniverseMorpher UniverseMorpher's gravatar image

Adding an SSD would speed up the computer a lot!

(Jan 09 '11 at 15:55) TomMaxwell TomMaxwell's gravatar image

Trueb's answers will generally help the most.

If you do video/audio intensive work, then buy as much ram "you can afford". Many systems max out ~24Gb ram but you really don't need that much, maybe just ~8-12mbs.

SSD's drive are too small for a desktop pc unless you store ONLY the OS on it! Otherwise, keep all data files on a secondary drive. This will help you should the primary drive crashes/fails as you won't lose any data files!

Better to upgrade to a higher capacity/fast rpm HDD then upgrade the RAM. If you can still afford it, then upgrade the CPU to an i7 and upgrade the PSU for more power as well. Every little thing helps!

It really depends on your intention of speeding up the PC... gaming? video/audio work?

Just wondering... it's a mute point but gotta ask... if you needed the power, why didn't you buy a PC with an i7 chip which generally comes with better components, hence, better performance? All the hardware upgrades will cost money and could be used to be a newer PC.

Do what trueb said as it's the best and most affordable method to "speed up" the PC without any considering any hardware upgrades.

answered Oct 31 '11 at 14:19

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answered Oct 31 '11 at 15:48

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One of the best things you can do to improve performance is to maintain good performance Press the windows key + R type in services.msc then press enter

disable any services that you don't need (windows 7 has a huge number of services that are not needed (everyone has a different set of tasks they use their PC for and almost no one needs every single resource hogging service running.

Next, disable startup items for programs that you install

Most programs use startup items as a quick start feature where if a program takes 5 seconds to load, it will spend the 5 seconds loading at startup so it can open faster when you want to use it as it will basically open as if it were on a ramdisk. The issue with this is you end up installing many programs and then end up with a PC with 90 + running processes at startup taking almost all of your available memory.

Windows memory management does not really delete data, it simply moves the data from RAM to virtual memory; this causes major lag spikes especially during gaming where you may move around and the game engine will try to load more data into memory but cant do it quickly because windows in currently doing the IO intensive task of moving other data from RAM to page file.

Windows memory management will also not unload all data from RAM to page file so you may also end up with an active program using the RAM available then falling back on virtual memory for it's additional memory needs, causing a great deal of lag

if you have ever used someones computer and it is insanely slow in responsiveness, that is generally the reason.

Also avoid programs that are designed to free up RAM with out actually closing background programs. Windows does this on it's own and those programs don't do it as well since their method of freeing memory is to simply attempt to allocate all of the memory installed on the system, forcing windows to dump as much data as possible from RAM, into page file. The issue with that is if the app you run does not need all of that memory, windows will begin to move things back from page file, causing additional lag.

If you closely monitor your startup and services and disable what ever is not needed that gets added with you install your favorite programs, windows will run at the same speed as when it was a fresh install with all drivers installed and unneeded services disabled.

I managed to keep windows XP like this for nearly 6 years (only did 2 repair installs for when I upgraded motherboards)

answered Oct 31 '11 at 17:10

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The other thing you can do but I do not suggest this unless you really rally want to do it is overclocking your system. But like I said I do not highly suggest this for the inexperience. And with some manufacturer like acer, Dell, Lenovo have their multiplier's locked on those. Where as if your using like an Asus motherboard. you can tweak the clock speeds on it. But his is not for the inexperienced person to do. I have seen some tech head through youtube doing this and bringing the processors up to 6GHZ by using dry ice in order to do it.

answered Oct 31 '11 at 23:21

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Most super cooling based overclocks are just for showing off and in my personal opinion, does not count as a true overclock as it cant be maintained.

Even with people who use phase change systems, the low temperatures are not low enough to reach overclocks much higher than what would be had with a decent liquid cooling system or high end air cooler. but colder than normal temperatures can cause condensation on boards when the CPU power saves by lowering clock speed and voltage. (I have only ever used 1 system with a phase change cooling system and the motherboard has some condensation, and it makes me wonder how long will a system like that run before the moisture corrodes parts of the board)

Anyway, every PC I build gets overclocked and I highly recommend overclocking for everyone with a custom system. Overclocking is significantly safer than it used to be. And for 100% safe overclocks, many CPU's can reach decent 300-400MHz overclocks with out any voltage increase. And trust me with a quad or 6 core CPU, a 300-400MHz overclock really adds up on threaded tasks (eg rendering with maya)

(Nov 02 '11 at 02:15) Razor512 Razor512's gravatar image

I have done some overclocking but it was on older computer. Pentium 2 and Pentium 3's mostly over here and several AMD K6-2's on clone computers as well. And that was mid 90's early y2k. I hardly do it anymore over here. But just getting to know what can be overclock and just knowing where to tweak it within reason. I do agree with you especially with the faster CPU's Out there and the newer motherboards that are out there that can handle it.

(Nov 04 '11 at 23:19) Compucore Compucore's gravatar image
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