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?
Answer by trueb · Jan 07, 2011 at 02:01 PM
some simple tasks you can do to make sure your computer performs at its best,
Defragment, it can reduce your hard drives seek time.
Eliminate unneeded start up programs.
Eliminate background tasks.
Remove any spyware.
Remove any programs you do not use.
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.
Answer by Allen Resha · Jan 07, 2011 at 03:20 AM
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.
Answer by UniverseMorpher · Jan 07, 2011 at 08:51 AM
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:
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!
Answer by Blake · Jan 07, 2011 at 01:10 PM
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.
Answer by MrMojo · Oct 31, 2011 at 03:19 PM
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.
Answer by Razor512 · Oct 31, 2011 at 06:10 PM
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)
Answer by Compucore · Nov 01, 2011 at 12:21 AM
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.
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