Upgrade your hardware to significantly improve your computer’s performance resulting in a much better gaming experience. While this document is meant for gamers, some of the tips would work for computers that are not used for gaming.
Why is My Computer Slow?
Have you ever had a computer that was fast when you bought it but it then slowed down over time? There are several reasons that can explain this. Here are a few:
- There are too many programs loading automatically when the computer boots
- The software you’re running now is more demanding than the software you were running when you bought the computer. Eg. The Operating System, games and other software
- Windows is not optimized properly for performance
- Bugs in applications or Windows
- Drivers are out of date
- A background program is incompatible with the foreground application(s)
- The hardware is inadequate
How Do I Speed Up My Computer?
As you can see in the list above, there are many possible causes of a slow computer. Before considering a hardware solution, you should explore all possible software solutions. See “Speed Up My Computer for Free” in the Tips menu for more information or click here to go there now. The problem of a slow computer has three possible hardware solutions. The following hardware tips apply to PC gamers.
If software changes did not result in improved performance, it means that you have inadequate hardware. Fortunately, you can upgrade hardware to significantly improve performance. A computer’s ability to play a particular game is usually determined by 3 components: main memory (RAM), the video card and the processor.
Upgrade Main Memory (RAM)
Increasing a computer’s main memory has traditionally been the cheapest and easiest way to improve performance (with the current low price of most hardware, this may no longer be the case). This is true for any computer whether you use it for gaming or not. The more memory a computer has, the faster it runs but only to a certain point. For example, if your computer has 2GB of RAM and you double it to 4GB, it might make the computer run twice as fast. That means an increase of 100%. Doubling it again to 8GB might only increase the speed another 25% and doubling it to 16GB might only increase the computer’s speed an additional 5%. These percentages are not meant to be accurate and are only used as examples. My point is, the more memory you add, the less of a difference it makes.
Whether or not you see an increase in speed depends on what you’re doing. For certain tasks you won’t see a difference between 4GB and 16GB but if you’re playing a modern, demanding game, you would definitely see a difference. To repeat, adding more RAM can definitely speed up your computer but eventually, you would reach a point where adding more RAM accomplishes absolutely nothing. Keep in mind that the amount of memory your computer has is much more important than the speed of your computer’s memory. Look at your game developer’s recommended requirements (not minimum requirements). Try to have more main memory than the game manufacturer recommends. If that is the case then your problem is not caused by a lack of memory.
Read more about choosing the right memory in the “How I Research” menu. Click here to go there now.
Replace the Video Card
If adding more memory is not the solution, consider replacing the video card. A better video card only improves performance of games and other graphic-intensive programs. As with main memory, the amount of memory a video card has is much more important than the speed of the memory. When playing demanding games, a good video card is crucial. Look at the game manufacturer’s recommended requirements (not minimum requirements). Try to buy a video card that has more memory than the game manufacturer recommends. If that is the case then your problem is likely not caused by the video card.
Read more about choosing the right video card in the “How I Research” menu. Click here to go there now.
Replace the Processor (CPU)
The final hardware solution to a slow computer is to replace the processor. A faster processor would speed up any computer, whether it’s used for gaming or not. However, you might not notice an increase in performance unless you’re doing something CPU-intensive like playing demanding 3D games. Look at the game manufacturer’s recommended requirements (not minimum requirements). Try to buy a faster processor than the one recommended by the game developer. It might be that you already have the fastest processor available for your motherboard (the component to which all other components connect). If that’s true then you need a new motherboard and processor in which case you should just consider buying or designing a new computer.
Read about Intel vs AMD processors in the “How I Research” menu. Click here to go there now.
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