You probably have seen many articles with tips to increase computer speed. We ourselves have already done some material with various suggestions to help you who are suffering from performance problems.
It turns out that over the years these smart texts are falling into oblivion and few people can find them. Moreover, it is not always possible to approach all solutions, which leads us to produce new articles with more tips.
Today, we want to show you that you can increase the performance of your machine without spending a penny. Also, we will talk about some basic attitudes that can guarantee the best use of the computer in the day today. All you need to perform these procedures is a considerable time and a little dedication.
1. Clean the hardware
Like any other electronics in your home, your computer also needs cleaning once in a while. Keeping your computer clean is not something that directly serves to improve machine performance, but it is certainly a task that can prevent overheating problems.
If you have a desktop-type PC, open the case, clean the fans (from the processor, the video card, the chipset), use compressed air to remove dust from the power supply, remove dirt from the motherboard, and clean the housing.
A good cleaning can also ensure more health for those who use a computer after all the dust is very harmful to the respiratory system. Remember that cleaning the keyboard and mouse is also important, especially if you usually eat in front of the computer.
For those who use notebooks, the same tips are valid, but of course, you will have to be more careful when opening the machine. Be careful not to end up disconnecting some part and leaving it misfitting. Cleaning the keyboard is not always so simple, so do not try to remove all the keys. Use a jet of compressed air for this cleaning.
2. Adjust your monitor
Well, if you did not clean your monitor in the first step, do it in this second step. Even if this does not improve the “speed” of the computer, surely a clean display will ensure better visibility of the content. It is advisable to remove dust from the monitor housing and cables.
To ensure the best performance, it is important to adjust the brightness, contrast, sharpness, and color settings of your monitor. There are several ways to regulate your display, each device having a different ideal configuration. You can use the software of your video card and follow the guidelines to calibrate the screen.
Nothing prevents you from making adjustments according to what you find most comfortable with your vision. After setting up your monitor, we recommend that you use the Lagom site test to see if everything is as expected. You can use the demos from this site to make additional adjustments or even to fully configure the monitor.
3. Thinking about ergonomics
Sometimes using the computer for long periods can be harmful, especially when you do not care about comfort and your health. Sitting in the same position for a long time is tiring, but sitting in the wrong way can cause serious damage to your body.
It is important to adjust your chair, monitor, keyboard, and mouse to avoid pain in the neck, spine, and hands. Not all chairs have adjustments, but you can perfectly adjust the height of your screen (even if you put some books down) and improvise handholds.
4. Configure your peripherals
Adjusting the functionality of the mouse, the keyboard and the speakers is also a simple attitude that can guarantee more comfort in your day today. Changing these items is important (especially if you still use a ball mouse or a keyboard that already has worn out keys), but you do not have to spend to upgrade your PC.
Who knows, a simple adjustment (of speed, of movement, of the pointer) in the system configurations can improve the operation of the mouse. Placing the speakers at the height of your ears can also make a difference.
5. An Overclocking Can Help
Leaving comfort issues aside, let’s get down to business: performance. If you do not want (or can not) spend absolutely a penny, but want to increase the performance of the machine, then the best solution is to bet on an overclock.
First, however, it is important to note that this action does not always solve all performance problems since a lack of RAM, for example, can influence this issue and there is no increase in frequency that can solve this problem.
In case you choose to modify the CPU clock, you must first verify that the hardware of your computer supports this type of change. It is also important to make sure that the cooling system is efficient.
Once you take the necessary precautions, simply overclock (either through the BIOS or a software). If you want to increase gaming performance, you can change the frequency of the graphics chip with specific applications.
6. Choose your programs better
Many people usually buy a computer and not make a change even in the software. However, not all programs installed by the manufacturers are the best. It is the case of some antivirus that is very heavy and that end up overloading the machine. Sometimes changing a paid program for a free program might be a good idea.
It’s not just the paid programs that you do not want, but some operating system software may not suit your needs. Download a lighter browser, use a full codec package, install a new image editor, and try new program options for playing music.
7. Defragmenting is important
As you use your computer, it tends to slow down. The problem is not in memory or in the processor. Blaming the hard drive is also no good because the biggest problem is usually the operating system, which does not know how to organize the mess.
Either way, if you’ve formatted your PC for more than a year and never completed full maintenance, it’s worth doing full defragmentation. This can speed up your machine and let your system and apps load much faster.
Plus, they’re worth the hints: delete duplicate files, scan your antivirus, delete temporary browser data, remove startup items, and delete programs that are no longer needed.
Keep your PC always up to date and organized
As you can see, with some simple attitudes your PC can get faster and use it on a day to day basis can be more enjoyable. Of course, there are problems that can only be solved with a hardware upgrade, but there is not always a reason to spend a lot of money on a PC that still has potential. Do you have any other tips?
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