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Published on November 26th, 2012 | by John I.


Guest Post: Top Tips to Upgrade Your Home Computer

If you’re suffering from a slow, sluggish PC or laptop, then it’s probably time for you to perform some upgrades on your computer.  The good news is that a lot of basic upgrades don’t have to cost you an arm and a leg, and are often all that you need to do to improve your computer’s speed and performance.

Regular Maintenance

Both Macs and PCs need to have a bit of maintenance done, preferably once a week, to keep your machine running as smoothly as possible.  Macs are a bit easier to maintain, only requiring its users to keep their Mac software up to date and to ensure that the hard drive is free from any errors.  Anyone using Linux may need to also clean up some temp files.

Windows users will have to do a bit more work.  Not only should you make sure that you keep your Windows software up to date, but you should also run your antivirus software on a weekly basis, clean up those temp files, and uninstall any apps, like useless tool bars  that you don’t need.  Here are some additional tips:

  • Change your DNS servers
  • Update any of your plugins
  • Uninstall unnecessary browser add-ons

Hardware Upgrades

You shouldn’t have to do this often, but having a hardware upgrade at least once a year will ensure that your computer continues to run efficiently.  The quickest way to improve the health of your computer is to upgrade your RAM.  Though this won’t improve the speed for any single tasks that you may be performing, it will improve the efficiency of your computer when you’re using and running several apps all at the same time.

Hard drive upgrades to a solid state drive (SSD) are what will really have you seeing a difference when it comes to the speed of your computer.  This isn’t the most “cost effective” way to upgrade your computer, so keep your eyes peeled for any hard drive sales throughout the year.  Laptop owners can also install a new hard drive in place of their existing optic drive to help bolster their laptop’s speed and efficiency.

Video card upgrades are also a big must for all gamers.  The best part is that upgrading your video card is a fairly straightforward process and can be done in just a matter of minutes.  If you don’t have money for a new video card or any of the above hard ware devices you can also look into “overclocking” your existing hardware to give your computer a quick and immediate speed boost.

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