We have all sat at an office computer or library computer and experienced a lightening fast response. Or perhaps you had this experience upon firing up a brand new computer. You click on a website and its there in an instant. Once you have had that experience it leaves you wanting more.
If you’re among the many sitting at home wishing they had a speedy computer your not alone. There are a number of little things that add up to a huge difference in overall computer speed. These aspects are not complicated once understood and the good news is it’s not expensive either. Obviously some parts to the equation are more important that others but if you take nothing else from this article understand that your computer can only run as fast as its weakest link.
The first bit of good news is that you can start replacing these weak links and make some great upgrades to your computer system without spending a mint. Usually refurbished components are not the first viable idea that comes to mind. However with recent leaps in testing technology refurbished computer parts are often just as good if not better than new. This new testing technology is so good that all major manufacturers are now selling refurbished units with great warranties. This has never before been the case.
So what is the weakest link of most computers you’re probably asking yourself? Typically the weakest link is the amount of RAM the computer has. RAM is a form of memory your computer uses that allows multiple functions to occur without it bogging down to a snails pace. As a rule of thumb you need a minimum of 2 gigs of RAM. Ideally you should target 3 or more. The good news is these RAM chips are fairly inexpensive to purchase and have installed. RAM is the one component that is not sold as refurbished as it’s so inexpensive that companies don’t bother to offer it.
The next aspect to focus on is upgrading the processor to at least a dual core processor. This gives the computer an added advantage in being able to crunch more data quicker. Probably this aspect would be the most expensive should you choose to have this replaced. Most just use what’s in their unit at present if you’re short on funds.
Internet connection of course matters but not as much as one would think. As long as you have a high speed internet connection above 5Mbps you have more than enough to get the job done.
Hard drive speed is arguably one aspect which most don’t realize is their weakest link if they have a good processor, RAM levels and internet connection. You might consider a 15,000 rpm hard drive or a refurbished solid state drive. This would speed things up extensively.
The next step in the process is something most never think of. It is the amount of programs they have running in the background. Look in the bottom right hand corner of your desktop computer screen. If you see a ton of icons open then you have a lot of programs running in the background gobbling up your processor. Right click on your mouse. Choose close program if it’s not an important program that you need at the time. Attempt in you can to go into the settings of that program and disable it from starting upon the startup of the computer so to avoid it bogging things down in the future. Also delete all icons on your desktop that are not crucial to your daily operations. If you have 10 or more it will drastically slow down your computer.
The main thing to keep in mind is that you can upgrade certain components with refurbished for a fraction of the cost. This does not have to be done all at once and can be done one part at a time. The main thing to know as these upgrades can be done cheaply and will make a dramatic impact.