6 Things You Can Do To Boost Your PCs Performance

Boost your PCs performance
Computers are used in business and personal matters, whether it’s for writing a document, creating some kind of graphic or playing a computer game. However, the main concern is PC performance, how to maintain it, and how to improve it. In this article, I outline a number of guidelines that you can use to enhance the overall performance of your machine.

6 Things You Can Do To Boost Your PCs Performance


1. Upgrade Your Graphics Card


When it comes to general business activities, the video card is probably one area that does not need an upgrade. But if you’re someone that plays games on their system, then a video card is one of the most important areas of the computer for you. 

If you have the appropriate motherboard support (SLI or CrossFireX), then you may want to consider buying a second graphics card. There are other scenarios where having a better graphics card can benefit your system greatly, this is because there are applications, other than games, that leverage off a strong GPU. 



2. Check for Malicious Files


If your computer has contracted a malicious file, then it can severely degrade your system's performance. There are a number of symptoms associated with a virus infection, these include:

• Random pop-up messages. 

• Programs starting unexpectedly.

• Constant disc thrashing. 

The best way to tackle these viruses is through the adaptation of preventative measures, such as antivirus and antimalware software. That said your computer is never 100% safe from such files so you will need to use common sense when working on your system. 

If you use Microsoft Windows, then you can use the built-in antivirus tool called Windows Defender. Alternatively, you could acquire a third-party solution, which is most likely your best option. 



3. Address Software Issues


In many cases, you will find that slow system performance is due to hardware issues. For example, if your CPU isn’t being sufficiently cooled, it will run at a reduced speed in order to prevent overheating. Damaged sectors on your hard drive can render your hard drive almost unusable, while corrupted hard drives can affect the overall performance of your computer. 

There are many system monitor tools that you can use to check CPU performance, hardware temperatures, and hard drive integrity and drivers. 



4. Understand Computer Specifications


Understanding the specifications of your computer is crucial as it helps you better understand what to do when your system starts to run slow due to it being congested with junk, for example. As previously mentioned, there are systems monitoring tools that you can use to check your computer's specification. 

You’ll want to install and run one of these programs and spend some time learning about the different components, what they do, and how they work. 

If you want a faster computer, then you’ll want to buy a faster CPU. Having more memory (RAM) is also a good place to start when looking to boost system performance. 



5. Try another Browser


It’s probably not much of a secret now, but different browsers do tend to perform differently, and most people today spend a lot of time on the web. There are benchmark tests that you can look at, but they tend to cause more confusion than anything else, this is because some browsers may perform well on some tests but poorly on others. 

The reality is that these benchmark tests do not actually test real application performance. For example, while JavaScript is used quite readily on the internet, it’s rare that you’d find a website that uses JavaScript so intently that it adversely affects system performance when you visit it. 

I find Google Chrome tends to work really well for me. Additionally, Firefox also has its benefits, especially in the area of plugins, and Internet Explorer tends to do a better job of reading most web pages. 



6. Restore Your PC


Restoring your computer is an effective way of undoing any recent changes made to your computer that may have led to certain problems. If you believe a Windows update, driver or application you recently installed is adversely affecting system performance, you may be able to get things running normally again, simply by restoring your system back to a point before you made said changes. 

System Restore is a built-in Windows tool that is fairly simple to get to grips with. 


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Uchenna Ani-Okoye is a former IT Manager who now runs his own computer support website: https://www.compuchenna.co.uk

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