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Computer Hardware Performance

Having issues with your computer's performance? We can help!

If your computer is experiencing slow booting, or taking too long to complete a process, it is more than likely your computer is in need of hardware updates. Consider a computer to be like your car. A car without maintenance will decrease its performance after a few skipped oil changes. Computers, just like cars, can experience a decrease in performance if not serviced periodically. Here are some common things that can make your computer SLOW.


The RAM is in charge of running your applications and programs. To put it in perspective, most computers in 2009 had at least 1GB of RAM to support Windows XP (this was the current operating system at the time). It ran well but lacked the speed needed to run multiple applications at once. An upgrade in RAM to 2GB made a huge difference and helped gain better speeds when running multiple programs at once.

In today's operating systems, Windows 7 and Windows 8 require much RAM to run at optimum speeds. Upgrading to 4GB will solve this particular issue, but will only be sufficient if you have the adequate hardware compatible with this upgrade. Here are some other important hardware equipment recommended when improving your computer's performance.

Upgrade your Hard Disk Drive

A hard drive is a great choice to consider upgrading for many reasons. Complex programs take a lot of space in your memory and leave you with little room to save your personal files. If you take lots of pictures or have extensive files in your hard drive, chances are your computer slows down attempting to read all those files whenever you do a search.

A solid state drive (SSD) can add more storage and speed when searching for files and is the most recommended storage disk driver because of its sturdy construction and reliability to keep and maintain your files in a safe place. Solid State Drives (SSD), not to be confused with Hard Disk Drives (HDD), operate quietly, faster and are more resistant to shock and other possible situations that might have fried your last hard drive.

Graphic Card Upgrades

Most stock computers do not come with a graphic card strong enough to support the demands of today's graphics and gaming technology. If you are looking for crystal clear images or you simply not happy with the performance your computer produces when running a random game, you should consider upgrading your graphic card. While this is not so necessary if all you are trying to do is read emails and surf the internet, it becomes crucial if you are running programs that depend heavily on a graphic card technology such as Photoshop for example. These can be integrated to your existing graphic card through a method called SLI or Crossfire.

In simpler terms, it would be two graphic cards running together for better performance. Some benefits of having an upgraded graphic card, and there are plenty, is the ability to run video applications at Television rate. While there are different cards for different uses, like gaming or photo editing, one thing is constant; they will definitely enhance the way you see the web.

Running Hot?

Your Computer Processing Unit or CPU is the brains of your computer. It handles all the instructions to make your computer perform the way it is intended. Without a doubt, having multiple cores will make your multi-tasking a breeze, but that's only half of what you need. The CPU tends to run hot after a few minutes of usage. A good heat management system can keep your computer running cool and efficiently with simple upgrades. A more intricate cooling system like the water cooling kits offer the optimum performance for the most extreme case, but a bigger fan can make the trick.

One of the features of upgrading your current cooling system is the noise or the lack of noise it will produce. Most stock fans will create this Jet Engine sound that will make you think your computer is overheating. More than likely it is and you should not ignore this signs. We recommend this upgrade because it will save you money in the long term.

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