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How to optimise your PC for better performance

Whether you use your PC for work, gaming or personal use it is important to frequently optimise it for better performance. Slow and inefficient PCs can cause decreased productivity and frustration, but fortunately, there are several ways to optimise your PC. In this article, we will look at some of the upgrades you can make to your PC, as well as other tips and tricks which can improve your overall PC performance.

1. Upgrade to an SSD

One of the most significant upgrades you can make to your PC is to upgrade to an SSD (solid-state drive). SSDs are faster and more reliable than traditional hard drives and can immediately improve your PC’s performance. By upgrading to an SSD your operating system will load faster, programmes will open quicker, and file transfers will be much faster. An SSD can also reduce the time it takes to boot up and shut down your PC. After upgrading to an SSD, you will notice a significant improvement in your PC’s overall performance and user experience. If you’re already using an SSD make sure you monitor its health to ensure continued performance or consider upgrading to an NVMe SSD for even faster performance. See our guides: how to install an internal 2.5” SSD or how to install an M.2 SSD.

2. Increase RAM

If you’re running multiple programmes or performing memory-intensive tasks like gaming or video editing, having more RAM (Random Access Memory) can significantly improve performance. Upgrading your RAM can help reduce system slowdowns and improve overall performance. Always check your motherboard’s specifications before upgrading your RAM to ensure it is compatible with your system. Most memory manufacturers offer configurators to show you which type of RAM your PC supports. For help upgrading your RAM follow our step-by-step guide on how to install memory in a laptop or how to install memory in a desktop.

3. Remove unnecessary programmes and files

A simple tip for optimising your PC is to remove any unnecessary programmes and large documents like videos which are taking up valuable storage space and likely slowing down your system. You might back them up to another drive, such as the Kington XS2000 SSD, just in case you need them. Then, from the main drive, send them to the trash/recycle bin and make sure to empty it to actually free up the disk space. In addition, you should also regularly clean up temporary and junk files that accumulate on your system. These are both basic but effective ways to get a more responsive and better-performing PC.

4. Keep your system up to date

Regularly updating your operating system and drivers is a great way to optimise PC performance. Operating system updates, such as those provided by Microsoft and Apple often include bug fixes, security enhancements and new features that can improve stability and performance. Driver updates ensure compatibility with the latest hardware and software, thus offering better performance. You can schedule regular scans and updates for times when you’re not using the PC to avoid any slowdowns. Ensure you regularly check and install any available updates on your PC and go to your device manufacturer’s website to search for the latest drivers.

5. Limit the programmes at startup

Limiting the number of programmes that automatically start when you turn on your PC can significantly enhance performance. While some programmes may be essential, others may not require immediate startup. Disabling unnecessary startup programmes reduces the time it takes for your PC to boot up and improves overall responsiveness. For details, see point #3 in our article on how to speed up Windows 10.

6. Overclocking

If you’re looking to squeeze out extra performance from your PC, overclocking could be a viable option. Overclocking involves pushing certain hardware components, such as the CPU, beyond their factory-set speed limits to achieve higher performance. However, it should only be done with proper research and a clear understanding. For most people, the performance gains achieved through the aforementioned tips should be sufficient for a significant increase in PC performance. Check out our article on how to overclock your PC and how to choose the right components for overclocking.

These are some of the best improvements you can make to your PC to help optimise performance. Upgrading to an SSD and increasing RAM are important hardware upgrades that can enhance overall PC speed and responsiveness. Additionally, following other tips such as removing unnecessary programmes will contribute to a smooth and optimised PC. Investing time and effort into optimising your PC is a worthwhile investment which will provide long-term benefits by maintaining peak performance.

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