If you are reading this article, then we’re quite sure that your desktop or laptop is getting older (>1 year) and not performing tasks with that speed as before. This will also help you in how to make your computer faster for Windows 7, 8 and 10. This has very little to with the hardware getting older than to the increasing demands of the new software and operating systems.
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Note: If your rig is more than four years old, we will recommend you to change the rig instead of these upgrades.
How to Make Your Computer Faster: 2 Steps
Upgrade from HDD to SSD
If you are still using a traditional HDD, then it’s time to upgrade to SSD. Several reports show that an upgrade to SSD will deliver an enormous and fascinating performance boost to the computer. Here are some of the stories that we’ve found useful:
- PCWorld: Benchmarks don’t lie: SSD upgrades deliver huge performance gains
- PCGamer: How do SSDs affect gaming performance?
To test this, we’ve taken an HP-P077tx laptop.
- Core i5 4210u (4th Generation) 1.7GHz
- 8GB DDR3 RAM
- 2GB DDR3 Nvidia Geforce 840M
- 1TB HGST 5400rpm Hard Disk
- Windows 10 Single Language
Installing and Configuring the SSD
This laptop was heavily loaded due to many software as well as games. The average boot time was around 45 seconds. Then we upgraded it with Samsung 850 EVO 250GB SSD.
We swapped the DVD drive and placed the 1TB hard disk there with the help of a caddy and installed SSD as the master on the original location.
To see the performance boost, first of all, we have to migrate OS to the SSD. There are various software as well as tutorial available on the web to migrate the OS and data to SSD. But many times migration gets messy. So instead, we decided to perform a clean install of Windows 10. We’ve used GPT partition scheme and UEFI boot. We’ve also installed all the previously installed software and games.
Samsung Storage devices usually come with its management software. In this case, it is Samsung Magician. You can download it from official Samsung website. It will look like:
It has many options that you can customize to boost performance even better. But we’ll get to that in the next article. Now we’ve again performed boot time speed test, and we were amazed. If was roughly around 7 seconds.
After that, we’ve installed Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and tested the load time of the game, and we were surprised again. It just took 5 seconds to open.
Here is the read and write performance test results of the both drives.
Here is the performance test of Samsung 850 EVO:
You can see from the above test result and say that it will surely boost the performance at a marginal rate. According to us, whenever some large program loads, it is scattered over small files. And mechanical drive has to rotate it’s head every time to access different time, and it leads to slower performance (IOPS).
However, in SSD there is no such issue because SSD stores the data as flash chips which can be accessed way faster. You can see a substantial difference in the IOPS rate of both devices.
So from the above report, we can tell that if you are having slow performance and you don’t want to spend money on getting a new computer, then this is the best way to fix that problem. And if you are a gamer then you will just love the performance that an SSD delivers. i.e. it will also improve gaming performance.
Here are some SSD’s that we will recommend you to get started:
And if you have a laptop which has a DVD drive and thinking to swap it with additional storage here is the caddy that we’ve used: Storite Laptop Caddy.
Upgrade capacity of your RAM
The next thing that you need to upgrade on your computer is the RAM. However, this purely depends on your needs. For example, if you are used to performing only everyday tasks on your PC then 8GB RAM is enough. On the other hand, if you are a heavy user and use heavy software regularly then you might consider upgrading your RAM.
Why is it necessary?
You might be familiar with the word “Virtual Memory, ” and if you are a Linux guy, you will know it as “Swap.” Both things almost denote the same thing. This memory is the space available on your secondary storage (Hard Disk) which can be used for the purpose of RAM.
So let’s say you have 8GB of RAM and it’s almost filled up. And you try to open a new app then the inactive or background app that is loaded in RAM will be copied to the virtual memory. Then in this free space just created on RAM will be utilized to load the app.
This concept of virtual memory may sound super cool, but this usually leads to slower performance because as we know secondary storage is quite slower than RAM. Even if you have virtual memory on SSD, it will degrade the memory cells of SSD. We’ll talk about this in the next article on how to optimally use and preserve SSD life.
What to keep in mind while upgrading?
There are certain things that you will need to keep in mind before buying a new RAM. The first thing is that you have to find out the max amount of memory that your motherboard can handle. This is mentioned in the specification of your computer. Next thing is to find out what amount of additional memory you need more.
Nowadays, most mother supports dual channel and some quad channel RAM configuration. If means that multiple RAM can be used by the motherboard at a time. Traditionally, when one RAM is filled another is used. This will slightly increase the performance.
Now for dual or quad channel configuration to work, It is usually suggested to use the identical RAM. Otherwise, the performance will be clocked down to the minimum of both RAMs. To check the latency of the RAM we’ve used the CPU-Z software.
We already have dual channel configuration. So if you only have a single RAM installed, it will show single in Ranks option. You can see Latency 6-7-9-11 and Bandwidth PC3-12800 (800 MHz).
Now when if you are adding extra RAM then make sure to buy with same or similar to the existing RAM on your computer. If you are replacing the RAM with a new one, then buy a pair of identical RAMs instead of a single chip.
We prefer Corsair RAM. But here are some RAM’s that you can upgrade your computer with:
We hope that this tutorial will help you in upgrading your computer to make your computer faster and to get the best out it if. If we’ve missed any point, then do let us know. And if you encounter any problem or have a question about upgrading your computer then do let us know in the comment section below.