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Your computer needs an upgrade and you don’t want to spend money on a new computer? That’s easy! All you need to do is find what is “bottlenecking” your system. Bottlenecking is a term for the slowest running part of your system that is holding the performance back from the rest of the computer. For example, say if you had a top-of-the-line brand new 4th generation i7 processor, but only 2 GB of ram. The low memory capacity will hold back the processor to run programs as it should. So a low cost solution would be to upgrade the ram to allow the processor to utilize more of its power.

The most common bottleneck in computers is Hard Drive. Most computers will usually only be sold with normal Hard Drives, but by upgrading to a Solid State Drive you can immediately start to see the changes. Normal Hard Drive speeds are about 80-100 Mb/s, while Solid State Drives speeds start at around 550 Mb/s. This speed enables faster load times for starting up (5-7 seconds), shutting down, and all of your programs will load up almost instantly.

System Working Memory (also known as RAM) is another source of bottlenecks. Operating systems, apps, and programs are getting more complex with added features, requiring more memory. To tell if your ram is bottlenecking you, just go to your Task Manager (ctrl + alt + del, and select task manager) and go to the Performance tab. Run programs that you would usually run and watch how much ram is being used. If it is over 80% of memory used, you might want to look into upgrading ram. You can actually do the same thing to see if your CPU is your bottleneck as well, just look at CPU usage instead of Memory. If that is the case, you may be able to add a lower end graphics card to your machine and remove the job of generating video from your CPU to free up more power else where.

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