21 Essential Steps to Make Your PC Better/Faster/Stronger

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kayman63

I like the article, but would have to say that I like using Krojam Cleaner. Works great and I don't have any problems with my laptop around performance.

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rachil

Very impressive post. One must have these kind of tools for getting better PC performance. Thanks for sharing your knowledge. I really enjoyed your article.

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Philips

Faster performing PC is a much want. PCs going stronger is preciously desired. Thanks for the essential post.

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Ella Rochelle

That's a great article, I've read it and I've understood that my computer must hate me very much right now, because I haven't done anything specified here, yet I've asked it to run faster (asked meaning yelling and threatening it with viruses). I believe that the real problem with my PC is the presence of malware Dll files. I should use something to get rid of them asap.

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wheelnut53

Thanks for letting me know I'm on the right track .My PC is 5 yrs old , the only things left from the original pkg is the mobo and cpu.  I'm not into over clocking dont feel I need it in order to read the news . I notice a good registry cleaner was not mentioned. I like a lean, clean machine plus I live in a dust zone filters are a must . 

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IAmKane

... try DeviceDoctor. It's portable and you don't need to register to download drivers. It's also faster. It will have fewer false positives as well.

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Antarctic Fox

Funny that after finally resorting to using System Restore to undo whatever background mischief "PC Decrapifier" (which is, incidentally, crap) worked on my computer to screw it up (nothing I did, since all I did was remove Apple's annoying start-up entries for Itunes and Quicktime), I start up Firefox and it brings up all the tabs I had open two days ago including the one that started all my computer problems -- this one. Excuse me for not trying any of the other programs you've suggested. I'll skip all the tedious mucking about with menus, installations and whatnot and just go stick my laptop in the microwave instead.

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philippecote3

Very helpful, thank you.

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cchriskaufman

Your approach of "freeloading" the DriveAgent information and doing your own driver locating is by far the best.  I shelled out the $$ and was given drivers that were older than what I had on my system, drivers that weren't for my hardware at all.  In general, save your money and just freeload!!!!

On the other hand, the Secunina PSI is great!!!  And for home use, it's FREE!!!

CK

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mtjepkema

Get an antec 1200... they are bigger and you can fit your GTX2XX's in there. The Antec 900 is exactly 10.5 inches deep - just enough for your GTX cards with no HDD's in the way. The Antec 1200 has more depth for your 11 inch GTX295.

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themodefanatic

Before the first subject there is a picture of a computer. What kind of computer is it. Does anyone know? I believe its a Dell but not sure.

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Mr.Pooney

If your talking about the cover picture of the story its an Antec 900 (one) if im not mistake

I've been thinking of replacing my Thermaltake M9 for one of thoes

i had to advance the hard drive cage a good 2'' to fit my 9800gt 

so now the fan its way out in front and not covered...

Havent had a toe cut of yet but.......... "stuff" happens

Intel C2D E7200

ASUS P5K/EPU MoBo

BFG 8800 GT OC2 Video Card

4GB Kingston HyperX 1066 DDR2 Ram

5 W.D 500GB HD

2 LG G22N 20x DVD±RW DL

CoolerMaster 650Watt PS

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yogurt80

I'll ask again... as far as compressing files goes, I have a 1tb drive that is almot
completely full from my backed up DVDs and Blu Rays. 

 

Can I compress
these files on the hard drive without damaging the quality?

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johnnymegabyte

Compressed Air ... in a can ?

Use a balloon pump from the dollar store. Also "green" ... take that environMENTALists 

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nightkiller

The genius who dreamed up this strategy should be made to sit in a single pair of Attends without removing them for a week. They are either not respectful of their clients who put their money upfront AND in good faith with the expectation that it will not be used to finance freetards or they are simply showing that they are intellectually bankrupt in what they consider to be original content.

Perhaps this is a subtle signal to move on to arstechnica or anandtech for the real deal.

 

You choose a flightless bird as a mascot and wonder why it doesn't take off?

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stinkjones

I didnt finish the article becuase I knew when you said to compress all your files to increase performance you were a complete retard and should not be listened to by anyone. This is such a steaming pile of shit on top of shit that I had to register just to make this comment and let you know. PLEASE do better, for other people's sake; I clearly will never read another article on this site again.

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jsmithstate

Two tips to make your older computer run faster than new.
-Uninstall Vista
-Install Damn Small Linux (whole O/S runs in ram)

It will make your pentium 2 feel like a new quad core CPU.

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johnny3144

-uninstall whatever OS you have

-run DOS

the speed of outprint scrolling will make your pentium 2 feel like a quad core

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ericbrow

I disagree with the large majority of these suggestions.  Most of this stuff is crapware itself, and will only integrate itself into the OS thereby slowing it down.  The few suggestions I would not mark as bad I would also suggest that they do not need to be done on a regular basis (defragging, for example, only needs to be done on occasion unless you have been installing/uninstalling lots of software).  Compressing folders may gain some space, but ALWAYS slows down a computer.   Many of these programs may be decent if installed and ran once or twice, then uninstalled.   I can't tell you how many machines I've had come through my shop that have not only the software listed here, but 4 or 5 others of the same type of software gumming up the system.

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Looksback

More like a "word from our sponsors." I don't mind since I'm sure it keeps MPC online, and it is information that we can choose to investigate further or ignore.

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lhatten

This may or may not be the place for this, but the Mr Pooney has a point here (not well written but a point).  It has bothered me when I am reading my new mag and realize that I have already read the article online.  It seems that it would be a good idea to delay the online content slightly.  Also, I think it would be a good idea to have a subscribers portion of the web site.  You could put in your subscription number and then access "extra" material.  As far as I know, the model of giving away your content while trying to sell your publication is not working for newspapers, why should it work for magazines?

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FenixSS

I agree, should be printed for great bathroom reading material :D

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foamcup

Glad to see it get mentioned.  I've been using it for years, it's worth the money.  It's probably not necessary on my Vista machines, but eh.

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aplc0r

Just as others have said, the problem with using a vacuum isn't
capacitors being damaged (you have a better chance of doing that with
using compressed air too close), its the static electricity that can
build up and jump onto your board. I used to use a compressed air tank
out in the garage, but once I moved to an apartment this wasn't an
option. 3M makes a small electrostatic safe vacuum (labeled ESD safe)
for about $150 which is great for large cases, and doesn't make a huge
mess.

And a quick note about SMART warnings. Most BIOSs and Vista will warn
about a SMART failure, but usually only when there is imminent failure.
Usually turned on by default, the BIOS runs a quick SMART test during
POST. It hardly slows down boot at all. Vista will actually warn you
via a system tray notification telling you to back up your data
immediately.

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mls067

I have to say that I like having a hard copy maxpc lying around as well as having it online. I guess I am just old school like that. I have another tech magazine (like I need another besides maxpc...ok I'll remove my lips now) that went to just digital and while it works well, I am not going to renew my subscription. If I am going to have to connect to read it I can probably find everything in just a few sites for free.

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PhelanPKell

Three words: Bathroom Reading Material.

Given, my MaxPC mags go into my backpack and come everywhere with me for about 6 months after they came out, but it's nice to have something good to read in the bathroom either way. ^^

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Mr.Pooney

 So.... i got my mag 2 days ago... taking in to acount that i live in northern canada it may take a few days longer then most but what do i see today on the site? THE F**KING COVER STORY TO THIS MONTHS MAG!

SO YOUR TELLING ME THAT I COULD HAVE KEPT MY BUCKS AND STILL GOTTEN THE WHOLE STORY "For FREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE"? that is just BS! i mean! atlease wait till the next issue comes out `s|-|it!

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Intel C2D E7200

ASUS P5K/EPU MoBo

BFG 8800 GT OC2 Video Card

4GB Kingston HyperX 1066 DDR2 Ram

5 W.D 500GB HD

2 Samsuns SH-S223 DVD±RW

CoolerMaster 650Watt PS

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schmitty6633

That's pretty much what the magazine is. You can get all of it a month ahead online and the mag is mainly outdated. Pretty much the mag is just what's been posted on the site with a few extra goddies. Ripoff to me.

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Dacker

The mag is great for taking into the crapper...That's why I subscribe.

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linkmaster6

Driver Agent is a piece of crap you have to pay for, do your own driver homework

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MAXPCreader07

My tip for a faster computer is to use a faster/lighter OS.

For example: instead of Windows Vista, try Windows 7, or instead of Ubuntu, try CrunchBang Linux.

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pglasc

I really do not advise using a vacuum to clean out the pc. The vacuum can build up static electricity.I have an air tank with electic motor on it. I put it up to about 30 psi and go after it. Alot cheaper than buying compressed air all of the time plus I use it for a million other things. As inexpensive as hard drives are get a 1TB hard drive for around $100 and be done with it. 

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inmate365

I quit using copressed air years ago. I have been using my electric leaf blower to clean PC's.

Looks like a mini A-bomb with all the dust being blown out of the case. Just be sure you know

where all the wires go!

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wherryj

Why an electric leaf blower?  I always go with gas.  This is MAXIMUM PC after all.  Yout can't really get the horses out of the electric blowers. 

Sure, cleaning the fumes out of the house is a hastle,and there's always the risk of asphyxiation or the occasional oil spill, but since when is over the top not a good thing?

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lancethepants

I just hook up a nozzle to my air compressor, and blast the innards of my pc 's.  Get's the job done good, and will even get all the junk out in the cpu heatsink fins.  At first I wondered if it wouldn't be good for it, but I've been doing it for years now, and it's never rendered any computer inoperable. Works like a charm

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hiremenow

Gordon is badass and the reason he is using the default disk cleanup is probably to keep you from having to spend money he's a genius.

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ptmcannany

There is alot of other product that do a much better job than disk cleanup.  I can’t be believe that someone in the IT field wrote this article.

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Cache

And yet you didn't name a single one.  Ample space here in the comments field, I believe; name a few.

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Havok

 Owned

 

OMGWTFBBQ

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yogurt80

And the 1mm thick dust build up on your fans is easily cleaned with some swabs and alcohol.

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Denis63

I use a series of paintbrushes, mainly a 4-inch horsehair badboy. it cleans everything and dosn't push capacitors around, plus it was 10 bucks and it'll last forever :)       -Denis

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yogurt80

Ooo- that's good advice!!   I like that idea!

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Denis63

Thanks! i only use cans of air for my PSU's. and the massive paintbrush gets deep down in the fins of a heatsync! i should of mentioned that...       -Denis

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Captain

i learned recently that blowing compressed air onto electronics with dust on it can significantly damage it, so i advise against it. Use a vaccum, its much much safer.

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Havok

 And the static generated from a vaccum is much safer? Hey everone, lets have some CPU fried rice! I'll get the vaccum, you bring the Phenom! Quick tip to the unwise: don't push your spray nozzle right up against your equipment when you blow it out. Leave an inch or two gap 'tween the nozzle and surface and you won't 'damage' your gear.

 

 

OMGWTFBBQ

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Caboose

 So, instead of blowing dust off of electrical sensitive components which is much safer, we'll create a static charge which can cause even MORE damage, to the point of frying a component which will render the part dead. Hmmm, me thinks your method is flawed!

 

-= I don't want to be dead, I want to be alive! Or... a cowboy! =-

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yogurt80

What's so bad about Smart Defrag?  I've rarely had a file that didn't defrag.  Also, how does Defraggler fare?  I use it ocassionally, and haven't had any issues.

 

Also, as far as compressing files goes, I have a 1tb drive that is almot completely full from my backed up DVDs and Blu Rays.  Can I compress these files on the hard drive without damaging the quality?

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yogurt80

Let me add a tip- if you use compressed air regularly, (as  Ido), make sure you POWER DOWN YOUR STUFF FIRST!!  First, if the can is shaken or inverted, the chemicals come out freezing, which could cause damage.

 Second, the air is VERY FLAMABLE!! Components get very hot and can ignite!  I once used air on my running projector, only to hear an ignition and have flames shoot out of the air vents, leaving charred film on the lens.

 

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D.E.

Sorry but I am just going to skip out a number of these tips. Mostly because it involves installing more apps than I really need. Like do I really need an app to tell me which bits of software need updating-- I think I can be on top of that. =/

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almax

These two tips I don't get,

4. Compress Your Files
9. Archive Your Files

Old school tips about optimizing limited ram have gone to the wayside due to cheap prices. Have we not yet reached the same point with hard drive space??

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