Increasing computer speed can often mean hardware changes. Even an older computer's performance can be improved through upgrades that are often simple to perform. Here is a list of possible changes you can make, and criteria to base your decision on.
RAM: Dollar for dollar, you'll see more improvement in your computer's performance by adding RAM, than any other upgrade. Before you buy, open up your PC's case and check the sticker on its memory modules to see exactly what kind it is. If you're running an old OS, like Win98SE, remember that 512 MB is the limit. With XP and Vista, your only limitations are your pocketbook, and the number of slots on your motherboard.
CPU: You may be surprised that a faster CPU is second on the list. Your computation speed often is not a problem, the way having log jammed memory is. But if your motherboard can … Read More