Simple Hacks to Boost Computer Performance
This is a continuation of my previous post on simple hacks to boost computer performance where I detailed the first 3 hacks. These are simple DIY hacks to to put some more Oomph on your computer without spending anything. If you do all these tweaks, you will be able to see a very positive improvement to your internet cafe computers. Hopefully this will eliminate yung mga batang hamog na sumisigaw ng LAAAAGGGG every time na ma dedz sa LOL or ROS.
- Adjust Window’s Visual Effects – Please see previous post for details
- Increase Page File Size – Please see previous post for details
- Improve Speaker Volume – Please see previous post for details
- Stop Loading of Unnecessary Startup Programs
- Increase Built In Graphic Card’s Memory Allocation
- Minor Overclock of CPU and GPU
4. Stop loading of unnecessary startup programs
A newly installed Windows only launches mostly important programs during startup. When you install a software or visit a website some components are installed that starts when you boot your computer. Common examples are Samsung Kies, Apple iTunes, Skype, scanners, media players, VPN client and cloud services. Each one eats up computer resources and taxes Windows. When too many resources are used Windows will work very slowly since you have to wait for all the unnecessary (and sometimes hidden) processes to load and everything to get itself into the the system tray.
These startup items consumes system memory, increases internet traffic and use extra processing power to keep everything running in the background. Since a gaming or internet cafe unit needs all the resources available for a lag free experience, it makes sense to reduce programs that start with your computer. This will speed up Windows boot and provide a better all round performance.
Using the Task Manager and CCleaner to boost computer performance
Disabling programs from booting with Windows is one of the most common system tweaks you can perform. Press CTRL-ALT-DEL buttons simultaneously , click on TASK MANAGER. Check the PROCESS tab. Here you can see all the programs running and how much memory and CPU resources are used. In my case, I can immediately identify programs like Apple Push, Skype for Business, iTunes helper, iCloud Services as non critical programs that started automatically upon Windows startup.
Next, you can use a 3rd part program like CCLEANER to disable launching of these programs during startup.
Launch CCleaner then go to TOOLS, then to STARTUP. If the program is tagged as YES on the first column (Enabled), this means that it is loaded upon Windows startup.
Look for all the programs that are not critical to Internet Cafe operations. Right click on the program name and choose disable. If you’re not sure if a program is critical or not, leave it alone and do some research on what it does before deciding to disable it.
5. Increase Built In Graphic Card’s Memory Allocation
Improving GPU performance is another way to boost computer performance instantly. There are basically two types of Graphic Cards. One is a discrete or separate card which you need to install on your motherboard graphic slot (normally PCIe). The other type is a built in or integrated graphics card like AMD’s APU processors or Intel HD GPUs. Discrete or separate graphic cards have their own dedicated video memory attached to it’s board. This is a hardware component and cannot be changed.
Built in or integrated graphic cards have no dedicated memory thus it needs to access the system RAM. This is called Shared Memory wherein a portion of the RAM is allocated to be used by the graphics card thereby reducing available system RAM. For example, if you look at the usable system RAM it will display a reduced number compared to the installed RAM.
Modern games usually require larger amounts of memory. My recommendation is to allocate 1 GB to the graphics card shared memory. To set this, you have to go to the BIOS Setup of your motherboard. During power on, continuously press the DELETE button (don’t hold down, just press continuously) until the BIOS screen shows up.
NOTE: The button to access the BIOS depends on the motherboard manufacturer but DEL button is the most common.
I recommend reading your motherboard manual to check where to change the memory allocation. Properly allocating GPU shared memory is specially useful in gaming. This boost in computer performance can be the difference between unplayable to playable gaming. You can normally find this setting on the ADVANCED portion of the BIOS setup. Look for something like this:
6. Minor overclock of CPU and GPU
I started overclocking in the late 90s wherein I would play around with my company provided computer. Something which I do not preach you to do 🙂 I even bought a legendary Celeron 300 – a certified OC icon which I can safely overlock from 300 MHz to 500 Mhz. At it’s overclocked state the Celeron 300 rivaled the performance of more expensive Pentiums. Overclocking to boost computer performance has actually become sort of a sport among enthusiast.
Overclocking is a way to squeeze as much performance from the existing components in your computers. This is a way to make the components run above their rated parameters. For example, take a processor rated at 100 MHz Bus Speed and run it at 110 MHz. Overclocking a GPU’s clock speed can improve even budget or old cards. People overclock either due to necessity (Need more FPS) or to explore the maximum capacity of their units (MORE FPS!!!).
You can access the overclocking features of your motherboard through the BIOS Setup. Normally in the advanced section. Again, access your BIOS by pressing DEL (or F2 or F10 depending on your motherboard model) during startup. For my example, I overclocked both CPU and GPU. Increasing CPU clock by 10Mhz and the GPU clock by 10Mhz.
This modest and very safe overclock resulted in some improvements. Using Novabench we can see that all the important metrics increased. Improvements in CPU Speed, RAM Speed and FPS will have a positive effect specially in gaming.
That’s it! Try it out. Even a newbie can do this and all the other 5 DIY tweaks to boost computer performance.
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