Speed Up Your Computer
   Want to speed up your computer? Is it not as peppy as it once was? Perhaps you’ve found new uses, like video editing, or game play, that require more speed. In this article I’m going to sketch out a seven step plan to increase computer speed. If you want to read about the subject in more depth, get my book
“Speed Up Your Computer”, available from Amazon.com and many other merchants.
   Our first step will be checking your RAM. Of all the things you can do to make your computer faster and more efficient, a RAM upgrade will have the greatest effect in the most cases. Often, for $50 or less, your computer will be transformed.
   The important questions you must answer are what kind of memory to buy, and of course, how to install it. My book will help you with this, and problems sometimes encountered with older operating systems.
   For many folks, a faster CPU would be at the top of their list of changes. Now, particularly with Vista’s advent, swapping processors seems to be on everyone’s mind.
   The gains you make may not be as dramatic as those from upgrading RAM, depending on the programs you use. Computation heavy apps, like 3-D drawing, video effects, and games can show marked improvement. “Speed Up Your Computer” details how to pull the old chip, and install a new one.
   Those apps we just mentioned can get a wonderful boost with a new graphics card. Here, speed is demonstrated through better performance, and higher quality images. Just as increasing RAM can transform your system, increasing video RAM means visuals that are more lifelike than ever before.
   Deciding which GPU to get will depend on what kind of slot your system has, if any increase in wattage will stress your power supply, and what you want it to do. My book will guide you through the process, and show you how to install your new card.
   Undoubtedly, you’ve heard of the fantastic throughput rates that SATA drives are capable of, and how having a SATA port for an external drive means 3 times the speed of a USB connection. The rub is that many of us have motherboards without SATA.
   A twenty dollar expansion card can give you both internal and external SATA ports, and it will plug into a standard PCI slot. “Speed Up Your Computer” shows you how to do it all, installation, drivers, troubleshooting, everything.
   What if you like your EIDE drives, but you could use a little more speed for things like video captures. Nothing is more annoying than capturing a clip and discovering dropped frames afterward. If you could coax just a tiny bit more speed from your hard drive the problem would go away.
   Did you know that a cabling change is all it takes? It can be done in less than an hour, even by someone who has never opened their computer’s case before, if they follow the instructions in my book.
   While about 70% of my plan involves hardware upgrades, 30% are tweaks that you can perform with just a few mouse clicks. For instance, regular hard drive maintenance can make a tremendous difference, particularly when dealing with big files. And who among us doesn’t deal with big files now? Photographs, video clips, 3-D art, the files are immense.
   What if you’re tired of waiting around for Windows to boot? There’s a trick or two I can show you that’ll cut your wait in half. These are simple changes, yet many people never hear about them.
   Look at it like this: you’ve spent around $1000 for your system. Why not spend $14.95 to have it running at its best? The upgrades my book describes can be done by anyone. The instructions are simple, with every action covered by photos. In fact, you could do them just by following the pictures alone.
   Give “Speed Up Your Computer” a try. It’s available from Amazon.com.
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