Help me upgrade!

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  1. le_rocks

    le_rocks New Member

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    So i've had this computer for about 2 years now. I used to use it for gaming, but since those 2 years, i really only use it for itunes, homework and some other shenanigans. However, i have noticed some lag and feel it might need some upgrade. What is the cheapest and most efficient thing I can do to notice a big difference? I've defragged and ran all the clean-up software.
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    If it's been two years and you haven't formatted/reinstalled Windows then that will probably help alot. Not a long term solution by any means but will bring your pc back to life.
     
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    OniMinion ...recalls when this forum was actually about cars OT Supporter

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    I remember the Pentium D! That was my first Intel RetailEdge purchase. It was horrible compared to the Core 2 Duo though since the processors didn't "share" resources.

    NOTE: You shoulnd't have to reformat or reinstall windows that often. Look into TweakXP for a list of good things you can do to make it run faster.
     
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    An install that's two years old shouldn't be formatted/reinstalled?? That just seems like a long time when software is installed/uninstalled, etc. I try and do mine at least once a year so maybe my opinion is skewed. BUt a format is free and might help breathe some life into it.
     
  5. pew pew pew

    pew pew pew OT Supporter

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    this sounds dumb but i tried a bunch of things then finally used air in a can and blew out all the dust from my power supply and more importantly my heatsink on my processor... i had a variable fan on it and i guess i left it cranked on too much and it just blew dust in for like 2 years... noticed an immediate speed increase
     
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    Yeah, typically you shouldn't need to. Back in the day of Win98SE it was necessary. But with XP and Vista I have installed once and been fine.

    As far as the dust in concerned, DUH! Once to twice a year your should clean it out!
     
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    So clean the fan and processors with air in a can? Ok i'll try and that first, brb lol
     
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    yeah I'd run CCleaner and get more ram, ram is usually pretty cheap and you can get 2 gigs to help speed up the computer.
     

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