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Is your computer sluggish? Cluttered? Bursting at the seams? In this course, created for those new to PC maintenance and utilities, author and computer teacher Laura Bungarz shares some of her favorite techniques to help you speed up your home PC. Learn about defragmenting, checking your RAM, sorting files, and using utilities you already have to clean up "behind the scenes." Laura will also provide tips on upgrading your computer and, if your budget permits, looking for a new PC.
Once you have your budget in mind and you've figured out whether you want a laptop or a desktop, now you need to decide how much hard drive space you need. Is your current hard drive full? Are you overflowing onto external hard drives and into Google Drive and OneDrive? How much space do you need? Do you want to consolidate any of that? Don't buy a more powerful computer just for more hard drive space. It's probably overkill for you. In many instances, simply upgrading the hard drive in the computer you're looking at is a cheaper, better option than buying a whole different level of computer that you're really not going to use the power in.
So it's usually just cheaper to upgrade the hard drive or upgrade the video card versus buy the whole next model up. That's often the more expensive route.
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