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Simple Tips for Speeding Up Your Home PC
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Determining the power


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Simple Tips for Speeding Up Your Home PC

with Laura Bungarz

Video: Determining the power

Hard drive is important, but you also need to think about what you're going to use the computer for. Are you a game player? Movie lover? Music lover? Think about video cards and sounds cards or those things that you're going to need in your new computer. Or are you just checking your email, checking Facebook, surfing the web a little bit, doing some googling? You'll probably find, if you go into the store and look at the basic desktops, the one on sale is going to do fine for what you need. What I often tell people is, "The 300 dollar "one on sale is great, if all you're doing "is checking your email and facebook and surfing the web." But if you are a gameplayer, if you are a movie lover, if you do want to do the video editing, if you want that kind of power, then you need to look at the higher end models.

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Simple Tips for Speeding Up Your Home PC
45m 55s Appropriate for all Jul 09, 2014

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Is your computer sluggish? Cluttered? Bursting at the seams? In this course, 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.

Topics include:
  • Cleaning the desktop
  • Organizing files with folders
  • Using Disk Cleanup, msconfig, and Disk Defragmenter
  • Freeing up disk space
  • Buying and installing RAM
  • Upgrading your computer
Subjects:
Business Productivity Home + Small Office
Author:
Laura Bungarz

Determining the power

Hard drive is important, but you also need to think about what you're going to use the computer for. Are you a game player? Movie lover? Music lover? Think about video cards and sounds cards or those things that you're going to need in your new computer. Or are you just checking your email, checking Facebook, surfing the web a little bit, doing some googling? You'll probably find, if you go into the store and look at the basic desktops, the one on sale is going to do fine for what you need. What I often tell people is, "The 300 dollar "one on sale is great, if all you're doing "is checking your email and facebook and surfing the web." But if you are a gameplayer, if you are a movie lover, if you do want to do the video editing, if you want that kind of power, then you need to look at the higher end models.

Games require considerably more power in the computer than Facebook does. Simple as that.

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Q:  Can I defragment a solid-state hard drive?
A: It is not recommended to defragment a solid state drive (SSD). If you are confused about whether or not you have a solid state drive verses a standard hard drive there are a few ways to check. One way is to simply go into the Control Panel through your Start menu and go to the Device Manager. Look for the Disk Drive option, click the little plus (+) sign to the left of it and check the name of the hard drive listed. If it doesn't say outright one way or the other a simple Google search of the name of the hard drive will provide you with the information you need.
 
Another way to find it is by simply going into Computer or My Computer and right-clicking on your hard drive, probably C:. Under the Hardware tab it will tell you what type of hard drive you have. Again, if you're still unsure, do a simply Google search to find the information you need.
 
 
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