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What hardware make my computer faster?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by bstsystems, Mar 31, 2012.

  1. bstsystems

    bstsystems Regular Member

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    I have a pretty fast processor etc, but my programs seem to take a little too long to load. I want them to be almost instant. Also when browsing webpages, sometimes they load slowly.

    So...if I were to upgrade, where should I focus my upgrade money if I only care about the 2 things above? The fastest cpu? Ram? Is it hard drive speed? Hard drive type? Hard drive cache amount? Motherboard bus speed? Does it matter intel or amd?

    What are your thoughts?
     
  2. Orbit143

    Orbit143 Senior Member

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    buy shitload of RAM, then buy some more. Seriously, you can never have enough.
     
  3. AdnanMahmud

    AdnanMahmud Junior Member

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    What is your RAM's memory? I am using 8GB RAM with my Core i3 processor and My PC is super fast. You try this.
     
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    timmylang Junior Member

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    Ram / Processor / Harddrive in that order.

    upgrade your ram and ram speed
     
  5. Laughing-Man

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    4-8gb Ram is good enough.
    A SSD Hard Drive would make transferring and opening files faster

    Just getting these 2 things your computer will be a lot faster.
     
  6. myelbow4

    myelbow4 Newbie

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    Everything needs to be about equal in performance or else you get bottlenecks. If you have an i7 CPU but your hard drive is only 5400 rpm, then your computer won't be able to fully utilize the i7 because the hard drive won't be able to read as fast as the i7 can process.
     
  7. myelbow4

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    List your specs and we will be able to help you more.
     
  8. Nemizr

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    8GB RAM, 64 bits W7 and a beast of an SSD from Corsair or OCZ makes your computer that much faster.
    A good processor helps as well of course.
     
  9. marusia

    marusia Senior Member

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    I've got 6 gigs of ram and it's pretty good at opening quickly. As far as browser speed, I open 15+ tabs at a time and still pretty damn fast, even with video.
     
  10. NoirHat

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    A. List your specs like mentioned above.
    B. If you have a 32 bit OS, 'buying gobs of ram' is pointless
    C. I'm willing to bet your system is bogged down with crap for one thing.
    Run System mechanic, even if you're just going to use the trial.

    Also, what internet speed do you have?
     
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    1. RAM, RAM, RAM. Also install Windows 64-bit to break the 3 Gigabyte barrier.
    2. Check for malware as well!
    3. Watch your start up programs by reviewing System Configuration for Windows.
    4. AV programs can also cripple the fastest computer.
    5. With Task Manager lookout for misbehaving apps that leak memory and system resources or consume CPU cycles.
     
  12. Nemizr

    Nemizr Regular Member

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    I absolutely hate AV's. Last time I had one, it started deleting system files.
    Screw anti-viruses.
    You might want to defragment your HDD also. And delete all the shit you don't need.
     
  13. roryhill

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    The hard drive is almost always the biggest bottleneck on a computer. However, the easiest and cheapest way to speed up a computer is to increase the RAM. In addition, make sure you run a program to clean out any adware, empty your temp files and make sure you have at least 10% free hard drive space.
     
  14. jazzc

    jazzc Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    Good quality SSD - huge difference.
     
  15. Techxan

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    If you are having slow response times on your computer it can be either hardware or software. A CDROM not responding to a parse, or a hard drive having to continuously rewrite a cluster will slow the overall speed up significantly.

    You need to go into Event Viewer, and look at the error log in the "system" tab, this is where hardware errors show up (for XP, I am not sure about 7). If you see a lot of yellow and red errors there, especially if they are from the same source device, this device or component needs to be disabled or replaced,

    You can see the process on this web page for XP, others are similar, I am sure other readers here can chime in about 7 and vista. If they do I will add this information to my site.

    http://stupiddamncomputer.com/how_to_use_event_viewer.html


    I also have page there about speeding up your computer using both hardware and software, steps that anyone can take that will help make their computer perform better.

    http://www.stupiddamncomputer.com/how_to_speed_up_your_computer.html#.T3dOmdnW6xM

    If your computer does not show any errors in the "system" tab take a look at the "applications" tab and see if you have any errors there. This is where program errors will show up. If you see a string of errors from the same program, that program is suspect.

    Pay particular attention to any yellow errors that occur before a string of red errors. It may be that the real problem is the yellow error, a warning that a service did not start for example, that will cause critical errors for a program is dependent on that service.

    If you have an error that the print spooler cannot start, then you get an error saying the printer cannot print, the root problem is the spooler issue, not the printer, because the printer can only print what the spooler throws at it.

    If both of these are clear, you should suspect a malware issue. Believe me right now, unless you use some sort of really spectacular antivirus/anti malware software, you have spyware on your computer, along with trojans.

    if you clean your computer properly, you will be amazed at what you will find.

    I stake my reputation on this statement. It may not be obvious, but there are very few really clean computers out there.

    If you have an XP machine, once again I have a procedure to help you on my site.
    http://stupiddamncomputer.com/fix_my_computer.html

    Also, there is a thing called a rootkit. Simply described, it is essentially a computer infection in the firmware of the operating system itself. It sits on your system doing whatever it is designed to do along with actively hiding its existence from the actual operating systems.

    If your computer takes a while to respond to the Windows button, or start button, I don't mean a few heartbeats delay, I mean a significant amount of time, do this:

    Do a control-alt-delete and bring up the task manager. Go to the process tab and look at the bottom of this display box at the amount of your processor in use.

    If you watch, 100% of your processor time will be accounted for when you add up the amount of processor time used by running programs and idle processes.

    Watch this process and see if it seems to make sense. If your processor is running at 40 %, and you see only 20 % in use, then something is hiding itself in your computer. If your idle processes shows 95 percent idle, but your processor is high, something i going wrong.

    It can either be a rogue program or malware. If it is a rogue program, usually you can see it hogging the processor in task manager.

    Any time your computer is fast off the internet but bogs down on the internet, you have a bad case of malware, if there are no errors in event viewer.

    Sorry for the state of the site, I was doing some updating, and something happened, so I had to restore from a variety of backups. You will notice it is about half revamped, please bear with me.

    MODS- although I am actually trying to help, if this is too much of a blatant promotion even though I have not used any affiliate links, feel free to punish me accordingly. I prefer padded handcuffs. :D
     
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  16. extremephp

    extremephp BANNED BANNED

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    Last time I closed Firefox, there was like 227 tabs open :D

    I know many here have been at that point :cool: Its cool. Fuck Yeah! :D
     
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  17. ben10023

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    SSD will bring you the most in terms of noticeable speed, they're expensive so either dual HDD or get a hybrid with 4-8 GB Flash Cache and 500GB platters.

    Then ram, get the max bus speed you can and dont cheap out.
     
  18. NoirHat

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    if you are short on RAM and using the hard drive as virtual memory...THEN you must get more ram before buying any other hardware.

    and 32 bit OS can address 4 gigs of ram.
     
  19. Techxan

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    Set your virtual memory to be twice the size of ram. and defrag your computer