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Many users are under the false impression that computers are incredibly complex machines that should only be altered by engineers or other similarly qualified professionals. This perception has become less true as computing technology has matured, and now anybody with access to the internet can learn and navigate the inside of a computer.Because upgrading computers has become so much easier than it was in the past, users have new opportunities at their fingertips to optimize PCs and make the most of their hardware. The PC optimization process begins when deciding which hardware to purchase, and continues into configuring the device's hardware and software systems.Choosing the right components for optimizationWhen you build a new computer, which almost anybody can do with the help of instructional manuals and online help forums, it is important to choose the right components to create and maintain an optimized environment. For example, it is important to choose a motherboard that will have space for more RAM than you plan on purchasing initially so you can make an upgrade later.As a general rule, you should also focus on selecting high-performance components if you expect to optimize your computer. Regardless of how much memory you buy or how fast the processor is, you will want to buy a high-performance model. For example, if you choose to purchase 4GB of RAM instead of getting 8GB, you should still look to invest in a performance-oriented model within the 4GB category. The high-end components will feature faster read times for RAM, more L3 cache for the processor and other similar secondary features that will help get the most out of your computer.Hardware configurationConfiguring hardware for optimal performance will also improve your computer's performance. To accomplish this, many users will overclock their RAM and processor to increase their capabilities. By removing the safeguards that dictate how much voltage is sent to components, users can closely control the amount of energy sent to hardware. They can use this control to gradually increase voltage levels and dramatically improve RAM timings and processing power.Overclocking is another option. Experienced users can go into the system BIOS and settings, change voltage levels and try running the computer with the new settings. Monitoring tools, many of which can be downloaded online, will ensure any changes will still be safe. While overclocking can be relatively easy, it should still be performed carefully because it involves circumventing built-in safety controls.Configuring softwareSometimes, users running advanced hardware experience performance issues because their operating system, firmware or other hardware is unable to keep up with the hardware's capabilities. To make sure your computer can handle all of the advanced features of new hardware, it is important to update component firmware. It is also necessary to maintain the most recent operating system version possible to make sure hardware is optimally supported.There are exceptions to these rules, in which an updated version of firmware or software will not support some performance features that an earlier edition was more compatible with. To address these exceptions, be sure to carefully research your various hardware items to understand their nuances.Optimizing hardware to improve performance is something that almost anybody can do if they gain a full understanding of their computer and its needs. The same principles for optimization when building a new device can apply to any upgrades that you may make to improve an older computer.
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