3 Inexpensive But Effective PC Upgrades
A slow computer isn’t just an annoying inconvenience. For every minute staff members sit around waiting for their computer to finish whatever it seems to be “thinking” about, money resulting from lost productivity is draining from your bank account.
Fortunately, boosting productivity doesn’t necessarily require expensive upgrades or PC replacements. (Of course if your computers have been in use since the Clinton era, it might be time for some overhauls).
When we provide computer support the first thing we look for are the simple, inexpensive upgrades that have the potential to make a big difference.
1. Run a cleanup – Over time, a heavily used computer can get completely bogged down with temp files, cached data, old registry code, malware, spyware and more. Running some basic, free cleanup utilities like CCleaner, Malwarebytes and even running an Antivirus scan can find and clean lots of problematic files that have been holding back the computer from performing up to its capabilities.
2. Install more RAM – While not free, RAM is one of the most inexpensive upgrades you can make to your computer that can have the greatest positive impact on the performance of the machine. Today’s computers should be operating with no less than 2GB of RAM to ensure you’re getting the performance out of your systems. If you’re running Windows 7, it’s recommended that you install a minimum of 4GB. If you’re running large database applications, heavy graphics or rendering programs or CAD type applications, the more RAM you install in your computer, the better. For our clients, one of the first things we check for when performing an initial network audit is the amount of RAM in the workstations.
3. Another relatively inexpensive upgrade that can have a big impact on performance is installing a larger monitor. Large LCD screens have come down dramatically in price over the years, making a large monitor a very affordable upgrade option. By fitting more information on the screen and reducing the need to scroll to see data, employee performance can be increased significantly.
Plus, LCD screens will give you the added benefits of using less energy, they give off a lot less heat and they take up much less desktop real estate than their older CRT counterparts.
Our customers are always looking for new ways to improve performance without spending a fortune. These simple, inexpensive upgrades are an excellent place to start.