Increasing your computer's memory (RAM) is one of the
quickest, cost effective upgrades you can make to your PC. Performance improvement will be most noticeable if you are the type of person who keeps several programs running at once, or who works on memory-intensive projects like video or image editing.
After a memory upgrade you should notice applications and windows opening faster and fewer instances of the annoying hourglass icons appearing.
The Windows operating system requires a certain amount of free space on a hard disk to be able to run properly. If your hard drive becomes full, windows will grind to a halt.
More hard drive space will keep you from running out of room for video and image files or newer applications, which are only getting larger and larger.
If you're a hardcore or even a casual gamer, you should seriously consider replacing your graphics card, especially if you're still using the one that came with your computer. Adding a new video card can greatly improve gaming performance by increasing speed and improving visuals, leading to smoother game play. A better card can enable you to enjoy newer, more graphics-intensive games.
Upgrading the processor (CPU) in your computer will increase the speed of programs and your computer in general will run faster.
If you've ever wished for a bigger computer screen, you can use a dual monitor setup to extend your desktop across two or more screens.
- Published studies indicate that having a dual monitor in a workplace setting can increase productivity by 20 to 50 percent. For example, if you're a computer programmer, it should be obvious that having your source code on one side and your program on the other side of a dual monitor display would be very helpful.
- Real multi-tasking requires enough screen space to keep two or more apps in full view simultaneously. If you have ever tried to size and align windows on a single monitor, you'll appreciate the ability to have several apps fully open at the same time. Customer service reps and web designers are additional examples of people that would benefit from dual monitors.
- Cutting and pasting between documents is much easier when you don't have to alt-tab between them and scroll up or down so much. If you create newsletters or PowerPoint presentations, you'll identify with this.
- Picture and video editing is a whole new experience with dual monitors. You can have all of your editing tools on one screen while you work on the project in the other. You can compare before and after views of the same work, or supersize panoramic pictures.
- Comparing products is easier when you have dual monitors. You can show two video cameras' specs side by side in separate browser windows, for example.
- Video and gaming take on a whole new dimension with dual monitors. You can view much more of a virtual world and see bad guys coming from a distance. Streaming video on one screen and work on another is a good way to be productive while waiting for an action scene.
- Windows 8 offers some new multi-monitor features, such as the ability to use different backgrounds on each monitor, span multiple screens with your background image, and multiple taskbars.