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System Performance & Overclocking

How to get the best out of your computer.

System Performance

Do you ever use your computer and wish that it was working like the first day you bought it? Over time and use, your PC can start to slow down. It may not perform how it used to and starts to make tasks less efficient, or gaming difficult. Your PC's performance may be fine to meet your needs if, for example, all you need it for is simple word processing, handling emails and browsing the internet. What if though, you wanted to play high end games or  perform video editing?

Maximising the performance of any PC is what drives me; setting them up and tuning them to be the best they can be is a passion that started at a young age.

Spending money in the right area is important, a lot of systems will have a “bottleneck”, a weak spot that is holding the rest of the system back. Identifying this and rectifying it can provide and unlock big performance gains, but spending money in the wrong areas will get you nothing.

Everyone's usage of a computer is different, so we carefully look at what you need from your PC, ask the right questions, and suggest improvements to areas we know you’ll see a benefit in.

As a simple example… Gaming requires a strong GPU (graphic processing unit), a good (but not top of the range) CPU, and 8GB+ RAM. In this case you’d want to get the best GPU you could afford.

If your usage was mainly home and office, then spending out on a powerful GPU would be a huge waste of money, as you would see no benefit at all. The money spent on a GPU, as in the previous example, would be much better saved or spent on an SSD (Solid State Drive), which will give you a huge boost to daily productivity.

Performance can be achieved through software or hardware, or a mixture of both.  I have spent many years learning, tuning, and honing systems to get the absolute best from them while not affecting their daily productivity.

Overclocking

Your computer comes with a CPU with factory settings from the manufacturer. These settings tell the processor what the maximum speed is when running to avoid any problems. However, the CPU speed can sometimes be run at a higher speed than the factory setting, speeding up the computer and increasing performance.

 

Not all CPU's can be overclocked, and this technique is usually aimed at enthusiasts that want to squeeze every bit of performance  from their CPU. If you do have a processor that can be overclocked, its worth noting that increasing the speed that it runs at will increase the temperature, so having adequate cooling is very important otherwise your computer could overheat and permanently damage the CPU.

Overclocking can be advantageous and is more common amongst gaming enthusiasts. Modern CPU's however have become powerful enough that most end users wouldn't need to overclock.

If you are looking for a high performance PC, please get in touch. We can build custom designed computers that meet your requirements.