Speed up your PC

There are three ways to get a faster PC or laptop: buy a new one, upgrade the hardware, or upgrade the software. We can show you how to do them all.

Over the past few weeks in the PC Advisor office we’ve been focusing on the fast and the furious: no, not the dreadful/incredible film (I haven’t seen it), but the need for speed in all things PC. Our conclusion? There are three ways to avail yourself of a super fast PC or laptop. We’ve been trying out them all, and are excited to bring you the unofficial PC Advisor Guide To Getting A Speedy PC.

The most effective - and most expensive - way to source a slick system is to shell out for a new one. It is an unbreakable law of tech that as time goes by computer components become faster, so the new PC you buy today will feel slow in comparison to its newer rivals tomorrow.

Speed up your PC: Super power, super speed

Take a look at the super-powered gaming PCs we have tested recently and you can see that modern desktops produce amazing power and performance. Power PCs such as the Yoyotech Warbird Titanium Pro SLI gobble up the most intensive 3D games in a way that would have been unthinkable just a year ago. It’s a seriously fast computer, and it’s not even our Best Buy.

Okay, not everyone has the moolah to shell out for a £1,500 PC just to feel the force of fast. But even the relatively inexpensive laptops that lead out our hardware reviews section would have been power PCs a couple of years back, never mind the Ultrabooks and power laptops that feature in our Test Centre. And how about modern smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S4? With Geekbench 2 and GLBenchmark results of 3227 and 41fps the S4 is nothing if not a powerful and fast personal computer. It has more computational power than your desktop of five years ago could dream of.

Speed up your PC: A cheaper way to a faster PC

But of course purchasing a new PC, laptop or even smartphone is not practical if you are trying to deal with a sluggish PC armed only with a recession-hit wallet. Fortunately there are two great ways to speed up any Windows PC or laptop without having to buy new. The most effective of these is a hardware upgrade for your existing system, the most effective of which is to load the OS on to an SSD. Solid state drives have no moving parts, which makes them quieter and less susceptible to damage than HDDs.

Crucially SSDs are a lot faster at reading and writing data than are spinning hard disks, which makes a huge difference if your PC or laptop is trying to access the operating system multiple times each second. For a small price a relatively simple upgrade you could enjoy a much faster computer.

Not all PC speed boosters are hardware based, however, and not all of them even cost money. There are some simple software tweaks that can make any PC or laptop faster. They are easy to do and don’t take up much time - in this article we outline 12 Must-Do PC Tasks. Give them a try today and enjoy a faster future.