Speeding up a PC (Part 1)
How can I speed up my PC? Is a question I am asked often. There are three different hardware pieces that affect PC speed. The first will be the focus of this post: the Processor or CPU.
The CPU (Central Processing Unit) also known as the Processor; is a small chip that plugs into the motherboard. If you were to remove the side panel of your PC and look inside; you will not see the CPU. All data flows through the CPU when your computer is running and, as a result, gets very hot! That being the case the CPU must be cooled. Must computers use a fan to cool the CPU while others are liquid cooled. This is the reason you can not see the CPU; beacuse it is covered by a fan.
As I mentioned earlier; all data flows through the CPU and this affects speed. A Processor has two types of measurement: clock speed (GHz) and cache size (M). As an example an Intel Pentium G3220 Processor has a clock speed of 2.8 GHz and cache of 3M. The higher the clock speed and higher the cache size the faster the computer will run. PC's can be upgraded with faster processors. You must do your research because the processor must work with the motherboard in the computer. I recently worked on a PC and removed the Pentium D 2.66GHz / 2M cache and replaced it with a Pentium D 3.5 GHz / 4M cache Processor greating affecting its speed. For this project the cost was low due to the age of the Processor. If you have an Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 a Processor upgrade can get rather expensive.
Part 2 will focus on the RAM or Memory as it relates to PC speed.