That New Computer Smell

If you are like most people when they buy a new Personal Computer, you probably get excited when you take it out of the box, turn it on, and marvel at how fast it runs. When a computer is new, it always seems to run faster and boot up quicker than your old computer. The applications and games seem to run without any slow down, and when you get on the internet, the pages load instantly on the screen, and you can quickly surf from one website to another. Over time, though, your computer can slow down and not run as soon as it did when it was new.


This slowdown can occur for various reasons, and when it happens, it can be frustrating and spoil your computing experience. When this happens, it can be corrected by either cleaning up your hard drive or running some diagnostics. Perhaps the computer has a virus, and once you remove the virus, performance can be restored. What do you do if you have done all those things and your computer is still running slow?

If your computer is running slow even after you have removed any viruses and attempted to improve system performance, it could mean that the demands you are now placing on your computer have exceeded the computer’s capability.

Using our computers, we install new software applications and attempt to run more applications simultaneously. The new software we install can require greater computer resources, such as more computer memory and a faster CPU or central processing unit to run the software applications or games properly.

If you are like me, you like to have multiple software applications running or multiple internet browser windows open simultaneously, which can utilize greater computer resources. The more resources you use, the slower the computer will run.

This is a constant problem in computing because computer technology doubles roughly every 18 months. In demand for more feature-rich software applications, developers create more resource-consuming software programs. To meet the increased needs of software, computer manufacturers continue to build faster, more expensive computers. In my opinion, this is a vicious cycle where, to maintain a fast and enjoyable computing experience, the computer user is forced to go out and buy a new computer every few years.

Fortunately for me, I have never had to worry about that problem. I am a certified computer professional and have been building and repairing computers for over 15 years. When I want a faster computer, I do not buy a new expensive computer, and I have learned how to break the new computer buying cycle by upgrading my computer.

By upgrading my computer rather than buying a new one, I can make myself a faster computer at a fraction of the cost. You can break the computer buying cycle, too, and you do not have to be a computer professional like me. You only need to know a few things about computers, be handy with a screwdriver, and be able to follow a few simple instructions. Still, before you consider upgrading your computer, it might be important to get a brief overview of how a computer works.