I'm quite good at web design and writing code, but never learned too much about the hardware side of things.
Recently I've noticed my computer has slowed down quite a bit. Its not a great computer, but I don't play games or anything and it has usually been quite fast for what I need
I guess I'd best start with my specs. I built this PC years ago, it was my first self build and I was super excited and was saving up for it. I ran out of patience so I went ahead and ordered lesser parts than I initially wanted because I was fed up saving. So its not a top of the range computer, I know that. I would love something better, but I just don't have the money. Basically, don't make fun please
Intel® Core™2 CPU - 6400 @ 2.13 GHz
2GB of RAM
Graphics are crappy ones built into motherboard.
1TB Seagate HDD
Win 7 Ultimate (genuine before anyone asks xD )
With windows running and a few background apps I like (rainmeter, evernote, utorrent, dropbox, avast internet security) my RAM use is usually at 50% (1GB)
My first question is;
- Is 50% of RAM alot, and does this affect my computers performance?
- If not, what sort of percentage does it start to have an impact.
My HDD is 87% full - only 120GB free(Windows installation is on this drive). I believe that your HDD being full can impact performance? (I like to torrent xD)
- Is this true, if so, by how much with mine being at 87%.
- I've heard that defragging isn't needed for windows 7. True or not?
- Do those clean up programs really make a difference? (CCleaner, Tuneup utilities etc. - I know crap cleaner cleans crap, but I mean performance advantage)
These two tabs are using 100MB of ram each. Is 200MB a significant amount when I have 2GB total?
Chrome has 20 processes running, one for each extension and one for each tab! Its using 600MB of ram in total just now with 6 Tabs open and my 2 email ones pinned and has sent my RAM to 83%.
This goes back to my first question, does RAM use that high affect performance?
I will say that my computer isnt slow. Not by my standards anyway. It takes a while to open photoshop for example, but it runs fine. It doesnt crash often and as I said before, I dont play games on PC and it has been fine for my needs up until now. I'm starting to get into more advanced coding/developing and have much more software installed and use more software too.
I think its starting to get out-dated and in need of upgrade/replacement. When I can afford it, I will replace it.
However, for now I'm just looking for answers to these questions, to see how I can better distribute the resources I have and perhaps buy an extra RAM stick or something else.
Suggestions are welcome.
Sorry for the long winded post