- Super-Charge Vista! Or at Least Give It a Prod
- Hardware Requirements: The Basics
- Hardware Upgrades for Vista Bliss
- More Memory: Cheap, Easy, and Quick
- Bigger, Better Video Card
- Installing a Faster CPU: Not an Easy Upgrade Option
- Andy's Recommended Upgrade Plan
- Boost Vista with Your USB Key
- Tweak Your OS
- Boost Your System with Basic Maintenance
- The Fruits of Your Efforts: Performance Monitoring
Andy's Recommended Upgrade Plan
After all that upgrade chit chat, let me summarize for you what you might consider doing if you have a bit of money and are willing to be more ambitious than usual, if you're not a system tinkerer.
For most people who consider themselves intermediate computer users, but not advanced geeks, I recommend the following upgrades, if needed:
- RAM—Definitely upgrade to 1GB of RAM and go to 2GB if you have a bit of extra cash. Go to 3 or 4GB if you play games, edit video, or want the 4GB geek bragging rights.
- GPU—If you bought a midlevel or premium system in the last two years, and it has a separate video card slot (or you can swap out the video card that's there), invest in a newer video card with 256MB or 512MB VRAM.
- CPU—Skip a CPU upgrade unless you have a hardcore geek around. The headaches and resulting performance boost aren't likely to pay off.