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Chapter 5. Maximizing Performance > Fine-Tuning and Upgrading Hardware Componen...

5.3. Fine-Tuning and Upgrading Hardware Components

It's frustrating how computers never seem to be as fast as they were when we first bought them, although in most cases, it's simply a matter of the software demanding more.

A computer is ultimately the sum of its parts, so the task of improving performance must include a discussion of each component. Some parts, such as hard disks, can be optimized to your heart's content, potentially with substantial performance gains. On the other hand, when it comes to such components as your processor or motherboard, there's not much you can do to them short of replacing them entirely. In the rather special case of memory, an upgrade usually consists of simply adding more memory modules.


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