I've searched the forums, but can't find a thread providing a full guide and suggestions on speeding up your computer.
Suggestions are welcome!
This guide has been split into two parts, [Free] and [Hardware]
-All programs listed in this guide are "popular programs" that are used by many people and I have personally tried all these programs.
-WoT does not yet support Multicore processors or more then one GPU for that matter. Some 'problems' might be resolved once WoT does support these things. - Thanks Rorus
Minimum system requirements:
CPU: 2 GHz
RAM: 1 GB
Video: GeForce 6600GT (128 MB) / ATI analog
Connection rate: 128 Kbps
Average system requirements:
CPU: 3 GHz
Video: GeForce 8600GT (256 MB) / ATI analog
Connection rate: 128 Kbps
Maximum system requirements:
CPU: 2 Core 3 GHz
RAM: 2 GB
Video: GeForce 9800 (512 MB) / ATI analog
Connection rate: 1024 Kbps or higher (for faster downloads)
Problem 1: Temporary files have built up on your hard disk
Some tasks and programs will keep files in your temporary folder and will build up over time. This may be one of the reasons your computer is taking some time to boot up as these files tend to be memory consuming. Cleaning your temporary files will give you more Hard Disk space to work with.
Problem 2: Your registry is cluttered
Programs that use their own extensions (eg. .ppt .doc .app ect) will add an entry into your registry. Overtime, after installing and uninstalling many programs, you may find that your registry is cluttered with useless entries. This can slow down your computer.
A useful tool for solving problems 1 and 2 is CCleaner. It is free and it comes with many other features.
Problem 3: Your computer has been infected
Your computer will run slower if you have a lot of malware (malicious software) on it. Malware can do anything ranging from stealing your passwords to crashing your computer every time it boots up. It is important to run regular (weekly or fortnightly scans of your computer.
If you do not have a security program installed on your computer, here are some good free ones to use:
Problem 4: Not enough space on the hard disk
Installing large programs to your hard drive will inevitably slow down your computer. I would recommend leaving around about 20% of your hard drive capacity free to allow your computer to have enough room for temporary files and file swapping.
Problem 5: Your files are fragmented
You should also defragment your hard drive to to gather dispersed information and allow other space to be used by your computer again. It is recommended that the first time you defragment, you should run through it 5-8 times. When files are fragmented and located all over the HHD in different physical locations upon the disk. De-fragmenting moves similar application files all to the same location so they can be sequentially read which gives significantly faster game/application/any type of loading times. - Thanks xVoid
If you have had your computer longer than a year and had many games installed I highly recommend de-fragmenting it also effects windows so windows will load faster as well.
Some free defragmenting tools are:
Problem 6: Heat - Thanks rulmentu
Heat is a killer. If your computer overheats, or heats up too much, it can kill your computer's performance. One main culprit is the dust that builds up in your computer over time. Once in a while, open your case and clean out that dust with a vacuum cleaner. (Be careful, even static electricity can ruin things.) Also, be sure that your case is well ventilated. This can range from doing simple things such as moving your case to an area with better airflow to installing better cooling systems ie. more fans/water coolers.
Problem 1: Not enough RAM
RAM (Random Access Memory)is used as temporary storage space by your computer. It is important to have enough RAM for your computer. However, having too much RAM may not be effective. If your computer is slowing down every time you process large files, or freezes while executing multiple programs, that can be one of the signs that you may need more RAM. (Refer to System Requirements for World of Tanks)
Problem 2: GPU not powerful enough
GPU (Graphics processing unit), more commonly known as your graphics card, may not be powerful enough. (Refer to System Requirements for World of Tanks.) Your graphics card is the part of your computer that processes all graphics (visuals). If your computer struggles to maintain a smooth FPS (Frames per Second), it may be a sign that your graphics card is lacking power. (also see Problem 3)
Problem 3: CPU not fast enough
Your CPU (Central Processing Unit) is perhaps the most important part of your computer. It is what carries out the instructions of a computer program. The speed that your CPU can process information is a big factor in how fast your computer runs. If your computer struggles to run multiple programs at once, or performs slowly, it may be a sign that your CPU is lacking speed. (OVERCLOCKING NOT RECOMMENDED)
Some other useful links/tools
http://www.systemreq...referrer/srtest - for checking if your computer system is able to handle certain games.
Disclaimer: I am not responsible for any harm you cause to your system. This guide is intended to aid you in speeding up and optimizing your computer system.
I will update this post soon to make it look more attractive
Edited by svcheats_0, Dec 15 2010 - 12:51.