Today, most people don’t need to know how a computer works because they find it important to be computer literate. Being computer literate means you have the knowledge and understanding of computers and their uses. They connect to the Internet to access information, exchange messages, do online shopping, and access sources for entertainment and leisure. So with all these, how can we keep our PC healthy and efficient?
If you’re someone who buys a computer every 6 months, you may not buy this article. But if you’re an average computer user who would rather keep their PC in good condition as much as possible, there are some important things you can do to help you achieve that goal. So, let’ see what you can do to make your PC live a long and healthy life.
1. Buy Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)
A UPS is an electrical apparatus that provides emergency power to a load when main power is not working. When the electricity goes down, it will keep your computer running. UPS can give your computers enough power to finish your existing task and save it after sudden power failure. Using a UPS is like putting a shield on your expensive and precious hardware.
2. Buy high-quality power supply
When buying a new machine, don’t compromise the power supply. Some underestimate the importance of this part, but without it, nothing will work. You should also buy a power supply that exceeds the theoretical maximum load of your machine by at least 30%, to avoid stress and wear. Thus, if your CPU and GPU demand 200W at peak performance, you should go for 300W, at least.
3. Keep dust away by using lots of fans
When buying a computer, might as well ask the computer store sales guy to add some extra computer fan to keep it cool and dust free. This way, air will circulate better, preventing dust to be stored inside your computer. In addition to keeping your internals at a reasonable temperature, powerful fans can keep dust from accumulating.
Back-up or extra: 2 DVD burners, 2 hard disk drives, etc., having a single point of failure is never good. Multiple devices extend your lifeline and increase your productivity and flexibility. Do a back up because if one of the hard disks fails, your important personal files are still safe on the other drive.
5. Temperature control
There’s a lot of free software that allows you to check the current temperature of your computer. Having visibility of the computer’s temperature can help you prevent it from overheating. Make sure to keep it on a mid-range temperature. Buying a large casing is also useful since it helps dissipate excess heat generated, and allows more flexibility in the layout of hardware parts.
6. PC Optimization
Protect, scan, clean, and adjust your computer’s settings are the best ways to make your computer perform better every day. Imagine that a simple defrag and weekly full scan for different types of malware can make a big difference to your PC’s overall health and performance.
Article written by: Charlo Magallanes – Supportrix Tech Engineer