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Common Myths About Computers

Common Myths about Computers

There have been numerous misconceptions in the history of PC building, maintenance, and the like. While of course, everyone wants to know the truth, we just can’t avoid these myths simply by nature but we can clear things out to those who are still stuck in them.

Here we provide a short list of common PC myths that have been around for years.

You need a high-end processor for gaming.


A complete myth. Most people today would say that for gaming you’d need an i7 processor and lots of RAM. No. That is entirely false.

When buying a PC, always take into consideration what purpose you will be using it for. If you’re a renderer then the i7 will undoubtedly prove you well, but if you’re just an average gamer that plays Dota 2 and CS:GO and nothing more, then an i3 is already perfect for you – even a Pentium G4400 would do you great.

i7 processors are meant for high-computing tasks though are not built for server-extensive performance. This is a good processor if you’re a game dev or someone in the same field. For those who play GTA V, and other AAA games, having a high-end graphics card and a mid to high-end i5 would do the trick.

Nvidia is only Intel compatible and vice versa with AMD


The myth about the entire AMD being only compatible with AMD Graphics Cards and Intel is only compatible with Nvidia Graphics Cards has to stop. If there’s one thing true about this is that Nvidia and AMD Graphics Cards can’t go in SLI/Crossfire, but even then DX12 is somehow managing to make them compatible yet it is still unstable.

Either way, Nvidia Graphics Cards are compatible with both Intel CPUs and AMD CPUs as well as Intel is compatible with AMD GPUs.

Windows Updates break down your PC


Numerous people believe that Windows is actually trying to break down your OS by sending bugs, viruses, and the like in order for you to buy a new PC or so. This is not true. While this entire myth started years ago ever since the virus issues of Windows XP, Windows will and always has been providing updates to improve system performance, virus protection, fewer bugs, and overall better system stability.

More RAM = Faster PC



This is probably the most common myth that people still believe today. While it is true the more RAM = better efficiency, that doesn’t mean that your PC will be faster at all. Always remember that the RAM has its own speed as well such as DDR3 1333Mhz, 1600Mhz, DDR 2133Mhz, etc etc. These speeds define how fast your RAM is. So more RAM doesn’t generally mean you’ll see a massive performance increase.

Take note, though, that the reason why most people believe this to be real is because it all depends on their usage. For example, if you’re just a casual gamer that plays candy crush on your PC and other small games such as Plants Vs. Zombies, 4GBs of RAM is enough for you since they don’t require that much amount of memory. If you think that you’re PC is slow, adding an additional 4GB to make your PC 8GB won’t make a difference since your entire PC usage (OS + background apps + candy crush or other similar games) won’t even consume 4GBs.

Only add more RAM if your PC truly needs it. If you’re rendering videos, data, 3D animations, then yes – you’ll need more RAM since those tasks require tedious amounts of temporary storage space to move files quickly in and out. But if you’re just playing candy crush all day (and nothing more) and you have 8GBs of RAM, you don’t need an additional 8GB to make it 16GBs to feel that “performance increase” since you’re not event utilizing the 8GBs 100%.

If you’re using an APU as a processor and you don’t have a dedicated GPU then adding more RAM would definitely increase since the graphics textures/modules will be loaded into the same memory as there’s no dedicated graphics memory for the APU.  Aside from that, one factor to consider if you want a faster PC (experience especially when using an APU) is the speed because it regulates how fast data can be transferred and utilized.

If you’re feeling as if your PC is slow, check out our How to optimize your 3-year-old PC guide, or estimate how much RAM you’re using every day. If you’re somewhat near using the 4GB cap or 8GB cap, then that is the time for upgrading.

Turning off your PC is better than turning it on 24/7


To those who are worrying whether continuous PC usage is bad, well that is a complete myth.  While it is true that if your PC is rendering non-stop it would degrade over time, there would only be a slight amount of performance degradation and in most cases, you won’t notice much of a difference. The same goes for turning off your PC.

You could just set your PC to sleep and let it hibernate for awhile if you’re not using it so power consumption would significantly be lower while retaining your progress from your apps, files, and the like.

The main factor in hardware degradation is always temperature. If your processor or GPU are processing at a high rate, it is expected that temperatures would also be high. That’s why there are several unique coolers out there to accommodate your cooling needs.

Frequently defragmenting your Harddrive is necessary


This is a good topic with much controversy throughout the years. Around the early 2000s, defragmenting was a common task done by almost everyone to increase the efficiency of their PC. While it is true that defragmenting does increase performance, defragmenting every day is not necessary.

Defragmenting is simply organizing the files and removing the clutter that was built up through a period of reading/writing and moving of files/data in the disk. That being said, while fragmentation is inevitable, it only happens if there’s been a long period of time where junk was built up. Defragmenting every day clearly is pointless since once you defragment your drive after a year, there won’t be any fragmentation left, and defragmenting every day would be like cleaning nothing over and over again.

Fragmentation takes a while before it builds up and it takes a bigger amount if one is to notice a performance difference. Only defragment at least once in every 3 months to the duration of your choosing. Defragmenting every day would only lead to a shorter hard drive lifespan.

This article was written by Pete Deyto. A Tech-Enthusiast of all sorts, he is the Business Development Officer of Veer Technologies and Reality+, and the Corporate Relations Manager of VR Philippines. He is currently taking up B.S. Computer Science at the University of Santo Tomas.

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6 Responses

  1. Healed Drive from coma says:

    The thing is, defragmenting saved my ass up for buying a new hard drive. One day, my laptop notified me to replace my hdd because it’s already faulty, and will likely to fail. Upon knowing this, I downloaded Defraggler, and there it also warned me that my drive is in bad condition. (It’s too obvious for me, because my large video files were being corrupted). Hoping defragging would help to lengthen my drive’s lifespan even for a bit, I started to defrag my drive once a week. (I mean complete, thorough defrag) I wasn’t expecting it to give promising results because I am also aware that defragging only optimizes organization of files. But after 3 months of doing this (forgetting the supposed deadline of my dying drive), I no longer experience sudden corruption of files. (But defraggler is still warning me about my bad drive condition) And because I trusted my drive and my habit of defragging for 1 year, defraggler now returns a “GOOD” condition in my drive. Hard Drives are really a mystery.

    *I didn’t intend for this comment to be kind of inspirational to other hard drives out there*

  2. chief gato says:

    this is true: More RAM = Faster PC…
    /for AMD APU-based computers since the RAM installed is shared between the system RAM and the built-in gpu inside the cpu.
    /for Intel cpu with built-in gpu since the RAM installed is shared between the system RAM and the built-in gpu inside the cpu.

    a simple test would be AMD/Intel cpu (with built-in gpu) with 1GB/2GB/4GB/8GB/16GB ram and fire up your favorite game or application.
    while old games and apps may work even with 1GB ram, some games/applications need to run under a certain minimum ram requirement.
    where in the recent past a gamer may have the ‘optimum’ 8GB ram, some modern games already show more ease in gaming if the system ram is 16GB.
    (this is why i recommend to have a single 8GB (ddr3/ddr4 single channel) and then add another 8GB for dual channel effect when the pocket allows it…

  3. Marcos says:

    Turning off your PC is better than turning it on 24/7 is true for Windows. Tried and tested for so many years.

    This is false if you are on Linux or BSDs. You may run your OS for years without reboot.

  4. technoob says:

    o yung mabilis uminit yung mga amd? totoo ba yun? kasi lagi sabi sakin dati pangit amd mag intel ka nalan dahil sa reason na yun

    • XNIPER says:

      weh wag ka manila don… akin nga AMD gamit ko pati GPU di namn madali umiinit ehhh 23 hours nga cya halos nag on di namn madali uminit…. para kc sa akin as programmer mas ok ang AMD kasi malakas sa multitasking kumpara sa intel at saka once na ung intel nag hang turn off ang panglaban sa AMD pag nag hang antayin mo lang gagana ulit…

    • c says:

      May hyperthreading na ba ang amd para sa multi tasking? Ano naman ang panama ng amd sa intel in terms of performance? http://www.notebookcheck.net/Mobile-Processors-Benchmark-List.2436.0.html

      Bilang programmer naka linux ka ba? Sa linux talagang pure intel cpu + video gamit ko at pangit ang amd / ati o nvidia driver support

      Dati din akong fan ng amd hanggang binili nila yung ati na pangit talaga sa linux

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