Does My Applications Slow Down My Computer?

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Hello I have a windows 8.1 computer and I am trying to use it to the fullest and fastest it can be. One of the ways I use the computer is play using Steam. I have about 50 gigabytes worth of space used and have about 610 gb remaining. Will having my games and other stuff slow down my computer?

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OS Version: Microsoft Windows 8.1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-3120M CPU @ 2.50GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 58 Stepping 9
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 3980 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics 4000, -2041 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 703461 MB, Free - 656306 MB;
Motherboard: TOSHIBA, Portable PC
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as long as you are not close to filling the hard drive (say 90% filled) then I would not worry about the computer slowing down simply by having stuff on the hard drive.
 

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OS Version: Microsoft Windows 8.1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-3120M CPU @ 2.50GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 58 Stepping 9
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 3980 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics 4000, -2041 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 703461 MB, Free - 656306 MB;
Motherboard: TOSHIBA, Portable PC
What's the model name and complete model number of that Toshiba laptop?

Note: The complete model number will be 2 sets of characters separated by a dash.

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That laptop is running Windows 8.1 64-bit with 4 GB of RAM, but its Intel graphics device appears to be using a large part of it.

That leaves a noticably smaller amount to run Windows and your programs.

If it supports more than 4 GB, you might consider increasing it to 8 GB.

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JGamez

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What's the model name and complete model number of that Toshiba laptop?

Note: The complete model number will be 2 sets of characters separated by a dash.

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That laptop is running Windows 8.1 64-bit with 4 GB of RAM, but its Intel graphics device appears to be using a large part of it.

That leaves a noticeably smaller amount to run Windows and your programs.

If it supports more than 4 GB, you might consider increasing it to 8 GB.

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PSKFUU-0RR004 I am sure this is the model number name is Satelite L855 I don't care about graphics and looks and would rather have my computer the fastest it can be. How can I make the Intel Graphics less for performance? Also I won't really care to uninstall much of my stuff as I have a really good desktop.

I used these instructions to help speed up my computer.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CksK3YvinE
 

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PSKFUU-0RR004
You actually have a Toshiba Satellite L855-S5405 (PSKFUU-0RR004) laptop.

You should add and save this site in your browser's favorites/bookmarks list so you can quickly refer to it when needed.

According to its detailed specifications section, it came with 4 GB of RAM.

It supports up to 16 GB of RAM, so you definitely have the option to add more RAM to it.

Personally, I would add a 4 GB module to both slots and increase it to 8 GB.

It uses 204-pin DDR3 PC3-12800(DDR3-1600), 1.35/1.5 volt, unbuffered, non-ECC SODIMM modules.

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You actually have a Toshiba Satellite L855-S5405 (PSKFUU-0RR004) laptop.

You should add and save this site in your browser's favorites/bookmarks list so you can quickly refer to it when needed.

According to its detailed specifications section, it came with 4 GB of RAM.

It supports up to 16 GB of RAM, so you definitely have the option to add more RAM to it.

Personally, I would add a 4 GB module to both slots and increase it to 8 GB.

It uses 204-pin DDR3 PC3-12800(DDR3-1600), 1.35/1.5 volt, unbuffered, non-ECC SODIMM modules.

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So besides adding more RAM is there any other ways I can speed up this computer?

Update: I cleared up files I didn't need anymore so here is an update of my system.

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 8.1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-3120M CPU @ 2.50GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 58 Stepping 9
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 3980 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics 4000, -2041 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 703461 MB, Free - 674284 MB;
Motherboard: TOSHIBA, Portable PC
Antivirus: Windows Defender, Disabled
 

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So besides adding more RAM is there any other ways I can speed up this computer?
Here are a few ways:

1. Reduce the number of running processes.

2. Scan for and remove any malware, spyware, etc..

3. Remove the buildup of temp files.

4. Use the laptop on a hard flat surface so it doesn't overheat.

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JGamez

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Here are a few ways:

1. Reduce the number of running processes.

2. Scan for and remove any malware, spyware, etc..

3. Remove the buildup of temp files.

4. Use the laptop on a hard flat surface so it doesn't overheat.

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So can I have my 20gb worth of software on my computer without slowing it down? I am talking about Steam or my recording software. Which don't affect startup?
 

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I know nothing about Steam or recording software, so I can't address any questions about them.

I'm just trying to advise you how you can improve speed and performance in your computer.

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JGamez

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I know nothing about Steam or recording software, so I can't address any questions about them.

I'm just trying to advise you how you can improve speed and performance in your computer.

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I know I am asking if installing the games on the hard drive take up space, so will I lose speed?
 
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I know I am asking if installing the games on the hard drive take up space, so will I lose speed?
As has already been said, not unless your hard drive gets really full. Adding RAM or switching to an SSD are the best ways to increase speed. But if you are concerned with speed while playing online games, it could be your internet service that is slow. With the fastest computer I've ever had (coincidently also a Toshiba Satellite), I can't even watch a YouTube video or stream music because of my slow connection.
 
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Though I'm not familiar with Steam, I know the problems my daughter had with her computer playing WOW and lag was partially due to our slower internet which has been upgraded. Also, like it or not, the graphics card does play a part. In a laptop you're stuck with what you have. In a desktop, you may be able to upgrade to a better graphics card with dedicated memory.
 
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