I wouldn't use anything to optimize my system, use what is available and common sense when installing other things.
I don't get how people mostly youngsters are so into installing every single freaking addon there is for their browser or MSN messenger.
Each of these takes up valuable ram on startup, best way to combat this? Don't install crap lol
And obviously defrag your hard disks at least once per month.
Thats all you need >.<
i have a gadget shows me CPU usage i'll admit bit concearned always shows me between 49% and 70% usage.. Think i should get more?
[Edited by Lich King, 10/11/2011 4:00:48 PM]
No. Optimization comes down to knowing how Windows works. ASC4 does many "optimization effects" but many people don't understand what happens behind the scenes.
1. Registry cleaning is practically useless. You will not gain even 1% boost in performance even if your program cleans 1000+ entries. The registry size will still remain the same and now have lots of fragments. Some will argue that defragmentation of your registry will boost performance but the gain is so insignificant for what you risk in deleting something important (at most we're talking about a reduction of maybe half a kilobyte on average?)
2. Cleaning out temporary system files is the only reason I recommend CCleaner since it goes hand in hand with disk defragmentation (run the cleaner then run the defrag). CCleaner just manages to get 3rd party browsers and other things that what windows comes with (but note that there are certain areas that only Disk Cleaner can get to though).
3. Start-Up is a matter of how fast you like your computer to start-up. If your computer is always on and you have Windows, there's really no reason to do this if you don't go installing all kinds of crap without much thought on your PC. Once these are loaded into memory, I doubt your RAM usage will still go above the 2.0 GB standard. This is preference and you can do it through msconfig (no need for 3rd party programs).
4. Windows Services should only be touched if you know what you're doing (read: know what exactly you're disabling). Back when I was not very knowledgeable, I often disabled subtle but important features and could not remember how to turn it on leading to me having to reset Windows. If some "Intel HD Graphics" standard computer can run the internet and a few casual flash games just fine without running through Windows Services then so can your gaming computer no problem.
4B. Indexing Service - Probably the most misunderstood thing on Windows. Windows will index your files only once. After that, this service will not do a single thing unless you manually tell it to rebuild the index. What you gain for that small HDD work is actually extremely handy. You can press the Win Key on your keyboard and type the first 4 or 5 letters of a file/program to open and hit enter and ta-da you've opened it extremely fast. Microsoft intended this for search but essentially built Quicksilver (Mac program) into the OS without even realizing it.
5. The Windows Theme is purely what you prefer. If you game all the time and don't want the Windows eye-candy, you can set the theme to "classic" without the need of some 3rd party program.
6. Defragmentation - The default that comes with Windows does just fine. If you learn how to execute it's CLI command rather than the GUI, you'd find that it's a very flexible program.
7. Internet Optimization - You will ever only see this make a difference when you download huge files (say a Linux distribution) unless you're on an old 56k modem (in which case you should be looking at the Opera Browser and using its Turbo function). Use torrents to download stuff and this will not make the slightest bit of difference. If you're on cable connection, you will just see the same load speed unless you can tell the difference of just maybe a few milliseconds.
Seriously...what you gain with ASC4 you lose by running this "optimization" program and having it use those resources for itself to monitor for more places to "optimize".
I can almost guarantee your computer will have better specs than this guy: Link
And he leaves his computer in this horrid disorganized state 24/7 and it runs perfectly fine.