8. Run a Registry Cleaner
I used to run CCleaner’s registry cleaner, but noticed that it was breaking some context menu options. And since I couldn’t tell a difference any way, I stopped doing it. But since you’re looking for every ounce of performance… Anyway, I’d like to think CCleaner has their ■■■■ sorted by now, so you can try using that. Alternatively, you can try Auslogic’s Registry Cleaner. I used to really like their programs, but now they’re kind of obnoxious with wanting to install extra programs, pushing pro-versions, and stuff like that. Oh, make sure that you back up the registry if the Registry cleaner doesn’t do that automatically, and stop the program from automatically starting with windows if it likes to do that. Finally, you can run a registry defragmentor on top of that.
9. Disable Transparency Effects
Yeah, I love how windows 10 basically has 2 control panels and likes to put seemingly related settings is different places. Anyway, here’s another de-purtify option to disable.
10. Run anti-malware scans
Hopefully, you don’t have anything more than a couple of tracking cookies on your computer, but might as well run an anti-malware and anti-virus scan just to make sure your computer is clean.
11. Overclock your CPU
Okay, how to overclock is beyond the scope of this post. Instead, I’m going to talk about whether or not you should overclock.
First, if you already know what a BIOS is and feel comfortable changing settings in there, then you probably already have enough competency with computers to be able to overclock. If the BIOS scares and confuses you, then you should probably pay a shop or ask a friend. Overclocking is one of the more fun activities a computer repair tech/computer enthusiast can do, so a friend/acquaintance will probably happily do it for free. Maybe hook him up with a six-pack, a blunt, or some food or something.
Second, you can only overclock if your CPU and Mobo both support overclocking. Fortunately, the k at the end of your CPU name means that it is indeed capable of overclocking. And, based on your system specs, I’m willing to bet your motherboard is as well.
Third, overclocking can decrease the life of your CPU and negatively impact system stability. How far you push things is up to you. However, I have no qualms recommending about a 10% increase to clock speed. Past that, and you start entering into a grey area. Personally, I don’t mind shaving a little life expectancy off of a CPU. They already outlive their usefulness (I have working, 15 year old cpu’s in my bag of old processors). However, I would definitely be concerned about Eve crashing when multiboxing 25 clients. So make sure you do your stress testing. If it was me, I wouldn’t just run run stress test programs. I would make sure that the overclock played well with eve by trying try to take my 25 clients into stressful situations (i.e. observe a large nullsec battle, follow warp to me around and take pods into sites with them, sit on the jita undock and shoot fireworks, or something). And, I try to keep my fit costs low until I’ve observed 20-40 hours of playtime without crashing. Some people might say that a stress test is all you need, but I’d personally want to be sure if I was putting 20 bil worth of ships (or whatever) on grid.
Okay. I think that’s it. Hopefully this helps.
Also, for anyone reading this. This guide specifically addressed CPU usage. There are still other things that you can do to improve system performance. However, I’ve already spent at least an hour working on this, so that’s it for me. Time to go play Eve.