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The Perils Of Change

Whoever it was who said "change is good" likely was a PC tweaker at heart. After all, if we tweak PCs it's almost always because we want to satisfy that most insatiable of hungers: The hunger for more performance. We all want more speed, more responsiveness, more... just more.

Well, sometimes more is not better. Sometimes, in the pursuit of performance, we get tripped up; we lose that balance between speed and reliability.

As tweakers, we are all quite familiar with the concept of change. Whether it's a change in drivers to the newest version, to a component upgrade, to a whole new platform shift, change is something we PC tweakers take in stride. Almost inevitably, though, we run into a gamut of problems. Some are small, needing only a tiny adjustment somewhere; some, though, are the type that make you scratch your head almost to the point of being bloody.

Real life case in point: I recently re-did my gaming rig because I had tweaked the OS theme once too often and fell prey to that most common of hardware problem: User error. I therefore decided to just restart, reinstall, and re-do my OS and also re-do my OC setup with a new set of RAM.

After a solid week and a half of testing and tweaking, tweaking and testing, and then testing some more, I finally had a stable and quick machine again. I felt good, and all was right in the world.

Until I reinstalled a few of my games. Annoyingly, some games didn't play nice with something in the new OC, when before there were absolutely no problems.

I've researched the problem, and some leads point to the new RAM I installed as the possible culprit. The RAM itself is not to blame; rather, it's how it's configured that has to be altered.

Moral of the story: Sometimes, change is good. But other times, especially when you've already got a system that does superbly well for what you need it to do, it's better to just leave well enough alone.

As always, I invite comments and discussion. Thank you for your time and attention.


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