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How can I make my computer faster without overclocking?

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EDIT: I put this here because it pertains strictly to the Windows7 OS....
Tips like disabling certain features would be appreciated.
like: Should I disable superfetch when I have only 512MB RAM or leave it on?
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I advice you two things:
1.Download vLite and tweak the kit of Windows 7 until you're left with the minimum of features you actually use. Then install the tweaked W7 kit - this way you'd have a Windows with a lot less bloat.
2.Use BlackViper's guide on what services you can safely disable so that they don't fill up the already insufficient RAM.
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Just note these tweaks generally have minimal impact on performance.

The biggest problem with your sig rig is there simply not enough memory. Go on Ebay or CL and get at least another 1GB.
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