Essential components to get the most out of your new PC
Illustration: Zarif Faiaz
Illustration: Zarif Faiaz
While buying a new desktop computer is a great experience in itself, there are things that could improve your daily interaction with your computer. We bring you a few must-have peripherals and software, in no particular order, that could be an upgrade from your old setup. They could also have been the things that were left out when you bought the new PC.
Speccy is a resource monitoring software that provides you with various useful information such as temperature of your devices with motherboard chipset and any additional internet network information. This software can help track temperatures of all computer components and can also help identify if there are any underlying issues if temperatures are abnormally high.
WinKeys is an essential program mainly used to reprogram keys according to a user’s personal taste. This program benefits gamers the most because the keys can be programmed on most keyboards. They can also be used to define macros.
There is no single software for overclocking, as the architecture depends only on motherboards. Most manufacturers have their own software, some with built-in presets for overclocking devices. Remember that overclocking should always be done responsibly, as voltages can be difficult to match temperatures, and they can rise quickly.
A good set of speakers is always a welcome addition to any setup. The speakers will prevent you from wearing headphones for a long time and will definitely help you listen to music in an open environment. If you’re looking for recommendations, a good place to start would be the Edifier XM3, which offers Bluetooth support. It is quite inexpensive, currently priced at around Tk. 4,000/-.
Upgrading peripherals such as a keyboard and mouse makes interaction much more fun, while mechanical keyboards are becoming increasingly popular with wired and wireless options. Good peripherals also contribute to everyday ergonomics. They provide a better angle for typing or dragging the mouse while gaming, thus preventing the user from hurting their wrist when using the computer for an extended period of time.
When it comes to quick upgrades, cooling seems to be the easiest and most reliable on a desktop. Adding more fans to an air cooler setup, or getting an AIO for the CPU and making it hybrid is also a good option. Full AIO setups don’t require fiddling with the pipes that deliver the liquid and are mostly plug and play.