You can make Windows a whole lot scrappier, more efficient, and just plain fasterand David L. Farquahr will show you how. This book is full of ideas you haven't seen in the usual computer magazines. Some of them, like organizing your drives into many smaller partitions instead of one big one, go against conventional wisdom. But they make for faster (and in some cases more stable) systems, especially for gaming and multimedia.
Farquhar shows you custom techniques for optimizing virtual memory to your specific patterns of usage; then walks you through finding your system's fastest video settings (they aren't necessarily 640x480and with some video cards, 1024x768 is faster than 800x600, which is counterintuitive, to say the least). You'll learn how to optimize your Windows folder (and clear out unnecessary clutter); speed up the boot process by editing msdos.sys and adjusting your CMOS settings; streamline your Registry to improve performance, free up memory that Windows is wasting, create a lightning-fast RAM disk for Windows temporary files, and much more.
There's a full chapter on supercharging DOS for gaming, and another on improving the speed of your web connections (maybe the problem isn't the phone company or your modem, but your wiring). The book is also chock-full of information about free and low-cost Windows utilities you didn't know about.
Get Optimizing Windows For Games, Graphics & Multimedia, and you just might be able to postpone that next new computer purchase an extra year or two. Not too shabby.