I have 11 running in my system tray. So, maybe, 10 - give or take 2.
Well, you definitely need to get rid of a few
It really boils down to this (for each icon):
- do you know what they are and what they do?
- are they serving either an essential or useful purpose at this time
If the answer to either of the above questions is "no"
then they should not be there.
Well, that all depends on the manufacturer, ...
Almost all PC's are, sadly, bought with little or no knowledge of the components being used in them. At most the purchaser will know:
- the CPU model
- what graphics card
- how much RAM
- how much disk space
and only a small percentage of purchasers will understand the implications of even the above scant information.
... and it does
depend on the manufacturer ...
Take my own machine. I count myself as an expert - mostly on the software side but I certainly know my way round the innards of a system. I've never gone as far as building my own machine but the concept doesn't frighten me. Actually I probably have, now that I think about it, I just haven't done it in one go - the dustman's broom.
Anyway - a year ago I decided to push the boat out and bought myself a "gaming rig" - pre-built by a largish on-line supplier (MESH - for UK readers) that was cutting edge - but not bleeding edge (I'm not totally daft). This was, allegedly, built using "the best components, configured for maximum performance".
What do I find when I get it?
Among other things:
- the RAM was set on default timings - which were grossly under-utilising it
- the SATA disks were also set on inadequate default setting.
Net result after fixing those two items - 20+% performance boost by benchmarks and a much punchier system in real use.
Knowledge is the key - without it your going to be limited to an "adequate" system.