Ask the Readers: How Do You Monitor Your Computer?

Beneath the shiny case of your computer and GUI of your operating system there’s a lot–CPU utilization, memory access, and disk space consumption to name a few things–you can keep an eye on. How do you keep an eye on resource utilization and more on your computer?

Whether you’re carefully managing a small pool of RAM, making sure your abundant apps don’t bog down your processor, or you just like having an intimate view of what’s going on in the guts of your computer, we want to hear all about the tools you use to do it. How and why do you monitor your computer? From disk use to case temps, any kind of monitoring is fair game.

Sound off in the comments with the how and why of your monitoring arrangement and then be sure to stop back in on Friday for the What You Said roundup to see what tricks and tools your fellow readers are using to keep an eye on their hardware.

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.